UFC RETURNS TO CHICAGO WITH TWO PREMIER CHAMPIONSHIP FIGHTS

Apr 4, 2019

UFC RETURNS TO CHICAGO WITH TWO PREMIER CHAMPIONSHIP FIGHTS

FEATURED BOUTS EXCLUSIVELY ON ESPN+:

(C – FLW) HENRY CEJUDO vs. (#1) MARLON MORAES

(C) VALENTINA SHEVCHENKO vs. (#3) JESSICA EYE

TICKETS FOR UFC® 238: CEJUDO vs. MORAES AT UNITED CENTER

GO ON SALE FRIDAY, APRIL 5 AT 10 AM CT

PRELIMINARY FIGHTS LIVE ON ESPN, ESPN DEPORTES

Las Vegas – Nearly one year after Chicago hosted one of the most exciting cards of the year, UFC® returns to the Windy City with another thrilling event featuring two premier title fights, streaming exclusively on ESPN+. Men’s flyweight champion and No. 5-ranked pound-for-pound  fighter in the world Henry Cejudo moves up in weight to attempt to become only the fourth athlete in history to hold two UFC titles simultaneously when he faces No. 1-ranked bantamweight contender Marlon Moraes for the vacant 135-pound championship. Also, women’s flyweight champion and No. 15-ranked pound-for-pound  fighter in the world Valentina Shevchenko looks to defend her title for the first time against No. 1-ranked contender Jessica Eye.

UFC® 238: CEJUDO vs. MORAES takes place Saturday, June 8 at United Center and will be live nationally on Pay-Per-View exclusively through ESPN+ in the U.S. at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT in both English and Spanish.

ESPN+ is the exclusive provider of all UFC Pay-Per-View events to fans in the United States as part of an agreement announced last month and continuing through 2025.

Fans will be able to purchase UFC® 238: CEJUDO vs. MORAES online at ESPNPlus.com/PPV and then will be able to watch it via the web or on the ESPN App on any connected device. ESPN+ is available as an integrated part of the ESPN app on all major mobile and connected TV devices and platforms, including Amazon Fire, Apple, Android, Chromecast, PS4, Roku, Samsung Smart TVs, X Box One and more.

Preliminary fights will air nationally in English and Spanish on ESPN and ESPN Deportes television networks starting at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT with the early prelims simulcast on UFC Fight Pass and ESPN+ at 6:15 p.m. ET/3:15 p.m. PT. 

Cejudo (14-2, fighting out of Phoenix, Ariz.) looks to join an exclusive club home to Conor McGregor, Daniel Cormier and Amanda Nunes as the only athletes to hold two UFC championships simultaneously. A former Olympic gold medalist in wrestling, Cejudo successfully made the jump to MMA six years ago and has already defeated some of the biggest names in the sport, including former UFC champions Demetrious Johnson and TJ Dillashaw. Now, Cejudo looks to prove that he is the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world by moving up in weight and becoming the only person to finish Moraes in the UFC.

Competing in the first UFC title fight of his career, Moraes (22-5-1, fighting out of Tom’s River, N.J. by way of Nova Friburgo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) aims to prove that he is the true king of the bantamweight division. Known for his spectacular finishing ability, Moraes earned his title shot with three impressive first-round stoppages in a row over fellow top-contenders Aljamain Sterling, Jimmie Rivera and Raphael Assuncao. Moraes now hopes to net his fourth consecutive post-fight bonus and join the pound-for-pound ranks by taking out Cejudo with another impressive performance.

Shevchenko (16-3, fighting out of Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan) won the vacant UFC flyweight championship in December with a dominant victory over long-time rival and former strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk. Throughout her career, Shevchenko has established herself as one of the most dangerous competitors in all of women’s MMA, having defeated former bantamweight champion Holly Holm and top contender Julianna Pena. She now looks to continue her undefeated flyweight reign by being the first person to stop Jessica Eye in her UFC career.

Gunning to capitalize on the momentum of her current winning streak, Eye (14-6, fighting out of Cleveland, Ohio) competes for the first UFC championship of her career. Undefeated since moving to flyweight last year, Eye has impressed with victories over Kalindra Faria, Jessica-Rose Clark and top-ranked contender Katlyn Chookagian. Now, Eye intends to shock the world by becoming the first flyweight to defeat Shevchenko and stake her claim as one of the best mixed martial artists in the world.

