Thrilling flyweight championship bouts headline UFC 255 in Las Vegas

Nov 19, 2020



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Las Vegas – UFC® will continue its year-end run of shows at UFC APEX with two exciting world championship bouts in the 125-pound divisions. Deiveson Figueiredo will look to secure his first successful flyweight title defense when he takes on No. 4 ranked contender Alex Perez. Women’s flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko hopes to continue her dominant reign when she faces Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt and No. 3 ranked contender Jennifer Maia.

UFC® 255: FIGUEIREDO vs. PEREZ will take place Saturday, November 21 at UFC APEX in Las Vegas and will stream live on Pay-Per-View, exclusively on ESPN+ in the U.S. at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT in both English and Spanish.

ESPN+ is the exclusive provider of all UFC Pay-Per-View events to fans in the U.S. as part of an agreement announced in 2019.

Fans will be able to purchase UFC® 255: FIGUEIREDO vs. PEREZ online at or on the ESPN App on mobile and connected-TV devices. ESPN+ is available as an integrated part of the ESPN App on all major mobile and connected TV devices and platforms, including Amazon Fire, Apple, Android, Chromecast, PS4, Roku, Samsung Smart TVs, X Box One and more.

Preliminary fights will air nationally in English on ESPN2 and in Spanish on ESPN Deportes, as well as being simulcast in both languages on ESPN+ starting at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. Early prelims will be available on UFC Fight Pass, ESPN2, ESPN Deportes (Spanish) and ESPN+ (in English and Spanish) at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT.

Figueiredo (19-1, fighting out of Soure, Pará, Brazil) is coming off his dominant submission win over Joseph Benavidez to capture the vacant flyweight championship in July. A heavy-handed striker and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt, he has also earned thrilling victories against Tim Elliott, Alexandre Pantoja and John Moraga. Figueiredo now aims to secure his first successful title defense with another show-stealing performance.

Perez (24-5, fighting out of Lemoore, Calif.) has wasted no time since joining the UFC roster in 2017, as he becomes the first Dana White’s Contender Series signee to challenge for a UFC title. Following exciting wins against Jordan Espinosa and Mark De La Rosa, Perez turned heads with his calf-kick TKO victory over perennial contender Jussier Formiga in June. Perez now aims to continue his rapid ascent by dethroning Figueiredo to achieve his dream of being UFC flyweight champion.

No. 3 ranked women’s pound-for-pound fighter Shevchenko (19-3, fighting out of Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan) hopes to continue her dominant title reign with another highlight-reel finish. Throughout her career, she has netted impressive wins over Holly Holm, Joanna Jedrzejczyk, Julianna Pena and Jessica Eye. Shevchenko now has her sights set on delivering a spectacular victory to secure her fourth consecutive title defense.

Skilled Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Maia (18-6-1, fighting out of Curitiba, Brazil) feels she has the tools to shock the world and dethrone Shevchenko. An 11-year MMA veteran and former Invicta FC Flyweight champion, Maia has secured sensational victories against Joanne Calderwood, Alexis Davis and Roxanne Modafferi (twice). Maia now aims to take home UFC gold by becoming the first fighter to defeat Shevchenko at 125 pounds.

Additional bouts on the card include:

  • No. 2 ranked contender Katlyn Chookagian (14-4, fighting out of Amity Harbor, NY) squares off with No. 4 Cynthia Calvillo (9-1-1, fighting out of San Jose, Calif.) in a pivotal women’s flyweight contest
  • No. 2 ranked flyweight contender Brandon Moreno (17-5-1, fighting out of Tijuana, Mexico) takes on No. 6 Brandon Royval (12-4, fighting out of Englewood, Colo.) in a bout with serious title implications
  • No. 14 ranked light heavyweight contender Shogun Rua (27-11-1, fighting out of Curitiba, Brazil) runs it back with No. 15 Paul Craig (13-4-1, fighting out of Coatbridge, Scotland) following their entertaining draw one year ago
  • Hot on the heels of his viral spinning back kick KO victory over Impa Kasanganay, Joaquin Buckley (11-3, fighting out of St. Louis, Mo.) makes a quick turnaround against unbeaten Jordan Wright (11-0 1NC, fighting out of Los Angeles, Calif.) in a middleweight clash
  • In a welterweight bout guaranteed to deliver fireworks, Mike Perry (14-6, fighting out of Orlando, Fla.) takes on Tim Means (30-12-1 1NC, fighting out of Albuquerque, N.M.)
  • No. 15 ranked contender Antonina Shevchenko (8-2, fighting out of Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan) faces Ariane Lipski (13-5, fighting out of Curitiba, Brazil) in what is expected to be an entertaining women’s flyweight bout
  • Middleweight hopefuls collide when Kyle Daukaus (9-1, fighting out of Philadelphia, Penn.) meets Dana White’s Contender Series signee Dustin Stoltzfus (13-1, fighting out of Germersheim, Germany)
  • Alan Jouban (16-7, fighting out of Los Angeles, Calif.) returns against debuting Jared Gooden (17-4, fighting out of Atlanta, Ga.) in a welterweight bout
  • Daniel Rodriguez (13-1, fighting out of Alhambra, Calif.) steps in to face Nicolas Dalby (18-4-1 1NC, fighting out of Copenhagen, Denmark) in an entertaining welterweight bout
  • Recent Dana White’s Contender Series Louis Cosce (7-0, fighting out of Arcata, Calif.) takes on Sasha Palatnikov (5-2, fighting out of Hong Kong, China) in a battle of welterweight newcomers

