- Kevin Iole at Yahoo Sports15 hrs ago
Let's start by agreeing that there is no such thing as a lucky punch in a prizefight.
Fighters who stand across from each other in a cage or a ring intend to hit the other, as hard as possible in the most vulnerable areas.
But far too often when a sudden knockout occurs, particularly in the early stages of a match, it's regarded as a lucky punch, or kick, or knee, or whatever kind of strike it might be that ends a fight.
When one man intends to punch the other, and then does it successfully to temporarily knock him cold, how exactly is that luck?
Luck is walking into a bar with your belly hanging over your belt and a three-day growth covering your face and walking out arm-in-arm with Scarlett Johansson or Kate Upton.
Given that, we can all agree that Jose Aldo's spectacular first-round knockout of Chad Mendes at UFC 142 on Jan. 14, 2012, was the result of amazing skill by Aldo and not a fluke in any way.
But nearly three years later, Mendes is back for another crack at the UFC's featherweight king. Aldo hasn't been the vicious killer post-Mendes that he was before, but he's reeled off three consecutive wins without really being challenged.
- Kevin Iole at Yahoo Sports1 day ago
Mark Hunt's life story is turning into a movie before our eyes.
Four years ago, Hunt was at home, unwanted by the UFC, forgotten by the fans. The massive striker who'd won the K1 World Grand Prix kickboxing championship in 2001 had lost five mixed martial arts fights in a row and seemed on a fast track to nowhere.
All of them had ended in the first round. Josh Barnett and Fedor Emelianenko submitted him in 2006 with a Kimura. Alistair Overeem forced a tap with a keylock and Melvin Manhoef stopped him with strikes in 2008.
Gegard Mousasi submitted him with an arm bar in 2009.
Four of the five losses were 2:02 or less. The UFC owned his contract following its purchase of PRIDE, but White had no interest in Hunt.
Hunt, though, didn't want to sit at home and collect money for doing nothing. He's a fighter and fighters fight. When White told him the UFC didn't want him, Hunt fought back. He argued with White and asked for a chance.
After a long back-and-forth, White relented and gave Hunt a shot at UFC 119. Hunt then promptly went out and was submitted by Sean McCorkle just 63 seconds into his UFC debut on Sept. 25, 2010.
- Kevin Iole at Cagewriter1 day ago
Heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez suffered yet another major setback, enduring a right knee injury during training that forced him to pull out of his Nov. 15 title defense against Fabricio Werdum in the main event of UFC 180 in Mexico City.
Mark Hunt has agreed to fight Werdum for the interim title in the show's reconfigured main event. The show will remain on pay-per-view on Nov. 15 in Mexico City Arena.
The extent of Velasquez's injury is not yet known. UFC president Dana White told Yahoo Sports that Velasquez may be able to return by March, but that is a guess and there is much unknown.
" I’m so unbelievably disappointed that this happened,” Velasquez said in a statement released by the UFC. “To say I was looking forward to fighting in Mexico for the first time is an understatement. I wanted to fight on that card so bad. Looks like it wasn’t meant to be and it’s not going to happen. I’m going to get my [right] knee fixed and get back to training as soon as I can. I’m sorry to the fans in Mexico who were expecting this fight, and I hope to be able to come down and still be a part of this historic event."
A study published in 2010 conducted over a 17-year period discovered that the most common injury to afflict an NBA player is a lateral ankle sprain. More than 13 percent of all injuries studied in those 17 years were sprained ankles.
A sprained ankle is exactly the kind of injury that Manny Pacquiao risked when he played seven minutes as a player-coach for the Kia Sorento in the Philippine Basketball Association. Pacquiao had two turnovers in a game his team won 80-66 over the Blackwater Elite.
Pacquiao is supposed to defend the WBO welterweight title against Chris Algieri on Nov. 22 at Cotai Arena in Macau, China, in a bout on HBO Pay-Per-View. He has two main jobs now: Train for the fight and help to sell the pay-per-view.
He went on a 27,000-mile tour with Algieri and promoter Bob Arum in August, making stops in Macau, Shanghai, Singapore, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and New York. All of that money is down the drain if Pacquiao were to get injured.
It would have also cost Algieri the fight of his life and all of the fighters on the undercard a significant payday.
Promoter Oscar De La Hoya is going to be a busy man on Dec. 13. The Golden Boy told Yahoo Sports on Monday that he's finalizing details for a show at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas that night that will be headlined by a welterweight match between Amir Khan and Devon Alexander and broadcast on Showtime.
