UFC Fight Night® Japan slated for September 27, 2015 at the Saitama Super Arena

May 14, 2015

UFC® RETURNING TO JAPAN IN SEPTEMBER AND UNVEILING REALITY TV PROGRAMME,

ROAD TO UFC: JAPAN

 

UFC Fight Night® Japan slated for September 27, 2015 at the Saitama Super Arena

 

Singapore – UFC® announced today that it will be returning to the Saitama Super Arena on the 27th September 2015 with UFC Fight Night Japan. This will be the fourth UFC event in Japan and the second event in Asia this year.  In addition to bringing fans a live event, UFC have also confirmed that they are producing a brand new reality TV show, ROAD TO UFC: JAPAN, which will follow eight Japanese mixed martial arts (MMA) hopefuls who will be competing against each other for the opportunity to win a UFC contract.

 

Executive Vice President and General Manager, UFC Asia, Ken Berger said: “We are very happy to be bringing our live event to the Saitama Super Arena once again this year. There is a rich and diverse MMA talent in Japan and we’re positive that through ROAD TO UFC: JAPAN, we will uncover more UFC prospects. We have recently witnessed the fast power of Kyoji Horiguchi in the Octagon® against flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson and it really is only a matter of time before we see a champion emerge from Japan.”

 

ROAD TO UFC: JAPAN will see eight MMA athletes train both in their hometowns and in Las Vegas at the TUF Gym under the supervision of coaches and UFC stars, Roy Nelson “Big Country” (21-11-0, fighting out of Las Vegas, Nev., USA) and Josh Barnett “The Warmaster” (33-7-0 fighting out of Seattle, Wash., USA). Throughout the course of the series, match ups will be selected and fights will be scheduled to whittle the contestants down to two finalists, who will then participate in the live event at the Saitama Super Arena. Coaches Nelson and Barnett will also step into the Octagon® in a 5 round main event on September 27. The TV show will be broadcast in Japan beginning in July, airing weekly until September, and culminating at UFC FIGHT NIGHT: JAPAN.

 

UFC is the fastest growing sports organization in the world and is viewed as the pinnacle of MMA by both athletes and fans. With close to 40 Asian fighters signed to its roster, UFC in Asia is growing at an exponential rate. Previous events in the region have taken place in Macao, Manila, Singapore and Tokyo, attracting tens of thousands of fans and millions of TV viewers.

 

This coming week, UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson will visit no.7 Kyoji Horiguchi’s training gym in Japan. Johnson was enticed to visit Japan and learn more about the culture and tradition of martial arts following the two athletes’ championship clash a few weeks back. In addition to helping him grow as an athlete, the tour will also see Johnson and Horiguchi host an MMA training session for children at Krazy Bee gym.

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UFC FIGHT PASS STREAMS SHOOTO BRAZIL LIVE -THIS SUND AY

May 13, 2015

UFC FIGHT PASS® TO STREAM SHOOTO BRAZIL EVENT EXCLUSIVELY LIVE THIS SUNDAY

12-FIGHT CARD WILL BE LIVE & EXCLUSIVE ON THE UFC’S DIGITAL STREAMING SERVICE

 

Las Vegas – In another great addition to the UFC FIGHT PASS offering, the UFC’s digital streaming service is proud to announce it has reached an agreement with the Shooto Brazil organization, beginning with the exclusively live stream of this Sunday’s Shooto Brazil 54 MMA event.

 

The entire 12-fight card – headlined by the vacant Shooto featherweight title fight between Felipe Froes and Paulo Guerreiro – will stream live from Rio, Brazil, on Sunday, May 17 at 3pmPT/ 6pmET on UFCFIGHTPASS.com.

 

MMA pioneer and broadcaster Jason Chambers will handle the English language play-by-play with former WEC® and UFC® bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz serving as color commentator.

 

UFC’s Chief Content Officer Marshall Zelaznik said: “We’ve very excited to confirm that UFC FIGHT PASS will stream Sunday’s Shooto Brazil 54 event. Shooto Brazil is an organization which is renowned in Brazil and in hardcore MMA circles for putting on great fights and finding great talent. Our deal with Shooto covers live events and also the rights to the previous 53 shows, dating back to 2002 and featuring some great fights including early career performances by UFC stars like Jose Aldo, Renan Barao and Glover Teixeira.”