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Nov 4, 2020
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INDIO, CALIF. (Oct. 30, 2020): Mexican star Jaime Munguia (36-0, 29 KOs) retained his WBO Intercontinental Middleweight Championship by defeating Tureano Johnson (21-3-1, 15 KOs) of Nassau, Bahamas tonight at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino and live on DAZN. The fight ended in abrupt fashion after an uppercut from Munguia caused a severe cut on Johnson’s lip, which earned him the knockout win at the send of the sixth round.
“I’m delighted to get the victory,” said Jaime Munguia. “He surprised us early in the fight. He has a style that makes one very uncomfortable. But my corner told me to adjust and find my distance. Then I found the right uppercut. I saw that he had gotten cut from it, and then it was just a matter of time. I am ready for all the best fighters of my division.”
In the co-main event, Rashidi “Speedy” Ellis (23-0, 14 KOs) of Lynn, Mass. scored a 12-round unanimous decision victory against previously undefeated Alexis “Lex” Rocha (16-1, 10 KOS) of Santa Ana, Calif. to capture the WBC International Silver Welterweight Title. Rocha won with scores of 112-116, 112-116 and 113-115.
“Coming off a year-long layoff, I think my performance was great,” said Rashidi Ellis. “I did my thing and got a unanimous decision win against an undefeated, young prospect. He was a solid opponent. I knew it was going be tough since I’ve known him since the amateurs. I want all of the champions now.”
Elwin “La Pulga” Soto (18-1, 12 KOs) of Mexicali, Mexico retained his WBO Junior Flyweight World Title against Carlos Buitrago (32-6-1, 18 KOs) of Managua, Nicaragua via 12-round unanimous decision. Soto won with scores of 115-113, 117-111 and 119-109.
“I’m very happy to walk away with the victory,” said Elwin Soto. “I tried pressure as much as I good to score a win. These are the kind of tough fights you are in when a world title is at stake. His style was difficult for me, but I felt I did enough to win.”
Marlen Esparza (8-1, 1 KO) of Houston, Texas earned a shot at the WBC Flyweight World Title by scoring a unanimous decision win against previously undefeated Sulem Urbina (12-1, 2 KOs) of Hermosillo, Mexico in an eight-round fight. Esparza won with three scores of 80-72.
“I want to thank the WBC for this opportunity,” said Marlen Esparza. “I knew coming into this fight it would be a worthy fight, and I was very excited to showcase what I can do. I know there’s been a lot of changes in my camp since the last fight, all the reason for me to show the world what I can do. I’m ready to fight for the WBC Title next.”
Uzbekistan’s Bektemir Melikuziev (6-0, 5 KOs) captured the vacant WBO Intercontinental Super Middleweight Title by stopping Alan Campa (17-6, 11 KOs) of Guaymas, Mexico at :21 of the third round of a scheduled 10-round battle.
“I’m just happy to be in the ring,” said Bektimeir Melikuziev. “There are no ‘monsters’ at 168, and I’m not scared of anyone.”
Lamont Roach Jr. (20-1-1, 8 KOs) of Washington, D.C. scored a third-round knockout win against Neil Tabanao (17-8, 11 KOs) of Cebu, Philippines in a super featherweight fight originally scheduled for 10 rounds. Roach Jr. stopped Tabanao at :34 of the aforementioned round.
“I knew he would be tough until I stopped him,” said Lamont Roach. “I got him with a hell of a shot. I’m planning to do this with everyone at 130. I’m just trying to capitalize on what I learned in the Jamel fight.”
Tristan “Sweat T” Kalkreuth (6-0, 4 KOs) of Duncanville, Texas scored a four-round unanimous decision victory against Tyler Vogel (3-4, 2 KOs) of Fargo, North Dakota. Kalkreuth won with three scores of 59-55.
“This was my first six-round fight, so it was a good learning experience,” said Tristan Kalkreuth. “I really wish I had gotten the stoppage because everyone wants a highlight-reel performance. When you hurt someone late in a round, you get a little anxious, so I wasn’t able to stop him but I’m happy to be back.”
Munguia vs. Johnson was a 12-round fight for the WBO Intercontinental Middleweight Title presented by Golden Boy in association with Zanfer Promotions. The event was sponsored by Hennessy “Never Stop. Never Settle” and BetOnline – Your Online Sportsbook Experts.” The fight took place on Friday, October 30 at
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Nov 4, 2020
DEVIN HANEY TRAINING CAMP QUOTES AND PHOTOS“I have a goal to be the first billionaire boxer”
WBC Lightweight Champion Haney Battles Former Two-Time World Champion Yuriorkis Gamboa on Saturday, November 1 Live on DAZN from Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in an Event Presented by Matchroom USA and Devin Haney Promotions