Additional bouts on the card include:

  • In a battle of top-ranked women’s strawweight contenders, No. 3-ranked Tatiana Suarez (7-0, fighting out of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) aims to stay undefeated by taking out No. 3-ranked Nina Ansaroff (10-5, fighting out of Weston, Fla.)
  • No. 12-ranked Felice Herrig (14-8, fighting out of Crystal Lake, Ill.) looks to defend her spot in the rankings by being the first person to defeat Yan Xiaonan (9-1, fighting out of Beijing, China) in the UFC.
  • Heavyweight brawlers battle to break into the top 10 as No. 11-ranked Tai Tuivasa (10-1, fighting out of Western Sydney, New South Wales, Australia) meets No. 14-ranked Blagoy Ivanov (17-2, fighting out of Sofia, Bulgaria)
  • No. 3-ranked Katlyn Chookagian (11-2, fighting out of Kenilworth, N.J.) hopes to reinsert herself into the women’s flyweight title picture by taking out fan-favorite No. 6-ranked Joanne Calderwood(13-3, fighting out of Glasgow, Scotland)
  • Chicago’s own No. 11-ranked featherweight Ricardo Lamas (19-7, fighting out of Chicago, Ill.) intends to defend his home soil with an impressive performance against No. 15-ranked Calvin Kattar(19-3, fighting out of Methuen, Mass.)

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

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Tickets for UFC® 238: CEJUDO vs. MORAES go on sale Friday, April 5 at 10 a.m. CT. Tickets are available for purchase online at ticketmaster.com. Ticket sales are limited to eight (8) per person.

UFC Fight Club® members will have the opportunity to purchase tickets Wednesday, April 3 at 10 a.m. CT via the website www.ufcfightclub.com. A special Internet ticket pre-sale will be available to UFC newsletter subscribers Thursday, April 4 starting at 10 a.m. CT. To access this presale, users must register for the UFC newsletter through UFC.com.

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Inglaterra y Uruguay se acercan / a un podio sin cambios

Apr 4, 2019

Inglaterra y Uruguay se acercan / a un podio sin cambios

Tras los 150 partidos jugados en todo el mundo durante el reciente periodo internacional, la situación sigue ajustada en la parte alta de la Clasificación Mundial FIFA/Coca-Cola y sin cambios en las tres primeras posiciones.

La selección belga (1.ª, sin cambios) mantiene el liderato y ha aumentado en tres puntos su ventaja sobre Francia (2.ª, sin cambios), selección ganadora de la Copa del Mundo de Rusia en 2018. Por su parte, Brasil (3.ª, sin cambios) empieza a ver por el retrovisor a una Inglaterra (4.ª,+1) que ha adelantado a Croacia (5.ª, –1), finalista del Mundial.

El único otro avance entre los diez mejores es el caso de Uruguay (6.ª, +1). Por otro lado, la reciente victoria in extremis de los alemanes (13.ª, +3) sobre Holanda (16.ª, –2) les ha permitido superar tanto a esta selección como a Suecia (14.º, sin cambios) y a Chile (15.ª, +3).

Israel (84.ª, +8) ha protagonizado la subida más fuerte en la tabla, seguida muy de cerca por Guatemala (143.ª, +6) y Tanzania (131.ª, +6), tras conseguir esta última una plaza para la Copa Africana de Naciones de la CAF. La RD del Congo (46.ª, +5) y Ghana (49.ª, +3), ambas participantes en el gran torneo que se disputará en junio en África, han sido las únicas en meterse entre las cincuenta mejores, mientras que Kosovo (127.ª, +3) sigue escalando puestos a buen ritmo en el ranking  mundial.

Haga clic aquí para acceder a la clasificación completa.

La próxima Clasificación Mundial FIFA/Coca-Cola se publicará el 14 de junio de 2019.

