The scene was sadly familiar to Janice Dillashaw. Her cell phone would buzz, alerting her to the arrival of a text message.
It was from her son, and as she read it, she got that helpless feeling all mothers get when their child has hit a difficult point in life.
"It was just completely ripping my heart out," she said.
It happened more than once, and it was never easy for her, her husband, Hal, or her son, T.J. Dillashaw.
T.J. was one of the best wrestlers in California while he was at Bret Harte Union High School in Angels Camp. And then he was one of the best wrestlers in the then-Pac-10 while he was at Cal State Fullerton, when the school still had a wrestling program.
But as good as he was, Dillashaw was unable to win the event that really mattered. He didn't win a state title or the Pac-10 conference championship even though he believed completely that he could.
When he came up short, he'd be devastated and would pour his heart out to his mother via text message.
- Kevin Iole at Cagewriter1 day ago
The UFC released a statement Tuesday in which it conceded that president Dana White had no authority to order judge Howard Hughes to be yanked from his assignments at a fight card on Saturday at Cotai Arena at The Venetian in Macau.
An admittedly angry White pulled Hughes after Hughes scored the first two fights of the night.
That would not have occurred in a jurisdicition with a regulatory body, but because there is no commission in China, the UFC self regulates. But Marc Ratner, the UFC's vice president of regulatory affairs and the man who normally handles such duties for the UFC, did not attend the show. He was at the card in Tulsa, Okla., later Saturday.
LAS VEGAS – Mixed martial arts fans collectively cheered on Saturday when UFC president Dana White yanked Howard Hughes as a judge after he was unhappy with Hughes' work in the first two bouts at a fight card Saturday in Macau, China.
This, though, was a decision that should have been booed, and loudly, even if one believes that Hughes clearly blew both of the first two bouts.
The UFC self regulates in jurisdictions that have no athletic commission or governing body, such as Macau. In those cases, the UFC generally appoints Marc Ratner, its vice president for regulatory affairs and, notably, the highly respected former executive director of the Nevada Athletic Commission, to run such shows.
Ratner runs those shows under Nevada rules, and he appoints the judges, the referees and runs the drug testing.
But Ratner wasn't in Macau on Saturday. Instead, he attended the card in Oklahoma later that night, though he did appoint the judges and referees for the Macau show.
It was only 15 months ago that Adonis Stevenson obliterated Chad Dawson in Montreal in their fight for the WBC light heavyweight title, though it seems like 15 years.
Stevenson has blown any momentum he captured with his surprising performance against Dawson.
He's made a series of stupefying decisions and appears much more like Clark Kent rather than the “Superman” nickname he's most definitely not living up to.
With the official word coming last week that the only two other light heavyweights who matter, Bernard Hopkins and Sergey Kovalev, are going to fight Nov. 8 in Atlantic City, Stevenson essentially has been pushed out of the spotlight.
Fortunes change quickly in boxing and in a year's time, much of the negative talk surrounding Stevenson could be forgotten.
The key word here is much. Much of it will be forgotten. Not all of it will be.
Boxing fans and the media have long memories. And they'll remember a guy who blew a potential Fight of the Year with Kovalev. They'll remember a guy who jumped networks seemingly to get a fight with Hopkins, then not making that fight.
- Kevin Iole at Boxing2 days ago
Wladimir Klitschko, the IBF/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion, announced Monday he has to pull out of his planned Sept. 6 title defense against Kubrat Pulev because of a torn left biceps.
Klitschko will have to miss approximately four weeks of training.
“I am very disappointed the fight will not go ahead," Klitschko, 38, said. “So far I have been in top shape and had a great training camp. I am sorry for my fans as well as my opponent, Kubrat Pulev, who has surely prepared just as intensely.”
The fight will likely be rescheduled before the end of the year and will be held in Hamburg, Germany.
- Kevin Iole at Boxing4 days ago
One of the perks Floyd Mayweather Jr. received in the six-fight contract he signed last year with Showtime was the ability to serve as executive producer of the preview shows about his fights.
