Former Bantam Champ Cruz Returns This Fall


The wait is over for former UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz. Following nearly three years away from the Octagon due to a series of injuries, Cruz will return to active duty on Saturday, September 27, to face number five ranked Takeya Mizugaki on the Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson II undercard in Las Vegas.

Unbeaten in nine fights at bantamweight, Cruz’ last bout was on October 1, 2011, when he successfully defended his crown against current flyweight boss Demetrious Johnson. Multiple injuries sent him to the sidelines and forced him to relinquish his title in early 2014. But after given the green light to fight again, he will look to begin the road back to the title against Japan’s Mizugaki, who has won five straight, most recently a decision win over Francisco Rivera at UFC 173 in May.

Mayweather-Maidana rematch booked

LAS VEGAS — Although pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr. said last week that he planned to give a rematch to Marcos Maidana, the unified welterweight champion made it official on Thursday with an announcement over social media.

Mayweather-Maidana II — dubbed Mayhem — will go down Sept. 13 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena and headline a Showtime PPV card, the fourth bout of Mayweather’s six-fight deal with Showtime/CBS.

Although the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, has pressed hard to land a Mayweather fight, he is comfortable fighting in his hometown and will lace ’em up at the MGM Grand for the 10th consecutive time.

Mayweather is hoping to erase any doubt about what happened on May 3 when he faced Maidana for the first time and won a majority decision — 117-111, 116-112 and 114-114 — to unify 147-pound world titles in a very tough fight, one of the most competitive and entertaining of his career.

Marcos Maidana is a tough customer and he gave me a fight that had me work for the victory, Mayweather said in a news release. His style is difficult at best, but with experience comes a way and will to win. I’m not one to give second chances in the ring, but I want to give the fans what they want to see. I will be as prepared as I always am when I step in the ring on Sept. 13. I only see the outcome one way and that’s another successful night for me and my team.

Although most thought Mayweather (46-0, 26 KOs), 37, did enough to win, Maidana (35-4, 31 KOs), 30, of Argentina, disputed the decision and had given Mayweather his most difficult fight in years.

The rematch with Mayweather is the only fight that really motivates me, Maidana said in the release. I feel I earned it in the ring and Floyd owed it to me. I’ve already proved that I don’t care if the man I have in front of me is the best pound-for-pound champion. I was close to ending his reign last time. On Sept. 13 he will not get away undefeated.

Mayweather also probably picked Maidana because he is essentially out of established opponents to face since a showdown with fellow champion Manny Pacquiao — the one fight the public has demanded for years — is not even up for discussion given their different promotional and network alliances. And that’s even before an argument over the financial split, drug testing and numerous other issues.

It was such a great fight in May and I know everywhere I’ve been going the fans have been saying that and that Floyd should fight him in a rematch, Mayweather Promotions chief executive Leonard Ellerbe told So why not? Maidana thought he won the fight. Floyd knows he won the fight. It was a tremendous fight.

Ellerbe said they considered other potential opponents, but he declined to name names.

I don’t want to get into the names. It comes down to that the first fight was a great fight and this is a fight that fans wanted to see again, Ellerbe said.

The fight will be promoted by Golden Boy Promotions, which has promoted all of Mayweather’s fights since 2007. The reason why that is noteworthy is because last month, in the wake of the resignation of Golden Boy chief executive Richard Schaefer, who is very close to Mayweather, Ellerbe told that they would no longer work with Golden Boy.

Absolutely not, Ellerbe said when asked if they would work with Golden Boy minus Schaefer.

Mayweather himself said before the first fight with Maidana — when Schaefer’s future at the company was in question — that the only reason he worked with Golden Boy was because of Schaefer. Mayweather does not have a good relationship with Golden Boy president and co-founder Oscar De La Hoya, who has taken the reigns of the day-to-day business of the company.

