Janer Gonzalez Camp Notes & Photos, Talks Radzhab Butaev Showdown and More

Nov 8, 2017

JANER GONZALEZ CAMP NOTES AND PHOTOS

Photos by Brett Ostrowski – Team Gonzalez
GILROY, Calif. (Nov. 7, 2017) – Unbeaten Colombian power-puncher Janer Gonzalez (19-0-1, 15 KOs) takes a major step up in competition when he faces unbeaten Russian prospect Radzhab Butaev (7-0, 6 KOs; WSOB: 9-1) this Friday, Nov. 10, at the Masonic at Templelive Cleveland in downtown Cleveland.  The scheduled eight-round welterweight bout will be telecast on the popular ShoBox: The New Generation series LIVE on SHOWTIME (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast).
Gonzalez, who is coached by Ruben Guerrero Sr., recently shared his training camp experience as his showdown with Butaev nears.  Gonzalez, who is making his United States and SHOWTIME debut, last fought in September of this year.
Here is what Gonzalez had to say ahead of Friday night’s fight.
On his recent training camp with Ruben Guerrero Sr.:
“My good friend Oscar Escandon introduced me to Mr. Guerrero about a month ago.  I came to California to start training with Ruben shortly after.  It’s been a great transition and training camp has been very productive.  I’ve been sparring every other day since I got here.  I’m in good shape and I’m ready to perform at my best this Friday.”
On facing undefeated Russian prospect Radzhab Butaev:
“I know I have a tough fight ahead of me, but I’m ready for the challenge.  Butaev had a tremendous amateur career, but so did I.  I have over 300 amateur fights under my belt and there is nothing Butaev will bring to the ring that I haven’t already seen.  We equally have a lot of power, so the fans can expect to see some big shots being thrown by both of us.  I’m going to leave everything in the ring come fight night.”
On making his U.S. debut and what a victory on Showtime will do for his career:
“Fighting on SHOWTIME is a tremendous blessing for me.  This is my first fight in America and I going to make it special.  The exposure I will get can take my career to the next level, especially if I come out victorious.  A win will garner me some big fights and some big paydays.  I’m fighting for my family and my countrymen in Colombia.  My motivation is at an all-time high and the boxing world will know my name after this fight.
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ÓSCAR DE LA HOYA REALIZARÁ SU ENTREGA ANUAL NÚMERO 5 DE EQUIPO NUEVO Y DE PRIMERA PARA BOXEO AL GARDEN GROVE BOXING

Nov 8, 2017
ÓSCAR DE LA HOYA REALIZARÁ SU ENTREGA ANUAL NÚMERO 5 DE EQUIPO NUEVO Y DE PRIMERA PARA BOXEO AL GARDEN GROVE BOXING PARA EL PROGRAMA DE LOS NIÑOS DESPUÉS DE CLASES
 
A DE LA HOYA SE LE UNIRÁN DECENAS DE JOVENCITOS DEL GIMNASIO PARA LA PRESENTACIÓN DEL EQUIPO Y ESTARÁ DISPONIBLE PARA ENTREVISTAS POSTERIORES
 
VIERNES 10 DE NOVIEMBRE A LAS 3:00 PM
                       
QUÉ:             Óscar de la Hoya, Salón de la Fama, medallista de oro olímpico,
y 10 veces  campeón mundial en seis categorías, sostendrá su quinta edición anual de entrega de equipo del programa después de la escuela, presentando equipo de boxeo de primera clase a los jóvenes del Garden Grove Boxing. Las entrevistas con Óscar de la Hoya estarán disponibles inmediatamente después de la presentación.
 
CUÁNDO:     Viernes 10 de noviembre de 2017
2:30 p.m. PT: Llegada de la Prensa
3:00 p.m. PT: Presentación de equipo y palabras de Óscar de la
Hoya
3:45 p.m. PT: Entrevistas y oportunidad de fotos con Óscar de la
Hoya
 
DÓNDE:        Garden Grove Boxing 
10632 Garden Grove Blvd.
Garden Grove, CA 92843
 
DATOS:         La Fundación Óscar de la Hoya será anfitrión de su quinta
 entrega anual de equipo de primera calidad de boxeo, reconociendo
a cinco gimnasios de boxeo en el sur de California que recibirán
importantes donaciones de la Fundación ODLH por el apoyo
continuo de sus comunidades y la promoviendo un estilo de vida
saludable para los jóvenes en las comunidades económicamente
desfavorecidas. La Fundación, con el apoyo de su socio
corporativo, Autoridad Municipal de Finanzas de
California, donará equipo nuevo y de primera para boxeo, y los
beneficiarios esta temporada de las donaciones incluye al Garden
Grove Boxing, Eddie Heredia Boxing Club, Westside Boxing Club,
Azteca Boxing Club, y Duarte Boxing Club.
 