 

The full Shoot Brazil 54 card is as follows:

 

Shooto Featherweight Title Felipe Froes v Paulo Guerreiro

Catchweight: Ronys Torres v Benito Tavares

Light heavyweight: Luiz Banha Cane v Ricardo Silva

Featherweight: Pedrinho Falcão v Thiago Manchinha

Flyweight: Guilherme Jacaré v Edson de Souza

Featherweight: Felipe Colen v Alex Trem Bala

Lightweight: Oton Jasse v Marcio Breno

Lightweight: Ivan Paiva v Antonio Pedreira

Flyweight: Yago Bryan v Carlos Eduardo

Lightweight: Guilherme Doin v Denilson Oliveira

Bantamweight: Matheus Nacacche v Almir de Oliveira

Bantamweight: Elves Oliveira x Lucas Bigous

 

Shooto Brazil is the latest promotion to be added to the ever-expanding UFC FIGHT PASS fight library. Last week, the library of the legendary International Vale Tudo promotion – which ran 13 events Brazil in the late 1990s – was uploaded to UFC FIGHT PASS. And, in the coming weeks and months, FIGHT PASS members will see the first bouts and events uploaded from eight other major MMA organizations, as previously announced.

 

Zelaznik said: “The addition of the Shooto Brazil library means our members will soon have access to the libraries of 18 of the most important promotions from around the world and up and down the history of MMA. FIGHT PASS continues to develop into more than a “must-have” for fight fans, but an expansive archive of the entire sport, from the greatest modern UFC fights to the wars in PRIDE in Japan years ago, to the emergence of the lighter-weight fighters in the WEC to Vale Tudo fights in 1990s Brazil.

 

“When we are finally done ingesting all these new libraries, we expect to be offering our members access to over 20,000 fights from all over the world and across and the entire history of our sport.”

 

FIGHT PASS members can expect the Shooto Brazil back library to be uploaded to the service this summer.

 

UFC FIGHT PASS is available now at UFCFIGHTPASS.com on personal computers, Xbox One, Xbox 360 Apple TV, iPad, iPhone, Chromecast, Android, Samsung, LG Smart TV and Roku. Subscriptions are $9.99 month to month, $8.99 per month for six months or $7.99 per month for a one-year subscription

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HEAVYWEIGHTS COLLIDE AS UFC® RETURNS TO SAN DIEGO ON JULY 15

May 13, 2015

HEAVYWEIGHTS COLLIDE AS UFC®

RETURNS TO SAN DIEGO ON JULY 15

Plus:

(#11) BOBBY GREEN vs. (#13) AL IAQUINTA

 (#9) JOSH THOMSON vs. (#12) TONY FERGUSON

TICKETS FOR UFC FIGHT NIGHT®: MIR vs. DUFFEE

AT VALLEY VIEW CASINO CENTER

ON SALE FRIDAY, MAY 15

 

Las Vegas – UFC® will once again bring an action-packed card to Southern California when two of the heavyweight division’s toughest fighters, former two-time heavyweight champion Frank Mir and knockout artist Todd Duffee, collide. The heavy hitters meet at the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego on Wednesday, July 15, the promotion’s first visit to San Diego since August 2010.

 

The former two-time UFC heavyweight champion, Mir (17-9, fighting out of Las Vegas, Nev.) is coming off a devastating first-round finish of Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva in Brazil on Feb. 22, and has one of the most feared ground attacks in UFC history. Holding the record for most wins in the UFC heavyweight division (15), Mir’s resume includes victories over some of the world’s best in Minotauro Nogueira, Roy Nelson, Mirko Cro Cop and former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar. Getting the fight to the ground will be key for Mir in this classic grappler vs. striker matchup as all of Duffee’s wins have come by way of knockout. Duffee (9-2, fighting out of Boca Raton, Fla.) owns the fastest knockout in UFC heavyweight history (:07 second KO over Tim Hague at UFC 102), and is coming off an impressive first-round finish over Anthony Hamilton at UFC 181 last December.

 

In addition, one of the sport’s fastest rising stars, No. 13 lightweight contender Al Iaquinta (12-3-1, fighting out of Wantagh, N.Y.) will meet hard-hitting, 11th-ranked Bobby Green (23-6, fighting out of Fontana, Calif.). With 24 finishes between the two, fans can expect an action-packed battle in a Fight of the Night contender.

