HIGHLY ANTICIPATED LIGHTWEIGHT TITLE FIGHT HEADLINES UFC® 249 IN BROOKLYN

Feb 2, 2020

HIGHLY ANTICIPATED LIGHTWEIGHT TITLE FIGHT HEADLINES UFC® 249 IN BROOKLYN

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FEATURED BOUTS EXCLUSIVELY ON ESPN+ PAY-PER-VIEW:

(C) KHABIB NURMAGOMEDOV vs. (#1) TONY FERGUSON

(#1) JESSICA ANDRADE vs. (#2) ROSE NAMAJUNAS

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PRELIMINARY FIGHTS LIVE ON ESPN2 AND ESPN DEPORTES

Las Vegas – UFC® returns to Barclays Center with one of the most anticipated title fights in UFC history, as undefeated lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov looks to defend his crown against No. 1 ranked contender Tony Ferguson. Also on the card, former strawweight champions rematch as Jessica Andrade and Rose Namajunas aim to secure another shot at the title.

UFC® 249: KHABIB vs. FERGUSON will take place Saturday, April 18 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. and will stream live nationally on Pay-Per-View, exclusively through 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.

Fans will be able to purchase UFC® 249: KHABIB vs. FERGUSON online at ESPNPlus.com/PPV 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 on ESPN Deportes (in Spanish) starting at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT with the early prelims simulcast on UFC Fight Pass and ESPN+ at 6:15 p.m. ET/3:15 p.m. PT.

One of the most dominant athletes in UFC history, Nurmagomedov (28-0, fighting out of Dagestan, Russia) returns to the arena where he captured the then-vacant UFC lightweight championship. The No. 2-ranked pound-for-pound fighter in the world, Nurmagomedov holds victories over Dustin Poirier, Conor McGregor and Rafael Dos Anjos. He now attempts to prove that he is the greatest lightweight of all-time by snapping the impressive winning streak of Ferguson.

A former interim lightweight champion, Ferguson (26-3, fighting out of Orange County, Calif.) aims to finally capture his first undisputed title. Currently on an incredible 12-fight winning streak, Ferguson has defeated the likes of Donald Cerrone, Anthony Pettis and Dos Anjos. He now aims to secure his greatest victory yet by becoming the first man to defeat Nurmagomedov.

The first Brazilian strawweight champion, Andrade (20-7, fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) intends to replicate her spectacular knockout victory over Namajunas from 2019. The owner of the most knockouts in strawweight history, Andrade holds stoppage wins over Karolina Kowalkiewicz, Joanne Calderwood and Jessica Penne. She now seeks to get back to her winning ways and earn a shot at revenge against current champion Zhang Weili.

One of the biggest fan favorites on the roster, Namajunas (9-4, fighting out of Denver, Colo.) rose to fame by dethroning longtime strawweight queen Joanna Jedrzejczyk. Throughout her career, she has also delivered thrilling victories against Michelle Waterson, Paige VanZant, and Tecia Torres. She now aims to even the score with Andrade and secure the next shot at the 115-pound crown.

Additional bouts on the card include:

  • Sijara Eubanks (5-4, fighting out of Toms River, N.J.) and Sarah Moras (6-6, fighting out of Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada) clash in a battle of women’s bantamweights
  • Khama Worthy (15-6, fighting out of Pittsburgh, Pa.) looks to replicate his incredible knockout debut against the undefeated Ottman Azaitar (12-0, fighting out of Rabat, Morocco)
  • Gian Villante (17-11, fighting out of Bellmore, N.Y.) makes his UFC heavyweight debut against veteran Ben Rothwell (37-12, fighting out of Kenosha, Wisc.)
  • Top middleweights battle as No. 10-ranked Uriah Hall (16-9, fighting out of Queens, N.Y.) welcomes back Jacare Souza (26-8, fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
  • No. 10-ranked heavyweight Shamil Adurakhimov (20-5, fighting out of Dagestan, Russia) will try to derail the hype train of undefeated Ciryl Gane (6-0, fighting out of Paris, France)

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

Visit UFC.com for information and content to support your UFC coverage. Please click here to apply for the event.

Tickets for UFC® 249: KHABIB vs. FERGUSON go on sale Friday, January 31 at 10 a.m. ET. Tickets are available for purchase online at ticketmaster.com. Ticket sales are limited to eight (8) per person.

UFC Fight Club® members will have the opportunity to purchase tickets Wednesday, January 29 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, January 30 starting at 10 a.m. ET. To access this presale, users must register for the UFC newsletter through UFC.com.

