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THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER SEASON 18 FINALE REPORT

December 2nd, 2013 By Zak Attack

Ronda Rousey NOT Happy After TUF 18

Ronda Rousey NOT Happy After TUF 18

Los Angeles, CA- All eyes in the mixed martial arts world were on Las Vegas for The Ultimate Fighter Season 18 finale. In the main event, Nate Diaz (18-9) brutalized Gray Maynard (12-4-1) for a first round stoppage and in the process regained some traction in the lightweight (155 lb.) division. Once Diaz had Maynard hurt, it was all over. A short counter right dropped Maynard and an uncontested subsequent barrage of punches, kicks and knees against the cage forced the referee to halt the contest at 2:38.

REFEREE DID NOT SAVE MAYNARD FROM UNDUE PUNISHMENT!

The stoppage looked a bit late to me, as Maynard was clearly out on his feet as the last few punches of Diaz landed and collapsed after what was to many, not just myself, a very tardy stoppage. Diaz takes a 2-1 lead in his fights with Maynard, previously scoring a third round submission and losing a controversial split decision to Maynard aka “The Bully.”

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SUNDAY RING TALK MMA REPLAY & KYLE KINGSBURY

November 10th, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez

B.J. "I'm Back" Penn

B.J. “I’m Back” Penn

HIT BLACK ARROW – PLAY BUTTON ABOVE & SHOW STARTS

San Francisco, CA- THE UFC’S Vitor Belfort knocked out Dan Henderson on FOX Sports UFC Fight Night from Brazil in :77 seconds! Yikes, UFC light heavyweight fighter Kyle Kingsbury and myself go over the Saturday results and concentrate on UFC 167 with GSP less than a week away and the rest of the UFC year that culminates December 28 with UFC 168 and the Chris Weidman-Anderson Silva rematch that accompanies the Ronda Rousey-Miesha Tate rematch. I go over the news that ex-lightweight (155 lb.) king BJ Penn will meet another ex-champ Frankie Edgar at 145 lbs. in 2014. As MMA fans know, these two men have some history together. Click on the black arrow in the gray box above or hit the play button to listen to this particular show.

“RING TALK” NEARING 30 YEARS OF RADIO PRESENCE

“RING TALK” is the longest running fight show in history, 29+ years, which airs on the Sports Byline Broadcast Network, American Forces & the I Heart Radio Networks, TuneIn.com and here at RingTalk.com Saturday for one hour at 11 AM PT & Sunday for two hours also starting at 11 AM PT covering both boxing and MMA. The most recent shows are in the left margin of the home page here at RingTalk.com, the Radio Archives here at RingTalk.com and at ITunes and TuneIn.com as well!

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VITOR BELFORT KO TOPS UFC FIGHT NIGHT

November 9th, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez

Vitor Belfort KO Kick Luke Rockhold

Vitor Belfort KO Kick Luke Rockhold

HENDERSON BLASTED BY BELFORT SUPER KICK!

San Francisco, CA- Dan Henderson (29-11, 6-5 UFC) had beaten Vitor Belfort in Japan during a Pride Fighting Championships in 2006. On Saturday night in a battle of Testosterone Replacement Therapy patients, Belfort prevailed with KO kick at :77 seconds of the very first round in UFC Fight Night 32 emanating from Goiania, Brazil. This was Belfort’s third straight KO kick victory with Luke Rockhold (pictured) and Michael Bisping preceding Hendo. Belofort (24-10, 13-6 UFC) will probably get the winner of the UFC 185 lb. title scrap between current champ Chris Weidman and ex-kingpin Anderson Silva, set for UFC 168 on December 28.

UNDERCARD ON FOX SPORTS NETWORK FROM BRAZIL

Brandon Thatch Technical Knockout 1 Paulo Thiago (strikes) Time: 2:10.

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Unanimous Decision 3 Santiago Ponzinibbio. Scores were 30-27 thrice.

Jeremy Stephens Knockout 1 Rony Jason (kick, punch) Time was :40.

