VIDEO: MMA fight over in five seconds, but isn’t fastest KO in history

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Mesquite, Nev., is less than 90 miles from Las Vegas, but it’s a world away in terms of the fight game.

Still, you’ve got to start somewhere, and for Corey Conway and A.J. Leone, the CasaBlanca Casino and Resort in Mesquite was the venue for Saturday’s professional mixed martial arts debut for both bantamweights, as part of an event called Mayhem in Mesquite IV under the Tuff-N-Uff promotion.

Spelling out those details took longer than the fight did. Conway needed just five seconds to lay out Leone with a right cross on the button.

It was a spectacular debut for the 18-year-old, who competes as part of the Xtreme Couture team headed by UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture. But it was not the fastest KO in MMA history. That honor would haver to go to the two-second KO scored by Ryohei Masuda after Takahiro Kuroishi charged at him at the start of their 2008 bout in Tokyo.

How do these feats compare to those on the sport’s grandest stage? Well, the fastest finish in UFC history is 6.26 seconds, the time it took Duane Ludwig to flatten Jonathan Goulet in their 2006 fight in Vegas.

That’s the record-breaking time recognized by the UFC, at least. In the annals of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, which was the regulatory body in charge of the bout, the time was listed as 11 seconds. Someone apparently was slow with the stopwatch.

Another UFC fighter owns an even faster KO. But when Chris Clements starched Lautaro Tucas in three seconds back in ’06, it was at a local show in Montreal in the welterweight’s pre-UFC days. – JEFF WAGENHEIM

  • Published On Mar 05, 2014
  • Gennady Golovkin to step away from ring after father’s passing

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    There is no timetable for Gennady Golovkin's return to the ring, or what will happen to his fight scheduled for April 26. (Rich Graessle/Icon SMI)

    There is no timetable for Gennady Golovkin’s return to the ring after his father’s passing. (Rich Graessle/Icon SMI)

    NEW YORK — Middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin will not fight on April 26th due to the recent passing of his father, K2 Promotions Managing Director Tom Loeffler told Golovkin (29-0) was tentatively scheduled to face Andy Lee at Madison Square Garden.

    Golovkin’s father, Gennady Ivanovich Golovkin, died unexpectedly of a heart attack last month in Kazakhstan. He was 68. Golovkin, 31, has endured several family tragedies. In 1990, his older brother, Vadim, a soldier in the Russian army, was killed in action. In 1994, another older brother, Sergey, also a soldier, was killed.

    “It was very tough, very tough,” Golovkin told last year. “My family, it really tore us up.”

    Loeffler offered no timetable on Golovkin’s return to the ring. Golovkin has been in Kazakhstan with his mother and his twin brother, Max, since his father’s death.

    “It’s hard to say what is going to happen,” Loeffler said. “I think it is going to be a significant amount of time before he gets back to the States. He is the eldest surviving brother. He is the oldest twin. He has a lot of responsibility. There is a 40-day mourning period there. He will be there at least that long, possibly longer.”

    An HBO spokesman told that the network would explore possible options for the April 26th date. The Garden remains on hold and its possible another fight could replace Golovkin-Lee at that venue.

    – Chris Mannix

  • Published On Mar 01, 2014
  • UFC 170 Live Blog: Rousey wins in first round again

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    Ronda Rousey wins in UFC 170

    Ronda Rousey made quick work of Sara McMann with this knee at UFC 170 in Las Vegas. (AP)

    Daniel Cormier had an easy first-round victory over Cummins. (AP)

    Daniel Cormier had an easy first-round victory over Patrick Cummins. (AP)

    UFC Bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey didn’t need her savvy judo game in her ninth career bout, as she utilized brutal knees to the body to stop Olympic wrestling silver medalist Sara McMann one minute and six seconds into the first round of Saturday’s UFC 170 main event in Las Vegas.  Rousey said she’d sparred her entire preparation camp. This is the first of Rousey’s bouts that she hasn’t ended via armbar. Check out‘s round-by-round recap of the entire main card below.

