UFC Crowns Its First Women’s Flyweight Champion On December 1st

Oct 20, 2017

UFC LAUNCHES A NEW DIVISION FOR FEMALE FIGHTERS BY CROWNING ITS FIRST WOMEN’S FLYWEIGHT CHAMPION AT
THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER®: A NEW WORLD CHAMPION FINALE

 

TICKETS FOR
THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER®: A NEW WORLD CHAMPION FINALE
AT PARK THEATER ON SALE FRIDAY, OCT. 20

Las Vegas — Women’s MMA in the UFC® extends to new boundaries when one talented athlete is crowned the inaugural UFC women’s flyweight champion at THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER®: A NEW WORLD CHAMPION FINALE, Friday, Dec. 1 at Park Theater in Las Vegas. One of the 16 women competing on the current season of The Ultimate Fighter® will make UFC history as the first champion in a new 125-pound weight division.

Some of the world’s most exceptional female fighters from a variety of different backgrounds converged to compete on The Ultimate Fighter this season, including two UFC vets, Roxanne Modafferi and Lauren Murphy, former Invicta FC flyweight champion Barb Honchak and seven-time world jiu-jitsu champion Sijara Eubanks. The experience levels ranged from 2-1 Shana Dobson to Modafferi’s 34 professional bouts. Women came from across the globe, bringing different life experiences that range from Hungary’s Melinda Fabian to Nicco Montano, who was born and raised on an Indian reservation in Arizona, but all with the same goal of leaving Las Vegas with gold strapped around their waist.

The winner of this season will join an elite group of current and former UFC champions, including Forrest Griffin, Rashad Evans, Matt Serra, Michael Bisping, TJ Dillashaw, Carla Esparza and Robert Whittaker who have competed on The Ultimate Fighter and have gone on to win a world title in the Octagon®.

In addition, winner of season 23 of The Ultimate Fighter Andrew Sanchez (10-3, fighting out of Las Vegas, Nev.) returns to action to take on submission ace Ryan Janes (9-2, fighting out of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada) in a middleweight showdown. Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt Eric Spicely (10-3, fighting out of Las Vegas, Nev.) clashes with dynamic finisher Gerald Meerschaert (26-9, fighting out of Milwaukee, Wisc.) at 185 pounds. Sean O’Malley (8-0, fighting out of Glendale, Ariz.), who competed on the first season of Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series, puts his undefeated record on the line against heavy-handed bantamweight Terrion Ware (17-6, fighting out of Hawthorne, Calif.). And former 135-pound title challenger Joe Soto (18-5, fighting out of Porterville, Calif.) meets undefeated Brett Johns (14-0, fighting out of Swansea, Wales).
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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Swanson and Ortega Meet In A Home State Showdown In Fresno

Oct 20, 2017

Swanson and Ortega Meet In A Home State Showdown In Fresno


TICKETS FOR UFC FIGHT NIGHT®: SWANSON vs ORTEGA
AT SAVE MART CENTER ON SALE OCT. 20

Las Vegas — The Octagon® touches down in Fresno, Calif. for the first time in UFC history when perennial contender, No. 4 featherweight Cub Swanson clashes with No. 6 Brian Ortega, who hopes to keep his perfect record intact in the main event of UFC FIGHT NIGHT®: SWANSON vs ORTEGA. The always-entertaining Swanson is back in action for a California showdown against fast rising Ortega, a jiu-jitsu black belt who will be headlining his first UFC event. The action goes down Saturday, Dec. 9 at Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif. and will air live on FS1.

Swanson
(25-7, fighting out of Palm Springs, Calif.) will compete in his second consecutive main event in search of a fifth victory in a row. Swanson has won 10 of his last 12 contests, and earned Fight of the Year honors for his UFC 206 victory over Dooho Choi. A win could put Swanson in position for a shot at the 145-pound title, but it will not come easy against the undefeated Ortega (12-0, fighting out of Torrance, Calif.). The Los Angeles native is on pace to be the UFC’s next big star and is in search of the biggest win of his young career. Coming off incredible performances against Renato Moicano and fan favorite Clay Guida, “T-City” knows a strong performance in front of home state fans will catapult him into title contention in the talent-rich 145-pound division.

Two bantamweight bouts are also expected to keep fans on the edge of their seats. Sixth-ranked bantamweight Bryan Caraway (21-7, fighting out of Las Vegas, Nev.) has an impressive 6-2 record inside the Octagon, and he is currently riding a two-fight win streak. The Ultimate Fighter® season 14 competitor will compete for the first time in more than a year against up-and-coming Luke Sanders (11-1, fighting out of Nashville, Tenn.). “Cool Hand” started his professional MMA career on a tear, scoring nearly half of his wins via knockout. Fans can expect both fighters to keep moving forward in what should be a thrilling contest.

Always entertaining, No. 7 Aljamain Sterling (14-2, fighting out of Uniondale, N.Y.) is hoping a win this December will earn him a top-five ranking in the competitive bantamweight division. Sterling’s path to the top of the weight class goes through veteran submission specialist Rani Yahya (24-9, 1 NC, fighting out of Brasilia, Brazil). The four-time Submission of the Night earner is known as one of the best ground fighters in UFC, as an astonishing 18 of his 24 career victories have come via submission.

Hometown fans will cheer on one of their own when flyweight Alex Perez (18-4, fighting out of Lemoore, Calif.) makes his UFC debut. Perez looks to earn his sixth consecutive win and eighth first-round finish while defending his home turf against the Philippines’ Carls John De Tomas (8-1, fighting out of Quezon City, NCR, Philippines). The 21-year old “Golden Boy” hopes to use his Muay Thai background to ruin Perez’s homecoming.

