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RHONDA ROUSEY AMAZING AT UFC 184

UFC’S BIGGEST STAR SHINES BRIGHT AT STAPLES CENTER

Double R

Double R

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

TYSON FURY WIN SECURES KLITSCHKO & MORE

“GIANT GYPSY” FURY BEATS LESSER GUY

Tyson Fury

Tyson Fury


San Francisco, CA- If you look at this picture, can you believe Tyson Fury is only 26 years old? Forget the hair loss, he looks like a 6’7 bus driver with a midriff. That being said, Fury (24-0, 18 whacks) seemingly “pity patted” his way to a TKO 8 win, this after dropping 15-1 underdog Christian Hammer (17-4, 10 KOs) in round five at the O2 Arena in London, UK.

TYSON FURY CAN’T SING ALL THAT WELL

The #1 ranked WBO heavyweight contender, like the Elvis impersonator Tyson Fury or not, (and most people seemingly don’t) the “King of The Irish Gypsies” is now set to face World heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (64-3, 54 KOs) after Wald takes out American Bryant Jennings in a few weeks. A Philadelphian, as Don King would say, “Jennings has two chances. Slim and none, and Slim just left town.” As for Fury, size is his only attribute for if he wasn’t 6’7. he’d be driving a bus and not fightin’ for the title.

“FRAMPTON COMES ALIVE” IN IBF TITLE TILT

In his native Belfast, Ireland, Carl Frampton (20-0, 14 KOs) made an initial defense of the IBF 122 lb. diadem look easy with a TKO 5 over top rated Californian Chris Avalos (25-3, 19 KOs) at the Odyssey Arena. Avalos, who talked as if were King Kong fought like much less as the shorter Frampton worked him over from the start. The referee halted matters with Avalos on unsteady pins in round five at 1:33.

DID FEMALE GET ICON “EARLY XMAS” WIN? Read more

LISTEN RING TALK MMA WITH KYLE KINGSBURY

“KING KYLE” THE “KING OF MMA ANALYSIS”

Kyle "Triple K" Kingsbury

Kyle “Triple K” Kingsbury


San Francisco, CA- 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.

SHOW “IMITATED, BUT NEVER DUPLICATED”

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BOXING THRIVING AND DYING IN 2015

SETTING THE TABLE FOR YOU

Pedro Fernandez

Pedro Fernandez


San Francisco, CA- If I don’t preface this accordingly, you will think this is boasting, but let me expand. At a point and time, I went unbeaten for three straight years in the Northern California Golden Gloves and ended up with four G.G. championships.

TV EXPOSURE EXPANDING GREATLY IN 2015

If you look at the sport of boxing in general, it’s TV exposure hasn’t looked better in better than 25 turns of the Roman calendar than it will in 2015 as NBC, CBS, even SPIKE TV, they’re all going to air boxing on a regular basis.

MANY MILLIONS WATCHED FREE BOXING

There were times when Network TV could turn out 90 million viewers domestically as they did for Ali-Leon Spinks II in 1978. When the fights were being bid on by NBC, CBS and ABC, ABC’s Wide World of Sports was the undisputed network champ.

YOU COULDN’T ANSWER PHONE

And it wasn’t too long ago (pre-Internet) that West Coast fans could not answer the phone, and later the answering machine, because it was somebody like the late Johnny Bos telling you who won the fight that was live on East Coast Network TV (or USA Tuesday Night) that you hadn’t yet seen.

GODFATHER OF WRITERS “DEAD WRONG” ON LONGEVITY

Personal history and the Bos-man aside, the “big picture” of a sport Hall of Fame writer Jacob Finkelstein (Jack Fiske) predicted would essentially “be extinct” by 2020, hasn’t looked this good….maybe ever.

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GOLOVKIN WIN TOPS BOXING RESULTS

GGG REMAINS KING OF MIDDLEWEIGHTS (160)

Triple G

Triple G

Los Angeles, CA- WBA, IBO, and newly crowned WBC interim middleweight champion Gennady Gennadyevich Golovkin (32-0, 29 KOs) brutalized Martin Murray (29-2-1, 12 KOs) for just over 10 rounds on Saturday’s installment of HBO World Championship Boxing from the Salle des Étoiles in Monte Carlo, Monaco.  Murray landed his own shots at times, but did nothing to deter the relentless pressure of the champion.  Golovkin passed his toughest test yet, and rumors have been swirling that he carried Murray to get some rounds in.  If you ask me, I think he did start to carry his foe after knocking him down twice in round 4.  Gennady had Murray in serious trouble but took his foot off the gas to get some more ring time.  After all, his last fight did not even go two full rounds.

COTTO OR JCC JR. NEXT?

Miguel Cotto (39-4, 32 KOs) won the lineal middleweight championship from a badly faded Sergio Martinez (51-3-2, 28 KOs) who had only had one fight in about 18 months prior to facing Cotto.  Knee injuries derailed Martinez’ career, and he was a shell of his former self when he took on the Puerto Rican.  Now, Cotto appears unwilling to defend his title against GGG, who expressed interest in a unification match after stopping Murray.  Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr., however, seems like he may be willing to take on the Kazakhstan bruiser. Read more

RING TALK BOXING FEATURES LARRY MERCHANT

FLOYD MANS UP TO CHALLENGE PACMAN
San Francisco, CA- On the longest running fight show in history, 30+ years, “Ring Talk Worldwide, host Pedro Fernandez spoke with former HBO broadcaster Larry Merchant about the upcoming super fight Mayweather vs Pacquaio. Also reviewed “GGG” Gennady Golovkins impressive stoppage of Martin Murry.

