T-MOBILE ARENA TO BECOME LAS VEGAS HOME OF UFC

Mar 6, 2017

T-MOBILE ARENA TO BECOME LAS VEGAS HOME OF UFC®

 

Iconic Global Sports Brand UFC Makes Arena History by Joining

Vegas Golden Knights (NHL) as Anchor Tenants of “Best New Arena” in United States

 

LAS VEGAS (March 3, 2017) – Establishing an industry first, T-Mobile Arena has entered into an extended multi-year agreement with UFC® that names the world’s premier mixed martial arts (MMA) organization as an Anchor Tenant of the arena owned by Las Vegas Arena Company, LLC, which is majority owned by AEG and MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM).

 

The partnership, which also establishes T-Mobile Arena as UFC’s exclusive Las Vegas arena destination, marks the first time that a global sports brand, other than a professional sports franchise, has been named as an Anchor Tenant for a sports and entertainment venue. The milestone agreement was negotiated by UFC owners WME | IMG, LLC; Zuffa, LLC and the ownership partners of T-Mobile Arena, which opened April 6, 2016 and has already hosted three of UFC’s most successful events including UFC® 200: TATE vs. NUNES, UFC® 202: DIAZ vs. MCGREGOR 2 and UFC® 207: NUNES vs. ROUSEY.

 

“Las Vegas has always been the home of UFC, and after more than a decade it is awesome to now have a historic venue deal in the Fight Capital of the World to make it official,” UFC President Dana White said.

 

UFC Senior Vice President of Event Development and Operations Peter Dropick echoed White’s excitement: “In less than one year, we have set multiple records in the T-Mobile Arena and we look forward to continuing to work with our long-standing partners, both world leaders in the arena and entertainment sectors, to elevate and showcase the best of our brand.”

 

The comprehensive agreement calls for UFC to host a minimum of four events annually. UFC will have priority scheduling for designated major events windows, such as International Fight Week, and will have a presence at T-Mobile Arena – headlining the welcome sign in the lobby alongside the Vegas Golden Knights, as well as concourse activations, signage and retail space. WME | IMG also owns the Professional Bull Riders (PBR), which has a long-term agreement for its World Finals at T-Mobile Arena.

 

Todd Goldstein, Chief Revenue Officer, AEG, said, “From day one, AEG and MGM Resorts have been committed to developing a showplace for the very best in concerts, championship sporting events, awards shows and special events that would be unrivaled not only in Las Vegas but in our industries. There is no doubt that UFC is synonymous with the biggest and best events today that attract unprecedented international audiences on platforms of all kinds. T-Mobile Arena is truly a one-of-a-kind, world class arena that will create the most outstanding stage and atmosphere worthy of the incredible events of all kinds UFC and  WME | IMG will bring to our venue and most importantly, our fans.”

 

Bill Hornbuckle, President of MGM Resorts International, said, “We have enjoyed a tremendous partnership with UFC for many years and are excited to enter into this exclusive agreement at T-Mobile Arena, a first for the industry. While UFC calls Las Vegas home, there are few brands as powerful globally. We look forward to welcoming visitors from around the world for years to come for the kind of spectacular events and entertainment that can only be found in this city.”

 

UFC joins the new Vegas Golden Knights NHL expansion team, set to begin play this fall, as the arena’s two Anchor Tenants.  The 20,000-seat venue has been designed to meet the U.S. Green Building Council’s standards for LEED® Gold Certification and was recently named ‘Best New Arena’ by Pollstar Magazine.

 

UFC® 209: WOODLEY vs. THOMPSON 2 is scheduled for T-Mobile Arena this Saturday, March 4 and may be seen live on Pay-Per-View at 10 p.m. EST/7 p.m. PST.