Additional bouts:

  • Two veteran women’s bantamweights will compete for the first time in the UFC at flyweight when Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt Alexis Davis (18-7, fighting out of San Jose, Calif.) faces-off against the first woman to ever step inside the Octagon, Liz Carmouche (10-5, fighting out of San Diego, Calif.).
  • Undefeated former Alabama Crimson Tide national football champion Eryk Anders (9-0, fighting out of Birmingham, Ala.) collides with veteran John Phillips (21-6, fighting out of Swansea, Wales) in a middleweight duel.
  • Tennessee native Scott Holtzman (10-2, fighting out of Knoxville, Tenn.) meets the dangerous Darrell Horcher (13-2, fighting out of Shermansdale, Pa.).

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GOLDEN BOY BOXING ON ESPN: MALDONADO JR. VS. BARROSO OFFICIAL WEIGHTS

Oct 13, 2017 0
MALDONADO JR. VS. BARROSO
 
Friday, Oct. 13, 2017
Fantasy Springs Resort Casino
Indio, CA
 
Tickets still Available! 
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Photo/Video Credit: Tom Hogan – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions
Maldonado, Jr. vs. Barroso is a 10-round super lightweight fight presented by Golden Boy Promotions. The event is sponsored by “TECATE, THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING.” and Hennessy, “Never Stop. Never Settle.” Doors open at 4:30 p.m. ESPN Deportes will transmit the fights live from Fantasy Springs Resort Casino at 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT. ESPN3 will live stream all the fights on the card beginning at approximately 8:30 p.m. ET/ 5:30 p.m. PT.
Tickets for the event start at $25 and will be available at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino box office, by calling 1-800-827-2946, or by purchasing online at www.fantasyspringsresort.com.
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Damien Sugar Vazquez and Blair The Flair Cobbs Camp

Oct 13, 2017 0
Unbeaten Super-Flyweight Prospect
DAMIEN “SUGAR” VAZQUEZ
Photo by Mario Serrano – Prince Ranch Boxing
LAS VEGAS, NV (October 12, 2017) – Unbeaten prospects, super-flyweight Damien “Sugar” Vazquez (11-0, 6 KOs), and super-lightweight, Blair “The Flair” Cobbs (6-0, 5 KOs), who both fight under the Prince Ranch Boxing (PRB) management banner, give their thoughts on their training camps and upcoming showdowns taking place this Saturday, October 14, 2017, at the Palenque de la Feria in AguascalientesMexico.  The card is promoted by Damien Vazquez’s “Sugar Promotions” in associations with Malibu Films and SOBA Recovery Centers.   Vasquez will face Galicia Morelos in an 8-round bout, and Cobbs will battle Hugo Padilla in a 6-rounder.
Here is what they had to say…
On his recent training camp…
“I got some good sparring for this upcoming fight.  All the hard work is done now.  Bones Adams and my brother Israel are doing a great job getting me prepared for the next level.  I’m in tip top shape and I’m going to be throwing a lot of punches in this fight.  Everyone will see my enhanced skills on fight night.”
On fighting in Mexico…
“I love fighting in Mexico because the fans are loud.  You can feel the energy inside the arena.  Every time there is an exchange, the crowd goes crazy.  This will be my sixth time fighting out there and I know its going to be exciting.”
On the state of the super-flyweight division…
“The division is filled with talented fighters all across the board.  Although they have a few losses, Roman Gonzalez and Rau’Shee Warren are some of the big names in the sport.  I’m just looking to continue my march up the rankings with the hopes of cracking the top ten in the near future.
On what a win will do for his career…
“A victory gets me one step closer to my goal of become a world champion.  I know with hard work, I’ll get there.  I’m just going to take it one day at a time.
Unbeaten Super-Lightweight Prospect
BLAIR “THE FLAIR” COBBS
On his recent training camp with former world champion, Bones Adams…
“I’m always pushing myself to be in the best shape possible and this camp was no different.  I had a lot of different looks in sparring and I’ll be prepared for any style the comes my way.  My weight is good and I’m feeling great.  Me and Bones have a great relationship.  He knows what it takes to become a world champion so his knowledge is very valuable.  I do my best to feed off his energy and listen to his instructions. He’s a great coach and were going to get to the top together.”
On fighting in Mexico…
I”m ready to go out there and a solid victory.  I’m going to be aggressive with the thought of ending the fight early.  I only got one thing on my mind and that’s to destroy my opponent.”
On the current state of his career…
“Since I signed with Greg Hannely, my career has taken off.  This will be my third fight since May of 2017 and I’m glad to be staying busy.  I know Prince Ranch Boxing has some big plans coming up.  My vision is to stay undefeated and keep climbing up the rankings.  I love were I’m at right now.”
On training at the Prince Ranch Boxing Facility…
“Training in Las Vegas at the Prince Ranch Boxing gym is a great experience.  A lot of good fighters come through from all around the world.  There is never a boring day at this gym.  Everyone that trains there is elite.  I’m getting the best work in the world.”
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UFC FIGHT PASS® MAKES RICO vs BIGFOOT COLLISION FREE

Oct 13, 2017 0

UFC FIGHT PASS® MAKES RICO vs BIGFOOT COLLISION FREE

 

GLORY HEAVYWEIGHT KICKBOXING CHAMPION TAKES ON FORMER UFC TITLE CHALLENGER THIS SATURDAY

 

Las Vegas – The world’s greatest kickboxer – GLORY world heavyweight champion Rico Verhoeven – collides with former UFC heavyweight title challenger Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva this Saturday, October 14 in the main event of GLORY 46 SuperFight Series. The historic event from Guangzhou, China, can be seen FREE for fight fans around the world via UFC FIGHT PASS, the UFC’s digital streaming service, and GLORY, the world’s premier kickboxing promotion.  The platform and the promotion have worked together to make the entire seven-fight GLORY SuperFight Series available both live and on a video-on-demand basis.

