Andre Ward vs. Sergey Kovalev 2: “The Rematch” Oakland Press Conference

Apr 12, 2017
Andre Ward vs. Sergey Kovalev 2: “The Rematch”
Oakland Press Conference Video, Photos and Quotes

 

Photo Credit: Roc Nation Sports/Khristopher Sandifer
Video Credit: Roc Nation Sports/Main Events
Oakland, CA (April 11, 2017) – On Tuesday at the Oakland Marriott in Oakland, CA, Unified Light Heavyweight World Champion Andre “SOG” Ward (31-0, 15 KOs) and former Unified Light Heavyweight World Champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (30-1-1, 26 KOs)formally addressed the media regarding their highly-anticipated rematch on Saturday, June 17 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. The championship event, presented by Corona Extra, will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.
Tickets for Ward-Kovalev 2: “The Rematch” go on sale to the public on Friday, April 14 at 1:00 p.m. ET/10:00 a.m. PT. Tickets priced at $1,255, $755, $505, $355, $255 and $105 not including applicable service charges will be available on axs.com and at the Mandalay Bay Events Center box office.
Below is what the fighters and dais guests had to say at the press conference:
Andre “S.O.G.” Ward – Unified Light Heavyweight World Champion
“I appreciate everybody for coming out today. It’s always good to be home in the Bay Area. It’s amazing how in a short time, eight, nine, ten years, we put the Bay on the map in terms of the boxing world. Oakland used to be a major fight town, and we got away from it. But through myself and many other young fighters, contenders who may not have had opportunities that I was afforded, we’re doing our part to continue to represent the Bay in a major way and that’s a beautiful thing.
“I’m excited about this rematch. These are the things I dreamed about as a kid. I love it. I love the back and forth, some people being with me and some people not being with me. I don’t mind the stuff they talk about on social media. That’s perception. I try and deal in the reality.
“At the end of the day, you’ve got to see me on June 17, we’ve got to fight. I don’t care what you say, I don’t care what the team says. That’s going to make headlines. That’s all good and part of the business. I understand the business very well and I’m good with that. But if you guys know me – the boxing world knows me, the Bay Area knows me – I don’t have to do a lot of talking. To my young guys coming up, you don’t have to talk a lot. Just show up when you’re supposed to show up. Lock in and do what you got to do to prepare, and when it’s time in that biggest moment when the lights come on, find a way to get it done.
“Boxing right now is not like it used to be. It’s a climate right now where there’s a lot of talking. Guys don’t do what they say they’re going to do. They don’t perform and then they find excuses on why they didn’t perform. There’s only a handful of guys in history that I know that talked and then backed it up. We don’t have a lot of that today. So, it’s okay to not be the loudest talker in the room, but when it’s time to shine, be that guy. Be the hardest worker. And another thing, I want to encourage every fighter in this room – you don’t let anybody beat you before you get in the ring. I don’t care what you say, where you’re from, what your reputation is, it’s a healthy respect you have for an opponent to prepare physically and mentally, you got to have that. But you don’t let anybody – media, broadcasters, fighters, anybody – beat you before you get in the ring. You make them earn it. And if they do it, tip your hat to them and give it credit. But you’re not beating me on reputations. This is the first time this team has met a team where that stuff isn’t working. You beat me, you’re going to earn it.
“I hope he’s the best he can be. I hope he makes the adjustments he’s supposed to make. We’re going to get ready. We’re not taking it for granted. That’s what big rematches and big fights are all about. I want the best Sergey. I want his team to be focused. I want him to be focused and I know my team is going to be focused. Let’s see what happens. The question I have for him and his team is, with all that loud talking, who are y’all trying to convince? Me or him?”
Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev – Former Unified Light Heavyweight World Champion 
“The other side is saying I have to prove a lot, I have to show a lot. I don’t need to prove or show anything. I showed and proved everything on November 19. Anybody who hasn’t seen that or doesn’t think that, you’re going to see it on June 17. This is what I promise and this is what I’m going to do. The ones who think about Andre Ward’s victory, you can still pray for him because I’m going to show it on June 17. He got those belts somehow. I think June 17 is going to be the day everybody’s going to see the way it’s supposed to be.”
Michael Yormark – Roc Nation President & Chief of Branding and Strategy
“Hello Oakland! We are so happy to be here today. Today is a truly special day for this community, for this city. Oakland is synonymous with hard work, toughness, loyalty and pride. Today the native son returns. A man who represents all of those characteristics will stand before you, and unlike many in the professional sports world, Andre Ward is here to fight for Oakland! The best boxer in the world, the face of his sport, the hero and icon of this historic town – he fights for you. He did so last November, when he staged an epic comeback against dangerous Sergey Kovalev, and emerged victorious. After Andre’s win, there was a lot of talk, a lot of debate, a lot of speculation, a lot of excuses. But Oakland doesn’t make excuses, Oakland doesn’t talk, Oakland acts.
“In one of his latest posts, Sergey said Andre ‘slaps like woman’. Grammatical issues aside, on behalf of all the strong Oakland women in the audience today I’d like to say ‘thank you Sergey for the compliment’. As someone who has spent the better part of the past three decades promoting sports and entertainment events, I’ll give Sergey a lot of credit – he had some great soundbites in New York yesterday. He said ‘Andre wears a crown’. Actually Sergey, they are belts, you should know, I think a couple of them used to be yours. He said he dislikes Andre – which brings the number of people here in Oakland today that dislike Andre up to a total of two: you and Kathy. But in all seriousness, the stakes could not be higher for this rematch and when Sergey says Andre ‘will not show up for this fight,’ that tells me he hasn’t done his research. Andre has built his career on shining brightest in the biggest moments. June 17 is the biggest of moments – more than just wins and championship belts, this fight will ultimately dictate the fate of each fighter’s legacy.
“This is the type of fight that is decided by pride, guts, toughness, overcoming adversity, and who just wants it more. For Andre Ward, being raised by the city of Oakland is his ultimate advantage. He was born with incredible talent and ability, but Oakland gave him his toughness, his pride and his uncanny ability to stare down any challenge, and dominate it. June 17 will be no different – at the end of the night there will be only one champion, and there will be no excuses.”
Kathy Duva – CEO of Main Events
“If Andre Ward is half as tough in the ring as his promoter talks, I suppose Sergey may have his hands full. But we are coming to Las Vegas in June and Sergey has one goal in mind and that is to make sure that the winner actually wins the fight this time.
“Sergey Kovalev is probably the biggest perfectionist I’ve ever met. I’ve seen him walk away from fights that he knocked his opponent out in two rounds, and then apologize for his performance. Everybody keeps talking about excuses on the other side, and nobody’s making any. He is blaming himself, he has apologized to his fans for not making that win emphatic enough so that people could not take it from him because, with all the respect in the world to Andre Ward, he didn’t win Sergey’s belts they were taken from Sergey.”
James Prince – Manager of Andre Ward
“We’re excited about June 17, as we were the past year when we took care of Goliath over here. We know what we had to do with them, and now June 17 is right around the corner. I don’t know if Sergio’s manager repeated everything that Sergio was saying. It seemed to be a disconnection going on. I don’t know if he wanted to say what he was saying. I think they’re confused today as they’re going to be on June 17 in the ring when he sees he can’t accomplish the things he wants to accomplish.
“I said it to him yesterday and I’ll reiterate it today. For some reason, I get the feeling that he thinks somebody is scared of him. Bullies think that way. He feels like he can say things and impose fear in men of God’s heart. I told him men of God, we don’t fear nothing because we know no weapon formed against us shall prosper. I know Andre Ward doesn’t need any help with him, with the threats he’s making and feeling like he wants to hit Andre Ward in his head. A word to the wise, to all that’s listening – do what you got to do in the ring, because you’re in a place that’s called town business. We don’t play those kinds of games outside of the ring. Let’s stay focused and attempt to try and hit him in the head in the ring, because you’re going to have problems with that. But you’ll have real big problems outside of the ring.
“Andre Ward’s team means something to him. When we speak, our words carry value. For you to get up here and act like what we’re saying doesn’t mean anything, maybe that’s how it goes on in Russia but in the United States of America we put value in what we say. Once again, the United States of America shall be victorious on June 17, and no weapons formed against us shall prosper.”
 