    Main Card Results

    Ronda Rousey def. Sara McMann – TKO (knee) 1:06 R1

    Daniel Cormier def. Patrick Cummins  - TKO (strikes) 1:19 R1

    Rory MacDonald def. Demian Maia – Unanimous Decision (29-28 all)

    Mike Pyle def. T.J. Waldburger  - TKO (strikes) 4:03 R1

    Stephen Thompson def. Robert Whittaker – TKO (strikes) 3:43 R1


    Women’s Bantamweight Championship: Ronda Rousey vs. Sara McMann

    Sara McMann is the only challenger with similar Olympic credentials to Rousey. She’s a 2004 Olympic silver medalist (7-0) with obvious physical strength, something that might make a difference against Rousey, who’s been able to bully her previous opponents. McCann’s preference is top control and some good ‘ole ground-and-pound. The problem is Rousey (8-0) can maneuver her armbar assault from just about any position. The X-factor is the stand-up (neither woman is an ace there yet) and Rousey’s movie star distractions. No matter what she says, she hasn’t had the dedicated time to work her weak spots. Will McMann be able to capitalize?

    11:47 p.m. – Main event time. Sara McMann enters first with a T-shirt that reads “ETG.” Embrace The Grind. Rousey follows, mean-mugging an invisible opponent in front of her.

    11:55 p.m. – The women take center for instructions.  They touch gloves. Our referee is Herb Dean.

    R1 – It’s a brawl from the get go, both women throwing for the fences. McMann gets in the best strike and Rousey pushes it to the fence. McMann is defending well; Rousey is attacking with knees. Rousey throws a vicious body knee and McMann crumbles, her arms grasping her mid-section (liver shot). It’s all over.

     Official Result - Ronda Rousey def. Sara McMann – TKO (knee) 1:06 R1

    Light Heavyweight: Daniel Cormier vs. Patrick Cummins

    Though Cormier and Cummins have gone above and beyond to promote this bout, it’s hard to get excited for a last-minute replacement fight between a 4-0 newcomer and a 13-0 contender on the outskirts of the contender’s circle.

    Regardless, the two have had “beef” this week: the short of it is Cummins, a two-time All-American, made Cormier cry during an especially grueling wrestling session when Cormier was training for his Olympic bid. Apparently, UFC President Dana White booked the fight on this story. I’d gripe about this move, but why bother? Cormier has a good shot of knocking Cummins out.

    11:29 p.m.  - Goldie and Rogan going into overdrive to hype this next one. “Make no mistake. Pat Cummins deserves to be in the UFC,” says Rogan. At this point, everybody is making it into the UFC.

    11:34 p.m.  - Cormier jogs quickly to the Octagon. He looks determined. Cormier makes his Octagon lap. He looks all business; borderline peeved. Our referee is Mario Yamasaki.

    R1 – Cormier shrugs off Cummins half-shot. Cormier with an uppercut that hurts Cummins off the bat. Cormier taking his time. Cormier lands a left-right and Cummins goes down. Cummins turtled and Cormier lays on the hurt. This is over in no time.

    Official Result: Daniel Cormier def. Patrick Cummins  - TKO (strikes) 1:19 R1

    Welterweight: Rory MacDonald vs. Demian Maia

    This is the first bout on the card tonight that has actual ramifications for its division. Let’s start with Rory MacDonald (15-2), touted as the second coming of Georges St. Pierre, his mentor. MacDonald lived up to the hype with decision wins over Jake Ellenberger and B.J. Penn, but hit a brick wall with Robbie Lawler last November – a split-decision loss that cost him a title shot now that GSP has stepped down as champ. MacDonald had his hands full with Lawler; he needs a decisive showing tonight to get back in the title hunt.

    BJJ master Maia (18-5) was on a roll in his drop to 170 with back-to-back wins over Dong Hyun Kim, Rick Story, and Jon Fitch (February 2013). His split-decision loss to Jake Shields last October slowed down that train. Taking MacDonald out will get things back on track, though the young Canadian is quick on his feet.

