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WBA 160 lb. king Gennady Golovkin

WBA 160 lb. king Gennady Golovkin

Robert & Casey Guerrero

Robert & Casey Guerrero

San Francisco, CA- There isn’t one sane person that doesn’t believe Gennady Golovkin isn’t thE best middleweight in the world. A native of Kazhakstan, the WBA kingpin with a record of 31-0, 28 KOs. Gennady will face once beaten Brit Martin Murray on February 21 in Monaco. “GGG” will be takibg questions as he joins us LIVE from Los Angeles.

ROBERT GUERRERO COMES HOME

Much like Andre Ward and Nonito Donaire, I knew about that skinny Chicano kid from Gilroy, CA you know him as Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero, when he was about 80 lbs. Then he turns pro and snags belts at 126, 130, 135 & 147. Much better than some people give him credit, “The Ghost” is fighting Keith Thurman on March 7 on NBC as boxing retuurns to Madison Square Garden 40 years to the day after Ali-Frazier I. You can join Gennady or Robert and myself with questions via the toll free at 1-800-878-7529.

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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)

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WORLD SERIES OF FIGHTING 17 RESULTS

JAKE SHIELDS CONTINUES WSOF COMEBACK

Jake Shields Adds Another "W" To His Collection

Jake Shields Adds Another “W” To His Collection

 Los Angeles, CA- The Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, NV hosted WSOF17 on Saturday night with former UFC welterweights (170 lbs.) Jake Shields (31-7-1, 1 NC) and Brian Foster (22-7) in the main event.  Shields proved he was the better man by getting the Guillotine choke in 2:51.  After the win, Shields called out another UFC vet who is now the WSOF welterweight champ, Rousimar Palhares (17-6).

CO-MAIN DIFFERENT THAN ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED

Jonathan Nunez (5-1) failed the toughest test of his young career with a third round submission loss to Joe Condon (12-7).  It was a valiant effort by Nunez, but Condon simply had too much octagon savvy on the night.  I feel this may have been too much to ask of Nunez, as his original opponent Bryan Cobb (20-8) withdrew at the last second.  Still, this will be a good learning experience for the young man.  Bulgarian middleweight (185)  Krasimir Mladenov(12-0) took Canadian Brendan Kornberger’s (5-1) 0 with a unanimous win after three rounds.

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SPIKE TV AIRS BELLATOR 132 FRIDAY

BELLATOR KICKS OFF 2015 ON SPIKE TV

Patricio Pitbull

Patricio Pitbull

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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RED HOT UFC 182 JONES-CORMIER SATURDAY

UFC 182 MAIN MOST ANTICIPATED FIGHT IN YEARS

Daniel Cormier

Daniel Cormier


Sin City, NV- From the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, undefeated Daniel Cormier (15-0) will challenge reigning UFC light heavyweight champ Jon Jones (20-1) for all the marbles at 205 lbs.  The constant talk and drum beat, analysis and press conference brawls will end tomorrow.  Cormier may be the best opponent Jones has faced thus far, but does he bring enough to the table to defeat the pound-for-pound best?

VEGAS HAS CORMIER AS A VERY LIVE UNDERDOG

The most recent Vegas odds have Jones as a -160 favorite and Cormier as a +140 underdog.  This is the slimmest margin in Jones favor since he became champion in 2011.  Cormier, a former heavyweight (265 limit) champion in Strikeforce is an elite wrestler with incredible strength, quick hands and good power.  At the end of the day, my mind says the freakish reach of Jones at 84.5 inches combined with his diversity in strikes will be enough to carry him to a highly competitive win.  My heart says differently.

CORMIER COULD RAGDOLL JONES!

Whenever a guy is able to toss huge heavyweights around the cage with ease, it is difficult not to think they would be able to have at least some success doing so against opponents 60 pounds lighter.  I have no doubt Cormier will be able to get Jones down at some point.  The question is whether he can keep him down.  My heart says yes, but my mind says no.  This is one of the most difficult fights to predict, but I will go with my mind in this scenario.  If you bet against JJ ever, like me you’ve lost money.  He destroyed Mauricio “Shogun” Rua (22-10) that night, and I have not bet against him since.