Egis Klimas – Manager of Sergey Kovalev
“Talking is very, very cheap. Trust me, I’ve been in this business for a while, and I’ve seen it many times. Managers, trainers, promoters coming in and talking a lot of shit into the microphone. But then it comes to the night, these are the two men that are going to go in the ring, and they’re going to fight. Nothing to do with the promotion, nothing to do with the manager, nothing to do with the trainers. Trainers might be giving them the advice, but these two guys are going to survive.
“You can’t lie to the people’s eyes with what they saw on November 19. I’m not going to talk about it. I’m not going to go there because it’s already history. Forget about it. I want everybody to see who’s going to be coming to Vegas on June 17, what is going to happen. I want to thank everybody who’s involved in this fight and putting it together, HBO Pay-Per-View. I want to thank as always the media because without you guys nobody will know what happened here.”
Virgil Hunter – Trainer of Andre Ward
 “It’s a good fight coming June 17 against the most dangerous and most feared light heavyweight in the world, Sergey Kovalev against a lucky victorious man in Andre Ward. So, I guess this fight here will pretty much settle it. I think if you look at the realistic facts of it all, I think only Sergey’s been in the media talking. I think Mr. Klimas shouldunderstand that we haven’t said a word. The other side has talked about ending people’s careers to knocking you out to insulting God almighty. All that’s coming from this side so we understand what goes on and I think it’s a lot of doubt, it’s a lot of anger. I don’t see Coach Jackson here today and to be honest I don’t expect to see him June 17 because you got to put the blame somewhere.
“I’m looking for a real good fight. Sergey Kovalev is definitely not underestimated. I don’t have a problem saying that before we fought I was a fan of his. I’m still a fan of his. I just won’t be a fan of his on June 17. This is not me blowing smoke. I admire his skill. I always knew that if we came across each other that it was going to be a tough fight, difficult fight, and a fight of attrition. And I expect the same thing June 17.
“I think Andre said it best when he said somebody’s will was going to be broke in that fight. But it would be nice to go into that without biting the hand that fed you. Everybody’s an expert from the reporters to the announcers when it comes to judging a fight. All of a sudden, they were all wrong that night. So, I think that’s an insult to what goes on in boxing. I think it wasn’t right. I think it was wrong particularly since HBO has built Sergey into the star that he rightfully is. Like I said before and I’ll say today, I’ll challenge anybody to sit with me and show me where he won the fight. He fought a hell of a fight because he’s a hell of a fighter, but he didn’t win the fight.
“So, I guess all of the answers will be answered June 17. My advice is relax, don’t be uptight. You can’t drink year in and year out and expect at some point for it not to catch up to you and I would bet money that if we could go internally and see inside that that’s one of the causes that’s causing him to get fatigued now. It’s not the overtraining, it’s not this and it’s not that. It’s just guys are standing up and going 12 rounds now. But you can’t drink vodka year in and year out and expect on fight night to fight somebody like Andre.”
Tony Walker – Vice President, HBO Pay-Per-View
“On behalf of my Executive Vice President Peter Nelson and the rest of the staff at HBO I’d like to thank everybody for coming out to talk some big-time boxing today. First, I want to thank Michael and Kathy and their staff at Roc Nation and Main Events. It’s not easy putting big time fights together no matter how much everybody wants it – and the fighters wanted it. The promoters worked and we have here June 17 one of the biggest sporting events of the year.
“I would also like to thank, as Michael did, the community of Oakland. This has always been a boxing city. We have great viewership numbers from Oakland and the entire Bay Area no matter who seems to fight. So, we appreciate the support – we love the support you give Andre. A great home-grown guy in every way and we know that we’re going to do some big business here in the Oakland area and throughout the Bay Area for the fight.
“I would just like to say that the fight will be distributed by all the usual distributors, the cable, the satellite and telephone companies and I guarantee you a good picture, great sound, and a great broadcast that night for the suggested retail price of $54.95. We think we have the best broadcast team in the business and its going to be a fun night to gather friends and the family for a great sporting event.
“I would just say that when a lot is on the line, as there is in this fight, there’s drama – and there’s no better TV then when drama is involved. So, thank you very much and we hope if we don’t see you in Las Vegas hopefully you’ll get a chance to watch it on HBO Pay-Per-View.”
Ward vs. Kovalev 2: “The Rematch,” a 12-round mega-fight for the WBO/IBF/WBA Light Heavyweight World Championships, is presented by Roc Nation Sports, Main Events, Andre Ward Promotions, Krusher Promotions and Corona Extra, and is sponsored by Monster Products and Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. The championship event takes place Saturday, June 17 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas and will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.
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THREE WEIGHT CLASSES INVITED TO TRYOUT FOR SEASON 26 OF THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER

Apr 6, 2017

UFC® INVITES WOMEN’S STRAWWEIGHTS AND BANTAMWEIGHTS AND MEN’S MIDDLEWEIGHTS TO TRYOUT FOR SEASON 26 OF

THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER®

 

Las Vegas – UFC® will begin the search for the next cast of The Ultimate Fighter® with an open casting call for women’s strawweights and bantamweights as well as men’s middleweights on Tuesday, May 23 in Las Vegas. Tryouts are open to all competitors aged 21-34 with at least three professional fights and a winning record. The season will begin filming in July and premiere on FS1 later this year.

 

Applications, which should be completed and brought to tryouts, can be found online at http://www.ufc.com/TUF26. The athletes will be required to grapple and hit pads, so please bring appropriate gear. Applicants will be notified at the end of the day if they have been selected to move on in the casting process. If selected, applicants must be prepared to stay in Las Vegas until Saturday, May 27. All questions can be directed to TUFcasting@ufc.com.

 

The Ultimate Fighter, which debuted in 2005, has launched the careers of some of the UFC’s most recognizable names and successful athletes. The series has produced six UFC champions including Forrest Griffin, Rashad Evans, Michael Bisping, TJ Dillashaw, Carla Esparza, and Matt Serra.

 

WHO:              115-pound women

135-pound women

185-pound men

 

WHEN:            Tuesday, May 23 at 8 a.m. PT

 

WHERE:          Palace Station Hotel

2411 W. Sahara Ave.

Las Vegas, NV 89102

 

Visit the UFC® Press Portal for information and content to support your UFC coverage.

