- Kevin Iole at Boxing16 hrs ago
When Gennady "GGG" Golovkin knocked out Daniel Geale in the third round of their WBA middleweight title fight Saturday at Madison Square Garden in New York, the most impressive part of it was what occurred during the fight-ending right hand.
Golovkin was out of position, hands down, winding up to throw at Geale when Geale threw a right that landed squarely on Golovkin's nose. Geale is not a big puncher, but the force of the punch pushed Golovkin back ever so slightly and caused Golovkin to momentarily close his eyes.
But when Golovkin threw his right in return, he did so with his right foot off the ground. Geale's right had thrown off Golovkin's mechanics, and so he wasn't able to explode off the right like he frequently does and land a crushing shot.
Triple-G showed his incredible power, though, by hitting Geale so hard he knocked him down and ended the fight even when his balance wasn't nearly perfect or close to what it should have been.
Even though he's 32 years old and Saturday's bout was his 30th professional win in as many tries, Golovkin is still unproven in comparison to some of the hardest punching middleweights who ever lived.
- Kevin Iole at Yahoo Sports1 day ago
SAN JOSE, Calif. – Two years ago, Robbie Lawler and Anthony Johnson were UFC rejects, among the scores of promising fighters who failed to live up to their billing.
Saturday, in front of a national television audience on Fox, both men took giant steps toward the top of their respective divisions.
On a night with very few finishes at the SAP Center, Johnson delivered the one jump-out-of-the-chair moment when he blew out Antonio Rogerio Nogueira in just 44 seconds.
Johnson roared from his corner and stalked the highly respected veteran from Brazil. He blistered him with four consecutive powerful uppercuts, putting a quick end to Nogueira's night and perhaps his legendary career.
The devastating knockout rocketed Johnson toward the upper reaches of the light heavyweight division, where stars such as champion Jon Jones and elite contenders like Daniel Cormier and Alexander Gustafsson ply their trade.
Lawler moved to the very top of the welterweight division, earning the next crack at champion Johny Hendricks with a unanimous decision over a tough-as-nails Matt Brown.
- Kevin Iole at Cagewriter3 days ago
It appears the prodigal son is about to return.
Welterweight Nick Diaz, who was last seen in the Octagon when he was routed by Georges St-Pierre in a title fight in Montreal on March 16, 2013, plans to fight soon.
Diaz was in Las Vegas on Thursday to meet with UFC president Dana White and CEO Lorenzo Fertitta, according to a story on UFC.com.
Next year I guess. Whatever, though. I can fight tomorrow, tonight. You have to do what you have to do. ... [I came today] to sort things out with Dana White and Lorenzo. It was hard times for a little bit, but people act like I've been doing nothing. I've been getting some things done. Just because I'm not getting punched around every day doesn't mean I'm not focused on what I'm doing. Now, here we are.
Diaz has long been one of the sport's most popular fighters, but he might have been at the peak of his popularity on the night of his unanimous decision loss to St-Pierre at the Bell Centre.
- Kevin Iole at Yahoo Sports3 days ago
A 15-hour flight awaits Noad Lahat on Sunday morning, only hours after he faces Steven Siler on Saturday in a three-round featherweight bout at UFC Fight Night 12 at the SAP Center in San Jose, Calif.
Little good will come of the trip, but Lahat, 30, has few options.
He's headed to war, to join his countrymen in the seemingly never-ending struggle to defend Israel.
He was born in Alfei Menashe, Samaria, Israel, and has lived his entire life in the country except for those periods since 2009 when he's lived in San Jose during his mixed martial arts training camps.
His preparations for the bout with Siler, though, have been more difficult than normal. He doesn't want to be in the gym. He doesn't want to be in the U.S. His heart and mind are thousands of miles away, on the other side of the world, where his countrymen are fighting the Palestinians in Gaza.
"It's been really hard," Lahat told Yahoo Sports. "I've been on my phone all the time, checking messages, checking the news, stuff like that. The only time I get some peace and get to isolate myself from all of this is when I'm in the gym training.
- Kevin Iole at Yahoo Sports4 days ago
Anthony Daniels is a fighter and soon will become a boxer. Despite his burgeoning interest in the sweet science, the 23-year-old former hockey player from Ridgewood, N.J., has been a fighter long before he ever pulled on a pair of boxing gloves.
Daniels is an athlete and is proud of his past. He was a good enough high school hockey player that he was recruited to play collegiately at Division III Norwich University in Northfield, Vt.
The last few years haven't been easy for Daniels and a fluke accident ended his hockey career.
It was a crisp, bright January day, and Daniels and his buddies had just finished a day of playing pond hockey. Daniels owned a regulation-sized hockey net, which he brought home on the back of a friend's car.
