- Kevin Iole at Cagewriter1 day ago
It's not all that surprising when a fight with fighters weighing a combined 524 pounds ends in a devastating one-punch knockout.
What is surprising, though, is that one of them was able to score a massive knockout after having a pretty incredible battle with the scale.
A UFC source who asked not to be identified told Yahoo Sports a day before the weigh-in at UFC Fight Night 52 at the Saitama Super Arena in Tokyothat Mark Hunt had to cut 19 pounds to make the heavyweight limit of 265. Hunt, who was 284 the day before the weigh in, worked the weight off and weighed 264 officially.
He then went out and performed like a star, catching Roy Nelson with a perfectly placed right uppercut that knocked "Big Country" cold. Nelson went down face first as referee Leon Roberts immediately stopped the fight while Hunt simply walked away.
- Kevin Iole at Cagewriter2 days ago
This must be what it feels like these days to cover the NFL.
Two cases of domestic violence, an athlete holding a gun, allegations of drug use and an unhappy fighter ripping his organization highlighted the news that happened Friday in the UFC.
Iconic light heavyweight Wanderlei Silva, one of the most popular fighters in mixed martial arts history, announced his retirement in a sometimes rambling video he posted on YouTube in which he blasted the UFC for the way it treated fighters and for underpaying them.
Earlier in the day, the company announced in a terse statement it posted on its website that it had indefinitely suspended light heavyweight Anthony Johnson, who is No. 5 in its ratings, after the mother of two of his children obtained a temporary protective order against him. She told police he'd knocked out two of her teeth in 2012.
The UFC noted in its statement it had hired "a third-party law firm" to investigate the allegations against Johnson, which he denies.
Miesha Tate didn't have the most enjoyable trip to Tokyo. The former Strikeforce women's bantamweight champion missed her flight in Los Angeles and when she got to Japan, her luggage didn't show up.
She didn't have a lot of time to acclimate to the time zone in Tokyo, 16 hours ahead of her home in Las Vegas. She didn't have her luggage. She had plenty of interviews to do.
Tate, though, didn't stress even as her fight on a UFC Fight Pass card on Saturday against Rin Nakai rapidly approached.
She'd broken a two-fight losing skid in her last outing when she bested Liz Carmouche in Orlando, Fla., in April, and conceded it's easier to be positive coming off a win.
She went into that fight with Carmouche in a difficult spot. She'd lost two in a row – to champion Ronda Rousey and top contender Cat Zingano – and three of four.
But most felt she was no worse than the third-best fighter after Rousey and Zingano, and perhaps second-best, in the UFC.
Still, fighting isn't about what people believe. The results in the cage speak for themselves and with back-to-back losses, the Carmouche fight was huge for Tate.
- Kevin Iole at Boxing3 days ago
Despite allowing himself to be mired into the domestic violence controversy involving ex-Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, it doesn't appear it hurt Floyd Mayweather at the box office.
A source who has been generally reliable on such numbers confirmed that Mayweather's rematch with Marcos Maidana on Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden sold 925,000 pay-per-views. That is 25,000 better than their May fight, which sold roughly 900,000.
Showtime adopted a company policy earlier this year of not releasing pay-per-view figures, so Stephen Espinoza, Showtime's executive vice president and general manager, declined comment.
LAS VEGAS – For more than 40 years, a majority of the world's most significant fights have been held in this gambling town. They're frequently lavish events that attract the best and brightest from sports, entertainment and business and give another reason for the red carpet to be rolled out.
Big-time boxing is a way for casinos to lure their best gamblers back to town and further line their coffers.
For all of those 40-plus years, the Nevada Athletic Commission has come under scrutiny for handling promoters and prominent boxers with kid gloves.
Sometimes it's justified, but often it's not. Perception hasn't changed, though: The commission is perceived to be easy on the promoters and big-name fighters because of the money they bring to the state. It doesn't regulate in nearly the stern manner that the Nevada Gaming Commission does.
As recently as a July 23 hearing at the Sawyer State Office Building, that inconsistency was on display for the world to see.
Don Mouton, a largely unknown fighter who had competed three times previously in Nevada, requested a license from the commission to fight on the inaugural BKB card in August.
- Kevin Iole at Cagewriter3 days ago
It's Friday in Japan and it's probably safe to say it's not going to be the most enjoyable day for UFC heavyweight Mark Hunt.