DEVIN HANEY TRAINING CAMPPhotos from Johnnyrueg – Devin Haney Promotions
LAS VEGAS, NV (October 30, 2020) – Undefeated WBC lightweight world champion Devin “The Dream” Haney (24-0, 15 KOs), will return to the ring on November 7, 2020, against former 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist and two-time world champion Yuriorkis Gamboa (30-3, 18 KOs).
Haney vs. Gamboa is a 12-round world title fight taking place at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada, and will be the main event on a highly anticipated Matchroom USA card in association with Devin Haney Promotions, broadcast on DAZN.
Here is what Devin Haney, the WBC Lightweight Champion, had to say ahead of his fight with Gamboa as he wraps up his final day of training camp in Las Vegas.
On his recent training camp in Las Vegas.
“I stay in the gym, I basically live in the gym, so once camp begins, I put my all into training. I do not want to be outworked, and I am driven by those around me. I am extremely focused right now. I’m going to be the face of boxing.”
On returning after his shoulder injury.
“No athlete wants to ever be injured. I took the time I needed to, listened to the doctors, and let my body rest. One good thing from the social distancing and stay-at-home orders was it occurred during the time I was recovering so I was able to be fully rested once the gyms reopened. I am now 100% and better than ever, you will see on fight night.”
On his matchup with Yuriorkis Gamboa.
“Gamboa has done a lot in the sport, and the fact that he gave a lot of fighters tough fights, says a lot about him. I want to prove a point in this bout that a lot of people are not mentioning my name amongst the best in the world, and I am looking to change that by putting forth a performance against Gamboa that no one has ever seen before. I respect Gamboa as a fighter, but in the ring, I will have no respect for him at all. In the ring he is my enemy.
On what a spectacular win means for your career.
“Obviously, a win gives me my 2nd world title defense which is very important to me. Title defenses shows a lot about what kind of fighter you really are. I don’t care how you won it or who you won it from…can you defend the world title against all challengers? That’s what I represent as a throwback champion. You can have a strategy to get there but when you become a champion you become a target. Tank Davis, Teofimo Lopez and Ryan Garcia are all great potential opponents for me. I’d rather fight sooner than later but they have to feel the same way about me. I have a goal to be the first billionaire boxer, and to do that I have to put forth billion-dollar performances. That’s exactly what I’m going to do on November 7th in Miami.”
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Pivotal light heavyweight contenders’ bout at UFC APEX

Nov 4, 2020




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Las Vegas – UFC® continues its run of events in Las Vegas with a thrilling light heavyweight bout with title implications, as No. 1 ranked contender Thiago Santos squares off with No. 3 Glover Teixeira. Also, former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski looks to halt the momentum of rising Tanner Boser.

UFC FIGHT NIGHT ON ESPN+®: SANTOS vs. TEIXEIRA will take place Saturday, November 7 from UFC APEX in Las Vegas. The main card will be available on ESPN2 and in Spanish on ESPN Deportes, and simulcast on ESPN+ in English and Spanish, starting at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT. The prelims will kick off exclusively on ESPN+ starting at 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT.

Santos (21-7, fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) aims to continue building his reputation as the most aggressive striker in the light heavyweight division and cement himself as the next challenger for the belt. After moving up to 205 pounds in 2018, Santos quickly rose through the rankings with devastating knockout wins over Eryk Anders, Jimi Manuwa and newly crowned champion Jan Blachowicz. He now looks to snap the win streak of Teixeira with another signature performance.

Tied for the most finishes in UFC light heavyweight history, Teixeira (31-7, fighting out of Danbury, Conn.) intends to continue his impressive run and secure his second shot at UFC gold. A member of the UFC roster since 2012, Teixeira established himself as one of the best in the world with wins over former champions Quinton Jackson and Rashad Evans, as well as former title challenger Anthony Smith. He now seeks to take sole ownership of the light heavyweight stoppage record by finishing Santos. 

Arlovski (29-19 2NC, fighting out of Coconut Creek, Fla.) hopes to continue his winning ways in 2020 with a vintage KO win. A 21-year MMA veteran who has fought the top names in MMA, Arlovski holds impressive victories over former UFC champions Fabricio Werdum, Frank Mir and Tim Sylvia. Arlovski now aims to stop another budding contender and prove his among the top heavyweights on the planet.

