Top 10 Heavyweights Aim to Make a Statement

Feb 18, 2021

TOP 10 HEAVYWEIGHTS 

(#3) JAIRZINHO ROZENSTRUIK AND (#7) CIRYL GANE

AIM TO MAKE A STATEMENT AT UFC® APEX IN LAS VEGAS

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FEATURED BOUTS:

(#8) NIKITA KRYLOV vs. (#11) MAGOMED ANKALAEV

(#8) PEDRO MUNHOZ vs. (#9) JIMMIE RIVERA

Las Vegas – The UFC® heavyweight division continues to be on display at UFC APEX as No. 3 ranked Jairzinho Rozenstruik and No. 7 Ciryl Gane aim to make a statement in the main event. In the co-main event, No. 8 ranked UFC light heavyweight Nikita Krylov intends to defend his spot in the rankings against No. 11 Magomed Ankalaev.

UFC FIGHT NIGHT®: ROZENSTRUIK vs. GANE will take place Saturday, February 27 from UFC APEX in Las Vegas. The entire card will be available on ESPN+ in English and Spanish, with the main card starting at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT and the prelims at 5 p.m. ET / 2 p.m. PT.

Knockout artist Rozenstruik (11-1, fighting out of Paramaribo, Suriname) intends to make the most of his second UFC main event by securing another spectacular victory. Among the most credentialed strikers in the heavyweight division, Rozenstruik has finished all but one of his wins by knockout, including former UFC champions Andrei Arlovski and Junior Dos Santos. He also holds the record for the second-fastest KO in UFC heavyweight history when he defeated Allen Crowder in just nine seconds. He now looks to secure an impressive finish and become the first person to defeat Gane.

Gane (7-0, fighting out of Paris, France) has quickly become the top prospect in the heavyweight division after debuting only a year and a half ago. An undefeated kickboxer and Muay Thai fighter, Gane showed off his well-rounded skillset when he submitted his first two UFC opponents. Most recently, he delivered a high-level performance against former UFC heavyweight champion Junior Dos Santos, winning by knockout in the second round. Gane now plans on remaining undefeated in MMA and declaring himself as the next contender for the belt. 

Krylov (27-7, fighting out of Donetsk, Ukraine) looks to build another long win streak and work his way into the championship conversation. Since joining the UFC roster in 2013 when he was only 21 years old, he has established himself as an elite contender in the division by finishing all but one of his 27 victories, including wins over Ovince Saint Preux, Walt Harris and Ed Herman. Krylov now seeks to start 2021 off with a bang by becoming the first person to knock out Ankalaev.

Highly touted prospect Ankalaev (14-1, fighting out of Makhachkala, Dagestan, Russia) intends to keep his momentum going and break into the division’s top 10. Among the most well rounded athletes at light heavyweight, Ankalaev bounced back from a shocking, last-second loss in his UFC debut to win his next five bouts in a row. This recent streak includes knockouts over Ion Cutelaba (twice), Dalcha Lungiambula and Marcin Prachnio. He now aims to prove that he can compete with the best in the world by adding an emphatic finish of Krylov to his resume. 

Additional bouts on the card include:

  • In an exciting women’s flyweight bout, Montana De La Rosa (11-6, fighting out of Fort Worth, Texas) tests her submission skills against Mayra Bueno Silva (7-1, fighting out of Sao Paulo, Brazil)
  • Randy Brown (12-4, fighting out of Queens, N.Y.) and Alex Oliveira (22-9-1, 2 NC, fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) seek to steal the show in a welterweight bout guaranteed to deliver action
  • An exciting bantamweight rematch sees No. 8 ranked Pedro Munhoz (18-5, 1 NC, fighting out of Coconut Creek, Fla. by way of Sao Paulo, Brazil) looks to revenge his 2015 split decision loss to No. 9 Jimmie Rivera (23-4, fighting out of Ramsey, N.J.)
  • Fan favorite Alex Caceres ( 17-12, 1 NC, fighting out of Miami, Fla.) looks to extend the longest UFC win streak of his career when he faces Kevin Croom (21-12, 1 NC, fighting out of Kansas City, Mo.) in a featherweight bout
  • Top women’s bantamweight’s No. 9 Marion Reneau (9-6-1, fighting out of Visalia, Calif.) and No. 10 Macy Chiasson (7-1, fighting out of Dallas, Texas) vie to climb the rankings
  • Alexander Hernandez (12-3, fighting out of San Antonio, Texas) meets Thiago Moises (14-4, fighting out of Indaiatuba, Brazil) in a clash of lightweight prospects
  • Women’s MMA veteran Alexis Davis (19-10, fighting out of San Jose, Calif.) intends to spoil the bantamweight debut of Sabina Mazo (9-1, fighting out of Hermosa Beach, Calif. by way of Medellin, Colombia)
  • In a battle of light heavyweight Dana White’s Contender Series veterans, William Knight (9-1, fighting out of Vernon, Conn.) faces off with Alonzo Menifield (9-2, fighting out of Dallas, Texas)
  • Vince Cachero (7-3, fighting out of Los Angeles, Calif.) plans to secure his first UFC victory against Dana White’s Contender Series signee Ronnie Lawrence (6-1, fighting out of Deerfield Beach, Fla.) at bantamweight
  • Dustin Jacoby (13-5, fighting out of Springfield, Ill.) aims to keep making the most of his second run in the UFC when he takes on Maxim Grishin (31-8-2, fighting out of Grozny, Chechen Republic, Russia) in a light heavyweight match

