July 28th, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez
MMA HOUR WAS OFF THE CHARTS…AGAIN!
San Francisco, CA- With the world of mixed martial arts expanding and reaching more fans each time the sun rises, it is no doubt that boxing is struggling for an identity, as is professional wrestling, with the advent of monthly UFC cards on Pay Per View, UFC Prez Dana White has put any competition in the rear view mirror. MMA and boxing writer Zak “Attack” Young and I went over the rest of the 2013 UFC schedule, rapped about the Bellator Fighting Championships returning to Spike TV this Wednesday night with Michael Chandler, the Bellator lightweight (155 lb.) champion and welterweight (170) titleholder Ben Askren, both undefeated as they defend on Spike TV. TO LISTEN NOW click on the black arrow READ MORE…
July 27th, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez
“MIGHTY MOUSE” JOHNSON GETS SUBMISSION
San Francisco, CA- Demetrious Johnson (18-2-1) Sub 5 John Moraga (13-2) via submission at 3:43. Moraga came to fight, but in the end it was an armbar that allowed Johnson to retain the UFC flyweight (125 lb.) title.
MCDONALD DOESN’T LOOK LIKE “BEAST” IN SEMI MAIN
Rory MacDonald UD 3 Jake Ellenberger via unanimous decision (30-27 twice & 29-28) Welterweight (170 lb.) MacDonald did not live up to the hype! A monster who looked human vs. Ellenberger, Rory not ready for UFC champ Georges St. Pierre.
OTHER MAIN CARD FIGHTS
Robbie Lawler KO 2 Bobby Voelker via knockout. Time was :24 of #5.
Liz Carmouche TKO 2 Jessica Andrade via TKO. Time 3:57.
FX CABLE FIGHTS
July 23rd, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez
DRESSED UP & DISROBED BOTH UFC & BELLATOR
San Francisco, CA- The longest running fight show in history, almost 29 years, “Ring Talk MMA Worldwide” handicapped all of the announced UFC cards for the remainder of 2013. We talked results, predictions, concern over the Bellator Fighting Championships and SPIKE TV was brought up as well. TO LISTEN NOW click here READ MORE…
July 22nd, 2013 By Zak Attack
‘POUND FOR POUND’ MMA LIST ALL UFC
Los Angeles, CA- With Anderson Silva (33-5, 16-1 UFC) losing by knockout to Chris Weidman (10-0, 6-0 UFC), the pound-for-pound rankings have been shaken up. I had Silva at number one going into the fight, but I can not in good conscience have him still holding that spot after he got flattened by a crisp Weidman left hook in the 2nd round. Instead, a man considered to be right behind Silva for years rises to the top of these mythical rankings.
1) GEORGES ST. PIERRE
The Canadian “Rush” (24-2, 18-2 UFC) has been top dog at welterweight (170 lb.) for six years. Since his last defeat at the hands of Matt Serra (11-7, 7-7 UFC) way back in 2007, St. Pierre has won 11 in a row, including easily dispatching Serra in their second encounter. The main knock on Georges is his lack of finishes in recent fights. The last time “GSP” stopped a foe was B.J. Penn (16-9-2, 11-9-2 UFC) in a “greased” event in 2009. Still, the champion has hardly lost a round against the best of the best at welterweight, and it is hard to see him relinquishing the welterweight belt. Johnny Hendricks 15-1, 10-1 UFC) is a very live underdog, and an upset would not be shocking seeing his one-punch knockout power, but I expect GSP’s superior cardio, even at 32 years of age, to make the difference November 16 at UFC 167.
2) JON “BONES” JONES UFC LIGHT HEAVY CHAMP
“Bones” (18-1, 11-1 UFC) is essentially an undefeated 205 lb. fighter, with his lone loss coming via disqualification against Matt Hammil (11-4, 10-4 UFC) in a fight Jon was easily winning. In what was the worst bet I’ve ever made, I picked Mauricio “Shogun” Rua (21-7, 5-5 UFC) to beat Jones in Rua’s first defense of the light heavyweight belt he won from Lyoto Machida (19-3, 11-3 UFC). Instead, I watched my twenty bucks go down the drain as Shogun was battered around all eight sides of the Octagon before tapping to strikes in the 3rd round. The moral of the story: Do not bet against Jon Jones. As the heir-apparent to Anderson Silva, I expect Jones to continue his winning ways and beat the talented and equally as tall (6’4) Swede Alexander Gustafsson (15-1, 7-1 UFC) in his next defense of the light heavyweight title at UFC 165 September 21. .
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July 11th, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez
UFC FANS STILL STILL CAN’T BELIEVE THEIR EYES!
San Francisco, CA- As was the case when Evander Holyfield melted down “Iron Mike” Tyson, people are crying “fix” in regards to Chris Weidman’s second round destruction of Anderson Silva at UFC 162. Why? Because they simply can’t believe it! Like the Tyson fans, the Silva followers are up in arms!