But the decision to remain with Golden Boy came down to business. Mayweather Promotions is not licensed in Nevada, and although it could have hired somebody else, Golden Boy is one of the biggest promotional companies in the world, has loads of experience with Mayweather events, the MGM and the sponsors, not to mention that Maidana is promoted by Golden Boy.

Following Thursday’s final news conference for Saturday night’s Canelo Alvarez-Erislandy Lara fight at the MGM Grand, De La Hoya, who is promoting the Showtime PPV card, addressed the Mayweather situation.

There’s no reason for Floyd and I not to be working together, he said. We don’t have to be best of friends. But we don’t have to be enemies or rivals or have issues. I’m glad that we came to terms and made this fight happen. I’m sure he could have chosen to use somebody else (as his promoter).

The fact that he understood and the fact that he gave us the opportunity — it’s a business, and behind his decision was common sense. We bring something to the table that is very valuable. We know how to promote fights.

When asked why the change of heart, Ellerbe said: My job is to maximize all the revenues, benefits and opportunities for Floyd Mayweather. That is a very strict business principle. At the end of the day, I have a lot of damn work to do. Any time that you’re running the business and you’re putting on major, major events and generating this kind of revenue, it’s by any means necessary.

Added De La Hoya: Getting Mayweather with Golden Boy Promotions is a powerhouse. We will do whatever we can and as much as we can to make this event once again a success. But most importantly, I have to take my hat off to Floyd Mayweather for picking once again Maidana, for giving us the rematch. He didn’t have to. It was a tough fight. It really was.

Physically, it was a very difficult fight. So he didn’t have to give Maidana the rematch, but he did. You have give credit and respect where it’s due.

A five-city tour to promote the fight — with all stops open and free to the public — kicks off on Monday with news conferences in New York in the afternoon followed by an evening one in Washington, D.C. They will be in Chicago on Tuesday afternoon, San Antonio on Tuesday evening and Los Angeles on Thursday.

The day before the May 3 fight a controversy arose over the kind of gloves Maidana would wear. Mayweather objected to a pair and the Nevada State Athletic commission agreed, but even when the commission signed off on a replacement pair of gloves — a model considered better for punchers, which is what Maidana is — Mayweather still objected.

Ultimately, they made a side deal engineered by Al Haymon, the adviser for both Mayweather and Maidana, under which Maidana was paid an additional $1.5 million to switch to the kind of gloves Mayweather approved.

Ellerbe declined to discuss what the contracts for the rematch say as it relates to the gloves but added, We have a document and if Maidana wants to talk about it, fine. They won’t be using no horse hair gloves, but I don’t want to get into specifics.

Commonwealth Games: Savannah Marshall relishing her return to the ring

Despite not having boxed for six months, Savannah Marshall is set to compete for a medal in women’s middleweight in Glasgow.

The Hartlepool fighter is the reigning world champion and will defend her title later this year in South Korea. As such she will go to Glasgow as one of the favourites to take home the gold.

However, having had shoulder surgery over the winter that forced her to miss May’s European Championships, Marshall faces a race against time to be fully fit. The signs are good in that she is back in training and sparring, and following a surprise quarter-final exit at the Olympic Games in London two years ago, Marshall will be more determined than ever to make amends.

If Marshall is at the top of her game it will be hard for anyone to stop her. Things are never that easy in a major championship and her fitness remains a concern but, if 100 per cent fit, the 22-year-old looks sure to be in medal contention.

Ronda Rousey wins 2014 ESPY for Best Female Athlete

Ronda Rousey came home a winner once again on Wednesday night. The UFC’s women’s bantamweight champion claimed the title of Best Female Athlete at the 2014 ESPY Awards.

Rousey is the first UFC fighter to win an ESPY award.

Rousey beat out Maya Moore of WNBA champion Minnesota Lynx, Olympic skier Mikaela Shiffrin, and Breanna Stewart of Connecticut’s NCAA champion basketball squad to claim the honor.