Boser (19-6-1, fighting out of Edmonton, Alta., Canada) is on the cusp of cracking the competitive heavyweight rankings. At talented karate striker, he turned heads this summer with a pair of sensational KO victories against Raphael Pessoa and Philipe Lins over the span of one month. Boser now looks to take out his first former UFC champion to continue his ascent up the ladder.

Additional bouts on the card include:

  • No. 15 ranked middleweight contender Ian Heinisch (14-3, fighting out of Englewood, Colo.) faces Brendan Allen (15-3, fighting out of Milwaukee, Wisc.) in a meeting of Dana White’s Contender Series veterans
  • No. 4 ranked women’s strawweight contender Claudia Gadelha (18-4, fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) goes for her third consecutive win when she meets surging No. 8 Yan Xiaonan (12-1 1 NC, fighting out of Beijing, China)
  • Trevin Giles (12-2, fighting out of Houston, Texas) faces Bevon Lewis (7-2, fighting out of Albuquerque, N.M.) in what promises to be an entertaining middleweight bout
  • Raoni Barcelos (15-1, fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) locks horns with fellow bantamweight prospect Khalid Taha (13-2 1NC, fighting out of Dortmund, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany)
  • Max Griffin (15-8, fighting out of Sacramento, Calif.) welcomes UFC newcomer Ramiz Brahimaj (8-2, fighting out of Dallas, Texas) at welterweight
  • Darren Elkins (25-9, fighting out of Portage, Ind.) aims to return to the win column when he takes on tough Eduardo Garagorri (13-1, fighting out of Rivera, Uruguay)
  • Undefeated heavyweight prospect Alexandr Romanov (12-0, fighting out of Comrat City, Republic of Moldova) aims to continue his winning ways against Marcos Rogerio De Lima (17-7-1, fighting out of Sao Paulo, Brazil)
  • Felipe Colares (9-2, fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) meets Gustavo Lopez (11-5, fighting out of Las Vegas, Nev.) in a battle of bantamweight hopefuls
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Nov 4, 2020

SÁBADO 5 DE DICIEMBRE Y TRANSMITIDO EN VIVO POR DAZN            INDIO, California 30 de octubre de 2020.— Golden Boy está orgulloso de anunciar que el anticipado duelo de García vs. Campbell se efectuará en el Fantasy Springs Resort Casino en Indio, California. Además el evento contará con un respaldo lleno de combates de corte mundial, incluyendo una revancha a 12 asaltos entre René “El Gemelo” Alvarado (32-8, 21 nocáuts) y Roger “The Kid” Gutiérrez (24-3-1, 20 nocáuts) en el evento co estelar.
         Los combates se llevarán a cabo el sábado 5 de diciembre y se transmitirán en vivo exclusivamente por DAZN
         “Más de tres años después de que René [Alvarado] inició su camino hacia un título mundial al arruinar los planes de Roger [Gutiérrez], las cosas han cambiado totalmente, pues ahora “The Kid” quiere el cinturón del Gemelo,” afirmó Eric Gómez, Presidente de Golden Boy. “Ambos saben lo que es regresar de una derrota, y los aficionados tendrán la oportunidad de verlos dejar todo en el ring”, puntualizó. 
         Para Alvarado, el éxito de ser campeón mundial le ha costado mucho. El experimentado nicaragüense se ha medido ante los pesos pluma y superpluma más fuertes de los últimos años como Robinson “Robin Hood Castellanos, Jayson “La Maravilla” VélezDanis “Djingis Khan” ShafikovCarlos “The Solution” Morales y Andrew “El Chango” Cancio, el hombre al cual venció para convertirse en campeón mundial. Alvarado espera retener su cetro en esta revancha de su compromiso celebrado ante Gutiérrez en el 2017.
         “Estoy listo para defender mi título este 5 de diciembre,” dijo René Alvarado. “Estaré preparado para brindarles a todos los aficionados un tremendo combate para darles un poco de distracción durante estos tiempos difíciles. Los tiempos están muy diferentes para está revancha, pero el resultado será igual. Vamos a buscar la victoria a cualquier costo para retener el título”, puntualizó.
         En el año 2017 Gutiérrez estaba en al camino rápido hacia una oportunidad titular hasta que se topó con Alvarado, quien le propinó su primera derrota. Desde aquel revés, el venezolano ha tenido que aprender en el trabajo con peleas difíciles ante Héctor “El Finito” Tanajara Jr. y Óscar Duarte. Sin embargo, el 2019 todo cambió para él cuando derrotó al entonces invicto Rocky Hernández. Ahora, tras dos victorias adicionales, el explosivo pugilista de 25 años de edad finalmente tendrá su oportunidad al campeonato mundial y justamente con el hombre que arruino sus planes hace tres años
         “Primeramente quiero darle las gracias a Dios, a la Asociación Mundial de Boxeo y a Golden Boy Promotions”, afirmó Roger Gutierrez. “Esta pelea la voy a dedicar a mi mamá quien está luchando contra el cáncer. Esta victoria será para ella. Estoy listo para vengar mi primera derrota en este combate por el título mundial. ¡De Maracaibo ‘pal mundo!”, enfatizó.
         Antes del duelo co estelar Franchon “The Heavy-Hitting Diva” Crews-Dezurn  (6-1, 2 nocáuts) de Baltimore, Maryland defenderá sus títulos CMB y OMB de peso supermediano en una batalla a 10 episodios.
         Blair “The Flair” Cobbs (14-0-1, 9 nocáuts) de Las Vegas, Nevada arriesgará su título welter NABF en un combate a 10 giros.           Raúl “Cougar” Curiel (8-0, 6 nocáuts) olímpico de Mexico 2016, y orgullo de Tampico, Tamaulipas México y Ferdinand “Lucky Boy” Kerobyan (14-1, 9 nocáuts) de North Hollywood, California chocarán en un combate a 10 giros entre dos pesos welter de Golden Boy.
         Sean García (5-0, 2 nocáuts) de Victorville, California abrirá la velada en un combate a seis giros en la división ligero.  