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HEAVYWEIGHT KO ARTISTS (#2) FRANCIS NGANNOU AND (#5) JAIRZINHO ROZENSTRUIK COLLIDE IN UFC® RETURN TO COLUMBUS

Jan 27, 2020

HEAVYWEIGHT KO ARTISTS (#2) FRANCIS NGANNOU AND (#5) JAIRZINHO ROZENSTRUIK COLLIDE IN UFC® RETURN TO COLUMBUS

FEATURED BOUTS ON ESPN AND ESPN DEPORTES:

(#5) RAPHAEL ASSUNCAO vs. (#9) CODY GARBRANDT

(#3) ASPEN LADD vs (#4) JULIANNA PEÑA

GREG HARDY vs. YORGAN DE CASTRO

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LAS VEGAS – UFC® returns to Columbus, Ohio for the first time in 11 years with a thrilling heavyweight contenders’ bout featuring No. 2 ranked Francis Ngannou and undefeated No. 5 Jairzinho Rozenstruik. In an exciting clash of top bantamweights, No. 5 ranked contender Raphael Assuncao faces former champion and current No. 9 Cody Garbrandt.

UFC FIGHT NIGHT ON ESPN®: NGANNOU vs. ROZENSTRUIK will air live from Nationwide Arena on ESPN and ESPN Deportes at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday, March 28. Prelims will kick off at 4 p.m. ET on ESPN and ESPN Deportes. Doors open at 3 p.m. ET.

A former heavyweight title challenger, Ngannou (14-3, fighting out of Paris, France by way of Batié, Cameroon) has delivered some of the most spectacular knockouts in the division’s history. Over the course of his career, he has earned stoppage victories over Junior Dos Santos, Cain Velasquez, Alistair Overeem and Curtis Blaydes (twice). Ngannou now looks to be the first fighter to defeat Rozenstruik and re-assert himself as the top contender for a heavyweight title shot.

The breakout UFC star of 2019, Rozenstruik (10-0, fighting out of Paramaribo, Suriname) wasted no time cracking the heavyweight division’s top five. Since debuting on the roster last February, he has delivered four consecutive knockout victories—including a dramatic comeback win against Overeem with four seconds left on the clock. Rozenstruik now hopes to secure his first title shot with another show-stealing knockout against one of the division’s most feared strikers.

A perennial bantamweight contender, Assuncao (27-7, fighting out of Alpharetta, Ga. by way of Recife, Brazil) has bested many of the top 135-pound fighters in the UFC. Throughout his career, the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt has netted victories against TJ Dillashaw, Aljamain Sterling, Pedro Munhoz and Rob Font. With Garbrandt in his sights, Assuncao now looks to regain momentum by going behind enemy lines and taking out another former UFC champion.

A native of Uhrichsville, Ohio, Garbrandt (11-3, fighting out of Sacramento, Calif.) aims to begin his ascent back to the top of the 135-pound division with a highlight-reel win in his home state. Known for his spectacular knockout power, he has finished the likes of Takeya Mizugaki and Thomas Almeida. In 2016, he became the first fighter to defeat former champion Dominick Cruz in almost a decade. Garbrandt now aims to get back on the winning track and re-stake his claim as one of the top bantamweights in the world.

Announced bouts on the card include:

  • In a pivotal clash of bantamweight contenders, No. 3 ranked Aspen Ladd (9-1, fighting out of El Dorado Hills, Calif.) meets No. 4 Julianna Peña (10-3, fighting out of Chicago, Ill.)
  • Hard hitting heavyweights collide when Greg Hardy (6-2 1NC, fighting out of Coconut Creek, Fla.) squares off with Yorgan De Castro (5-0, fighting out of Fall River, Mass. by way of Mindelo, Sao Vicente, Cape Verde)
  • No. 12 ranked strawweight contender Tecia Torres (10-5, fighting out of Colorado Springs, Colo.) takes on Mizuki (14-5, fighting out of New York, N.Y. by way of Fukuoka, Japan)
  • 15-year MMA veteran, and Columbus’ own, Matt Brown (24-16, fighting out of Columbus, Ohio) looks to blow the roof off Nationwide Arena when he takes on undefeated prospect Miguel Baeza (7-0, fighting out of Davie, Fla.)
  • Louis Smolka (16-6, fighting out of Kapolei, Hawaii) faces Davey Grant (11-4, fighting out of Bishop Auckland, County Durham, England) in an exciting bantamweight bout
  • Khalil Rountree Jr. (9-4 1NC, fighting out of Las Vegas, Nev.) locks horns with Sam Alvey (33-13 1NC, fighting out of Temecula, Calif.) in a battle of light heavyweight strikers
  • Dana White’s Contender Series signee Punahele Soriano (6-0, fighting out of Las Vegas, Nev.) goes for another big finish against battle-tested Eric Spicely (12-6, fighting out of Olneyville, R.I.)
  • Undefeated heavyweight Carlos Felipe (8-0, fighting out of Feira de Santana, Bahia, Brazil) debuts against Ohio’s own Jeff Hughes (10-3 1NC, fighting out of Independence, Ohio)
  • Laureano Staropoli (9-2, fighting out of La Plata, Argentina) squares off with Dana White’s Contender Series signee Philip Rowe (7-2, fighting out of Orlando, Fla.)
  • Martin Day (9-3, fighting out of Kailua, Hawaii) takes on Randy Costa (5-1, fighting out of Taunton, Mass.) in a bantamweight bout

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

Visit UFC.com for information and content to support your UFC coverage. Please click here to apply for the event.

