Manny Pacquiao vs. Chris Algieri: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly


The Good: There is not much good I can say about this fight if I am honest with myself. I do believe that Algieri is showing a lot of guts to take this fight. Fresh off a shocking win over Ruslan Provodnikov, not many young fighters would want to face Manny Pacquiao in their very next fight. So my hat goes off to Algieri for challenging Manny, and challenging himself. I also like the fact that Manny is willing to give an up and comer, like Algieri a shot at his belt. Manny is not making outrageous demands such as; beat Adrien Broner, or beat Andre Berto, or defend your title three times and then you can fight me. Algieri, after all is a champion, and I do believe champions should fight champions no matter how much of a mismatch people think it is.

The Bad: This fight perhaps could be very one sided. Algieri shocked me by beating Provodnikov, but Manny is a completely different fighter. Manny is a lot faster, and a lot better of a boxer than Provodnikov, so I do not think this will be a very competitive contest. This fight is very low risk, and very low reward for Pacquiao. I believe if Manny wins, he actually loses, and if Manny loses, his career will be in jeopardy. If he loses, people will say he got beat by a virtually unknown fighter. If he wins, people will say he cherry picked a virtually unknown fighter. In reality, there is nothing for Manny Pacquiao to gain from this fight. However, if Manny did not take the fight, people would possibly say that Pacquiao is ducking Algieri. As silly as it sounds, it’s a tough position for any fighter to be in.

The Ugly: This fight being on pay per view is what is ugly. In fact, in my opinion, it is one of the worst pay per view fights in the last several years. This fight should be on HBO with another decent fight on the undercard. I cannot comprehend why anyone would want to pay $59.99-$74.99 to see this fight. I cannot comprehend why any promoter would think anyone would want to pay that amount for this fight. I know Pacquiao is a superstar, and a pay per view attraction, but pay per view should be reserved for major attraction fights. This fight is not a major attraction, and it will be interesting to see how the fighters and promoters try to get fans on board. I think the real losers in this fight are boxing fans for having such horrible pay per view fights forced upon them.

George Groves targets world championship title before the end of the year

George Groves is aiming to bounce back from his defeat to Carl Froch by becoming a world champion before the end of the year.

Groves tackles European super middleweight champion Christopher Rebrasse on September 20 in a final eliminator for the WBC title.

The Hammersmith boxer makes a swift return to the ring after suffering back-to-back stoppages against IBF and WBA champion Froch at Wembley Stadium in May.

To prepare for his showdown with the Frenchman Groves has travelled to America where he is currently training alongside undefeated IBO and WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin.

“I’m fighting jet-lag and it’s 10:30 at night where I am, up in Big Bear California,” Groves told Sky Sports News.

“We training out here, we’ve started camp. I’m training with Gennady Golovkin and his trainer Eddie Sanchez, and having a great time.”


Big Bear is a small city in San Bernadino Mountains which has previously been used for a training camp by boxers such as Mike Tyson and Oscar De La Hoya.

“It’s a fantastic place,” added Groves. “There are plenty of places to get really good food, some fantastic runs to do, the scenery and the clean air. You are at altitude, so it’s harder to breath up here and you’re fitness improves much more drastically than down at normal level.

“They’ve got great facilities and this moment in time there’s great sparring for me as well, you can definitely see the appeal for lots of American fighters.”

“We’re going to be in the States for around a month, we’re going to move around a bit, we are going to spend some time in LA and Vegas.

Groves is back in training less than six weeks after he was brutally knocked out in eight rounds by Froch.

“I 100% wanted to get back in the gym, especially after a loss,” added Groves. “I’m craving success and I want to be world champion.

“I definitely don’t want to take my time about this; I want to be back in action as soon as possible.”

“In many ways this is the most important fight of my career; it’s a fight that I can’t afford to lose. That’s one of the reasons why I want to prepare to my best abilities and make sure I don’t lose it.

“Rebrasse is ranked number three with the WBC and he is also ranked number three with one of the other governing bodies, the European champion which is obviously a prestigious belt.

“But for me the most important thing is that this fight has been nominated to be a final eliminator for the WBC, so after a painful loss I’m straight back in at world level with an opportunity to be fighting for a world title in the near future, possibly if I get through this fight it could be before Christmas.”


Victory over Rebrasse will secure Groves a shot at the WBC title, currently held by Sakio Bika, who defends against Anthony Dirrell on August 16.

“It’s a tough one, they’ve already fought and it was a draw. Bika has been around for a long time now, we’ve seen him in the UK fighting Joe Calzaghe many years ago, he gives everyone a tough night’s work, he’s unorthodox, scrappy and has a good chin, so he’s hard to break down.

“On the other side you’ve got Dirrell, who is a very good fighter, a very talented fighter, a very talented family in fact. I sparred with him and his brother out in Miami a couple of years ago and he hits hard and he’s very strong.

“It’s a tough one to call, you go with Bika because of his experience but Dirrell might be that more hungry. I think they both tough fights but both winnable for me, I look forward to getting past Rebrasse and taking on whoever comes through their bout.

“I’m confident of beating both men and for me it’s all about becoming world champion and fortunately I’m in a position where that dream can come true.”

Kevin Croom to Meet Anthony Birchak May 9th at MFC 40

Early Monday morning, Maximum Fighting Championship announced the signing of New Mexico based fighter Kevin Croom (13-4; Sherdog record) to a multi-fight deal. In his first fight with the promotion he is expected to face MFC Bantamweight Champion, Anthony Birchak (11-1), of Arizona. The fight is scheduled to co-headline MFC 40 on May 9th and will air live on AXS TV Fights when it is broadcasted from the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

“I got a tough-ass opponent,” Birchak told SWFight. “It’s hard to gauge what kind of striker he is. I know he hits hard.”

Birchak, became the inaugural MFC Bantamweight champion in his last outing by defeating Tito Jones at MFC 38 last October. Many New Mexicans may remember Birchak from his impressive outing against Matt Leyva at Jackson’s MMA Series X which took place in Albuquerque December of 2012.