Líder Bélgica (sin cambios)
Entran en el grupo de las diez mejores Ninguna
Salen del grupo de las diez mejores Ninguna
Total de partidos disputados 150
Selecciones que disputaron más partidos Barbados, Dominica, Granada, Santa Lucía (5 c/u)
Selección que ganó más puntos Israel (+20)
Selección que escaló más puestos Israel (+8)
Selección que perdió más puntos Austria (–30)
Selección que perdió más puestos Austria (–11)
Nuevas selecciones en la tabla Ninguna
Selecciones que ya no figuran en la tabla Ninguna
Selecciones inactivas/no clasificadas Ninguna

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Inaugural MTK Global/Top Rank Card Coming to ESPN+

Apr 4, 2019

Friday: Inaugural MTK Global/Top Rank Card Coming to ESPN+

Aliu Bamidele Lasisi to battle Ricardo Blandon in super flyweight main event

Exclusive stream begins at 12:30 p.m. ET

(APRIL 4, 2019) — Top Rank and MTK Global’s exclusive multi-year licensing agreement kicks off Friday, April 5 with a special card from Emirates Golf Club in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Five bouts are scheduled to stream live and exclusively beginning at 12:30 p.m. ET on ESPN+ — the direct-to-consumer sports streaming service from The Walt Disney Company’s Direct-to-Consumer & International segment and ESPN.  

In the 12-round main event, Nigerian power puncher Aliu Bamidele “Lucky Boy” Lasisi (12-0, 8 KOs) will fight Ricardo Blandon (10-1, 6 KOs) for the vacant WBC International super flyweight belt. The co-feature will see Irishman David Oliver Joyce (9-0, 7 KOs) battle Stephen Tiffney (10-1, 4 KOs) in a 10-rounder for the vacant WBO European featherweight strap.

Lasisi’s last bout was a dominant unanimous decision over Mchanja Yohana in December. Blandon, who hails from Managua, Nicaragua, has won three straight bouts by knockout and will be making his first ring appearance outside of his home country.

Joyce, who represented Ireland at the 2016 Rio Olympics, is coming off a six-round unanimous decision over Jorge Rojas Zacazontetl last October at Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden. Tiffney has won two straight since a decision loss to Lewis Paulin (10-0 at the time).

In other action:

Up-and-coming super middleweight Mateo Tapia (9-0, 5 KOs) will face Gaganpreet Sharma (8-1, 4 KOs) in an eight-rounder.

Shakhobidin Zoirov, who captured a bronze medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics for his native Uzbekistan, will make his professional debut against Anthony Holt (5-4-1, 3 KOs) in a six-round featherweight contest.

Lightweight prospect Majid Al-Naqbi will make his professional debut versus Vladimir Lytkin (0-2) in a four-rounder.

About ESPN+
ESPN+ is the multi-sport, direct-to-consumer video service from The Walt Disney Company’s Direct-to-Consumer and International (DTCI) segment and ESPN. It reached 2 million subscribers in less than a year and offers fans thousands of live events, on-demand content and original programming not available on ESPN’s linear TV or digital networks, along with premium editorial content.

Programming on ESPN+ includes hundreds of MLB and NHL games, exclusive UFC, Top Rank boxing and PFL fights and events, top domestic and international soccer (Serie A, MLS, FA Cup, UEFA Nations League, EFL Championship, EFL Carabao Cup, Eredivisie, and more), thousands of college sports events (including football, basketball and other sports), Grand Slam tennis, international and domestic rugby and cricket, new and exclusive series, acclaimed studio shows and the full library of ESPN’s award-winning 30 for 30 filmsFans subscribe to ESPN+ for just $4.99 a month (or $49.99 per year) and can cancel at any time.

ESPN+ is available as an integrated part of the ESPN App (on mobile and connected devices) and ESPN.com. They are the industry-leading all-in-one digital sports platform, delivering a rich, personalized experience to tens of millions of fans every month.

About MTK Global
MTK Global is the world’s foremost fighter management company. Headquartered in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, it was founded in September 2012 by two-time European boxing champion, Matthew Macklin.

MTK Global delivers a wide range of support and services including career development, legal, media, endorsements and sponsorships to more than a hundred professional fighters. It provides boxing shows, events and training gyms in various locations worldwide: Marbella, Spain, London, Manchester, Birmingham, Liverpool, Newcastle, United Kingdom, Johannesburg, South Africa, Sta. Catarina, Brasil and Sydney, Australia.