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Featherweight Thriller on UFC FIGHT ISLAND

Oct 15, 2020




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Las Vegas – UFC® will continue its run of shows on UFC FIGHT ISLAND with a highly anticipated bout guaranteed to deliver fireworks as No. 2 ranked Brian Ortega takes on No. 4 ”The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung in a clash of featherweight contenders. Also, recent women’s flyweight title challenger and No. 1 ranked contender Katlyn Chookagian looks to spoil the 125-pound debut of former strawweight champion Jessica Andrade.

UFC FIGHT NIGHT ON ESPN+®: ORTEGA vs. THE KOREAN ZOMBIE will take place Saturday, October 17 from UFC FIGHT ISLAND on Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island. The main card will begin at 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT in English and Spanish on ESPN+, with the prelims kicking off at 4 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PT. The event is in partnership with the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi.

Former featherweight title challenger Ortega (14-1, 1 NC, fighting out of Los Angeles, Calif.) returns to action for the first time in almost two years and hopes to deliver another show-stealing performance. Throughout the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt’s UFC run, he has earned spectacular finishes over Frankie Edgar, Cub Swanson, Renato Moicano and Clay Guida. He now seeks to get the last laugh against Jung and secure himself another world championship opportunity.

Perennial fan-favorite Jung (16-5, fighting out of Seoul, South Korea) has been thrilling fans for years with exciting bouts and highlight-reel finishes. Having ended 14 of his 16 wins before the final bell, Jung has turned heads with sensational stoppage victories over Frankie Edgar, Dustin Poirier, Leonard Garcia and Mark Hominick. Jung now aims to put his rivalry with Ortega to bed and stake his claim as the next UFC featherweight title challenger.

Chookagian (14-3, fighting out of Kenilworth, N.J.) has her sights set on building off her most recent victory over Antonina Shevchenko and defending her spot atop the women’s flyweight rankings. During her UFC run, she has netted exciting victories over Jennifer Maia, Joanne Calderwood and Alexis Davis. Chookagian now aims to keep her momentum going by finishing a former UFC champion and earning another title opportunity.

Former strawweight champion Andrade (20-8, fighting out of Niteroi, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) looks to waste no time in her move up to flyweight by taking out the division’s top contender. A powerful grappler and heavy-handed striker, she has delivered incredible finishes against Rose Namajunas, Karolina Kowalkiewicz and Joanne Calderwood. Andrade now hopes to make an immediate impact at 125 pounds by stopping Chookagian to secure herself a flyweight title shot.

Additional bouts on the card include:

  • Undefeated No. 13 ranked heavyweight contender Ciryl Gane (6-0, fighting out of Paris, France) takes on UFC newcomer Ante Delija (17-3, fighting out of Dubrovnik, Croatia)
  • Jimmy Crute (11-1, fighting out of Bendigo, Victoria, Australia) goes for another show-stealing finish against streaking Modestas Bukauskas (11-2, fighting out of London, England by way of Klaipeda, Lithuania) in a light heavyweight contest

·         Thomas Almeida (22-3, fighting out of Sao Paulo, Brazil) returns to the Octagon to take on Jonathan Martinez (12-3, fighting out of Plainview, Texas) in a featherweight bout

·         Undefeated Mateusz Gamrot (17-0 1NC, fighting out of Poznan, Poland) takes on Guram Kutateladze (11-2, fighting out of Georgia) in a clash of lightweight newcomers