A 27-year-old undefeated Olympic medalist in judo, Rousey (10-0) has defended her bantamweight title four consecutive times since propelling the women’s division into the UFC. She knocked out No. 2 ranked Alexis Davis in a mere 16 seconds in her most recent performance.

UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and Rousey were nominated for Best Fighter at the 2014 ESPY Awards, however both fell short to undefeated boxing champion Floyd Mayweather.

UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman was up for the biggest upset, but the Mercer hoops team got the nod for its defeat of Duke in the NCAA Tournament.

UFC Bantamweight Queen Ronda Rousey Named ‘Best Female Athlete’ at 2014 ESPYs

UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey has added another accolade to her name, winning the 2014 ESPY for “Best Female Athlete.”

Rousey, who was last seen dispatching Alexis Davis at UFC 175, becomes the first mixed martial artist to win an ESPY.

The undefeated Olympic judoka went head-to-head against the WNBA’s Maya Moore, alpine skier Mikaela Shiffrin and University of Connecticut basketball standout Breanna Stewart in the best female category.

The undefeated Olympic judoka was also nominated for “Best Fighter” alongside Jon Jones. However, boxing champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. captured that honor for the sixth time.

Meanwhile, UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman came up short in his bid to win “Best Upset” honors, as the Mercer men’s basketball team captured that award for its upset of Duke in this year’s NCAA Tournament.

The 27-year-old Rousey has successfully defended the women’s bantamweight crown four times in the Octagon. It is unknown when “Rowdy” will return to action, as she is currently on the shelf with hand and knee ailments.

AWE TV picks up Fury-Chisora grudge match

The July 26 heavyweight clash between Tyson Fury (22-0 16 KOs) and Dereck Chisora (20-4, 13 KOs) at the Phones 4u Arena in Manchester, England, will be televised live and exclusively in the United States on AWE – A Wealth of Entertainment. The two top ten rated heavyweights met almost three years ago to the day (July 23, 2011) in a bout that saw Fury win a unanimous decision over an out of shape Chisora. Chisora has since rededicated himself to the sport and ran off five wins in a row. Both Fury and Chisora have professed tremendous disdain for each other and each is vowing a knockout. To add to the animosity, the European, British and WBO International Heavyweight titles will all be on the line, plus the bout is a final eliminator for the number-one spot in the WBO and gives the winner a crack at unified world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko.

Cage Fury Fighting Championships Acquires Xtreme Fight Events, Inks Deal With SNY

On Friday, officials from  Cage Fury Fighting Championships announced a deal that would merge the promotion with Pennsylvania-based Xtreme Fight Events.

CFFC CEO Rob Haydak said via press release that the XFE brand would be gradually phased out, and CFFC would take over the task of promoting more than 25 shows in 2015, while ultimately having as many as 100 fighters on the roster.

XFE owners David Feldman Sr. and David Feldman Jr. will remain with the freshly merged organization.

“This acquisition is huge for us. Not only are we increasing our roster and number of events, but we are getting some key personnel who will continue to take us to the next level,” Haydak said.

Comcast currently broadcasts CFFC fight cards in eight of its 11 markets. The promotion also has signed a deal with SportsNet New York to show its fights in New Jersey, New York, and much of New England.

CFFC 38 will serve as the last day the two companies will operate as separate entities. On Aug. 16, the new and improved CFFC will make its debut at the Sands Casino in Bethlehem, Penn.

“We will build the best roster in the world outside of the UFC,” Haydak said. “I have zero interest in buying fighters. So many promotions over the years have failed miserably doing that. At CFFC, we will build tomorrow’s stars.”

Tyson Fury faces misconduct charge over latest outburst against Dereck Chisora

Tyson Fury has been summoned to appear before the British Board of Boxing Control over his latest performance during a press conference to promote his fight with Dereck Chisora.

Fury and Chisora went head-to-head in London earlier this week ahead of their July 26 rematch and had to be separated by security.

The 25-year-old launched a torrent of abuse at heavyweight rival Chisora and his trainer Don Charles before turning on a journalist who asked him to stop swearing.