 

Plus, former STRIKEFORCE® lightweight champion and ninth-ranked Josh Thomson (20-7, 1 NC, fighting out of San Jose, Calif.) makes his return to the Octagon® against The Ultimate Fighter Season 13 winner, No. 12 Tony Ferguson (19-3, fighting out of Ventura, Calif.). Currently riding a five-fight winning streak, Ferguson takes a big step up in competition as he makes his ascent to the top of one of the UFC’s most talent-rich divisions.

 

Also scheduled for the card:

  • In a battle of explosive strikers, Alan Jouban (11-3, fighting out of Los Angeles, Calif.) takes on Matt Dwyer (8-2, fighting out of Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada) in a welterweight clash.
  • 13th-ranked women’s bantamweight contender Jessica Andrade (12-4, fighting out of Niteroi, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) meets The Ultimate Fighter Season 18 contestant Sarah Moras (4-2, fighting out of Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada).
  • Coming off a first-round knockout victory, The Ultimate Fighter Season 15 veteran Sam Sicilia (14-5, fighting out of Spokane, Wash.) returns to the Octagon to face Doo Ho Choi (12-1, fighting out of Gumi, South Korea) in a featherweight scrap.
  • Boise State wrestling standout Scott Jorgensen (15-10, fighting out of Boise, Idaho) makes his return to the bantamweight division when he meets highly decorated judoka Manny Gamburyan (17-9, 1 NC, fighting out of Hollywood, Calif.), a training partner of UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey.
  • Looking for a fourth straight victory, lightweight Kevin Lee (10-1, fighting out of Las Vegas, Nev.) meets two-time U.S. Tae Kwon Do national champion James Moontasri (8-2, fighting out of Los Angeles, Calif.).
  • It will be Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Igor Araujo (25-7, fighting out of Albuquerque, N.M.) vs. Southern California native Sean Strickland (15-1, fighting out of Corona, Calif.) in a 170-pound duel.
  • Plus, welterweights Andrew Craig (9-3, fighting out of Houston, Texas) and Edgar Garcia (14-4, fighting out of Yuma, Ariz.) collide.

 

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

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UFC® HALL OF FAME TO INDUCT CLASS OF 2015 AT UFC FAN EXPO, JULY 11

May 5, 2015

UFC® HALL OF FAME TO INDUCT CLASS OF 2015 AT UFC FAN EXPO, JULY 11

 

UFC Hall of Fame will consist of four distinct categories, with inductees in each scheduled for a special presentation at UFC Fan Expo 2015

 

Las Vegas – For the first time in the 12-year history of the UFC® Hall of Fame, an entire class of legendary fighters and contributors will be inducted into distinct Hall of Fame categories at a special induction event, scheduled for July 11 at UFC Fan Expo 2015.

 

UFC® today announced that after 12 years and with 12 inductees already enshrined, the UFC Hall of Fame is evolving into a unique four-category system, enabling UFC, media and fans to celebrate and commemorate the greatest achievements in the organization’s history in a well-defined historical context.

The four new UFC Hall of Fame categories are:

 

Modern era wing: commemorating fighters who made their pro MMA debut in the modern era

Pioneers era wing: commemorating fighters who made their pro MMA debut in the pioneers era

Contributors wing: commemorating significant contributions outside of active competition

Fight wing: commemorating the greatest and most important bouts in the sport’s history

 

The UFC Hall of Fame Class of 2015 will feature a new member in each of these new categories. The Class of 2015 will be announced in the coming weeks. The existing Hall of Famers – already inducted over the last 12 years – will be retrospectively inaugurated into the most fitting of these four categories.

 

For further details on the new UFC Hall of Fame format visit: http://www.ufc.com/news/UFC-HALL-OF-FAME-2015-MEDIA-FAQs

 

UFC President Dana White said: “The UFC Hall of Fame has an important job – it not only celebrates greatness but it helps pass stories of the greatest athletes and fights in UFC history on to the next generation of fight fans. We’re looking forward to announcing the class of 2015 and what is going to be a great induction event on July 11.”