In Croom, Birchak faces’s MMA Fighter of the Year, who is riding a career high eight-fight win streak; officially, unofficially it might be more as some of his fights still need to be verified.

An MMA nomad, Croom’s 2013 campaign saw him fight in four different countries including Columbia, Mexico and Kazakhstan.

“I feel unbreakable. The biggest thing is I know is that I won’t beat myself,” Croom is quoted as saying in yesterday’s press release. “At this level in this sport, everyone is a gifted athlete so it really becomes more of a mental game. Right now, I have my mental game plan at 100%.”

The title fight as far as we have collected, is set to go down barring any setback occurring to Croom in his February 28th TFC 27 contest against Bryan Goldsby, under the Titan Fighting Championship banner.  This will mark the third time Croom fights with the promotion.

While Croom signs a multi-fight deal with MFC, Birchak is nearing the end of his. Both fighters are on the brink of a major break and a victory over the other on May 9th could be the biggest turning points of their career.

Correia-Baszler Shifts to Sacramento

Fresh from a UFC 172 win over Jessamyn Duke in April, Brazilian bantamweight prospect Bethe Pitbull Correia will target another member of the Four Horsewomen when she takes on veteran Shayna Baszler at UFC 177 on August 30.

The bout was originally scheduled to take place on the postponed UFC 176 event in Los Angeles,

Correia, 8-0 with two UFC victories, made no secret of her desire to defeat each member of the California fight team led by UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey, and now she’ll get her chance at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento against Baszler, a female fighting pioneer and Ultimate Fighter 18 cast member who will be making her Octagon debut in the summer showdown.

Ex-Bantamweight Champ Dominick Cruz to Return Against Takeya Mizugaki at UFC 178

Former  UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz is set to return to the cage after nearly three years on the shelf.’s Brett Okamoto on Tuesday reported that Cruz will square off against surging Japanese contender Takeya Mizugaki as part of UFC 178, likely on the pay-per-view portion of the card. Headlined by a light heavyweight title rematch between Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson, the Sept. 27 event will take place in Las Vegas, though a venue has yet to be announced.

Cruz, 28, has not competed since his October 2011 title defense against Demetrious Johnson. “The Dominator” has seen multiple returns scheduled and then scratched due to a series of injuries, including an ACL tear which required a pair of surgeries. In January,  Cruz vacated his title when he was forced to withdraw from a unification bout with then-interim champ Renan Barao slated for UFC 169. The Alliance MMA product has tasted defeat just once in 20 professional bouts, a 2007 loss to Urijah Faber which Cruz avenged in 2011.

Mizugaki will enter the bout on five-fight winning streak which most recently saw him outpoint Francisco Rivera at UFC 173. Since transferring to the UFC from World Extreme Cagefighting in 2011, the 30-year-old Kanagawa native has compiled a 7-2 record, including victories over Bryan Caraway and Nam Phan.

Danny Garcia and Lamont Peterson to defend world titles in Brooklyn

Danny Garcia and Lamont Peterson will warm-up for a potential unification fight by appearing on the same bill on August 9.

Garcia will put his WBC and WBA light-welterweight titles on the line when he takes on Rod Salka at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.

And at the same venue, IBF champion Peterson will face Edgar Santana knowing victory will put him in line to face the undefeated Garcia.

I’m really excited about this fight and about making a statement to the boxing world that I’m the true junior welterweight world champion, Peterson said.

I know Danny will be watching me and I’ll be watching him. After August 9, there will be only one fight to make at 140 pounds.

Garcia, who stopped Amir Khan in the fourth round to win the WBA title in July 2012, is focusing solely on his next opponent – with fellow American Rod Salka coming into the contest with a 19-3 record.


I’ll be ready, Garcia said. I’ll give my fans another great show.

There will be a third world title up for grabs on the night, with Jarrod Fletcher and Daniel Jacobs clashing for the vacant WBA middleweight belt.

Fletcher, part of the Australian Olympic squad in 1008, has won 18 of his 19 bouts, while Jacobs (27-1) makes his returning after a 19-month lay-off fighting cancer.

This whole comeback has been a dream so far, and what better way to keep it going than with a world title fight? said Jacobs.

This is the fight I’ve been waiting for and no one will keep me from that belt.

Will Mayweather fight Pacquiao in 2015?

Although Freddie Roach and his new trainee Miguel Cotto are interested for a rematch, they prefer that Mayweather-Pacquiao saga would come to an end since the world is impatiently waiting for them. That is the fight that everyone loves to watch; therefore, expect for the boycott in the rematch between Mayweather and Maidana.

However, the biggest fight is not going to happen this year since Mayweather and Pacquiao have different opponents to face in their boxing careers. It is clear tha Mayweather’s camp wants to negotiate now to Pacquiao’s Top Rank promoter Bob Arum since there are no credible boxers would make 2 million buys. Indeed, it seems odd because the world had asked this super-fight a few years ago. I think it is less appealing now to the boxing fans around the world. I don’t know if they will still believe in this hype.

According to some reports, Mayweather now realizes that Pacquiao is going to leave boxing and is going to different direction, as he plans to run for senator or vice-president in his country. I guess the American boxer ponders how many millions of US dollars he’s going to lose if the mega-fight will not come to fruition. He now softens his stance about the possibility of the fight. Perhaps, he now feels that his legacy is not complete if he doesn’t fight Pacquiao.

There is one fight for Mayweather Junior in order for him to secure his legacy and retire in the sweet science. He will not be called as the greatest fighter in this era if he will continue to hide. A fight against pacquiao is a win-win situation, but he is not sure whether he will prevail or go home with a loss.

I have been following Mayweather’s career over the years and I would say he was genius to defeat his former opponents. I know he fought tough rivals in the past and schooled them like amateur boxers. I would agree for that. However, I don’t think he had faced someone like Pacquiao. I don’t think it is easy to beat the toughness of the Filipino congressman.