Tickets for UFC FIGHT NIGHT ON ESPN®: NGANNOU vs. ROZENSTRUIK go on sale Friday, January 31 at 10 a.m. ET. Tickets are available for purchase at ticketmaster.com or through the Nationwide Arena box office. Ticket sales are limited to eight (8) per person.

UFC Fight Club® members will have the opportunity to purchase tickets Wednesday, January 29 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, January 30 starting at 10 a.m. ET. To access this presale, users must register for the UFC newsletter through UFC.com.

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Eros Correa Remains Undefeated with KO in Mexico Improves to 10-0, 8 KOs

Jan 27, 2020

Photos by Kyte Monroe – Team Correa


TIJUANA, MX (JANUARY 26, 2020) – Last night in Tijuana, Mexico, Cali Boxing Management’s super-bantamweight prospect, Eros Correa (10-0, 8 KOs), remained undefeated with a fourth-round knockout over Saul Garcia (3-1, 2 KOs). Correa,who is from San Jose CA, fought Garcia at the Big Punch Arena, promoted by GM3 Boxing and Gonzalez Boxing Promotion.
For the first three rounds, Correa applied a ton of pressure upon Garcia with a strategic body attack, that saw Garcia on the ropes having to take cover. In the fourth round, Correa landed a deadly lead right hand that sent Garcia to the canvas, as Garcia opted not to continue. With the win, Correa is that much closer to be in position for a world title shot. Correa is currently a promotional free agent, looking to sign with the right promoter.  Four televised bouts are the goal for 2020.  “I wanted to make a statement and I feel I did,” said Eros Correa. “I am as active as I have ever been in my career and very grateful to be in this position. I will keep working hard and know a tremendous opportunity will come soon. My managers are doing a great job guiding my career and I’m thankful. I’m hoping to be back in the ring by late February or March.”
“We are one step closer to landing a big fight,” said Andrew Bocanegra, CEO of Cali Boxing Management. “Now that Eros has double digit wins, he’s in better position to be in a major step up fight. We are talking to a few folks about getting him a four-fight deal on television.  2020 will be a breakout year for Eros.”

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ALEXIS ‘LEX’ ROCHA ENCARA LA PRUEBA MÁS DIFICIL DE SU CARRERA ANTE BRAD ‘KING’ SOLOMON

Jan 25, 2020

ALEXIS ‘LEX’ ROCHA ENCARA LA PRUEBA MÁS DIFICIL DE SU CARRERA ANTE BRAD ‘KING’ SOLOMON EN EL RESPALDO DE GARCIA VS. FONSECA VIERNES 14 DE FEBRERO EN EL HONDA CENTER DE ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA Y TRANSMITIDO EN VIVO POR DAZN ¡Los Boletos Están a la Venta!        