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LET’S GET READY TO RUMBLE! LEGENDARY RING ANNOUNCER MICHAEL BUFFER TO BE VIP

Mar 1, 2017
LET’S GET READY TO RUMBLE! LEGENDARY RING ANNOUNCER MICHAEL BUFFER TO BE VIP GUEST AT FANTASY SPRINGS RESORT CASINO ON MARCH 23RD ESPN CARD
 
MIDDLEWEIGHT PROSPECTS JASON “EL ANIMAL” QUIGLEY AND GLEN “JERSEY BOY” TAPIA TO FIGHT AS THE MAIN EVENT FOR THE VACANT NABF MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
Tickets Still Available!
 
LOS ANGELES (March 1, 2017) – Renowned ring announcer and television personality Michael Buffer will serve as the VIP guest for the action-packed March 23rd ESPN show at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino headlined between Middleweight contenders Jason “El Animal” Quigley (23-3, 15 KOs) and Glen “Jersey Boy” Tapia (30-1, 27 KOs) for the vacant NABF Middleweight title.
Best known for iconic trademarked catchphrase, “Let’s get ready to rumble!” Buffer, who is a member of the International Boxing Hall Of Fame, brings nearly forty years of ring announcing to the sport of boxing. As the VIP guest of the night, Buffer will be in attendance for the fights and will be on hand to meet fans, sign autographs and take pictures inside the Fantasy Springs Special Events Center before the ESPN broadcast begins. The meet-and-greet is open to the public with the purchase of a ticket to the event.
Tickets for the event are on sale now, start at $25 and are available at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino box office, by calling 1-800-827-2946, or by purchasing online at www.FantasySprings.com.
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UFC Returns To Nashville For A Featherweight Showdown

Mar 1, 2017

 

UFC Returns To Nashville For A Featherweight Showdown

UFC RETURNS TO NASHVILLE FOR A FEATHERWEIGHT SHOWDOWN BETWEEN NO. 4 CUB SWANSON AND KNOCKOUT ARTIST ARTEM LOBOV

Plus:
(#14) AL IAQUINTA vs. DIEGO SANCHEZ
(#8) OVINCE SAINT PREUX vs. MARCOS ROGERIO DE LIMA
(#12) THALES LEITES vs. (#15) SAM ALVEY

TICKETS FOR UFC FIGHT NIGHT®: SWANSON vs. LOBOV
AT BRIDGESTONE ARENA ON SALE MARCH 3

Las Vegas – When UFC® returns to Nashville on Saturday, April 22, fans in Music City will be in for a treat when No. 4-ranked featherweight Cub Swanson collides with hard-hitting Artem Lobov in the main event of UFC FIGHT NIGHT®: SWANSON vs. LOBOV. The always-entertaining Swanson is back in action for the first time since his potential Fight of the Year victory over Dooho Choi in December. Lobov, a teammate of lightweight champion Conor McGregor, will be headlining his first UFC event, as he brings a two-fight win streak to the Octagon® at Bridgestone Arena.

Swanson (24-7, fighting out of Palm Springs, Calif.) has won three consecutive fights and nine of his last 11 UFC contests, earning seven Fight of the Night bonuses inside the Octagon. The featherweight staple looks to continue his run through the 145-pound division with another barnburner in Nashville. Lobov (14-12-1, 1 NC) fighting out of Dublin, Ireland) will be seeking the biggest win of his career against Swanson, as he plans to propel himself into the featherweight rankings. The 27-fight veteran is no stranger to stiff competition, and he hopes that Nashville will supply the backdrop for his UFC breakthrough.

No. 14-ranked lightweight Al Iaquinta (12-3-1, fighting out of Wantagh, N.Y.) has posted an impressive record of 7-2 inside the UFC, reeling off four consecutive wins, three of those coming by knockout. Iaquinta returns for the first time since April 2015 to take on Diego Sanchez (29-9, fighting out of Albuquerque, N.M.), a fan-favorite since his days on the first season of The Ultimate Fighter®. The “Nightmare” has been a part of some of the greatest fights in UFC history, and fans should expect nothing less this time around.