 

The UFC Hall of Fame 2015 induction ceremony will take place on July 11 as part of the UFC Fan Expo in Las Vegas. Fans with tickets to the UFC Fan Expo will be able to attend the UFC Hall of Fame 2015 event for no additional cost. Tickets to the UFC Fan Expo are available at www.ufcfanexpo.com with two-day passes beginning at $60 online and $65 onsite. One-day passes begin at $35 online and $45 onsite.

 

There are also preliminary plans for a physical UFC Hall of Fame to be constructed in the UFC’s home city of Las Vegas.

 

To visit the UFC Hall of Fame fight library – which includes the induction speeches for the first 12 UFC Hall of Famers – go to www.ufc.tv/category/ufc-hall-of-fame-library.

 

For additional information please visit UFC.com, and follow UFC on Twitter @ufc.

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EA SPORTS UFC LaunchES WORLDWIDE Today ON MOBILE AND TABLET DEVICES

Apr 21, 2015

 

EA SPORTS UFC LaunchES WORLDWIDE Today ON MOBILE AND TABLET DEVICES

Early Launches in Select Countries Achieved Over Two Million Downloads with Gamers

Playing an Average of 36 Minutes Every Day 

 

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. April 21, 2015 – Take the fight to your fingertips. Today Electronic Arts (NASDAQ: EA) and the UFC® announced that EA SPORTS UFC will be available for free download on the App StoreSM and Google Play™. The development team at EA Canada worked in partnership with the EA SPORTS UFC console team, leveraging their codebase to deliver HD-quality visuals, intuitive touch controls and action-packed gameplay. With no limits to how much you can play, gamers are free to climb UFC’s virtual ranks, reaping amazing in-game rewards, unlocking new opponents and knocking out the competition. The game launched two months ago in Canada, South Korea, Singapore and Russia, and has been downloaded over two million times with gamers playing for an average of 36 minutes every day.

 

Visit the EA SPORTS UFC blog for more details. Watch the new trailer for EA SPORTS UFC today.

 

“We are really excited about the early fan feedback and support we’ve received, and now even more people around the world can experience the best in class visuals and immersive gameplay that set a new bar for mobile and tablet fighting games,” said Dean Richards, GM, EA SPORTS. “Combined with intuitive touch controls, this is the ultimate vehicle to transport players of all skill levels into the heart of the action, bringing all the emotion and intensity of a fight to life wherever they are.”

 

“After the success of their first UFC videogame, EA is now giving fans another amazing way to play EA SPORTS UFC, no matter where they are in the world,” UFC President Dana White said. “EA continues to deliver quality gaming experiences and with the mobile game, not only are we going to reach a broader fan base, but we’re making the sport accessible on a global platform.”

 

Choose from a roster of over 70 fighters in four divisions and begin your journey to the top. From Jon Jones’ spinning back elbow to Georges St-Pierre’s Superman punch, each fighter boasts a unique set of special moves that players can unlock and upgrade to take out the UFC’s toughest competition. Win fights, level up and earn coins to put towards new abilities and fighters. Gamers can also play through full fight cards for upcoming UFC events to earn exclusive in-game rewards – the more you play, the more rewards you earn! Rise to the top of the leaderboard for the ultimate bragging rights.

 

  • EA SPORTS UFC for mobile and tablet devices is rated 12+ on the App Store and T for Teen on Google Play. Become a fan of EA SPORTS UFC on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/easportsufc and follow us on Twitter via http://www.twitter.com/easportsufc.
  • EA SPORTS is one of the leading sports entertainment brands in the world, with top-selling videogame franchises, award-winning interactive technology, fan programs and cross-platform digital experiences. EA SPORTS creates connected experiences that ignite the emotion of sports through industry-leading sports videogames, including Madden NFL football, EA SPORTS FIFA, NHL® hockey, NBA LIVE basketball, PGA TOUR® golf, SSX™ and EA SPORTS UFC®. For more information about EA SPORTS, including news, video, blogs, forums and game apps, please visit easports.com.
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Paul Clement to Represent UFC in Appeal of New York MMA Ban

Apr 21, 2015

FORMER UNITED STATES SOLICITOR GENERAL PAUL CLEMENT TO REPRESENT UFC® IN APPEAL OF NEW YORK’S MMA BAN

 

Las Vegas ‒ UFC® has retained Paul Clement, former United States Solicitor General, to spearhead the organization’s appeals process after Judge Kimba Wood of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York dismissed a lawsuit challenging the legality of New York’s ban on professional mixed martial arts (MMA) matches and exhibitions.

