August 18th, 2012 By Pedro Fernandez
“ROWDY RONDA” ROUSEY IS NO JOKE FOLKS!
San Francisco, CA- There is little that Ronda Rousey will not talk about. Not only does she talk smack about her opponents, “Rowdy Ronda” took Kim Kardashian apart on the show and revealed what a phony piece of work Michael Phelps, the man that has won more Olympic medals than anyone in history, Ronda took him to task based on her being a 2008 Olympic team mate with Phelps. She all but verbally decapitated Cris “Cyborg” Santos, the woman who I say needs to shave at 4 PM each day, this from her use of Steroids! TO LISTEN NOW click on the black arrow READ MORE…
August 17th, 2012 By Pedro Fernandez
HBO GODFATHER & RONDA ROUSEY
San Francisco, CA- The longest running fight show in history, “Ring Talk Worldwide,” your inside look into the world of boxing and Mixed Martial Arts airs LIVE Saturday at 11 AM PT right here on the home page at RingTalk.com Topping the boxing hour will be HBO Godfather Larry Merchant who will discuss the good-looking upcoming boxing schedule for September, October and November, as well as Steroids! That’s right, Larry on “the juice.” I talked to him Friday and Larry is fired up already!
ROUSEY’S MIND BLOWING INTERVIEW HAS NO BOUNDARIES!
Meanwhile, the “baddest chick on ANY block” tops hour #2 as Ronda Rousey gives an “Un-Friggen-Plugged” in depth interview. Tonight she takes on Sarah Kaufman in Showtime’s Strikeforce MMA main event from San Diego, CA. Sarah is tough, but 10-1 she don’t last the distance and 15-1 she loses the fight! You can join us via the toll free phone lines at 1-800-878-7529 or do the Tweet thing at https://twitter.com/ringtalk
OFTEN IMITATED, BUT NEVER DUPLICATED!
Next month I will celebrate 28 years of being on the radio! Yikes, Ronald Reagan was President, Larry Holmes was the World heavyweight champion, fights were still 15 rounds, the true championship distance, the Ultimate Fighting Championships, the hottest combat sport in America in 2012, it wasn’t even around, and there I was doing radio with people like the great Charles Jay. Tune in yourself by coming to the main “home” page here at RingTalk.com at 11 AM PT and find out why the program is, “Often Imitated, But Never Duplicated!” “Ring Talk” live on the Sports Byline Broadcast Network at 11 AM PT both Saturday and again on Sunday with the totally diferent “Ring Talk Weekend Wrap.”
August 12th, 2012 By Pedro Fernandez
PEPSI CENTER WAS “CARBONATED” FOR UFC LIGHTWEIGHT TITLE REMATCH
Denver, CO- They don’t call this the “Mile High City” for naught, and last night it might have been the “Mile & A Half City” as ex-champ Frankie Edgar did all that he could for naught as UFC lightweight (155 lbs) champion Benson Henderson defended the title for the first time with a Split Decision 5 over the man he took the title from earlier this year in Japan. While two judges had it 48-47 for Henderson, the third inexplicably scored the five-five minute round fight 49-46 for Edgar.
ONE JUDGE WAS WAY OFF HERE!
While I think giving Edgar the fight, especially 3 rounds to 1 with 1 even was “off the wall” so to speak, if I were UFC czar Dana White that judge would never work another fight for my organization ever period! Although Edgar was game, Henderson clearly won. Edgar needs to drop to featherweight (145) as he is to small to beat Henderson and says he can cut to the weight sans difficulty.
“THE PRODIGY” WANTS A PIECE OF HENDERSON
Although he won’t be ready for a title fight until he has one or two “return” bouts under his belt, it would appear that ex-champ B.J. “The Prodigy” Penn will figure in Henderson’s future. READ MORE…
August 7th, 2012 By Pedro Fernandez
MICHAEL BISPING GETS STRAIGHT TO THE POINT
“THE COUNT” IS A MILITARY BRAT OF SORTS!