 LOS ÁNGELES, California 24 de enero de 2020.- Alexis “Lex” Rocha (15-0, 10 nocáuts) intensificará la calidad de oposición cuando defienda su título welter Continental de las Américas del CMB frente a Brad “King” Solomon (28-2, 16 nocáuts) en un duelo a 10 giros en el respaldo de García vs. Fonseca. La función se efectuará el 14 de febrero en el Honda Center de Anaheim, California y será transmitida en vivo exclusivamente por DAZN.           Rocha es un zurdo de 22 años de edad de Santa Ana, California quien es considerado como uno de los mejores prospectos en ascenso de la división welter. Después de realizar su debut en el boxeo de paga en 2016, el poderoso boxeador ha estado subiendo las clasificaciones de las 147 libras al participar en los eventos más grandes del Sur de California en los últimos años. Rocha, tras defender su título regional frente a Berlín Abreu Roberto Valenzuela Jr., buscará pasar la prueba mas difícil de su carrera cuando se enfrente a Solomon.          “Estoy emocionado y espero con ansias pelear en casa desde el Honda center,” afirmó Alexis Rocha. “Brad Solomon es una gran prueba en el aspecto de competición y presenta un gran reto, pero estoy mas que listo. Buscaré dejar una grata impresión el 14 de febrero, y espero recibir el reconocimiento que merezco como uno de los mejores peleadores de la división welter”, puntualizó.          Solomon es un experimentado contendiente de 36 años de edad quine fue un destacado amateur antes de iniciar su carrera profesional en el 2008. El nativo de Lafayette, Lousiana capturó varios campeonatos Golden Gloves y también posee una victoria en los amateurs frente a Javier Molina. Como profesional, Solomon ha derrotado a púgiles de la talla de Freddy “The Rail” Hernandez y Adrián “El Tigre” Granados. Solomon vendrá tras una derrota ante Vergil Ortiz Jr. en lo que fue un esfuerzo muy valiente, y ahora buscará tener una mejor noche frente a Rocha.          “Vengo a dejar una grata impresión en esta pelea”, afirmó Brad Solomon. “Acabo de pelear en una cartelera de Golden Boy en diciembre, y ahora voy a regresar pronto para mostrar de qué soy capaz. Así que no se pierdan mi pelea el 14 de febrero porque mostraré que todavía tengo muchos asuntos pendientes en este deporte”, subrayó.          Como fue anunciado previamente, Ryan García (19-0, 16 nocáuts) de Victorville, California defenderá su cinturón ligero Plata de CMB ante Francisco Fonseca (25-2-2, 19 nocáuts) de Managua, Nicaragua en la batalla estelar a 12 asaltos.           Jorge “El Niño de Oro” Linares (46-5, 28 nocáuts) peleará contra Carlos Morales (19-4-4, 8 nocáuts) de Los Angeles, California en el duelo co estelar a 10 vueltas en peso ligero.           Blair “The Flair” Cobbs (15-0, 10 nocáuts) de Las Vegas pondrá en juego su cinto welter NABF ante Samuel Kotey (23-2, 16 nocáuts) de Baltimore, Maryland en un combate a 10 episodios.  
Tenochtitlan “T-Dog” Nava (7-2, 1 nocaut) de Los Ángeles, California se enfrentará a Anthony Casillas (8-1, 4 nocáuts) de Southgate, California en un duelo a seis giros en peso pluma.           Bektemir Melikuiziev (4-0, 3 nocáuts) de Shoimbek, Uzbekistan defenderá su cinto supermediano Continental de las Américas del CMB ante Marco Antonio Peribán (25-5-1, 16 nocáuts) de Ciudad de México, México en un choque a 10 rounds.          Evan Sánchez (6-0, 5 nocáuts) de Parlier, California participará en un duelo a seis episodios en peso welter.          Alejandro “PinPon” Reyes (2-0, 2 nocáuts) de Mexicali Baja California, México retornará en un combate a cuatro asaltos en peso ligero.           García vs. Fonseca es un duelo a 12 episodios por el título ligero Plata del CMB presentado por Golden Boy. El evento es patrocinado por Hennessy “Never Stop. Never Settle.” La función se efectuará el 14 de febrero en el Honda Center de Anaheim, California y será transmitida en vivo exclusivamente por DAZN

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NEWLY CROWNED WORLD CHAMPIONS MAKE FIRST TITLE DEFENSES AT UFC® 248 IN LAS VEGAS

Jan 25, 2020

FEATURED BOUTS EXCLUSIVELY ON ESPN+ PAY-PER-VIEW:

(C) ISRAEL ADESANYA vs. (#3) YOEL ROMERO

(C) ZHANG WEILI vs. (#4) JOANNA JEDRZEJCZYK

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Las Vegas – UFC® returns to T-Mobile Arena with two thrilling world championship bouts. Undefeated middleweight champion Israel Adesanya goes for another show-stealing performance against No. 3 ranked contender Yoel Romero. Strawweight champion Zhang Weili will take on the toughest test of her career when she meets former titleholder and No. 4 ranked contender Joanna Jedrzejczyk.

UFC® 248: ADESANYA vs. ROMERO will take place Saturday, March 7 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and will stream live on Pay-Per-View, exclusively through 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 March.

Fans will be able to purchase UFC® 248: ADESANYA vs. ROMERO online at ESPNPlus.com/PPV 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 ESPN and on ESPN Deportes (in Spanish) starting at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT with the early prelims simulcast on UFC Fight Pass and ESPN+ at 6:15 p.m. ET/3:15 p.m. PT.

Among the standout fighters of 2019, Adesanya (18-0, fighting out of Auckland, New Zealand by way of Lagos, Nigeria) capped off the year by dethroning middleweight champion Robert Whittaker in front of the largest-ever UFC live audience. The former kickboxer has also earned spectacular victories against Kelvin Gastelum, Anderson Silva and Derek Brunson. Adesanya now looks to kick off his 2020 with another highlight-reel finish to secure his first successful title defense.

A perennial contender at 185 pounds, Romero (13-4, fighting out of Coconut Creek, Fla. by way of Pinar Del Rio, Cuba) is considered one of the most dangerous competitors in the entire sport. The 2000 Olympic silver medalist wrestler has delivered sensational knockout wins over former UFC champions Luke Rockhold, Chris Weidman and Lyoto Machida. Romero now aims to achieve his destiny by capturing UFC gold and handing Adesanya his first MMA loss.

The first Chinese UFC champion, Zhang (20-1, fighting out of Beijing, China) made history when she delivered a spectacular 42-second knockout against Jessica Andrade in August to capture the title. Riding a 20-fight win streak, Zhang has also netted impressive victories over Tecia Torres, Jessica Aguilar and Danielle Taylor since joining the UFC roster in 2018. Zhang now aims to secure her first successful title defense against the former strawweight queen.

The most dominant champion in UFC strawweight history, Jedrzejczyk (16-3, fighting out of Olsztyn, Poland) successfully defended her title five times during a reign that lasted more than two years. Throughout her career, she has delivered thrilling victories against Michelle Waterson, Claudia Gadelha (twice), Jessica Penne and Carla Esparza. Jedrzejczyk now aims to further add to her legacy by becoming the first fighter to reclaim the UFC’s 115-pound championship.