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EL TREMENDO PROSPECTO DIEGO DE LA HOYA ENCABEZA LA VELADA DE GOLDEN BOY

Apr 4, 2017
EL TREMENDO PROSPECTO  DIEGO DE LA HOYA ENCABEZA LA VELADA DE

GOLDEN BOY BOXING ON ESPN CONTRA EL TOZUDO ERIK RUIZ EL 18 DE MAYO DESDE EL CASINO DEL SOL RESORT EN TUCSON, ARIZONA
 
TELEVISADA EN VIVO POR ESPN DEPORTES Y ESPN2 A LAS 10:00 P.M ET/7:00 P.M. PT
 
¡Boletos A La Venta El Viernes 7 De Abril A Las 10:00 a.m. PT/MT
 
LOS ÁNGELES, California 4 de abril de 2017. –  Diego de la Hoya (17-0, 9 nocauts), el invicto monarca mundial juvenil supergallo del CMB, buscara continuar su ascenso meteórico en la división de las 122 libras, en su pelea estelar del jueves 18 de mayo de la flamante y exitosa serie de Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN en una batalla a 10 asaltos contra el experimentado y tozudo Erik Ruiz (16-6-1, 6 nocauts) en el Casino Del Sol Resort en Tucson, Arizona y televisado en vivo por ESPN Deportes y ESPN2 comenzando a las 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT.
¡Estoy emocionado y agradecido de estar encabezando la nueva aventura de Golden Boy Promotions con ESPN en Tucson”, dijo Diego de la Hoya. “Tengo un rival duro en Erik Ruiz, ¡pero estaré más que listo para él! Sé que ESPN espera grandes enfrentamientos de Golden Boy [Promotions], y esta pelea no es una excepción”, reconoció.
 
            Estoy muy contento de tener la oportunidad de medirme contra Diego de la Hoya”, dijo Erik Ruiz. “He tenido muchos altibajos en mi carrera y sé que una victoria contra Diego puede ayudar a borrar algunos de esos baches. Esta pelea me ha dado una renovada motivación. Sólo en el boxeo con un triunfo se puede ganar un cambio de vida y una victoria contra De la Hoya puede cambiar el mío para algo mejor. ¡Esta será una gran batalla para los fanáticos!”, expresó.
 
            Estamos encantados de agregar Casino Del Sol Resort como una de nuestras designadas paradas de ESPN como un esfuerzo para asegurar que los fanáticos de todo el país tengan la oportunidad de ver al más destacado talento dar todo lo que tienen en el ring”, dijo   Óscar de la Hoya, presidente y Jefe Ejecutivo de Golden Boy Promotions. “Diego [De la Hoya] es un peleador natural en el ring y hará cualquier cosa para asegurarse que vuelva a casa ese cinturón. Por otro lado, Erik Ruiz buscará reivindicarse y no cederá ante Diego”, enfatizó.
 
            Los boletos saldrán a la venta el viernes 7 de abril a las 10:00 a.m. MT. Los
precios son de $30 a $105 dólares (incluye una tarifa).  Los boletos están disponibles para su compra en la tienda de regalos del Casino Del Sol y en línea casinodelsol.com.
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RISING PROSPECT DIEGO DE LA HOYA TO HEADLINE GOLDEN BOY BOXING ON ESPN AGAINST ERIK RUIZ ON MAY 18

Apr 3, 2017
RISING PROSPECT DIEGO DE LA HOYA TO HEADLINE
GOLDEN BOY BOXING ON ESPN AGAINST ERIK RUIZ ON MAY 18 FROM CASINO DEL SOL RESORT IN TUCSON, ARIZONA
 
TELEVISED LIVE ON ESPN DEPORTES AND ESPN2 AT 10 P.M EST / 7 P.M. PST
 
Tickets on sale Friday, April 7 at 10 a.m. PST/MST
 
LOS ANGELES (April 3, 2017) Looking to continue his meteoric rise up the Super Bantamweight division, undefeated WBC Youth World Champion Diego De La Hoya  (17-0, 9 KOs) will headline the Thursday, May 18 edition of Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN in a 10-round battle against crafty veteran Erik Ruiz (16-6-1, 6 KOs) at Casino Del Sol Resort in Tucson, Arizona and televised on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes starting at 10 p.m. EST/7 p.m. PST.
“I’m excited and thankful to be headlining Golden Boy Promotions’ new venture with ESPN in Tucson!” said Diego De La Hoya. “I have a tough opponent in Erik Ruiz, but I’ll be more than ready for him! I know ESPN is expecting great matchups from Golden Boy, and this fight is no exception!”
“I am thrilled to be getting the opportunity to fight Diego De La Hoya,” said Erik Ruiz. “I’ve had many ups and downs in my career and I know a win against Diego can help erase some of those bumps. This fight has given me a renewed motivation. Only in boxing can one win change your life and a win against De La Hoya can change mine for the better. This will be a great fight for the fans!”
“We are thrilled to be adding Casino Del Sol Resort as one of our designated ESPN stops as an effort to ensure that fight fans around the country have the opportunity to see top talent give all they have in the ring,” said Golden Boy Promotions Chairman and CEO Oscar De La Hoya. “Diego is a natural in the ring and he’ll do anything to make sure he takes back home that belt. On the other hand, Erik Ruiz will look to vindicate himself, and will not hold back on Diego.”

Tickets go on sale Friday, April 7at 10 a.m. MST. Ticket prices range from $30.00-$105.00 (includes convenience fee).  Tickets are available for purchase at the Casino Del Sol gift shop and online at casinodelsol.com.