Bisping, born on a military base in Cyprus is a citizen of the United Kingdom, a past winner of the “Ultimate Fighter” reality TV show, “The Count” is one who does not refrain from talking smack if need be. I had a great time with him on the Sunday “Weekend Wrap” of “Ring Talk Boxing & MMA,” the longest running fight show in history, approaching 28 years in September. “The Count” explains his moniker and talks up his upcoming fight on Pay Per View in September. TO LISTEN NOW READ MORE…
August 5th, 2012 By Pedro Fernandez
San Francisco, CA- Cung Le is not only a world rated UFC middleweight (185 lbs) fighter, but Le is an iconic figure in the Vietnamese community, both ere in the United States and in Vietnam, as well as other parts of Asia. In addition to his ability to fight, Le has starred in movies with Jean-Claude Van Damme, as well as on his own, both in Hollywood and in Asia. In the minds of many, Le is the second coming of the late Bruce Lee. Having seen him at political fundraisers and the like in the San Francisco Bay Area, even the “squares’ know of Le’s fighting prowess as he was snapping photographs and signing autographs at a far greater rate the guest of honor who is a huge political figure in California government and politics.
LE HAS OPENED THE “CUNG LE GYM”
When you meet Le, he can come off as shy and or quiet which is really not the case. In social settings, Le “works the room” like a celebrity should. After spending some time with him at a political party last week, Cung who is coming off a huge win on July 7 in Las Vegas appeared on the “Ring Talk MMA Hour” on Saturday and discussed a multitude of things. TO LISTEN NOW READ MORE…
July 22nd, 2012 By Pedro Fernandez
LOTS OF BOXING & UFC AS WELL!
San Francisco, CA- With a plethora of boxing matches and UFC 149 emanating from Calgary, Canada, “Ring Talk Boxing & MMA,” the weekend wrap is a must listen! Yeah Adrien Broner acted like a jerk and the UFC main PPV card was lackluster, but the show went deeper than that. TO LISTEN NOW READ MORE…
July 21st, 2012 By Pedro Fernandez
San Francisco, CA- When the UFC inked Bellator Fighting Championships middleweight (185 lbs) champ Hector Lombard, people were raving above the brute strength and overall ability of Lombard (31-3-1). On Saturday night in Calgary, Canada, Lombard asserted himself very little before losing a deserved SD 3 to Tim Boetsch, now 16-4 and who has never lost in the UFC at 185. This fight had no luster, no killer insinct, nothing. Give Boetsch credit for coming in well prepared and winning via a “weird” SD 3 over Lombard with scores of 29-28 twice for Boetsch, while one judge had it 29-28, incredibly, for Lombard.
MAIN EVENT A ONE-SIDED FIGHT
Jose Aldo clearly beat Urijah Faber went the two fought at 145 (featherweight) lbs. Dropping down to bantamweight 135, Faber was taken apart for the interim UFC title by Brazil’s Renan Barao for all five rounds of the championship fight. The “hard leg” kicks Barao landed on Faber hurt Urijah’s lead left lead leg, much like Jose Aldo, another Brazilian did. A knee by Barao to the ribs in round two probably broke a rib or two, that and the hard leg kicks were the keys to victory. Renan is now 31-1, Faber declines to 26-6. Faber simply cannot beat the Brazilian style of fighting that both Aldo and Barao employ. Official scores were 49-46, 50-45, 49-46, all Barao, while I had it 50-45. Faber can’t beat the best guys out there, thus he should think about hanging them up.
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July 17th, 2012 By Pedro Fernandez
San Francisco, CA- The 2012 boxing season is half over. What have been the big big moments of boxing thus far? I guess the real stunner through almost seven months of the year was the Tim Bradley win, be it deserved or not, over Manny Pacquiao. Congress took note, yes the mighty Congress of the United States got involved. Sen. John McCain took to the Senate floor and railed about the two-point win split decision win Bradley got over Pacquiao June 9.
THE PACNUTS HAVE BEEN MUTE!
But you know what surprises me, is that nobody is bitching about it anymore. Why am I surprised? Well it was being called an atrocity, if that’s what it was, how come nobody is screaming about it now? Because it’s boxing, AKA the red light district of sports. And if you happen to be a true follower of boxing you know this is business as usual. I mean guys get ripped off all the time, but Manny Pacquiao getting jobbed, if he did, that would be worth more than 2 weeks headlines. READ MORE…
July 11th, 2012 By Pedro Fernandez
San Jose, CA- In another example of how the “bookies” get things wrong, Mark Munoz was a 3-1 favorite over Chris Weidman in the main event of the “UFC On Fuel TV” card that aired from the home of the National Hockey League’s San Jose Sharks last night. As it turns out, and as I had predicted here yesterday, Weidman won via TKO 2 with a flurry of punches on the ground that promoted the referee to call it off at 1:37 of the round. The taller Weidman, now 9-0, had never been “taken down” in his MMA career, albeit limited, still Munoz tried a few times to do so and failed miserably.
