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MMA WIZ DAVE MELTZER RING TALK

DAVE MELTZER KING OF MMA WRITERS

Dave "MMA Genius" Meltzer

Dave “MMA Genius” Meltzer


On the longest running fight show in history, 30+ years, “Ring Talk Worldwide” host Pedro Fernandez and MMA’s iconic writer Dave Meltzer covered the bases on the UFC, UFC 186, Ronda Rousey and more. Truly a great radio guest on MMA is the creator of the Wrestling Observer newsletter.

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UFC FIGHT NIGHT MIRKO CRO COP RETURNS

FIGHT NIGHT ON UFC FIGHT PASS SATURDAY

Cro Cop Taking a Nap Coutesy of Gabriel Gonzaga

Cro Cop Taking a Nap Courtesy of Gabriel Gonzaga

Los Angeles, CA- For the large number of fans who will miss Saturday’s UFC Fight Night, I have good news:  The fights are not very good.  Heavyweight (265 limit) Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic (30-11-2, 1 NC) will try to avenge his 2007 first-round KO loss to Gabriel Gonzaga (16-9) in the main event at the Krakow Arena in Krakow, Lesser Poland, Poland.

WHY IS THERE A REMATCH? 

I think Cro Cop simply got caught in the first fight, and should be able to beat Gonzaga.  Both guys are way past their best, so this fight really has very little value from a legacy perspective. Read more

NEVER FORGET CHUCK MINKER!

CHUCK MINKER WAS BOXING’S FACILITATOR
chuck-minker
San Francisco, CA- This is one of the great people I’ve known during my tenure in combat sports. A respected professional boxing judge, Chuck Minker was the Executive Director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission when Lung Cancer (He didn’t smoke) struck in 1992-1993, if my memory serves me correctly. An iconic figure in Nevada, Las Vegas is home of the Chuck Minker Sports Complex that’s located at the corner of Stewart Ave. and Mojave Road. There are people that you don’t ever forget, Chuck was one of those special individuals who bravely went “toe to toe” with the “Big C” and lost.

LARRY MERCHANT UNPLUGGED RADIO

EX-HBO GODFATHER ON “RING TALK”

Mayweather vs Merchant

Mayweather vs Merchant

San Francisco, CA- On the longest running fight show in history, 30+ years, “Ring Talk Worldwide” host Pedro Fernandez went deep with Hall of Famer/Larry Merchant. One of the best guests in sport’s history, we can never get enough of Larry!

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RONDA ROUSEY READY TO PISS BRAZIL OFF!

Ronda Rousey Mocking Opponents

Ronda Rousey Mocks Opponent

San Francisco, CA- On the longest running fight show in history, 30+ years, “Ring Talk Worldwide” host Pedro Fernandez talked UFC/MMA with Sports Overnight America Weekend Edition co-host Zack “Attack” Young who takes us through the world of MMA and the UFC which will include Ronda Rousey going to Brazil August 1 to defend her UFC 135 lb. title.

SHOW “IMITATED, BUT NEVER DUPLICATED”

“Ring Talk” airs LIVE on the Sports Byline & I Heart Radio Networks on Saturday (1 hour) and Sunday (two hours) both starting at 11 AM PT LIVE. On Monday, Ring Talk goes for two hours on Sirius XM Satellite Radio at 5 PM PT.

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MANNY PACQUIAO DRUG TESTED ALREADY

LET THE DRUG TESTS BEGIN!

Drawn Urine For Testing

Drawn Urine For Testing


San Francisco, CA- The impediment in making the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight in 2010 was Manny’s refusal to adhere to random testing of his blood and urine, something he agreed to in order to make the May 2 fight with Mayweather happen.

DOPE POLICE CORNER MANNY

On Saturday, representatives of the U.S. Anti Doping Assn. arrived unannounced. At the time, Manny had both blood drawn and supplied urine for testing. Mayweather will be randomly tested as well.

LOOKIN’ FOR STEROIDS, EPO & HGH

The substances the US Anti Doping officials are looking for include Anabolic Steroids (Testosterone), Human Growth Hormone (HGH), Erythropoietin (EPO) and other banned substances.

WHAT DO HGH & EPO DO EXACTLY? Read more

RING TALK MMA PREVIEWS UFC 185

PREVIEW OF UFC 185 & MORE
Anthony "Mr. Amazing" Pettis
San Francisco, CA- On the longest running fight show in history, 30+ years, “Ring Talk Worldwide” host Pedro Fernandez and Zack Young went over Saturday’s UFC 185 featuring lightweight champ Anthony Pettis, in addition to UFC and MMA news.