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Roy Jones Jr. brings his UFC Fight Pass Series to Las Vegas

Apr 4, 2019
Undefeated Irish middleweight prospect
Connor “The Kid” Coyle
To make Las Vegas debut in main event

BOUTS WILL STREAM LIVE ON UFC FIGHT PASS® APRIL 25th FROM SAM’S TOWN HOTEL & GAMBLING HALL IN LAS VEGASLAS VEGAS (April 3, 2019) – The newest member of Roy Jones, Jr. (RJJ) Boxing Promotions’ growing stable of gifted boxers, undefeated Irish middleweight prospect
Connor “The Kid” Coyle, will make his Las Vegas debut in the 8-round main event on Thursday night, April 25, at Sam’s Town Hotel & Gambling Hall in Las Vegas.
 
Coyle (9-0, 3 KOs), who travels from Derry, Northern Ireland to America to finish training camp for every fight, headlined an RJJ Boxing on FIGHT PASS main event fight this past February in Saint Petersburg, Florida. His impressive eight-round decision over 19-4 Travis Scott led to RJJ Boxing signing its first Irish fighter. Coyle is matched against Robert Burwell (8-2, 3 KOs), fighting out of Orlando (FL)
 
Coyle vs. Burwell, promoted by Roy Jones Jr. RJJ Boxing, will headline a card to be streamed live on UFC FIGHT PASS, starting at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT. The show will be the fifth under a new agreement between Coyle’s, RJJ Boxing, and FIGHT PASS, to live stream up to 72 professional boxing events over the next three years.
 
“It is always exciting to be able to put on professional fights in my hometown, Las Vegas,” RJJ Boxing CEO/Co-founder Keith Veltre said. “It is an honor for Roy Jones Jr Boxing Promotions to showcase our newest addition to our stable, Connor Coyle, an exciting warrior who brings it all into the ring. He now gets to make his debut under the RJJ banner in the fight capital of the world.”
 
Also fighting on FIGHT PASS, all in scheduled 8-round bouts against opponents to be determined ,are Tajikistan-born, Henderson, NV resident Merkhrubon Sanginov (7-0, 5 KOs), the former WBC Youth World middleweight champion, in the 8-round co-featured event; Fort Lauderdale, FL lightweight Antonio “Bang” Williams (9-0, 4 KOs) and undefeated Houston welterweight Jerrico “Hands of Stone” Walton (12-0, 7 KOs)..
 
Fighters on the off-FIGHT Pass card include undefeated Miami bantamweight Rosalinda Rodriquez (9-0, 2 KOs) in an 8-rounder, and Mexican featherweight Ricardo Lucio Galvan (2-0), fighting out of Reno, NV, in a 4-round match..
 
All fights and fighters are subject to change.
 
Priced at $75.00 (VIP Ringside), $60.00 (floor) and $30.00 (risers), tickets are on sale and available to purchase online at https://www1.ticketmaster.com/roy-jones-jr-ufc-fight-pass-brock-v-gutierrez/event/1700566977711A55.
 
Doors open at 5:00 p.m. PT, first bout at 5:30 p.m. PT.
 
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Carlos Adames-Frank Galarza Headlines Packed Crawford-Khan

Apr 4, 2019

April 20: Carlos Adames-Frank Galarza Headlines Packed Crawford-Khan Undercard Show on ESPN2

Scheduled five-fight broadcast to also include top prospects Edgar Berlanga, Lawrence “BT” Newton and Vikas “The Indian Tank” Krishan

One of the 154-pound division’s biggest punchers — Dominican sensation Carlos “El Caballo Bronco” Adames — is set to make a thunderous statement April 20 at Madison Square Garden.

NABF champion Adames will defend his belt against Brooklyn native Frank Galarza in the 10-round featured bout on the Terence Crawford vs. Amir Khan undercard broadcast, which will begin at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT on ESPN2 and in Spanish on the ESPN app. Adames vs. Galarza will also be contested for the vacant NABO 154-pound belt.

Adames vs. Galarza will headline a scheduled five-fight broadcast, which will lead into theCrawford vs. Khan pay-per-view extravaganza at 9 p.m. ET/ 6 p.m. PT.

Details on how fans will be able to access the pay-per-view event will be announced at a later date.

