Kevin Iole

  • UFC fighter Alexis Davis gets great news on multiple fronts

    Kevin Iole at Cagewriter 19 hrs ago

    Alexis Davis is going to be out of action for well more than a year. In a rarity for a professional fighter, that's a good thing.

    Davis, a one-time challenger for the UFC women's bantamweight championship, announced Tuesday on Instagram that she is pregnant and expecting her first child on March 14. But just as significantly, Davis said that her 5-year-old niece, Hayden, who was diagnosed earlier this year with Stage 4 neuroblastoma, is making considerable progress.

    Neuroblastoma is a type of cancer common in children that attacks nerves that control the heartbeat and blood pressure. The tumor often spreads. The Stage 4 diagnosis indicates that the tumor has spread to distant organs. The five-year survival rate for a child diagnosed at age 5, according to, is 52 percent.

    Hayden certainly is by no means out of the woods yet, though her tumor has shrunk. She still faces many obstacles, but Davis said the family is optimistic.

  • Santa Cruz, Mares vow to make L.A. proud

    Kevin Iole at Yahoo Sports 21 hrs ago

    Leo Santa Cruz and Abner Mares have established themselves as two of the finest lighter weight fighters in the world over the past five years.

    To be determined on Saturday at Staples Center, however, is the identity of the best lighter weight fighter from Southern California.

    They’ll meet in Los Angeles and in front of a national television audience on ESPN in one of the most significant featherweight bouts of the 21st century.

    It’s the kind of fight between two elite fighters in their primes of which boxing needs much more.

    It’s reminiscent in some ways of another Southern California battle held 38 years ago at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif.

    The non-title bout, which is known in boxing lore as “The Battle of the Z Boys,” brought the city to a halt on April 23, 1977. It paired 45-0 Carlos Zarate against 32-0 Alfonso Zamora in a bout that had boxing fans drooling.

    They had knocked out 66 of their combined 67 opponents leading into the match and had a rivalry fueled by the fact that both were trained and managed by Arturo Hernandez Sr.

    “That was a crazy, hyped-up fight,” recalled Richard Steele, who refereed the bout. “Just being there was exciting. It was a very electric atmosphere.”

  • Floyd Mayweather's $4.8M car is nice, but his flashy show is nearing an end

    Kevin Iole at Yahoo Sports 1 day ago

    LAS VEGAS – Floyd Mayweather’s media day on Wednesday was kind of like the first episode of the final season of a long-running television show.

    His legendary boxing career will end sometime around 10 p.m. Pacific time on Sept. 12 after he’s beaten up Andre Berto at the MGM Grand Garden. On Wednesday, the characters and the storylines that have become so familiar over the years were on hand yet again before the final goodbye.

    The gym was sweltering as a smaller than usual media crowd awaited Mayweather’s arrival. When he was supposedly 15 minutes away, Mayweather’s publicist began to usher the photographers and videographers into the parking lot of the tiny strip mall in the Chinatown section of this gambling city where the Mayweather Boxing Club is located to document his arrival in his new Koenigsegg CCXR Trevita.

    According to, the Trevita is only one of two ever made. Mayweather wrote on his Instagram account last week that he paid $4.8 million to purchase it.

    Mayweather said several times in a brief conversation with reporters that this fight will be it. There will be no comeback.

  • Ronda Rousey says she makes more per second than Floyd Mayweather

    Kevin Iole at Cagewriter 1 day ago

    But UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey says that while her total compensation isn't anywhere near Mayweather's, she believes she makes more per second than the boxer does.

    Rousey was stopped on the street by a reporter for TMZ and, quickly, the conversation turned to Mayweather, whom Rousey topped last month for the ESPY as "Best Fighter."

    During the conversation with TMZ, Rousey said she makes two to three times more per second than Mayweather.

    "I don't know if you saw the Floyd thing, where he said, 'When you make $300 million in a night, give me a call.' I actually did the math and given the numbers in my last fight, I'm actually the highest-paid UFC fighter, and I'm a woman. And I think I actually make two to three times more than he does per second. So when he learns to read and write, he can text me then."

    So by any standard, she's doing well.



  • Mishandling of latest Anthony Johnson incident sadly becoming UFC's norm

    Kevin Iole at Yahoo Sports 2 days ago

    Rest easy, fight fans. Anthony Johnson will fight Jimi Manuwa at UFC 191 on Sept. 5 in Las Vegas after a "thorough investigation by a third-party law firm," hired by the UFC to review Johnson's interactions with a woman at his South Florida gym found, well, who knows what.

    We do know the Johnson-Manuwa fight is still on, because 25 of the 143 words in the statement the UFC issued on Monday made clear to point that out.

    What we know is that on Aug. 18, Johnson made an inflammatory statement on his Facebook page about a woman who apparently dared to stretch on a yoga mat near where he was lifting weights.

    And we further know that a day later, a not-exactly-contrite Johnson issued a statement in which he kind of, sort of apologized but more or less tried to cover his butt because his bosses got angry at the tenor of his Facebook post.

    Also, we know that Johnson will undergo some sort of counseling.

    According to the UFC's statement, Johnson has also agreed to make a donation to a Florida-based women's charity.

    What we don't know is:

    • Which law firm investigated the incident and who paid for it.

    • What the results were of said law firm's investigation.


  • Why Mares-Santa Cruz featherweight fight has no buzz

    Kevin Iole at Yahoo Sports 2 days ago

    Abner Mares and Leo Santa Cruz speak as if their featherweight bout on Saturday will carry the kind of national significance that, oh, bouts like Sugar Ray Leonard against Thomas Hearns or Evander Holyfield against Mike Tyson once did many years earlier.

