- Kevin Iole at Yahoo Sports4 hrs ago
Elias Theodorou isn't a household name, at least not yet. But he might be familiar if you read Harlequin romance novels.
There are a number of photos of Theodorou, a rising UFC middleweight who fights Bruno Santos on Saturday in Halifax, Nova Scotia, on their covers.
The majority of them focus on what apparently the company's editors think is his best feature.
"You have to ask them why, but it seems they like my derriere," Theodorou said, chuckling. "I know. They like the looks of my butt."
Theodorou was the middleweight winner of "The Ultimate Fighter: Nations," and gained some measure of renown during his victory over Sheldon Westcott in the finale.
As Theodorou was on top of Westcott and in total control of the fight, he peered up, grinned at the camera and said, "Hi, Mom!"
Some people took it as he meant it and laughed, but others were outraged and found it disrespectful. However, he got as much attention for those two words as he did for just about anything else he'd ever done in fighting.
- Kevin Iole at Cagewriter21 hrs ago
Cung Le told a reporter that a photo of him that he'd posted on his Instagram page showing him looking exceptionally more muscular than he ever had in the past was simply the result of luck. It was taken in the perfect light, snapped at the perfect time, Le said.
As it turns out, it also appears to have been assisted by Human Growth Hormone. The UFC announced in a statement on its website Tuesday that Le tested positive for HGH following his Aug. 23 loss to Michael Bisping in Macau, China. Bisping won the fight by fourth-round TKO.
After seeing the photo of the much larger appearing Le, Bisping had requested that the UFC do both blood and urine testing for his fight. It appears those tests are what caught Le.
In its statement, Zuffa said Le would be suspended for nine months and would have to pass a drug test before he would be allowed to fight in the UFC again. The statement in full is as follows:
- Kevin Iole at Yahoo Sports2 days ago
Dan Goossen, a colorful, gregarious man who turned boxing promoting into a family business, died early Monday at 64 following a battle with liver cancer.
Goossen promoted many of boxing's top stars over the past quarter of a century, including James Toney, Michael Nunn, Terry Norris, Andre Ward, David Reid, Gabriel and Rafael Ruelas, Chris Arreola, David Tua, Joel Casamayor, Paul Williams, Bernard Hopkins and Floyd Mayweather.
"It is with overwhelming regret that we announce the passing of Dan Goossen, 64, from complications relating to liver cancer," the family said in a statement. "The sudden news of his diagnosis was very much a private matter and his final days were spent surrounded by his family and closest friends.
"Sadness is difficult to escape as we grieve his passing. However, we are filled with pride by the fact that Dan Goossen battled this aggressive illness with boundless strength and the last days of his life were fought and lived with unflinching bravery, pure love and grace beyond measure."
- Kevin Iole at Yahoo Sports3 days ago
LAS VEGAS – Donald Cerrone is rarely at a loss for words, but as Conor McGregor held court at the post-fight news conference for UFC 178 Saturday, Cerrone had difficulty expressing himself.
Not long after McGregor knocked out Dustin Poirier in the first round of their featherweight bout before 10,544 at the MGM Grand Garden, he was more entertaining with a microphone in his hands than half of the stand-up comics playing on the Strip.
Cerrone mostly listened with a sly grin on his face until McGregor said he'd beat both featherweight champion Jose Aldo and No. 1 challenger Chad Mendes easily and that he didn't think much of the remainder of the rest of the 145-pounders.
"The division is filled with rookies and has-beens," McGregor said.
Cerrone's eyes nearly bulged out of his head. Even for one of the UFC's best talkers, that was more than he'd expected.
"Oh [expletive]," Cerrone said, grinning broadly while shaking his head in amazement at McGregor's gall.
- Kevin Iole at Yahoo Sports3 days ago
LAS VEGAS – The UFC seemed like it was trying to set up a coronation for Conor McGregor on Saturday. And though the outspoken Irish featherweight did what he said he'd do, it was a pair of lightweights who stole the show.
Eddie Alvarez made a spirited bid to score a dramatic upset over one of the lightweight division's biggest names, but in the end, he couldn't deal with Donald Cerrone's leg kicks.
Cerrone used a series of hard knees and devastating leg kicks to finally overtake the former Bellator champion and score a unanimous decision in their highly anticipated lightweight battle on the main card of UFC 178 at the MGM Grand Garden.
Cerrone did little different in the first round, but the judges gave that to Alvarez based upon two flurries in which Alvarez rocked Cerrone with strikes. But for the rest of the night, Cerrone was pounding away with kicks.
Late in the third round, Alvarez slumped to the canvas, his leg finally unable to hold him up. Though 90 seconds remained, the only drama was whether Cerrone would finish him.