De La Hoya vs. Ruiz is a 10-round super bantamweight bout set for May 18, presented by Golden Boy Promotions. The event is sponsored by Tecate “Born BOLD.” ESPN Deportes and ESPN2 will transmit the fights live from Casino Del Sol Resort beginning at 10 p.m. EST/7 p.m. PST. ESPN3 live stream of the fight will begin at approximately 8:30 p.m. EST/5:30 p.m. PST.
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Canelo Álvarez and Julio César Chávez, Jr. Ultimate Cinco De Mayo

Mar 29, 2017
Canelo Álvarez and Julio César Chávez, Jr. Ultimate Cinco De Mayo Weekend Fight Coming Live to the Big Screen on May 6 Only
 
Fathom Events, Golden Boy Promotions and HBO Pay Per View Present Highly-Anticipated Fight Live in Movie Theaters From T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas
DENVER – March 29, 2017 – Cinemas across the U.S. will play host to a Cinco de Mayo weekend mega-fight with a pulse-pounding live broadcast event featuring two of Mexico’s finest boxers: “Canelo Álvarez vs. Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr.” in a historic showdown that will rival the biggest fights in Mexico’s rich boxing history. Two-division world champion Canelo Álvarez (48-1-1, 34 KOs) will square off against former WBC World Middleweight Champion Julio César Chávez, Jr. (50-2-1, 32 KOs) in a 12-round battle.
Presented by Fathom Events, Golden Boy Promotions and HBO Pay Per View, the one-day cinema broadcast is set for Saturday, May 6 at 6:00 p.m. PT / 7:00 p.m. MT / 8:00 p.m. CT / 9:00 p.m. ET, live from the sold-out T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. In addition to catching all the in-ring action up close and personal, event attendees will receive an exclusive commemorative fight mini-poster. Fighters for the undercard bouts will be announced shortly.
Tickets for “Canelo Álvarez vs. Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr.” can be purchased beginning Friday, April 7, 2017 online by visiting www.FathomEvents.com or at participating theater box offices. Fans throughout the U.S. will be able to enjoy the event in select movie theaters through Fathom’s Digital Broadcast Network (DBN). A complete list of theater locations will be available April 7 on the Fathom Event’s website (theaters and participants are subject to change).
On May 5, 2016, Álvarez celebrated T-Mobile Arena’s first boxing event with a knockout of Amir “King” Khan. Álvarez last fought on September 17, 2016, knocking out the previously undefeated WBO junior middleweight champion Liam Smith. Chávez, Jr. was last in action on December 10, 2016, when he secured a unanimous decision victory over highly-regarded German fighter Dominik Britsch.
Álvarez says, “Julio César Chávez, Sr. is one of the best, if not the best fighter in history. I grew up watching him and learned a lot from him, but that won’t have any influence when I fight his son… I want to remind you that when two Mexican fighters face-off, a spectacular show is guaranteed, and I can assure you that May 6 will be no exception.”
“This is going to be a tough fight. Every fight is important, and this one especially because it is between two Mexicans fighting each other for the glory,” Julio César Chávez, Jr. said. “I’m going to win, but my country will too, because this is the fight that boxing needs.”
Oscar De La Hoya, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions said, “Mexican boxing is the best, and when you have these two top boxers who want to give the best to the fans, we couldn’t pass it up. Canelo, the biggest boxing star, will take on not only a former world champion in Julio César Chávez, Jr., but the son of the biggest star in the history of boxing in Mexico.”
“There’s nothing like seeing these warriors – Canelo Álvarez and Julio César Chávez, Jr. – do battle, larger than life, on the big screen,” John Rubey, CEO of Fathom Events said. “It’s like having a real ring-side experience in your local cinema surrounded by other fans!”
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REMINDER: UFC 210 Media Conference Call Thursday, March 30

Mar 29, 2017

UFC® 210: CORMIER vs. JOHNSON 2
MEDIA CONFERENCE CALL


Thursday, March 30, 2017 – 2 p.m. PT/5 p.m. ET

Las Vegas – Two of the best light heavyweights in the world go toe-to-toe at UFC® 210: CORMIER vs. JOHNSON 2 in Buffalo when champion and Olympic wrestler Daniel Cormier goes for his second straight title defense against one of the most feared men in MMA, No. 1 contender Anthony Johnson in the main event. In the co-main event New York’s own No. 4 middleweight Chris Weidman clashes with No. 5 Gegard Mousasi in a battle of two men poised to make a run at the title.

In advance of UFC’s first trip to Buffalo in more than 20 years, UFC will host a media conference call on Thursday, March 30 at 2 p.m. PT/5 p.m. ET with the stars of the main and co-main events.

