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Say Goodbye to Wladimir Klitschko.

The best boxing Heavyweight in an era where people loved to hate Heavyweights, has retired from the game.  Gone are the days where there were numerous all-time greats competing simultaneously in the Heavyweight division and as a result, Klitschko’s impressive career has been overlooked.

The first half of his career was filled with achievements, but segmented by disappointments.  A confidence building win over Sam Peter in 2005 changed all that.  Even though he hit the canvas three times, he was able to decision Peter and go undefeated until 2017, where he lost against Anthony Joshua, a man who may lead Heavyweights for the next several years.

Fights to Watch:

  • 2002-12-07 | W-TKO 10 – Jameel McCline
    • Standing at 39-1 and still somewhat raw, Klitschko pounds out McCline and has been undefeated for 4 years.
  • 2003-03-08 | L-TKO 2 – Corrie Sanders
    • Sanders shocks Wladimir and the rest of the world, as he bursts onto the scene as a 40-1 underdog and scores the stunner inside of 2 rounds.
  • 2005-09-24 | W-UD 12 – Sam Peter
    • This is the fight where Wladimir turned the corner on his entire career.  Edgy fight.
  • 2006-04-22 | W-TKO 7 – Chris Byrd
    • A rematch against Byrd, where Wladimir absolutely tattoos a very talented but outsized fighter.
  • 2011-07-02 | W-UD 12 – David Haye
    • A showcase fight on the largest stage.
  • 2017-04-29 | L-TKO 11 – Anthony Joshua
    • A passing of the torch, but Joshua has to forcefully take it.

Final Record: 64-5-0
BoxRec All-Time Ranking: #6 HW | #16 P4P

Posted on August 3, 2017 by jcs

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Most fans know Floyd Mayweather Jr as ‘Money’ Mayweather: a brash and arrogant superstar athlete who likes to flaunt his undefeated record and his immense earnings. Here’s a short video showing Floyd’s humble roots, a side that many MMA fans may not be familiar with. Continue reading 'Video: Floyd Mayweather’s Upbringing'

Posted on August 2, 2017 by Fairfax

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UFC 214 was undoubtedly the most stacked MMA card of the year so far. After a lackluster first half of 2017, UFC could use an event where everything came together, all fighters showed up to their scheduled bouts, and delivered enterntaining action. The MMA gods were on our side – while it was’t perfect, UFC 214 turned out to be pretty damned good. The televised prelims were all exciting fights, capped off by Ricardo Lamas destroying Jason Knight in what was in my opinion the best performance of Lamas’ career. Here are my thoughts on the Pay-Per-View bouts.

Volkan Oezdemir vs Jimi Manuwa

This fight didn’t last long, after the fighters clinched up Volkan rocked Manuwa with some dirty boxing, forcing Jimi to back off. Volkan landed another hard shot, tossed his opponent to the ground and finished the fight with a few follow-up strikes that were probably unnecessary and left Manuwa grappling with the referee. Another quick knockout for Volkan, who is now 3-0 in the UFC with back-to-back first round knockouts over very game opponents. Way to make a name for yourself! Oezdemir called for a title shot, which he is not likely to get at this point in time. More on that later.

Continue reading 'UFC 214 Review'

Posted on July 31, 2017 by Fairfax

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Flyweight (125)
[#5] Brandon Moreno (14-3-0, -145) vs. [#11] Sergio Pettis (15-2-0, +124)
Brandon Moreno is the All-Time #28 ranked Flyweight fighter.
Sergio Pettis is the All-Time #38 ranked Flyweight fighter.

Last 3 Fights: Brandon Moreno (3-0-0)
2017-04-22: W vs. [#15FLY] Dustin Ortiz (16-7-0) via Technical Submission (Rear Naked Choke) in 4:06 of round 2
2016-12-03: W vs. [#38FLY] Ryan Benoit (9-5-0) via SD (29-28, 29-28, 28-29)
2016-10-01: W vs. [#22FLY] Louis Smolka (11-4-0) via Submission (Guillotine Choke) in 2:23 of round 1

Last 3 Fights: Sergio Pettis (3-0-0)
2017-01-15: W vs. [#27FLY] John Moraga (17-6-0) via UD (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
2016-04-23: W vs. [*] Chris Kelades (9-3-0) via UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
2015-10-03: W vs. [*] Chris Cariaso (17-9-0) via UD (29-28, 29-27, 29-27)

Days Since Last Pro Fight: Brandon Moreno 105, Sergio Pettis 202
Previous Match-up Record: No previous match-ups.
Wins Against Common Opposition: Brandon Moreno leads 1-0
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Women Strawweight (115)
[#13] Randa Markos (7-4-0, +126) vs. [#30] Alexa Grasso (9-1-0, -152)