Tennessee’s own Ovince Saint Preux (19-10, fighting out of Knoxville, Tenn.) gets his second home game since joining the UFC in 2013 when he meets Marcos Rogerio de Lima (15-5-1, fighting out of Sao Paulo Brazil). The No. 8 ranked light heavyweight in the world, Saint Preux has fought a who’s who of division including former champions Jon Jones and Shogun Rua. He’ll look to leverage that experience against the world class striking of de Lima, who is coming off a first-round knockout in January. The Brazilian has finished all four of his UFC wins in the first round and has 10 first round finishes overall. With 12 knockouts and two submissions, de Lima has the ability to finish the fight wherever it goes.

Additional bouts:

  • Nashville’s own No. 6 Dustin Ortiz (16-6, fighting out of Franklin, Tenn.) faces the fast-rising No. 9 Brandon Moreno(13-3, fighting out of Tijuana, México) in a flyweight clash

  • No. 12 Thales Leites (26-7, fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) and No. 15 Sam Alvey (30-8, 1 NC, fighting out of Temecula, Calif.) meet in a clash of top-15 middleweights

  • Former title challenger and No. 14 strawweight Jessica Penne (12-5, fighting out of Huntington Beach, Calif.) meets the dangerous and versatile Danielle Taylor (8-2, fighting out of Van Nuys, Calif.)

  • In a battle of up and coming flyweight prospects, Mexico’s Hector Sandoval (13-3, fighting out of Sacramento, Calif.) collides with lethal finisher Matt Schnell (10-3, fighting out of Coconut Creek, Fla.)

  • Tennessee native Scott Holtzman (9-2, fighting out of Knoxville, Tenn.) faces jiu-jitsu ace Michael McBride (8-2, fighting out of Webster City, Iowa.) at 155 pounds

  • Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt and No. 11 Alexis Davis (17-7, fighting out of San Jose, Calif.) welcomes UFC newcomer Cindy Dandois (8-2, fighting out of Belgium) to the Octagon in a bantamweight battle

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CANELO ÁLVAREZ & JULIO CÉSAR CHÁVEZ, JR. MEXICO CITY PRESS CONFERENCE

Feb 21, 2017
CANELO ÁLVAREZ & JULIO CÉSAR CHÁVEZ, JR. MEXICO CITY PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTES, PHOTOS AND VIDEOS
 
CANELO ÁLVAREZ TO BATTLE JULIO CÉSAR CHÁVEZ, JR.
SATURDAY, MAY 6 ON CINCO DE MAYO WEEKEND
FROM T-MOBILE ARENA IN LAS VEGAS
PRESENTED LIVE BY HBO PAY-PER-VIEW®
Photo Credit: Tom Hogan/Golden Boy Promotions
Video Credit: Golden Boy Promotions

 

(Above: Canelo Alvarez and Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. today kicked off a four-city international press tour in Mexico City ahead of their mega-fight set for May 6 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.)
MEXICO CITY (Feb. 20, 2017) Two-division world champion Canelo Álvarez (48-1-1, 34 KOs) and former WBC World Middleweight Champion Julio César Chávez, Jr. (50-2-1, 32 KOs) today kicked off their four-city international press tour in Mexico City. The event drew thousands of fans and hundreds of media to watch Canelo and Chavez, Jr. in their first face off ahead of their anticipated clash on Cinco De Mayo weekend, Saturday, May 6 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Below are what the fighters and their teams had to say at today’s press conference:
 
CANELO ÁLVAREZ, Former Two-Division World Champion:
“It’s a new weight, so I have started to spar with heavier partners, which everyone will notice come fight night. Fights between Mexicans are usually the biggest, and I want this fight to be a mark on the legacy that many fights like this have left behind in Mexico’s fight history.
“I think that a rivalry does exist, and we are both polemic fighters. There have been a lot of comments directed towards me and my character, and I fight for pride to represent my country.
“We are of course are training at 100 percent. I think what makes this fight interesting is that we are both heavy punchers. I’ve been in my fair share of mega-fights, and the boxing ring is my home. I have had the same people in my corner since the very beginning, and I trust Chepo and Eddy to fully support me in my corner.”
 