The BBBofC received numerous complaints from the media and members of the public and general secretary Robert Smith has now ordered Fury to attend a hearing on August 13.

“The British Boxing Board of Control considered the behaviour of boxer Tyson Fury at the press conference for his forthcoming contest against Dereck Chisora,” said a BBBofC statement.

“The stewards have decided to call Mr Fury before them under Regulation 25 (misconduct) to their next meeting on Wednesday, 13th August 2014 when this matter will be dealt with.

“Failure to attend this hearing will result in Mr Fury’s boxing licence being suspended.”

Chisora, who was beaten on points by Fury in their first fight three years ago, will put his European crown on the line against Fury at the Phones 4u Arena in Manchester.

The winner will also pick up the vacant British strap and earn the right to face WBO champion Wladimir Klitschko.

Fight Night Atlantic City Post Fight Bonus Recap

UFC senior Director of Public Relations Dave Sholler was joined on stage at the Fight Night Atlantic City post-fight press conference by six fighters: Donald Cerrone, Edson Barboza, John Lineker, Rick Story, Joe Proctor, and Lucas Martins.

Sholler announced that Lineker vs. Alpteken Ozkilic earned fight of the night honors, and that Cerrone and Martins earned the performance bonuses for their KO victories. Each of the four fighters will receive a $50k bonus.

The attendance was 4,115 for the event in Atlantic City. No gate figure was available at the time of the press conference.

Cathal Pendred: A Long Time Coming

He’s a good fighter and a tough fighter, but he’s not as good as me and he’s not as tough as me. I know that I’m going to come out on top. – Cathal Pendred

UFC middleweight Cathal PendredFor Cathal Pendred, his entry way into the UFC

nearly kept him from achieving one of his biggest professional goals.

Last summer when the SBG Ireland representative successfully defended his Cage Warriors welterweight title with a third-round stoppage win over Che Mills, he fully expected to get a call from Joe Silva inviting him to join teammate Conor McGregor on the UFC roster, but the call never came.

Standing atop the 170-pound ranks on the European regional circuit, there weren’t many fights that made sense for the former rugby player. After stopping a respected veteran who had previously enjoyed a cup of tea on the biggest stage in the sport, Pendred was left waiting for the right matchup to materialize, but nothing was coming together.

Instead of continuing to sit on the sidelines, Pendred heeded the advice of his head coach John Kavanagh and joined teammate Chris Fields in making the trip to Indianapolis to try out for Season 19 of The Ultimate Fighter and ended up making it into the house without having to win an elimination fight.

As the season played out, Pendred advanced to the semifinals of the middleweight competition, losing a split decision to Team Edgar’s Eddie Gordon. After the bout, UFC President Dana White confided in the Irishman that he believed he deserved the nod and would get the opportunity to compete in the Octagon once the season had played out.

Not soon after the date for the Ultimate Fighter 19 Finale was released, the organization announced it would be making its long-awaited return to Pendred’s hometown of Dublin just two weeks after the finale was set to take place in Las Vegas. The news left the 26-year-old newcomer torn.

“I got really worried that it was going to be a couple weeks after The Ultimate Fighter 19 Finale because after I had lost that split decision to Eddie (Gordon), Dana had said to me that he thought I won the fight and I was going to be getting my shot, so I thought I’d be fighting on the finale,” admits Pendred with a laugh. “I got pretty worried when they announced the Dublin card that I’d be fighting a couple weeks before that in Vegas and there would be no way of me competing on it, so when Joe Silva contacted me and told me I was on (the Dublin) card, I was over the moon.

“To be honest with you, doing The Ultimate Fighter was just about getting my foot in the door, getting that contract I’ve been looking for for a long time. I got that now. As much as not winning the show hurt at the time because I went in there believing I would win, it worked out for the better and I’m happy with the outcome.”

Fighting in front of his friends, family and countrymen inside the Octagon has been at the top of Pendred’s list of professional goals for five years, six months and three days – the exact amount of time it has been since the UFC last held an event in Dublin.