VISUAL:       Capture a la leyenda del boxeo Óscar de la Hoya mientras se dirige a
 jóvenes de 5 a 18 años y los motiva a llevar vidas positivas. De la Hoya repartirá personalmente equipo para los niños y estará disponible para entrevistas posteriores a  la presentación del equipo.
HISTORIAL: Óscar de la Hoya, el súper estrella del boxeo,  creó su fundación
en 1995 para traer una mejor calidad de vida a la gente del Este de Los Ángeles. Hoy en día, con la ayuda de muchos, la Fundación atiende a miles de personas al año. La Fundación apoya y sostiene la escuela Óscar de la Hoya, el Centro de Cáncer Cecilia González de la Hoya y el Centro Médico Óscar de la Hoya para la Infancia (ambos ubicados en el hospital White Memorial) y numerosos programas después de la escuela para ayudar a guiar a la gente joven hacia una vida saludable.
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Devin Haney Scores 5th Round Knockout Returns Nov 18 in Atlantic City

Nov 8, 2017
Unbeaten WBC Lightweight Youth Champion
DEVIN “THE DREAM” HANEY
Remains Undefeated with 5th Round Knockout
LAS VEGAS, NV (November 6, 2017) – This past Saturday at the Buckhead Fight Club, in Atlanta GA, WBC Lightweight Youth Champion, Devin “The Dream” Haney (18-0, 12 KOs), remained undefeated with an impressive TKO against Hamza Sempewo (14-9, 7 KOs).
Haney dominated the bout from the opening bell, winning every round convincingly.  In round five of the scheduled six-rounder, Devin landed a vicious left hook to the body, followed by a barrage of punches to the head, that included a nasty uppercut.  The referee stopped the bout after Sempewo was out on his feet, and couldn’t continue.
“I feel I’m improving every time I step into the ring,” said Devin Haney, the WBC Youth Champion, “I wanted to come out to Atlanta and give the fans a memorable fight.  I got the knockout after getting some good rounds in, so I’m happy with my performance.  I know I’m only 18-years old, but I’m on my way to the top.”
After the win, Devin Haney announced that he’ll be making a quick return to the ring against Taiwo Ali (21-5-1, 16 KOs) from Lagos, Nigeria in a scheduled eight-round bout, this time in the lightweight division.  The bout will take place at the Claridge Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City.
Since capturing the WBC Lightweight Youth title earlier this year, Devin Haney has had a difficult time getting other top lightweights in the ring.  All fighters who hold the WBC Youth title must be under the age of 22.  So, Haney will now look to capture other WBC titles, with hopes of landing a big fight with other lightweight contenders.
“I’ve been campaigning at lightweight since I turned professional, but in my last few fights, I’ve been fighting above the 135-pound limit,” Devin Haney continued. “I want to make it clear, that I’ll be campaigning at lightweight as I march toward a world title.  My goal is to first dominate at lightweight, then super-lightweight, and become a multiple world champion.”
Devin Haney is the most active fighter in boxing, having fought eighteen times since turning pro at age seventeen back in 2015.  He’s averaging eight to nine fights a year.
“Our goal when we turned Devin pro was to keep him as busy as possible,” said manager William Haney, who is also Devin’s dad. “I’m happy to say he’s the most active fighter in boxing right now.  It’s a lot of hard work, but we are building something special with Devin Haney Promotions.  We have some exciting partnerships being negotiated behind the scenes that we will announce soon.  It’s amazing what we’ve been able to accomplish in just two years.”

 

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UFC® ANNOUNCES NEW INTEGRATED PARTNERSHIP WITH AIRASIA

Nov 6, 2017

UFC® ANNOUNCES NEW INTEGRATED PARTNERSHIP WITH AIRASIA

UFC taps AirAsia to serve as global brand’s first-ever “Official Airline” partner

 

NEW YORK – UFC®, the world’s premier mixed martial arts organization, today announced a new multi-territory partnership with AirAsia, Asia’s leading low-cost carrier, to serve as the global brand’s first-ever “Official Airline” sponsor. The partnership, which encompasses Asia and Australia, will begin on Saturday, November 4, during the highly-anticipated UFC® 217: BISPING vs. ST-PIERRE, live from Madison Square Garden in New York, New York.

 

“This deal is an indication of how much UFC and the sport of mixed martial arts have grown in Asia and around the world,” UFC Vice President of Asia-Pacific Kevin Chang said. “AirAsia is an innovative and fast-growing brand, we thank them for the support and we’re looking forward to creating engaging branded content for fight fans and AirAsia customers to enjoy.”

 

“In many ways, UFC’s rapid rise as a global phenomenon parallels AirAsia’s,” said Tony Fernandes, Group Chief Executive Officer of AirAsia. “The UFC expanded from their first event in Denver to the rest of the US and then to Asia-Pacific and the world, while AirAsia grew from a small domestic airline into Asia’s largest low-cost carrier that now flies to the US. Opposite directions but chasing the same dream, and we are thrilled to team up with a brand that shares our drive and vision.”

 

AirAsia will begin its international activations during UFC’s historic inaugural event in mainland China at UFC FIGHT NIGHT®: SILVA vs. GASTELUM on Saturday, November 25 at Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai. As part of this collaboration, AirAsia will obtain rights to signage and branding inside UFC’s world-famous Octagon® during the event in Shanghai and select international UFC events in 2018.

 

With this partnership, AirAsia will also serve as presenting sponsor of select UFC Fan Experiences throughout the region and promote a national sweepstakes campaign where two fans will win a UFC VIP Experience during an event in 2018. The airline brand will also be integrated across multiple UFC-based social and digital platforms, as well as having a presence during live-event broadcasts and on UFC.com. UFC and AirAsia will also jointly sponsor content featured on Weibo and WeChat platforms in China.