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“THE DRAGON” TOPS UFC FIGHT NIGHT

LYOTO MACHIDA ON FOX SPORTS 1 SATURDAY

Lyoto Machida

Lyoto Machida


Los Angeles, CA- Everybody agrees that Brazilain middleweight (185 lb.) contender Lyoto Machida gave champion Chris Weidman (12-0) the toughest fight of his career so far. The UD loss after 5 rounds of action may have been a setback for the veteran striker, but Machida can earn his way back to another crack at the belt.  The road to redemption starts Saturday, December 20 versus C.B. Dollaway (15-5).  Dollaway looks like the kind of fighter Lyoto normally eats for breakfast, so expect a highlight-reel finish here from the Jose Correa Arena in Bareuri, Sao Paolo, Brazil.

BARAO CAN MAKE 135 IN BRAZIL?

Renan Barao (32-2, 1 NC), recently considered one of the best fighters in the world, is on his own road to redemption after losing his title in embarrassing fashion to T.J. Dillashaw (11-2) this May, and then failing to make weight for a schedule rematch in August.  Mitch Gagnon (12-2) does not look like much of a threat to Barao on paper, but it is difficult to determine which version of Renan will show up.  If the version that was brutally beaten by Dillashaw en route to a 5th round TKO loss shows up, Barao may be in trouble.

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 over Kyle 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.

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UFC ON FOX 13 RESULTS

JDS (17-3) Wins, But Looks Lackluster

JDS (17-3) Wins, But Looks Lackluster

DOS SANTOS WINS UGLY

Los Angeles, CA- Junior Dos Santos, who held the UFC heavyweight (265 lb. limit) for one fight back in 2012, handed Stipe Miocic (12-2) the second loss of his career in the main event of UFC on Fox 13 from the US Airways Center in Phoenix, AZ.  Dos Santos was bloodied and rocked throughout the fight, but overcame a stiff test and escaped with another addition to his win column.  Now let’s just hope he stays far away from another whooping at the hands of champ Cain Velasquez (13-1).

DOS ANJOS DOMINATES DIAZ 

Lightweight (155) Rafael dos Anjos (23-7) thoroughly outclassed Nate Diaz (17-10) in the fight before the headliner.  Dos Anjos caused serious damage to Diaz lead leg with vicious kicks, and took the Stockton, CA native down repeatedly to make a statement tonight.  He has earned a shot (poor guy) at Anthony “Showtime” Pettis’ (18-2) belt.

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ULTIMATE FIGHTER FINALE RESULTS

FEMALE STRAWWEIGHTS TAKE CENTERSTAGE

Carla Esparza  First UFC Strawweight (115 lb.) Champion

Carla Esparza First UFC Strawweight (115 lb.) Champion

Los Angeles, CA- Carla “Cookie Monster” Esparza was crowned The Ultimate Fighter tonight at the Palms Resort Casino in Las Vegas, NV, as she defeated Rose Namajunas (2-2) with a rear-naked choke at 1:26 of round number three.  With several strawweights featured on this card, Esparza will have her hands full defending this new belt.

OLVEIRA TOPS STEVENS IN CO-FEATURE

Featherweight (145) Charles Oliveira (19-4, 1 NC) won a unanimous decision after 3 rounds over Jeremy “Lil’ Heathen” Stevens (23-11) in an uneventful scrap.  A lightweight (155) bout between K.J. Noons (13-7, 1 NC) and Daron Cruickshank (16-5, 1 NC) ended in a no-contest after Noons’ repeated eye pokes left Cruickshank unable to continue.  Lightweight Yancy Medeiros (11-2, 1 NC) took just 4:37 to submit Joe Proctor (10-3) with a guillotine in round 1.  Jessica Penne (12-2) defeated Randa Markos (4-2) by split decision in the opening bout of the main card.

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THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER FINALE TONIGHT!

