UFC RETURNS TO DALLAS WITH A PAIR OF CHAMPIONSHIP FIGHTS

Jul 30, 2018

UFC® RETURNS TO DALLAS WITH A PAIR OF

SPECTACULAR CHAMPIONSHIP FIGHTS

 

FEATURED BOUTS:

(C) TYRON WOODLEY vs. (#2) DARREN TILL

(C) NICCO MONTANO vs. (#1) VALENTINA SHEVCHENKO

 

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Las Vegas – UFC® will return to Dallas, Tex. with a highly anticipated welterweight championship bout that will see Tyron Woodley defend against undefeated No.2-ranked contender Darren Till. Also, women’s flyweight champion Nicco Montano makes her first defense versus No.1-ranked contender Valentina Shevchenko. UFC® 228: WOODLEY vs. TILL goes down Saturday, Sept. 8 at American Airlines Center and will air live on Pay-Per-View.

 

Unbeaten for almost four years, UFC welterweight champ and No.7-ranked pound-for-pound fighter Woodley (18-3-1, fighting out of St. Louis, Mo.) goes for his fourth successful title defense. Known for his elite wrestling and knockout power, he has earned victories against Stephen Thompson, Demian Maia, Robbie Lawler, Kelvin Gastelum and Carlos Condit. Woodley now aims to stop a surging and unbeaten contender dead in his tracks.

 

A diverse and cerebral striker, Till (17-0-1, fighting out of Liverpool, England) has been on a tear since joining the UFC roster three years ago. He’s earned incredible wins over Donald Cerrone, Bojan Velickovic, Wendell de Oliveira and Stephen Thompson, the latter coming in front of his hometown crowd this past May. With momentum and unwavering confidence on his side, Till is now on the cusp of the becoming the first undefeated UFC welterweight champion.

 

Also at UFC® 228: WOODLEY vs. TILL, two dynamic flyweights battle for the top spot in the newly minted 125-pound division.

 

Montano (5-2, fighting out of Albuquerque, N.M.) conquered The Ultimate Fighter: A New World Champion tournament to become the inaugural champ in December. Though she was seeded at #14, she put together an incredible run that saw her net impressive victories against Lauren Murphy, Montana Stewart and Barb Honchak. Montano then took home the title with a thrilling win over Roxanne Modafferi at the live finale. She is now gunning for her first successful defense.

 

A former title challenger at 135-pound, Shevchenko (15-3, fighting out of Lima, Peru by way of Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan) holds wins over many of the biggest names in women’s MMA. Though she failed to dethrone bantamweight champ Amanda Nunes, she holds spectacular wins over Holly Holm, Julianna Pena and Sarah Kaufman. She then put the flyweight division on notice when with her vicious victory over Priscila Cachoeira in February. A decorated kickboxer, Shevchenko now looks to add UFC gold to her resume.

 

Additional bouts on the card include:

  • No.14-ranked featherweight contender Zabit Magomedsharipov (15-1, fighting out of Dagestan, Russia) squares off with No.15 Yair Rodriguez (11-2, fighting out of Chicago, Ill. by way of Parral, Mexico) in a bout guaranteed to deliver fireworks
  • In a pivotal strawweight fight, No.2-ranked contender Jessica Andrade (18-6, fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) locks horns with No.4 Karolina Kowalkiewicz (12-2, fighting out of Lodz, Poland)
  • No.8-ranked bantamweight contender Aljamain Sterling (14-3, fighting out of Uniondale, N.Y.) looks to keep his momentum going against surging No.10 Cody Stamann (17-1, fighting out of Sparta, Mich.)
  • Former strawweight champion and No.6-ranked contender Carla Esparza (14-5, fighting out of Irvine, Calif.) takes on undefeated No.9 Tatiana Suarez (7-0, fighting out of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.)
  • Exciting bantamweight contenders collide when No.5-ranked Jimmie Rivera (21-2, fighting out of Ramsey, N.J.) faces No.7 John Dodson (21-9,fighting out of Albuquerque, N.M.)
  • Perennial fan favorite Jim Miller (28-11 1NC, fighting out of Sparta, N.J.) faces Alex White (12-3, fighting out of Farmington, Mo.)
  • Dallas flyweight Ryan Benoit (10-5, fighting out of Dallas, Tex.) looks for another highlight-reel finish when meets Roberto Sanchez (8-1, fighting out of Houston, Tex.)
  • Surging hometown middleweight Charles Byrd (9-4, fighting out of Dallas, Tex.) goes for his fifth straight win against dangerous striker Darren Stewart (8-3 1NC, fighting out of London, England)’
  • Dallas welterweight Geoff Neal (9-2, fighting out of Dallas, Tex.) goes for his fourth straight win against gritty Frank Camacho (21-6, fighting out of Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands)

 

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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Beltran-Pedraza and Dogboe-Otake Headline ESPN World Championship Doubleheader

Jul 23, 2018

August 25: Beltran-Pedraza and Dogboe-Otake Headline ESPN World Championship Doubleheader

Live at Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona

Tickets on sale Friday at 10 a.m. PST

GLENDALE, Ariz. (July 23, 2018) — Ray Beltran and Isaac “Royal Storm” Dogboe will head to the desert on Aug. 25 for their first title defenses.