The friend pulled into his driveway, but disaster occurred. Daniels was between the back end of the car and the net. The car somehow went into reverse. Daniels' foot was caught on the bumper. The net acted as a post.
His leg snapped in half, he said. Doctors put a full cast on it and he couldn't walk for seven months. His dream of collegiate hockey was just about over.
- Kevin Iole at Cagewriter4 days ago
The moment that Daniel Cormier decided to drop to light heavyweight from heavyweight, the former Oklahoma State wrestling star and 2008 U.S. Olympic wrestling captain put his sights squarely on champion Jon Jones.
Cormier got his wish on Wednesday when he was chosen to replace Alexander Gustafsson opposite Jones in the light heavyweight championship bout that will headline UFC 178 on Sept. 27 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Gustafsson, who nearly defeated Jones last year in an epic battle at UFC 165 in Toronto in one of the great matches in UFC history, tore the meniscus a knee in training that forced his withdrawal.
There is no extent of the severity of the injury or how long he'll be out. UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta said Gustafsson was hurt while training in Sweden. He said because of the time difference between Sweden and Las Vegas, it's been difficult for him to get information from Gustafsson's camp.
- Kevin Iole at Boxing4 days ago
LAS VEGAS – Floyd Mayweather bucked the system for much of his career in boxing, battling with promoters and attempting to change the status quo in order to favor the boxers.
Now, though, Mayweather is officially a part of the system he fought, when his company, Mayweather Promotions, was granted a promoter's license in Nevada.
Mayweather Promotions was licensed three weeks ago in New York, but the ability to promote in Nevada, his long-time home and the boxing capital of the world, was significant.
Mayweather, who faces Marcos Maidana on Sept. 13 at the MGM Grand in a rematch of their May 3 bout, said he could have been licensed long ago, but wanted to make certain the timing is right.
"We didn't want to rush and we wanted to do it when the time was right," Mayweather said following the quick hearing and 5-0 vote in his favor. "That time is now."
The challenge he'll face once his career over is he won't have a star anywhere near himself in his stable. He'll need to develop fighters, as Top Rank's Bruce Trampler did so ably with him and Oscar De La Hoya in the 1990s, and build fighters into ticket-selling and pay-per-view selling attractions.
- Kevin Iole at Cagewriter4 days ago
LAS VEGAS -- Vitor Belfort was given a license by a 5-0 vote by the Nevada Athletic Commission on Wednesday, freeing him to challenge Chris Weidman for the middleweight title on Dec. 6 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in the main event of UFC 181.
Whether he'd have gotten that affirmative vote had he announced that the fight would be in Brazil instead of Las Vegas will never be known.
But be sure that it didn't hurt his cause at all. Prior to UFC 175, which was also at Mandalay Bay, UFC president Dana White told Yahoo Sports that the card would have a non-gaming economic impact of $175 million on Las Vegas' economy. A Weidman-Belfort title fight, with a potential Ronda Rousey-Gina Carano women's bantamweight title fight underneath it, would do massive business and would likely attract a paid gate in excess of $4 million.
- Kevin Iole at Yahoo Sports4 days ago
LAS VEGAS – A humble and contrite Chael Sonnen appeared before the Nevada Athletic Commission on Wednesday and offered no evidence in his own defense after failing back-to-back drug tests.
The former UFC contender was ultimately suspended for two years for testing positive for Clomiphene, Anastrozole, HCG, HGH and EPO in separate tests, given on May 24 and June 5. He was also forced to pay the costs of the tests that ultimately nabbed him.
But the five members of the commission seemed to alternate between going for blood and asking him out for a drink.
At one point, commissioner Anthony Marnell, a one-time catcher in the San Diego Padres' organization, brashly denounced Sonnen's cheating and demanded a lifetime ban. Marnell spoke of how angry he was as a baseball player when he was subjected to random tests but players on the 40-man roster were not. He pleaded for strong action against Sonnen.
But at other times, the commissioners seemed to want to pat Sonnen on the back and apologize for having to trouble him to appear at the disciplinary hearing.
- Kevin Iole at Cagewriter5 days ago
The one thing that was guaranteed after a massive crowd turned out for Conor McGregor Saturday in Dublin, Ireland, following weeks of frequently over-the-top trash talking that everybody and his brother would want to fight him if he won.
McGregor stopped Diego Brandao in the first round and, predictably, heard a lot of fighters calling his name.
Dustin Poirier, though, is the one who will get the call. The UFC announced the bout Tuesday on its Twitter page. It will occur at UFC 178 in Las Vegas, where Jon Jones will defend his light heavyweight title in the main event against Alexander Gustafsson.
The Jones-Gustafsson bout is a rematch of one of the greatest in UFC history, and one that had a close and somewhat disputed ending.