Additional bouts on the card include:

  • In a pivotal middleweight bout, No. 8 ranked contender Derek Brunson (20-7, fighting out of Wilmington, N.C.) takes on undefeated No. 9 Edmen Shahbazyan (11-0, fighting out of Glendale, Calif.)
  • Fan favorite Alex Oliveira (19-8-1 2NC, fighting out of Tres Rios, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) faces Max Griffin (15-7, fighting out of Sacramento, Calif.) in an exciting welterweight bout
  • Unbeaten grappling ace Rodolfo Vieira (6-0, fighting out of Orlando, Fla. by way of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) takes on Saparbek Safarov (9-2, fighting out of Makhachkala, Russia)
  • No. 15 ranked welterweight contender Neil Magny (21-8, fighting out of Denver, Colo.) meets surging Li Jingliang (16-5, fighting out of Beijing, China)
  • In an exciting lightweight bout, Beneil Dariush (17-4-1, fighting out of Yorba Linda, Calif.) squares off with Drakkar Klose (11-1-1, fighting out of Glendale, Calif.)
  • Emily Whitmire (4-3, fighting out of Las Vegas, Nev.) takes on Polyana Viana (10-4, fighting out of São Geraldo do Araguaia, Para, Brazil) in a strawweight bout
  • Danaa Batgerel (6-2, fighting out of Erdenetsagaan, Sukhbaatar, Mongolia) faces Guido Cannetti (8-4, fighting out of San Antonio de Padua, Buenos Aires, Argentina) in a bantamweight bout

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

Visit UFC.com for information and content to support your UFC coverage. Please click here to apply for the event.

Tickets for UFC® 248: ADESANYA vs. ROMERO go on sale Friday, Jan. 24 at 10 a.m. PT. Tickets are available for purchase online at www.axs.com. Ticket sales are limited to eight (8) per person.

UFC Fight Club® members will have the opportunity to purchase tickets Wednesday, Jan. 22 at 10 a.m. PT via the website www.ufcfightclub.com. A special Internet ticket pre-sale will be available to UFC newsletter subscribers Thursday, Jan. 23 starting at 10 a.m. PT. To access this presale, users must register for the UFC newsletter through UFC.com.

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RICARDO ‘EL NIÑO’ SANDOVAL TO FIGHT RAYMOND ‘TORNADO’ TABUGON IN THE MAIN EVENT

Jan 17, 2020

RICARDO ‘EL NIÑO’ SANDOVAL TO FIGHT RAYMOND ‘TORNADO’ TABUGON IN THE MAIN EVENT OF GOLDEN BOY AND DAZN’S THURSDAY NIGHT FIGHTS

OSCAR ‘EL JAGUAR’ NEGRETE TO FACE ALBERTO ‘IMPACTO’ MELIAN FOR THE VACANT WBA INTERNATIONAL BANTAMWEIGHT TITLE

THURSDAY FEB. 6 AT FANTASY SPRINGS RESORT CASINOTickets on Sale Now! INDIO, CALIF. (Jan. 15, 2020): Hard-hitting 115-pound prospect Ricard “El Niño” Sandoval (17-1, 12 KOs) of Riverside, Calif. will take on Filipino contender Raymond “Tornado” Tabugon (22-11-1, 11 KOs) in a 10-round main event of Thursday Night Fights on Feb. 6 at Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, Calif. . The event will be streamed live on DAZNRingTV.com and on Facebook Watch via the Golden Boy Fight Night Page beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT. Sandoval is a 20-year-old prospect who possess a very exciting style. In July 2019, Sandoval fought on a Golden Boy card for the first time by scoring a dominant stoppage win against Marco Sustaita to defend his WBC Youth Intercontinental Flyweight Title. Then, he returned in October to stop Gilberto Gonzalez in the fifth round. Now, Sandoval will look develop into a full-fledge contender against his toughest opponent to date. “2020 will be my year, and I will demonstrate why on February 6,” said Ricardo Sandoval. “I know that Raymond Tabugon is very strong, but I’m coming with a strong desire to win and get closer to a world title opportunity. I’m going to deliver a great show for all the fans, and I’ll work very hard to walk away with my hand in victory.” Tabugon is a 28-year-old veteran who has faced former world champions Juan Francisco “El Gallo” Estrada, Luis “Pantera” Nery and Angel “Tito” Acosta. Now, he’ll look to use his experience to hand Sandoval the second loss of his career and position himself for more opportunities. “I can’t wait to get back in the ring on February 6,” said Raymond Tabugon. “I had a small setback in my last fight, but I’m working hard to return better than ever. I want to thank Golden Boy and Sanman Promotions for the opportunity, and I promise to bring lots of action!” Also, former heavyweight champion Michael “Double M” Moorer will be the special VIP guest for this event. Moorer will be in attendance for this event to meet fans, sign autographs and take pictures inside the Fantasy Springs Special Events Center. The meet-and-greet is open to the public with the purchase of a ticket to the event. In the co-main event, Oscar “El Jaguar” Negrete (18-2-2, 7 KOs) of Tierralta, Colombia and Alberto “Impacto” Melian (6-1, 4 KOs) of Buenos Aires, Argentina will meet in a 10-round bout for the vacant WBA International Bantamweight Title. This matchup is sure to produce fireworks as it will feature two contenders who have unfinished business that started when Negrete defeated Melian at the 2010 South American Games. Standout flyweight prospect Sulem Urbina (11-0, 2 KOs) of Phoenix, Arizona will fight in a six-round clash. Leonardo “Leon” Baez (17-2, 9 KOs) of Mexicali, Mexico will return in a 10-round super bantamweight battle. Anthony Reyes (7-0, 5 KOs) of Coachella, Calif. will participate in a six-round super bantamweight fight in front of a hometown crowd. Oscar Acevedo (6-0) of Garden City, Kansas will return in a six-round lightweight clash. Sandoval vs. Tabugon is a 10-round super flyweight fight presented by Golden Boy. The fight will take place on Thursday, February 6, 2020 at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. The event will be streamed live on DAZNRingTV.com and on Facebook Watch via the Golden Boy Fight Night Page beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT. The series will also be available on Pluto TV’s FIGHT Channel and regional sports networks around the nation. To see when and where the series is available in your area click here. Tickets for the event are on sale and start at $25. Tickets 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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TYSON FURY TO HOLD A MEET & GREET FOR A GOOD CAUSE

