December 18th, 2012 By Pedro Fernandez
“RING TALK” IS “OFTEN IMITATED, BUT NEVER DUPLICATED!
San Francisco, CA- The Sunday edition of “Ring Talk,” your inside look into the world of boxing and MMA, has all the Saturday night results from The Ultimate Fighter” and the HBO card with my choice for “2012 Fighter of The Year” Nonito Donaire halting Jorge Arce in the third of a WBO-WBA 122 lb. defense by the “Filipino Flash.” Socrates Palmer of BoxingTalk.com was my boxing guest.
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You can listen to the longest running fight show in history, 28+ years, “Ring Talk Worldwide” which airs at 11:05 AM PT both Saturday for two hours and Sunday for one hour on the Sports Byline USA Network.
RONDA ROUSEY “UNPLUGGED” IS HOT!
She will become the “hottest” ticket in MMA history in 2013 when Ronda Rousey moves over to the Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC), spends some time reflecting on life, fighting, the Hollywood move by Gina Carano, Kim Kardashian, fellow 2008 Olympian Michael Phelps, I can go on but you can listen to the entire show clicking on the black arrow READ MORE…
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?
EVANS & ORTIZ HAD FOUGHT TO A DRAW PREVIOUSLY READ MORE…
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.
URIAH BATTING .700 NOW & DROPPING IN WEIGHT READ MORE…
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.
BIGGER GUY GETS HEAD HANDED TO HIM READ MORE…
June 23rd, 2011 By Pedro Fernandez
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 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 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.
SUPERMAN IS A COMIC BOOK EXCEPT IN THE PHILIPPINES READ MORE…
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 8th, 2011 By Pedro Fernandez
Cambria, CA- All I can say about Don Chargin is he is beyond amazing. Now 82, I expect the “Boy Promoter,” as he was billed in 1951 when he made his promotional debut in San Jose, CA to eventually be included in the Guinness Book of World Records seeing he has promoted boxing for 60+ years. That being said, it is Chargin who signed Strikeforce MMA welterweight (170 lbs) champion Nick Diaz and ex-IBF super middleweight (168) boxing champion Jeff Lacy.
NO CHOKES, THIS IS A BOXING MATCH!
The bout, a boxing match will occur in the fall according to Chargin, who is worn out from all the calls he’s gotten over this megamatch that will take place at 170 lbs. With no site yet, Chargin has said many major hotels in Las Vegas have expressed interest, and that’s he’s even willing to listen and see what Dallas Cowboy’s owner Jerry Jones will be willing to offer to put the fight in Cowboy’s Stadium.
IT TOOK CHARGIN TO TRUMP DANA WHITE! READ MORE…