JULIO CÉSAR CHÁVEZ, JR., Former WBC World Middleweight Champion:
“I’ve been making my way to this fight. My last fight was at 168 pounds. This fight isn’t going to be any different from any other fight that I have had in the past. I want to thank all the people who have come to support me over the years.
“This is going to be a tough fight. Every fight is important, and this one especially because it is between two Mexicans fighting each other for the glory. The fight could not have come at a more perfect timing – both my and Canelo’s names are known throughout the world as some of the best fighters. My two losses against Martinez and Fonfara taught me more than all 50 of my wins. This fight has the potential to open many doors to my future that might have been closed before. I fight for pride – everyone says that Canelo is the best.

“With Nacho Beristain in my corner, I have a lot of knowledge on my side. It’s symbolic because he has his name etched as one of the greats, and this is a tribute to him and is a contribution to Mexican boxing. Canelo isn’t Oscar De La Hoya’s son. I’ve got a great corner. I am going to win this fight.”
 
OSCAR DE LA HOYA, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions:

“Saul was the one who wanted this fight, and my duty as a promoter is to put together the best fights. Mexican boxing is the best, and when you have these two hot boxers who want to give the best to the fans, and we couldn’t pass it up.
JULIO CÉSAR CHÁVEZ, SR., Six-Time World Champion Boxer:
“I foresee a real tough fight. We have seen the best of Canelo, but we have not seen the best of my son. I firmly believe that with a disciplined training camp, Jr. is able to knock out not just Canelo but anyone in his way. I want to thank everyone who has come out to support my son. I can honestly say that this is a dream come true, and we are looking forward to the fight.”
ERIC GOMEZ, President of Golden Boy Promotions:
“It’s always a pleasure to be here in Mexico, and I want to thank TV Azteca and our sponsor Tecate for always supporting us. This is going to be a great fight, between two Mexican warriors who want to be remembered as the best. We all know who will be watching – President Trump-and he will see the great contribution that Mexicans have to offer, and how we get things done.”
EDDY REYNOSO, Head Trainer to Canelo Alvarez:
“I want to thank Golden Boy, Canelo and the Chavez’s for the opportunity to bring another great fight. These fights- much like the many that have been precedent to it go beyond just being wars but represent a Mexican pride.  It’s always a pleasure to be a part of these fights. It’s going to be a war in the ring, and I have full confidence that we will get the result we are training for. Mexico versus Mexico is one of the greatest fights you can see in the world. Nacho has contributed much to boxing, but I am a part of the new generation of trainers. At one point, Nacho was where I am now. We are the new generation, and we are here to make history.”

JOSE “CHEPO” REYNOSO, Manager and Co-Trainer to Canelo Alvarez:
“We are so thankful for all the support we have received. We have to recognize the sacrifices that both fighters have made to make this fight possible for all the fans who have been asking for it. Julio will have to drop to a weight and Saul will have to go up to a weight he hasn’t fought at. What will happen on May 6 is an arena filled with thousands of Mexicans who will come together to sing the Mexican national anthem together, and show the US that we are more unified than ever before.”

 

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Cuenta regresiva; Canelo contra Julio César Chávez Jr

Feb 20, 2017

Lunes 20 de febrero del 2017

Beravision-Deportes

Cuenta regresiva; Canelo contra Julio César Chávez Jr

Este lunes comenzó la gira de medios para promocionar la esperada pelea Julio César Chávez Jr contra Saul el Canelo Alvarez que se realizará el día 6 de mayo en la Vegas, con esta primera conferencia inicia la cuenta regresiva de este encuentro que ha creado gran expectativa; seguidores del box, más de 400 medios de comunicación, comentaristas y directivos se dieron cita para presenciar este evento.