 

Fans who download the UFC App or click HERE on their desktop will be able to enjoy the action, whether they currently have a subscription to UFC FIGHT PASS or not.

 

The live event begins streaming at 6am ET, with Bigfoot and Verhoeven expected to clash around 8am ET. After the live stream, the event will be available on a video-on-demand basis – for FREE – for a period of one week.

 

As FIGHT PASS subscribers are well aware, 28 year old Dutchman Verhoeven has established himself as kickboxing’s No.1 star. Standing 6ft 5l and weighing 260lbs, “The King of Kickboxing” is riding a 13-fight winning streak inside the GLORY ring that includes five defenses of his heavyweight title and victories over a who’s who of the division including kickboxing icons Badr Hari, Daniel Ghiță and Peter Aerts.

 

Verhoeven describes facing former UFC contender Silva as a new challenge:

 

“Fighting MMA fighters in cross-over fights is interesting and I’m always looking for new challenges and new ways to keep entertaining the fans. Bigfoot always brings a war in his fights and that’s what the fans want to see. If I take him lightly, I will put myself in a dangerous position. He can hit hard from all angles and has real heavyweight power, so I know I can’t lose concentration for an instant.”

 

“Bigfoot is dangerous throughout the fight – I know we will have an exciting fight this Saturday.”

 

The Brazilian-born Silva, who will be making his kickboxing debut in China, is well-known to MMA fans. The 6ft 4, 265lbs brawler boasts 14 knockouts from his 19 wins in MMA and holds stoppage wins over the likes of former UFC heavyweight champions Ricco Rodriguez and Andrei Arlovski along with PRIDE FC champ Fedor Emelianenko.

 

“Bigfoot” relishes the challenge of competing under kickboxing rules, especially in a sprint of a fight which will be contested over three, three-minute rounds:

 

“Rico is one of the best in the world, a champion and has a lot of power and explosiveness – but I’m very relaxed about this fight. I’ve fought the best strikers in the world – Mark Hunt, Alistair Overeem and others from kickboxing – and I believe one punch will finish this fight.”

 

“I have kicks in my game, but I really believe in the power of my hands. If I can put one punch on his, I will put him down.”

 

The full GLORY 46 SuperFight Series is below:

 

GLORY 46 SuperFight Series
Heavyweight: Rico Verhoeven vs. Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva
Catchweight (75 kg): Shanghai Gao vs. Alan Scheinson

Middleweight: Wei Zhou vs. Andre Walker
Catchweight (53 kg) Bout:  Jia Liu vs. Zaza Sor. Aree
Catchweight (68 kg) Bout: Lei Xie vs. Petchpanomrung Kiatmookao
Lightweight Bout: Qinghao Meng vs. Pascal Schroth

Professional Sanda Bout: Hongxing Kong vs. Yang Sun

 

For more information, please visit UFCFightPass.com .

 

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Main Events Signs Golden Gloves Prospect Ismael Villarreal

Oct 13, 2017 0
Main Events Signs Promotional Contract with 
Junior Middleweight Prospect Ismael Villarreal
Ismael Villarreal Signing Main Events Promotional Contract


 
Totowa, NJ:          Main Events has added another up-and-coming prospect to their already diverse roster with the signing of junior middleweight prospect Ismael Villarreal of the Bronx, New York.
Villarreal grew up on the south side of the Bronx listening to his father, Otilio Villarreal, recount stories of his own professional boxing career and his match-ups against names like Zab Judah, Hector Camacho and Kermit Cintron. Ismael first began training with his father at the age of eight.
Ismael, though, does not want to be known just as his father’s son; he wants to make a name for himself in boxing. After a stand-out amateur career record of 66-7 featuring two New York Daily News Golden Gloves Championships Ismael is set to make his professional debut under the Main Events banner with his father in his corner. When asked about his goals for his career, Villarreal responded, “My goal in boxing is to be special, one of the greats. It’s about winning. People are going to be talking about me who care about boxing and respect me as a Latino boxer. I want to be a world champion at a young age. I don’t want to wait. I want to be champion at a young age.”
In addition to his boxing career, Ismael is currently enrolled in Bronx Community College where he studies physical education. He explained, “I’m studying to be a physical education teacher. I’ve been boxing my whole life. I have an understanding of workouts, cardio, and all that. I think definitely that would be a good job for me.  Also, I’ve been going to school my whole life so I know how school works. I think being a gym teacher would be a good career. I box. I work out. I also went to school, so it all works out.”
Ismael admits balancing his boxing career and his education are tough but he said, “Yeah, sometimes it is hard to balance everything. Sometimes it definitely is. Sometimes you have to focus like on studying and it gets in the way of boxing. I have to go to sleep early to be able to run and sometimes I can’t. Sometimes I have to finish my homework or finish a certain assignment. It’s hard but I balance it out. I’m doing good in school so I have no complaints. But it definitely is hard, not easy.”
According to his manager, Jose Santiago, “I always wanted a boxer of the quality of Ismael Villarreal to be signed by the most serious boxing company in the United States. That dream came true at the moment that Villarreal stamped his signature with Main Events. Villarreal will be a great boxing world champion”
Kathy Duva, Main Events CEO, said, “Being located on the East Coast, we’re always looking for local fighters that have the potential to be world champions. Ismael was a standout New York amateur with the kind of come-forward style that we love at Main Events. I’m thrilled that Ismael, his father, Otilio, and his trainer, Jose, chose to sign with us. Now it’s time to get to work!”
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FORMER CHAMPS COLLIDE AS UFC® RETURNS TO WINNIPEG