Jan 9, 2020

LINEAL CHAMPION TYSON FURY TO HOLD A MEET & GREET AT CAPETILLO & TM BOXING GYM IN LAS VEGAS, NEVADA AHEAD OF HIS FIGHT FEBRUARY 22nd TO HELP CAPETILLO AND TM BOXING

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Design by @heczar Hector De La Cruz(January 9, 2020 – Las Vegas, NV) :  Trainer Jorge Capetillo, owner of Capetillo & TM Boxing Gym is always one to give the shirt off his back. Genuinely a giving person along with his wife and children. When Capetillo decided to open a gym in Vegas, he never imagined the financial hardship toll it would take. Many kids can’t afford a membership or need discounts unfortunately. He is feeling the effects of all this now, and while talking to his fighter, Tyson Fury, the lineal Champion had a great idea. Fury isn’t doing any interviews or appearances until fight week, but out of the goodness of his heart, he offered to do a Meet & Greet at Capetillo’s gym to see if it would help bring in memberships or sponsorships. A very grateful Capetillo said, “Yes! Great idea!” 
The EXCLUSIVE and FREE Meet & Greet will take place this Saturday, January 11, 2020 at 12:00pm at Capetillo & TM Boxing Gym located at, 3430 E. Tropicana Ave., Suite 61, Las Vegas, NV 89121. We kindly as media to contact Nancy Rodriguez at Nancyr505@gmail.com as there will be limited Media access. 
The purpose of this Meet & Greet is to showcase the Boxing Gym where Tyson Fury will be in training camp ahead of his fight against Deontay Wilder, February 22, 2020 at the MGM Grand. This Boxing gym is a huge part of the community and is in need of member and/or sponsorships. Fury wants to help by giving the gym the exposure it deserves for getting the kids off the streets and teaching them Boxing skills. We hope sponsors will be interested in putting up a banner in the gym in exchange of sponsorship.

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THRILLING FLYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP BOUT HEADLINES UFC® RETURN TO NORFOLK

Jan 8, 2020

FEATURED BOUTS:

(#1) JOSEPH BENAVIDEZ vs. (#3) DEIVESON FIGUEIREDO

FELICIA SPENCER vs. ZARAH FAIRN

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UFC FIGHT NIGHT ON ESPN+®: BENAVIDEZ vs. FIGUEIREDO

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Las Vegas – UFC® returns to Norfolk with the vacant flyweight title up for grabs, as No. 1 ranked contender Joseph Benavidez and No. 3 ranked Deiveson Figueiredo battle to secure their first UFC championship. Also on the card, top women’s featherweight prospects meet to stake their claim for a title shot as Felicia Spencer takes on Zarah Fairn

UFC FIGHT NIGHT ON ESPN+®: BENAVIDEZ vs. FIGUEIREDO will take place Saturday, Feb. 29 at Chartway Arena with all fights carried exclusively on ESPN+ in English and Spanish. The main card begins at 8 p.m. ET with the prelims kicking off at 5 p.m. ET. Doors open at 4 p.m. ET.

A member of the flyweight roster since its inception in 2012, Benavidez (28-5, fighting out of Las Cruces, N.M.) hopes that his third UFC title challenge will be the charm to obtaining his first gold strap. A perennial top contender for most of his career, Benavidez has proven himself to be one of the best in the world with wins over Jussier Formiga, Henry Cejudo and Tim Elliot. He now looks to become the only person to stop Figueiredo and finally earn his long-awaited championship.