In the main event at Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona, Beltran, who resides in nearby Phoenix, will defend the WBO lightweight title against Jose “Sniper” Pedraza, a former junior lightweight world champion looking to bring another world title home to Puerto Rico. And, in the all-action co-feature, Dogboe will defend the WBO junior featherweight title against Hidenori Otake.

Beltran-Pedraza and Dogboe-Otake will air live on ESPN and ESPN Deportes at 10:30 p.m. ET, with undercard action streaming live beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET. on ESPN+ — the recently-launched multi-sport, direct-to-consumer subscription streaming service from The Walt Disney Company’s Direct-to-Consumer & International segment in conjunction with ESPN.

Tickets to this world championship doubleheader, priced at $125, $75, $50, and $25, not including applicable fees, go on sale Thursday, July 26 at 10 a.m PST. Tickets can be purchased at the Gila River Arena Box Office, by phone at 800.745.3000, or online at www.gilariverarena.com.

“I’m living the dream. It feels great to be a world champion. I am very motivated to defend my title, and it’s very special to me because I’m fighting in my adopted home,” Beltran said. “Pedraza is a very skillful fighter and is going to bring his best to take the belt from us, but I’m not just fighting for the belt, I’m also fighting to keep it in Phoenix and my birthplace of Los Mochis, Mexico. This belt represents my family’s future, and it’s going nowhere.”

“This is a great opportunity and a great challenge. Beltran is a veteran and is finally a world champion after trying for so long,” Pedraza said. “I think for that reason it’s going to be a great fight because he will not want to lose the title. I’m 100 percent prepared for war.”

“I’m making my first defense against Otake, a Japanese warrior. It’s going to be fireworks,” Dogboe said. “I’m not stepping back. We’re on a quest to make this division exciting and great again. We’re shaking up the division. Isaac ‘Royal Storm’ Dogboe, you all know I bring lightning and thunder!”

“I would like to express my appreciation to everyone who made this fight possible.
I am truly grateful for this opportunity,” Otake said. “In capturing the world title for my first time on Aug. 25, I’d like to show everyone that age does not matter. Since comments can reveal strategy, I can’t say anymore.”

Beltran (35-7-1, 21 KOs) is a story of perseverance who finally broke through as a world champion five month shy of his 36th birthday. In his last bout, an ESPN-televised contest against Paulus Moses on Feb. 16 in Reno, Nevada, Beltran dug deep to win the vacant WBO lightweight title by unanimous decision. The scores — 117-111, 117-111 and 116-112 — did not reflect the back-and-forth nature of the bout. Once Manny Pacquiao’s chief sparring partner, Beltran had three previous cracks at a world title, most notably a 2013 draw against Ricky Burns that most ringside observers felt should have been a clear Beltran victory. The following year, he lost a wide unanimous decision to pound-for-pound elite Terence Crawford, who had beaten Burns to win the WBO lightweight crown. Beltran, a Phoenix resident who is originally from Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico, will be fighting in his adopted home state for the first time since 2005.

Pedraza (24-1, 12 KOs), from Cidra, Puerto, is on a mission to become a two-weight world champion. A former IBF junior lightweight world champion who made two successful defenses of his title, he lost his belt via seventh-round TKO to Gervonta Davis in January 2017. Following a 14-month layoff, he moved up to the lightweight division and signed a promotional contract with Top Rank. Pedraza is 2-0 as a lightweight in 2018, winning an eight-round unanimous decision against Jose Luis Rodriguez on March 17 and a 10-round unanimous decision against Antonio Moran on June 9 as the co-feature to the Terence Crawford-Jeff Horn welterweight title bout in Las Vegas.

Dogboe (19-0, 13 KOs) established himself as one of boxing’s best young champions in 2018 with a pair of signature victories. He knocked out Cesar Juarez in the fifth round on Jan. 6 in his hometown of Accra, Ghana, to win the interim WBO junior featherweight title. On April 28 in Philadelphia, Dogboe won the title in dramatic fashion, surviving a first-round knockdown to stop Jessie Magdaleno in the 11th round in a Fight of the Year contender. A 2012 Olympian, Dogboe had a rapid rise through the pro ranks, winning the WBO Oriental and WBO Africa featherweight titles en route to junior featherweight title contention. Boxing is in the Dogboe lineage as his father/trainer, Paul Dogboe, once served as a boxing coach and a physical instructor in the British Army.

Otake (31-2-3, 14 KOs), from Tokyo, has been a professional for more than 12 years and is riding a nine-bout winning streak dating back to Nov. 22, 2014. On that day, he challenged Scott Quigg for the WBA super bantamweight title, dropping a unanimous decision. He won the vacant Oriental and Pacific Boxing Federation (OPBF) title on March 17, 2017 with a unanimous decision against Jelbirt Gomera. Otake defended the OBPF title three times, most recently scoring a 10th-round TKO over Brian Lobetania in Tokyo on March 13.