It is true that he easily defeated Marquez in their last meeting. But even Marquez had admitted before that Pacquiao was like a beast who delivered many lethal punches in different angles. Just imagine how Pacquiao would perform against Mayweather if ever they meet in the ring. I believe this is one of the reasons why Marquez is now avoiding Pacquiao because he is not sure whether he can still beat Pacquiao by knockout.

Top Rank Promoter Bob Arum had already offered Marquez several times a great deal of money, but the Mexican fighter did not want to fight Pacquiao. For him, his business for Pacquiao is over. Marquez wants his fans to remember him as the second fighter who defeated Pacquiao by knockout. I don’t think it is the best move for the Mexican warrior. Where is the word of COURAGE there if he avoids Pacquiao for a fifth bout?

Mayweather and Marquez need to fight Pacquiao. It is plain and simple. The Filipino boxing icon is ready anytime, anywhere. Let’s forget about the money. Let’s talk about a true legacy. I think they need Pacquiao as much as Pacquiao needs them. I don’t think Mayweather’s legacy is safe if he continues to avoid the Filipino boxing champ. This is the same with Marquez. He needs to fight Pacquiao for a fifth time since most fight fans believe that it was a ‘lucky punch’ that beat Pacquiao. I guess these two veteran boxers would make a very interesting competition for Pacquiao. Let’s make this happen!

Fab Five: Cerrone’s Defining UFC Moments

With nine UFC and five WEC post-fight bonuses to his name, Donald Cerrone is one of those fighters who makes it tough to find just five highlights from his thrill-a-minute career. But after whittling this list down to his UFC career alone and chopping down ever further, we think we’ve found the perfect five fights to check out if you want to get up to speed on the “Cowboy” before his UFC Fight Night main event against Jim Miller on July 16.

Paul Kelly – UFC 126

Result – Cerrone Wsub2 – Fight of the Night

Cerrone more than made his bones during his 10-fight run in the WEC, fighting the likes of Benson Henderson (twice), Jamie Varner (twice), James Krause, and Danny Castillo, but many wondered whether he could repeat that success in the UFC. Well, England’s Paul Kelly tried to test him, taking the fight to the Coloradan from the opening bell, but by the second round, Cerrone took over, getting into the mount and then finishing Kelly with a rear naked choke when the Brit gave up his back.

Charles Oliveira – UFC Live

Result – Cerrone TKO1 – Knockout of the Night

Known for his back-and-forth wars, Cerrone showed how dominating he could be against a top-level foe in his third Octagon bout, as he simply tore through Brazilian phenom Charles Oliveira. A body shot followed by a knee spelled the beginning of the end for “Do Bronx,” with Cerrone ending matters with ground strikes at 3:01 of the first round.

Melvin Guillard – UFC 150

Result – Cerrone KO1 – Knockout and Fight of the Night

Former training partners Cerrone and Melvin Guillard fought like bitter enemies in one of the most explosive 76-second fights you will ever witness. Guillard struck first, wobbling the steel-chinned Cerrone early on, but the “Cowboy” fired back with his own bombs, and after a head kick and some punches, it was lights out for “The Young Assassin.”

Evan Dunham – UFC 167

Result – Cerrone Wsub2 – Submission of the Night

By the time Cerrone’s UFC 167 bout with Evan Dunham rolled around, the former WEC standout was 1-2 in his previous three bouts, losing to Anthony Pettis and Rafael Dos Anjos and scoring a clear-cut but less than thrilling decision win over KJ Noons. But on this night in November of 2013, the old “Cowboy” was back, putting together one of his most complete and dominant efforts en route to a second-round submission victory via triangle choke.

Edson Barboza – UFC on FOX

Result – Cerrone Wsub 1 – Performance of the Night

Expected to be a war for the ages between two lanky and devastating strikers, the Cerrone vs. Edson Barboza bout in April of this year started out in the Brazilian’s favor, as he tagged his foe with several flush shots. But when Cerrone came back and dropped Barboza with a jab, it was just a matter of seconds before he locked in a rear naked choke and finished matters at 3:15 of the opening stanza.

Invicta FC Boosts Their Roster With The Signing Of FIT NHB’s Amber Brown

It was announced several days ago that FIT NHB’s Amber Brown would make the biggest move of her career and jump to the stacked roster of the all-women promotion, the Invicta Fighting Championship. The Shannon Knapp run organization houses the very best women mixed martial artists in the world and the promotion is a stomping grounds for women to show their talents in front of a large audience. The Invicta FC promotion has become well-known within the world of WMMA as being the best avenue to get into the UFC.

On February 9th, Amber Brown’s Facebook Fanpage let the world know officially that she was headed to the world’s premier organization for WMMA:

OK my awesome friends and family I have been waiting very very patiently and FINALLY allowed to announce that I have just signed with Invicta!!!!!!!!!!!!! Woohoo!!!! All of my hard work is definitely paying off!!!!!

Brown (3-1) was our pick in our year-end awards for the “Upset of the Year” in what is still her last bout to date. In July of 2013, Brown took her talents to Japan where she would fight for the Pancrase promotion for the second time of her career. Coming off of a loss to Emi Fujino in her first Pancrase bout, Brown took on the JEWELS Grand Prix Champion and world-ranked Kikuyo Ishikawa. After Brown assaulted Ishikawa with her brutal clinch work, she was able to secure a fight ending arm-bar submission in the third and final round. Coming off of that first Pancrase loss, Brown had the odds against her when she took on Ishikawa in the JEWELS Champion’s home-country.

Brown’s nickname “The Bully” has been showcased in full throughout her career defeating Abby Higginbotham by strikes and Ashley Aguirre via unanimous decision. She very well could have scored the TKO stoppage over Ishikawa as well, as Brown battered her foe with close range striking and the vicious Muay Thai clinch.

