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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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
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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Bethlehem, PA- While the name of the game is mixed martial arts, and when the name of your promotion is Strikeforce, you anticipate some action in the form of, well striking. Although strikes, (punches, kicks, knees etc.), were not null and void last night in Strikeforce’s Heavyweight Grand Prix, they didn’t come in abundance either; especially not to the satisfaction of the Dallas, Texas crowd, which I’ll address in a minute.
SEMI FINALS ARE NEXT & WILL BE BETTER!
Nonetheless, the second round of quarterfinal match-ups have finally taken place, albeit four months later, and as expected Alistair Overeem and Josh Barnett (pictured @ left) handled their business. However, it is the way they handled it that is being scrutinized, though I’m not exactly sure why? When you have two match-ups that feature a striker vs. grappler, the outcomes are to be expected.
STRIKEFORCE CHAMP NOW 10-0-1 IN LAST 11 SCRAPS
In the main event, Overeem (35-11, 14 KO’s 19 subs), the reigning Strikeforce heavyweight champion, tried to do his part and finish his opponent Fabricio Werdum (14-5-1, 4 KO’s 8 subs), but Read more
STRIKEFORCE HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMP TOPS CARD!
Bethlehem, PA- We had to wait four months for the second tier of quarterfinal round match-ups in the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix tournament, but if the fights live up to hype, it will be worth the wait. However, the key word in all of this is ‘if’, because there are numerous questions regarding the four fighters being featured on Saturday night. Nonetheless, the anticipation surrounding these two fights is as big as when the tournament first started in February.
EX-UFC HEAVYWEIGHT KING ON BILL
The co-main event features not only a contrast of styles, but of fighters as well. On one end you have a highly experienced former UFC champion in Josh ‘The Baby-Faced Assassin’ Barnett (29-5, 7 KO’s 17 subs), while his opponent Brett ‘The Grim’ Rogers (11-2, 9 KO’s 1 sub) is still an inexperienced green knockout artist. On paper, this should Read more
UFC 131 TOPPED BY BIG, MEAN & NASTY GUYS!
Junior Dos Santos
Bethlehem, PA- UFC 131 airs this coming Saturday, June 11 and will feature heavyweight contenders Shane Carwin and Junior Dos Santos in the main event. Don’t sleep, let alone blink on this one, because I anticipate it will not last very long. Dos Santos (12-1, 8 KO’s 3 subs) is undefeated in six fights in the UFC, winning all but one via TKO. Originally scheduled to fight UFC heavyweight champ Brock Lesnar before he became ill, he now faces Carwin who possesses the exact record at (12-1, 7 KO’s 5 subs), the same Carwin that came a whisker away from beating Lesnar for the title.
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RARE TO HEAR BOOS AT UFC SHOW
Las Vegas, NV- In boiled down to Matt Hamill, Utica, NY, not being on the same skill level as former UFC light heavyweight (205 lbs) champ Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Irvine, CA. Hamill tried to take Jackson down about four or five times in this three-five minute round affair, but was easily thwarted each time.
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Bethlehem, PA- One ends and another begins; it’s not just the cycle of life, but the cycle of MMA as well. With the completion of Bellator’s fourth season, let’s take a quick look back on this season’s Bellator highlights and preview next weekend’s big fights. Bellator Fighting Championships mantra, “where title shots are earned, not given,” was never more evident than this past Saturday night when their first ever light-heavyweight (205 lbs) champion was crowned. Known for creating new MMA stars by giving relative unknowns an opportunity in their tournaments, Bellator appears to have found just that in Christian M’Pumbu (18-3-1, 7 KO’s 8 subs).
BLACK GUY THAT SPEAKS FRENCH CAN FIGHT!
The French fighter, by way of the Democratic Republic of Congo, became the first African born champion in any major MMA organization Saturday night the same way he got to the finals, by TKO. In the finals against Rich ‘Rare Breed’ Hale (17-4-1, 6 KO’s 8 subs), M’Pumbu bided his time until the third round when he finally found his range and knocked down the bigger opponent with a solid right to the chin. Hesitant for a moment thinking he had finished him with one punch, he pounced on the fallen fighter pummeling him with more strikes till the referee stepped in to stop the onslaught.
‘TONTON’ CAN GO WITH ANYBODY IN MMA WORLD
M’Pumbu (pictured above), AKA known as ‘Tonton‘, hits like a “ton” of bricks as he knocked out all three of his opponents in Bellator’s first ever light-heavyweight tournament to become champion; pretty impressive considering he literally walks around no heavier than 200 lbs. Other tournament winners this season who’ve earned title shots in their respective divisions include Patricio ‘Pitbull’ Freire who will get a chance to avenge his only loss next season when he faces off against featherweight (145 lbs.) champ Joe Warren.
AMERICAN LIGHTWEIGHT HAS MADE THE GRADE! Read more
DANA WHITE GETS HIS WAY………AGAIN!
Nick "No BS" Diaz
San Francisco, CA- There is nothing quite like a fight in which the masses are unclear as to who will win. That’s why Manny Pacquiao’s reputation and aura among non-Filipinos has faded dramatically in the last year because Manny has been fighting “set ups.” That being said, the signed boxing match between Strikeforce MMA welterweight champ (170 lbs) Nick Diaz and boxer Jeff Lacy is dead in the water.