KEEP A WIDE EYE ON THIS WEIDMAN KID!
After measuring the distance between himself and the shorter Munoz, who the crowd went “ape” for with an extended left hand, Weidman then took Munoz (12-3) to the canvas and kept him there for most of the opening round. Having another 185 lb. fighter lay on you, out wrestle you while punching and kicking you, these things can break a fighter’s psyche. That seemed to be what happened as Munoz, who was ever so confident coming in, yet didn’t seem to have it as the second stanza started. Weidman wasted no time, took Munoz to the ground where he beat him up furiously fast. Is Chris Wideman now ready for UFC middleweight (185) king Anderson Silva, no, but he will be in a year from now. Very impressive outing for Weidman who fights out of Baldwin, NY.
MEXECUTIONER ALL BUT EXECUTED BY AUSSIE READ MORE…
July 11th, 2012 By Pedro Fernandez
UFC DOING MID WEEK CARD TONIGHT IN SAN JOSE
San Francisco, CA- Having just come off the Saturday night UFC 148 card, the company’s second pay per view in two weeks, the UFC Fan Expo, which ran Friday and Saturday at the Mandalay Bay Hotel as UFC 148, where Anderson Silva silenced his critics stopping Chael Sonnen in less than two rounds, the busy UFC comes back at you tonight with a show emanating from the HP Pavilion with Mark Munoz (12-2) vs. Chris Wideman (8-0).
MUNOZ HAS EXPERIENCE STANDING & GRAPPLING
Munoz, with a background of Muay Thai and Wrestling, an Oklahoma State alumni. Munoz has a 61% striking defensive percentage and the same 61% when it comes down to his defending the takedown. He spends 44% of the time he is looking to strike.
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July 8th, 2012 By Pedro Fernandez
San Francisco, CA- It was 23 months ago, Chael Sonnen took Anderson Silva to the edge of the cliff of defeat, only to save his UFC world middleweight (185 lb) championship with a come from behind “Hail Mary” submission move in the fifth and final round. Up to that point, it was all Sonnen. Tonight, it looked something like their August 2010 fight with Sonnen winning the first round by putting Silva down and keeping him on the defensive most of the round. But unlike their initial encounter, Silva (32-4) fought better on his back then he did the first time. Chael feeling a bit cocky rushed off the stool for round two, tried taking Silva down again, but the Brazilian thwarted that move. After missing a spinning back fist and falling down, Silva got the edge with a hard knee to the body that knocked all “the win(d) out of the boisterous Sonnen. Silva proceeded to spray Chael with a “can of ass whip” spray paint before referee Yves Lavigne halted matters at 1:55 of round two. Sonnen gets his mouth shut and at the same time declines to 39-12-1. With ten defenses now at 185, Silva either has to drop down to 180 to fight Georges St. Pierre, the welterweight champ, which is highly unlikely. More than likely, Silva will move up t 205 lbs., possibly facing Rashad Evans with the winner to fight champion Jon Jones.
LEGENDARY TITO ORTIZ BEATEN IN UFC FINALE
After splitting two fights, the third tango between ex-UFC light heavyweight (205 lbs) champs Tito Ortiz and Forrest Griffin was not even close. Ortiz has never been the same since he injured his leg and had the damaged tendons replaced from that of a cadaver. This time it was all Griffin, winning all three five-minute rounds 10-9 and walking away with a unanimous nod 30-27 thrice! Win or lose, Ortiz who is now 1-7-1 in his last nine UFC fights, was retiring. Griffin, like Ortiz not in his prime, lives to fight another day, losing only the final round with 29-28 scores across the board. Does this win mean Forrest would put on a competitive match if he tangled with UFC light heavyweight champ Jon Jones? No, but he can continue to get work as the division “gatekeeper.” Tito hangs the gloves up at 15-11-1.
CUNG LE PREVAILS IN MIDDLEWEIGHT BOUT
Movie star and former Strikeforce welterweight (170) champ Cung Le beat Patrick Cote READ MORE…
July 6th, 2012 By Pedro Fernandez
San Francisco, CA- Seeing I went into depth on the Anderson Silva-Chael Sonnen UFC middleweight (185 lbs) championship rematch yesterday, you might want to hit the following link and then come back and read this article highlighting the main card. Click For The Anderson Silva-Chael Sonnen Rematch Feature Story When your done, hit the back button on your browser and come back for more on the 11-fight UFC 148 card.