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JAIME MUNGUIA DEFENDS WBO JUNIOR MIDDLEWEIGHT WORLD TITLE AGAINST LIAM ‘BEEFY’ SMITH ON HBO BOXING AFTER DARK AT HARD ROCK HOTEL & CASINO, LAS VEGAS

Jul 23, 2018
JAIME MUNGUIA DEFENDS WBO JUNIOR MIDDLEWEIGHT WORLD TITLE AGAINST LIAM ‘BEEFY’ SMITH ON HBO BOXING AFTER DARK AT 
HARD ROCK HOTEL & CASINO, LAS VEGAS
 
ALBERTO ‘EXPLOSIVO’ MACHADO RETAINS WBA SUPER FEATHERWEIGHT CROWN AGAINST RAFAEL ‘SWEET PEA’ MENSAH IN CO-MAIN EVENT
ABOVE: Jaime Munguia defended his WBO Junior Middleweight World Title against Liam Smith on 
HBO Boxing After Dark on July 21 at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas)
 
Photo Credit: Tom Hogan – Hogan Photos/Golden Boy Promotions
 
LAS VEGAS (July 21, 2018): Jaime Munguia (30-0, 25 KOs) defended his WBO Junior Middleweight World Championship against former world champion Liam “Beefy” Smith (26-2-1, 14 KOs) via 12-round decision in the main event of HBO Boxing After Dark on Saturday, July 21 in front of 2470 fans at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas. Munguia scored a knockdown with a counter left hook in the sixth round of a back-and-forth battle in which the native of Tijuana, Mexico eventually won with scores of 116-111, 119-110, and 119-108.
“I feel good. I’m happy. I think that the people liked it,” said Jaime Munguia. “I didn’t win by knockout like I always. This is the fifth decision win of my career. But I fought a good opponent who was strong. I came in very well prepared. There are no excuses and we will keep learning because this gave me a lot of experience. I’m only 21 years old and I will keep working in the gym. Liam Smith is a warrior. He is strong. There were times where I really landed punches, which really backed him up. He’s very strong and can take a punch, so I have no excuses. I was always looking for the knockout. I always looked for the fight, and I went in there like a true Mexican. I think going these 12 rounds will serve me as experience.”

“I don’t think he’s a much better fighter than me,” said Liam Smith. “It was the body shots that hurt me. I wanted the title I lost two years ago. I want to stay more active than before. I’m usually known for my fitness, but was I winded in this fight. I felt my skill level made the difference in certain parts.”
 
Alberto “Explosivo” Machado (20-0, 16 KOs) of San Juan, Puerto Rico, retained his WBA Super Featherweight World Title by beating previously undefeated Rafael “Sweet Pea” Mensah (31-1, 23 KOs) of Accra, Ghana via 10-round unanimous decision in tonight’s co-main event. Machado dropped Mensah with a hard right hook in the first round and hurt him several times en route to earning three scores of 120-107.
“Though I couldn’t finish him, I’m happy I went all the rounds because it was an experience I hadn’t had before,” said Alberto Machado. “I hurt my left hand early, so that’s why I stopped throwing the left hand to the body. But I kept to the game plan that Freddie Roach had for me and used the jab and worked from a distance. I’d fight anyone. I have to talk with my promoter first, but I would like fight Francisco Vargas.”
“I got hurt early with a shot,” said Rafael Mensah.“It took four or five rounds for me to come back. He’s a tall and lanky fighter and made it tough to come back.”
 
Yamagucho Falcao (16-0, 6 KOs) of Sao Paolo, Brazil scored a 10-round unanimous decision victory against Elias Espadas (17-4, 12 KOs) of Merida, Mexico in a middleweight bout. In what was very controversial battle, Falcao won with scores of 96-92, 96-92, and 95-93.
“We’re very happy for the victory,” said Yamaguchi Falcao.“My opponent was very tough. We appreciate the opportunity with Golden Boy Promotions. There were several stoppages by the official that we feel were not warranted because Espadas was ducking and coming with his head down. We look forward to the next opportunity.
Puerto Rican prospect Carlos Caraballo (8-0, 8 KOs) passed his toughest test to date as he scored a fifth-round technical knockout win against Jesus Martinez (24-4, 12 KOs) of Monteria, Colombia in a super bantamweight battle originally slated for eight rounds. Caraballo fought a patient fight, wearing Martinez down until the fight was stopped by the referee at the end of the fifth round.
“From the first bell I knew that I could manage this fight,” said Carlos Caraballo. “I had him measured from the start. But I needed to fight intelligently because I knew he was a tough opponent. Right now I want to talk with my team to see what’s next, but I’ll be back soon.”
Las Vegas native Blair Cobbs (9-0-1, 5 KOs) scored a technical knockout victory at 1:52 of the second round against Emmanuel Valadez (5-5, 4 KOs) of Agua Prieta, Mexico in a scheduled six-round super welterweight fight.
“I felt great,” said Blair Cobbs. “I’m ready to move up. I’m ready to start calling out names. I’m ready to move up the ladder and one day be a contender in the welterweight division. We’re just starting, but in the ring I said ‘now is the time.’ I had just fought earlier this month, but I said ‘the time is now,’ took a day of rest and came back.”
Munguia vs. Smith was a 12-round fight for the WBO Junior Middleweight World Championship presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Zanfer Promotions and Frank Warren. Machado vs. Mensah was a 12-round fight for the WBA Super Featherweight World Title presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Miguel Cotto Promotions in association with Don King Productions. The event was sponsored by Tecate, “THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING” and Casa Mexico Tequila. The event took place on Saturday, July 21, 2018 at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas.
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Prograis vs. Velasco / López vs. Silva – Fight Night