UFC COUNTERED WITH MONEY, TITLE FIGHT & POSSIBLE TV ROLE
It appears that Diaz of Stockton, CA, whom I picked to beat Jeff Lacy, a 2000 Olympic boxing and ex-IBF champ at 168 fighting out of Florida, was “snuffed out” during a 2 PM PT conference call on Monday that had Diaz’s manager Cesar Gracie, UFC czar Dana White and other plugged in. The word from a source, to which Gracie would neither confirm or deny is that Diaz will get a bout with the Canadian “greaser” Georges St. Pierre, considered by many the best MMA fighter in the world.
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UFC 130 LOOKS TO BE A GREAT CARD SATURDAY
- Looking towards next weekend, the UFC
comes back to its home base in Las Vegas, with UFC 130
and another big card, literally. Oddly enough, it would’ve been even bigger had it not been for the loss of two little guys. The original main event, the lightweight championship (155 lbs) and third fight between Frankie Edgar
and Gray Maynard
had to be scratched because of injuries to both during training. That bumps a light-heavyweight contender bout to the main event and a huge, in more ways than one, heavyweight fight to co-main status.
FOCUSED “RAMAGE” SET TO GO ON RAMPAGE!
Former light-heavyweight champ (205) Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson (31-8, 14 KO’s 7 subs) steps back into the Octagon for the first time in six months since his split decision win against Lyoto Machida, to take on former ‘Ultimate Fighter’ alum, Matt’ The Hammer’ Hamill (10-2, 6 KO’s). Hamill, the former three-time division-three national wrestling champion, is riding a five-fight winning streak and while it may not be the popular opinion, I expect him to do the same here. Rampage, who packs the power to put anyone to sleep with one punch, has not shown a willingness to expand his game and that might be his downfall here.
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PACMAN BLASTED ON-AIR FOR ENDANGERING LIVES!
San Francisco, CA- With the exception of a few people like tennis star Arthur Ashe who got it from a bad blood transfusion, and people who shoot up drugs with tainted needles, AIDS is a Sexually Transmitted Disease. One of the easiest ways to prevent infection is to use a condom. That being said, the newly proclaimed God of both the Philippines and boxing, whose birth name was Manny Pacquiao, the welterweight champion and Philippine Congressman, yesterday announced that, “The use of condoms is sinful.”
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SHOW IS NOW BACK ON ITUNES AS WELL!
San Francisco, CA- The talk of MMA champ Nick Diaz entering the world of boxing is not a joke. Promoter Don Chargin explains the fight between Diaz and ex-Olympian and former IBF 168 lb. boxing champion Jeff Lacy and how it will happen this fall. The Hall of Fame promoter discusses that and a lot more in this most recent edition of “Ring Talk Worldwide.” Also on the show was Andre Ward, a World champion both in and out of the boxing ring. In addition, BoxingTalk.com’s excellent writer and New York City school teacher Socrates Palmer was part of the the longest running fight show in history, 26+ years now, “Ring Talk Worldwide.”
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Bethlehem, PA- With a (28-4, 16 KO’s, 5 subs) record, UFC middleweight (185 lbs) champion Anderson ‘The Spider’ Silva is arguably the number one fighter in the world right now. Therefore, it’s safe to say he’s without question the best middleweight in the world; or is he? Or is he? The man who has slipped through the cracks is Bellator middleweight champion Hector ‘Lightning’ Lombard (29-2-1, 16 KO’s 6 subs), quite possibly Silva’s biggest threat at 185 pounds who is not in the UFC.
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PREPONDERANCE OF EVIDENCE ENOUGH FOR ME
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Superman Is Fiction
- There was an article floating around the Internet yesterday that claimed a sparring partner had shot Manny Pacquiao
up with steroid injections. I posted the article and then when the original source pulled it, I did as well. That being said, having been a boxer with over 40 years of involvement, it wasn’t that I didn’t believe the story, but when the original link went south, I decided to go in another direction.
MANY THINK MANNY TOOK STEROIDS & THE LIKE
Look, this is not a subject that should be taken lightly. Being suspected of wrongdoing can be a heavy cross to bare. That being said, I find it hard to NOT believe that Manny Pacquiao has used Performance Enhancement Drugs. The king of all sport cheats, the now reformed Victor Conte of BALCO Labs fame, is the opinion that nobody can bulk up the way Pacquiao has on fish and rice alone. Now while I disagree on certain matters with Conte, personally I feel he is biting his tongue on the this and the Barry Bonds matter. Having personally watched Pacquiao grow from a skinny 122 lb. fighter personally to a 145 lb. monster, to me this is not from a diet of fish and rice.
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“RING TALK WORLDWIDE” THURSDAY NIGHT @ 6 PM PT
San Francisco, CA- When “Ring Talk Worldwide” hits the Sports Byline Broadcast Network and Justin.TV/RingTalkWorldwide airwaves tonight at 6 PM PT, my guests include champion Andre Ward, who will give us his take on the upcoming Arthur Abraham fight. Also on the show, the man I call “Slammin’ Sammy” Perez who will talk MMA
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