BODY LANGUAGE OF ANDERSON SILVA
The manner in which Silva acted during the fight, dropping his hands and mocking Weidman was something he has done before. But unlike anybody prior, Weidman was not falling for the BS and punched his way to the UFC middleweight (185 lb.) title that Silva had coveted for a record-tying 11 fights!
BOXING IS WHAT GOT WEIDMAN THE WIN! READ MORE…
July 8th, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez
San Francisco, CA- Being almost three days since the world of Dana White and the Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC) were turned upside down by the fists of the new UFC middleweight (185 lb.) champion Chris Weidman connecting with the chinny, and I mean chinny, chin, chin of MMA icon Anderson Silva.
MEGA JON JONES & G.S.P. FIGHTS IN CRAPPER
Before I go on for those who dabble in the absurd and think that the fight was fixed and the UFC wanted Weidman to win, they didn’t as two mega-mega catchweight fights for Silva with light heavyweight (205)king Jon Jones and welterweight (170) champ Georges St. Pierre went up in smoke, I mean kaput!
LEGACY OF SILVA NOT IN DOUBT
Going into the Weidman fight Anderson, a champion since 2006 that was unbeaten in 11 UFC title fights, and in 15 scraps under the UFC banner. His destruction of upper level fighters like Rich Franklin, Nate Marquart, a much younger Vitor Belfort, Forrest Griffin, Chris Leben, these guys were all done in one. Franklin would make the second round in a rematch and lose, as did Dan Henderson.
UFC TV TALKING HEADS MADE YOU THINK CHRIS WHO? READ MORE…
June 18th, 2013 By Kevin Perry
SATURDAY SHOW CLOWNS RIDDICK BOWE
San Francisco, CA- “RING TALK” the Saturday show an hour of both boxing and MMA which airs LIVE Saturday at 11:05 PM PT, this past Sunday (6-15) former heavyweight champion Riddick Bowe was shown to listeners in a different light, comical if it all weren’t true. All this and we didn’t have to mention he got knocked out in a Muay Thai kickboxing fight in Thailand. We talked the Saturday fights up, the UFC, did some MMA, the fastest and most entertaining hour in combat sports. TO LISTEN NOW READ MORE…
May 31st, 2013 By Zak Attack
UFC 160 “SUCKED” FOR MOST PART
Los Angeles, CA- As boxing fans, we are used to being force-fed meaningless matchups over the years. The outcomes of many fights are predetermined before either fighter steps into the ring. To the UFC’s credit, the organization has largely avoided this predicament over the years. Recently, however, Dana White and company have been putting together some real head-scratchers.
“WORST” MAIN IN UFC HISTORY?
This past weeked, mixed martial arts fans were “treated” to a rematch between current heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez (12-1) and Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva (18-5). Though Silva was coming off big wins against Travis Browne (14-1-1) and Alistair Overeem (36-12), Bigfoot had been dominated by Velasquez just one year prior to their second meeting.
WATCHING SAME TV EPISODE AGAIN ONLY FOR $70!
If the first fight between Velasquez and Silva had been remotely competitive, a rematch would make sense. It was not, as Silva took a brutal beating from Cain and was stopped in the very first round. Their rematch was even easier for Velasquez, as it took him only 81 seconds to dispose of Bigfoot. The writing was on the wall from the moment the fight was announced.
DANA WHITE “SCREWED THE POOCH” HERE! READ MORE…
May 24th, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez
San Francisco, CA- Being of the firm belief that at least when it came to boxing, the guy that won the first fight usually wins any subsequent encounter involving the two. That being said, does the same rationale apply to UFC 160 tomorrow night and the second tango between once-beaten (12-1) UFC heavyweight (205+ to 265 lbs.) champion Cain Velasquez and Antonio “Big Foot” Silva?
MAYHEM GORY EVEN BY MMA STANDARDS
The picture here clearly illustrates what Velasquez, a once beaten two-time UFC titleholder who skirted my aforemention notion that the guy that win the initial bout wins the rematch, was knocked out (punches) by Junior Dos Santos in late 2011, whom he smoked over five rounds in a second tango in 2012, is an animal with super human cardio and ferocity.
WHAT’S “BIG FOOT” TO DO?
Antonio Silva, as unbeaten Strikeforce Grand Prix heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier said on my radio program a fortnight ago, “Big Foot Silva is a fighter who knows nothing else but fighting. Do I think he beats Cain? No, but he thinks so, and going into a fight that is really important, he is feeling it.” That being said, if Silva were to pull off a near 10-1 upset, I’ll eat a sheet of paper during next week’s edition of “Ring Talk.”
LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT “STUD” IN CO-FEATURE READ MORE…
April 2nd, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez
“GIANT” SILVA CRAVES REMATCH WITH CAIN VELASQUEZ
San Francisco, CA- You are looking at the face of Antonio “Big Foot” Silva during a three round battle with current UFC heavyweight (205+ to 265 lbs) champion CCain Velasquez on May 26, 2012. Turn the calendar over 12 times and 364 days later these two battle again on May 25 at UFC 160. This rematch came to be as a result of Velasquez recapturing the heavyweight title with a five-round beat down of Junior Dos Santos, the man who beat Velasquez in the blink of an eye in late 2011.