    R1 – Maia shoots immediately and Mac sprawls. Maia shoots again and gets the TD this time into Mac’s guard. Maia is aggressive tonight. Mac has butterfly guard, trying to fend off the BJJ ace. Maia with an elbow and passes to side and then mount. Maia with punches. Mac trying to buck him off. Mac is trapped. Maia landing more punches. Mac tries to backdoor out and Maia maintains half guard. 1:30 to go. Mac fights to butterfly guard. Tactical battle here, folks. Maia is smothering Mac. Mac finally to his feet with :45 to go. Maia with inside left kick. Maia is with strong combo. He’s looking good. Mac bleeding on bridge of his nose. Maia 10-9

    R2 – Mac comes in strong with a combo. Maia with nice left hook to a shot; Mac sprawls. Maia with jab; then a big left.  Maia shoots; Mac sprawls again. Mac with body kick and Maia shoots again. No go. Maia slowing down fast. Mac is picking up momentum. Mac with a combo. Maia looks hurt, groggy on his feet.  Maia shoots again. Not even close. Mac starting to stalk. 1:45 to go. Mac with an inside leg kick; follow-up right. Mac with body kick and Maia stumbles a bit. He’s not landing his strikes anymore. Mac with another body kick. :30 to go. Mac misses a superman punch.  Big reversal of fortune here. Mac 10-9

    R3 – Mac takes center. Maia with another lame shot.  Mac with another body kick – these are killing Maia. Mac with straight right. Maia shoots again and pays for it with a punch retreating out. Maia throwing flailing overhand lefts. Maia grabs a single, musters the strength to lift Mac and body slam him. Not sure where he got the energy for that, but he’s got 2:30 to cinch this fight up. Maia trying to pass guard; his face is bloody. Mac bucks Maia over his head and is back to his feet. This is going down to the wire. Maia with another half shot and another. Mac sprawling away. Mac with front kick. Maia with another sprawl and Mac tags him with an uppercut on the way out. Maia is just swinging wildly at this point. He’s spent. Mac tags Maia with a right. Another right and a combo to finish. Mac 10-9

    11:25 p.m.  - “The animal is back.” — MacDonald

     Official Result: Rory MacDonald def. Demian Maia – Unanimous Decision (29-28 all)

    Mike Pyle vs. T.J. Waldburger 

    The 38-year-old Pyle (25-9) is entering the final phase of his career on a respectable note. He’s won four of his last five UFC bouts (eight of his 12 UFC appearances); Matt Brown took him out in the last with a 29-second KO six months ago. A win over Waldburger won’t put Pyle any closer to title contention…

    …but Waldburger (16-8) stands to gain more with a win over the veteran Pyle. The 25-year-old Texan is also coming off a first-round KO loss – his to Adlan Amagov last October.

    10:28 p.m. – Waldburger enters first to ACDC. Pyle enters with a big smile and his magic mullet. Our referee is Herb Dean.

    R1 –  Wald takes center. Feeling each other out. Pyle with soft outside low kick. Pyle with inside left kick that Wald returns. Clinch and Wald pushes Pyle to fence. Wald drops levels for a single; Pyle keeping him at bay. They separate and back to center. Wald slips on a high kick but recovers. Wald with left hook. 2:30 to go. Wald with overhead right and follow-up right. Clinch and Pyle trips Wald down and into side control. Pyle passes to side control. Pyle with sporadic punches, knee to Wald’s side. 1:00 to go. Wald bounces out and up. Pyle has Wald in Thai clinch, lands knee. Wald on outside along  fence. Pyle keeps the clinch; another sold knee as they travel off fence to opposite side of cage. Pyle trips Wald at bell. Pyle 10-9

    R2 – Wald forward with high kick that Pyle blocks easy. Wald with outside low kick. Pyle with straight left and Wald goes down, but grabs a leg on the way. Pyle twists out and maneuvers into half guard. Wald trying to set up guillotine; Pyle out. Wald wall-walks and Pyle knees him on the way up. Back to center. Wald bleeding from his nose. Pyle with spinning back kick; Wald blocks. Wald looks like he’s tiring a bit. Wald initiates clinch and pushes Pyle to fence again. We stall here in a fight for control. Pyle takes Wald’s back and rolls him down. Wald bounces back to his feet and tries to double-leg Pyle down. :30 to go. Back to center again and not much else to bell. Pyle 10-9

    R3 – Wald bleeding from his left eye and nose. Wald picks up his pace; he knows he’s down. Pyle with a nice right. Wald with a left hook. Wald with body shot. Pyle with overhand right. Another right and Wald stumbles. Clinch and Pyle lands again.  Spinning back fist from Pyle and follow-up knees from Thai clinch. Wald pushes Pyle to fence to slow him down. Ties him up. 2:20 to go. Wald with knee in clinch. Knees and two elbows from Pyle. He has Wald in trouble; rolls Wald into guillotine. Wald turtles and its follow-up shots from back mount. Wald can’t defend and ref Dean finally steps in.