One of the most dangerous finishers in the flyweight division, Figueiredo (17-1, fighting out of Condor Belem, Para, Brazil) looks to leave no doubt in his first-ever title opportunity. Since joining the UFC roster in 2017, he has earned impressive stoppage wins against Tim Elliot, John Moraga and Joseph Morales. Now, he intends on delivering his most impressive performance yet in the biggest fight of his career.

Intending to start the new year with a statement, Spencer (7-1, fighting out of Orlando, Fla. by way of Montreal, Canada) looks to bounce back into the win column and declare herself the top contender for the featherweight belt. A former Invicta FC champion, Spencer impressed in her UFC debut with a first-round submission over Megan Anderson. Now, she aims to add another dominant stoppage to her record when she faces Fairn in the co-main event.

A striking specialist, Fairn (6-3, fighting out of Paris, France) looks to improve on her UFC debut and show that she can compete with the best in the world. With four knockouts and four first-round finishes in her MMA career, Fairn has proven that she is a dangerous test for anyone. Now, she intends on securing her first UFC win and announcing herself as the next contender to watch in the division.

Additional bouts on the card include:

  • Dana White’s Contender Series signee Aalon Cruz (8-2, fighting out of Tampa, Fla.) aims to impress in his UFC debut against the always-exciting Steven Peterson (18-9, fighting out of Dallas, Texas)
  • Bantamweight prospects Gabriel Silva (7-1, fighting out of Rio De Janeiro, Brazil) and Kyler Phillips (6-1, fighting out of Glendale, Calif.) battle to secure their first official UFC win
  • Jordan Griffin (17-7, fighting out of Milwaukee, Wisc.) looks to bounce back into the win column against debuting Dana White’s Contender Series signee TJ Brown (14-6, fighting out of Little Rock, Ark.)
  • Top middleweight prospects clash as Brendan Allen (12-3, fighting out of Milwaukee, Wisc.) meets Tom Breese (11-1, fighting out of Birmingham, England)
  • In a battle of featherweight strikers, Mike Davis (8-2, fighting out of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) intends to take out Giga Chikadze (6-1, fighting out of Huntington Beach, Calif.)
  • In further women’s featherweight action, Megan Anderson (10-4, fighting out of Kansas City, Mo.) looks to spoil the debut of Norma Dumont (4-0, fighting out of State of Minas Gerais, Brazil)
  • Undefeated Sean Brady (11-0, fighting out of Philadelphia, Pa.) intends to secure another impressive win when he takes on fellow top welterweight prospect Ismail Naurdiev (19-3, fighting out of Salzburg, Austria)
  • Marcin Tybura (17-6, fighting out of Uniejow, Poland) and Serghei Spivac (10-1, fighting out of Chisinau, Moldova) meet in a battle of heavyweight hopefuls
  • In a light heavyweight bout guaranteed to deliver fireworks, Ion Cutelaba (15-4, fighting out of Chisinau, Maldova) takes on Magomed Ankalaev (12-1, fighting out of Dagestan, Russia)

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Tickets for UFC FIGHT NIGHT ON ESPN+®: BENAVIDEZ vs. FIGUEIREDO go on sale Friday, Jan. 10 at 10 a.m. ET. Tickets are available for purchase online at YnotTix.com. Ticket sales are limited to eight (8) per person.

UFC Fight Club® members will have the opportunity to purchase tickets Wednesday, Jan. 8 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, Jan. 9 starting at 10 a.m. ET. To access this presale, users must register for the UFC newsletter through UFC.com.

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The Steady Drumbeat of Recognition by the Boxing Purists Continues for Omar Juarez

Jan 2, 2020


BROWNSVILLE, TX (January 2, 2020) – Fast rising super lightweight prospect, Omar “El Relámpago” Juarez (6-0, 4 KOs), was voted #5 on Gorilla Productions Boxing’s (GPboxing) top 50 knockouts of 2019.  Omar Juarez’ sensational TKO, vicious right hook against Gino De La Paz, has over half a million views on YouTube. He accomplished this in only his fifth professional fight, and his fifth place ranking put him ahead of established pros and even a few world champions. His development as a fighter is on track for future greatness, and judging from this honor, it is plain to see that what were once whispers about his potential are becoming all out statements. Certainly, there will be more to come.  

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Conor McGregor returns against Cowboy Cerrone at UFC 246 in Las Vegas

Dec 19, 2019

BLOCKBUSTER WELTERWEIGHT BOUT BETWEEN CONOR MCGREGOR AND COWBOY CERRONE HEADLINES UFC® 246 IN LAS VEGAS

FEATURED BOUTS EXCLUSIVELY ON ESPN+ PAY-PER-VIEW:

(#11) ANTHONY PETTIS vs. DIEGO FERREIRA

(#6) CLAUDIA GADELHA vs. (#11) ALEXA GRASSO

(#3) HOLLY HOLM vs. (#6) RAQUEL PENNINGTON II

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Las Vegas – UFC® will kick off 2020 with a thrilling bout featuring former lightweight and featherweight champion Conor McGregor and perennial fan favorite Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone. Plus, former UFC lightweight champion and No. 11 ranked contender Anthony Pettis will return to 155 pounds against surging Diego Ferreira.