Jul 16, 2018
Prograis vs. Velasco / López vs. Silva – Fight Night
• Regis Prograis defended the WBC super lightweight diamond belt with a TKO over Juan Jose Velasco• Teofimo Lopez stopped William Silva to win the WBC Continental Americas lightweight title

(Photo Credit: Mikey Williams / Top Rank)
NEW ORLEANS (July 14, 2018) — Consider the homecoming a success. Regis “Rougarou” Prograis put on a show for his hometown New Orleans fans, defending the WBC super lightweight diamond belt with an eighth-round TKO over Juan Jose Velasco in front of 3,615 fans at the UNO Lakefront Arena.Prograis, who was born and raised in New Orleans and moved following Hurricane Katrina, knocked Velasco down with a body shot in the fifth round and kept applying the pressure. It was all over in the eighth round when Velasco’s corner threw in the towel. The homecoming was complete, and it was a success.

“I couldn’t lose here in New Orleans,” Prograis said. “I told my father, if I lost, I couldn’t come back. I had to go out there and fight. I knew I had a hard fight. There was a lot of excitement, but I had to hide that excitement. I had a job to do.”

In the co-main event, Teofimo Lopez promised that it was time for “The Takeover.” And he delivered. Lopez knocked out William Silva in the sixth round to win the vacant WBC Continental Americas lightweight title, punctuating the victory with a home run trot and a backflip. Lopez (10-0, 8 KOs) dropped Silva (25-2, 14 KOs) three times, a veteran who had never been knocked out. Following the third knockdown, punctuated by a furious barrage, referee Bruce McDaniel immediately stopped the bout.

“My statement was I am not here to play games. Everything I say, I do. I talk the talk and I walk the walk,” said Lopez. “The ring celebration, I was talking to my father, and we said, ‘Let’s do celebrations like in football. Terrell Owens, he did the popcorn and things like that. Those are the things I want to bring to the boxing world, but I can’t bring popcorn out of the stands. It was a home run. Now it’s time to collect. It’s the beginning of ‘The Takeover.'”

Super featherweight contender Erick De Leon survived a first-round knockdown and dominated the rest of the way, toppling Adrian Young via unanimous decision by scores of 97-92, 97-92, and 98-91. It was a bounce-back performance for De Leon (18-0-1, 10 KOs), who was held to a draw against Andy Vences in his previous bout back on March 10.

“I felt great during the fight. He caught me a little bit cold with a good shot in the first round. He came to fight. I basically fought the whole fight with one arm. I dislocated my right shoulder in the first round, but we made it work and got a good win against a tough opponent,” said De Leon.

Jean Carlos “Chapito” Rivera (14-0, 9 KOs) wasted little time in knocking out late replacement Angel Luna (12-5-1, 7 KOs), dropping the Dominican-born fighter with a right-left combination that forced the referee to stop the bout at 1:22 of the first round. Rivera, a Puerto Rican based out of Orlando, Florida, extended his knockout streak to three.

“The fight went way easier than I expected. I was prepared to fight 10 hard rounds, if necessary. I’ve been training very hard and now I want to take on bigger challenges. I want to face world-ranked fighters. I’m ready to step up my competition,” said Rivera.

Fazliddin Gaibnazarov, a 2016 Olympic gold medalist from Uzbekistan, survived the toughest test of his pro career, scoring an eight-round unanimous decision over fellow unbeaten Kevin Johnson (78-74 3X).  Gaibnazarov (5-0, 2 KOs) used his southpaw stance to keep Johnson (5-1, 4 KOs) at bay, but Johnson found a home for his straight right hands throughout the fight.

“He was a very tough, young fighter. He saw very good what I was trying to do. I hit him very hard in the liver and to the head, but he took all of my punches very well,” said Gaibnazarov.

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JOET GONZALEZ CAPTURES NABO FEATHERWEIGHT TITLE VIA SPLIT DECISION WIN AGAINST RAFAEL ‘BIG BANG’ RIVERA

Jul 16, 2018
JOET GONZALEZ CAPTURES NABO FEATHERWEIGHT TITLE VIA SPLIT DECISION WIN AGAINST RAFAEL ‘BIG BANG’ RIVERA IN MAIN EVENT OF GOLDEN BOY BOXING ON ESPN AT THE NOVO AT L.A. LIVE
 
SENIESA ‘SUPER BAD’ ESTRADA SHINES WITH STOPPAGE  
VICTORY IN ACTION-PACKED CO-MAIN EVENT
(ABOVE: Joet Gonzalez defeated Rafael Rivera to capture the NABO Featherweight Title in the main
 event of Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN at the Novo at L.A. Live on July 13)
 