 

Along with integration during international UFC events, this sponsorship will also deliver exciting co-branded content to Asian fight fans via AirAsia and UFC’s media platforms. These initiatives include monthly training sessions featuring UFC athletes and members of the UFC Performance Institute’s staff.

 

UFC and AirAsia will also make history by selecting the first-ever UFC scholarship program recipient. As part of this program, one Asia-based athlete will be awarded an all-expenses paid scholarship that includes travel to the United States and training at the UFC Performance Institute in Las Vegas, Nevada.

 

For more information on AirAsia, please visit airasia.com or follow AirAsia on Facebook and YouTube (AirAsia), Twitter and Instagram (@airasia), Weibo (@亚航之家) or WeChat and Zhihu (@亚洲航空).

 

For more information on UFC, please visit UFC.com. Follow us on Weibo, WeChat, Youku, QQ, Facebook (UFC Asia), Twitter and Instagram (@ufc).

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EA SPORTS UFC 3 REVEALED WITH UFC LIGHTWEIGHT CHAMPION CONOR MCGREGOR AS THE OFFICIAL GLOBAL COVER ATHLETE

Nov 6, 2017

EA SPORTS UFC 3 REVEALED WITH UFC® LIGHTWEIGHT CHAMPION CONOR MCGREGOR

AS THE OFFICIAL GLOBAL COVER ATHLETE
Revolutionary New Gameplay Technology ‘Real Player Motion Tech’ Delivers the Most Fluid and Responsive Fighter Motion Ever.
See the Official Gameplay Trailer Here.

 

NEW YORK, NY – November 3, 2017 – Today Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA) officially revealed EA SPORTS™ UFC® 3 featuring UFC® lightweight champion Conor McGregor, the only UFC athlete to hold UFC titles in two weight classes simultaneously, as the game’s official global cover athlete. EA SPORTS UFC 3 introduces a new generation of fighting for fight fans powered by Real Player Motion (RPM) Tech, a revolutionary new gameplay animation technology that delivers the most fluid and responsive motion in EA SPORTS UFC history.  A new G.O.A.T. Career Mode now means that players’ choices outside UFC’s world-famous Octagon® matter just as much as their performance inside it. This new mode allows you to strategically promote upcoming fights, create heated rivalries and more on the road to becoming the Greatest of All Time. EA SPORTS UFC 3 will be available worldwide on February 2, 2018 for Xbox One and PlayStation®4.

 

Click here to see the Official UFC 3 Gameplay Trailer.

 

“Two belts, two covers – EA SPORTS got it right again,” UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor said. “It’s an honor to be on the cover and I can’t wait to play the game.”

 

Real Player Motion (RPM) Tech is a revolutionary new EA SPORTS animation technology that sets a new bar for motion and responsiveness in the best-looking – and now the best-feeling – EA SPORTS UFC game ever. With over 5,000 new animations captured and rebuilt from the ground up, players can now move, strike, and create seamless combinations in-game with the world’s best mixed martial arts athletes. Every punch, kick, block, and counter has been recaptured and rebuilt on cutting-edge animation tech to look and feel life-like and responsive, delivering the most strategic, competitive fighting experience in franchise history.

 

UFC 3 and RPM Tech mark a new generation of gameplay in EA SPORTS games,” said EA SPORTS UFC 3 Creative Director, Brian Hayes. “The new animation technology has allowed us to take a massive leap forward in motion and responsiveness. The result is a complete overhaul to gameplay where every move is more strategic and looks more authentic and beautiful.”

 

EA SPORTS UFC 3 also introduces the new G.O.A.T. Career Mode where – for the first time – the choices made throughout your career impact your path to greatness. Outside of fights, players will make promotional choices to build hype, gain fans, earn more cash through big contracts and capture the world’s attention. A new in-game social media system allows players to create heated rivalries with other UFC athletes, providing the freedom to take on any type of persona, between cool-headed contender or infamous trash-talker.

 

Building on the fan-favorite Knockout Mode introduced in EA SPORTS UFC 2EA SPORTS UFC 3 delivers a new suite of multiplayer modes designed for fast, fun fights that are perfect for letting fists fly when playing against friends. Those looking for a quick social experience can jump into Stand & Bang mode, Submission Showdown mode, or opt to customize their match with unlimited stamina or extra strike damage in Fight Now Custom. The all-new Tournament Mode offers ultimate bragging rights as players attempt to take on as many opponents as possible in bracket-style elimination rounds with continuous damage and fatigue.

 

EA SPORTS UFC 3 will be available worldwide on February 2 for Xbox One and PlayStation®4. Pre-order the Champions Edition now and receive up to three days early access to the full game, the choice of one current or former UFC champion in Ultimate Team and 20 Premium Packs in Ultimate Team*. Choose between former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva, former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre, UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor, UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson or UFC strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk. For full pre-order details and to learn more about EA SPORTS UFC 3 visit https://www.ea.com/games/ufc/ufc-3.