Oct 13, 2017 0

FORMER CHAMPS COLLIDE

AS UFC® RETURNS TO WINNIPEG

 

TICKETS FOR UFC FIGHT NIGHT®: LAWLER vs. DOS ANJOS

AT BELL MTS PLACE GO ON SALE FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20

 

Winnipeg, Canada – A pair of former UFC® world champions will throw down in a welterweight thriller at Bell MTS Centre on December 16. UFC FIGHT NIGHT®: LAWLER vs. DOS ANJOS will see former welterweight champion and No.1-ranked contender Robbie Lawler (28-11 1NC, fighting out of Coconut Creek, Florida, USA) look to take another step back towards a title shot when he meets one-time lightweight titleholder and No. 5 ranked welterweight Rafael dos Anjos (27-9, fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil).

 

A dangerous knockout artist, Lawler has engaged in some of the most memorable bouts in UFC history. During his 170-pound title reign, he earned legendary wins over Rory MacDonald and Carlos Condit. Following a loss to current champ Tyron Woodley, he rebounded with a sensational victory over Donald Cerrone in July. Undefeated since moving up to 170 pounds earlier this year, dos Anjos immediately cemented his contender status with an impressive victory over Tarec Saffiedine. He then followed up his welterweight debut with a dominant submission win against Neil Magny.

 

UFC FIGHT NIGHT®: LAWLER vs. DOS ANJOS will also feature a battle of light heavyweight contenders, as No.3 ranked Glover Teixeira (26-6, fighting out of Danbury, Connecticut, USA by way of Sobralia, Minas Gerais, Brazil) faces No.8 Misha Cirkunov (13-3, fighting out of Toronto, Canada by way of Riga, Latvia).

 

A one-time title challenger, Teixeira has fought the who’s who of the light heavyweight division. He holds victories over Rashad Evans, Ovince Saint Preux, Ryan Bader and Quinton Jackson. In his last outing, he came up short in a Fight of the Night effort against Alexander Gustafsson. Cirkunov burst into the UFC’s 205-pound scene with four consecutive stoppage wins against Nikita Krylov, Ion Cuțelaba, Alex Nicholson and Daniel Jolly. The Latvian-born fighter aims to use Teixeira as a stepping stone into title contention.

 

UFC FIGHT NIGHT®: LAWLER vs. DOS ANJOS will also boast the following fights:

 

  • 11-ranked light heavyweight Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (22-7, fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) squares off with No.15 Jared Cannonier (10-2, fighting out of Anchorage, Alaska, USA)
  • In a clash of dynamic flyweights, No.11-ranked Tim Elliott (15-8-1, fighting out of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, USA) takes on Justin Scoggins (11-4, fighting out of Spartanburg, South Carolina, USA)
  • The Ultimate Fighter Nations® winner Chad Laprise (13-2, fighting out of Chatham, Ontario, Canada) looks to continue his momentum at welterweight against dynamic striker Galore Bofando (5-2, fighting out of London, England by way of Democratic Republic Congo)
  • Talented kickboxer John Makdessi (14-6, fighting out of Montreal, Canada) locks horns with heavy-hitting Abel Trujillo (15-6 1NC, fighting out of Boca, Raton, Florida, USA)
  • Tristar Gym’s Nordine Taleb (13-4, fighting out of Montreal, Canada by way of St. Tropez, France) meets Sambo specialist Sultan Aliev (14-2, fighting out of Coconut Creek, Florida, USA by way of Dagestan, Russia)
  • Italian prospect Alessio Di Chirico (10-2, fighting out of Rome, Italy) faces dangerous striker Oluwale Bamgbose (6-3, fighting out of New York City, USA) in a middleweight bout
  • In a battle of knockout artists, Vitor Miranda (13-6, fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) welcomes Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series standout Julian Marquez (6-1, fighting out of Las Vegas, Nevada, USA)

 

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

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Erislandy Lara vs. Terrell Gausha Media Workout

Oct 13, 2017 0
Erislandy Lara vs. Terrell Gausha Media Workout
Quotes & Photos
 
SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING Tripleheader Event
 Saturday, Oct. 14 from Barclays Center in Brooklyn &
Presented by Premier Boxing Champions
 
Plus! Photos from Erislandy Lara, Cindy Serrano & Julian Sosa Addressing Students at the Community Partnership Middle School
in Brooklyn as part of Hispanic Heritage Month
 