Held on January 17, 2009, UFC 93 not only boasted some major names on the fight card, including Rich Franklin, Dan Henderson, and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, but there were a pair of potential future stars amongst the 9,000-plus fight fans that packed the O2 Arena that evening as well – Pendred and the man who will headline the organization’s return to Ireland, featherweight lightning rod Conor McGregor.

“Ireland is a small country, but it’s a very proud nation and they’ve always been proud of their fighters. The last time the UFC came around, we weren’t quite ready in MMA terms. We’ve always had a great boxing tradition and been world-class in that sport, but MMA we were slightly behind. We’ve caught up – more than caught up – with the rest of the world now and we’ve got world-beaters, myself included, in the country now and the country is behind us.

“I remember being in the audience, in the crowd in 2009 when the UFC first came to Dublin and the O2 – it was a month before my first pro fight and I said to myself, `The next time they come back here, I will be competing on the show.’ It took longer than we thought for the UFC to come back and it took longer than we thought for me to make my UFC debut, but they finally announced the card here and it’s the perfect timing.”

Though this will mark Pendred’s first official appearance in the UFC Octagon, it won’t be his first time competing before a raucous and partisan Irish crowd. He’s fought at home on a number of occasions, including serving as the headlining act for his championship encounter with Mills last June, so he has a good idea of what to expect when he makes his walk to the Octgaon.

While it is a moment he has been looking forward to for an extended period of time, Pendred also knows that the time to soak in the experience and let the powerful emotions of the moment wash over him is after he’s done trading punches with fellow Team Penn member Mike King.

“I know how loud that’s going to be and how crazy it’s going to be and I’m preparing myself to stay calm through that because I know that’s how it’s going to be. Any time I fight in Ireland, that’s the reaction that I get and it’s going to be even bigger this time around, but part of the way I fight is just keeping calm and not getting caught up in that.

“I’m so in the zone going into a fight, my mind is so set on what I have to do,” continues the 13-3-1 fighter who will compete here at middleweight before moving back to his natural 170-pound weight class. “I’ll enjoy walking down to the cage, but I won’t truly enjoy it until I look back and remember the roar that happens and the hairs sticking up on the back of my neck and the `Ole! Ole! Ole!” chants. I’ll reflect on how good that is, but I won’t get caught up in it at that moment because I still have the job to do. I’ll be so focused and so in the zone that I won’t get caught up.”

But when the fight is over and if he’s standing in the center of the Octagon, the Irish flag draped over his shoulders, Bruce Buffer bellowing his name as the referee raises his hand in victory, that is when Pendred will allow himself to take it all in.

“It will be a dream come true and I can’t wait,” says Pendred, the excitement evident in his voice. “I’ve been visualizing this and picturing this for so long and it’s going to be amazing to have it happen with the Tricolor draped around me in front of the Irish crowd going ballistic. I can’t put it into words how good it’s going to feel. I’m getting tingles just talking about it.”

As much as the bout with King will allow Pendred to cross off a major professional goal, the confident and competitive Dubliner wants to make it clear that it’s the beginning of a new and hopefully lengthy chapter in his career – one that will start with him earning the victory at home on July 19.

“I’ve kept it no secret from the start of my career that this is what I wanted to do – to fight in the UFC, in Dublin and now it’s coming true – but this isn’t the end of the dream; this is the start of the next chapter and a new journey. It took a little bit longer than I would have imagined, but I’m finally here and it feels great.

“(Every fight), I just go out there and fight my fight. I don’t take into account what his game plan might be. Even though I’ve trained with him, done a bit of sparring with him, I’m just focusing on my fight; that’s what has gotten me to where I am. I go in there, fight my fight, dictate the pace and I’m going to do that again this fight.

“He’s a good fighter and a tough fighter, but he’s not as good as me and he’s not as tough as me. I know that I’m going to come out on top.”