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UFC Returns To Dallas With Two World Titles On The Line

Mar 23, 2017

UFC RETURNS TO DALLAS WITH A STACKED CARD AND TWO WORLD TITLE BOUTS WHEN STIPE MIOCIC TAKES ON JUNIOR DOS SANTOS AND JOANNA JEDRZEJCZYK CLASHES WITH JESSICA ANDRADE

(#2) FRANKIE EDGAR vs. (#9) YAIR RODRIGUEZ
(#3) DEMIAN MAIA vs. (#6) JORGE MASVIDAL
(#3) EDDIE ALVAREZ vs. (#10) DUSTIN POIRIER
(#2) HENRY CEJUDO vs. (#5) SERGIO PETTIS

TICKETS FOR UFC® 211: MIOCIC vs. DOS SANTOS 2

AT AMERICAN AIRLINES CENTER IN DALLAS ON SALE FRIDAY, MARCH 24

Las Vegas – UFC® is bringing one of the best cards in mixed martial arts history to American Airlines Center in Dallas on Saturday, May 13 live on Pay-Per-View. The event will feature two world championship bouts, with the main event pitting heavyweight kingpin Stipe Miocic against No. 4-ranked Junior Dos Santos and the co-main event showcasing the battle between strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk and No. 3-ranked Jessica Andrade. In total, UFC 211®: MIOCIC vs. DOS SANTOS 2 will see five current or former UFC champions compete, as wellas 10 athletes ranked in the top 10 of their respective divisions.

In a rematch of their December 2014 Fight of the Night performance, champion Miocic (16-2, fighting out of Independence, Ohio) meets Dos Santos (18-4, fighting out of Salvador, Brazil) with the heavyweight world title at stake. Miocic, the No. 6-ranked pound-for-pound fighter in the world, has been on a tear since the pair’s first meeting, recording four knockout victories over a who’s who of the division – Mark Hunt, Andrei Arlovski, Fabricio Werdum and Alistair Overeem. Dos Santos walked out of the first matchup victorious and hopes to pick up where he left off in the second bout. The Brazilian first won the title in 2011 with a first-round knockout of Cain Velasquez. Since then he’s also recorded knockouts over Frank Mir and Mark Hunt. With 26 combined knockouts, this championship bout has Performance of the Night written all over it.

One of the most dominant champions in the UFC, Jedrzejczyk (13-0, fighting out of Olsztyn, Poland) returns to the city where she captured UFC gold. This time around, the champion is looking to score her fifth successful title defense – ranking her as the second longest tenured UFC titleholder behind only Demetrious Johnson. One of the best strikers in the sport, Jedrzejczyk meets arguably her most well-rounded opponent to date in Andrade (16-5, fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil). Owner of seven submission victories and five knockouts, Andrade can finish her opponent wherever the fight goes. She’s undefeated at 115 pounds and is riding a three-fight win streak as she heads into Dallas.

Plus, in a battle of old school versus new school, former lightweight champion and current No. 2 featherweight Frankie Edgar (20-5-1, fighting out of Toms River, N.J.) takes on No. 9 Yair Rodriguez (11-1, fighting out of Chicago, Ill.) in what could produce a future challenger for the 145-pound crown. Edgar has long been one of the top athletes in the sport and has wins over BJ Penn, Jeremy Stephens, Chad Mendes and Urijah Faber. The 35-year-old New Jersey native has exceptional wrestling to go along with solid striking and jiu-jitsu and will be gunning for one more shot at the title. Perhaps the brightest prospect in MMA is 24-year-old Rodriguez, who is undefeated inside the Octagon®. Coming off his biggest win to date, a second-round knockout over UFC Hall of Famer Penn, Rodriguez looks to earn his place among the elite at 145 pounds by knocking off another legend in Edgar.

Additional Bouts:

· One of the most feared jiu-jitsu players in MMA, No. 3 Demian Maia (24-6, fighting out of Sao Paulo, Brazil)hopes to keep his title aspirations alive against surging No. 6 Jorge Masvidal(32-11, fighting out of Miami, Fla.) in a welterweight showdown.
· Former lightweight champion, No. 3 Eddie Alvarez (28-5, fighting out of Philadelphia, Penn.) and lethal finisher, No. 10 Dustin Poirier (21-5, fighting out of Coconut Creek, Fla.) collide at 155 pounds.
· In a battle of top five flyweights, Olympic gold medalist, No. 2 Henry Cejudo (10-2, fighting out of Phoenix, Ariz.) meets flashy striker, No. 5 Sergio Pettis (15-2, fighting out of Milwaukee, Wisc.).
· Fort Worth’s James Vick (9-1, fighting out of Fort Worth, Texas) gets a home game against knockout artist Polo Reyes (8-3, fighting out of Tepic, Mexico) in a lightweight duel.
· Arlington-based submission ace Chas Skelly (17-2, fighting out of Arlington, Texas) clashes with fellow jiu-jitsu specialist Jason Knight (19-2, fighting out of D’Iberville, Miss.) in a featherweight bout.
· Exciting up-and-comer Gabriel Benitez (19-6, fighting out of Tijuana, Mexico) takes on The Ultimate Fighter®: Latin America season 2 winner Enrique Barzola(13-3-1, fighting out of Lima, Peru) at 145 pounds.

For the latest information on additional bouts for this event, please visit www.ufc.com. All bouts live and subject to change.