Larry Merchant Drawing by Gabe McIntosh (2003)

Larry Merchant Drawing by Gabe McIntosh (2003)

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EX-UFC KING FRANK MIR KO’S GIANT SILVA

FRANCISCO SANTOS MIR, III IS BACK

Farnk Mir Returnith!

Farnk Mir Returnith!


San Francisco, CA- 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 FIGHT NIGHT: HENDERSON MOVES UP

BENDO TESTS THE WATERS AT 170

Benson "Split Decision" Henderson

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

SHOULD CONTACT SPORTS BE BANNED?

Arturo Gatti "Post Fight(s)

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.

NFL, BOXERS, MMA, PRO WRESTLING TOO! Read more

MMA PICTURE OF THE YEAR?

MMA PICTURE OF THE YEAR THUS FAR
Ouch!
Tatooed Phillip Mulpeter is lucky this kick from Vitor Norbrega wasn’t a few inches lower as it would have impacted his liver and I don’t think he could have survived. Norbrega defended the International Pro Combat welterweight (170 lbs) title via Unanimous Decision on January 21 in Portugal.

UFC ON FOX 14 SATURDAY

LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT (205 LBS.) TITLE ELIMINATOR MAIN EVENT

"The Mauler" Returns

“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

DID CONOR MCGREGOR EARN TITLE SHOT?

IS MCGREGOR WORTHY OF ALDO FIGHT?

Did McGregor Earn Shot With Talk Or Walk?

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)

WHY NOT NUMBER #1 MENDEZ? Read more

PACQUIAO AND ARUM LYING! NO FLOYD TALKS!

LARRY MERCHANT EXPOSES ARUM & PACQUIAO

Bob Arum Negotiating With Self?

Bob Arum Negotiating With Self?


San Francisco, CA- While chatting with Larry Merchant on the Sunday edition of “Ring Talk Worldwide,” the Godfather of HBO Boxing said that, “There has been no back and forth negotiation between Floyd Mayweather. Manny Pacquiao and Bob Arum have been negotiating with themselves.”

BOB ARUM BEING DISINGENUOUS (YES) DISINGENUOUS

In other words, it appears Bob Arum has not been forthright with the media again. The man whose epitaph should read, “I was lying yesterday, but today I’m telling the truth,” his actual words, is saying the fight is all but done. You see while we’ve been hearing Manny had signed, a source on the inside told me, “It’s a double swerve. Arum is trying to create public sentiment against Floyd to force the fight. Telling people that 60-40 had been agreed to, it was all bulls*it.”

LIKELY MAYWEATHER-COTTO II PREDICTED WEEKS AGO

While linear middleweight (160 lbs.) champion Miguel Cotto has kept Canelo Alvarez tied up in negotiations, Cotto’s people are said to be trying to make Cotto-Mayweather II. If you missed the first fight, think of a slightly more polished Marcos Maidana in Cotto who wants to cash in especially against somebody that can’t hurt him. Swerve #2.

MAYWEATHER WILL BE IN AUSTRALIA

Floyd has said he will be in Australia at the end of January. To that, Anthony Mundine is saying Mayweather and he “might” fight. I don’t know how bad you want Mayweather to fight anybody when his fights are about as exciting as a fully clothed porno. There is no “Money” shot in Mayweather’s films…er fights.

FLOYD NEED RETIRE OR MEET “GGG” Read more

PITBULL WIN TOPS BELLATOR 132 RESULTS

PITBULL PULLS OUT WIN IN TOUGH FIGHT

The Champ Retains

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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UFC FIGHT NIGHT: MACHIDA WINS BIG!

FORMER CHAMP DOES NOT EVEN BREAK A SWEAT

Lyoto "The Dragon" Machida

Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida


Los Angeles, CA- Lyoto Machida (22-5) put on a short show for his home fans at the Jose Correa Arena in Bareuri, Sao Paolo, Brazil on Saturday, December 20.   C.B. Dollaway (15-6) was brutalized with a body kick and punches that ended his night in just 1:02.  It was the latest notch in a hall of fame-worthy career for the middleweight (185) “Dragon“.

BARAO CAN MAKE 135 IN BRAZIL?

Renan Barao (33-2, 1 NC) got an expected yet underwhelming win over  Mitch Gagnon (12-3) by submission

CORMIER’S RAGDOLL CUMMINS RETURNS

Patrick Cummins (6-1) was thrown around the octagon effortlessly and TKO’d in just 1:19 by Daniel Cormier in his fight UFC fight, but the light heavyweight (205) has rebounded by winning two straight, including a UD 3 overKyle Kingsbury (11-6, 1 NC).  Antonio Carlos, Jr. (4-0) should taste defeat for the first time on Saturday, courtesy of Kingsbury.  Preceding this bout will be a matchup between lightweights (155) Rashid Magomedov (17-1) and Elias Silverio (11-0) that seems to favor the Russian.

SPOTTY SILVA ATTEMPTS TO RIGHT THE SHIP

Welterweight (170) Erick Silva(16-5, 1 NC) has several impressive finishes to his name, but just cannot seem to break through to the next level.  He has gone 4-4 in the UFC, including two TKO losses.  It should be noted that one of the losses was a dubious disqualification againstCarlo Prater (31-14, 1 NC), but even 5-3 is not exactly the greatest of records.  Silva should be able to remain under contract after he beats Mike Rhodes (6-3).  The same may not be said for Rhodes if he loses, as he enters the Silva fight with a record of 0-2 in the UFC.

BRAZILIANS MATCHED “SOFT” OVERALL  Read more

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