Tuvimos la oportunidad de escuchar a grandes leyendas del box como Oscar de la Olla que agradeció el apoyo tanto de México como de los fanaticos del boxeo y a Julio César Chávez quien no duda de la capacidad de su hijo y cree que bien preparado puede ganarle al Canelo.

Julio César Chaves Jr “No me gusta hablar mucho… la gente se dará cuenta quién es el mejor peleador” “lo que si les puedo decir que yo nunca le he rehuido a un rival”

Por su parte el Canelo agradeció el apoyo y dijo entregaría todo en el cuadrilátero, “les prometo que esta pelea quedará para la historia”

Durante los próximos días se seguirá dando promoción a esta pelea en el Hard Rock Café de Nueva York, el Minute Maid Park de Houston, Texas y concluirán con la gira en la Plaza México de Los Ángeles, California. El próximo 6 de mayo esperamos ver un encuentro de Titanes en la T-Mobile Arena de Las Vegas.

Nota: Tabita Hernandez

Fotografia y video: Levi Hernandez

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CAST REVEALED FOR THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER®: REDEMPTION

Feb 16, 2017

CAST REVEALED FOR

THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER®: REDEMPTION

 

Season premieres Wednesday, April 19 at 10 p.m. ET on FS1

 

Las Vegas – The landmark 25th season of FS1’s highest-rated and most-watched original series, The Ultimate Fighter® premieres Wednesday, April 19 at 10 p.m. ET on FS1. This season 14 former cast members will compete for redemption in the tournament comprised of welterweights and the largest cash prize in the show’s history. The competitors will be coached by bantamweight world champion Cody Garbrandt and No. 2 contender TJ Dillashaw. All of the athletes have previously competed on the series and the cast includes a member of the current UFC® roster in James Krause as well as two previous winners of The Ultimate Fighter, with Joe Stevenson winning season two and Eddie Gordon capturing the honor during season 19.

 

Undefeated 135-pound kingpin Garbrandt (11-0, fighting out of Sacramento, Calif.) has become one of the most exciting and feared fighters in mixed martial arts. At just 25 years old, “No Love,” the No. 5 ranked pound-for-pound fighter in the world, and has nine knockouts in 11 pro fights – seven in the first round. Garbrandt defeated longtime champion Dominick Cruz in December 2016 in dominating fashion and now has his sights set on former Team Alpha Male training partner and fierce rival, Dillashaw.

 

Former bantamweight champion Dillashaw (15-3, fighting out of Denver, Colo.) has come full circle in his UFC career. He entered the company as a competitor on season 14 and is now coaching a team of his own. While the No. 14 pound-for-pound fighter in the world did not win his season, he’s one of only six athletes to compete on The Ultimate Fighter to go on to win UFC gold and is no doubt hoping to become a two-time champion at the season’s end.

 

The show will feature 12 episodes airing Wednesdays on FS1. Each episode’s winner will advance in the tournament, with the two semi-finalists meeting at the finale in July for a UFC contract and a $250,000 prize.

 

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

 

Seth Baczynski – 20-14, 35, Gilbert, Ariz. Julian Lane – 11-6, 29, Mansfield, Ohio
Mehdi Baghdad – 11-5, 31, Los Angeles, Calif. Dhiego Lima – 12-5, 28, Dacula, Ga.
Justin Edwards – 9-5, 34, Bellefontaine, Ohio Ramsey Nijem – 9-6, 28, Salt Lake City, Utah
Tom Gallicchio – 19-9, 30, Temecula, Calif. Gilbert Smith – 12-6, 35, Colorado Springs, Colo.
Eddie Gordon – 8-4, 33, Freeport, N.Y. Joe Stevenson – 33-16, 34, Victorville, Calif.
Hayder Hassan – 6-3, 34, Coconut Creek, Fla. Jesse Taylor – 30-15, 34, Temecula, Calif.
James Krause – 23-7, 30, Lee’s Summit, Mo. Hector Urbina – 17-10, 29, Coconut Creek, Calif.