    10:52 p.m.: “His leg quicks were hard. We expected a battle and we got it,” says Pyle. Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith flash across our screen.

    Official Result: Mike Pyle def. T.J. Waldburger  - TKO (strikes) 4:03 R1

    Welterweight: Stephen Thompson vs. Robert Whittaker

    “Wonderboy” Thompson (8-1) has rebounded well enough from his sole career loss to Matt Brown last April with victories over Nah-Shon Burrell (May 2013) and Chris Clementes (Sept. 2013). He has potential in the division — especially as a quick, crowd-pleasing striker — but needs more time for development.

    Whittaker (11-3) should be a fine challenge. He took gritty TUF winner Court McGee to task last August, narrowly dropping a spilt-decision loss to the tough-as-nails fighter.

    R1 –  Whit takes center cage. Whit in with a jab; Thompson taking side stance. Good pace from both to start. Thompson with a right hook; then a left a few seconds later. Thompson landing front, side kicks; Whit has slowed down his attack. Thompson forward with a landing combo. Whit starting to chase Thompson down; lands here and there, but Thompson is generally circling out. Thompson with hook kick. Thompson standing in front of Whit, doesn’t look afraid of Whit’s striking. They continue to exchange. Thompson lands a big right straight and Whit goes down, tries to get his feet and is knocked down again in the Thai clinch with knees. Follow-up shots and referee Yamasaki stops it.

    Official Result: Stephen Thompson def. Robert Whittaker – TKO (strikes) 3:43 R1

    10:23 p.m. – Thompson very polished in his post-fight interview. Stone Cold Steve Austin and UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis in the house.

    Preliminary Results

    • Alexis Davis def. Jessica Eye – Split Decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
    • Raphael Assuncao def. Pedro Munhoz – Unanimous Decision (30-27 all)
    • Aljamain Sterling def. Cody Gibson – Unanimous Decision (29-28 all)
    • Zach Makovsky def. Josh Sampo  – Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
    • Erik Koch def. Rafaello Oliveira – TKO (punches) 1:24 R1
    • Ernest Chavez def. Yosdenis Cedeno – Split Decision (28-29, 29-28, 30-27

  • Published On Feb 22, 2014
  • Amir Khan goes on Twitter rant after believing he lost potential Floyd Mayweather fight

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    Amir Kahn hasn’t helped his case for a Mayweather fight, dropping two of his last four bouts. ( Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

    If anyone is looking for Floyd Mayweather, you can find him inside Amir Khan’s head.

    For nearly two decades Mayweather has been the master of the mental game, poking, prodding, doing everything he can to make an opponent uncomfortable outside the ring as he makes them look in it. Khan, the former unified junior welterweight titleholder long rumored to be a frontrunner to fight Mayweather in May, is the latest potential foe to understand this.

    To recap: Last December, Khan believed he had a deal to fight Mayweather sewn up. In an interview at Showtime’s Manhattan offices, Khan was practically giddy. While acknowledging that he couldn’t confirm anything, Khan consistently referred to a fight with Mayweather in the present tense. Privately, members of his team said that virtually all the deal points were agreed to.

    Things changed quickly on December 14th, when Argentinean slugger Marcos Maidana upset Adrien Broner. Suddenly Maidana—who Khan defeated back in 2010—was a player in the Mayweather sweepstakes. And Mayweather, never one to miss a chance to self promote, took advantage, publicly saying Maidana was a candidate, even putting a poll featuring the two fighters up on his website to give fans an opportunity to vote for their choice.

    As the weeks have gone by, Khan has begun to come unraveled. After urging his Twitter followers to vote for him in the poll, Khan tweeted after winning that he was just waiting for Mayweather’s call. There was a measurable desperation in his words. And then, on Wednesday, Khan tweeted this:

    Somewhere, Mayweather has to be laughing.

    Despite Khan’s surrender, it’s entirely possible he could still be Mayweather’s next opponent. Mayweather is about one thing: Money. Though Maidana offers the more crowd-pleasing style — and is coming off his biggest win — he brings little to a promotion. He speaks minimal English which diminishes his value on a U.S. press tour —  To those that say Saul Alvarez didn’t speak much English either, Alvarez is exponentially more popular than Maidana. Khan, on the other hand, is well known in the U.S., popular in his home country of the U.K. and has 1.38 million Twitter followers to sell the fight to. Showtime has been one of the biggest proponents for Khan, as network executives wanted to cash in on Khan’s popularity while he was still a viable opponent.