“I am thrilled and proud to fight at Madison Square Garden once again. It is a great honor to be in action on such a big stage and on an important card like this one,” Adames said. “I have a new trainer, Robert Garcia, and we are working on a lot of new things. This will be the new era of ‘Caballo Bronco.’ Frank Galarza is a good, experienced fighter. I know he has faced good opposition and that he is training hard for this fight. It will be a very interesting fight because he will be battling against someone that wants to be one of the greats in the sport. I’m coming to make noise in the 154-pound division.”

“There is no better place for this fight to be than at The Garden,” Galarza said. “It’s a dream come true for me. I’m ready to show the world what I’m really made of. Carlos and I both are ranked in the top 15 in the WBO. He is coming to my backyard, and it’s going to be a great fight.”

Adames (16-0, 13 KOs) is 3-0 since signing with Top Rank in early 2018. He turned pro in 2015 after a nearly 300-fight amateur career and showed he belonged at the world-class level in July 2017, knocking down and scoring a shutout decision over former world champion Carlos Molina. His last two fights have lasted a total of five rounds, and he is coming off a third-round knockout over Juan Ruiz on Jan. 18 in Verona, N.Y.

Galarza (20-2-2, 12 KOs), from the Red Hook section of Brooklyn, overcame a troubled childhood and a brief 11-fight amateur career to become a longtime contender in the paid ranks. He began his career 17-0-2 before a sixth-round TKO loss to Jarrett Hurd, who is currently the unified 154-pound world champion. A close decision loss to Ishe Smith followed in September 2016, but Galarza has since resurrected his career, winning a trio of fights to set up this opportunity versus Adames.

In other action on the ESPN2 broadcast:

Former Indian amateur standout Vikas “The Indian Tank” Krishan (1-0, 1 KO) will take the next step in his professional journey against Noah Kidd (3-1-1, 2 KOs) in a six-round super welterweight fight. Krishan was a two-time Olympian for his home country and is the only Indian fighter to have won both the Asian and Commonwealth Games.

“As I continue my pro journey, it’s an honor to fight on such a significant card,” Krishan said. “There is a large Indian population in New York and New Jersey, and I can’t wait to see the support from my Indian people. It’s going to be a special night.”

Puerto Rican middleweight sensation Edgar Berlanga (9-0, 9 KOs) has scored nine consecutive first-round stoppages to begin his pro career. He will look to make it 10 for 10 versus Brazilian veteran Samir Dos Santos (37-15-3, 26 KOs) in an eight-rounder. The Brooklyn-born Berlanga has fought four times in New York City as a pro and will be making his Top Rank debut.

Bantamweight prospect Lawrence “BT” Newton (11-0, 7 KOs), a stablemate of Crawford’s, will face Jonathan Garza (7-2, 2 KOs), in a six-round showdown.

Larry Fryers (9-1, 3 KOs), a native of Ireland who now lives in New York, will look to make it four wins in a row against Dakota Polley (5-2, 2 KOs) in a super lightweight bout scheduled for six or four rounds.

Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Matchroom Boxing and Khan Promotions, tickets priced at $606, $406, $306, $206, $106, $81, and $56 (including facility fees) are on sale now and can be purchased at the Madison Square Garden Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster charge by phone (866-858-0008) and online atwww.ticketmaster.com or www.MSG.com.

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LASD is Asking for Your Help in Identifying and Locating Two Robbery Suspects

Apr 4, 2019

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Norwalk Station detectives are asking for your help identifying and locating two robbery suspects. The robbery occurred February 28, 2019, where the suspects punched an elderly employee and stole cigars from his store on Telegraph Road in Whittier. They fled the location in a dark color sedan.

Suspect 1 and 2 are male Hispanics, or other race, approximately 18 years-old, 5’07-5’08” tall, thin build.
Suspect 1 is wearing a camouflage hoodie, black shorts.                        
Suspect 2 is wearing a blue hoodie, black pants

Later that day, they shoplifted more cigars from another store on Telegraph Road in Whittier.

The victim, male 58 years-old, sustained minor injuries in the robbery.

Any information you have could help investigators identify and locate the suspects involved. Please call detectives at Norwalk Station with your tips AT 562-863-8711, or remain ANONYMOUS at 800-222-8477

If you know who or where these suspects are, and/or have any information about this incident, please call Norwalk Station Detectives at 562-863-8711.

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