Photo Credit: Tom HoganHoganphoto/Golden Boy Promotions
LOS ANGELES (July 13, 2018): Rising featherweight contender Joet Gonzalez (20-0, 11 KOs) of Glendora, Calif. captured the vacant NABO 126-pound title via split decision victory against Rafael ‘Big Bang’ Rivera (25-2-2, 16 KOs) of Tijuana, Mexico in the 10-round main event of the July 13 edition of Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN at The Novo by Microsoft at L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles. In what was a close and competitive fight, Gonzalez won with scores of 96-94 and 97-93, while one judge had the fight 96-94 for Rivera.
“I felt like I dominated the majority of the fight, at least seven of the rounds,” said Joet Gonzalez.“This was definitely my toughest fight going all the 10 rounds. I’m satisfied with my performance, and I’m happy to have this new belt. I’ll fight anyone at 126 for a world title – that’s what I want! I feel great and it was a pretty exciting fight!”
I felt I won the fight,” said Rafael Rivera. “He never hurt me, but this is boxing. I came from Tijuana, so I knew this would happen. This is what happens when you go into someone’s back yard. Utilizing my distance and landing counter punching were important keys in this fight. I’m happy with performance and my preparation, but like I said I feel I won this fight.”
Seniesa “Super Bad” Estrada (14-0, 4 KOs) of East Los Angeles, Calif. shined with a third-round technical knockout victory against Jhosep Vizcaino (6-7, 3 KOs) of Quito, Ecuador in the scheduled eight-round co-main event in the flyweight division. Estrada dominated Vizcaino with superior speed and skill, forcing the fight to end at :20 of the third-round.
“I had a great camp. I worked on sharpening and shortening up my punches,” said Seniesa Estrada.“As you can see, the hard work in camp paid off. I’m getting more comfortable in the ring because I’m now with a promoter. Golden Boy Promotions is keeping me busy, so I’m fighting more consistently. Having me stay busy is the most dangerous thing for my opponents.
Maricela “La Diva” Cornejo (12-2, 4 KOs) scored a third-round technical knockout victory against Samantha Pill (3-1) of Fairmont, West Virginia. Cornejo, under the tutelage of Antonio Diaz, demonstrated improved skills as she pushed forward and landed hard left and right hands before stopping Pill at :41 of the third round.
“I feel good. I’m very happy with the camp we had with my head trainer Antonio Diaz,” said Maricela Cornejo.“In this fight, I just had to adjust to her being six feet tall. Fighting Pill just showed only a little of what I’m capable of. I can’t wait to fight an even better opponent to show all of my capabilities.”
Richard “Kansas Kid” Acevedo (3-0, 3 KOs) of Garden City, Kansas scored a third-round technical knockout victory against Quantavious Green (1-3-1, 1 KO) of Shreveport, Lousina. Acevedo was too big and too strong for the shorter Green. Acevedo landed Several unanswered combinations, which forced the referee to stop the fight at :40 of the aforementioned round.
“I saw that there are things I need to work on,” said Richard Acevedo. “But I’m happy I got the rounds in. I’ll be back in the gym Monday to keep getting better and better, so I can come back and show my improvements.”
Christian “Chimpa” Gonzalez (19-2, 15 KOs) of Buena Park, Calif. scored an eight-round unanimous decision win against German Meraz (58-48-2, 38 KOs) of Agua Prieta, Mexico in a lightweight bout. Gonzalez won with three scores of 80-71.
“It’s hard to stop a guy who comes to survive,” said Christian Gonzalez. “But overall I’m happy with my performance and with the new things I am learning in camp.”
Gonzalez vs. Rivera was a 10-round fight for the vacant NABO Featherweight Title presented by Golden Boy Promotions. The event is sponsored by Tecate,“THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING” and Hennessy,“Never Stop, Never Settle.” The fights took place on Friday, July 13, 2018 at The Novo by Microsoft at L.A. LIVE.
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The Ultimate Fighter: Heavy Hitters Cast Reveal

Jul 16, 2018

UFC MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPION ROBERT WHITTAKER AND NO. 4 CONTENDER KELVIN GASTELUM TO COACH ‘THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER: HEAVY HITTERS’

 

PREMIERES AUGUST 29th ON FS1

 

Las Vegas – The highly anticipated 28th season of The Ultimate Fighter® will see UFC® middleweight champion Robert Whittaker coach opposite No. 4 ranked contender Kelvin Gastelum. Following the series, which debuts Wednesday, August 29 on FS1, the two will clash for the middleweight title at a date that will be determined in the near future.

 

The Ultimate Fighter: Heavy Hitters will also feature a dynamic cast of men’s heavyweights and women’s featherweights. Each tournament winner will receive a six-figure UFC contract. Following the series, the live finale will take place on Friday, November 30 at The Pearl at Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, NV.

 

Whittaker (21-4) won The Ultimate Fighter: The Smashes as a welterweight and has gone on to become one of the most successful TUF winners in the UFC. He is the reigning UFC middleweight champion and has claimed five post-fight bonus awards in his last four fights.

 

Gastelum (16-3, 1 NC) also won The Ultimate Fighter, claiming the middleweight trophy during the 17th season of the show. He has been dominant at 185 pounds, taking out former champions and superstars such as Michael Bisping, Jacare Souza and Tim Kennedy.