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Suspect Arrested, Charged in Shooting Incident at 11500 Keegans Ridge Drive

Feb 18, 2021
*RESENDING: CORRECTION ON DATE OF INCIDENT*

Charges have been filed against a suspect arrested in a road rage shooting incident that ended at 11500 Keegans Ridge Drive about 2:05 p.m. on Tuesday (February 16).  

The suspect, Jesse Ramos (H/m, 26), is charged with aggravated assault against a public servant in the 209th State District Court.  A booking photo of Ramos is attached to this news release.

HPD Major Assaults & Family Violence Division Detective Thornton reported:

Ramos was driving a black pickup truck when he pointed a gun at an off-duty Houston police officer driving in his personal vehicle.  The officer followed the suspect vehicle to get the license plate.  It was then that Ramos stuck his arm out the window.  He was holding a gun and pointed it at the officer a second time and fired several shots into an open field.  The officer continued to follow the suspect vehicle as he was on the phone with 911 dispatch to request back up and give a direction of travel.  Ramos then drove into an apartment complex at the above address where the officer was able to take him into custody without further incident.

Officers recovered Ramos’ gun and several magazines from inside his vehicle.  He was subsequently charged.
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LA Galaxy ficha al mediocampista panameño Carlos Harvey

Feb 18, 2021

LA Galaxy ficha al mediocampista panameño Carlos Harvey

Harvey, quien destacó con Galaxy II, hizo su debut con la selección mayor de Panamá y participó en la Copa Mundial de la FIFA Sub-20 en el 2019, fichó permanentemente con el club después de unirse el año pasado en condición de préstamo

LOS ÁNGELES (Miércoles, 17 de febrero, 2021) – LA Galaxy anunció hoy que el club ha fichado al mediocampista panameño de 21 años de edad Carlos Harvey procedente del Tauro F.C. de Panamá. Harvey se unió al LA Galaxy II en condición de préstamo en el 2019 antes de representar al LA Galaxy en la MLS la temporada pasada a préstamo del Tauro F.C. Harvey tomará un cupo internacional en el plantel del LA Galaxy.

“Carlos es un jugador joven que se desempeñó bien con LA Galaxy II y ayudó a brindar profundidad al plantel del primer equipo la temporada pasada”, dijo el Gerente General del LA Galaxy Dennis te Kloese. “A los 21 años de edad, confiamos en que Carlos seguirá desarrollándose como jugador en un entorno profesional al nivel de la MLS. Este fichaje nos aportará profundidad en el mediocampo y servirá como una inversión a futuro. Estamos felices de que Carlos permanezca con nuestro club”.

Oriundo de la Ciudad de Panamá, Harvey hizo su debut profesional con el Tauro F.C. de la Liga Panameña de Fútbol en julio del 2018. Se unió al LA Galaxy II a préstamo en el 2019, registrando 19 partidos jugados – todos como titular – y convirtiéndose en jugador clave para Los Dos en la media cancha, siendo reconocido a la lista de los mejores 20 menores de 20 de la USL.

La temporada pasada, Harvey se unió al primer equipo a condición de préstamo en Junio, donde permaneció durante el resto de la temporada. En partidos de la MLS, Harvey disputó seis partidos, incluyendo uno como titular, registrando 104 minutos jugados el año pasado.

A nivel internacional, Harvey fue convocado por primera vez a la mayor de la Selección Nacional de Panamá para un partido amistoso ante la Selección de EE.UU. el 27 de enero del 2019 en el State Farm Stadium en Glendale, Ariz. Antes de su debut con la selección mayor, Harvey jugó seis partidos, cinco como titular y registró una asistencia para la Sub-20 de Panamá durante el Campeonato Sub-20 de Concacaf del 2018. Además, inició de titular en los tres partidos de fase de grupos durante la Copa Mundial Sub-20 en el 2019, ayudando a Panamá a salir de la fase de grupos por primera vez en la historia del torneo.

