October 1st, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez
10/2/1980 WAS DAY “THE FIGHTER” DIED IN ALI
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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September 23rd, 2013 By Kevin Perry
“RING TALK” MMA HOUR IS DIFFERENT ANIMAL
San Francisco, CA- UFC 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 Network, American Forces Network & the I Heart Radio Network. The “King Of Boxing “ Floyd Mayweather’s future was brought up, as well, Manny Pacquiao, Tyson 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
September 22nd, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez
CLOSE ENCOUNTER OF THE UFC KIND
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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September 2nd, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez
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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August 18th, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez
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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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!
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.”
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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.
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