Last 3 Fights: Randa Markos (2-1-0)
2017-02-19: W vs. [#6SW] Carla Esparza (12-4-0) via SD (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
2016-08-20: L vs. [#11SW] Cortney Casey (7-4-0) via in 4:34 of round 1
2016-06-18: W vs. [#73SW] Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger (6-4-0) via UD (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

Last 3 Fights: Alexa Grasso (2-1-0)
2017-02-04: L vs. [#12SW] Felice Herrig (13-6-0) via UD (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
2016-11-05: W vs. [#80SW] Heather Clark (7-6-0) via UD (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)
2016-07-29: W vs. [#24SW] Jodie Esquibel (6-2-0) via UD (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)

Days Since Last Pro Fight: Randa Markos 167, Alexa Grasso 182
Previous Match-up Record: No previous match-ups.
Wins Against Common Opposition: No common opposition or both are winless against common opposition.
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Welterweight (170)
[#36] Niko Price (10-0-0, +144) vs. [#37] Alan Jouban (15-5-0, -172)

Last 3 Fights: Niko Price (3-0-0)
2017-02-04: W vs. [#66WW] Alex Morono (13-4-0) via KO (Punch) in 5:00 of round 2
2016-12-30: W vs. [#415WW] Brandon Thatch (11-5-0) via Submission (Arm Triangle Choke) in 4:30 of round 1
2016-08-12: W vs. [#1019WW] Willie Hosch (5-4-0) via UD ()

Last 3 Fights: Alan Jouban (2-1-0)
2017-03-18: L vs. [#21WW] Gunnar Nelson (16-3-1) via Submission (Guillotine Choke) in 0:46 of round 2
2016-12-17: W vs. [#23WW] Mike Perry (10-1-0) via UD (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)
2016-07-07: W vs. [#42WW] Belal Muhammad (12-2-0) via UD (28-27, 29-27, 29-28)

Days Since Last Pro Fight: Niko Price 182, Alan Jouban 140
Previous Match-up Record: No previous match-ups.
Wins Against Common Opposition: No common opposition or both are winless against common opposition.
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Continue reading 'Fight Matrix Program – UFC Fight Night 114: Pettis/Moreno'

Posted on July 30, 2017 by jcs

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This Saturday, Jon Jones will make his return to the Octagon at UFC 214. In the past week, there have been rumors of Jones moving up a weight class to take a superfight against Brock Lesnar, should Jon be victorious against the current light-heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier. Not sure how likely this fight is too happen, but it would be an interesting matchup of styles, even if Jones loses to Cormier.

Another superfight I would have loved to see Jon Jones in a few years back would have been against Anderson Silva. Since that is one fight we will likely never see, the closest we get is this footage of the all-time greats engaging in some fun and friendly sparring:
Continue reading 'Video: Jon Jones and Anderson Silva Sparring'

Posted on July 27, 2017 by Fairfax

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The worlds of MMA and boxing have both been lit up at the prospect of the upcoming fight between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather, as it features two fighters of genuine distinction in their respective sports. There has been an awful lot of talk about the fight, with much of it coming from the two fighters themselves, who have indulged in some seriously entertaining trash talking on social media sites over the past few months, but it will soon be time for the talking to end and the fighting to get underway. With just a month left until the fight takes place, can Conor McGregor spring one of the biggest upsets in boxing history?

Given the degree of excitement that there is about this fight it can be easy to forget how much of an underdog McGregor is going into it. Very few boxing fans or pundits give him any chance of winning, given that he is coming up against a vastly experienced boxer who has a professional record of 49 wins from 49 matches. Of course, McGregor’s record in the MMA is pretty good too as he has claimed 21 wins – 18 of them knockouts. Thus he clearly has talent, with his style based on hard counterpunches, and he also has a definite age advantage over Mayweather. Irishman McGregor is 28, making him more than a decade younger than 40-year-old Mayweather – who has emerged from a two-year retirement for this fight. McGregor’s approach is likely to be relying on taking his fancied opponent by surprise with this tactic and exploiting any early rustiness that Mayweather displays, but it is hard to see this being quite enough for him to emerge as the winner.

Continue reading 'Mayweather or McGregor – can McGregor defy the odds?'

Posted on July 27, 2017 by A. J. Riot

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Farmers Walk

Training Strongman recently announced that they will be hosting the Official Strongman Games in Raleigh, North Carolina. The event will take place at the Dorton Arena, and this year the majority of the spots will be given out in an online strongman competition. So, anybody with enough strength and basic equipment can take part.

The news came earlier this month that there would be seven World’s Strongest divisions in this year’s games, along with a Giants Live qualifier, which offers a tour spot. The men’s divisions include the under 80kg, under 90kg, and under 105kg, while the women’s divisions are the under 64kg and under 82kg. The Giants Live is an open men’s competition.

The structure of the 2017 Official Strongman Games marks a major step forward for the inclusiveness of the sport. This will be the first time that all the weight divisions, as well as the men and women’s titles, will have contests on the same weekend at the same event.