  • No. 15 ranked women’s flyweight contender Gillian Robertson (8-4, fighting out of Coconut Creek, Fla. by way of Niagara Falls, Ont., Canada) meets fellow finisher Poliana Botelho Lopes (8-2, fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
  • Claudio Silva (14-1, fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) goes for his 15th straight victory against tough veteran James Krause (26-9, fighting out of Lee’s Summit, Mo.)
  • Junyong Park (12-4, fighting out of Seoul, South Korea) faces John Phillips (22-10 1NC, fighting out of Swansea, Wales) in what promises to be an entertaining middleweight bout
  • In a battle of lightweight hopefuls, Jamie Mullarkey (12-3, fighting out of Central Coast, Australia) locks horns with Fares Ziam (10-3, fighting out of Givors, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France)
  • Gadzhimurad Antigulov (20-7, fighting out of Makhachkala, Russia) aims to return to the win column against fellow light heavyweight Maxim Grishin (30-8-2, fighting out of Grozny, Chechen Republic, Russia)
  • Exciting bantamweight prospects collide when Said Nurmagomedov (13-2, fighting out of Dagestan, Russia) takes on Mark Striegl (18-2-1, fighting out of Las Vegas, NV by way of Baguio City, Philippines)

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Oct 15, 2020






Las Vegas – UFC® wraps up its second run on UFC FIGHT ISLAND with one of the most anticipated bouts of the year as UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and interim champion Justin Gaethje battle to unify the belts. In the co-main event, former middleweight champion and No. 1 ranked Robert Whittaker takes on No. 3 Jared Cannonier in a pivotal bout with title implications. 

UFC® 254: KHABIB vs. GAETHJE will take place Saturday, October 24 on Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island and will stream live on Pay-Per-View, exclusively through ESPN+ in the U.S. at a special broadcast time of 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT in both English and Spanish. The prelims will be simulcast on ESPN2 and ESPN+ (English and Spanish) beginning at 12 p.m. ET/9 a.m. PT with the early prelims kicking off at 10:15 a.m. ET /7:15 p.m. PT simulcast on ESPN+ and UFC Fight Pass. The event is in partnership with the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi.

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Undefeated champion Nurmagomedov (28-0, fighting out of Dagestan, Russia) looks to put on another dominant performance and once again prove he is the best lightweight on the planet. Nurmagomedov is currently tied for the longest active win streak in the UFC with an impressive 12 victories in a row, which includes finishes over former champion Conor McGregor and former interim champion Dustin Poirier. He now seeks to extend his streak to 13 with a statement performance over Gaethje and make his case as the No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world.

Gaethje (22-2, fighting out of Arvada, Colo.) has become a fan favorite for the relentless and entertaining fight style that has earned him nine UFC post-fight bonuses in just seven fights. A proven finisher with a remarkable 20 of his 22 wins coming by stoppage, Gaethje rose through the lightweight ranks with knockouts over Edson Barboza, Donald Cerrone and Tony Ferguson. He now looks to realize his ultimate goal of attaining the undisputed UFC lightweight championship by becoming the first person to defeat Nurmagomedov.

Former UFC middleweight champion Whittaker (22-5, fighting out of Sydney, Australia) intends to continue his journey back to the title with his second marquee win of the year. The first Australian UFC champion, Whittaker initially made waves by winning The Ultimate Fighter: The Smashes in 2012. After moving up to the middleweight division, he went on an eight-fight win streak to capture the title, which included spectacular performances against Yoel Romero, Jacare Souza and Derek Brunson. He now aims to keep his momentum going against Cannonier and cement himself as the No. 1 contender for the belt.

Former heavyweight Cannonier (13-4, fighting out of Anchorage, Alaska) seeks to claim the most important win of his career and secure his first UFC title shot. After moving down to the middleweight division, Cannonier quickly established himself as a top contender with stoppage victories over David Branch, Jack Hermansson and former champion Anderson Silva. He now has his sights set on landing another signature knockout against Whittaker and seizing his spot at the top of the rankings.

Additional bouts on the card include:

  • Top 10 heavyweights face off asNo. 6 ranked Alexander Volkov (31-8, fighting out of Moscow, Russia) battles No. 8 Walt Harris (13-8 1 NC, fighting out of Birmingham, Ala.)
  • No. 2 ranked women’s flyweight Cynthia Calvillo (9-1-1, fighting out of Sacramento, Calif.) and No. 4 ranked Lauren Murphy (13-4, fighting out of Glendale, Ariz.) look to make a statement and earn their first UFC title shot
  • No. 11 ranked light heavyweight Magomed Ankalaev (13-1, fighting out of Makhachkala, Russia) and Ion Cutelaba (15-5, fighting out of Chisinau, Maldova) finally meet in a highly anticipated bout guaranteed to deliver action
  • Stefan Struve (33-12, fighting out of Beverwijk, The Netherlands) locks horns with Tai Tuivasa (10-3, fighting out of Western Sydney, Australia) in a heavyweight bout
  • In a clash of UFC newcomers, Jacob Malkoun (4-0, fighting out of Sydney, Australia) meets Dana White’s Contender Series signee Phillip Hawes (8-2, fighting out of Albuquerque, N.M.) at middleweight
  • In an exciting welterweight bout, Alex Oliveira (22-8-1 2 NC, fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) aims to spoil the UFC debut of Shavkat Rakhmonov (12-0, fighting out of Kokshetau, Kazakhstan)
  • Da-un Jung (13-2, fighting out of Seoul, South Korea) seeks to stay undefeated in the UFC when he takes on veteran Sam Alvey (33-14, fighting out of Temecula, Calif.) at light heavyweight
  • UFC newcomers Umar Nurmagomedov (12-0, fighting out of Chelyabinsk, Russia) and Sergey Morozov (16-3, fighting out of Aktobe, Kazakhstan) aim to put on a show-stealing performance
  • Liana Jojua (8-3, fighting out of Tbilisi, Georgia) battles Invicta FC veteran Miranda Maverick (7-2, fighting out of Norfolk, Va.)
  • Top bantamweight prospects battle in a 140-pound catchweight bout as Nathaniel Wood (17-4, fighting out of London, England) meets Casey Kenney (15-2-1, fighting out of Tucsan, Ariz.)
  • In a lightweight bout, Joel Alvarez (17-2, fighting out of Asturias, Spain) looks to extend his win streak when he takes on Alexander Yakovlev (24-9-1, fighting out of Fairfield, N.J. by way of Saint Petersburg, Russia)

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Oct 8, 2020


LOS ÁNGELES, California 8 de octubre de 2020.— Uno de los combates de peso ligero más esperados en los últimos años finalmente tendrá lugar cuando el estrella en ascenso Ryan García (20-0, 17 nocáuts) se enfrente al experimentado contendiente y medallista de oro Olímpico Luke Campbell (20-3, 16 nocáuts) en un batalla a 12 asaltos por el campeonato mundial interino de peso ligero CMB. La pelea se efectuará el sábado 5 de diciembre y se transmitirá en vivo exclusivamente por DAZN en Estados Unidos.             La información sobre la sede y el respaldo se anunciará en breve.             “Desde hace muchos años, el mundo del boxeo ha estado clamando por un estrella con atracción global que es capaz de capturar la atención de nuevas audiencias que han estado sin explotar durante mucho tiempo”, afirmó Óscar De La Hoya, Presidente y Jefe Ejecutivo de Golden Boy. “Ryan García se encuentra al borde de hacer lo mismo a una edad increíblemente joven cuando se enfrenta a Luke Campbell. Si bien la transición de los enormes seguidores de Ryan en las redes sociales a los espectadores de DAZN es un buen negocio para Ryan, Golden Boy y DAZN, es más importante para el deporte del boxeo que necesita una inyección de ánimo ahora más que nunca. Durante los próximos meses, trabajaremos incansablemente con nuestros socios para promover esta pelea, la mayor prueba de Ryan en su carrera que puede catapultarlo a un nivel completamente diferente”, explicó.             García es un contendiente de 22 años que se ha convertido rápidamente en uno de los jóvenes atletas más populares del boxeo. Desde que se unió al establo de Golden Boy en 2016, García ha mostrado que merece una oportunidad titular al derrotar a peleadores como “Ruthless” Romero Duno, Francisco Fonseca, Carlos “The Solution” Morales Jason “La Maravilla” Vélez. Desde que unió fuerzas con el reconocido entrenador Eddy Reynoso, el nativo de Victorville, California se ha mirado mejor que nunca, mejorando sus habilidades técnicas y anotando victorias por nocaut en sus últimas cinco peleas. Pero ahora, la prueba más dura de su carrera le espera en Campbell, un hombre con el que puede demostrar definitivamente que es material de campeonato.
            “He estado esperando ansiosamente por volver al ring y he estado trabajando más duro que nunca para llegar aquí”, dijo Ryan García. “Ha sido un año difícil para todos, pero estoy emocionado de brindarles a los fanáticos un escape por la noche… o, según mi historial, unos minutos como máximo. El récord de Luke habla por sí solo, pero estoy dispuesto a demostrar que los escépticos están equivocados. Esta es mi era y el 5 de diciembre es sólo el comienzo”, enfatizó.
            Campbell, un campeón ligero Plata del CMB quien capturó una medalla de oro frente a sus compatriotas ingleses en los Juegos Olímpicos de Londres 2012, es un peleador de élite. Junto con las victorias contra Darleys Pérez y el ex campeón mundial Argenis Méndez, el púgil zurdo de 33 años ha estado en peleas muy competitivas contra el ex campeón unificado de 135 libras Jorge “El Niño de Oro” Linares y el actual campeón unificado de peso ligero Vasiliy Lomachenko. Ya sea por su experiencia o su habilidad, Campbell confía en que puede acabar con García.             “2020 ha sido un año extremadamente difícil para todos, así que estoy muy contento que finalmente podamos comenzar esta pelea oficialmente y darles a los fanáticos algo que esperar”, dijo Luke Campbell. “Se ha hablado mucho y claramente [Ryan] es un peleador muy respetado, pero voy a demostrar que esto es demasiado pronto para él y que estoy en un nivel completamente diferente. He peleado en Estados Unidos antes, así que esto no será nada nuevo para mí y para mi equipo. Con aficionados o sin aficionados, lo único que puedo garantizar es que regresaré al Reino Unido con la victoria. El entrenamiento no se ha detenido para mí, y estaré en las mejores condiciones para mostrar algo muy especial de Luke Campbell el 5 de diciembre”, puntualizó.             “Esta es una gran pelea en lo que probablemente sea la división más popular del boxeo en este momento”, dijo Eddie Hearn, Director General de Matchroom Sport. “Luke es intrépido en los desafíos que toma y está listo para lograr una gran victoria en diciembre contra Ryan García. Luke ha estado combatiendo en el nivel más alto de la división ligero durante mucho tiempo, y aunque Ryan es un talento joven excepcional, realmente creo que el pedigrí y la experiencia de Luke serán demasiado para él”, aseveró.             García vs. Campbell es un duelo a 12 giros por el título interino mundial ligero del CMB presentado por Golden Boy en asociación con Matchroom Boxing. El evento es patrocinado por Hennessy “Never Stop. Never Settle” y BetOnline – Your Online Sportsbook Experts.”  El combate se llevará a cabo el 5 de diciembre de 2020 y será trasmitido en vivo exclusivamente por DAZN en Estados Unidos. 