 

For more show information, bios, videos and photos, visit ultimatefighter.com and follow us on Twitter @UltimateFighter and Facebook.

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WHERE ARE THEY NOW SEASON 4 NOW ON FIGHT PASS

Feb 15, 2017

WHERE ARE THEY NOW?

THE UFC FIGHT PASS ORIGINAL SERIES RETURNS

SEASON FOUR DROPS FEB 14

 

Las Vegas – The UFC FIGHT PASS® Original Series Where Are They Now? returns with a new season on Tuesday, February 14 with all six episodes dropping at 6 a.m. PT.

 

Now in its fourth season, Where Are They Now? catches-up with the biggest names from the UFC’s past and explores their lives after the Octagon®. The new season checks in with six former UFC fighters in total, representing all eras of the UFC’s history.

 

Media are welcome to use both the teasers for each episode as well as the free fights. Links are below and the episodes break down as follows:

 

Tim Sylvia

A 6’8” giant who twice punched his way to the UFC title, Tim Sylvia loomed over the heavyweight landscape throughout his six year run, dating from 2002 – 2008, in the world’s leading MMA organization. A polarizing figure during his MMA career, “the Maine-iac” fought a who’s who of his era including Frank Mir, Randy Couture and Minotauro Nogueira.

 

In his episode of WATN, the former champion reflects on his eventful MMA career, his new endeavors as a building contractor and television hunting show presenter, and how becoming a father changed his life.

 

WATN teaser:

Free fight vs Rico Rodriguez (UFC 41): https://www.ufc.tv/video/tim-sylvia-vs-ricco-rodriguez-ufc-41

 

Marcus Davis

Before Conor McGregor, Irish MMA found a hero in fiercely proud Irish-American Marcus Davis. The “Irish Hand Grenade” was a boxer who switched to MMA and was involved in 15 UFC bouts including memorable wars with Chris Lytle, Dan Hardy and Nate Diaz.

 

Sharing a day in his post-retirement life as a coach and gym owner, Davis reflects on his memorable UFC run and how he is adjusting to contributing to the sport outside of the Octagon.

 

 

WATN teaser:

Free Fight vs Paul Taylor (UFC 75): https://www.ufc.tv/video/marcus-davis-vs-paul-taylor-ufc-75

 

 

Marco Ruas

Although he only competed in two UFC events, with his unique mix of submission and striking skills Marco Ruas is undoubtedly one of the progenitors of modern mixed martial arts. A Luta Livre fighter who competed in ‘anything goes’ bouts in the mid-1980s, Ruas made his UFC debut at UFC 7, going on to win the tournament and made the semi-finals of the Ultimate Ultimate event in 1995, before moving on to other promotions including PRIDE®.

WATN finds the 57-year-old former “King of the Streets” at peace with the legacy he left to the sport.

 

WATN teaser:

Free Fight vs Paul Varelans (UFC 7): https://www.ufc.tv/video/marco-ruas-vs-paul-varelans-ufc-7

 

 

Josh Haynes

With the distinctive dyed blue hair and the unforgettable story of drawing courage from his son’s battle with cancer, Josh Haynes struck a memorable character during the third season of The Ultimate Fighter® in 2006.

 

Haynes met Michael Bisping in the series finale, but while the Bisping is now the reigning UFC middleweight champion, Haynes has moved on from MMA completely.

 

WATN teaser:

Free fight vs Jesse Forbes (TUF 3) https://www.ufc.tv/video/josh-haynes-vs-jesse-forbes-the-ultimate-fighter-3-team-ortiz-vs-team-shamrock

 

 

Pete Spratt

College football standout Pete Spratt made his MMA debut in 1999, and over the next 14 years fought the best of his era, including Carlos Newton, Georges St-Pierre and Robbie Lawler.