The format serves lower weights well, and a couple of the competitions are open to those who wouldn’t usually consider it. Tennis superstar Andy Murray, for example, who currently has 4/1 odds on BetStars of winning the U.S. Open, has a pretty intense strength training regime. Could we see a rise of athletes who usually focus on other sports coming to the forefront of lighter divisions?

Continue reading 'Could You Qualify Online for the Official Strongman Games?'

Posted on July 27, 2017 by A. J. Riot

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Light Heavyweight Championship (205)
[#1/#2DD/#4P4P] Daniel Cormier (19-1-0, +207) vs. [*] Jon Jones (22-1-0, -257)
Daniel Cormier is the All-Time #8 ranked Light Heavyweight and #29 ranked Absolute fighter.
Jon Jones is the All-Time #1 ranked Light Heavyweight and #5 ranked Absolute fighter.

Last 3 Fights: Daniel Cormier (3-0-0)
2017-04-08: W vs. [*] Anthony Johnson (22-6-0) via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) in 3:37 of round 2
2016-07-09: W vs. [#8MW] Anderson Silva (34-8-0) via UD (30-26, 30-26, 30-26)
2015-10-03: W vs. [#4LHW] Alexander Gustafsson (18-4-0) via SD (47-48, 48-47, 49-46)

Last 3 Fights: Jon Jones (3-0-0)
2016-04-23: W vs. [#13LHW] Ovince St. Preux (20-10-0) via UD (50-44, 50-45, 50-45)
2015-01-03: W vs. [#1LHW/#2DD/#4P4P] Daniel Cormier (19-1-0) via UD (49-46, 49-46, 49-46)
2014-04-26: W vs. [#5LHW] Glover Teixeira (26-6-0) via UD (50-45, 50-45, 50-45)

Days Since Last Pro Fight: Daniel Cormier 112, Jon Jones 462
Previous Match-up Record: Jon Jones leads 1-0-0
Wins Against Common Opposition: Even: Both have 1 win(s) against common opposition.
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Welterweight Championship (170)
[#1/#6DD/#6P4P] Tyron Woodley (17-3-1, -205) vs. [#3] Demian Maia (25-6-0, +166)
Tyron Woodley is the All-Time #5 ranked Welterweight and #39 ranked Absolute fighter.
Demian Maia is the All-Time #15 ranked Welterweight fighter.

Last 3 Fights: Tyron Woodley (2-0-1)
2017-03-04: W vs. [#2WW] Stephen Thompson (13-2-1) via MD (48-47, 47-47, 48-47)
2016-11-12: D vs. [#2WW] Stephen Thompson (13-2-1) via Draw (Majority) in 5:00 of round 5
2016-07-30: W vs. [#4WW] Robbie Lawler (27-11-0) via KO (Punches) in 2:12 of round 1

Last 3 Fights: Demian Maia (3-0-0)
2017-05-13: W vs. [#5WW] Jorge Masvidal (32-12-0) via SD (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
2016-08-27: W vs. [#13WW] Carlos Condit (30-10-0) via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) in 1:52 of round 1
2016-05-14: W vs. [#33WW] Matt Brown (20-16-0) via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) in 4:31 of round 3

Days Since Last Pro Fight: Tyron Woodley 147, Demian Maia 77
Previous Match-up Record: No previous match-ups.
Wins Against Common Opposition: Even: Both have 2 win(s) against common opposition.
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Women Featherweight Championship (145)
[#1/#3DD/#3P4P] Cristiane Justino (17-1-0, -1156) vs. [#7BW] Tonya Evinger (19-5-0, +701)
Cristiane Justino is the All-Time #2 ranked Women’s fighter.
Tonya Evinger is the All-Time #42 ranked Women’s fighter.

Last 3 Fights: Cristiane Justino (3-0-0)
2016-09-24: W vs. [#15BW] Lina Lansberg (7-2-0) via in 2:29 of round 2
2016-05-14: W vs. [#9BW] Leslie Smith (10-7-1) via TKO (Punches) in 1:21 of round 1
2016-01-16: W vs. [*] Daria Ibragimova (9-2-0) via KO (Punches) in 4:58 of round 1

Last 3 Fights: Tonya Evinger (2-0-0, 1 NC)
2017-03-25: W vs. [#49BW] Yana Kunitskaya (9-3-0) via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) in 4:32 of round 2
2016-11-18: NC vs. [#49BW] Yana Kunitskaya (9-3-0)
2016-05-07: W vs. [#28BW] Colleen Schneider (11-7-0) via UD (50-44, 50-44, 49-45)

Days Since Last Pro Fight: Cristiane Justino 308, Tonya Evinger 126
Previous Match-up Record: No previous match-ups.
Wins Against Common Opposition: Cristiane Justino leads 2-0
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Continue reading 'Fight Matrix Program – UFC 214: Cormier/Jones 2 (07-29-2017)'

Posted on July 24, 2017 by jcs

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