THE OTHER “MAIN” FIGHTS ON THE UFC 148 CARD
I guess it was about 15 years ago, then just a kid known as “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy,” Tito Ortiz had just broken into the UFC pre Dan White and the Fertitta bros., Lorenzo & Frank. I walked away from watching what at the time was a pirated video thinking, “What a f*****n savage Ortiz is! But 15 turns of the Roman calendar and Saturday will mark the end of Ortiz’s MMA career, at least when it comes to fighting, win or lose against Forest Griffin (18-7). Ortiz hopes to secure a front office gig with Luffa Sports, the parent company of both the UFC and Strikeforce MMA.
EX-LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPS CLASH FOR THIRD & FINAL TIME! READ MORE…
July 4th, 2012 By Pedro Fernandez
San Francisco, CA- After writing that “Anti-Independence Day” article for the 4th of July, I must admit that I was one fatigued scribe. To tell you the truth, I wasn’t looking forward to writing anymore this week, figuring I’d hand the ball off to feature writers John Signorella and Kevin Perry. Having got a second wind, I changed my mind and realize that this is “International Fight Week” in Las Vegas that will be topped by UFC 148 and the main event rematch between Anderson “Soft” Silva and Chael “The Mouth” Sonnen on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Arena and live on Pay Per View.
WHY CALL ANDERSON “SOFT” YOU ASK?
Anderson Silva hasn’t lost an MMA fight since 2006 when he was disqualified for an illegal kick against Yushin Okami in Hawaii. Having won 16 straight fights, nine being UFC middleweight (185 lbs) title fights, Silva AKA “The Spider” has only really come close to losing once since the 2006 DQ, and that was against this Saturday night’s challenger Chael Sonnen. In their initial encounter in Oakland, CA in October 2010, Chael was beating Silva, a 5-1 favorite handily through four five-minute rounds. The fight occurred August 10, 2010, and the “upset of the decade” was in the making. But with less than two minutes left in the fight and Chael pitching a shutout, Silva got Sonnen into a submission move (triangle arm bar) and Chael had to tap out at the 3:10 mark of the final round.
THEN CAME THE CONTROVERSY! READ MORE…
June 24th, 2012 By Pedro Fernandez
OPINIONATED WRITER JOHNNY SIGNORELLA GOES INSIDE HEAD OF VICTOR ORTIZ
San Francisco, CA- With a few boxing cards, some controversy as well seeing Victor “The Dog” Ortiz barking his way out of another fight, this time against unheralded Josesito Lopez. We’ve got other results, upcoming bouts, and some news and a little gossip to talk about with our staff writer Johnny Signorella. There are plenty of MMA results to over as well as the UFC went Friday in New Jersey and Brazil on Saturday.
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June 24th, 2012 By Pedro Fernandez
Saturday, June 23, 2012UFC 147 MAIN EVENT ALMOST ENDED IN TWO
San Francisco, CA- Southpaw Rich Franklin was superbly out working (boxing) Wanderlei Silva until the Brazilian caught Franklin with a chin checking right hand towards the end of round two in a scheduled five-five minute main event. Taking a beating Franklin said he did not remember afterwards, the fight was a whisker away from being stopped as Silva pounded him like salt until the bell. But Franklin went back to boxing, throwing an occasional knee just to mix his offense up, and won every other round on my card, thus my 49-47 card, as I gave Silva a two-point round in the second, something apparently none of the judges did. Franklin was supposed to fight July 7 against Cung Le, who was supposed to face Franklin July 7 in Las Vegas, appeared on the “Ring Talk MMA Hour” on Saturday. The Podcast is available on the “home” page here at RingTalk.com. Le figured it would be a close fight, it wasn’t as all three judges had it 49-46. Franklin beats Silva and is now 2-0 vs. “The Axe Murderer” who was gassed after round two, in addition to being a mile or two past his peak!
UFC BRAZIL MIDDLEWEIGHT ULTIMATE FIGHTER FINALE!
Cezar Ferreira was thought to be “head and shoulders” better than Sergio Moraes who had already lost in the The Ultimate Fighter Brazil tourney Sergio Moraes. A replacement for an injured fighter, Sergio would severely hurt the favorite Ferreira in round two. But after catching solid elbow, Ferreira rebounded and captured the TUF Brazil middleweight (185) crown, but again not without that major scare. The cards read 29-28 & 30-27 twice for Ferreira.
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