SILVA UPSET STEROID FREAK
Antonio Silva was supposed to come up short against former #1 contender Alistair Overeem in February. Instead the Brazilian, with his back to the wall, ended up stopping the convicted Steroid user in round three of what was basically a “title elimination” bout. With the upset eventually came the second fight with Velasquez. When I say eventually, the UFC was looking for somebody other than Silva to face Cain in his second run as champ as the brutal pounding shown above is essentially still freshly etched in the minds of most fans. But that couldn’t get done so the UFC went back to Silva challenging Velasquez.
WHY DOES “GIANT” SILVA WANT VELASQUEZ SO BAD? READ MORE…
March 7th, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez
San Francisco, CA- Testosterone is the hormone that is at the center of the Steroid world. A man is said to have his “T” level decrease each year past the early 20s. If you mess with anabolic steroids or performance-enhancing drugs, in other words cheat, the body’s ability to produce and make testosterone is damaged to the extent where an athlete needs TRT or Testosterone Replacement Therapy. When I first got wind of this a few years back, I thought then what I think now, that this is nothing more than legalized cheating!
TESTOSTERONE & THE NUMBERS!
Whether it is MMA, boxing, baseball, horseshoes, it really doesn’t matter. If you intentionally ingest performance-enhancing drugs that turn out to be debilitating, I’m sorry for the onus is on you the cheater. The Ultimate Fighting Championships endorsed the concept of testosterone replacement therapy and the Nevada State Athletic Commission made a determination that a 6 to 1 testosterone ratio is acceptable. The United States Olympic Committee, they set the testosterone bar at 4 to 1, and again before I move on, Dana White, the UFC president was a major proponent of what he now calls ”legalized cheating.”
“THE COUNT” GOT VERY LOUD ON “ANTI-STEROIDS” READ MORE…
February 10th, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez
UFC’S KYLE KINGSBURY BREAKS DOWN MMA!
San Francisco, CA- The Saturday two-hour edition of “Ring Talk” devotes an hour to boxing and an hour to MMA. In this the MMA hour, UFC light heavyweight (205 lbs.) Kyle Kingsbury leaves no stone unturned in his look at the world of cage fighting. TO LISTEN NOW READ MORE…
February 7th, 2013 By RingTalk
ULTIMATE FIGHTER 17-URIAH HALL VS. ADAM CELLA
February 4th, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez
JOSE (JO-SAY) ALDO STILL UFC KING AFTER UFC 156
San Francisco, CA- If Frankie Edgar were a professional boxer and not a mixed martial artist, he would not like boxing in 2012. Why? Because of the bogus 12 round limits in world title fights. That being said, Edgar would’ve liked boxing back in the early 1900s when fights were 25 rounds or more. Saturday night in front of a packed MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Frankie Edgar just didn’t have enough time on the clock to upset UFC featherweight (145 lbs) champion Jose Aldo (22-1). Simply put, Frankie needs more rounds as the 5 five-minute rounds of UFC title fights it is not enough time for the 14-4-1 New Jersey native to utilize his incredible cardio.
FRANKIE TO TAKE OFF EVEN MORE WEIGHT?
Although the champion Aldo is a MMA legend, so is Edgar who was a former lightweight (155) champion before losing to Benson Henderson in consecutive fights last year. With his late rally not being enough, Frankie Edgar has now lost three championship contests in a row. The drop down in weight may not be over for Frankie as they are talking about him fighting one weight division lower at 135 lbs. Scores were 49-46 twice & 48-47. A very “workmanlike” performance for the champion.
CONVICTED STEROID CHEAT OVEREEM HAMMERED INTO DEFEAT READ MORE…
January 28th, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez
San Francisco, CA- When they said “Big things come in small packages, they must have been talking about “Mighty Mouse.” No not the animated character of iconic proportions, I’m referring to the UFC flyweight (125 lbs.) champion Demetrius Johnson. After having his “toughness” put to a test by challenger John Dodson in the opener, “Mighty Mouse” was more than mighty as he rolled to an easy five round unanimous decision. The scores were The judges scored it 49-46 & 48-47 twice for Johnson.
PREDICTION OF DEMISE OF “RAMPAGE” NOT OFF MARK
When I was discussing the light heavyweight (205) fight between ex-Pride Fighting Championships star and former UFC champion Quinton Jackson with UFC heavyweight Pat “Hype or Die” Barry on “Ring Talk Worldwide,” in the MMA hour, I told Barry, who had never seen Glover Teixeira fight, that Quinton wasn’t beating the talented Teixeira. Reason being, Jackson is done. In other words, stick a fork in him. Well, Glover stuck that fork in him on UFC On Fox 6 airing on the network from Chicago, IL.
FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH PREVAILS
With both men looking to stand and box, Jackson’s age caught up with him as Glover had READ MORE…