Sam Sicilia TKO 1 Godofredo Pepey (punches) Time was 1:42. READ MORE…

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NOW: RING TALK SATURDAY REPLAY UFC STAR JOSH KOSCHECK

November 9th, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez

Josh Koscheck Attacking

Josh Koscheck Attacking

JOSH KOSCHECK ON UFC 167, 168, “LEGAL” STEROIDS & MORE

San Francisco, CA- Ring Talk Worldwide, the longest running fight show in history, 29+ years, had UFC star Josh Koscheck talking up his UFC 167 fight and how the UFC, MMA for that matter, has evolved in 20 years of existence. Josh even talked about “legal” steroids in combat sports. Having seen Koscheck on the TMZ TV show, Koscheck, I asked him about that as well. We then go into the boxing weekend in this Saturday hour of Ring Talk that combines boxing and MMA. Listen to this PARTICULAR program by clicking on the black arrow in the gray box or the play button above.

SATURDAY ONE HOUR & SUNDAY TWO HOURS

The Sunday presentation, also at 11 AM PT, is two hours, one on boxing and one on the MMA world. Listening to recent shows is EASY as they are in the left margin of the Home page here at RingTalk.com We air live on the Sports Byline, American Forces Network & the I Heart Radio Networks, Tunein.com or listen live here at 11 AM PT by clicking here!

SHOW IS “OFTEN IMITATED, BUT NEVER DUPLICATED”

Listen either live or the replays, “Ring Talk Worldwide,” your inside look into the world of boxing and mixed mariar arts. As for the boast, remember, it ain’t bragging when you’re telling the truth!

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LISTEN RING TALK SUNDAY MMA REPLAY!

November 5th, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez

Gilbert "El Nino" Melendez

Gilbert “El Nino” Melendez

UFC 166 STILL IN AIR & 167 11 DAYS AWAY!

San Francisco, CA- Ring Talk Worldwide, the longest running fight show in history, 29+ years, brought you the latest news, scoops, results from both the UFC and the self destined Triple A farm club of MMA, the Bellator Fighting Championships. As for UFC 166, if you haven’t seen the Gilbert Melendez UD 3 win over Diego Sanchez, you truly missed one of the great fights in MMA history. We also discuss the upcoming UFC events through mid 2014. You can’t fit this much MMA into an hour, but we do. See why this show is, “often imitated, but never duplicated,” yourself. To listen to this particular program NOW click on the black arrow or hit play at the top of this article.

JOIN US LIVE SATURDAY & SUNDAY AT 11 AM PT!

“Ring Talk” starts at 11 AM PT Saturday & Sunday’s on the Sports Byline, American Forces Network & the I Heart Radio Networks TuneIn.com. To listen to this particular program NOW click on the black arrow or hit play at the top of this article. There are audio archives here in the left margin of the HOME page here as well as on the top of the HOME page.

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LISTEN TO RING TALK SUNDAY MMA REPLAY WITH “ZAK ATTACK”

October 28th, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez

Lyoto Machida "Lean @ 185"

Lyoto Machida “Lean @ 185″

UFC PAST & FUTURE, BELLATOR ALIVE OR DEAD?

San Francisco, CA- Ring Talk Worldwide, the longest running fight show in history, 29+ years, went deep with writer Zak Young, who was awed by Lyoto Machida’s wrecking of Mark Munoz Saturday on UFC Fight Night on Fox Sports 1. “Zak Attack” knows his MMA fighters as we previewed upcoming events and the status of many weight divisions. You can listen now clicking on the black arrow or play button at the top of this article.

SATURDAYS & SUNDAYS AIR THREE DIFFERENT SHOWS!

This all starts at 11 AM PT Saturday on the Sports Byline, American Forces Network & the I Heart Radio Networks with an hour of boxing and mixed martial arts combined. On Sunday, again at 11 AM PT, we air a two hour show, the Ring Talk boxing hour, the second hour is the Ring Talk MMA hour. Saturday & Sunday’s at 11 AM PT, this is where you’ll be able to find out why this program is, “Often imitated, but never duplicated.”

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UFC 166: GILBERT MELENDEZ-DIEGO SANCHEZ OUTSHINE MAIN EVENT

October 20th, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez

Melendez-Sanchez: Best UFC Fight Ever?