 Workout Photos from Stephanie Trapp/SHOWTIME
 
Photos from Ed Diller/DiBella Entertainment
Middle School Photos from Ed Diller/DiBella Entertainment
BROOKLYN (Oct. 11, 2017) – WBA Super Welterweight World Champion Erislandy “The American Dream” Lara and undefeated contender Terrell Gausha met with the New York media during a fight week open workout on Wednesday at Gleason’s Gym just days before they headline a Premier Boxing Champions event Saturday, Oct. 14 live on SHOWTIME from Barclays Center, the home of BROOKLYN BOXING®.
The night of 154-pound action on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING begins at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT with “Swift” Jarrett Hurd risking his IBF Junior Middleweight belt against former world champion Austin “No Doubt” Trout in the televised opener. In the co-feature, WBC Super Welterweight Champion Jermell “Iron Man” Charlo will defend against fellow unbeaten No. 1 contender Erickson “Hammer” Lubin.
Tickets to the event are on sale now and start at $50 (not including applicable fees). Tickets can be purchased at ticketmaster.com, barclayscenter.com or by calling 800-745-3000. Tickets can also be purchased at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center. Group discounts are available by calling 844-BKLYN-GP.
Also on-hand Wednesday at Gleason’s were several of the top local undercard fighters who will be competing on the card.
Brooklyn’s Cindy Serrano will be making her Barclays Center debut in an eight-round special attraction bout. Brooklyn native 2016 Haitian Olympian Richardson Hitchins will fight in a four-round welterweight bout. Brooklyn’s Julian Sosa will enter the ring for a six-round welterweight attraction and George Arias of the Bronx will be fighting an eight-round heavyweight bout.
 
Here’s what the fighters had to say on Wednesday:
 