Training under the tutelage of Tom and Arlene Vaughn, the 25-year old Brown will definitely be well prepared for the elite ranks of the Invicta FC Atomweight division. Brown’s well-polished striking and underrated ground game will definitely make some interesting match-ups between the other 105-pound fighters. Interestingly, the division Champion for the promotion trains right down the street at the Jackson-Winkeljohn gym. Michelle Waterson captured the company’s first ever Atomweight Title in 2013 and it looks like there is another collision course between Albuquerque fighters at the highest level.

Join us in congratulating Amber Brown on the huge, career changing news and stay tuned for bout announcements and coverage!

UFC 170 And What It Meant For New Mexico Trained Fighters

This past Saturday, the highly discussed UFC 170 event was held inside the Mandalay Bay Event Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. The fight card for UFC 170 was stacked with talent, notable names and exciting match-ups and when the dust cleared and settled, it has become apparent that several of the evening’s bout conclusions hold some short and long-term ramifications for some of the state’s premier MMA talents.Let’s take a look now at some of those points:

Zach Makovsky vs. Josh Sampo

This one is a no-brainer as Makovsky has spent time training at the Jackson-Winkeljohn gym alongside highly touted Flyweight prospect Nick Urso. Makovsky is a former Bellator MMA Champion and joined the ranks of the UFC as short-notice replacement when Jackson-Winklejohn perennial championship contender John Dodson was forced out of his bout with Scott Jorgensen. Makovsky played spoiler in that bout and defeated Jorgensen and quickly emerged as a future contender at 125-pounds.

This past Saturday, “Fun Size” Makovsky competed for the second time in about nine weeks and defeated another solid opponent in Texas’ Josh Sampo. Makovsky is now on a four-fight winning streak since his two-fight skid for Bellator MMA and went from being 2-0 on the regional circuit to now being 2-0 as a UFC fighter. Talk about a comeback story!

Makovsky has turned his career around in the division change from Bantamweight to Flyweight and with his impeccably crafty wrestling talents is now in line for a fight against a more well-known foe which may lead to a main card fight in the near future.

Demian Maia vs. Rory McDonald

This highly anticipated Welterweight clash had implications for top contender Carlos Condit as the winner of the bout would be knocking on the door to contendership debatably one step behind “The Natural Born Killer”. Now with the conclusion engraved in stone, Condit’s bout with Tyron Woodley next month at UFC 171 will tell us a lot about the pecking order in the 170-pound division.

Condit has already defeated McDonald once, back in a 2010 bout that saw Condit survive early adversity to get a TKO stoppage over the younger Canadian fighter. Condit would hand McDonald his first career loss and propel himself into title contention. McDonald has spoken out about wanting to avenge that loss and that very well may happen depending on the outcome of the Condit/Woodley bout.

Currently, #1 and #3 ranked fighters Johny Hendricks and Robbie Lawler are tentatively scheduled to fight for the vacant division title. That match-up leaves #2 Carlos Condit and #4 Rory McDonald on a collision course in the future.

Stephen Thompson vs. Robert Whittaker

This one is a little far-fetched but I will give you my reasoning behind the thought process. The “Wonderboy” Stephen Thompson is definitely being groomed by the UFC to take on strikers after his hype train was derailed by the grappling of Matt Brown. Thompson’s exciting striking talents have earned him impressive and highlight-reel stoppages in three of his last four victories. I believe the UFC will stray away from matching Thompson with someone who has the ability to take him down.

Well how about match him with someone who has zero interest with taking him down instead?FIT NHB’s Tim Means is one of the most offensive strikers in that weight class (if not in all of MMA) and easily one of the most violent finishers in the game today. Currently on his comeback trail to the UFC, Means has finished two opponents under the Legacy FC banner and looks poised as ever to return to MMA’s premier promotion.

If the UFC wants to see Thompson strike, don’t give him a squash match against an outgunned grappler. Let’s see how he does against a striker who won’t stray away from wanting to exchange leather. I think those two would guarantee fireworks and the smart money would be on an emphatic finishing sequence.

Daniel Cormier vs. Patrick Cummins

This bout was as close to a squash match as you’ll ever see in a UFC bout, and essentially we learned absolutely nothing new about Cormier in victory. He did exactly what he should have done in that bout and while he earned the stoppage, the fight had little substance to write home about.

Except….. Daniel Cormier made 205-pounds.

With the win and the successful cut to 205-pounds, Cormier has now become a viable contender for the Light-Heavyweight Title that currently wraps itself around Jon Jones. While Cormier may not be the next in line (Alexander Gustaffson is the #1 contender unless he loses his upcoming squash match), Cormier can easily fill in a slot or contender spot should there be an injury atop the pecking order.

Cormier also has documented “beef” with Champion Jon Jones and placing him in a title fight will be an easy call due to the match-ups high marketability. Jones has his next title fight lined up for April against Glover Texiera and the future after that is absolutely “up-in-the-air” at this point. Cormier may very well be the next fight for Jones whether he wins or loses in April.

Ronda Rousey vs. Sara McMann, Alexis Davis vs. Jessica Eye – WMMA Bouts

Each time there is a WMMA bout being held on a UFC event, New Mexico buzzes in their talks of support for the state’s most celebrated and beloved fighter, Holly Holm. While it is evident that the fans within New Mexico are celebrating her current regional run towards a UFC-signing, they might be slightly premature in assuming she is anywhere close to a title shot against Ronda Rousey.

While Rousey showed her empathic dominance once again, winning in just a little over 60-seconds, it was the evenings first WMMA bout that should speak significantly to the career of Holm in the near future. It would be extremely unlikely that Holm walks into the UFC and gets a title shot and much more likely that she would have to fight 1-2 times in the UFC prior to getting that shot. Women like Eye and Davis are exactly the type of competition she would expectedly face which is of much higher competitive level then she currently takes on.

Both Eye and Davis exchanged in a tactical battle for three rounds and they both displayed the type of adversity that Holm may face. Jessica Eye for example, has crisp boxing talents; maybe not to the level of Holm Championship caliber boxing but Eye’s striking is much more fluid for MMA then most of their WMMA counterparts. Alexis Davis works the leg kicks and is very sound on the ground where she can get you there with very methodical takedowns. Either of those women would offer Holm challenges she’s yet to see in her MMA career and wins over them would definitely align herself for a bout with Champion Ronda Rousey.

