Demian Maia backed up his calls for a welterweight title shot with an early submission victory over Carlos Condit in the main event of UFC Fight Night at Rogers Arena on Saturday night. Ranked third in the division, Maia said this week that with a victory over Condit, he should be in line for a fight for the title now held by Tyron Woodley. Maia made quick work of the fight, which was scheduled for five rounds.
The long, painful process of getting rapper Jay Z’s Roc Nation Sports to formally commit to staging unbeaten Andre Ward’s fight against three-belt light-heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas is over. Roc Nation and Kovalev’s promoter, Main Events, officially announced Saturday that the anticipated Nov. 19 HBO pay-per-view bout is a go at the 20,000-seat arena, which staged the Canelo Alvarez-Amir Khan boxing match in May and the major UFC 200 and UFC 202 events. Tickets, starting at $55, go on sale Friday at axs.com and the T-Mobile Center box office. The promoters had haggled over finalizing the deal based on a long-ago verbal agreement after Ward defeated Alexander
Although Canelo Alvarez was roundly shellacked by boxing observers and fans for choosing to move down from middleweight to junior middleweight to fight Liam Smith instead of taking on Gennady Golovkin, it doesn’t sound like he or his promoter regret the decision. Golden Boy CEO Oscar De La Hoya told reporters this week that ticket sales have been strong for the Sept. 17 Alvarez-Smith fight at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. He believes those sales figures are a precursor to an impressive pay-per-view buy number. “We really can’t say how many PPVs it’s going to sell, but we’re expecting a big number,” De La Hoya said. “We strongly feel that Canelo’s star power is only growing, and as we get