ERISLANDY LARA
“I know that Gausha is a young undefeated Olympian who’s coming to take my title. But I don’t need to worry about him. I’ve got to worry about what I’m bringing into this fight.
“I don’t choose my fights, but I’m going to clean out the whole 154-pound division. There are a lot of young fighters now, but I’m going to just clean it out and show that I’m the best here. The Canelo rematch is there. The Golovkin fight is out there. I have unfinished business that has to be settled. Canelo knows who the true winner of our fight was, and he doesn’t want to do that fight again.
“There’s been a lot of catastrophes in the world lately in Houston, Puerto Rico and Florida. I’m fortunate that it only affected my training for three days so I was able to stay focused. I stayed at my house and I kept training.
“I would love to move up to 160 and Canelo and Golovkin are the top guys. But 154 is much deeper. Those are the two guys we want, but if we can’t get them then we have to stay at 154 and clean it out, like I said. There are just better fights at 154.
“If you look at Canelo’s record there are three marks. There’s Mayweather, me and Golovkin. Great fighters fix the wrongs on their record, and Canelo and his team will have to do that sooner or later.
“I don’t know what [Gausha] does well. I know on Saturday he’s going to have to show me something or he’ll be in trouble. After six rounds, I will be totally dominating. Just like I’ve done in all my fights.”
TERRELL GAUSHA
“I’m real confident that I walk away with the world title. I’m blessed as well as happy that [this fight] is happening. It’s been a long time coming. Hard work pays off.
“I have an interesting fighting style, I really can’t put my finger on it. I can make adjustments and I have that will to win, that hunger.
“[Being a top amateur] gives me a lot of confidence because there are a lot of styles that I’ve dealt with. There’s nothing that I haven’t really seen before. Having that experience, going to the Olympics, having all those people watching me, the pressure – I’m made for the bright lights.
“[Lara] has a lot of experience. He’s crafty. I haven’t been in camp with the type of fighters he’s been in there with. That pressure – I use it to my advantage. When I win, it’s going to be a big notch for me to show that I’m at the top of my division.
“He’s the champion so I know that he knows what he’s up against. I feel like he’s trained real well. I’m looking for the best Erislandy Lara come fight night because I trained hard and I’m ready.
“[Moving up to 160] is definitely a possibility because I’m not a little 154-pounder. It’s taken a lot of sacrifices to make this weight but I did it right this time. I’m not struggling with the weight. First, I’m going to take care of 154.
“Being two-time National Champ, going to the Olympics, fighting overseas, the pressure that came with making the Olympic team just built me for this moment.
“This is not the first time that I’ve been the underdog. I know how to handle those situations. It’s not about what they think. It’s about what I know I can do. Of course they’re going to think that [he’s the favorite] because he’s been in there with guys like Paul Williams and Canelo [Alvarez]. I just haven’t had my chance to display my skills at that level yet, but I’m here now.
“I’ve had a lot of fights, I can’t even count how many. I’ve been doing this since the age of 10. I look forward to these big fights. A lot of guys you fight don’t have the name, but Erislandy Lara has the name and the credentials. I’m looking forward to beating him come Saturday night.”
JERMELL CHARLO
“It’s always great to fight at Barclays Center, but it’s just another arena and stepping stone for me.
“This fight is going to do a lot for boxing, and this fight does a lot for this 154-pound division. There’s just so many positive things coming from this fight card, and hopefully everyone will come out and support it.
“I’m the champion of the world and I’m trying to get the fights that I want. I’ve been avoided and a lot of fighters have been ducking me. There’s nothing we can do about that. This is a living for me, but it’s also a hobby and something that I love.
“I own a home in Houston and California. My area wasn’t too jacked up [by the flooding]. And now you’ve got the wildfires in California. My prayers go out to all those affected. But it has brought Houston together, and we’re getting support from the NFL and NBA guys. And boxing has come together to help too.
“None of the flooding affected my training camp because I train out of town. We had some trees knocked down, but that’s the least of my worries right now.
“I think my fight is the one the people want to see [on the card]. My opponent is a young stud and he comes to win a world title. Is Lubin the best fighter I’ve faced? I’m 29-0 and I’ve fought a lot of great fighters. You can’t talk about what’s on paper and what’s not.
“My style is unique in the ring and so is his. He has a high volume of punches, but that’s what we trained for. He’s expecting fireworks, I’m expecting explosions. So just don’t be surprised.”
ERICKSON LUBIN
“In these types of situations, I feel like I’ve got to keep my composure. There are a lot of cameras, a lot of lights, but I was born to do this. I’m keeping my composure but I’m going to let it all out Saturday night.
“We’re both going to go in there fully prepared. It’s all about who wants it more. I feel like there’s nobody in this division who wants it more than me. Just because he’s been sparring Errol Spence, that doesn’t mean a thing.
“All my previous fights against the veterans and experienced fighters have prepared me for this one. I know how to adjust. I always come ready to fight. I always come with fireworks. I’m definitely going to get my respect early.
“My ability to adjust in the ring is definitely going to give [Charlo] problems. He probably thinks that I’m going to go in there and just box or maybe just bang. I can definitely mix it up and that’s going to give him a problem on Saturday night.
“[Charlo] moves pretty well but I don’t feel like that’s going to harm me. I trained for everything this camp. I’m ready to box. I’m ready to bang. I’m ready for any situation that he brings to me. I’m just ready to become the WBC Champion.”
JARRETT HURD
“I think this fight is more of a mind game than about physical strength.
“This is a display of the top 154-pounders in the world. I asked for this fight because in order to be the best you have to beat the best. I feel like Austin Trout, even with three losses, is the top competition. A win would mean everything. I want to show that I’m much better than the others he’s fought.
“This is my second time fighting in New York and everyone always shows me the love here, so it’s an honor.
“I’ve always rooted for Austin in his fights, but this is business now. It’s nothing personal, it’s just that he’s in the way right now.
“I’m the taller fighter, I’m the longer fighter, and I’m the strongest fighter.  I’m also the younger fighter, so those advantages will definitely be the keys Saturday night.
“He uses his jab well and he throws a great left to the body. He uses the ring well and he’s a veteran and he knows how to survive. He’s a crafty fighter, and knows how to win the rounds. But I don’t think that will be a factor because we are expecting it.
“I’m coming to open the show and all the fans should expect fireworks.”
AUSTN TROUT
“I’m smarter than [Hurd], and I’m better than him. What else can he do? He’s no smarter or better than me. I have better footwork, better speed, better placement of shots. The only thing he has is his size, and he overpowers the smaller guys. But I’m not small. I’m just as strong, if not stronger than Hurd.
“The fans can expect fireworks until my man goes down. I don’t think he can take my pressure for 10 or 12 rounds. I expect my arm to be raised in great fashion.
“People have been overlooking me my whole career. Before I was just fighting to get noticed, then I got noticed. Now I’m fighting for respect. But I’m not worried about that.
“I’ve done more after winning the belt than he’s done just getting the belt. No doubt I’m the best. There’s just no doubt the cream will rise to the top Saturday night. Once I clean up at 154 pounds, there’s nowhere to go but north.
“There’s been no talk about what’s next and if the winners [on Saturday] will fight the winners, but I don’t see why not. My goal is to get a belt Saturday night, and then get the rest of them.”
CINDY SERRANO
“This is my first time fighting at Barclays and I’m honored to be fighting on such a prestigious stage.
“I’ve been fighting for 15 years and when I started there were no females fighting. But I’m impressed with some of the women fighters out here now. There are some young ones that I hope stay around for a while because there is incentive and the pay will be there. So I’ll just keep on going after it until my time is up.”
JULIAN SOSA
“I’ve seen a few of his fights online. He’s a traditional Mexican fighter, so he brings a lot of pressure and a lot of angled shots to the head, to the body and uses his uppercut. I haven’t seen a lot of straight punches from him. That’s more my style. I’m more of a counter-puncher, boxer-puncher. When I’m in the ring with him I’ll see what he has, as far as his speed and his power.
“My father was a former boxer and he’s been training me since day one. He’s always been by my side and he’s my role model and just so glad we get to share this moment together.
“It’s surreal that this is my fourth time fighting at Barclays Center. It’s still shocking and humbling knowing that I can fight in big venues like this.”
RICHARDSON HITCHINS
“I know I’m young, but I think once I move up to six rounds my competition will step up. It’s a great card and I think Lara will win, and Lubin all the way. I see the Trout-Hurd fight as 50-50, but I would lean toward Hurd.
“I don’t know anything about my opponent. In the amateurs all you know is the city. You’re fighting a guy from Philadelphia. Or a guy from Vegas. And how you fight is all based on where he’s from. Like if you fight a guy from [California] then he’s going to put on pressure. So I’ll be quick to adapt, and it doesn’t really matter who the guy is or what he brings.
“I’m ready to start building my legacy.”
GEORGE ARIAS
“I’ve put in the work and I’m hoping the results are the same from my last few fights. I’ll be ready to exchange and do what I need to do to get the win.
“I know my opponent has a good jab and he has a lot of experience and he’s strong. They could throw me in there with someone 0-70 and I’d give the same intensity as someone undefeated. Every fighter I face is a world champion in my eyes.
“I predict a second round knockout. I’m always looking for the knockout, at least early on.”
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ÚLTIMA BATALLA DE UNA LEYENDA: MIGUEL COTTO, CUÁDRUPLE CAMPEÓN MUNDIAL DIVISIONAL, PELEARÁ POR ÚLTIMA VEZ EL 2 DE DICIEMBRE