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Oct 8, 2020
BROWNSVILLE, TX (October 7, 2020) – Yesterday undefeated professional boxer Omar “El Relámpago” Juarez (9-0, 4 KOs), the highly regarded super lightweight prospect fighting for Premiere Boxing Champions, the top boxing promotion company in the world today, was presented with recognitions for his work outside the ring.
Texas State Congressman, Filemon Vela, presented Juarez with a Congressional Record from the House of Representatives, while Texas State Senator, Eddie Lucio, and representatives from the Brownsville Independent School District and Down by the Border, presented Omar with additional recognitions. Omar continues to be a community leader with the youth in his hometown of Brownsville, TX,
“It was a great honor to be recognized and awarded these recognitions.” said Omar Juarez. “I think it’s important to give back to my community with time and support. I’m very grateful to have a solid team behind me that helps me accomplish all my goal outside the ring. I will continue to be a positive role model to the youth in my community and around the world.”
“We are very proud of Omar for being a positive role model in the South Texas community,” said Jorge Sanchez, who helps Juarez with his activities outside the ring. “The sky is the limit for Omar as he will continue to bring a helpful environment for the kids in this area.”
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Oct 8, 2020
Photos by Kyte Monroe – Thompson Boxing
LOS ANGELES, CA (October 7, 2020) – The exciting return of super bantamweight Saul “The Beast” Sanchez (13-1, 7 KOs) of Pacoima, Ca, who is promoted by Thompson Boxing, will happen this Friday, October 9th, 2020, as he faces Daniel “La Tormenta” Lozano (15-9-1, 11 KOs), who fights out of Bowling Green, Florida. The two warriors will headline a ten-round bout televised live on Telemundo, taking place at the Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee, Florida.
Here is what Sanchez had to say about this recent training camp with coach Manny Robles.
On his recent training camp.“It has been really good training camp as we just wrapped up our final day of working out. I am working with my coach Manny Robles, and he is helping me to improve in a lot of areas. This has been an exhausting and hard camp, but I feel that the work I put in will pay off in the ring.”
On the match-up with Daniel Lozano. “Daniel Lozano is a really tough and experienced fighter. I think he is a little past his prime, but even then, he is still a difficult fight. He’s been in the ring with some good fighters.  Lozano is from Florida and I am going into his backyard, so I am coming in with the mindset of being the underdog.  I hate that I have a loss on my record, so I feel my performance needs to be that much better to get my name to where it was prior to my first defeat.”
On what a win would do for your career. “A win could elevate me into the bouts I want to be in. I look at guys like Daniel Roman and Ruben Villa, both of whom are in world title fights and signed to my promoter Thompson Boxing, and that is what I want. So, I want to get myself into a position in which I can fight for a world title against the very best in the world and beating a known veteran like Lozano helps move me in that direction.” On headlining a Telemundo boxing card“Obviously to headline any card is huge, but for it to be on national television is a major step up in my career. I just want to put on a great fight for those tuning in. I need to be impressive in this televised fight.  I’ll be throwing a lot of punches, that you can guarantee.
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