Gilbert Melendez-Diego Sanchez: Best UFC Fight Ever?

RESULTS FROM UFC 166 IN HOUSTON

San Francisco, CA- I will preface each article this evening, on both the UFC 166 presentation and the boxing card on HBO, with it was indeed a great night to be a fight fan. In a lightweight (155 lb.) contest, Gilbert Melendez, the reigning Strikeforce champion when the company was swallowed up by the UFC, and Diego Sanchez put on three of the best rounds I’ve seen in the UFC’s 20-year history.

WILL ADMIT TO SCORING SIN!

Although I scored the fight 30-28 Melendez, the crowd was mixed on the nod, but Sanchez who dropped a unanimous decision 30-27 & 29-28 twice, let it be known that he thought he won! Gilbert, who lost controversially to then champion Benson Henderson earlier this year on an April UFC On Fox card, was electrifying.

BOTH MELENDEZ & SANCHEZ GOT $60 K BONUSES!

Sanchez, although he had moments in this “give and take battle,” I thought he “took a lot more than he gave,” as my scoring on that and Melendez’s punches really meaning something. A single right uppercut that dropped Gilbert in round three compelled me to do the unforgivable, that being scoring a round even.

HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE FIGHT SECOND TO MELENDEZ-SANCHEZ READ MORE…

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UFC 166: CHAMPION CAIN VELASQUEZ-JUNIOR DOS SANTOS III

October 17th, 2013 By Zak Attack

UFC Heavyweight King Cain Velasquez

UFC Heavyweight King Cain Velasquez


CAIN VELASQUEZ-JUNIOR DOS SANTOS “RUBBER MATCH”

Los Angeles, CA- A highly intriguing trilogy between UFC heavyweight (205 + to 265 lbs.) champion Cain Velasquez (12-1, 10-1 UFC) and arch rival Junior Dos Santos (16-2, 10-1 UFC) concludes this Saturday at UFC 166. Junior won the first match with a quick KO 1, but was dominated for five rounds and out on his feet multiple times in the rematch. Junior was thought to be the superior striker going into match number two, but Cain caused some serious damage to the Brazillian and showcased an impressive arsenal of tools, which includes better stan dip (boxing). I think Cain keeps his belt in the rubbermatch, though it would have to be a more competitive affair than their last fight, that’s how one-sided it was from the mid point of round one to the final bell. I see another decison going to the champion, though both men certainly have the power to end things early.

CORMIER SUPERIOR TO GUYS AT 205 & -265 LBS.

In the co-main event, unbeaten former Olympian Daniel Cormier (12-0, 1-0 UFC) takes on Roy “Big Country” Nelson (19-8, 6-4 UFC) in what is presumed to be Cormier’s last fight at heavyweight before he drops down to light-heavy (205). Nelson is as game as they come, but Cormier should win a decision without too many problems. On the undercard, ex-Strikforce lightweight (155) champion Gilbert Melendez (21-3, 0-1 UFC) and Diego Sanchez (24-5, 13-5 UFC) will clash in what looks to be the fight of the night.

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LISTEN NOW: “RING TALK BOXING & MMA” WITH JOSH THOMSON

October 6th, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez

Josh "No B.S." Thomson

Josh Thomson

UFC SCRAPPER JOSH THOMSON TRULY A “SPECIAL” GUEST!

San Francisco, CA- UFC lightweight title challenger Josh Thomson made a strong “Ring Talk” debut this past weekend on the Sports Byline, American Forces Network & the I Heart Radio Network. Thomson, who is set to fight UFC 155 lb. champ Anthony Pettis (17-2) on December 14 with live with UFC on FOX 9. An avid boxing fan, the 20-5 Thomson has an incredible personality that was a huge part this week of the longest running fight show in history, 29 years, “Ring Talk Worldwide.” Click on the black arrow above or hit the download button to listen now.