Transacción: LA Galaxy ficha al mediocampista Carlos Harvey del Tauro F.C. (Panamá)

Nombre: Carlos Harvey
Posición: Mediocampista
Estatura: 5’10”
Peso: 165 lbs.
Fecha de Nacimiento: 3 de febrero, 2000
Edad: 21
Último Club: Tauro F.C.
Lugar de Nacimiento: Ciudad de Panamá, Panamá
Ciudad Natal: Ciudad de Panamá, Panamá
Nacionalidad: Panamá 

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City urges all Houstonians to remain home, avoid travel, and conserve power and water as icy conditions worsen overnight

Feb 18, 2021
Mayor Turner urges all Houstonians to remain home, avoid travel, and conserve power and water as icy conditions worsen overnight
HOUSTON –  The City of Houston urges all Houstonians to remain home, avoid travel, and conserve power and water as icy conditions worsen overnight. Power outages will likely continue through tomorrow.

Those with electricity should try to conserve energy to help limit the possibility of more power outages in the area by:Turning off and unplugging non-essential lights and appliancesAvoid using large appliances (e.g. ovens, washing machines, etc.).Turn down thermostats to 68 degrees or lowerOpen blinds and shades to take advantage of the sun’s natural heat during the day.Close shades and blinds at night to reduce the amount of heat lost through windows.People should follow these steps to stay warm if they are experiencing a power outage:Stay under extra blankets during the day, layer clothing, hat, gloves, and socks.Use duct tape, blankets, and towels to cover your home’s windows.Roll up towels and place at exterior doorways and window seals to block drafts from coming inside your home.Close rooms that you are not using.Only heat rooms you frequently use.Open curtains during the day but close all the blinds and curtains at night.Houstonians are urged to limit water use for essential tasks and help conserve water by not running washing machines, dishwashers, or watering outdoors. Once temperatures rise above freezing and power is restored, these are the best ways to thaw frozen water pipes:Open cabinet doors to circulate heatUse hair dryers, heat lamps or portable space heatersDO NOT USE open flames and/or propane torches (fire hazard)Continue to conserve water after pipes have thawed“We are experiencing historic freezing temperatures, bitter cold weather, and power outages. Be safe, do not use open flames, stoves, or grills indoors as a heating source. If you are using a heater, provide ventilation to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning,” says Mayor Sylvester Turner. Those experiencing homelessness or who are medically dependent on power may call 3-1-1 for assistance.

The Houston Emergency Operations Center (EOC) continues activated at Level 1, Full Activation. City departments and key partners continue to monitor the extreme winter weather affecting the Houston area. Coordination with our partners continues to support warming centers as need exceeds capacity.

The George R. Brown Convention Center (GRB) continues to serve as a warming center for our most vulnerable population and is currently housing 790 individuals and 7 pets as of 6:00 p.m.
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JOSEPH DIAZ JR. AND SHAVKAT RAKHIMOV FIGHT TO MAJORITY DRAW BRIAN CASTAÑO DEFEATS PATRICK TEIXEIRA TO CAPTURE WORLD TITLE