 

The judge’s dismissal of the UFC’s case against the State of New York in March was based on a technicality, and the decision confirms the state is misapplying the law. UFC was advised by the judge to “consider filing new vagueness claims.” Wood also stated the New York Attorney General’s “recent statements that the Ban prohibits sanctioned MMA” were made “despite [the law’s] plain language to the contrary.” UFC also believes that Judge Wood erred in failing to recognize the serious First Amendment problems with the New York law.

 

“We retained Paul Clement, one of the nation’s most highly respected appellate lawyers, to aggressively appeal the lower court’s technical dismissal of this matter,” UFC Chief Legal Officer Kirk Hendrick said. “Clement shares our view that New York’s law is unconstitutional and dangerous, and we will get the decision overturned.”

 

The State of New York passed legislation in 1997 banning professional MMA events, citing concerns for the lack of safety regulations. Since that time, the UFC has been on the forefront of athlete safety and implemented some of the most effective and strictest safety regulations in sports, resulting in 49 states and numerous countries legalizing MMA. Because New York’s law is vague, misapplied, and both overbroad and underinclusive, unsanctioned amateur MMA events—wholly unregulated and lacking necessary safety standards—have been allowed to take place.

 

“I am delighted to be representing the UFC in this important challenge to New York’s outdated and unconstitutional law,” Clement stated. “Even New York officials are confused about the scope of this hopelessly unclear law, and by targeting professional MMA matches and exhibitions, the law raises First Amendment problems of the first order,” he added.

 

Clement is a partner at Bancroft PLLC and represents a diverse range of clients in both federal and state appellate courts. He represented the National Basketball Association during labor negotiations in 2011 and the National Football League during a potential lockout season. Throughout his legal career, Clement has argued more than 75 cases in front of the United States Supreme Court and is regularly regarded as one of the most influential lawyers in the country. Confirmed by the United States Senate, Clement served as Solicitor General from June 2005 to Jun 2008. He also serves as a Distinguished Lecturer in Law at the Georgetown University Law Center and a Senior Fellow of the Law Center’s Supreme Court Institute.

 

The plaintiffs are also being represented in this action by Barry Friedman, the Jacob D. Fuchsberg Professor of Law at New York University School of Law, and Jamie A. Levitt of Morrison & Foerster LLP in New York.

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Canelo’s Alvarez Training Under The Eyes of The Press

Apr 21, 2015

 CANELO ALVAREZ’

SAN DIEGO MEDIA WORKOUT

 

ALVAREZ WILL FACE OFF AGAINST JAMES KIRKLAND ON MAY 9 AT

MINUTE MAID PARK IN HOUSTON AND LIVE ON

HBO WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING ®

 

Credit: Golden Boy Promotions

Photo Credit: HoganPhotos/Golden Boy Promotions

SAN DIEGO (April 20) – Mexican superstar Canelo Alvarez (44-1-1, 31 KOs) today hosted a media workout at the House of Boxing in San Diego in advance of his fight against Texas titan James “Mandingo Warrior” Kirkland (32-1, 28 KOs) on May 9 at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas and telecast live on HBO World Championship Boxing ®. 

 

Oscar De La Hoya, President and Founder of Golden Boy Promotions, Canelo Alvarez’ manager and co-trainer, Chepo Reynoso and head trainer Eddy Reynoso were all on hand for today’s media day. Below is what Team Canelo had to say:

 

Canelo Alvarez, Former WBC and WBA Super Welterweight World Champion:

 

“I feel very happy. I am ready to fight tomorrow if needed. I feel excited that the fight is around the corner.

 

“Kirkland’s style will complement mine, he is a fighter that likes to come forward and May 9 will bring a great fight for all the fans.

 

“We have the right strategy to beat James Kirkland. I have been sparring with southpaws to be prepared. Kirkland is a strong puncher, but I am also a strong fighter. On fight night I plan to hit hard but I also plan to fight an intelligent fight.

 

“I am very honored to have the first boxing event at Minute Maid Park, and I promise fans will not be disappointed. I train very hard to please all my fans.