UFC® 246: MCGREGOR vs. COWBOY will take place Saturday, Jan. 18 at T-Mobile Arena and will stream live nationally on Pay-Per-View, exclusively through 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 that continues through 2025.

As UFC® 246: MCGREGOR vs. COWBOY approaches, fans will be able to purchase itonline at ESPNPlus.com/PPV 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 ESPN and on ESPN Deportes (in Spanish) starting at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT with the early prelims simulcast on UFC Fight Pass and ESPN+ at 6:15 p.m. ET/3:15 p.m. PT.

Arguably the biggest star in mixed martial arts history, McGregor (21-4, fighting out of Dublin, Ireland) became the first fighter in UFC history to simultaneously hold championships in two divisions. Throughout his legendary career, he has earned spectacular victories over Eddie Alvarez, Nate Diaz, Jose Aldo, Chad Mendes and Dustin Poirier. McGregor now aims to take out another legend and prove he is still among the pound-for-pound best fighters on the planet.

The record holder for most wins and finishes in UFC history, Cerrone (36-13 1NC, fighting out of Albuquerque, N.M.) is no stranger to delivering iconic MMA moments. During his storied run, he has netted incredible finishes against Mike Perry, Matt Brown, Rick Story, Edson Barboza and Charles Oliveira. Cerrone now looks to continue building his legacy by securing another highlight-reel knockout in the biggest fight of his career.

A former UFC and WEC champion, Pettis (22-9, fighting out of Milwaukee, Wisc.) returns to lightweight after an exciting run at 170 pounds. Among the most dynamic finishers in MMA, he has earned sensational stoppage victories over Stephen Thompson, Gilbert Melendez, Benson Henderson and Charles Oliveira. He now has his sights set on another big win against one of the division’s toughest budding contenders.

A lightweight division mainstay since 2014, Ferreira (16-2, fighting out of Pharr, Texas by way of Terra Nova, Brazil) is currently riding a tremendous five-fight win streak. During this run, the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt has secured impressive victories against Mairbek Taisumov, Rustam Khabilov, Jared Gordon and Olivier Aubin-Mercier. Ferreira now hopes to add a former champion to his resume and crack the 155-pound top 15.

Additional bouts on the card include:

  • No. 6 ranked women’s strawweight contender Claudia Gadelha (17-4, fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) looks to continue building her momentum against rising No. 11 Alexa Grasso (11-3, fighting out of Guadalajara, Mexico)
  • Former women’s bantamweight champion and No. 3 ranked contender Holly Holm (12-5, fighting out of Albuquerque, N.M.) takes on No. 6 Raquel Pennington (10-8, fighting out of Colorado Springs, Colo.) in a highly anticipated rematch
  • Andre Fili (20-6, fighting out of Sacramento, Calif.) meets Sodiq Yusuff (10-1, fighting out of Bladensburg, Md. by way of Lagos, Nigeria) in an exciting battle of featherweight prospects
  • In a pivotal clash of women’s flyweight contenders, No. 7 ranked Roxanne Modafferi (23-17, fighting out of Las Vegas, Nev.) faces undefeated No. 9 Maycee Barber (7-0, fighting out of Milwaukee, Wisc.)
  • Talented lightweights collide when Drew Dober (21-9 1NC, fighting out of Denver, Colo.) squares off with Nasrat Haqparast (11-2, fighting out of Hamburg, Germany)
  • In a clash of heavyweight contenders, No. 12 ranked heavyweight contender Aleksei Oleinik (57-13-1, fighting out of Moscow, Russia) locks horns with Maurice Greene (8-4, fighting out of St Cloud, Minn.)
  • Dana White’s Contender Series signee Aleksa Camur (5-0, fighting out of Broadview Heights, Ohio) debuts against Justin Ledet (9-2 1NC, fighting out of Rosharon, Texas)
  • Chas Skelly (18-4, fighting out of Arlington, Texas) faces Dana White’s Contender Series veteran Grant Dawson (14-1, fighting out of Lee’s Summit, Mo.) in a featherweight bout
  • Sabina Mazo (7-1, fighting out of Huntington Beach, Calif. by way of Medellin, Colombia) squares off with JJ Aldrich (8-3, fighting out of Westminster, Colo.)
  • No. 7 ranked flyweight contender Tim Elliott (16-9-1, fighting out of Lee’s Summit, Mo.) takes on unbeaten No. 12 Askar Askarov (10-0-1, fighting out of Khasavyurt, Dagestan, Russia)
  • Brian Kelleher (19-10, fighting out of Selden, N.Y.) meets newcomer Ode Osbourne (7-2 1NC, fighting out of Milwaukee, Wisc.)
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