    Moreover, Khan may be a more dangerous opponent. Maidana’s brawling style is a hit with audiences, but it’s a solvable attack. Khan beat him in ’10. Devon Alexander virtually shut him out in ’12. Beating Broner was a nice feather in Maidana’s cap, and he has undoubtedly improved as he has grown more comfortable at 147-pounds. But a wild free swinger would seem to be a tailor made opponent for one of the best ring tacticians in boxing. Khan, on the other hand, brings a different level of hand speed and footwork, albeit with a weak chin.

    Whatever happens, Khan has no one to blame for this mess but himself. His sense of entitlement towards a Mayweather fight is mind boggling when you considering he has lost two of his last four fights—a decision defeat to Lamont Peterson and a knockout loss to Danny Garcia—and his two-fight winning streak has come against low level opponents. Khan has yet to fight as a full 147-pounder, yet he believes he has earned a shot at the best fighter in boxing?

    Khan put himself in this position, and now he has to live with the consequences. What he should have done was gone forward with a planned welterweight title fight against Alexander last December. Had Khan beaten Alexander, he would have been a strong candidate to face Mayweather. Instead Khan passed on the offer to wait on a phone call that has never come.

    – Chris Mannix

  • Published On Feb 21, 2014
  • Renan Barao retains bantamweight crown vs. Urijah Faber at UFC 169

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    Renan Barao (left) and Urijah Faber face off during the UFC 169 weigh-in at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. (Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

    Renan Barao (left) and Urijah Faber face off during the UFC 169 weigh-in at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. (Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

    Here is’s live play-by-play blog for UFC 169: Renan Barao’s first-round TKO of Urijah Faber to retain the bantamweight crown was the highlight match from the UFC 169 card at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. Play-by-play and results are listed from main event down.

    Official Results:

    Renan Barao def. Urijah Faber - TKO (punches) 3:42 R1 

    Jose Aldo def. Ricardo Lamas – Unanimous Decision (49-46 all)

    Alistair Overeem def. Frank Mir – Unanimous Decision (30-27 all)

    Ali Bagautinov def. John Lineker – Unanimous Decision (29-28 all)

    Abel Trujillo def. Jamie Varner – KO 2:32 R2

    Alan Patrick Silva Alves def. John Makdessi – Unanimous Decision

    Chris Cariaso def. Danny Martinez – Unanimous Decision

    Nick Catone def. Tom Watson – Split Decision

    Al Iaquinta def. Kevin Lee – Unanimous Decision

    Clint Hester def. Andy Enz – Unanimous Decision

    Rashad Magamedov def. Tony Martin – Unanimous Decision

    Neil Magny def. Gasan Umalatov – Unanimous Decision


    UFC Bantamweight Championship: Renan Barao vs. Urijah Faber

    With the injury-ridden Dominick Cruz now out of the picture (for the moment), interim champ Barao (31-1) has taken the throne. Barao is a bit of a slow-starter, but finds his groove (and his opponent’s pace) as the fight goes on. He’s deceivingly dangerous everywhere and already beat Faber via decision in July 2012. Barao is going for his fourth title defense.

    Some might take offense to Faber (30-6) getting a title shot tonight – it’s been blatantly obvious in the past that he’s a Zuffa favorite and might not have been completely deserving of the breaks he’s gotten. But in this case, I believe Faber has earned his shot this time. Since his loss to Barao, Faber has looked real good in his last four UFC bouts, including his most recent second-round submission over the younger Michael MacDonald (December.)

    R1 - Faber lands first: an outside left low kick. Faber catches Barao kick and slips in a decent punch. Faber looks aggressive. Faber throws a kick and slips to the ground; Barao tries to capitalize, but Faber composes himself. Barao with a left to overhand right. Faber moves in and Barao lands a combo that sends Faber back out. Barao with an outside low kick. Barao with a huge punch and Faber goes down. Faber to his feet and Barao swarms him on fence. Faber clinches for his life and manages to push the mass of men back to center. Barao is relentless, though, and another overhand and Faber goes down again, turtled, Barao punching away. Dean steps in with the stoppage, though Faber objects.