 

“I like to challenge myself, and I am not afraid to fight southpaws. I want to feel satisfied with myself, and I also want to put on fights that the people want to watch.

 

“House of Boxing has always supported me, and I am grateful to Carlos Barragan (owner of House of Boxing) for supporting my career.

 

OSCAR DE LA HOYA, President and Founder of Golden Boy Promotions:

 

“This is Canelo mania. This is what people are waiting for. Canelo vs. Kirkland is going to be exciting. People are excited to watch him train and take pictures of him.

 

“This is a sure knockout type of fight. Whether Kirkland knocks out Canelo or Canelo knocks out Kirkland, it’s going to be one of those fights. Styles make fights. We are going to see a good clash. It’s going to be a good fight.

 

“We are taking boxing to venues that are not the norm. We are going to have a stadium where we can open or close the roof, depending on the weather. It’s going to be awesome. For the millions that will be watching live on HBO, it’s going to be a special treat. HBO is going to give the fans watching live aerial views of the stadium during the fight. It’s going to be pretty cool.”

 

Chepo Reynoso, Manager and Trainer of Canelo Alvarez:

 

“Kirkland is a complicated fighter; he is a southpaw, a hard hitter and throws a lot of punches. He is not afraid to brawl and looks to fight.  That will help us with Canelo plan and move forward in his training.

 

“Canelo is a dangerous fighter because he is smart fighter. He is strong and shows great discipline.  He learns every day and uses it in the ring.

 

“On May 9 fans will see a fast, strong, exciting and intelligent fighter in the ring.  He will knockout James Kirkland and he will come out with his hand held up high and say: ‘Viva Mexico!’

 

“We are in the final stages of sparring. To date, he has done 125 rounds of sparring with five different partners, all southpaws with similar fighting styles to James.  By Friday we hope to complete a total of 155 rounds of sparring.

 

“We are all very happy that Canelo’s fight week is on Cinco de May week; the holiday belongs to the Mexicans! Viva Mexico.”

 

Eddy Reynoso, Head Trainer of Canelo Alvarez:  

 

“He is strong and we are working on his speed these last two weeks to make sure he is ready for James Kirkland.

 

“We are working like normal, making sure he focuses on his defense.  Defense will be very important on May 9, Kirkland is a fighter that is not afraid to come out looking for a knockout and that is something we feel Canelo is prepared for.

 

“I think Canelo is prepared to James’ style. We have done a great job to prepare him for a left-handed fighter.  Come fight night, Canelo will show the world that he is not afraid to fight anyone.”

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ANDRZEJ FONFARA STOPS JULIO CESAR CHAVEZ JR., WINS BY 9TH-ROUND TKO AT STUBHUB CENTER

Apr 20, 2015

ANDRZEJ FONFARA STOPS JULIO CESAR CHAVEZ JR., WINS BY 9TH-ROUND TKO AT STUBHUB CENTER

 

Amir Imam Remains Unbeaten

With Unanimous Decision Over Walter Castillo

 

Unbeaten Moises Flores Outpoints Oscar Escandon To Win

WBA Super Bantamweight Interim World Title; Omar Chavez Triumphs

By Decision, Fabian Maidana by Knockout on SHO EXTREME

 

Catch SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING Replay
Monday, April 20, at 10 p.m.ET/PT on SHO EXTREME

Photo Credit: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME

 

CARSON, Calif. (April 18, 2015) – Confident and determined, Andrzej “The Polish Prince” Fonfara (27-3, 16 KOs) spoiled the ring return of Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (48-2-1, 32 KOs) in resounding fashion Saturday night, flooring the former middleweight champion one time en route to a one-sided ninth-round TKO in the main event of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING live on SHOWTIME.

 

Fonfara, of Chicago by way of Radon, Poland, dropped Chavez, of Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico, with a wide left hook 50 seconds into the ninth round before a boisterous crowd of 8,636 predominately-Chavez fans at StubHub Center. It was the first time in 52 professional fights that Chavez had hit the canvas from a punch.

 

Upon returning to the corner, Chavez could be heard on the telecast telling trainer Joe Goossen that he had hurt his right leg and could no longer continue. Moments later, the fight was halted. The busier and more accurate fighter throughout, Fonfara was comfortably ahead on the three judges’ scorecards by scored of 89-80 and 88-81 twice after nine full rounds.