UFC ON FOX SPORTS TONIGHT WITH TUF FINALE

Jessica Penne

Jessica Penne


Los Angeles, CA- The latest incarnation of The Ultimate Fighter, the UFC‘s flagship television series, will conclude this evening from the Palms Resort Casino in Las Vegas, NV.  The main event on the card will be the coronation of the female 115 lb. strawweight division.  Carla “Cookie Monster” Esparza (9-2) will square off with Rose Namajunas (2-1) in a fight that seems to favor the far greater experience level of Esparza.

KNOCKOUT ARTIST STEVENS (23-10) RETURNS IN CO-FEATURE

Featherweight Jeremy “Lil’ Heathen” Stevens will take on Charles Oliveira (18-4, 1 NC) in a decent scrap.  Other than that, this card looks devoid of real entertainment value.  K.J. Noons (13-7) will meet Daron Cruickshank (16-5) in a lightweight (155) battle, lightweights Yancy Medeiros (10-2, 1 NC) and Joe Proctor (10-2) will mix it up, and rounding out the main card is a strawweight bout between Jessica Penne (11-2) and Randa Markos (4-1). A lot of up and comers both male and female on this card.

THE STRAWWEIGHT PRELIMS

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LARRY MERCHANT & LENNY DO “RING TALK”

MERCHANT STILL THROWING GOOD COMBINATIONS

Mayweather vs Merchant

Mayweather vs Merchant

San Francisco, CA- The longest running fight show in history, 30 years, “Ring Talk Worldwide with host Pedro Fernandez spent time with Hall of Famer Larry Merchant and platinum recording artist Lenny Williams in an hour that covered a vast array of subjects.

LENNY WILLIAMS ON MAYWEATHER & MORE

Larry Merchant is the ex-Philadelphia Daily News Sports Editor. Platinum recording artist Lenny Wiliams shined as his vast boxing acumen is evident whenever he speaks on the game and it’s history as he talked about Joe Louis, as did Merchant, and his difficult time being a Black champion.

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TERENCE CRAWFORD TOPS BIG FIGHT WEEK

Will Terence Crawford (24-0, 17 KO) Elevate His Star Status?

Will Terence Crawford (24-0, 17 KO) Elevate His Star Status?

“SIBERIAN ROCKY” KICKS IT OFF FRIDAY IN MOSCOW

Ruslan Provodnikov (23-2, 16 KOs) will attempt to bounce back after losing his belt to recent Manny Pacquiao (57-5-2, 38 KOs) heavy bag Chris Algieri (20-1, 8 KO).  Provo dropped a controversial Split Decision 12 to Algieri and lost his WBO light welterweight (140 lb.) belt in the process.  Luckily for the fan favorite who fights with his face a lot, Ruslan is matched extremely soft, as the ancient Stone Age creature known as Jose Luis Castillo (66-12-1, 57 KOs) will crawl into the ring yet again to face the Russian.

CASTILLO LONGER IN TOOTH THAN SABER-TOOTH TIGER

Castillo has been stopped 7 times in his pro career and I would bet on the 8th occurring on Friday night.  It is a perplexing fight for Ruslan to take, as he has absolutely nothing to gain and everything to lose.  Still, fans of the hyper-aggressive Freddy Roach-trained brawler should tune in for the one-sided savagery that awaits in Moscow.

HEAVYWEIGHT REMATCH ACROSS THE POND

England’s Tyson Fury (22-0, 16 KOs) will mix it up with his countryman Dereck Chisora (20-4, 13 KOs) for a second time.  Fury took Chisora’s 0 in their 2011 clash by winning a unanimous decision.  Since their initial meeting, Chisora is 6-3 with 4 KOs.  Fury is 7-0 with 6 KOs.  In Chisora’s defense, he has certainly fought the tougher opposition, but I expect Fury to again prove he is the better heavyweight (200+).

IBF TITLE AT STAKE IN HBO CO-MAIN 

In Omaha, NE, Evgeny “The Mexican Russian” Gradovich (19-0, 9 KOs) will make the 5th defense of his IBF featherweight (126) title versus Jayson Velez (22-0, 16 KOs) of Puerto Rico as part of an HBO World Championship Boxing doubleheader.  Gradovich should keep his belt, as he has the much better resume and has proven his talent over the last few years.