Anthony Joshua makes quick work of Matt Skelton in Liverpool

British heavyweight Anthony Joshua enjoyed another short night, stopping veteran Matt Skelton in the second round in Liverpool.

Joshua, who won super-heavyweight gold at the London 2012 Olympics, turned pro last year and has now put together seven straight victories, all inside two rounds.

Skelton, the 47-year-old former British, Commonwealth and European heavyweight champion, was put down by a clubbing right hand to the head late in the second round.

He just beat the count and was briefly allowed to continue before the referee stepped in moments later as the former world-title challenger immediately toppled backwards towards the ropes.

It’s definitely a good name on the record, there’s not much point in me fighting guys I’m knocking over all the time, Joshua told Sky Sports.

Matt was game but the plan worked, I stuck to my jab. I’m learning all the time and, if I keep on progressing, I’ll keep getting these first and second round knockouts.

Joshua will return to the ring on August 30 in Dublin against Ukrainian Yaroslav Zavorotnyi, who took David Price 10 rounds on his most recent outing.

Wins for Campbell, Ogogo

Another 2012 Olympic champion, Luke Campbell, returned to the ring after a five-month absence with a comprehensive points win over Welshman Craig Woodruff.

Campbell won all six rounds of the lightweight bout thanks to his superior work-rate and is now 6-0 as a professional.

I wanted the rounds, that is what it’s about now, said Hull fighter Campbell.

I’m still developing and learning every time I go in that gym… That fight was a learning curve, he was a very tricky kid and didn’t give away much. You’ve got to beat whoever’s in front of you on the day – that’s what I did and beat him on points. That’s what I wanted.

Earlier in the evening it was the turn of a third member of Britain’s Olympic team from two years ago, Anthony Ogogo, to continue his professional education.

Ogogo, a middleweight bronze medallist in London, produced a dominant fifth-round stoppage of Wayne Reed, who was also down in the opening round.

I took my time, I wanted to get a few rounds in and am glad to get the stoppage in the end, said Ogogo (7-0). I want to be moved along now, I think I’m ready to step up a little bit.

Smiths on song

Brothers Stephen and Callum Smith both claimed points victories in their home city.

Super-featherweight Stephen (20-1) was not at his best over eight rounds against Pedro Navarrete in a tune-up fight for an expected world-title challenge later in the year, while Callum (12-0) went 10 rounds for the first time to earn a unanimous decision against American-based Cape Verdian southpaw Vladine Biosse and move into the top 10 of the WBC super-middleweight rankings.

Another local fighter, Rocky Fielding, came through a tough examination to stop experienced Uruguayan Noe Gonzalez in the fifth round of their super-middleweight fight.

Fielding, who lost his Commonwealth title on the scales after failing to make the weight for his victory over Charles Adamu in March, now boasts a 19-0 record.

UFC Fight Night 45 Results: Cerrone vs. Miller

MMA Fighting has UFC Fight Night 45 results for the Cerrone vs. Miller fight card July 16, live blogs of the main card, and live UFC Fight Night 45 twitter updates.

In the main event, Donald Cerrone will square off against Jim Miller. Edson Barboza is slated to face Evan Dunham in the co-main event.

Check out the UFC Fight Night 45 results below.

Main card

Donald Cerrone def. Jim Miller via second-round KO (3:31) (live blog)

Edson Barboza def. Evan Dunham via first-round TKO (3:06) (live blog)

Rick Story def. Leonardo Mafra via submission (head/arm choke) (2nd, 2:12) (live blog)

Joe Proctor def. Justin Salas via second-round TKO (3:27) (live blog)

John Lineker def. Alptekin Ozkilic via third-round TKO (4:51) (live blog)

Lucas Martins def. Alex White via third-round KO (2:08) (live blog)


Gleison Tibau def. Pat Healy via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28 x2)

Leslie Smith def. Jessamyn Duke via TKO (strikes) at 2:24 of round 1

Aljamain Sterling def. Hugo Viana via TKO (strikes) at 3:50 of round 3

Yosdenis Cedeno def. Jerrod Sanders via TKO (injury) at 5:00 of round 1

Claudia Gadelha def. Tina Lahdemaki via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)

U.S. boxing to have ‘down under’ feel in August

Australian and New Zealand boxers will figure prominently in significant televised fights on U.S. soil over a one-month period starting next week.