The next installment of Showtime's All Access series will build toward Mayweather's Sept. 13 rematch at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas against Marcos Maidana. It will debut on Showtime on Aug. 30 at 9:30 p.m. ET and the new round will be familiar for long-time Mayweather observers.
Throughout the piece, Mayweather boasts of his skills, his wealth, his cars and the lifestyle the money provides him. Such over-the-top gimmickry in the debut of HBO's 24/7 series before his fight in 2007 with Oscar De La Hoya is what vaulted him into superstardom.
He's never abandoned that theme and turns to it again in his fourth All Access series for Showtime.
In one segment of the debut episode, Mayweather speaks of his boxing career. "They kind of believe," he says in a voice over while clips are shown of him dressed like James Bond gambling in a casino. "I really believe. They think they're good. I know I'm great."
- Kevin Iole at Yahoo Sports4 days ago
An athlete in the Steroid Era can never escape the situation that now surrounds Cung Le, a UFC middleweight contender who never aroused even a second of suspicion previously in his illustrious fighting career.
Suddenly, though, a picture of an extraordinarily jacked Le hit the Internet and, inevitably, the suspicions skyrocketed.
The photo of Le shows him posing with larger, more defined pectoral muscles and a washboard-like abdomen. It was out of character for a 42-year-old who previously was one of the few non-heavyweights to be considered pudgy.
Now, as Le prepares to fight Michael Bisping in the main event of a UFC Fight Pass streamed card on Saturday in Macau, he’s smack in the middle of a performance-enhancing drugs controversy.
Le told MMA Junkie’s John Morgan the other day that the photo was one of those things, taken at the perfect moment in the perfect light, and that it portrayed him with more of a bodybuilder’s physique than he actually has.
- Kevin Iole at Boxing4 days ago
On Monday, Manny Pacquiao will appear at a news conference at The Venetian in Macau, the first stop on a promotional junket that ends Sept. 4 in New York. The tour is designed to promote his Nov. 22 bout on HBO Pay-Per-View for the WBO welterweight title against Chris Algieri at The Venetian's Cotai Arena.
The trip will cover 27,273 miles and will include stops in Macau and Shanghai, as well as San Francisco, Los Angeles and Las Vegas.
It will be, as these things often are, a celebration of Pacquiao.
Pacquiao will need to prove his continued relevance, particularly since Algieri is largely an unknown. Unknown fighters tend to result in low pay-per-view sales, and while the full measure of success for the Pacquiao-Algieri show won't be determined by pay-per-view sales, it is still a huge factor.
Pacquiao remains a God-like figure among his countrymen in the Philippine Islands, as well as among those of Filipino descent living in the U.S. and around the world.
What should scare promoters, however, is the fact that there hasn't been the kind of mania surrounding Pacquiao among non-Filipinos during his last few fights as there had been previously.
- Kevin Iole at Cagewriter5 days ago
LAS VEGAS – Wanderlei Silva's disciplinary hearing before the Nevada Athletic Commission on Thursday was postponed when Silva's attorney filed a motion questioning the commission's jurisdiction in the case.
A collector sent by the Nevada commission arrived at Silva's gym to randomly test him on May 24. Silva declined to be tested, saying he didn't speak English well enough to fully understand what was happening. He subsequently left the gym and flew to Brazil. He had been scheduled to fight Chael Sonnen at Mandalay Bay in the co-main event of UFC 175 on July 5 and had appeared at a news conference at the MGM Grand with Sonnen on May 23.
After Silva refused to take the test, he was yanked from the card and Nevada filed a disciplinary case against him. Nevada considers the refusal to submit to a test the equivalent of a failed test and sought to suspend him.
- Kevin Iole at Boxing6 days ago
Super middleweight champion Andre Ward, who previously lost two arbitration cases against promoter Dan Goossen with the California State Athletic Commission, lost another bid to break free of his promoter on Tuesday.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Holly E. Kendig ruled against Ward's contention that his contract with Goossen violated Section 2855 of the California Labor Code. Kendig also noted that the athletic commission had twice ruled against Ward on the contention. She has not issued a written ruling.
The clause is one that former boxer Oscar De La Hoya used in 2000 to break free of his contract from then promoter Top Rank.