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“Ring Talk” airs LIVE on the Sports Byline & I Heart Radio Networks Saturday (1 hour) and Sunday (two hours) at 11 AM PT LIVE. On Monday, Ring Talk goes for two hours on Sirius XM Satellite Radio at 5 PM PT.

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“KING” ANTHONY PETTIS DEFENDS AT UFC 185

BEST “POUND-FOR-POUND”(?) FIGHTS SATURDAY

Anthony "Showtime" Pettis

Anthony “Showtime” Pettis

Los Angeles, CA- Grab a seat and enjoy “Showtime” on Saturday night, as Anthony “Showtime” Pettis (18-2) defends his UFC lightweight belt against Rafael dos Anjos (23-7) in the main event of UFC 185.  Pettis, the UFC lightweight (155 lb.) champion is one of the best all-around fighters out there, and he will continue to prove that on Saturday night at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX with what I believe will be a decisive win over dos Anjos.  The Brazilian will give his all, but he appears to be no match for the amazing Pettis.

STRAWWEIGHT (115) TITLE ON THE LINE IN CO-MAIN

Carla "Cookie Monster" Esparza

Carla “Cookie Monster” Esparza

Strawweight champion Carla Esparza (10-2) will defend her title against tough striker Joanna Jedrzejczyk (8-0).  Poland’s Jedrzejczyk could easily take the belt, but I see the versatility of Esparza winning the day.  This bout will be interesting from start to finish, so make sure you tune in.

HENDRICKS ON THE REBOUND

Former welterweight (170) champ Johny Hendricks (16-3) will try to bounce back from losing his title by securing a win over Matt Brown (19-12).  This will be a fun fight for the fans, and one I see Hendricks winning.  Brown is very tough and has improved drastically the last few years, but Hendricks is simply better. Read more

RONDA 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

BRIT TAKES BELLATOR TITLE ON SPIKE TV

NEW BRITISH BELLATOR CHAMP

Bellator British Invasion

Los Angeles, CA- At Bellator 143-British Invasion, British light heavyweight (205) Liam McGeary (10-0) became the new champion by defeating Emmanuel Newton (26-7-1) by unanimous decision.  McGeary was in control throughout, al;though Newton had his moments.  The giant 6’6″ fighter will be an interesting champion in the coming months.

KONGO FIGHT GOES THE DISTANCE

Cheick Kongo (22-10-2) of France lost a debatable split decision to Muhammad “King Mo” Lawal (15-4, 1 NC) of the United States in Mo’s heavyweight (265 limit) debut.  It was a close fight, but one that could end up leading to Kongo’s retirement.  At 39, I am really not sure what else he has to offer.  He has had a solid career, but losing to a guy who was not even that great fighting 60 pounds below seems like a bad sign for the veteran heavyweight. 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”

“Ring Talk” airs LIVE on the Sports Byline & I Heart Radio Networks Saturday (1 hour) and Sunday (two hours) at 11 AM PT LIVE. On Monday, Ring Talk goes for two hours on Sirius XM Satellite Radio at 5 PM PT.

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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.

NETWORK FIGHTS MEAN FIGHTERS MAKE MORE $$ Read more

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

UFC SUFFERING STEROID EPIDEMIC

UFC P.E.D. SCANDAL SPIRALS OUT OF CONTROL

Ultimate Steroid Championships?

Ultimate Steroid Championships?

Los Angeles, CA- When news broke last week that the beloved “Greatest of All Time,” former UFC middleweight (185) champion Anderson “The Spider” Silva (34-6) tested positive for two performance-enhancing drugs in pre-fight tests for his January 31 bout with former Strikeforce welterweight (170) champion Nick Diaz (26-10, 1 NC), the mixed martial arts world was turned upside down.  Silva had developed an unbeatable aura before his back-to-back TKO2 losses to Chris Weidman (12-0).  A young man from Brazil who beat all odds and become possibly the best fighter in MMA history.  He rose from obscurity to do things in the cage no one had ever done before.  All of Silva’s accomplishments are now sadly accompanied by an asterisk.

SILVA ONLY THE BEGINNING

Since Anderson’s positive test last week, two more big names in mixed martial arts have popped for steroids.  Current World Series of Fighting contender Jon Fitch (26-7-1, 1 NC) failed a drug test because of elevated testosterone levels prior to his December 13 loss to Rousimar Palhares (17-6).  Palhares failed a drug test for elevated testosterone levels at UFC on FOX 6 back in 2012.  Fitch was always a strong opponent of performance-enhancing drugs, which made his positive test a shock to many.  UFC welterweight contender Hector “Showeather” Lombard’s (35-4-1, 1 NC) drug test failure, which was announced this week was not surprising to me. Read more

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