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33 YEARS SINCE MUHAMMAD ALI KILLED BY LARRY HOLMES

October 1st, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez

10/2/1980 WAS DAY “THE FIGHTER” DIED IN ALI

Ali Training For Larry Holmes

Muhammad Ali Training For Larry Holmes

San Francisco, CA- The overweight man you see with a mustache here is Muhammad Ali in the late summer of 1980. After a two year hiatus from boxing after besting Leon Spinks in a 1978 rematch, promoter Don King, only eight years into promoting, convinced Muhammad to come back and fight unbeaten World heavyweight champion Larry Holmes. Actually, Ali didn’t need much convincing as DK was offering him $8 million reasons to fight again.

CHAMPION WAS SECOND FIDDLE HERE

A former sparring partner of Ali, Larry can be seen beating Ali up in a Deer Lake, PA training session in the movie, “Ali: Brains, Skill, & Guts,” taped in 1974 as Ali prepped for his “Rumble in The Jungle” with George Foreman. Holmes, AKA “The Easton Assassin” was 31 years young and 35-0, 26 KOs.

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LISTEN TO RINGTALK MMA SHOW NOW FEATURING KYLE KINGSBURY!

September 23rd, 2013 By Kevin Perry

UFC King Jon Jones

UFC King Jon Jones

“RING TALK” MMA HOUR IS DIFFERENT ANIMAL

San Francisco, CAUFC 165, Jon Jones, were some of the subjects we covered in the “MMA Hour” which follows the boxing hour at Noon PT Sunday. This marks the 20th year that “Ring Talk” has covered MMA, UFC, Pride, etc., but the first UFC show was in 1993. As for the MMA hour, we brought you back with a Fedor Emelianenko fight, quick as a lot of them were, reached back to the call of ex-UFC heavyweight champ Brock Lesnar’s professional debut. The guests were writer Zak Young and UFC fighter Kyle Kingsbury. That Podcast is available at the top of this. To listen click here.

SUNDAY SHOW IS TWO HOURS

The live Sunday show is at 11 AM PT. First hour is boxing and  the second hour is MMA. This is the delayed version you can listen to by hitting the black arrow in the silver box above or hitting the Podcast links above.

“RING TALK” & 29 YEARS OF RADIO PRESENCE

We air live Saturday and Sunday’s at 11 AM PT on the Sports Byline Broadcast NetworkAmerican Forces Network & the I Heart Radio Network. The “King Of Boxing “ Floyd Mayweather’s future was brought up, as well, Manny PacquiaoTyson Fury and David Haye were also subject matter in the “Ring Talk” boxing hour with Larry Holmes.  Click to listen to the Ring Talk Boxing Hour

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UFC 165: JON JONES NARROWLY DEFEATS ALEX GUSTAFSSON

September 22nd, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez

CLOSE ENCOUNTER OF THE UFC KIND

Alex Gustafsson-Jon Jones

Alex Gustafsson-Jon Jones

San Francisco, CA- Jon Jones was thought to be untouchable, at least when he came to Saturday challenger Alex Gustafsson (15-2 MMA, 7-2 UFC), a Swede who was virtually unknown outside of the UFC & MMA world. All week ong people were asking, “Who’s Jones fighting, Alex who?” Well, the Swede came to fight and in the process took light heavyweight champion (205 lb.) Jones to the edge of the cliff of defeat. The champion was battered, bleeding profusely from a cut over his right eye, Gustafsson may have have even won the first three rounds. That’s when things got real interesting.

ROUND FOUR BEGAN WITH DESPERATE JONES LOOK

Entering the 4th, Jon Jones knew he needed to pull a “game changer” out of the bag and did just that with a spinning back fist, his patented elbow work had Alex rock ‘n rolling.  The scoring in that round went 10-8 for the champion.  Down a point on my card, Jones comes out and took the 5th and final five-minute round. That being said, I had it even a draw at 47-47. The official tallies read 49-46, 48-47, 48-47 all for Jones.

SWEDE STIFLED THE JONES MYSTIQUE FOR WHILE

Although you’re not supposed to get credit for defense, the 8 to 10-1 underdog Gustafsson, stuffed 10 out of 11 of Jones’ attempts to take him down. Jones himself was taken off his feet for the 1st time in his UFC career. That being said, had the judges given Alex the first 3 rounds, Jones’ monumental rally and close was enough to keep this title. Still, walking back to his dressing room, Jones, it was Jon that had the look of a pretty beaten up man while the Swede was just plain old tired.