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ÚLTIMA BATALLA DE UNA LEYENDA: MIGUEL COTTO, CUÁDRUPLE CAMPEÓN MUNDIAL DIVISIONAL, PELEARÁ POR ÚLTIMA VEZ EL 2 DE DICIEMBRE EN SU HOGAR ADOPTIVO DEL MADISON SQUARE GARDEN EN NUEVA YORK
 
EL SÉXTUPLE CAMPEÓN MUNDIAL EXPONDRÁ SU CINTO SUPERWELTER DE LA OMB ANTE SADAM ALI, MIEMBRO DEL EQUIPO OLÍMPICO ESTADOUNIDENSE DE 2008
 
EL EVENTO SERÁ TELEVISADO EN VIVO POR HBO WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING®
 
La conferencia se efectuará el martes 17 de octubre en el Madison Square Garden; los boletos saldrán a la venta ese mismo dia a las 12:00 p.m. ET
LOS ÁNGELES, California 11 de octubre de 2017. – Miguel Cotto (41-5, 33 nocáuts), séxtuple campeón mundial en cuatro categorías y unas de las máximas estrellas del boxeo puertorriqueño, combatirá por última vez en su histórica y legendaria carrera, cuando exponga su faja mundial superwelter de la OMB ante el ex olímpico estadounidense Sadam “World Kid” Ali (25-1, 14 nocáuts) en un emocionante choque estelar que marcará el final de la excelsa trayectoria del púgil boricua.
El evento se llevará a cabo en la arena más conocida del mundo, el tradicional Madison Square Garden, y será televisado en vivo por HBO World Championship Boxing® empezando a las 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT. Cotto realizará su presentación número 24 por la importante cadena HBO y combatirá por décima vez en ese histórico recinto boxístico de la Gran Manzana.
Cotto, quien está en camino para ser parte del Salón de la Fama, ha capturado títulos en las categorías superligero, welter, superwelter y mediano. El oriundo de Caguas, Puerto Rico se ha enfrentado a la crema y nata del boxeo internacional, incluyendo a ex campeones mundiales como Demarcus “Chop Chop” Corley, Paulie “Magic Man” Malignaggi, Zab “Súper” Judah, Sugar Shane Mosley, Antonio “El Tornado de Tijuana” Margarito, Ricardo “El Matador” Mayorga, Sergio “Maravilla” Martínez y el campeón actual mediano lineal y Ring Magazine Canelo Álvarez.
 
La última batalla del púgil de la Isla del Encanto se efectuó el 26 de agosto, en una fecha histórica, pues derrotó al tozudo japonés Yoshihiro “Maestrito” Kamegai por decisión unánime para capturar el cetro mundial superwelter de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (WBO por sus siglas en inglés). Ahora, buscará defender su cinturón mundial frente a un público que sin duda lo apoyará esa noche.
 
Estoy muy emocionado de regresar al cuadrilátero para sostener mi pelea final en The Garden. He trabajado muy duro toda mi carrera para llegar a este nivel”, dijo Miguel Cotto. “Estoy totalmente concentrado para reunirme con Freddie Roach y hacer un buen trabajo para salir con la mano en alto el 2 de diciembre”, puntualizó.
Ali, miembro del equipo olímpico estadounidense de 2008, nativo de Brooklyn, Nueva York y quien ha conquistado varios títulos regionales, obtendrá su segunda oportunidad de campeonato mundial luego de obtener importantes victorias frente a Francisco “Chía” Santana, Luis Carlos “El Potro” Abregu y recientemente ante Johan “El Terrible” Pérez, ex campeón interino superligero de la AMB
 
“Estoy entusiasmado por tener la oportunidad de pelear ante una leyenda en el Madison Square Garden frente a todos de mis aficionados y por HBO”, afirmó Sadam Ali. “Mi tiempo es ahora. Si Dios quiere, saldré del Garden con el cinto mundial”, concluyó.
“¿Que se puede decir de Miguel Cotto que todavía no se ha dicho durante sus dos décadas en el deporte del boxeo?”, preguntó Óscar de la Hoya, Presidente y Jefe Ejecutivo de Golden Boy Promotions. “Cotto ciertamente será parte del Salón de la Fama; es una verdadera leyenda en Puerto Rico, Nueva York y más allá; y es un crédito para el deporte. Igual como le dieron a él [Miguel] una oportunidad de campeonato mundial, Cotto hará lo mismo para Ali. ¿Quién saldrá victorioso? Sintonice el 2 de diciembre para observar”, subrayó.
“Es asombroso que Miguel Cotto regrese al Garden para una última vez en una resplandeciente carrera”, indicó Héctor Soto, Vicepresidente de Miguel Cotto Promotions. “Combates memorables y un gran legado fueron construidos en ese edificio. El 2 de diciembre será extraordinario para Miguel Cotto”, finalizó.
Cotto vs. Ali es un combate a 12 asaltos por el cetro mundial superwelter de la OMB presentado por Golden Boy Promotions y Miguel Cotto Promotions, y patrocinado por Tecate “THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING,” Hennessy “Never Stop. Never Settle, y Casa México Tequila. El evento se llevará a cabo el sábado 2 de diciembre en Madison Square Garden de Nueva York, y será televisado por HBO World Championship Boxing® empezando a las 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT.
Boletos para Cotto vs. Ali tienen un precio de $500, $300, $200, $100 y $50, y saldrán a la venta el martes 17 de octubre a las 10:00 a.m. ET. Los boletos se pueden comprar en la taquilla del Madison Square Garden y en todas las tiendas de Ticketmaster. Los boletos también se pueden comprar por teléfono con Ticketmaster llamando al (866) 858-0008, y en línea por www.ticketmaster.com, www.goldenboytickets.comwww.MSG.com.
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Holloway Defends Title Against Edgar In The Motor City