    Official Result: Renan Barao def. Urijah Faber - TKO (punches) 3:42 R1 

    12:32 – Our boys meet center cage, referee Herb Dean flanking them. Of course, they touch gloves.

    12:27 – Main event time. A corn-rowed Urijah Faber enters first with his “California” anthem. He’s taking this bout on three weeks’ notice. Lights out and boos fill the arena. Poor Renan Barao.

    UFC Featherweight Championship: Jose Aldo vs. Ricardo Lamas

    The UFC is past running out of opponents for Jose Aldo, the Anderson Silva of the featherweight scene before Chris Weidman broke the Spider’s streak. Enter Ricardo Lamas (13-2), coming off a second-round TKO over Eric Koch – Lamas’ fourth straight win in the UFC. Is it a good enough resume for Aldo? Probably not.

    Making his sixth title defense and with no obvious challengers in sight, Aldo (23-1) continues to flirt with his promise to move up to the lightweight division, where things will get much more interesting for him. Until then, we get to see if underdog Lamas can usurp a champion whose sheer aggressiveness and power is daunting.

    R1 - Lamas with opening low kick; misses a second attempt. Two minutes in with little action. Lamas throwing low kicks, but Aldo defending easy. Aldo has thrown virtually nothing up to this point. Aldo with a spinning back kick but Lamas circles out to avoid. Aldo catches Lamas’ kick, charges in with flying knee and almost nails Lamas with that. He gets in a follow-up shot before Lamas escapes again. Aldo lands body shot. :30 to go. Not much happening to the bell. Aldo 10-9 with effective striking.

    R2 - Aldo lands first significant kick about a minute in. Aldo misses with a combo.  Lamas again with low kicks, but Aldo has that number. Aldo looks like he’s calculating, waiting for his opening. Aldo with occasional body punch, but not landing. Aldo with a low kick to Lamas’ thigh; and then another.  Lamas with a missing wheel kick. Aldo lands another right kick to thigh. 1:00 to go. Aldo with another harsh kick; Lamas’ thigh must be hurting. Bell. Aldo 10-9

    R3 - Aldo starting to pick up his pace. Punch to his killer kick. Lamas shoots for single; Aldo defends easy. Lamas must know the end is coming. Aldo’s low kicks are just brutal and they’re all landing on Lamas’ lead leg. Lamas hasn’t given up yet, but his striking attempts aren’t really getting through. Aldo with body shot to another low kick. 1:30 to go. Aldo with body shot – his pace is starting to slow, but he’s still out ahead of Lamas. Bell. Aldo 10-9

    R4 - Aldo opens with his low kick. Lamas shoots for double, pushes Aldo to cage, has Aldo off his feet against fence for a few seconds before Aldo finds his footing again. Lamas switches to single leg, but Aldo reverses him on fence. 3:00 to go. Aldo trips Lamas to mat, settles into half guard. Crowd is not impressed with this laboring pace. Aldo slips to mount. Lamas flips to his back, and rear-naked is in. Aldo switches sides and Lamas manages to buck Aldo off. Lamas grabs a single leg, Aldo’s back to fence. :30 to go and it stalls here. Aldo 10-9

    R5 - Lamas starts strong with kicks and Aldo pushes him to fence. Aldo with a trip TD into full guard. Lamas’ corner screaming for him to get up. They don’t like how this one is going. Aldo trying to pass guard. Aldo to side and right to mount. We’re parallel with the fence. 3:00 to go. Lamas is trapped. Lamas escapes out the back and Lamas takes top in the scramble that follows. Lamas to his feet and leaps in with punch, Aldo responds by clinching him. Aldo with high guard; 1:30 to go. Lamas misses with an elbow. Lamas trying to rally for a finish, but Aldo’s tying him up for the most part. :30 to go. Lamas can’t get anything through Aldo’s guard to bell. Aldo 10-9

    Official Result: Jose Aldo def. Ricardo Lamas – Unanimous Decision (49-46 all)

    11:38 – Lamas struts with purpose to the cage. And it’s Aldo’s turn. Pedro Rizzo and Andre Pederneiras in his corner.

    11:32 – Overeem tells Rogan he played a conservative game tonight, then calls out Brock Lesnar. I seriously doubt Lesnar has designs to come back to the UFC  – just Dana White propaganda talk, in my opinion.