It all begins July 26th when Australian Daniel Geale will challenge undefeated WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin at Madison Square Garden in an HBO fight.

On August 2, Australian Blake Caparello will challenge undefeated WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev in Atlantic City on HBO.

On August 9, Australian Jarrod Fletcher will take on Daniel Jacobs for the vacant WBA “regular” middleweight title at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY on Showtime.

Also on August 9, New Zealand light heavyweight Robert “The Butcher” Berridge takes on Vasily Lepikhin (15-0, 8 KOs) and undefeated Kiwi heavyweight Joseph Parker (9-0, 8 KOs) faces TBA on NBCSN Fight Night from the Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

On August 16, Australian WBC super middleweight champion Sakio Bika will defend against undefeated Anthony Dirrell in a rematch at StubHub Center near Los Angeles on Showtime.

Finally, on August 22 Australian Daniel Dawson takes on former light middleweight world champion Austin Trout at a Southern California venue to be named in ESPN2′s final Friday Bight Fights telecast of 2014.

Gleison Tibau wants to break Tito Ortiz’s UFC record by 2015

Gleison Tibau will become the lightweight with the most UFC fights Wednesday night, but that’s not the only record he wants.

Tibau, who has built a 13-8 record inside the Octagon since 2006, targets Tito Ortiz’s record of 27 bouts in the UFC, and he wants to surpass that number by the end of 2015.

This goal keeps me inspired and motivated, Tibau told I want to break all the records. I want to be the lightweight with most fights and wins in the UFC, and I want to be the fighter with most fights in the UFC. And I want to get closer to the title by doing this. That’s my war.

Tibau was forced out of the UFC Fight Night 38 card in May with an injury, but returns on Wednesday’s UFN 45 card in Atlantic City, N.J., against Pat Healy.

I’m really excited for this fight. I miss the Octagon so much, he said. My last fight was eight months ago and I had an injury that forced me to cancel a fight in Brazil, but I’m back. I want to fight two more fights this year. If everything goes right, I want to win three fights this year.

As the American Top Team lightweight turned 31 years old a week before his 22nd UFC fight, he explains how he keeps fighting three or four times a year at his age.

I started fighting when I was 15 years old, and I’m 31 now. The big secret is having a healthy life and loving what you do, he said. You need a good training and a good team to stay in this sport and compete against these young and talented kids.

Tibau was finished for the first time in five years in his last bout against Michael Johnson, and he won’t let this happen again.

I learned a lot with my last fight, the Brazilian said. I wasn’t expecting to end like that, but I fixed some holes in my striking after that fight. I want my fans to see my evolution now.

Healy enters the cage on a three-fight losing streak, and his last win was overturned to a no-contest after he tested positive for marijuana. He has his back against the wall, and that’s why Tibau thinks he’s such a dangerous match-up.

Pat Healy is a super tough guy, he said. He’s coming off three losses, but he returned to the UFC with a huge win over Jim Miller and he was a warrior in every fight he fought. That’s why he’s in the UFC. His fights are wars, so he’s a dangerous opponent.

This is the fight of his life, so I think it’s going to be a tough fight.

Pacquiao-Chris Algieri on Nov. 22

Manny Pacquiao versus Chris Algieri is a done deal.

Algieri and his co-promoters, Joe DeGuardia of Star Boxing and Banner Promotions’ Artie Pelullo, met for several hours on Tuesday and hammered out their remaining issues, resulting in an agreement that will see Algieri, a junior welterweight titleholder, get the opportunity to challenge Pacquiao for his welterweight world title.