Algieri signs contract to fight Pacquiao

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WBO jr welterweight world champion Chris Algieri today signed the contract for his showdown with WBO welterweight champion and boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao to take place November 22 in Macao, China. Algieri will have a payday upwards of $1 million and his 140lb title will not be on the line.

“I am pleased that I have been able to provide this opportunity for Chris,” Algieri’s longtime promoter Joe DeGuardia told “It’s rewarding when you see the fruits of your labor come to fruition. I want to thank the Paramount which has been home to his fights and fans over the years. The ‘Rockin Fights’ series at the Paramount has showed that you can develop a fighter from the club shows into a world champion!”

Chad Mendes believes Jose Aldo ‘definitely’ uses performance-enhancing drugs

The war of words between UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo and No. 1 contender Chad Mendes over performance-enhancing drugs continued Tuesday with the latter’s appearance on Sherdog Radio.

Asked whether or not he believed Aldo was a PED user, Mendes seemed sure of it.

I definitely do [think Aldo’s using PEDs], said Mendes. This is something that’s been ongoing, but for him to all of a sudden just drop out — I mean he drops out of a lot of fights — but I think it’s pretty coincidental.

Aldo handed Mendes the first and only loss of his career at UFC 142 in January 2012, starching the challenger with a standing knee KO in the first round. With Aldo not exactly known for bringing personal attacks into his pre-fight promotion, Mendes seems to have stuck a cord with the champ. Calling Mendes ‘a pu**y’ on Jul. 11, Aldo facetiously wondered if ‘Maybe I have so many injuries because I’m not taking the same ‘supplements’ you take.’

The first time I saw that, for me, this is huge in my mind, said Mendes of Aldo’s comments. He’s reaching big time. We have never seen Aldo lash out like this; we’ve never seen him lose his temper. I am in his head. I own him right now.

This is huge for me. This is huge for me getting in there and taking that belt from him. I’ve never seen him talk like this about anybody. He’s being very disrespectful, Mendes continued. I’ve never been caught red-handed or anything. It’s funny to me that as soon as the whole random drug testing started popping up, the next day he is injured and out of the fight. If anything, I could throw that in his face, but whatever.

Aldo has also criticized Mendes’ campaign to avoid a return trip to Brazil, the site of their first bout two years ago. Mendes has mentioned the difficulty in flying his family out to watch him challenge for the title in Brazil, but seems to have more practical concerns in regard to the local athletic commission’s ability to properly screen athletes for PEDs.

So this is the thing: We’ve got all this random drug testing, all this stuff that’s going on, testing for EPO, HGH, all this stuff now — they can get away with that stuff over in Brazil, said Mendes. This is why he wants me to be in Brazil and fighting in Brazil, [because] they can do all that kind of stuff there.

For me, I want this to be a fair fight. I went there first; I fought him in his backyard. I think it’s only fair he comes here and fights me in my backyard. Let’s make it one and one and see what happens. We are still working on it. I talked to [UFC matchmaker Sean Shelby] a little bit. It’s a 50/50 percent chance it could end up in Brazil. We are trying obviously to get it pushed here [in the United States, presumably California]. We don’t know for sure.

The pair’s rematch was originally slated for the main event at UFC 176 Aug. 2 in Los Angeles, California before Aldo was forced to withdraw due to a spine and neck injury. The event was subsequently cancelled or ‘postponed’ as UFC officials put it.

Injuries were a blessing in disguise heading into UFC Fight Night 45

Lucas Martins had his last two UFC fights canceled due to injuries, but that turned out to be great for the Chute Boxe talent.

Coming off stoppage victories over Jeremy Larsen (TKO) at lightweight and Ramiro Hernandez (submission) at bantamweight in his last appearances inside the Octagon, Mineiro moves up to the featherweight division to battle Alex White at UFC Fight Night 45 in Atlantic City, N.J., and he’s glad he had those injuries.

I had two injuries that kept me out of the cage, but God knows everything and I evolved physically and technically during this time off, Martins told I evolved a lot. I will be 110 percent in this fight.

Pulled from fights with Johnny Eduardo and Aljamain Sterling with right foot injuries, Mineiro also saw his UFN 45 opponent change because of it. Alex White will replace Jim Alers, and the Brazilian sees the undefeated foe as a good match-up.

I expect the best in this fight, and I win will by knockout, he said. It’s going to be a great fight. I’m not underestimating him, but his ground game doesn’t scare me at all. I train with (jiu-jitsu) black belts, so I’m ready. I think he wants to stand and trade punches with me, but I trained for everything. When I land my hand on his chin, he will go down.

Martins will compete on the third different weigh class in his fourth UFC bout, and he’s not planning more changes after Wednesday’s bout.

I always fought at 145 pounds in Brazil, he said. I entered the UFC in a short-notice fight against Edson (Barboza) at 155, and then I asked the UFC to move down to 145 but the division was full. I talked to my coaches and dropped to 135, but I felt the weigh cut, so I’m moving back to 145 now. That’s where I feel comfortable and strong.

I’m young, I started training MMA four years ago and entered the UFC two years ago. I want to be at the top 10 as soon as possible. I want to do two more fights this year. Top 10, top 5… I’m ready. Bring it.

Floyd Mayweather-Marcos Maidana Rematch Set For Sept. 13 in Las Vegas

Floyd Mayweather officially announced via social media that his highly-anticipated rematch with Marcos Maidana is a done deal on Thursday.

The bout will take place on Sept. 13 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and will be televised on Showtime pay-per-view.

In their first fight on May 3, Mayweather cruised to 117-111 and 116-112 marks on two judges’ scorecards. But the third judge scored the fight a draw, thus fueling the fire for an immediate rematch.

This will only be the second time Mayweather (46-0) has granted an opponent a rematch. The first being in 2002, when Jose Luis Castillo was given an immediate do-over.

