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.
ince its brief heyday, when fighters like Christy Martin and Laila Ali captivated national audiences, women's boxing has largely been absent from the spotlight -- few appearances on major cards, and almost nonexistent on television. Yet, on the day when amateur middleweight boxer Claressa Shields made history as the first American boxer (male or female) to win gold medals in back-to-back Olympics, professional fighters Heather Hardy and Shelly Vincent also made history as the first women to be featured on Premier Boxing Champions' first nationally televised female undercard. Vincent, an openly gay fighter from New London, Connecticut, is an in-your-face brawler who dons short, tricolored hair and has her upper body covered in tattoos.
Whether it was the toll of age, an eye on a future fight or slipping talent, Robert Guerrero couldn’t hold off anonymous Argentine journeyman David Peralta on Saturday. The questions now aimed at former two-division champion Guerrero, 33, are stark after Peralta’s split-decision triumph at Honda Center. Guerrero, who lost to World Boxing Council welterweight champion Danny Garcia in February, picked up his head briefly after scorecards were read, raised a fist to a crowd of supporters and exited the ring. The judges’ scores were 115-113 (Zachary Young), 113-115 (Jerry Cantu) and 116-112 (Max DeLuca). Young gave Peralta seven of the last eight rounds, and DeLuca awarded Peralta each of the final