 

EA Access members receive a 10 percent discount when they purchase a digital version of EA SPORTS UFC 3 on Xbox Live.**

 

For more information about EA SPORTS games, including news, video, blogs, forums and game apps, please visit https://www.ea.com/games/ufc/ufc-3 to connect, share and compete.

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David la ardilla Peres derrota a Juan panadero Rivera

Oct 30, 2017

David la ardilla Peres derrota a Juan panadero Rivera

El Gimnasio Mexicali en capital Baja Californiana se dio la contienda a 6 rounds entre David Peres contra  Juan panadero Rivera con récord (1-11-0)  donde David el ardilla Pares llevo a cabo su pelea número 12 como profesional con un récord (10-2-0) en el peso Gallo pesando 54.600

El ardilla se encontró con un contrincante incómodo que no le permitió tomar distancia y buscar que le permitiera conectar el gancho donde guarda su arma letal, el (Panadero) Rivera un peleador muy aguerrido y fajador, logró  reducir los espacios disminuyendo la posibilidad de recibir los fuertes embates que la ardilla Pérez,  buscó la manera de conectar durante los  6 rounds que duró el combate donde por decisión unánime David la ardilla Pérez salió victorioso de este combate.

Nota: EduardoAmbriz

Foto y video: Eden Ambriz

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WHAT’S ON THE MINDS OF THE STARS OF UFC® FIGHT NIGHT: BRUNSON vs. MACHIDA?

Oct 28, 2017

WHAT’S ON THE MINDS OF THE STARS OF

UFC® FIGHT NIGHT: BRUNSON vs. MACHIDA?

 

Sao Paulo, Brazil – The Octagon® returns to Brazil for an astonishing 30th time in UFC history. UFC® FIGHT NIGHT: BRUNSON vs. MACHIDA takes place this Saturday, October 28 at Ginásio do Ibirapuera in Sao Paulo, with the return of former light heavyweight champion and middleweight title challenger Lyoto Machida. “The Dragon” will face No. 7 middleweight contender Derek Brunson. Here is what the fighters and other stars had to say ahead of their bouts:

 

Derek Brunson:

  • His expectations: “To arrive on Saturday and submit. I’m a first round guy. The perfect ending would be a victory in the first round. I see myself walking in the Octagon and waiting for my moment. I know everyone expects me to wrestle and for him to stay on his feet, but I feel comfortable in any area.”
  • On Lyoto’s return: “I don’t know how he is doing, I’m not sure. But I think of him as the Machida of always – fast and agile on his feet. I can’t think about the last fights, in which his opponents were able to take him down with ease.”
  • On the Brazilian fans: “Many Brazilians texted me in social media saying they would like to watch me fight, so I believe that I will have some support. But I don’t feel any pressure having the crowd against me. Once in the Octagon, it’s me against him. The fans can’t go in and help him. At least I think that’s illegal.”

Lyoto Machida:

  • Return to the Octagon: “I waited a long time to get back to the Octagon, it’s a moment I have been waiting for. I worked hard to get here and it’s what I like to do. It’s a dream come true to come back, I’m enjoying it all, from the little things – traveling, the media commitments, making weight, everything that is involved in fight week.”
  • Saturday’s fight: “I had a great camp. Many people think that the time off will be a problem for me. But I don’t see it that way. The time out helped me find different people and have a different outlook on everything. It was a maturing moment.”
  • On his opponent: “Brunson is a complete fighter, a guy who even though he is a wrestler, he is good in other disciplines, punching and kicking. But I think he will use his strength with is grappling and clinching.”
  • Fighting in home country: “It’s a unique opportunity for me. I am coming back, in my country, with the crowd on my side, everyone helping me. It’s a different environment. I am very happy.”

Demian Maia:

  • São Paulo: “It’s special. I didn’t get this opportunity many times in my career. I only fought in the city of Sao Paulo once and I would like to experience that more.”
  • Fighting after title shot: “My last three fights were very close. That is tiring, but at the same time it gives a good competitive pace. If you can use that in your favor, it can be advantageous. I accepted this fight for many reasons. The main one is to get back to winning, which is something I can’t control, but I can only get back if I try.”
  • Colby Covington and his trash talk: “I think he is going down the same path that everyone thinks is right nowadays, which is to be controversial as the only way to promote a fight. As a fighter, he is a great athlete, wrestler and, as with any UFC Top 10 fighter, he is a very tough guy. I think it will be an intense fight, because he is a very aggressive guy as I am, within my style.”

Colby Covington:

  • On fighting in Brazil: “I don’t want to fight here, but it was the only way to face Demian. Fighting in his home, in front of his fans. I know how Brazilians are and I hope they are very loud. But after the fight, I know they will be in silence.”
  • On his opponent: “He’s a legend, had a great career. That’s why I will retire him in the first round. And the Brazilian fans will thank me because he will be in my highlights until the end of my career. He is a one-trick pony and I will catch him when he tries to take me down, submitting in the first round.”
  • On the Welterweight Division: “I see myself as the uncrowned king of this division. This is my division. When Tyron Woodley comes back from his injury, his time will come. My victory over Demian will scare Woodley.”

Predictions: I think that a win will give me the chance to fight for the belt, since they are not having Robbie Lawler fight Woodley again, and Rafael dos Anjos shouldn’t be in this division – I would send him back to lightweight if I fought him.”

