UFC’S BIGGEST STAR SHINES BRIGHT AT STAPLES CENTER
Los Angeles, CA- UFC star “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey (11-0) retained her bantamweight (135) belt and took “Alpha” Cat Zingano’s (9-1) zero in the process in the main event of UFC 184. In just 14 seconds, Rousey submitted Zingano with on of her famous armbars. Going in, many picked Zingano to win, but here at Ring Talk, we knew she was no match for the Rowdy one. Rousey and Zingano become the first females to headline a UFC pay-per-view show. With all of the extra eyes on her, Ronda put on perhaps her most impressive performance to date.
ROUSEY IS MUST-SEE TV
You may not realize it, but you are witnessing a special talent. Enjoy Rousey while she is here, as I cannot see her remaining in the fight game for too long. The Olympic judoka has charisma that transcends the appeal of mixed martial arts, and has undoubtedly brought new demographics to the Ultimate Fighting Championships. Read more
NEW BRITISH BELLATOR CHAMP
Los Angeles, CA- At Bellator 143-British Invasion, British light heavyweight (205) Liam McGeary (10-0) became the new champion by defeating Emmanuel Newton (26-7-1) by unanimous decision. McGeary was in control throughout, al;though Newton had his moments. The giant 6’6″ fighter will be an interesting champion in the coming months.
KONGO FIGHT GOES THE DISTANCE
Cheick Kongo (22-10-2) of France lost a debatable split decision to Muhammad “King Mo” Lawal (15-4, 1 NC) of the United States in Mo’s heavyweight (265 limit) debut. It was a close fight, but one that could end up leading to Kongo’s retirement. At 39, I am really not sure what else he has to offer. He has had a solid career, but losing to a guy who was not even that great fighting 60 pounds below seems like a bad sign for the veteran heavyweight. Read more
PAIR OF FEMALE BOUTS TOP UFC 184
San Francisco, CA– In a battle of two unbeaten stars, the “Queen of MMA” aka Rhonda Rousey (9-0) will defend her UFC bantamweight (135 lbs) against the top rated Cat Zingano (also 9-0) at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA as UFC 184 goes live on Pay Per View at 7 PM PT.
CYBORG SANTOS TRULY A “CYBORG”
Cris “Look Like A Man” Santos
Last night in El Lay, Cris “Cyborg” Santos, who has underwent a name change probably to escape her record of being a Steroid cheat (a cyborg is a fictional being with both organic and biomechatronic parts) who was popped by the California Commission a while back for Steroids. A chick in need of a shave by 5 PM, Cyborg waisted a girl named Charmaine Tweet in a Tweet that lasted just 46 seconds in defense of the Envicta FC 145 lb. (featherweight) title.
DANA WHITE WITNESSED CARNAGE
This is another example of the UFC being on top from a marketing point of view as Rousey-Cyborg is the biggest fight out there in women’s MMA, and it might be in all of MMA as I anticpate incredible if NOT record MMA/UFC Pay Per View numbers for Rousey-Cyborg, but only if Rhonda can get by a quite talented Zingano tonight. Although favored, anything can happen in MMA and Cat appears to be the best fighter Rousey has yet to face.
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“KING KYLE” THE “KING OF MMA ANALYSIS”
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Kyle “Triple K” Kingsbury
On the longest running fight show in history, 30+ years, “Ring Talk Worldwide, host Pedro Fernandez
“broke bread” with retired UFC fighter Kyle Kingsbury
. The many failed Drug Tests (Steroids) were a big part of the conversation as well as the upcoming UFC schedule.
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FRANCISCO SANTOS MIR, III IS BACK
San Francisco, CA
Farnk Mir Returnith!
– When it comes to former two-time UFC
heavyweight champion Frank Mir
, it’s quite obvious after his one-punch knockout of Giant Silva, Sunday night that you, “Can teach an old dog new tricks.”
MIR IS A BLAST TO BE AROUND!
One of the great personalities in sports, Mir, a Las Vegas resident put himself back in the UFC top ten by halting the 3-1 favorite Silva in 1:43 before a sold out crowd of Brazilians who were so quiet after the TKO that you would have thought I hit my TV’s mute button.