 

Below is a full list of competitors (name, age, professional record and fighting out of):

 

FEMALE FEATHERWEIGHTS

Leah Letson | 25 | 4-1 | Milwaukee, WI

Larissa Pacheco | 23 | 11-2 | Belem, Brazil

Marciea Allen | 36 | 7-2 | Wood Dale, IL

Pannie Kianzad | 26 | 9-3 | Copenhagen, Denmark

Bea Malecki | 26 | 2-0 | Stockholm, Sweden

Julija Stoliarenko | 25 | 4-2-1 | Kaunas, Lithuania

Katharina Lehner | 28 | 7-1 | Cologne, Germany

Macy Chiasson | 26 | 2-0 | New Orleans, LA

 

MALE HEAVYWEIGHTS

Ben Sosoli | 28 | 6-2 | Melbourne, Australia

Maurice Greene | 31 | 5-2 | St. Cloud, MN

Michel Batista | 34 | 4-0 | Miami, FL

Juan Francisco Espino Diepa | 37 | 8-1 | Las Palmas, Spain

Justin Frazier | 28 | 10-2 | Cave City, AR

Anderson Da Silva | 31 | 3-0-1 | Sao Paulo, Brazil

Przemyslaw Mysiala | 35 | 22-9-1 | Maidenhead, England

Josh Parisian | 28 | 7-2 | Brighton, MI

 

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

 

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JESÚS ROJAS DEFENDERÁ SU CORONA MUNDIAL PLUMA DE LA AMB ANTE JOSEPH ‘JOJO’ DÍAZ JR.

Jul 11, 2018
JESÚS ROJAS DEFENDERÁ SU CORONA MUNDIAL PLUMA DE LA AMB ANTE JOSEPH ‘JOJO’ DÍAZ JR. EN LA BATALLA ESTELAR DE LA EDICIÓN INAUGURAL DE GOLDEN BOY FIGHT NIGHT EN FACEBOOK WATCH
 
SÁBADO 11 DE AGOSTO EN EL AVALON THEATER DE HOLLYWOOD 
 
¡Los boletos están a la venta!
 
LOS ÁNGELES, California 10 de julio de 2018.- Golden Boy Promotions iniciará su nueva asociación con Facebook con una explosión cuando Jesús Rojas (16-1-2, 19 nocáuts) defienda su faja mundial pluma de la AMB ante Joseph Díaz Jr. (26-1, 14 nocáuts) en el duelo estelar de la edición inaugural de Golden Boy Fight Night desde el Avalon Theater en Hollywood. Toda la acción será transmitida en vivo el sábado 11 de agosto comenzando a las 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT. Los aficionados puedan ver los combates apretando aquí
 
Rojas es un noqueador de 31 años de edad quien retornará tras una victoria por nocaut en el séptimo asalto contra Claudio Marrero, ex campeón interino pluma AMB. Durante su tiempo fuera del cuadrilátero, Rojas fue elevado al estado de campeón mundial y por ende defenderá ese título ante Díaz Jr. El nativo de Caguas, Puerto Rico ex un experimentado campeón quien se ha medido ante peleadores de la talla de Jorge “El Travieso”Arce y los contendientes de peso pluma Jorge “El Pilón” Lara Abraham “Chamaco” López.  
 
“Estoy listo para regresar de nuevo después de casi un año sin pelear”, afirmó Jesús Rojas. “Defenderé mi título por primera vez en una importante función de Golden Boy Promotions que a la misma vez iniciará una nueva asociación con Facebook. Diaz Jr. es fuerte, inteligente y rápido, pero tengo el poder y la experiencia para vencerlo de manera espectacular. Nos vemos este próximo 11 de agosto en Hollywood”, puntualizó.
 
Díaz Jr., el talentoso púgil zurdo del Sur del Monte, California, representó a Estados Unidos en los Juegos Olímpicos de 2012 en Londres. Díaz Jr. después firmó con Golden Boy Promotions y comenzó una impresionante carrera profesional en la que ascendió a la cima de la división pluma. La primera oportunidad de título mundial para el carismático peleador de 25 años de edad fue ante Gary Russell Jr. en mayo de este año. A pesar de no ganar, Díaz Jr. tendrá otra oportunidad al campeonato mundial debido a su impresionante esfuerzo, pero ahora lo hará ante Rojas.
 
“Siempre he dicho que voy a ser campeón mundial”, dijo Joseph Díaz Jr. “Aprendí de mi última pelea, y ahora sé los ajustes que tengo que realizar para salir con la faja mundial en mi cintura. Confirmaré mi calidad en las 126 libras, y a la misma vez será un honor pelear en el primer duelo estelar de una función de Golden Boy Promotions por Facebook. Esta oportunidad muestra la fe que mi impresa [GBP] tiene en mí para ser un nombre destacado en la nueva era del boxeo”, finalizó
 
Ferdinand “Lucky Boy” Kerobyan (9-0, 5 nocáuts) de North Hollywood, California tendrá acción en la batalla co estelar a seis asaltos en peso welter. Aarón “Silencer” McKenna(4-0, 3 nocáuts) de Monaghan, Irlanda participará en un duelo a cuatro asaltos en peso welter.
 