Pedro Munhoz:

  • Fight Expectations: “The best possible, I’m fighting before the co-main event, in Sao Paulo, my city, for the fourth year in a row in search of my fourth consecutive win. I think it will be a very special moment and a victory on Saturday will be a big step to get to the coveted title shot.”
  • On his opponent: “Rob is good, experience, ranked. I hope he brings his best, because I am bringing my best. I’ve seen him using different strategies in his fights, so I prepared for any situation – on my feet and on the ground. But my goal is to knockout or submit.”
  • On the Bantamweight Division: “It’s a stacked division, with many great athletes, especially the Brazilians. There are always new and capable athletes coming in. Today, I see the winner of Jimmie Rivera and Dominick Cruz fighting the champion. I think they will be two highly contested fights, but I see Cody and Jimmie winning and facing each other. I don’t want to think about my next fight, because I focus on one day at a time. But victory on Saturday, I believe would put me in 8th or 10th in the rankings.”

Rob Font

  • On his opponent: “He is a very aggressive striker and has very strong jiu-jitsu, but he doesn’t try to go the ground at all costs. He forces you to take him down and submits you.”
  • Fight expectations: “It will be a big fight, it was a great match. He is an exciting fighter and will be at home, in his city, with the crowd supporting him. The fans here are crazy, loud and they defend their fighters at any cost. This is my second time here, I love Brazil, I love the food and the culture.”

 

For more information or current fight news, visit www.ufc.com.  All bouts live and subject to change.

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UFC® ANNOUNCES GLOBAL LICENSING PARTNERSHIP WITH OPRO

Oct 24, 2017

UFC® ANNOUNCES GLOBAL LICENSING PARTNERSHIP WITH OPRO

Las Vegas – UFC, the world’s premier mixed martial arts organization, today announced a new multi-year global licensing agreement with OPRO®, the world’s largest manufacturer of mouthguards. The partnership, which begins in 2018 and was negotiated by IMG, grants the oral protection company the rights to produce UFC branded mouthguards and provide bespoke guards to UFC athletes.
“OPRO has been a world-renowned manufacturer of mouthguards for more than 20 years and we are thrilled to launch this new global partnership,” UFC Senior Vice President of Global Consumer Products Tracey Bleczinski said. “As an industry pioneer, OPRO has designed some of the most innovative guards in sports and we look forward to delivering these premium products to UFC athletes and the combat sports community.”

 

As part of this collaboration, OPRO will be able to brand the products and packaging for their Custom Fit, Self-Fit and Snap Fit product ranges, providing oral protection guards to athletes currently on the active roster.

 

“OPRO has ambitious international expansion plans for the coming years, and partnering with another hugely progressive and pioneering brand who are growing exponentially all over the world, particularly in key markets for us such as Asia and the Americas, is truly exciting,” OPRO Chief Executive Officer David Allen said. “This partnership with UFC reflects our continued growth in the combat sports market and we look forward to working with them as we kit out more and more UFC athletes with OPRO guards.”

 

UFC athletes will have the option of wearing mouthguards by OPRO while training or competing inside UFC’s world-famous Octagon®. OPRO will also offer UFC branded guards to combat participants and fight fans for purchase at opromouthguards.com and through a network of key global retail partners.

 

OPRO will plan to showcase their new UFC product line in 2018 at ISPO in Munich, Germany from January 28-31, followed by Taispo from March 7-10 in Taipei, Taiwan and at IHRSA in San Diego, California, from March 21-24, alongside the rest of the OPRO licensed product range.

OPRO serves as the official mouthguard partner of a number of professional sporting organizations, including Great Britain Taekwondo, England Boxing, England Rugby, New Zealand Rugby, Australia Rugby and England Hockey, as well as the German, French and Italian Mixed Martial Arts Federations. For more information, please visit opromouthguards.com.

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UFC FIGHT NIGHT: COWBOY vs. TILL QUOTES

Oct 20, 2017

WHAT’S ON THE MINDS OF THE STARS OF

UFC® FIGHT NIGHT: COWBOY vs. TILL?

 

Gdansk, Poland — The Octagon® returns to Poland for just the second time in UFC history. UFC® FIGHT NIGHT: COWBOY vs. TILL action takes place this Saturday, October 21, at the Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland. Here is what the stars had to say ahead of their bouts:

 

Andre Fili:

  • “Artem is very tough. He’s a completely game opponent and I don’t think people give him the credit he deserves. But my fight IQ is better. I understand fighting better. I think that’s going to be the major factor in this fight, my fighting IQ”.
  • “When you win, you’re the man, you feel like a king, but when you lose, everybody has something to say, it’s like the end of the world. So you can’t celebrate your wins too much but you also can’t focus on your losses too much ether.”
  • “I’m focused on myself and on having the greatest performance of my career, the best performance I’ve ever had”.
  • “I don’t care about his record, his career, or what anyone thinks about him; I just care about myself and performing to the absolute best of my ability.”
  • “I have never ever been to Europe so as far as the history and the culture goes, I like it. It’s a very interesting experience to come here.”
  • “He has never been finished before. I am going to be the first person to finish him. I don’t know if it’s going to be on the ground or if it’s going to be standing but however the finish comes, I will take it.”