Top Rank and HBO have a show that night a block away at The Cosmopolitan, featuring Timothy Bradley against Diego Chaves in the main event. The Top Rank show will include Golden Boy's Mauricio Herrera facing Top Rank's Jose Benavidez in another televised fight.
The longstanding feud between Golden Boy and Top Rank is ending, and De La Hoya went to great pains to insist that adding the Dec. 13 show at Mandalay Bay wasn't an attempt to create an issue by counter-programming it.
- Kevin Iole at Cagewriter2 days ago
After the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, Daniel Cormier was living in Stillwater, Okla., trying to determine what would be next in his life. He was selling advertising for a public access television station while mulling his future.
He began to host a wrestling coach's show on the channel, the first step in a not-so-long journey that led to Monday's announcement by Fox Sports that Cormier has been appointed the permanent co-host of UFC Tonight with host Kenny Florian.
Cormier steps in to replace Chael Sonnen, who was fired after failing two random drug tests and then lying about it.
It's a major step forward in his career, and one he hardly could have foreseen not that long ago.
It's difficult to place a significance on Gennady Golovkin's two-round decimation of a disinterested Marco Antonio Rubio on Saturdayin Golovkin's West Coast debut.
It was a rousing success in all regards. Golovkin attracted an overflow crowd of 9,323 to the StubHub Center, the largest attendance in the venue's history. He scored his 18th consecutive knockout and added the interim WBC middleweight title to the WBA belt he already owned.
With all due respect to the rest of the division, there is no question that Golovkin is, by far, the finest 160-pound fighter in the world.
The question is how good Golovkin is in terms of the overall sport.
He's 31-0 with 28 knockouts and one of the sport's fastest rising stars. He hasn't gone to a decision since winning an eight-rounder over Amar Amari on June 21, 2008.
- Kevin Iole at Yahoo Sports4 days ago
CARSON, Calif. – Gennady Golovkin gave the overflow sell-out crowd of 9,323 frenzied fans at the StubHub Center on Saturday exactly what they wanted to see when he knocked out Marco Antonio Rubio just 79 seconds into the second round of their middleweight title fight.
It was Golovkin's 18th consecutive win by knockout and his 28th in 31 pro fights, furthering the legend as he morphs into a superstar. The one-sided victory added the interim WBC belt to the WBA title he previously held and furthered the impression that he's the man to beat in the division.
It was yet another impressive performance for a fighter who has become the talk of the sport. He has an engaging smile and a friendly nature, which is the polar opposite of his fierce countenance in the ring.
The crowd was on its feet from the moment Golovkin appeared in the tunnel on the long walk to the ring, chanting "Triple G! Triple G! Triple G!"
- Kevin Iole at Boxing4 days ago
CARSON, Calif. -- Nicholas Walters gave his father, Job, the best possible birthday present he could on Saturday, stopping Nonito Donaire with one second left in the sixth round of their WBA featherweight title fight before 9,323 energized fans at the StubHub Center.
Walters knocked Donaire down with a short right uppercut in the third, putting the one-time Fighter of the Year down for the first time in his career. In the sixth, Walters cracked Donaire with an overhand right that landed just above Donaire's ear.
Donaire beat the count, but he was on unsteady legs and referee Raul Caiz Jr. wisely stopped it.
"He's an amazing fighter; an amazing champion," Donaire said of Walters. "I was at my best for this. I never trained this hard. I never ever trained this hard for a fight."
It didn't matter, though, because Walters was too big and too strong. Donaire hit Walters with a powerful left, one of his best shots, near the end of the fifth, but Walters took it and kept coming.
- Kevin Iole at Yahoo Sports5 days ago
LAS VEGAS – The sons of former heavyweight champion Hasim Rahman have sued Floyd Mayweather Jr., Mayweather Promotions and Showtime in Clark County District Court regarding sparring sessions at Mayweather's gym that were a part of the "All Access" series.
Hasim Rahman Jr., 23, and Sharif Rahman, 18, sued for battery, tortious assault, false imprisonment, negligent hiring, training, supervision and retention and unjust enrichment. Neither Rahman has fought professionally, though Rahman Jr. is scheduled to turn professional on Nov. 13.
The Rahman brothers both sparred British boxer Donovan Cameron at the Mayweather Boxing Club in Las Vegas during Episode 2 of Showtime's "All Access" series that was broadcast on Sept. 6 and designed to promote Mayweather's rematch on Sept. 13 against Marcos Maidana.
Mayweather referred to the gym as the "dog house" on the episode.
"Guys fight to the death," a grinning Mayweather says during the Sept. 6 episode. "It's not right, but it's dog house rules."