The fight will take place Nov. 22 (HBO PPV) at the Cotai Arena at the Venetian Macao in Macau, China, where Pacquiao also fought in November 2013 and easily outpointed Brandon Rios, the promoters told

I have to talk to my lawyer, Dan Pancheri, who will spit out the contracts first thing (Wednesday) morning so they can have a copy of it in the afternoon, Top Rank promoter Bob Arum said Tuesday night. We have a deal. On my end, it wasn’t a hard deal at all. I came up pretty much with what they were looking for and then Joe and Artie had to sit down with Algieri and cut it up fairly amongst themselves.

That is what Algieri, DeGuardia and Pelullo did for most of the day.

We had a marathon lunch. We started out meeting in the morning, then went and had a long lunch together, came back to the office and finished it up, DeGuardia said. I called Bob to tell me we have a deal on our end. All the terms have been reached with Top Rank and we’re going to paper it up.

We were able to sit down and go through everything Chris wanted to go over and put everything together. He’s gonna beat Pacquiao.

Terms were not disclosed but DeGuardia said Algieri (20-0, 8 KOs) will earn a career-high payday of more than $1 million. It will be more than 10 times his previous biggest purse, which was $100,000 for his upset split decision win against Ruslan Provodnikov to win a junior welterweight world title on June 14 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Eleven months ago the 30-year-old Algieri was unknown and not even fighting regularly on televised cards. Now he is fighting one of the most famous fighters on the planet for a world title and a seven-figure payday.

He’s very happy. He’s happy for the opportunity, DeGuardia said. I’m ecstatic we’ve been able to give him this. It’s a great feeling. You work hard you develop him up the ranks. He fought off TV for a long time, he got on TV and now this. It’s really rewarding to see him get this opportunity and a payday that will change his life.

He’s wants the fight and has no problem going up in weight. He wants the welterweight championship. He wants challenges. He loves the idea. He wanted to fight for another championship and he loves that he is fighting Manny Pacquiao for it. He looks as Manny as an elite of the game. He wants to climb another mountain. If he wins this fight, you have the start of another era.

Algieri, from the Long Island, New York, town of Huntington, got knocked down twice by Provodnikov in the first round and persevered through a grotesquely swollen right eye for most of the fight. He also has a background different from most boxers.

A former kickboxer, Algieri grew up in a middle class family, went to college and eventually earned a master’s degree. He says he wants to go to medical school when he is done with his boxing career. He also works as a nutritionist.

I think it’s an interesting fight between him and Manny, Arum said. I’m excited. This is a college-educated kid, a good boxer, the kind of kid who will draw interest other than the just the hard core boxing fan, Arum said. And the kid can also fight.

Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KOs), the 35-year-old Filipino icon, has won world titles in a record eight weight classes. On April 12 in Las Vegas, Pacquiao convincingly outpointed Timothy Bradley Jr. to regain the welterweight title he had lost to Bradley in June 2012 in a fight in which Bradley received a split decision in one of the most controversial calls in boxing history.

Pacquiao and Arum have had terms in place for his next fight since Pacquiao signed a two-year extension with Top Rank in May that will take him through 2016 with the company that has promoted him since 2005. Although terms for the fight with Algieri were not disclosed, Pacquiao has been making in the $20-million-plus range for recent fights.

Although the business side of Pacquiao’s next fight has been set, he didn’t know who he would be fighting. Arum said Pacquiao called him on Monday morning to check in on his health — Arum is recovering from a recent knee replacement surgery — and they also talked about Algieri since Arum was getting close to a deal.

Manny is 100 percent for it, Arum said. I told him I was coming along with it. He said Algieri seems like a nice young man and he saw his fight with Provodnikov. Manny said he thought it would be a good fight and he was OK with fighting Algieri.

Pacquiao could be motivated for the fight by wanting to seek revenge for his beloved trainer, Hall of Famer Freddie Roach, who is also Provodnikov’s trainer and was on the losing end of that in that June upset.