 

Artem Lobov:

  • On opponent: “He’s well-tested, well-seasoned, he comes from a very good team – Team Alpha Male – so he knows how to fight and he’s not afraid to fight so I love the match-up.”
  • “I don’t know what he’s going to do, but I can tell you as always I’ll press forward, take no steps back and I’ll give the fans a great show as I always have. Russian Hammer is a brand that represents great fights and will continue to do so for the rest of my life.”
  • On his losses – “If you’re put in a competitive environment, losses will happen. Look at Jeremy Stevens – he’s a top 10 featherweight in the world and he’s 13 and 13 in the UFC. These things happen: you can see the same in football or anywhere if you look at the league, even the champions have losses. What kills it for everyone and why I’m so against it is the record pattern because it gives the public the wrong view of the sport. They think you are meant to beat everyone and that’s how it is if you’re a good fighter, which is not the case.”
  • On Cub Swanson fight – “From that fight, I’ve taken that I’m getting close to that level but I’m not there yet. A lot more work needs to be done which I have been doing and will continue doing until I am there.”
  • On training with Connor – “As an MMA fighter, it’s hard to find the time to concentrate on just one discipline. You always have to go between wrestling, grappling, striking, kickboxing, boxing so it’s very hard to actually improve in one discipline.”
  • “It was great for me to take the time and concentrate on my hands and I’ve seen great benefits from that – building the stamina in your hands, being able to control that many shots and sharpen my shots. I’m definitely excited to showcase those skills in this fight.”

 

Jan Blachowicz:

  • “It feels really good for the UFC to come back to Poland again. It’s an amazing feeling to be part of that again, but this time I have to win!”
  • “People in Poland like fighting sports.”
  • “UFC is the biggest organization; it’s the dream of any fighter. This is UFC – if you’re a MMA fighter, you want to be here.”
  • On his opponent: “He is a wrestler, so I know that he will try to take me down. I don’t think he will fight me standing. Maybe he’ll try at the beginning of the fight, but after a few punches he will try to use his wrestling skills to take me down. I’m going to try defend him and punch him again instead.”
  • “I train with Damian Janikowski, the Olympic bronze medalist. Everyone I’m training with tries to take me down and simulate my opponent. I think I’m ready for him.”
  • “I will win by KO in the first or second round. If it’s not going to happen at the beginning of the first round, it’s going to happen in the second.”

 

Devin Clark:

  • “This is my first time out of the States, so good opportunity, good opponent – I’m really excited. It’s fun. I’m a tourist so far and people are nice.
  • “I’ll fight wherever. It’s a fight, I don’t really care where it’s at. That’s part of the reason I wanted to be in the UFC; you get to travel the world, see different things and get paid to do it – why not.
  • “I love that underdog situation, that adversity. I’ve had to deal with it in the past as I grew up wrestling, so it’s nothing new to me. You’ve still got to work. It adds to the feel as well.”
  • “I’ve got my dad here with me. Also, I’m an advocate for down syndrome and there’s a bunch of down syndrome groups here to see me so I’ll have some fans.”
  • On training with Jackson/Wink and having teammates like Jodie on the same card – “It’s been great, knowing that you’re going overseas with the team, it helps with the confidence knowing you’re not going alone. We’re all training for the same date which makes it nice and the intensity rises at about the same time.”
  • On his opponent: “He knows he needs a win and he’s going to come to fight. That’s all I expect. I expect a tough fight and I hope he does the same, because it’s going to be a tough one for him.”
  • “I expect to finish him, but if I don’t, it’s going to be three tough rounds for him and I’m going to grind him out.”

 

Jodie Esquibel:

  • What a great opportunity and position to be in. This is the best opportunity that I’ve ever had – I love the match-up, I love travelling – there was just no question over it.”
  • On her opponent: “All that fan-favourite and excitement around her is pressure that’s not on me. She can have all that, that’s fine. She’s good, she’s great, she’s top-ranked fighter. There’s not any challenge that I haven’t prepared for, so I’m not really worried about the challenge she brings.”
  • “I think the match-up is favorable to myself honestly. She’s never really faced anybody like me stylistically. I’ve been competing MMA at a high level for a long time now. Now it’s a bigger venue and a bigger opponent and I’m ready to rise to the occasion.”
  • “I feel like I’m better all around. She’s really, really great at a few things, but it’s the world of MMA and that means you have to be well-rounded and I feel like I am.”
  • “On Saturday we’ll see a really calm, collected and beautiful debut.”
  • On Poland: “It’s beautiful, it’s amazing. I think it’s awesome – you’re seeing stuff that you never see and it does kind of take away the monotony of fight week. Fight week in your home town is like the longest week ever, but now we’re already here, tomorrow’s weigh-ins and then fight day. I think traveling so far to somewhere so beautiful is a great way to do it.”
  • “The whole experience is great. I’m just trying to be present in every moment and when I win on Saturday I’ll be present in that moment too.”
  • “I’m going to have some fun, be myself and when I allow myself to do that I am victorious.”