    Heavyweight: Frank Mir vs. Alistair Overeem

    This is probably the most anticipated fight on the card, even with two title bouts still to go. Former champ Mir (16-8) has had a tough road of late: three straight losses to Junior Dos Santos, Daniel Cormier, and most recently, Josh Barnett, who took Mir out with a quick first-round knee (TKO). Mir is a master on the ground, but the bad news is…

    ….Alistair Overeem (36-13) comes out like a monster in the first round, trying to bully his opponents to the cage with punches and knees. Beyond the first round, Overeem’s endurance, both physically and mentally, wanes dramatically. Travis Browne and Antonio Silva have exposed these weaknesses in Overeem’s last two bouts, leaving the Holland-based fighter a disappointing 1-2 in the Octagon.

    R1 - Overeem with right to body. Mir in with a left-right, they clinch on the fence, but Overeem shrugs it off. Mir lands a quick left. Overeem with an overhand left that lobs Mir’s neck. Overeem clinches, then nails Mir with a big knee to head that sends Mir to his behind and against fence. Overeem pounces, locks up Mir’s arm so he can’t defend. Mir fights to his knees, but Overeem is kneeing his body bad. Mir manages to escape and it’s back to center. 2:00 to go. Mir looks surprisingly OK. Mir swings and misses. Overeem clinches again and Mir drops to guard, trying to grab a leg on the way. No go. Overeem in Mir’s half guard. 1:00 to go. It stalls here to bell. Mir is bleeding slightly from his nose.  Overeem 10-9

    R2 – Overeem with a dead-on  jab. He doesn’t look gassed. New territory for him. Overeem with a left, then throws Mir off him like he did Brett Rogers back in the Strikeforce days. Mir clinches and Overeem reverses him onto fence. Referee separates them quickly. Overeem with combo. Mir bulldozes Overeem to his butt against the fence, locks up the guillotine and flops to his back. Mir loses the hold and is left with Overeem in his half guard. Overeem peppering Mir with big shots to the head. Mir is getting bloody; looks like cuts around his eyes, affecting his vision. Mir recovers guard. 1:15 to go. Overeem is still punching, picking his shots. Mir can only defend. Overeem to his feet, Mir still on his back. Ref makes Mir stand with :13 to go. Bell. Overeem 10-9

    R3 – Overeem is looking — dare I say it — pretty fresh. Mir tries to shoot, but Overeem’s girth pushes Mir to his back. Mir has closed guard. Overeem to his feet; Mir asked to stand right away. Again, Mir shoots and Overeem sprawls, then muscles Mir to his back. Mir recovers full guard. Overeem with a big elbow that makes the crowd wince. Mir again forced to defend. He pulls Overeem into him, trying to stop the onslaught. 2:00 to go. Mir’s face getting bloodier and bloodier. Overeem’s pace has slowed, but he just needs to ride this out.  Overeem backs out with 1:00 to go and Mir is beckoned to his feet again. Overeem with a nice right hand. Mir is spent. Overeem with a right-left; only lands the right. Bell. Overeem 10-9 (judges might go 10-8 on this one.)

    Official Result: Alistair Overeem def. Frank Mir – Unanimous Decision (30-27 all)

    11:08 – Mir gets the lights-out treatment, enters with Frank Sr. in his corner. Mir’s father has cornered his son for all of his fights. TUF vet James McSweeney is also in Mir’s corner.  Our referee is Dan Miragliotta.

    11:05 – Overeem is the first to enter, again with the extroverted entrance, egging on the crowd to get hyped. he gets the first pop from the crowd once he climbs into the cage and makes his entrance lap.

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  • Published On Feb 01, 2014
  • After long layoff, Victor Ortiz ready to get back to boxing against Luis Collazo

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    Losses to Floyd Mayweather and Josesito Lopez derailed Victor Ortiz's rise, but he's back with a vengeance after 19 months (Grant Hindsley/AP

    Losses to Floyd Mayweather and Josesito Lopez derailed Victor Ortiz’s rise, but he’s ready to get back in the ring. (Grant Hindsley/AP)

    NEW YORK — Three years ago Victor Ortiz was on top of the boxing world, a welterweight champion barreling towards a showdown with pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather. He was young, good looking with a compelling back story, a true star on the rise.

    Today, Ortiz is something else entirely.