    They're wrong, of course. Laughably, wrong.

    Their bout has exactly zero buzz outside of the relatively tiny boxing community. Oh, it's probably going to be an outstanding match, filled with passion and punches, but it's not an event. It doesn't have the casual fan, let alone casual fans, counting the days.

    It's just another in a long line of fights being held each weekend. For the uninitiated, it's a pair of anonymous guys from an anonymous division and nothing to really get excited about.

    As boxing fans, we know differently. They have a combined record of 59-1-2 with 32 knockouts, and at their best, figure to put on a breathtakingly brutal bout. They have been on a collision course for years, and it should be the biggest thing going in the lighter weight classes.

    This was a fight that could have happened had either Mares or Santa Cruz demanded it. Sadly, neither did not.

  • How boxing's upcoming PPV bouts stack up

    Kevin Iole at Boxing 13 days ago

    Boxing’s upcoming schedule is filled with pay-per-views, which is a downer for those who understand that pay-per-view has made a select few fighters insanely rich, but overall has been a detriment to sustained, long-term growth for the sport. 

    Boxing will be far better if pay-per-view simply fades away, because the sport can’t grow if the best fights and brightest stars always fight in front of the smallest possible audience. 

    There are four notable (or at least somewhat notable) pay-per-view fights scheduled between now and the end of the year.

    Shane Mosley and Ricardo Mayorga will kick it off on Aug. 28 when they meet at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif. Floyd Mayweather will fight for what he says is the final time on Sept. 12, when he meets Andre Berto at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. WBA/interim and WBC middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin will face IBF middleweight champion David Lemieux on Oct. 17 in New York. And on Nov. 21 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Miguel Cotto and Canelo Alvarez will meet to determine the world's greatest 155-pounder, the ridiculously unnecessary catch weight for their WBC middleweight title bout.



  • Chris Weidman-Luke Rockhold middleweight title clash set as co-main event of UFC 194

    Kevin Iole at Cagewriter 14 days ago

    The UFC is in the process of building another mega-card, announcing that a middleweight title fight between Chris Weidman and challenger Luke Rockhold will serve as the co-main event of UFC 194 in Las Vegas on Dec. 12 at the MGM Grand Garden. ESPN's "SportsCenter" first reported the news, which Yahoo Sports confirmed with UFC president Dana White.

    That bout will serve as the co-main event to the featherweight title unification bout between champion Jose Aldo and interim champion Conor McGregor that Yahoo Sports first reported on Monday.

    After both UFC 189, headlined by a McGregor victory over Chad Mendes, and UFC 190, headlined by Ronda Rousey, exceeded 1 million pay-per-view buys, the UFC has a chance for the first time in its history to have three shows exceed 1 million sales.

    "But what makes this fight so interesting is, Weidman's the same kind of guy. He's got all the same kinds of attributes as Rockhold."

    The Dillashaw-Barao rematch on Fox peaked at nearly 4 million viewers on July 25, White said.


  • Anderson Silva's questionable explanation leads to harsher penalty

    Kevin Iole at Yahoo Sports 14 days ago

    LAS VEGAS – The bitter irony of UFC superstar Anderson Silva's defense against doping charges is that he would have likely fared far better had he provided no defense at all.

    Silva, 40, was suspended Wednesday by the Nevada Athletic Commission for one year, retroactive to Jan. 31, and fined $380,000 after failing drug tests both prior to and after his bout against Nick Diaz at UFC 183 at the MGM Grand Garden.

    Silva admitted to taking Oxazepam, a benzodiazepine used to treat anxiety and acute alcohol withdrawal, as well as Temazepam. Also a benzodiazepine, Temazepam is a sedative-hypnotic used to treat insomnia.

    He said he was prescribed those drugs by a physician in Brazil. He said he first took them late last year after he injured his sciatic nerve and spent a night in the hospital.

    Silva testified that he took them again after the weigh-in on Jan. 30. He said he wasn't feeling well after the weigh-in and took the medication when he got back to his room.

    Had Silva not had the supplements tested and denied knowing how they got into his body, as boxer John Molina Jr. did earlier, he likely would have gotten off easier.

  • ‘Long shot’ inspired by daughter’s fighting spirit

    Kevin Iole at Yahoo Sports 15 days ago

    Steve Cunningham has endured much during half a lifetime spent in boxing. He’s been overlooked and underpaid, on the wrong end of bad decisions and ignored when he should have been celebrated.

    But he always persevered and soldiered on because, well, that’s what he was taught to do while he was in the Navy.

    When things get tough, Cunningham’s instinct is to fight. And when things get tougher, he fights harder.

    But as Cunningham and his wife, Livvy, were speaking to their daughter’s doctor in Philadelphia last summer, he felt overwhelmed, as if he’d been hit by the greatest body shot ever thrown.

    Kennedy Cunningham was born in 2005 with hypoplastic left heart syndrome. It is an often fatal birth defect in which the left side of the heart can’t pump enough blood.

    She had surgery when she was a day old, and doctors warned Steve and Livvy that she would likely never leave the hospital.

    Heroic measures had been performed throughout Kennedy’s life to save her. But as Steve and Livvy spoke to her doctor last year in Philadelphia, the words shook them to their very core.

    And at Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh, doctors were willing to give it another shot. This, clearly, was a life worth saving.