June 19th, 2011 By Sammy Perez
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…
June 17th, 2011 By Sammy Perez
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…
June 6th, 2011 By Sammy Perez
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.
SHANE IS NO “TBA” OPPONENT TYPE READ MORE…
May 29th, 2011 By Pedro Fernandez
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.
NOT A LOT OF “RAMPAGE” IN JACKSON READ MORE…
May 26th, 2011 By Sammy Perez
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…
May 24th, 2011 By Pedro Fernandez
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.
WILL NICK CAPTAIN THE UFC REALITY TV SHOW? READ MORE…
May 23rd, 2011 By Sammy Perez
UFC 130 LOOKS TO BE A GREAT CARD SATURDAY
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.
DID RASHAD LAY OUT BLUEPRINT TO BEAT JACKSON? READ MORE…
May 20th, 2011 By RingTalk
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.”
LISTEN NOW READ MORE…
May 16th, 2011 By RingTalk
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.”
LISTENING IS AS EASY AS 1, 2, 3! READ MORE…
May 15th, 2011 By Sammy Perez
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.
FIREPLUG CAN LIGHT YOU ON FIRE! READ MORE…
May 13th, 2011 By Pedro Fernandez
PREPONDERANCE OF EVIDENCE ENOUGH FOR MESan Francisco, CA- 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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May 12th, 2011 By RingTalk
“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
WATCH, LISTEN, OR WATCH & LISTEN TO “SOG” WARD READ MORE…
May 11th, 2011 By Pedro Fernandez
May 9th, 2011 By Jacqueline Fernandez
San Francisco, CA- Boxing is fixed! Not saying Saturday’s Manny Pacquiao-Shane Mosley fight was, just the sport in general. I’m sure everyone saw how effortless Mosley acted between the ropes. Hey, people have been getting paid to lose fights since Don King had normal hair. Deservedly so, Manny was the favored fighter, some oddsmakers had it 8-1, which is an astronomical number for upper echelon boxing.
SHANE MOSLEY IS NOW AS OLD AS DIRT
Mosley, now 39 and a professional since losing to the late Vernon Forrest in the 1992 Olympic Trials, this long before dropping two lopsided 12-rounders and the welterweight (147 lbs) title to Vernon in 2002. He has a son taking up the sport now and he should no longer be in the ring, Shane its time to take a seat. Besides, with his slurring his words, experts I know say he is headed towards “Pugilistic Dementia,” or to us common folks, he’s getting “Punch Drunk
GOT MY ISSUES WITH THE PHILIPPINE ICON AS WELL! READ MORE…
May 6th, 2011 By Pedro Fernandez
San Francisco, CA- Having broken this story a fortnight ago on the radio, and then had Nick Diaz’s manager Cesar Gracie confirm such a week later, I don’t want to say I told you so, but I did. Diaz is not facing some club fighting stiff, although Jeff Lacy is not the powerhouse he was once was as IBF 168 lb. champ. Shoulder surgeries, the shutout by the betting underdog Joe Calzaghe, in addition to other setbacks against lesser foes, Lacy has a name, a decent left hook and will probably be pummeled by Diaz of Stockton, CA.
ACCUSE ME OF SHILLING AGAIN…WON’T SOME OF YOU?
When I saw Nick Diaz fight in preliminary MMA matches in San Jose, I knew that there were few that could tame this lion from Stockton, CA if he continued to progress. Having won the Strikeforce welterweight (170 lbs) title and being the one guy that could probably handle UFC counterpart Georges St. Pierre, the Canadian would prefer to not face Diaz, instead pad his record with lesser types. Look for Diaz to bust Lacy up, this mainly to prove that he can. Don’t know if he would continue professional boxing after making such a statement, but the man that does Triathlons shouldn’t be taken lightly by anybody and is certainly the top MMA fighter in Strikeforce.
DID YOU KNOW UFC BOUGHT STRIKEFORCE? READ MORE…