 

Offered an ecstatic Fonfara, who had his fair share of Polish fans at the venue: “I knew he was a tough fighter, quick and in good shape but when he hit me for the first time in the first round, I knew I was going to win this fight. He didn’t punch as hard as everybody said he did.

“I saw his punches easily coming in. I know I threw more punches. I was a little surprised that he did not come out for the (10th) but he was cut, had been getting beat up and had just got knocked down, so he knew what would happen if he came out.

“Chavez said before the fight that he didn’t think I could take his body punches. I think I took them pretty good and passed that test.

“I know there are things I can still work on in training to become a more complete boxer, but tonight was a dream come true. I want a rematch with (Light Heavyweight World Champion) Adonis Stevenson.”

Said Chavez, the son of legendary Mexican icon, Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. in the ring afterward and before he was taken to the hospital as a precautionary measure, “Maybe 170,172 pounds is too big for me, maybe I’ll go back down. I’m not sure what my future holds. It was a very tough fight. But I congratulate Andrzej.”

 

Goossen told reporters afterward that he had “stopped the fight. It was my decision. I didn’t like what I saw. “

 

In the first half of a SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING doubleheader, undefeated world-ranked super lightweight Amir Imam (17-0, 14 KOs), of Davie, Fla., by way of Albany, N.Y., won a lopsided 10-round decision over Walter “The Hammer” Castillo.

 

The talented, versatile, Imam, 24, controlled a fight that featured numerous exchanges especially early on with a left jab and straight right hand.

 

“My combinations were effective the whole night, we stuck to our gameplan and came out victorious,’’ said Imam. “I want any of the world champions next’’.

 

Castillo, who saw a nine-fight winning streak come to an end, said “I thought I won the fight. I didn’t get credit for the punches I threw. The judge who scored it 100-90; well, that gives me no chance to win here. The cut bothered me in the early rounds, but was not a factor after.”

 

Earlier Saturday, on SHOWTIME EXTREME, undefeated Moises “El Chucky” Flores (23-0, 16 KOs), of Guadalajara, Mexico, captured the WBA Super Bantamweight Interim World Championship with a thrilling 12-round split decision over defending champion Oscar Escandon (24-2 16 KOs), of Tolima, Colombia.

 

Flores, making his 2015 debut and third start in a row in the United States, triumphed by the scores of 116-112 twice and 113-115.

 

An emotional Flores was near tears afterward. “This is a dream come true – more than a dream come true – for me,’’ he said. “I saw my family on the beach, eating meat. I saw my babies better dressed. For me this is a life-changing victory and, yes, I thought it was very, very close but I absolutely feel I won.

“I want to fight the best next, the top guys at 122 pounds and right now the top guy is Leo Santa Cruz. That’s who I’d like to fight next. I really want to thank all my team, from top to bottom, for giving me this wonderful opportunity. We’re very happy that we joined the Al Haymon team. We’re very loyal and we just really appreciate everything they’ve done for us.’’

Escandon felt he’d done enough to win despite injuring the right index finger on his right hand in the seventh round.

“I did all that I could, everything was in my reach, but I think I broke or fractured my finger,” he said. “In boxing things happen that are out of your control. Because I hurt my hand, I couldn’t throw punches the way I wanted to with my right hand. I tried to do all I could with it. But I didn’t want to injure it further. I’m OK, but I definitely would love a rematch.’’

In the SHOWTIME EXTREME co-feature, super welterweight Omar “El Businessman” Chavez (33-3-1, 22 KOs), of Culiacan, the younger brother of Chavez, Jr. and son of legendary Julio Cesar Sr., won an exciting, hard-fought, give-and-take eight-round unanimous decision over Richard Gutierrez (28-16-1, 17 KOs), of Arjona, Colombia. Chavez won by the scores of 78-75 twice and 77-74. There were no knockdowns. Unbeaten Argentine welterweight Fabian “TNT” Maidana (6-0, 5 KOs), of Santa Fe, Argentina, the brother of former world champion Marcos Maidana, registered a second-round TKO (32 seconds into the round) over outclassed Cory Vom Baur (2-3), of Vancouver, Wash.