Feb 18, 2021
JOSEPH DIAZ JR. AND SHAVKAT RAKHIMOV FIGHT TO MAJORITY DRAW BRIAN CASTAÑO DEFEATS PATRICK TEIXEIRA TO CAPTURE WORLD TITLE
for PhotosPhoto Credit: Tom Hogan-Hoganphotos/Golden Boy
INDIO, CALIF. (Feb. 13, 2021): Joseph Diaz Jr. (31-1-1, 15 KOs) and Shavkat Rakhimov (15-0-1, 12 KOs) fought to a 12-round majority draw at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California. As Diaz Jr. lost the belt on the scales on Friday, the IBF Junior Lightweight Championship will remain vacant. Two judges scored the fight 115-113 for Diaz Jr., which was overruled by two scores of 114-114. The fight headlined a stacked card of action that was streamed live exclusively on DAZN in more than 200 countries and territories, including the U.S., Mexico, Russia, Tajikistan, Brazil and Argentina.. “I’m a little upset. I felt I had done enough to win the fight,” said Joseph Diaz Jr. “It was a close fight. It wasn’t my best performance. I didn’t make weight. I lost the belt on the scales. I want to apologize to everyone. I want to apologize to all my fans. It was a mistake on my behalf. No excuses, but I’ll be back. Rakhimov threw a lot of combinations. But a lot of them landed on the gloves. I felt I threw more shots and landed more body punches. I thought I should have won the fight.” “I did everything I was supposed to do,” said Shavkat Rakhimov. “Victory was on my side. I feel I won the fight. There were a few mistakes, and we need to work on it. I did everything that was possible. There were a few mistakes, but I will work on that. There is no perfect boxer, and I hope to gain more American fans.” Brian Castaño (17-0-1, 12 KOs) of Buenos Aires, Argentina captured the WBO Junior Middleweight World Championship by scoring a 12-round unanimous decision win against Patrick Teixeira (31-2, 22 KOs) of Sao Paulo, Brasil. Castaño won with scores of 120-108, 119-109, and 117-111l. “I am very happy. We did a great job with my team,” said Brian Castaño. “It was a good fight. We all mistakes, and I have to fix things here and there, but a fight is a fight. Each fight is different, and I understand that. I knew Teixeira very well going into this fight. He is very strong, and he has a lot of heart. He is a great. This was one of the greatest victories of my career.” Super bantamweight contender Ronny Rios (33-3, 16 KOs) of Santa Ana, California beat Oscar “El Jaguar” Negrete (19-3-2, 7 KOs) of Tierralta, Colombia via 10-round unanimous decision. Rios won with scores of 100-90, 99-91 and 100-90.
“I should have sat down more on my punches,” said Ronny Rios. “I went in a little bit too much with my head, and I kind of waited too long. But I’m happy with the win. I really want a world title shot for my next fight, and I think this fight was a necessary step in that direction.” Shane Mosley Jr. (17-3, 10 KOs) of Pomona, Calif. defeated Cristian Olivas (19-8, 16 KOs) of Mexicali, Mexico via stoppage at the end of the fifth round of a scheduled 10-round super middleweight clash. “I had a really tough opponent in there,” said Shane Mosley Jr. “But I went in there, looked sharp and got the job done. These are the kinds of fights that I need in order to show people that I am ready for a world title.” Uzbek phenom Bektemir “Bully” Melikuziev (7-0, 6 KOs) scored a third-round knockout victory against Morgan Fitch(19-4-1, 8 KOs) of New Orleans, Louisiana  in a scheduled eight-round light heavyweight battle. “Despite everything that happened, I think it was a good performance,” said Bektemir Melikuziev. “I wish I could have lasted longer and gotten a few more rounds in, but I think it was a good performance. I’m ready for any of the big names in my division.” Armenian contender Azat “Craz A” Hovhannisyan (19-3, 16 KOs) scored an eighth-round technical knockout victory against Enrique Bernache (24-12, 12 KOs) of Guadalajara, Mexico in a schedule 10-round featherweight clash. “Crazy A” ended matters at 35 seconds of the eighth round. “I’m very happy,” said Azat Hovhannisyan. “It’s my first time with Robert Garcia. We had a lot of good sparring. I’m No. 1 in the WBA. I want to fight a world champion.” Featherweight prospect Victor Morales Jr. (14-0, 7 KOs) of Vancouver, Washington scored an eight-round unanimous decision victory against Rodrigo Guerrero (26-9-2, 16 KOs) of Mexico, City. Morales won with three scores of 80-72. “After 16 months away from the ring, it feels great to be back,” said Victor Morales Jr. “I knew he was going to be very tough. He is a former world champion, so I knew it was going to be a difficult bout. Either way, I was able to fight either on the outside or on the inside.”  Dalis Kaleiopu (1-0, 1 KO) of Waianae, Hawaii made a successful pro debut by defeating Eduardo Sanchez (2-3) of Corcoran, Calif. via third-round knockout in a super lightweight battle. After a spectacular start, Kaleiopu stopped Sanchez at :38 of the aforementioned round. “It’s been a long time because of COVID,” said Dalis Kaleiopu. “So, it felt great to finally make my pro debut. I hurt him many times, but I let him go. But then I landed a shot he couldn’t come back from, so it feels good to stop somebody that has never been stopped.” Diaz Jr. vs. Rakhimov was a 12-round fight for the IBF Junior Lightweight World Title presented by Golden Boy in association with RCC Boxing Promotions. Teixeira vs. Castaño was the 12-round co-main event for the WBO
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Mayor Turner Encourages Houstonians to Prepare for Winter Blast

Feb 18, 2021
Mayor Turner said city departments are coordinating to prepare for the freezing temperatures
HOUSTON –  Mayor Sylvester Turner joined Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo and other leaders Friday afternoon to encourage the public to prepare for an arctic blast that forecasters say will impact the Houston area.”Extreme cold weather can threaten the health and safety of vulnerable Houstonians,” Mayor Turner said. “I am asking people to stay at home and off our streets and highways beginning Sunday evening because the roads will be iced over, and driving conditions will be dangerous.” As the temperature falls below freezing, bridge surfaces and overpasses freeze first. Beginning Saturday, Houston Public Works crews plan to put out a pre-treatment mixture of Magnesium Chloride with sand tomorrow on nearly 100 roads and bridges.  The mayor also announced the city is opening the George R. Brown Convention Center Sunday as an emergency shelter. “That site will be primarily for our homeless population,” Mayor Turner said. “We want to get them off of the streets. The City of Houston is coordinating with METRO to assist with the transportation to GRB.” For more information on preparing for the arctic weather, please watch the video and follow updates on the city’s Office of Emergency Management website.
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