Chael Sonnen accepted his loss to Tito Ortiz like a man at the Bellator 170 post-fight press conference, but the three-time UFC title challenger is now alleging that ‘The Huntington Beach Bad Boy’ verbally tapped out shortly into the first round. “The score is one-one between Tito and I and you always go into a rubber match,” Sonnen said on his podcast, ‘You’re Welcome!’ on Thursday (h/t Jed Meshew of MMA Fighting). “Everyone knows that. The only reason I kept my mouth shut at the Tito fight - look, Tito tapped in that fight. I knew Tito tapped when he tapped. I heard Tito verbally tap and I’ve never said a word about it, privately to Tito at the press conference or to you guys. I never said
Eleider Alvarez cemented his position as the mandatory challenger for WBC light heavyweight titleholder Adonis Stevenson tonight, beating former super middleweight titleholder Lucian Bute by fifth round TKO in Quebec City. In the opening two rounds, Bute (32-4-1, 25 KO) and Alvarez (22-0, 11 KO) fought at about a 50-50 tempo, but heads clashed at the end of the second and changed the fight. Bute was cut on the bridge of the nose, but Alvarez was cut on the forehead, and was very unhappy about it. In the third, he fought emotionally, and Bute was able to use that against him as the round wore on. We saw some more fire in the fourth. Alvarez, not known as a fiery competitor so far in his career,
When it’s all said and done, Chris Algieri’s biggest achievements in boxing might not be the championships he wins, but the mouths he feeds. The former WBO junior welterweight champion from Huntington, Long Island, has hit pause on his own boxing career to put his expertise in nutrition to use. Algieri is serving as the performance nutrition coach for Danny Jacobs in preparation for his middleweight championship fight against Gennady Golovkin on March 18 at Madison Square Garden. Algieri, 32, already is the head performance nutrition coach at Stony Brook University, where he earned a Master’s Degree in Clinical Nutrition. He also is certified by the International Society of Sports Nutrition.