The fight will also mark Mayweather’s first fight since leaving Golden Boy Promotions along with former chief executive Richard Schaefer in June.

King Of The Cage “Rumble”: Quick Results and Play-By-Play

We are live inside the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Albuquerque, New Mexico for King of the Cage “Rumble”. Stay tuned to this post and keep refreshing the page throughout the night to get your fight results and updates. The main event of the evening will be two-fold as their will be two featured bouts. Aaron Perls and Dorian Dixon will make their professional debuts in the 155-pound division and Judgement MMA’s John Rozema makes his pro debut against Colorado’s David Payne.

Plus … a stacked undercard!

“Rumble” Official Weigh-In Results:

Main Event:

John Rozema defeats David Payne via TKO (Round 2)

Co-Main Event:

Aaron Perls defeats Dorian Dixon via Submission – Round 2


KOTC Amateur Title: (C) Robert Herrera defeats Mark McGlasson via Submission – Round 2

Charles Williams defeats Andrew Vargas via Decision – Unanimous

Cristobal Chavez defeats Thomas Mills via TKO – Round 1

Joel Whitney defeats Joseph Veloz via TKO – Round 1

Elias Proce defeats Eric Kapp via TKO – Round 1

Mike Taff defeats Marcos Mendoza via TKO – Round 2

Andy Varela defeats Sipu Zenga via Submission – Round 1

Brianna Padilla defeats Melody Nanez – Decision

Gerald Aldaco defeats Victor Masayesva via TKO – Round 1

Andy Salas defeats Patrick Salazar via Submission – Round 2

Carlo Rodriguez defeats Gary Taylor via KO – Round 1

Jeremy Alba defeats Bruce Lee Romero via TKO – Round 3

Nate Armstrong defeats Joe Cardoza via TKO – Round 1

Ronald Smith defeats Lamar Seabrooks via Submission – Round 1

Seth Leake defeats Richard Gonzales via TKO – Round 1

Fight Recaps:

Jeremy Alba vs. Bruce Romero

Round 1 – Alba would close the distance with front kicks to the body before Romero attempted to get a takedown. The two exchanged in the clinch with both fighters looking to get good position. Romero seemed to muscle Alba more definitely as he kept position for a good 30-seconds. Alba reversed and landed a knee and now he swarmed him. He is landing some solid strikes while Romero retreats. Romero shoots but Alba gets the guillotine choke. HE escapes and forces a stalemate for the referee to put them back to striking range. Romero catches a right hand over the top on Alba’s chin and follows with a left and  barrage of punches. End of round, close but that should be Romero 10-9.

Round 2 – Alba swarms to start the round and Romero defends and retreats. Alba is all over Romero but Romero covering up is keeping him out of danger. Alba has reach and he is using it well. Leg kick lands for Romero and he lunges in. Alba gets a front kick caught and Romero has him up against the fence. Alba reversed and puts Romero on the cage landing knees to the leg but Romero shoots in on a double leg. He gets it! Round ending and Romero ends on top, but I think Alba did enough to win the round 10-9.

Round 3 – Right straight lands for Romero that stuns Alba but Alba fires back and DROPS Romero with his own straight right. Romero gets his legs back and presses Alba onto the fence. Alba reveres a takedown and gets to the mount where he starts to land HUGE elbows on Romero. He is pouring it on here… it is all over!! The referee steps in to save Romero as Alba was raining down huge shots! Impressive stoppage for Alba!

Jeremy Alba defeats Bruce Lee Romero via TKO (Strikes) 1:26 – Round 3

Gary Taylor vs. Carlo Rodriguez

Round 1 – The 18-year old Rodriguez starts off quick with punches until Taylor presses the fight to the cage. They separate. Rodriguez comes forward with straight punches until a left hook lands and puts Taylor’s chin straight into the air. Knockout victory for Rodriguez who landed a shot that put Taylor out flat on his back! One punch KO! What a debut!

Carlo Rodriguez defeats Gary Taylor via KO (Punch) 0:56 Round 1

Andy Salas vs. Patrick Salazar

Round 1 – Both fighters miss kicks and Salazar shoots but Salas stuff. After an exchange, Salazar gets the takedown. Salas sneaks in a triangle choke but it is loose. He cuts the angle but Salazar is defending well. Now it is deep and Salas goes belly down on it but Salazar scrambles out. Salazar has Salas up against the fence now but they separate. Salas lands a leg kick. Left hand drops Salazar! Salazar recovers into a takedown but Salas stuffs it. Salazar is stuck underneath Salas looking for a single. Round ends, that one should be Salas 10-9 for the submission and knockdown.

Round 2 – Salas starts swarming and lands some clean strikes that rattle Salazar but Salazar catches a counter. Salas gets the clinch and is looking to land inside. Knees to the body land clean. Salas is all over him here. Salazar shoots but Salas stops it easy and sprawls into top position. Salas takes the back and gets the rear naked choke!

Andy Salas defeats Patrick Salazar via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) Round 2 – 1:08

Gerald Aldaco vs. Victor Masayesva

Round 1 – Masyesva catches a kick and takes Aldaco down and now works from top position. Aldaco rolling on an arm and he gets the armbar setup nicely. Switches to a triangle choke. Masayesva looks to punch out but it is locked up tight. Aldaco puts the squeeze on. Aldaco rolls him over and lets the choke go in favor of side control. Slick grappling from Aldaco. Ground and pound now peppering up Masayesva. Mount for Aldaco and he is raining down strikes. The ref stops it right before the bell! Slick grappling was the theme in that one.

Gerald Aldaco defeats Victor Masayesva via TKO (Strikes) Round 1 – 2:58

Joe Cardoza vs. Nate Armstrong

Round 1 – Cardoza eats a leg kick and lands a big right hand. He shoots and Armstrong grabs the whizzer and gets the fight to the ground. Now Armstrong moves to mount. Now to the back and Armstrong is looking to land some punches and he is landing clean. Armstrong is strong from this position. Flattened out and Armstrong is teeing off and the referee has no choice but to step in and stop the fight. Dominant stuff from Armstrong.