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  • Published On Jan 29, 2014
  • Mikey Garcia remains undefeated by taking out Juan Carlos Burgos at MSG

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    Mikey Garcia (left) was rarely seriously threatened by Juan Carlos Burgos during the fight. (Gregory Payan/AP)

    Mikey Garcia (left) was rarely seriously threatened by Juan Carlos Burgos during the fight. (Gregory Payan/AP)

    NEW YORK — Three thoughts on Mikey Garcia’s unanimous decision win over Juan Carlos Burgos and Bryant Jennings’ knockout win over Artur Szpilka at Madison Square Garden:

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  • Published On Jan 26, 2014
  • Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley set for rematch in April

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    Manny Pacquiao (right) will look to hand Timothy Bradley his first loss when the two meet in April.

    Manny Pacquiao (right) will look to hand Timothy Bradley his first loss when the two meet in April. (Chris Carlson/AP)

    NEW YORK — Eight-division champion Manny Pacquiao will challenge WBO welterweight titleholder Timothy Bradley on April 12th at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Top Rank announced on Saturday. Pacquiao-Bradley will be a rematch of the controversial 2012 fight that Bradley won in a highly disputed decision.

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  • Published On Jan 25, 2014
  • Three Thoughts: Curtis Stevens dominates in first-round knockout of Patrick Majewski

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    Curtis Stevens cruised to a knockout win against overmatched Patrick Majewski. (Rich Graessle/Icon SMI)

    ATLANTIC CITY — Three thoughts on the card headlined by Curtis Stevens first round knockout win over Patrick Majewski:

    Welcome back, Curtis Stevens

    Stevens, 28, took the toughest loss of his career in the biggest fight of his career against Gennady Golovkin last November. But Stevens — who missed most of 2010 and all of 2011 in a promotional dispute — was determined to get back in the ring quickly. Against Majewski, Stevens (26-4) vowed to be more aggressive, to not think as much in the ring. That’s what he did, dropping Majewski three times en route to an easy knockout win.

    It’s difficult to discern whether Stevens made any real improvements since the Golovkin fight; Majewski, who went the distance in a loss to middleweight contender Patrick Nielsen last September, was completely overmatched, getting dropped by a jab on the first knockdown and getting overwhelmed by a flurry of power punches at the end. Still, it was an impressive comeback win for Stevens less than three months after such a devastating defeat. 

    Where now, Curtis?

    It’s a simple fact of boxing: If you can talk a good game and back it up with crunching power, you can climb back into the world title picture quickly. Stevens does both. The 160-pound division is rich with television friendly talent, but the most appealing candidate for Stevens could be WBO titleholder Peter Quillin. Quillin has struggled finding marketable opponents while Stevens promoter, Kathy Duva, told that she would like to get Stevens back in the ring quickly. There are plenty of politics involved — Stevens fought his last fight on HBO and Quillin fights exclusively on Showtime — but Quillin-Stevens would be a dynamic fight at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn

    The rise of Thabiso Mchunu continues

    On the televised undercard cruiserweight Thabiso Mchunu scored his second straight significant victory, outpointing Olanrewaju Durodola. The compact, 5-foot-8 Mchunu is masterful at fighting taller opponents; he stays in a tight crouch and counterpunches with superior speed. Durodola looked uncomfortable against Mchunu throughout he fight, and there was an unusual amount of back and forth between fighter and trainer between rounds. For Mchunu though, it was another dominating win. Most of the top 200-pounders are in Europe, but the South African born Mchunu is rapidly moving up the cruiserweight rankings on his way to a world title shot.

    – By Chris Mannix

  • Published On Jan 25, 2014
  • Eager to move past loss, Curtis Stevens ready to take on all comers

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    Curtis Stevens was eager to get back into the ring even after falling to Gennady Golovkin in November. (Rich Graessle/Icon SMI)

    Curtis Stevens was eager to get back into the ring even after falling to Gennady Golovkin in November. (Rich Graessle/Icon SMI)

    ATLANTIC CITY — He watched the fight just once, but for Curtis Stevens one viewing of his November loss to middleweight kingpin Gennady Golovkin was enough to burn every detail into his memory. Sitting outside Gallagher’s Steakhouse this week, Stevens was able to recall every mistake he made against Golovkin. Backing up too much. Not letting his hands go enough. Too much time spent looking for the perfect shot.

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  • Published On Jan 24, 2014