 

A cast member of the ‘comeback’ season of The Ultimate Fighter over a decade ago Spratt, in shape at 46-years-old, tells WATN he is planning a final bout in 2017 while also balancing teaching MMA, a music career and being a father.

 

WATN teaser:

Free Fight vs Robbie Lawler (UFC 42): https://www.ufc.tv/video/pete-spratt-vs-robbie-lawler-ufc-42

 

 

Joe Stevenson

A popular fighter who won the second season of The Ultimate Fighter, Joe “Daddy” Stevenson fought some of the biggest names in the UFC’s lightweight division including: BJ Penn for the 155-pound UFC title and defeating Nate Diaz in a Fight of the Night bout.

 

But, as WATN found, his greatest battle came after the Octagon when a deep depression and alcoholism threatened to derail his life.

 

 

WATN clip:

Free Fight vs Melvin Guillard (UFC Fight Night): https://www.ufc.tv/video/joe-stevenson-vs-melvin-guillard-ufn-9

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LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT WORLD TITLE ON THE LINE IN UFC’S RETURN TO BUFFALO

Feb 15, 2017

LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT WORLD TITLE ON THE LINE WHEN CHAMPION DANIEL CORMIER COLLIDES WITH KNOCKOUT ARTIST

ANTHONY JOHNSON

(#4) CHRIS WEIDMAN vs. (#5) GEGARD MOUSASI

TICKETS FOR UFC® 210: CORMIER vs. JOHNSON 2

AT KEYBANK CENTER IN BUFFALO, NY ON SALE FRIDAY, FEB. 17

 

Las Vegas – One of the most highly anticipated rematches in UFC® history will take place when the Octagon® touches down in Buffalo, N.Y. for the first time in more than 20 years, as light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier and No. 1 Anthony Johnson clash for the second time. Plus, New York’s favorite son, Chris Weidman, looks to stay in the title picture in the middleweight division when he meets surging Gegard Mousasi. Buffalo’s KeyBank Center will host UFC® 210: CORMIER vs. JOHNSON 2 Saturday, April 8, live on Pay-Per-View.

 

Cormier (18-1, fighting out of San Jose, Calif.) will go down as one of the greatest combat athletes in history when all is said and done. He’s a two-time Olympian, NCAA Div. 1 All-American in wrestling and has been a champion in almost every promotion he’s competed in as a mixed martial artist. His reign over the 205-pound division began with a third-round submission victory over Johnson (22-5, fighting out of Boca Raton, Fla.) in 2015 and “DC” knows another win over “Rumble” will solidify his place amongst the best. Looking for revenge, Johnson will enter the second go-around with Cormier sporting a full camp to prepare for the champ’s world-class wrestling. Owner of one of the most feared right hands in the sport, the 32-year-old challenger has 16 knockouts and 12 first round finishes to go along with his national championship pedigree wrestling background.

 

Setting the stage for the championship bout is a matchup between former middleweight champion and No. 4-ranked contender Weidman (13-2, fighting out of Baldwin, N.Y.) and former Dream and Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Mousasi (41-6-2, fighting out of Leiden, the Netherlands) in a bout with major title implications. Weidman has become the face of MMA in New York, and for the second time in his career, he’ll get to compete on home soil. Known for his wrestling, the New Yorker is also a decorated jiu-jitsu player with the ability to finish a fight on the feet or by submission. Mousasi has some of the most fluid striking in the sport and has 24 wins by knockout and an undefeated kickboxing record of 8-0 to show for it. He’s riding a four-fight winning streak and hopes a fifth will put him in line for the next shot at the 185-pound crown.