Nate Armstrong defeats Joe Cardoza via TKO (Strikes) Round 1

Brianna Padilla vs. Melody Nanez

Round 1 – Leg kick lands or Padilla and the next one Nanez catches. Nanez catches another but eats a hook for her troubles. Padilla lands an inside kick and a left hand inside. A combination barely misses and now the two ladies are throwing caution to the wind as they wing punches. Nanez catches a power shot and Padilla keeps firing away. Padilla presses Nanez on the fence and lands knees to the leg. They separate. Intense! Round ending and Padilla finds a home for a two punch combo! They continue to exchange after the bell! Exciting first round that goes to Padilla 10-9.

Round 2 – Leg kick drops Nanez as she comes in and they return to standing quick. Nanez lands a jab. Spinning back fist nearly lands for Nanez. Padilla is just short on her punches but a leg kick lands. Jabs land for both. Huge overhand from Padilla misses. Round coming to an end and Padilla drops Nanez with a leg kick as the round ends. Padilla 10-9.

Round 3 – Nanez catches two kicks in a row and with the last one takes Padilla down but Padilla gets up with ill intent as she starts throwing bombs at Nanez. Now Padilla has Nanez pressed on the fence where she is throwing knees. Right hand lands for Nanez. Leg kick and front kick land for Padilla but there answered by a charging Nanez who lands a straight right. Leg kick for Padilla. Nanez catches Padilla in a wild exchange but they both land in the flurry. Padilla has Nanez pressed into the fence once again. This round caught up with the pace of the first round. 10 seconds…. Round ends with Padilla pressing Nanez on the fence. Should be Padilla 10-9 for the clean sweep

Brianna Padilla defeats Melody Nanez via Judge’s Decision (Unanimous 30-27 x3)

Lamar Seabrooks vs. Ronald Smith

Round 1 – Smith lands a right hand and in an exchange ends up with a takedown. Smith working from open guard. He takes the back in a scramble and throws Seabrooks down to his back and flattens him out. He sinks in the choke! Quick and dominant stuff from Smith!

Ronald Smith defeats Lamar Seabrooks via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) Round 1 – 1:06

Eric Kapp vs. Elias Proce

Round 1 – Proce charges in and Kapp looks to duck under but Proce gets on top and gets the mount QUICK! Pours it on and that is all she wrote folks! Proce with the quick finish!

Elias Proce defeats Eric Kapp via TKO (Strikes) Round 1 – 0:28

Richard Gonzales vs. Seth Leake

Round 1 –  Two punches land for Leake and Gonzales goes down. Leake switches to side control and  starts raining down the strikes. The referee steps in as Leake was too much, too quick and Gonzales couldn’t get his bearings after the knockdown.

Seth Leake defeats Richard Gonzales via TKO (Strikes) Round 1 – 0:29

Joel Whitney vs. Joseph Veloz

Round 1 – Whitney lands a flush right hand and then a hook. They exchange kicks and Whitney dives in and gets a takedown. Whitney works from the full guard. Veloz has an arm trapped and is staying active with sweep setups. Whitney lands punches to the body. Whitney postures up and starts raining down some huge hammerfists. He lands solid about ten straight hammerfists and the referee stops it!

Joel Whitney defeats Joseph Veloz via TKO (Strikes) 1:21

Mike Taff vs. Marcos Mendoza

Round 1 – Taff lands a right but Mendoza ducks under and grabs the body lock. They exchange knees. Mendoza catches a single leg and rides through with it. Taff fights valiantly but Mendoza gets the takedown after running the pipe. Mendoza looks to mount and for a moment does. He is landing some brutal stuff here. Side control now for Mendoza. Knee on belly to mount transition and Mendoza starts raining down the punches. Mendoza tries for a rear naked without hooks and he lets go to throw more leather. The round ends with Mendoza raining down the strikes. Possible 10-8 for Mendoza.

Round 2 – Taff lands a nasty leg kick that buckles Mendoza and Mendoza shoots but Taff sprawls. Mendoza is deep on a single leg along the fence but he is definitely recovering from that kick to the leg that had him hurt. There back to standing. Right hand drops Mendoza and Taff immediately jumps to mount and gets the TKO finish! Wow, that was a comeback!

Mike Taff defeats Marcos Mendoza via TKO (Strikes) Round 2 – 1:17

Andy Varela vs. Sipu Zenga (sp?) The Manimal

Round 1 – Flying knee from Varela and Zenga gets slammed HARD by Varela. Varela tees off with knees. Zenga is in bad shape. There back up now. Varela has Zenga up on the fence and takes him back down. Zenga working from his open-half guard. Varela mounts. Varela gets the arm bar but Zenga toughs out but ends up in a triangle. Varela gets the tap!  A wild, WILD fight.

Andy Varela defeats Sipu Zenga via Submission (Triangle Choke) Round 1 – 1:34

Thomas Mills vs. Cristobal Chavez

Round 1 – Chavez shoots immediately and Mills uses the cage to stand up. Chavez is landing HUGE ground and pound… elbows, punches and hammerfists. They are landing hard! The referee stops it!

Cristobal Chavez defeats Thomas Mills via TKO (Strikes) Round 1

Charles Williams vs. Andrew Vargas

Round 1 – Williams whips three leg kicks and Vargas closes the distance to put Williams on the fence. Vargas gets a single leg and drags Williams down to the mat. Williams reverses and gets top positions and immediately begins to land punches from the top position. Vargas uses the fence to get to his feet but Williams fits in a knee as they disengage. Vargas back on a low single leg and Williams reverses. They clinch and Vargas gets a takedown. Williams sweeps! Williams tries to step over the legs to mount but Vargas recovers. Williams gets to mount! He starts throwing! Round ending and that will be a Williams 10-9 round.