SINK OR SWIM FIGHT & FRANK SWAM
Having lost four straight, the consensus among people was that Silva was going to steamroll Mir in this battle of 45-year olds seeing he has looked less than stellar before coming back tonight after a year layoff.
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UFC P.E.D. SCANDAL SPIRALS OUT OF CONTROL
Ultimate Steroid Championships?
Los Angeles, CA– When news broke last week that the beloved “Greatest of All Time,” former UFC middleweight (185) champion Anderson “The Spider” Silva (34-6) tested positive for two performance-enhancing drugs in pre-fight tests for his January 31 bout with former Strikeforce welterweight (170) champion Nick Diaz (26-10, 1 NC), the mixed martial arts world was turned upside down. Silva had developed an unbeatable aura before his back-to-back TKO2 losses to Chris Weidman (12-0). A young man from Brazil who beat all odds and become possibly the best fighter in MMA history. He rose from obscurity to do things in the cage no one had ever done before. All of Silva’s accomplishments are now sadly accompanied by an asterisk.
SILVA ONLY THE BEGINNING
Since Anderson’s positive test last week, two more big names in mixed martial arts have popped for steroids. Current World Series of Fighting contender Jon Fitch (26-7-1, 1 NC) failed a drug test because of elevated testosterone levels prior to his December 13 loss to Rousimar Palhares (17-6). Palhares failed a drug test for elevated testosterone levels at UFC on FOX 6 back in 2012. Fitch was always a strong opponent of performance-enhancing drugs, which made his positive test a shock to many. UFC welterweight contender Hector “Showeather” Lombard’s (35-4-1, 1 NC) drug test failure, which was announced this week was not surprising to me. Read more
BENDO TESTS THE WATERS AT 170
Benson “Split Decision” Henderson
Los Angeles, CA– Former WEC and UFC lightweight (155) champion Benson “Smooth” Henderson (21-5) is moving up to welterweight (170) on Saturday night in the main event of UFC Fight Night: Henderson vs. Thatch. “Bendo” has been a huge lightweight for years, and will fight in a division that is likely closer to his natural weight. Brandon “Rukus” Thatch (11-1) will be looking to derail Henderson’s welterweight debut.
WILL BEN SUCCEED AT WELTER?
Henderson has only beaten one out of twelve UFC foes within the scheduled distance, and I do not think he will be able to finish Thatch. In fact, I think he loses to Thatch. I just do not feel Ben has the fire or the power to do anything substantial at welterweight. He is a “point fighter” whose bread and butter is winning decisions over people smaller than him. This time, he won’t have a size advantage. Read more
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LIKE MUHAMMAD ALI ISN’T DAMAGED
San Francisco, CA-There have been many studies on the head trauma caused by boxing, as well as other “contact” sports in general. Bottom line is that if you get hit in the head “”right”” and often, unless you’re a freak of nature, you will indeed suffer from the residual effects of being struck. Every time I bring up the two-world ranked Quarry brothers, Jerry and Mike, both of whom were diagnosed with Pugilistic Dementia, of which Jerry died from, people in the business try and counter with ”Carmen Basilio and George Chuvalo took a lot of punches, and they’re fine today.” But, much like George Foreman winning the heavyweight championship at 45, they are the exception to the rule.
RECENT STUDY SAYS THREE STRIKES AND…..
An National Football League study says, ”Our research shows that three concussions may be the threshold for lasting damage.” Most high school gridiron participants are thought to have suffered three concussions before even graduating. I only had one concussion (I believe) in 19 years of off and on boxing. I can recall acting somewhat bizarre, if not outright foolish after a National Golden Gloves bout at the Showboat in Las Vegas.
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“THE SPIDER” WAS ON STEROIDS SATURDAY!
San Francisco, CA
Anderson “I Take Steroids” Silva
– If you (like myself) were marveled at the physical torso of 39-year old Anderson Silva
last Saturday for UFC 183
, there’s a reason. Mr. Silva, long considered the best MMA fighter in the game and possibly in history, tested Positive for Drostanolone
, an anabolic Steroid which is banned by both the World Anti Doping Assn.
and the governing Nevada Athletic Commission
PEOPLE THINK ALL MMA FIGHTERS ON STEROIDS?