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Demetrious Johnson Defends His World Title In UFC’S Kansas City Debut

Mar 7, 2017

HISTORY IN THE AIR IN KANSAS CITY AS UFC MAKES ITS DEBUT AND DEMETRIOUS JOHNSON GOES FOR HIS 10THTITLE DEFENSE AGAINST WILSON REIS AT SPRINT CENTER

Plus:
(#4) ROSE NAMAJUNAS vs. (#6) MICHELLE WATERSON
(#3) JACARE SOUZA vs. (#6) ROBERT WHITTAKER
(#10) TIM ELLIOTT vs. (#12) LOUIS SMOLKA

TICKETS FOR UFC FIGHT NIGHT®: JOHNSON vs. REIS

AT SPRINT CENTER ON SALE FRIDAY, MARCH 10

Las Vegas – UFC® makes its Kansas City debut on Saturday, April 15 at Sprint Center with a world title on the line in the main event of UFC FIGHT NIGHT®: JOHNSON vs. REIS as the top pound-for-pound fighter in the world, Demetrious Johnson, looks to defend his 125-pound crown for a record 10th consecutive time against Brazilian jiu-jitsu ace, No. 4 Wilson Reis. Plus, in a strawweight bout with major title implications, No. 4 Rose Namajunas will clash with No. 6 Michelle Waterson, with the winner inching closer to a shot at the 115-pound championship. The event will air live on FOX at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT.

The best fighter in the world, Johnson (25-2-1, fighting out of Parkland, Wash) will attempt to tie Anderson Silva’s record of 10 consecutive successful title defenses with a win in Kansas City. The 30-year-old has strung together 11 straight wins, six post-fight bonus awards and 14 finishes in his career. His athleticism is unparalleled and his speed and creativity has posed a problem for every foe he’s faced in the 125-pound division. Hoping to stop “Mighty Mouse’s” name from being added to the record books is Brazil’s Reis (22-6, fighting out of San Diego, Calif.). The fourth-ranked Brazilian owns what is arguably the most dangerous jiu-jitsu attack in the flyweight division. He’s got 10 submission victories to go along with his vicious ground-and-pound and ever-evolving striking. When Reis finally gets his shot at UFC gold, he hopes to bring a world title to the fans of Brazil.

The co-main event of the evening will pit two rising stars against each other at 115 pounds, as Namajunas (6-3, fighting out of Denver, Colo.) meets Waterson (14-4, fighting out of Albuquerque, N.M.). Namajunas has won three of her last four fights, her most recent win coming over No. 5 Tecia Torres. Waterson is the former Invicta FC atomweight champion, and she is a perfect 2-0 in the UFC, with both of her wins coming by rear naked choke. Both fighters’ own submission wins over No. 10 Paige VanZant, but the winner will score the biggest win of her career with a victory in Kansas City.

One of the most feared men in the UFC, Jacare Souza (24-4, 1NC, fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) collides with one of the sport’s fastest rising stars in Robert Whittaker (18-4, fighting out of Sydney, Australia). The Brazilian has finished 17 of his fights via submission and another three by way of knockout. He’s an eight-time jiu-jitsu world champion and a former Strikeforce champion. A win over Whittaker will all but punch his ticket to the top of the middleweight division. New Zealand’s Whittaker packs a powerful punch that has accounted for eight knockouts, as well as a solid ground game that has produced four wins via submission. He’s coming off a first-round knockout over Derek Brunson and knows a victory over Jacare will catapult him into the title picture.

Kansas City resident, and the No. 10-ranked flyweight in the world Tim Elliott (14-7-1, fighting out of Lee’s Summit, Mo.) will have the crowd behind him as he meets No. 12 Louis Smolka (11-3, fighting out of Kapolei, Hawaii). Elliott, who is coming off a championship bout against Johnson, will seek the biggest win of his UFC career when he enters the Octagon on April 15. Smolka has won four of his last six fights, finishing three of those four victories and earning a Performance of the Night bonus in two of them. The winner will lay claim to a spot in the top 10 of the 125-pound division.

Additional bouts:

  • No. 5-ranked featherweight Jeremy Stephens (25-13, fighting out of San Diego, Calif.) faces top prospect Renato Moicano (10-0-1, fighting out of Brazil) in a 145-pound clash
  • St. Louis’ own Jake Collier (10-3, fighting out of Cuba, Mo.) will have the home crowd advantage in a light heavyweight tilt against Devin Clark (7-1, fighting out of Sioux Falls, S.D.)
  • Kansas City’s own Zak Cummings (20-5, fighting out of Kansas City, Mo.) meets Nate Coy (15-6, fighting out of Coconut Creek, Fla.) in a welterweight showdown
  • The winner of The Ultimate Fighter® season 23, Andrew Sanchez (10-2, fighting out of Fairfield, N.J.) will meet UFC veteran Anthony Smith (26-12, fighting out of Omaha, NE.) in a middleweight clash
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T-MOBILE ARENA TO BECOME LAS VEGAS HOME OF UFC

Mar 6, 2017

T-MOBILE ARENA TO BECOME LAS VEGAS HOME OF UFC®

 

Iconic Global Sports Brand UFC Makes Arena History by Joining

Vegas Golden Knights (NHL) as Anchor Tenants of “Best New Arena” in United States

 

LAS VEGAS (March 3, 2017) – Establishing an industry first, T-Mobile Arena has entered into an extended multi-year agreement with UFC® that names the world’s premier mixed martial arts (MMA) organization as an Anchor Tenant of the arena owned by Las Vegas Arena Company, LLC, which is majority owned by AEG and MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM).