Round 2 – Williams grabs a clinch and blasts a knee through and now a right hook lands. Inside leg kick lands for Vargas. Williams powers through on a takedown and starts pouring it down on Vargas. Vargas tries to escape but Williams is all over him. Williams lands solid., Vargas gives up his back and … scrambles to get top position! Williams has his back against the fence now. Williams is up! Vargas is deep on a single and goes for the takedown but Williams falls back and uses momentum to sweep! Williams in the mount. Williams is landing clean from the mount. Vargas fights back for halfguard. The round ends and Williams gets that one 10-9.

Round 3 – Leg kick from Williams. Left hook lands for Williams. Knees from the clinch for Williams and now to the body lock. Trip takedown for Williams and he works from an open half-guard. Williams working methodically in side control with short elbows. More punches from Williams keeping his offense active to hold position. Short elbows. A methodical beatdown here from Williams. Round ending and that was a clear 10-9 for Williams and should be a clean sweep on the cards.

Charlie Williams defeats Andrew Vargas via Judge’s Decision (Unanimous 30-27 x2, 30-26)

(C) Robert Herrera vs. Mark McGlasson – King of the Cage Amateur Title Fight

Round 1 – McGlasson throws a front kick and Herrera catches it and kick McGlasson down. Herrera working from top position and mounts McGlasson. McGlasson is locking up posture. Herrera gets space and lands some strikes. After some posturing from both fighters, Herrera gets more space to open up. Nice short elbow lands. McGlasson gets back to a half guard, tries to buck and nearly gets on top but Herrera has a very solid base. Back to mount for Herrera. That was arguably a 10-8 round for Herrera.

Round 2 – McGlasson runs Herrera down and throws a kick. For his troubles, Herrera picks him up high over his head and slams him down hard into the mat. Working from the full guard now, Herrera passes slickly to a half guard position. McGlasson looks to go into a deep half guard but Herrera shuts it down and now he moves to mount. Short elbows land and McGlasson is holding on to keep down the  posture of Herrera. Herrera is in side control now and McGlasson uses the fence to buck Herrera off but just for a moment as Herrera is all over him. He takes the back and gets his hooks locked in. Herrera gets the tap! Another impressive performance from the Champ!

Robert Herrera defeats Mark McGlasson via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) Round 2 – 2:21 Herrera retains the King of the Cage Amateur 135-Pound Title

Aaron Perls vs. Dorian Dixon

Round 1 – Jab from Dixon. Another and a leg kick. Dixon drops Perls with a left but Perls is right back up. They trade and Perls finds a home for his punches. Now to the clinch where Perls is working a single but Dixon is looking to snatch up the neck for a guillotine. Perls switches to a double leg but Dixon gets heavy preventing it. Elbows from Dixon to the body of Perls looks like they sting. Perls gets the trip takedown and now he works from full guard. Short punches from Perls and Dixon looks like he wants to sweep or escape the ground. Clean stand up from the referee. Jab from Dixon. Slip on a kick from Perls leads to a huge knee from Dixon and ANOTHER! Perls goes down but he is up. Dixon with some loud foot stomps. Back to standing. Perls charges in for a takedown and eats a huge punch from Dixon that stuns him. A head kick barely misses from Dixon. Perls gets the body lock but Dixon gets the feet tangled to get his own takedown. They are back up. Perls charges in and Dixon presses the action the fence. 10 second warning. Very exciting round, close but should be a Dixon 10-9 round.

Round 2 – Body kick from Perls lands and he misses running in with an overhand. Flying knee to the body from Dixon. And they clinch with Perls getting the trip takedown. Perls in top position inside the half guard. Dixon has the right arm locked up preventing posture. And the left leg trapped preventing the pass to side control. Perls in the mount raining down strikes but none land clean. Dixon is in trouble here. Perls jumps into an arm triangle and Dixon gives the thumbs up. Dixon taps! Come from behind victory for Perls!

Aaron Perls defeats Dorian Dixon via Submission (Arm Triangle) Round 2 – 2:42

Main Event: John Rozema vs. David Payne

Round 1 – Inside leg kick lands for Rozema. Two punch combo misses. Leg kick from Payne. Payne dops his hands taunting. Rozema answers with the thai clinch and knees. Front kick for Rozema. Head kick misses for Rozema and Payne catches a right hook on Rozema’s chin. Some clinch work from both men. The collar tie for Rozema and Payne is working for the takedown. Rozema uses the cage to stay up and the referee stops the action to issue a warning. More bullying inside the clinch from Payne. Knee inside for Rozema lands. Straight right and left hook lands for Rozema and Payne gets the takedown but Rozema pops right back up. Payne back into pressing the action into the fence. Left hand lands for Payne. Payne hunting a single leg. Gets it and Rozema pops back up. Rozema now pushing his weight onto Payne on the fence. Back to that Thai Plum but Rozema can not get the space to throw knees. Uppercuts and hooks land in a flurry for Rozema. Payne back to the clinch. Body lock for Payne but Rozema gets the advantage in the clinch but reversed again for Payne. Round ends, close … very close round. Maybe even 10-10, but it may be Payne 10-9 for controlling the action. Rozema did land more significant shots.

Round 2 – Leg kick whips in twice for Payne. Head kick blocked by Payne. Another misses and Payne lands a flurry. Rozema gets the clinch along the fence and he is looking to land. That Muay Thai Plum seems to work for control but he hasn’t had the space to land anything powerful. Payne reverses. Referee breaks the clinch. Both fighters land hard, Rozema may have gotten his left hook in harder. Knee lands for Payne. Back to standing. Jab for Payne lands. Front kick now. Left hook from Rozema lands. A flurry from Rozema back pedals Payne. Payne tries to power a single from a knee catch but Rozema starts unleashing some elbows inside the clinch to the head of Payne. Rozema flurries again and now he lands some knees from that Muay Thai clinch! A barrage! Payne goes down! but he catches a leg to try and survive with a single. Payne picks Rozema up and slams! But Rozema is up throwing leather once again! Now Rozema is on top of a turtled Payne. He throws some more power strikes on a grounded Payne and the referee stops it!