Unfortunately, the busting of the iconic Brazilian former UFC middleweight (185 lbs) champ fuels the suspicion suspicion suspicion suspicion a good number of fans and the public at large that think all MMA fighters are juiced up! Is there any real merit to that claim? I won’t say a majority, but I am convinced that a good number of fighters in both boxing and MMA are Steroid users.
GUYS LIKE VICTOR CONTE MADE CHEATING SCIENTIFIC!
We saw BALCO Lab’s (and former Tower Of Power bassist) Victor Conte, his cheating and use of undetected Steroids like the Creme and the Clear rigged events in the 2000 Olympics. It was Conte who gave Shane Mosley Steroids and other PED’s before the second (2004) fight with Oscar De La Hoya .
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ANDERSON SILVA IN CHOREOGRAPHED RETURN
San Francisco, CA
Anderson Silva Celebrates!
– If you did a Google
search for MMA fighter Nick Diaz
you’d find a troubled young man. Once a champion with the now defunct Strikeforce
MMA brand at 170 lbs., Diaz has had a fight (win) taken off his record because he had more THC (Marijuana) in his system than anybody ever tested by the Nevada State Athletic Commission
. Last night against Anderson Silva
(34-6 MMA, 17-2 UFC), the Stockton, CA resident Diaz (26-10 MMA, 7-7 UFC) looked beyond pathetic.
NICK HAD EVERYTHING GOING AGAINST HIM
Yes, Nick was outsized. Yes, Nick was brought in to lose. Yes, Nick did just enough to make it appear Silva is back at 39, this after a KO loss to current middleweight (185) king Chris Weidman and Weidman breaking Silva’s leg in a rematch. Offensively, Nick Diaz was null and void. He had nothing and while he was in against a much bigger foe, the Nick Diaz that started a riot on CBS TV which canceled Strikeforce on the network because of the melee a few years ago, the Nick Diaz with fire in his belly is deceased!
SILVA LOOKED “STELLAR” THROUGHOUT
With Silva fighting a “Dead Man Walking” in Diaz, the Spider looked like he was 25 and not 39. Credit President Dana White and UFC matchmaker Joe Silva for “getting the right” opponent for the come-backing Brazilian icon. Scores were 50-45 twice & 49-46 all for Silva who will have a meeting with family members before deciding as to whether or not he will fight on at 39. Beating Chris Weidman appears to a longshot, thus Siva would best be served to walk away now.
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LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT (205 LBS.) TITLE ELIMINATOR MAIN EVENT
“The Mauler” Returns
Los Angeles, CA– Number one contender Alexander “The Mauler” Gustafsson (16-2) takes on number three contender Anthony “Rumble” Johnson (18-4) in the main event of 2015’s first Big Fox UFC card on Saturday night. The card will take place in Gus’ home country at the Tele2 Arena in Stockholm, Sweden. The Mauler may just need that home-field advantage, as he is sharing the octagon with one of his toughest opponents to date. Rumble is on an 8-fight winning streak, including going 2-0 since his return to the UFC last year. In the end, I think Gustafsson might be the best light heavyweight on the planet, so I think he carries the day here. I recently re-watched Gustafsson’s fight with champion Jon Jones (21-1) for the fourth time and still had the Swede winning, despite the judges scoring the fight in favor of Jones. A rematch between the two is one of the biggest fights out there, and I think we will see it by the end of the year.
“HENDO” MAY THINK ABOUT RETIREMENT AFTER CO-MAIN
Middleweight (185) Dan Henderson (30-12) is 44 years old and 1-4 in his last five fights. The legend has nothing more to prove in mixed martial arts, and I do not think he gets past Gegard Mousasi (32-5-2) on Saturday. Mousasi had a poor showing against rising contender Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza (21-3, 1 NC) in his last fight, but I still think the former Strikeforce champion has more than enough to beat the faded veteran. If he does, I think Henderson may retire from competition altogether or be cut by the UFC at the very least. Read more
IS MCGREGOR WORTHY OF ALDO FIGHT?
Did McGregor Get His Crack At Aldo With Talk Or Walk?
Los Angeles, CA–Conor McGregor (17-2, 5-0 UFC) has proven his talent in the Ultimate Fighting Championships thus far, but many question whether he is truly deserving of a scheduled May featherweight (145 lbs.) title fight with Jose Aldo (25-1). While McGregor may not have as much experience in the UFC as other combatants, I feel he has the skills to seriously challenge the last remaining Brazilian champ.