 

Karolina Kowalkiewicz:

  • “I never feel pressure before a fight, I love what I do. I feel pressure when I am hungry and I can’t eat a cookie!”
  • “A few years ago, nobody knew UFC in Poland and now everybody knows that UFC is the biggest organization in the world”
  • “I don’t talk about the past. I took my lessons and changed a few things in my training and I hope now that everything will be ok.”
  • “Before fights I am very focused and happy because I’m doing what I love.”
  • “Now I am not thinking about my next fight. I am focused on Saturday and on Jodie. After that we will see.”
  • “I see only one scenario on Saturday – only I can win because we are in Poland. This is my home.”

 

Darren Till:

  • “It’s the biggest moment of my career to date. I’m just trying to live in the moment and make the most of every minute of it.”
  • “This kind of opportunity doesn’t come along all the time. I’ve grabbed it with both hands”.
  • “I’m still a fan of Cowboy. He’s everything you want from a fighter, that’s never going to change. I look up to him and I respect him but, come fight night, I have to put all that to one side and I’ll have to put my fist in his face. It’ll be no different to any other opponent”.
  • “Fighting isn’t about age or experience; it’s about intelligence. I know I’m the most intelligent fighter out there. I don’t think he’s half the fighter I am, I really don’t.”
  • “This fight is my fight, it’s my show. There’s nothing he is bringing to the table that I haven’t seen before”.
  • “The first round, I’m going to mentally break him, I know I am, and he’s going to start questioning himself more as the fight goes on.”
  • “The dream is to headline in my home town. I want to be the first scouser to bring the UFC to Liverpool. Let’s get to the Echo arena, let’s get me a top 10 opponent – that will be one of the most historical moments in my career.”
  • “I have total faith and confidence in the fact that I’m going to be the next British UFC world champion”.
  • “I don’t believe in pressure, you shouldn’t feel that as a fighter. Get on with your job and keep those emotions under control.”
  • “On Saturday Cowboy will see a level that he has never ever seen in his career before”.
  • “I’ve been training for 14 years for this. I’ve sacrificed so much, so on Saturday, it’s do or die. Saturday I go in there and make a big statement”.
  • “There’s going to be so many scousers here on Saturday that you don’t even understand!”
  • “After Cowboy, I’m just going to put everyone in the welterweight division on notice.”

 

Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone

  • “Other than the sleep apnea, coming over here to Poland has been great.  My weight is fine, I’m eating anything I want right now.  In fact, I met a local family here and they took us and cooked us dinner last night.  She put out a thanksgiving spread and I said sorry ma’am, I can’t eat this much food but then I did.”
  • “Its crazy sleeping in a hotel room for a fight, I usually have the RV with me.”
  • “It’s cool, I enjoy Europe.  I was trying to get a fight and the UFC gave me a lineup of all the places they’re we offering me there was no Europe on there.  I said what about Poland card and Sean Shelby (UFC Matchmaker) was like you’ll go overseas and I was like sure, why not?”
  • “It doesn’t matter where I fight or when I fight.  You guys don’t understand, I’ll fight on the first fight of the night.  It doesn’t have to be the main event or Poland or a Pay-Per-View. It makes no difference to me. This is what I love to do.”
  • “I enjoy this whole process, being in Poland, walking around, checking everything out and being able to fight and doing what I love.”
  • “I was even trying to get a fight sooner than now but of course its timing and other things.  That was the issue with this card. Once I got the Poland fight, it was finding an opponent for Poland.  Im glad Darren Till stepped up.”
  • “It was no disrespect from me, I wasn’t trying to prod at the kid, I just didn’t know who Darren Till was. He has like three fights. He’s a new up and comer. This will be the biggest moment of his life. Will five rounds be too much for him?  He went from the undercard to the big card. Hey man, welcome to the big leagues.”
  • “Some people say Cowboy is the gate keeper. Well then can you get past the gate?”
  • “I’ve been in the game a long time, this is like my 34th time doing a Zuffa walk and I’ve been in the top-ten pretty much my entire career.  That’s pretty cool to sit back and say.”
  • “I watch zero fights. That’s my coach’s job, to figure out and game plan. I don’t like sitting around during fight week. I like going and seeing castles like I have this week.”
  • “I train hard, I train the same always. I stay ready.”
  • “It doesn’t always go my way. Right now, I’m two in the wrong and the Robbie (Lawler) fight could have gone either way. I fought the best in the world and I loved it but in the end, it’s what I love to do.”
  • “I want fans to say Cowboy’s in Poland? On FIGHT PASS?  What’s FIGHT PASS and how do I get it?  I need to see Cowboy fight because I know he’s biting down and going to give it his all. I want to come on and be the biggest draw in FIGHT PASS history.”