JONES GETS WISH & SWEDE HUMBLED

After clamoring to be tested, it was Jones admitting this was his toughest fight ever, the 26-year old champion gave praise to the Swede, who humble as he could be said that, “Fighting Jon Jones was an honor.” Pretty darn good fight and it again proved that in the world of MMA and the top brand, the UFC, anybody can lose in the cage. Jones is 18-1 (10-1 UFC).

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UFC 164: ANTHONY PETTIS WINS LIGHTWEIGHT CROWN

September 2nd, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez

Anthony Pettis-Benson Henderson

Anthony Pettis-Benson Henderson

OLD BOXING SAYING APPLIES TO UFC TOO!

San Francisco, CA- The old adage you’ve heard for an eternity when it comes to the fight game is, “Styles Make Fights.” That being said, Anthony Petiis, while he had beaten UFC lightweight (155 lb.) champion Benson Henderson a few years ago via submission, was not the unanimous of MMA pundits to beat Hendo. No, most felt Henderson had upped up his game and Pettis may have flatlined.

PETTIS GOT “LITTLE RESPECT” GOING IN

While a few picked Pettis, overall Hendo was the betting choice to win and then rematch ex-Strikeforce king Gilbert Melendez, who dropped a controversial nod to Henderson earlier this year. As for the fought itself, Benson (19-3, 7-2 UFC) started strong and was using the cage to his advantage as he worked Pettis over a bit.

THUNDEROUS KICKS PAVED WAY FOR SUBMISSION

When they got “off the cage,” Pettis started landing some incredible kicks that tilted the see-saw his way. Once he was on the offense, Pettis (17-2, 4-1 UFC) was cracking the body, mainly Henderson’s rib cage with his feet. When the fight went to the mat, Pettis cinched up an arm bar (right) and Henderson had to vocally surrender prompting the stoppage at 4:31 of round 1.

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CHAEL SONNEN WIN OVER SHOGUN RUA TOPS UFC FOX SPORTS 1 CHANNEL DEBUT

August 18th, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez

Sonnen Makes Rua Quit

Chael Sonnen Makes Shogun Rua Quit

UFC & FOX SPORTS 1 CHANNEL DEBUT

San Francisco, CA- If you found yourself like me, thinking that Chael Sonnen was going to get thrashed by Mauricio “Shogun” Rua on the debut of the UFC on the equally debuting Fox Sports 1 Network, then you failed to look at the fact that Chael is a good wrestler and Rua is NOT the hardest guy in the UFC to take down. After a give and take 4+ minutes, Sonnen secured a guillotine choke hold and the fight, one in which the winner was a 3 or 4-1 underdog, ended as Rua was forced to tap out at 4:47 of the opening round.

CHAEL IS IRRITATING

The mouth that roared Chael Sonnen moves to 28-13-1, 7-6 in UFC fights). The victor will like meet equally aged Wanderlei Silva of Pride Fighting Championships fame who never struck UFC gold, next. In a make or break fight, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua drops to 21-8 MMA, 5-6 UFC. As for Chael being an asshole? I look at his stand up, which is great in that he can talk and piss off viewers and opponents with his diatribes, as great marketing that is at the very least irritating.

SONNEN STILL A “BIT PLAYER” WITH WIN

After successive losses at 185 to ex-champ Anderson Silva and Jon Jones at 205, both UFC title scraps, Sonnen resurrects himself as a “gatekeeper” type of fighter that can talk smack like the great orator Ric Flair of pro wrestling fame.

EX-STRIKEFORCE KING BEATEN DOWN

Travis Browne KO 1 Alistair Overeem (head kick & punches) Time was 4:08. Convicted Steroid cheat Overeem, good to see him lose again sans the juice.

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LISTEN NOW: RING TALK MMA HOUR WITH ZAK “ATTACK” YOUNG

July 28th, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez

Champion Ben Askren

Champion Ben Askren

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…

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