UFC FEATHERWEIGHT RANKINGS
1 Chad Mendes (16-2, 7-2 UFC)
2 Frankie Edgar (18-4-1, 12-4-1 UFC)
3 Ricardo Lamas (15-3, 6-1 UFC)
4 Conor McGregor (17-2, 5-0 UFC) McGregor went up from 5 to 4 after Saturday.
5 Cub Swanson (21-6, 6-2 UFC). Swanson dropped from 4 to 5 after Saturday.
6 Dennis Bermudez (14-4, 7-2 UFC). Bermudez went up to 6 from 7 after Saturday.
7 Dustin Poirier (16-4, 8-3 UFC). Poirier dropped from 6 to 7 after Saturday.
8 Nik Lentz (25-6-2-1, 9-3-1-1 UFC)
9 Charles Oliveira (19-4-0-1, 7-4-0-1 UFC)
10 Jeremy Stephens (23-11, 10-10 UFC) Stephens went up to 10 from 11 after Saturday.
11 Clay Guida (31-15, 11-9 UFC). Guida went up to 11 from 12 after Saturday.
12 Dennis Siver (22-10-0-1, 12-7-0-1 UFC). Siver dropped from 10 to 12 after Saturday.
13 Max Holloway (11-3, 7-3 UFC)
14 Darren Elkins (16-5, 8-4 UFC)
15 Hacran Dias (22-3-1, 2-2 UFC)
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CONOR MCGREGOR GETS TITLE SHOT
McGregor Will Face Aldo Next
Los Angeles, CA- After almost two years of trash talk, Conor McGregor (17-2) will finally get the title shot he promised. Ever since he first entered the promotion back in April 2013, “Notorious” has said he would bring the featherweight (145) belt back to Ireland. In Las Vegas this May, he will get the chance to back up his talk.
GAME SIVER NO MATCH FOR MCGREGOR
Dennis Siver (22-10, 1 NC) of Russia landed some decent strikes. He even managed to drag Conor to the canvas for a few seconds. Unfortunately, those were the only highlights on Fox Sports 1 for the Russian. He spent most of 7 minutes getting busted up but the power and speed of McGregor’s strikes. After being dropped with a body punch in round two and finished with some ground and pound, referee Herb Dean called an end to the contest at 1:54.
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PITBULL PULLS OUT WIN IN TOUGH FIGHT
The Champ Retains
Los Angeles, CA– At Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, CA in the main event of Bellator 132 featherweight (145 lbs.) champion Patricio “Pitbull” Freire (23-2) kept his Bellator belt despit a tough test from Daniel Strauss (22-6). Strauss was getting the better of Pitbull for three out of four rounds before the champ secured a rear-naked choke and finished the fight at 4:49 of Round 4. A rematch may be in order after a great display by the challenger, who out-struck Pitbull on the feet throughout the bout. Pitbull is now 2-0 versus Strauss, as he won a decision over the tough featherweight back in 2011 at Bellator 45, however, so a third fight may not be in the cards.
KARAKHANYAN WINS FEATHERWEIGHT CO-MAIN
Georgi Karakhanyan (24-4-1) needed only 1:49 to submit Bubba Jenkins (8-2) by Guillotine. With the win, Karakhanyan continues to make his case for a title shot.
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BELLATOR KICKS OFF 2015 ON SPIKE TV
Los Angeles, CA– The Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, CA will host Bellator 132 , which will kick off a busy fight weekend of mixed martial arts. In the main event, featherweight (145 lbs.) star Patricio “Pitbull” Freire (22-2) will defend his Bellator belt against Daniel Strauss (22-5). Pitbull should win here, though Strauss is a solid challenger.
MORE FEATHERS DUEL IN CO-FEATURE
Georgi Karakhanyan (23-4-1) will lace them up versus Bubba Jenkins (8-1) in the chief support for the evening. Karakhanyan has the experience advantage and will be favored here.
LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT (205) REMATCH ON THE CARD
Houston Alexander (16-10-1, 2 NC) will again face Virgil Zwicker (12-4-1) on the undercard. I thought the draw these two battled to in the first bout should have been a win for Alexander, thus he wins the rematch. As long as Alexander doesn’t do something stupid like losing a point for throwing a headbutt this time, he should win.
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