Los oponentes para esta explosiva función se anunciarán en breve. 
 
Rojas vs. Diaz Jr. es un combate a 12 asaltos por el campeonato mundial pluma de la AMB presentado por Golden Boy Promotions en asociación con Universal Promotions. El evento es patrocinado por Tecate,”THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING,” y Hennessy, “Never Stop, Never Settle.” Los combates se efectuarán el sábado 11 de agosto de 2018 en el Avalon Theater en Hollywood. El evento será transmitido en vivo por Facebook Watch en Estados Unidos y globalmente en la Pagina Facebook de Golden Boy Fight Night comenzando a las 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT. Los aficionados puedan ver los combates siguiendo a la
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UFC® NAMES PARIMATCH AS OFFICIAL BETTING AND WAGERING PARTNER IN EMEA

Jul 11, 2018

UFC® NAMES PARIMATCH AS OFFICIAL BETTING AND WAGERING PARTNER IN EMEA

Parimatch to be Presenting Partner of UFC FIGHT NIGHT MOSCOW on Saturday, September 15

Las Vegas — UFC®, the world’s premier mixed martial arts organization, and international betting company Parimatch today announced a new, multi-year partnership that establishes Parimatch as the “Official Betting and Wagering Partner of UFC” across the entire EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) region, excluding the United Kingdom and Ireland.

The new international collaboration also makes history as Parimatch will serve as UFC’s first-ever marketing partner from the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) region. Parimatch will also serve as the “Presenting Partner” of UFC’s first-ever event in Russia, UFC FIGHT NIGHT®: MOSCOW, on Saturday, September 15, at Olimpiysky Stadium in Moscow.

“We are thrilled to be in business with Parimatch, a global brand that has grown from a small firm to one of the world’s largest international gaming networks in just a few short decades,” UFC Vice President, International Marketing Partnerships Rene Valencia said. “We look forward to working with Parimatch as we continue to grow our brand and the sport of MMA around the world.”

This partnership represents a unique and unprecedented step for Parimatch into the promotion of mixed martial arts globally, while also signifying the growth and popularity of UFC in this territory.

“Partnering with UFC is massive for our holding and for the continued growth of mixed martial arts as a whole,” Parimatch General Manager Sergei Portnov said. “Our cooperation will mean that the Parimatch brand can infuse with the DNA of mixed martial arts in several countries and regions at once. On September 15, UFC will hold its first event in Russia and it will be a great showcase for our new collaboration.”

Among the sponsorship elements included with this partnership, athletes competing during UFC events held in the EMEA, Russia and CIS region (excluding UK and Ireland events) will feature Parimatch branding on their UFC Fight Collection. In addition to serving as a presenting sponsor during select live events in the territory, Parimatch branding will have a presence inside UFC’s world-famous Octagon®, on UFC.com and live-event programming, as well as being integrated across multiple UFC-based social and digital platforms.

Parimatch is currently developing its sports betting business throughout the EMEA region, as its sponsorship portfolio also includes contracts with several top European football clubs. Parimatch’s partnership with UFC marks a new line of development for the company, with support for the sport of mixed martial arts as a key priority.

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Kavaliauskas vs. Abreu / Vences vs. DeAlba – Noche de Pelea

Jul 11, 2018

 

Kavaliauskas vs. Abreu / Vences vs. DeAlba – Noche de Pelea
• Egidijus “The Mean Machine” Kavaliauskas logró defender su título peso welter de la NABF al derrotar a Juan Carlos Abreu por decisión unánime.• Andy “El Tiburón” Vences defendió exitosamente el título supepluma Continental Américas del CMB al derrotar a Frank DeAlba por decisión unánime.

(Credito de Fotos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank)
FRESNO, CALIF. (7 de julio del 2018) – Egidijus “The Mean Machine” Kavaliauskassufrió un corte en el primer asalto, pero no fue disuadido, y logró derrotar a Juan Carlos Abreu por decisión unánime con puntajes de 97-93, 97-93 y 96-94 para retener el título peso welter de la NABF en el evento estelar televisado por ESPN el sábado por la noche en el Save Mart Center.El comabte Kavaliauskas vs. Abreu fue elevado al estatus de evento principal el viernes después de que el oponente del campeón súper ligero del CMB, José Ramírez, Danny O’Connor, sufriera un severo caso de deshidratación antes del pesaje.

“No todo salió tan bien como esperaba. Abreu fue muy rápido y muy hábil. Al principio, necesité un par de asaltos para hacer ajustes,” dijo Kavaliauskas. “Estoy listo para todos los grandes nombres de la divisióm. Doy un 200 por ciento en el gimnasio y siempre daré lo mejor de mí en el ring.”

Kavaliauskas (20-0, 16 KOs) se mantiene en línea para una posible oportunidad de título mundial, mientras que Abreu (21-4-1, 19 KOs) vio su racha de dos victorias llegar a su fin.