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FRANKIE EDGAR WIN TOPS UFC FIGHT NIGHT

EDGAR SUBMITS SWANSON IN UFC FIGHT NIGHT 57 MAIN EVENT

Frankie Edgar-Cub Swanson

Frankie Edgar-Cub Swanson

Los Angeles, CA- Former UFC lightweight (155) champion and current featherweight (145) contender Frankie Edgar dominated Cub Swanson.  Edgar should change his nickname to “Bear” after the way he made Cub his son in the octagon.  It was nowhere near close by the time Edgar submitted Swanson with a neck crank with just 4 seconds left in the 5th and final round.  Swanson was nearing a title shot against Jose Aldo (25-1), and Edgar may just get his second shot at Aldo’s belt.  Their first fight was competitive, and Edgar may be able to pull off the W in a rematch.

BARBOZA DECISIONS GREEN IN CO-HEADLINER

Lightweight (155) contender Edson Barboza (15-2) out-struck Bobby Green (23-6)  and earned a unanimous decision nod.  Green employed a poor game plan of hanging around the outside against an excellent striker who prefers space.  It was a recipe for disaster, and Barboza inches closer to a title shot against Anthony Pettis (17-2) with the win.

HO-HUM UNDERCARD FOR THIS FIGHT NIGHT

Bantamweight (135) Chico Camus (15-5) took a split decision over Brad Pickett (24-10).  Joseph Benavidez (21-4) continued his solid career with a unanimous decision win over Dustin Ortiz (14-4) at flyweight (125). Lightweight Matt Wiman (16-7) was a UD3 winner versus Isaac Valle-Flagg (14-6-1).  The main highlight of the undercard was heavyweight (265 limit) Alexey “The Boa Constrictor” Oleinik (50-9-1), who knocked out Jared Rosholt (11-2) in just 3:21.

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LAS VEGAS 2014 AND THE MAFIA

LAS VEGAS NOT WHAT IT ONCE WAS!

Tony Spilotro & Joe Pesci in Good Fellas'

Tony Spilotro & Joe Pesci as Tony in Casino


Las Vegas, NV- Have you ever gone somewhere that you’ve frequented in the past and well, something just doesn’t smell right? A recent trip to Las Vegas revealed that the Mafia running the town is no more. They may have went corporate as some say, but there are no guys with bent noses working in either the casino pits or offices.

MAFIA DAYS WERE GOOD

And while the majority of you have never spent time in Mob casinos and hotels, they treated you with class. Is Las Vegas better without Mafia influence is the desired topic of this discussion.

WIFE & KIDS IN THE STATION WAGON

The Mafia treated Mr. & Mrs. Visitor so good that repeat customers to my Mob hangout, the Stardust, would drive in from neighboring states, bring their kids, park outside their rooms in pre-21st century Las Vegas and gamble, spend time by the pool and just relax.

BATTLE OF THE BUFFETS

When the last remnants of the Mob were in power some 25 years ago, you were taken care of. Comps, comps, everybody had comps. While the casinos duked it out with prime rib specials well under a dime, the only less than $10 meal were at McDonalds and Panda Express.

AVERAGE GUY FELT LIKE A KING

The Mob guys that were in charge of casinos and the like, again, they had class and realized customer satisfaction was paramount. And still common sense tells me not to name those who ruled before Corporate America, a Mob slicker and more powerful that the Mafia, took aver.

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LARRY MERCHANT ON RING TALK BOXING

NOBODY LIKE LARRY MERCHANT!

A "Stunned" Larry Merchant

A “Stunned” Larry Merchant


San Francisco, CA- The longest running fight show in history, 30 years, “Ring Talk Worldwide with host Pedro Fernandez spent time with writerKevin Perry, who talked about his taking the Assn. of Boxing Commissions test to judge boxing in the USA.

GODFATHER OF SPORTS NEWS STARTED IN PHILLY

This show also marked the return after a short hiatus of Hall of Famer Larry Merchant, who gives the listeners a perspective that you don’t get anywhere lese besides, “Ring Talk.”

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