 

Additional Bouts:

  • No. 14 light heavyweight and NCAA Div. 1 All-American wrestler Patrick Cummins (8-4, fighting out of Dana Point, Calif.) takes on dangerous finisher, No. 15 Jan Blachowicz (19-6, fighting out of Warsaw Poland)
  • Surging welterweight No. 12 Kamaru Usman (9-1, fighting out of Boca Raton, Fla.) clashes with heavy-hitting Sean Strickland (18-1, fighting out of Corona, Calif.)
  • A clash between two of the women’s bantamweight division’s brightest prospects Katlyn Chookagian (8-1, fighting out of Kenilworth, N.J.) and Irene Aldana (7-3, fighting out of Guadalajara, Jalisco Mexico)
  • Undefeated upstate New Yorker Shane Burgos (8-0, fighting out of Monroe, N.Y.) meets submission ace Charles Rosa (11-2, fighting out of Coconut Creek, Fla.) in a featherweight duel

 

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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SAPRISSA EN ZONA DE CLASIFICACIÓN

Feb 6, 2017

SAPRISSA EN ZONA DE CLASIFICACIÓN

SAPRISSA 2 ALAJUELA 1

Jornada 8, Estadio Ricardo Saprissa

En un nuevo clásico Nacional es Saprissa que se pone adelante en el marcador al minuto 3 por intermedio del delantero Daniel Colindres , pero la liga llega a la igualdad al minuto 12 con la anotación de Kenner Gutiérrez , finalizando el primer tiempo igualados en el marcador.

Ya en el complemento es Saprissa quien busca el partido y al minuto 12  Julio Cascante le da el segundo gol a el equipo morado, el triunfo  y metiéndolo en zona de clasificación ,terminando el encuentro con victoria Saprissista.

Nota: David Urbina

Fotografia: Josue Rodriguez

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WHAT’S ON THE MINDS OF THE STARS OF UFC FIGHT NIGHT HOUSTON?

Feb 3, 2017

WHAT’S ON THE MINDS OF THE STARS OF

UFC FIGHT NIGHT®: BERMUDEZ vs. THE KOREAN ZOMBIE?

 

Houston – As fight night approaches, here is what the stars of UFC FIGHT NIGHT®: BERMUDEZ vs. THE KOREAN ZOMBIE had to say leading up to their Saturday night matchups:

 

Dennis Bermudez: “I’m just trying to enjoy it (the experience) and not worry about what’s actually at stake here. It’s a super big opportunity and super big scene here; I’m trying to have fun with the whole experience. All the hard work is done; I’m going to go out there and do what I do and I’ll be fine. After I win here, realistically I would like to fight Max Holloway. I have a win over him, he has the interim belt. That’s the reason I signed up to be in the UFC, it’s to be a world champion.”

 

“The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung: “It’s really good to be back and it’s really nice to see all these people come out to support us. I don’t know exactly what is going to happen once we get in the Octagon, but I think we can always expect an exciting fight. There are no easy fights in the UFC, everyone is tough. So, if I’m going to come back I might as well fight the toughest guy I can so I can make my road back to championship contention as quick as possible.”

 

Alexa Grasso: “I know she is very well-rounded, she’s very dangerous for me, but I’ve been training very hard for this fight. This is a great opportunity, not just for the weekend because there are so many people here, but it’s great for both of us.”

 

Felice Herrig: “I was really excited for this fight, this matchup. I think I’m at a good place mentally and physically. I think styles make fights and I’m at a point in my career where I want to put on fun and exciting fights for the fans and I want to put on fights that people are excited for and pumped up about. I’m really pumped up; I think it will be Fight of the Night and I think it’ll be fun to watch.”

 

Abel Trujillo: “This fight is like every fight, you’re only as good as your last fight. This fight I want to put on a great performance and make sure people remember my name. I’m prepared and I’m ready to take on whoever. After this victory, I definitely want another top-10 opponent.”

 

James Vick: “This is my state! I was born and raised here in Texas. I love fighting in Texas. If I could pick, I’d always fight here in Texas, every fight. This is a big fight for me.”

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