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Holloway Defends Title Against Edgar In The Motor City

 (#1) ALISTAIR OVEREEM vs (#4) FRANCIS NGANNOU

(#3) EDDIE ALVAREZ vs (#5) JUSTIN GAETHJE

TICKETS FOR UFC® 218: HOLLOWAY vs EDGAR
AT LITTLE CAESARS ARENA ON SALE FRIDAY, OCT. 13

Las Vegas – UFC® will make its first appearance in Detroit in more than 20 years with the 145-pound world title on the line when Max Holloway makes his first walk as champion against No. 2 ranked Frankie Edgar in the main event of UFC® 218: HOLLOWAY vs EDGAR.Setting the stage for the main event will be two bouts with title implications as No. 1 ranked Alistair Overeem and No. 4 Francis Ngannou clash in a heavyweight tilt, and top lightweight contenders No. 3 Eddie Alvarez and No. 5 Justin Gaethje try to position themselves in the stacked l55-pound division. The event takes place Saturday, Dec. 2 at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit and will air live on Pay-Per-View.

Featherweight champion Holloway (18-3, fighting out of Waianae, Hawaii) was considered the future of the division, and the future is now. Coming off a dominant third-round knockout of long reigning champion Jose Aldo, Holloway marked his arrival as champion in emphatic fashion. Edgar (21-5-1, fighting out of Toms River, N.J.) hopes to make history of his own by becoming only the fourth athlete in UFC history to become a two-division champion (Conor McGregor, BJ Penn, Randy Couture). The New Jersey native won the 155-pound title in 2010 against Hall-of-Famer BJ Penn and held it until a 2012 loss to Benson Henderson.

In the co-main event, top-ranked Overeem (43-15, 1 NC, fighting out of Amsterdam, The Netherlands) looks to earn another crack at the heavyweight title with an impressive performance against budding phenom Ngannou (10-1, fighting of Paris, France). Overeem is one of the best heavyweights in MMA history and has been a champion in almost every promotion he has competed in, with only the UFC title eluding him. Overeem has finished 38 of his 43 wins, 21 by knockout and 17 by way of submission, proving that he is versatile and capable of ending the fight wherever it goes. On the other side, Ngannou is a knockout artist who possesses the one punch power that makes him one of the most feared competitors in MMA today. With his meteoric rise, a win over someone with the credentials Overeem has would make it nearly impossible to deny him a shot at current champion Stipe Miocic in his next bout.

Additionally, an electrifying lightweight matchup between the coaches of this season of The Ultimate Fighter®, Alvarez (28-5, 1 NC, fighting out of Philadelphia, Penn.) and Gaethje (18-0, fighting out of Arvada, Colo.) will also be featured on the main card. The two strikers have combined for 37 finishes, 31 by way of knockout and 20 in the first round, so don’t expect for this bout to go the distance. Alvarez is a former UFC champion who hopes a win over the undefeated Gaethje will propel him back into title contention. Gaethje is coming off a Fight of the Year candidate performance against perennial contender Michael Johnson in his promotional debut and knows a win over a recent champion will confirm that he’s knocking on the door of a shot at the 155-pound crown.

Additional bouts:

· Olympic gold medalist, No. 2 ranked flyweight Henry Cejudo (11-2, fighting out of Phoenix, Ariz.) clashes with No. 4 Sergio Pettis (16-2, fighting out of Milwaukee, Wisc.) with both men eyeing a title shot
· Michigan native Drakkar Klose(8-0-1, fighting out of Glendale, Ariz.) returns home to meet Swedish striker David Teymur (6-1, fighting out of Stockholm, Sweden) in a lightweight duel
· In a battle of high ranked strawweights, No. 9 Felice Herrig (13-6, fighting out of Crystal Lake, Ill.) and No. 12 Cortney Casey (7-4, fighting out of Maui, Hawaii) look to take one step closer to title contention
· Michigan’s own Amanda Cooper (3-3, fighting out of Bath, Mich.) takes on fellow The Ultimate Fighter alum Angela Magana (11-8, fighting out of Phuket, Thailand) at 115-pounds
· Light heavyweight power puncher Jeremy Kimball (15-6, fighting out of Colorado Springs, Colo.) meets undefeated striking sensation Dominic Reyes (7-0, fighting out of Victorville, Calif.)

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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UFC® 218: HOLLWAY vs EDGAR
will air live on PPV at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT on Saturday, Dec. 2, with the prelims kicking off the evening on FS1 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and on UFC FIGHT PASS® at 6:15 p.m. ET/3:15 p.m. PT.

Tickets for UFC® 218: HOLLWAY vs EDGAR go on sale Friday, Oct. 13 at 10 a.m. ET and are priced at $250, $175, $125, $100, $75 and $50 (prices do not include applicable service charges and handling fees). To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000.

UFC Fight Club® members will have the opportunity to purchase tickets Wednesday, Oct. 11 at 10 a.m. ET via the website www.ufcfightclub.com. A special Internet ticket pre-sale will be available to UFC newsletter subscribers Thursday, Oct. 12 starting at 10 a.m. ET. To access this presale, users must register for the UFC newsletter through UFC.com.

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