 

 

 

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EL BOXEO TERMINARÁ EL AÑO 2017 CON UNA EXPLOSIÓN

Oct 20, 2017
EL BOXEO TERMINARÁ EL AÑO 2017 CON UNA EXPLOSIÓN: BILLY JOE SAUNDERS EXPONDRÁ SU CENTRO MUNDIAL MEDIANO DE LA OMB ANTE EL NOQUEADOR DAVID LEMIEUX
 
EL CHOQUE SE EFECTUARÁ EN MONTREAL, CANADÁ EL 16 DE DICIEMBRE Y SERÁ TELEVISADO EN VIVO POR HBO WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING
 
            LOS ÀNGELES, California 18 de octubre de 2017. – La Navidad llegará pronto para los aficionados del boxeo cuando el invicto campeón británico Billy Joe Saunders (25-0, 12 nocáuts) exponga su cinto mediano de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (WBO por sus siglas en inglés) el 16 de diciembre ante el ex monarca mundial mediano de la FIB David Lemieux (38-3, 33 nocáuts) en un escenario en Montreal, Canadá que se anunciará en breve. El combate será televisado en vivo por HBO World Championship Boxing.
            Saunders, el invicto peleador zurdo de 28 años de edad, regresará después de dos defensas en fila de su faja mundial de la OMB que capturó ante “Irish” Andy Lee en el 2015. Saunders ha defendido su cinto en su impresionante carrera ante peleadores de la talla del ex campeón interino mediano de la AMB Chris Eubank, Jr., el entonces invicto Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan, y el contendiente Willie “The Mongoose” Monroe Jr.
 
“Primeramente, quiero agradecer a Golden Boy Promotions por poner esta función”, dijo Billy Joe Saunders. “Lemieux [David] se ve bien contra peleadores de ‘nivel B’, pero ahora estará en el ring con alguien que es mucho más superior e inteligente que cualquier otro rival con el que haya peleado. Lemieux es el retador obligatorio y acordamos un acuerdo para ir a tierras extranjeras y conseguirlo. Tengo muchos amigos en Canadá, y traeré muchos seguidores a Canadá desde el Reino Unido. Espero una decisión buena, limpia y justa. Después de vencer a Lemieux, me moveré a peces más grandes; el ganador del desempate entre Canelo y Golovkin. Estoy deseando una gran pelea”, subrayó.
            Lemieux, el poderoso fajador canadiense de 28 años de edad y con poder devastador en ambos puños, capturó el cetro mundial mediano de la FIB ante Hassan N’Dam en el 2015, derribando el ex monarca cuatro veces antes de ganar por decisión unánime. En este año solamente, Lemieux obtuvo una impresionante victoria por la vía del cloroformo en el tercer asalto ante el fuerte contendiente Curtis “Cerebral AssassinStevens, antes de ganar por decisión unánime frente a Marcos “Dorado” Reyes en mayo.
 
            “Ahora es tiempo de convertirme de nuevo en campeón mundial”, afirmó David Lemieux. “Voy a destrozar a Saunders. Estaré sumamente listo para esta batalla, y voy a producirle mucho dolor a Saunders. Èl perderá su calidad de invicto este 16 diciembre”, amenazó.
            “Saunders vs. Lemieux es exactamente la manera perfecta de terminar un año que ha sido tremendo para el boxeo”, anotó Óscar de la Hoya, Presidente y Jefe Ejecutivo de Golden Boy Promotions. “¿Utilizará Saunders su rapidez e inteligencia para boxear a Lemieux? ¿O podrá Lemieux acabar la noche pronto con un poderoso golpe? Vamos a ver este 16 de diciembre”, finalizó.
“Esto tiene una ‘gran pelea’ escrita por todos partes”, afirmó Camille Estephan, Presidente de Eye of the Tiger Management. “Sé que Lemieux está extremadamente motivado y que tiene una aversión visceral sobre Saunders. Cuando esté en ese estado, ten cuidado. Esto promete ser una guerra. Estamos encantados de tener la oportunidad de combatir por el título mundial mediano de la OMB en casa y mantenerlo aquí”, puntualizó.
“Estamos encantados de trabajar de nuevo con Golden Boy Promotions, con quienes seguimos disfrutando de una relación fantástica”, anotó Frank Warren. “Billy Joe Saunders va a la guarida de los leones porque confía que le va a dar una paliza a David Lemieux. Billy Joe tendrá una gran oportunidad cuando defienda su título mundial de la OMB contra un gran oponente y cuando encabece su primera cartelera de HBO en Estados Unidos. Está ansioso por mostrar su calidad ante el público estadounidense para asegurarse que se enfrente al vencedor del desempate entre Canelo vs. Golovkin, por el campeonato mundial mediano indiscutible. Billy Joe está a punto de demostrar que es el mejor peso mediano del mundo. Se la ha evitado continuamente y si eso significa que tiene que ir a Canadá para asegurarse de que ya no puede pasarse por alto, ¡eso es lo que está preparado para hacer!”, finalizó
“La división de peso mediano está repleta de peleadores de la talla de Canelo Álvarez, Gennady Golovkin y Daniel Jacobs, y el 16 de diciembre, los aficionados verán al campeón BJ Saunders viajar por el Atlántico para combatir con David Lemieux, uno de los noqueadores más peligrosos de la categoría de las 160 libras y en su propio terreno de Montreal”, concluyó Peter Nelson, Vicepresidente Ejecutivo de HBO Sports.
            Saunders vs. Lemieux es un combate a 12 asaltos por el cetro mundial mediano de la OMB presentado por Golden Boy Promotions y Eye of the Tiger Management en asociación con Frank Warren. El evento es patrocinado por Tecate, “THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING.”  El evento se efectuará el 16 diciembre en Montreal, Canadá y será televisado en vivo por HBO World Championship Boxing.
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