Hunt, who said he began his training camp at an astounding 340 pounds, weighed 284 on Thursday in Japan, a UFC source confirmed to Yahoo Sports. That means that by the 4 p.m. Tokyo time weigh-in, Hunt will have to shed an additional 19 pounds to make the heavyweight limit of 265 for his bout at the Saitama Super Arena against Roy "Big Country" Nelson.
It's almost certain Hunt is going to spend most of his Friday in the sauna trying to shed 19 pounds.
It's hard to imagine he'll be able to lose all of that weight. If he misses, then it will be up to Nelson if the fight goes forward. Hunt weighed 262 pounds for his December bout against Antonio "Big Foot" Silva that went down as one of the greatest matches in UFC history.
In the event Hunt misses weight, Nelson will have the opportunity to decline to fight, which is highly unlikely. If Nelson declines, he wouldn't be paid, either.
But if Nelson chooses to fight anway, he would get 20 percent of Hunt's purse in addition to his own.
There's no script or manual with the right advice for how to deal with the suicide of a loved one.
It is particularly torturous for a private person in a public job, such as UFC women's bantamweight contender Cat Zingano, who will return to competition for the first time since the death of her husband, Mauricio, in January.
Zingano hasn't fought since defeating Miesha Tate on April 13, 2013, in Las Vegas – a win that was supposed to earn her a spot coaching opposite champion Ronda Rousey on The Ultimate Fighter.
A title shot went along with the coaching gig, but Zingano lost both opportunities when she injured her right knee in practice.
As she was compensating for the right, she injured the left and had to receive platelet-rich plasma therapy and stem cell therapy at the Ortho Regenerative Institute in Costa Mesa, Calif., in October.
But her husband, a noted coach and jiu-jitsu black belt, took his own life in January, and that sidelined Zingano even more.
As she has coped with the tragedy, her desire to once again fight has come back. All of her life, she said, she's been a fighter.
- Kevin Iole at Boxing4 days ago
Major changes appear afoot at Mayweather Promotions, with CEO Leonard Ellerbe's job in apparent jeopardy, according to comments by pound-for-pound champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. to FightHype.com's Ben Thompson.
In a brief question-and-answer session with Thompson, Mayweather indicated unhappiness with cutman/hand wrapper Rafael Garcia, and suggested there are problems between Ellerbe and himself.
Just last week, a glowing feature on Ellerbe ran in the Washington Post in which Mayweather lavished praised upon him.
It takes brains to want to surround yourself with brains. I want to surround myself with the best businessmen that I can possibly surround myself with. Leonard is a very shrewd businessman.
- Kevin Iole at Yahoo Sports4 days ago
LAS VEGAS – Gennady Golovkin peered out of a window on the south side of a penthouse lounge in the Mandalay Bay Resort, staring at a lush golf course that the high-rolling visitors to this gambling capital eagerly fork over $300 or more a round to play.
It is unlike anything that Golovkin may have ever encountered in his native Kazakhstan. Asked if he played golf, the middleweight champion snickered.
Turning away from the window, he said, "A little, but I'm not that good. Not like boxing."
The truth is, Golovkin could be a PGA Tour regular and still not be as good as he is in boxing.
The WBA middleweight champion, who will face Marco Antonio Rubio on Oct. 18 at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif., has quickly earned a spot among boxing's elite.
The fight with Rubio is his debut in Southern California and is already such a hot ticket that officials have released standing room tickets, which is a first for a boxing match there.
But the Rubio fight isn't the one that really is going to get the juices flowing, for either Golovkin or the public. He wants a marquee match in the worst way in which he can prove himself against one of boxing's established major names.
- Kevin Iole at Yahoo Sports5 days ago
LAS VEGAS – Friday, for the first time in the more than 10 years since he founded Golden Boy Promotions, Oscar De La Hoya seemed engaged, aware and in charge of what was going on with his company.
In the early days, he was seemingly content to defer to his onetime manager, Richard Schaefer, whom he appointed as Golden Boy's first and only CEO.
De La Hoya was an active boxer and though he'd invested a great deal of money in founding and operating Golden Boy, he seemed content to play a more secondary role.
After his career ended with a drubbing at the hands of Manny Pacquiao in 2008, De La Hoya frequently would say that he'd want to be in charge, but his actions rarely matched his words.
He had a drug and alcohol problem, as it turned out, and wasn't really capable of having a meaningful impact upon his company.
He made his first public appearance in July after leaving a rehabilitation center, and held a news conference in which he said all the right things. Still, it came off scripted and he didn't seem fully aware of the complex issues facing him with Schaefer no longer with the company.