 

The partnership, which also establishes T-Mobile Arena as UFC’s exclusive Las Vegas arena destination, marks the first time that a global sports brand, other than a professional sports franchise, has been named as an Anchor Tenant for a sports and entertainment venue. The milestone agreement was negotiated by UFC owners WME | IMG, LLC; Zuffa, LLC and the ownership partners of T-Mobile Arena, which opened April 6, 2016 and has already hosted three of UFC’s most successful events including UFC® 200: TATE vs. NUNES, UFC® 202: DIAZ vs. MCGREGOR 2 and UFC® 207: NUNES vs. ROUSEY.

 

“Las Vegas has always been the home of UFC, and after more than a decade it is awesome to now have a historic venue deal in the Fight Capital of the World to make it official,” UFC President Dana White said.

 

UFC Senior Vice President of Event Development and Operations Peter Dropick echoed White’s excitement: “In less than one year, we have set multiple records in the T-Mobile Arena and we look forward to continuing to work with our long-standing partners, both world leaders in the arena and entertainment sectors, to elevate and showcase the best of our brand.”

 

The comprehensive agreement calls for UFC to host a minimum of four events annually. UFC will have priority scheduling for designated major events windows, such as International Fight Week, and will have a presence at T-Mobile Arena – headlining the welcome sign in the lobby alongside the Vegas Golden Knights, as well as concourse activations, signage and retail space. WME | IMG also owns the Professional Bull Riders (PBR), which has a long-term agreement for its World Finals at T-Mobile Arena.

 

Todd Goldstein, Chief Revenue Officer, AEG, said, “From day one, AEG and MGM Resorts have been committed to developing a showplace for the very best in concerts, championship sporting events, awards shows and special events that would be unrivaled not only in Las Vegas but in our industries. There is no doubt that UFC is synonymous with the biggest and best events today that attract unprecedented international audiences on platforms of all kinds. T-Mobile Arena is truly a one-of-a-kind, world class arena that will create the most outstanding stage and atmosphere worthy of the incredible events of all kinds UFC and  WME | IMG will bring to our venue and most importantly, our fans.”

 

Bill Hornbuckle, President of MGM Resorts International, said, “We have enjoyed a tremendous partnership with UFC for many years and are excited to enter into this exclusive agreement at T-Mobile Arena, a first for the industry. While UFC calls Las Vegas home, there are few brands as powerful globally. We look forward to welcoming visitors from around the world for years to come for the kind of spectacular events and entertainment that can only be found in this city.”

 

UFC joins the new Vegas Golden Knights NHL expansion team, set to begin play this fall, as the arena’s two Anchor Tenants.  The 20,000-seat venue has been designed to meet the U.S. Green Building Council’s standards for LEED® Gold Certification and was recently named ‘Best New Arena’ by Pollstar Magazine.

 

UFC® 209: WOODLEY vs. THOMPSON 2 is scheduled for T-Mobile Arena this Saturday, March 4 and may be seen live on Pay-Per-View at 10 p.m. EST/7 p.m. PST.

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LET’S GET READY TO RUMBLE! LEGENDARY RING ANNOUNCER MICHAEL BUFFER TO BE VIP

Mar 1, 2017
LET’S GET READY TO RUMBLE! LEGENDARY RING ANNOUNCER MICHAEL BUFFER TO BE VIP GUEST AT FANTASY SPRINGS RESORT CASINO ON MARCH 23RD ESPN CARD
 
MIDDLEWEIGHT PROSPECTS JASON “EL ANIMAL” QUIGLEY AND GLEN “JERSEY BOY” TAPIA TO FIGHT AS THE MAIN EVENT FOR THE VACANT NABF MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
Tickets Still Available!
 
LOS ANGELES (March 1, 2017) – Renowned ring announcer and television personality Michael Buffer will serve as the VIP guest for the action-packed March 23rd ESPN show at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino headlined between Middleweight contenders Jason “El Animal” Quigley (23-3, 15 KOs) and Glen “Jersey Boy” Tapia (30-1, 27 KOs) for the vacant NABF Middleweight title.
Best known for iconic trademarked catchphrase, “Let’s get ready to rumble!” Buffer, who is a member of the International Boxing Hall Of Fame, brings nearly forty years of ring announcing to the sport of boxing. As the VIP guest of the night, Buffer will be in attendance for the fights and will be on hand to meet fans, sign autographs and take pictures inside the Fantasy Springs Special Events Center before the ESPN broadcast begins. The meet-and-greet is open to the public with the purchase of a ticket to the event.
Tickets for the event are on sale now, start at $25 and are available at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino box office, by calling 1-800-827-2946, or by purchasing online at www.FantasySprings.com.
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