En el combate co-estelar, Andy “El Tiburón’ Vences (21-0-1, 12 KOs) defendió exitosamente el título superpluma Continental Americas del Consejo Mundial de Boxeo (CMB) con una victoria por decisión unánime en 10 asaltos sobre Frank De Alba. Vences dictó el ritmo de pelea durante todo el combate y lastimó a DeAlba (22-4-2, 9 KOs) varias veces, pero DeAlba fue resistente en la derrota. Vences ahora se acerca más a una posible oportunidad de título mundial.

“Sentí que esta fue una buena experiencia de aprendizaje para mí. Era un peleador muy fuerte y siguió haciendo ajustes durante toda la pelea. Yo estaba tratando de consegui el nocaut, pero al mismo tiempo estaba siguiendo el plan de juego. Me quedé un poco corto en eso. Ahora seguiremos adelante. No miramos hacia atrás. Avanzamos hacia peleas más grandes,” dijo Vences.

El contendiente de peso pesado Andy Ruiz Jr. ganó su segunda pelea consecutiva, prevaleciendo por decisión unánime sobre el veterano Kevin Johnsonde con tarjetas de 97-93, 97-93 y 99-91. Ruiz (31-1, 20 KOs) presionó la acción, pero Johnson (32-10-1, 16 KOs) usó su defensa y movimiento lateral para extender la pelea a la distancia.

“Todavía necesito trabajar en algunas cosas, pero haber peleado estos 10 asaltos fue una buena experiencia. Simplemente estamos mejorando y mejorando. Me encantaría enfrentarme a Jarrell Miller o cualquiera de los grandes, y probablemente me subestimen después de esta actuación. La próxima será diferente,” dijo Ruiz.

El cotizado prospecto Gabe Flores Jr. sobrevivió a una dura prueba, pero se impuso por decisión unánime sobre James De Herrera en un combate a seis asltos. Flores, de 18 años (9-0, 5 KOs) de Stockton, California, ganó todos los asaltos en las tarjetas de puntuación de los jueces.

“Creo que hice bien en esta pelea, pero podría haberlo hecho mucho mejor. Debería haber escuchado a mi padre. Me estaba pidiendo que usara mis piernas, pero vi que estaba lastimando a De Herrera y casi lo logré noquear. Es por eso que seguí tirando a la cabeza. La próxima vez prometo una demostración mucho mejor,” dijo Flores Jr.

El invicto prospecto boricua Joseph “Blessed Hands” Adorno (8-0, 8 KOs) continuó su racha de poder con un nocaut técnico en el tercer asalto sobre el veterano Guadalupe De León en un choque en el peso súper pluma. El nocaut llegó a los 2:32. Esta fue la primera vez que una pelea de Adorno se extendió más allá del segundo asalto en su carrera profesional.​

“Él era un peleador duro y con mucha experiencia. Vino a pelear. Me conectó con un par de golpes, pero tan pronto como comencé a aterrizar mis golpes, vi en sus ojos que lo estaba lastimando y era solo una cuestión de tiempo. Pasé del segundo round por primera vez en mi carrera. Esta fue una buena experiencia de aprendizaje para mí.”​

OTROS RESULTADOS DEL CARTEL:

• Sergio López y Manuel Manzo empatarón en una pelea de cuatro asaltos en peso súper gallo.

• El súper gallo Santos Ortega de Sacramento, California, mejoró a 2-0 con una decisión unánime en cuatro asaltos sobre Ivan Martino. Los tres jueces anotaron la pelea 40-36.

• El prospecto súperligero Rubén Rodríguez de Indio, California, mejoró su récord profesional a 3-0 con una decisión unánime en cuatro asaltos sobre Richard Howell (40-36, 40-36, 39-37).

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WHITTAKER VS. GASTELUM TO TAKE PLACE LATER THIS YEAR

Jul 11, 2018

UFC MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPION ROBERT WHITTAKER AND NO. 4 CONTENDER KELVIN GASTELUM TO COACH ‘THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER: HEAVY HITTERS’

 

PREMIERES AUGUST 29th ON FS1

 

WHITTAKER VS. GASTELUM TO TAKE PLACE LATER THIS YEAR

 

Las Vegas – Later this summer, The Ultimate Fighter returns for an incredible 28th season. The Ultimate Fighter: Heavy Hitters, premiering August 29 on FS1, will feature male heavyweights and female featherweights. This season also sees the return of two previous season winners as UFC® middleweight champion Robert Whittaker coaches opposite No. 4-ranked contender Kelvin Gastelum.

Whittaker (21-4) won The Ultimate Fighter: The Smashes as a welterweight and has gone on to become one of the most successful TUF winners in the UFC. He is the reigning UFC middleweight champion and has claimed five post-fight bonus awards in his last four fights.

Gastelum (16-3, 1 NC) also won The Ultimate Fighter, claiming the middleweight trophy during the 17th season of the show. He has been dominant at 185 pounds, taking out former champions and superstars such as Michael Bisping, Jacare Souza and Tim Kennedy.

Whittaker and Gastelum will face each other for the undisputed middleweight championship later this year.  The Ultimate Fighter: Heavy Hitters premieres on August 29 on FS1, running through November 28. The Ultimate Fighter is the longest running reality sports program in television, and is the most-watched original series on FS1.

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

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