- Kevin Iole at Yahoo Sports6 days ago
LAS VEGAS – It was a little before 8 a.m. Wednesday, and the RV Park in the shadow of the Strip was mostly quiet. There was next to no activity, and the chirping of birds created a serene environment.
Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone climbed down the steps of his 40-foot RV and placed his hand over his eyes to shield them from the sun. In three days, he would take part in one of the most important fights of his career, facing Eddie Alvarez in the co-main event at UFC 178 on Saturday at the MGM Grand.
Most of the work for a fighter is done by this point and it's mostly a waiting game.
There are interviews to do to promote the show and, of course, the weight cut. And then, for most fighters, it's hours upon hours of sitting around and waiting.
Cerrone, though, isn't most fighters. He had a series of interviews and appearances he had to make on Wednesday that would last until about 3 p.m.
Cerrone laughed off the suggestion that he'd relax once his work duties had ended.
- Kevin Iole at Cagewriter7 days ago
LAS VEGAS -- Dominick Cruz was once one of the greatest fighters alive.
Three years and a slew of injuries later and no one knows for sure what, if anything, Cruz has left. Cruz last fought when he defeated current UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson in a bantamweight title fight on Versus on Oct. 1, 2011.
After that loss, Johnson dropped in weight, won the flyweight title and is now fourth in the UFC's pound-for-pound rankings. He'll defend his belt on Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden in the main event of UFC 178 when he takes on massive longshot Chris Cariaso.
Things worked out dramatically differently for Cruz in the aftermath of that outstanding win. He injured a knee while preparing for a rematch with Urijah Faber at UFC 148 and had to pull out of their planned 2012 rubber match. Later in 2012, Cruz's body rejected a ligament from a cadaver that had been used to repair his torn ACL, so he required another surgery.
- Kevin Iole at Yahoo Sports7 days ago
LAS VEGAS – Dustin Poirier has a weakness, which he readily and openly recognizes, that makes him vulnerable in a fight against Conor McGregor.
They'll meet Saturday on the main card of UFC 178 at the MGM Grand Garden in a three-round featherweight fight that has largely overshadowed everything else on a very deep, intriguing card.
McGregor is a phenomenon the likes of which the UFC may have never seen before. After only three UFC bouts, he's established himself not only as one of the best talkers and self-promoters on the roster, but as among the finest in the history of the company.
Few have come as far as quickly and with as much fanfare as McGregor. Just 17 months ago, he was on welfare and cashed a check for about $235 shortly before he made his UFC debut.
A week later, he was $60,000 richer and on a rocket ride to Las Vegas. A little over a year later, he sold out the O2 Dublin and likely could have come close to selling out the 80,000-seat Croke Park for his bout with Diego Brandao.
McGregor is quick-witted and eager to chat up reporters and is never at a loss for something to say.
- Kevin Iole at Boxing7 days ago
Michael Miller has worked for nine years as super welterweight James Kirkland's attorney, adviser, friend and manager, and he's come to expect the unexpected from Kirkland.
Kirkland declined a lucrative bout with Gabe Rosado on Nov. 8 on HBO, Miller said, because he was unhappy with how much of his purse was going to go to his promoter, Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson.
Miler said he was not at liberty to disclose the figures, but said that Jackson was above board with Kirkland and the amount that was going to go to Jackson was what all sides had previously discussed and agreed upon.
But in a telephone conversation between Jackson and Kirkland, it fell apart, Miller said.
HBO offered an amount of money to Jackson to get him to provide Kirkland's services for the bout. Kirkland wanted the fight and it seemed the fight was a go.
After talking on the phone with Jackson, Kirkland changed his mind, believing that Jackson was switching the deal.
- Kevin Iole at Cagewriter8 days ago
LAS VEGAS -- This is the craziness of the justice system in the fight game:
• Wanderlei Silva attended a press conference in Las Vegas on May 23 to announce he'd fight Chael Sonnen at UFC 175 on July 5.
• Later that day, a collector for the Nevada Athletic Commission showed up at Silva's local gym and demanded a blood and urine sample.
• Silva not only declined to be tested, he hopped a plane and flew to Brazil.
• He appeared at a disciplinary hearing in June and admitted he had a banned diuretic in his system.
• Silva blew off the continuation of his disciplinary hearing on Tuesday and not only didn't attend in person, he didn't bother to dial in on the telephone to participate.
Despite his absence Tuesday, he was given a lifetime ban and fined $70,000, 35 percent of what his purse woudl have been on July 5 had he fought, on a unanimous vote.
But his attorney, Ross Goodman, plans to sue to have the penalty vacated and the crazy thing is, he might be right.