 

The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING doubleheader will re-air this week as follows:

 

DAY                                                                CHANNEL

Monday, April 20, 22, 10 p.m.. ET/PT            SHOWTIME Extreme

 

Tuesday, June 24, at 10 p.m. ET/PT             SHO Extreme

 

Saturday’s two-fight telecast will be available at SHOWTIME ON DEMAND beginning Sunday, June 22 27.

Mauro Ranallo called the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING action with Hall of Fame analyst Al Bernstein and former world champion Paulie Malignaggi commentating and Jim Gray reporting. In Spanish, Alejandro Luna called the blow-by-blow with former world champion Raul Marquez serving as color commentator. Barry Tompkins called the SHOWTIME EXTREME action from ringside with boxing historian Steve Farhood serving as expert analyst.

 

The executive producer of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING is David Dinkins Jr. with Bob Dunphy directing.

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UFC FIGHT NIGHT: LUKE ROCKHOLD DERROTA A MACHIDA.

Apr 19, 2015

Newark, NJ. BereaVision– El Prudential Center fue el escenario de La UFC Noche de Pelea con sus siglas en Ingles ( UFC FIGHT NIGHT MACHIDA vs ROCKHOLD ) Una cartelera muy exitosa que presento la UFC, los aficionados salieron muy satisfechos del Prudential Center el cual estuvo con una asistencia de 13,306 aficionados 1.2 millones de entradas vendidas , bonus para Rockhold, pelea de la noche fue la de Jim Miller vs Beneil 50 mil de bonus para cada uno, Dana White muy contento por el resultado de esta cartelera.

PELEA PRINCIPAL
MACHIDA vs ROCKHOLD
Durante esta semana que de actividad de la UFC se comentaba que para Luke Rockhold esta pelea en contra de Lyoto Machida iba ser muy complicada, debido que Machida era el favorito en este encuentro, se mencionaba entre los medios, que quizás se iba a definir con el resultado de los jueces, pero creo que todos nos equivocamos acerca de este combate hemos de mencionar que Machida tiene un récord muy a su favor 22-5-0 y la experiencia entre dos países como es brasil donde se practica mucho el yuyutsu y las artes marciales de Japón, Machida es nacido en Brasil, pero su padre es nacido en el Japón.
Luke Rockhold con récord de tan solo 13-2-0 peleas, pero esta pelea fue la sorpresa de la noche,  al comienzo del primer asalto la afición en toda la arena gritaba MACHIDA en forma de apoyo, porque en el primer encuentro se veía una pelea que iba estar muy pareja y agresiva pero en el sugundo asalto Rockhold, golpeo bastante fuerte a Machida en la cara y en la pierna derecha, el cual podamos apreciar al Brasileño/Japones muy dolido y cansado en una oportunidad que tuvo Luke de llevarlo al piso y aplicarle un candado en cuello, el cual llevo a Machida a la sumisión del combate en el segundo asalto por la via de la submission en m.2:31

BereaVision/Nueva York.

David Calderon

Foto: Levi Morales.

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UFC FIGHT NIGHT MACHIDA vs ROCKHOLD: Pesaje Oficial.

Apr 17, 2015

 

 

Newark, NJ. Bereavision-Nuestras camaras estuvieron presentes en el Pesaje Oficial previo al evento UFC FIGHT NIGHT MACHIDA vs ROCKHOLD. este sabado 18 de Abril desde el Prudential Center de Newark, Nueva Jersey. En VIVO por FOX

CARTELERA

CARTELERA PRINCIPAL 8PM/5PM ETPT
Lyoto Machida vs. Luke Rockhold
Ronaldo Souza vs. Chris Camozzi
Cub Swanson vs. Max Holloway
Felice Herrig vs. Paige VanZant

CARTELERA PRELIMINAR 6PM/3PM ETPT
Jim Miller vs. Beneil Dariush
Ovince Saint Preux vs. Patrick Cummins
Corey Anderson vs. Gian Villante
Takeya Mizugaki vs. Aljamain Sterling

EARLY PRELIMINAR
George Sullivan vs. Tim Means
Diego Brandão vs. Jimy Hettes
Eddie Gordon vs. Chris Dempsey

 

 

 

BereaVision/Nueva York.

David Calderon

Fotos: Levi Morales

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