that was pretty damn awesome!! Takeya was very impressive, and Torres showed why he is the champ. bad ass fight. the entire card was pretty damn good.
To many bro's for me in this sport, plus I saw chuck liddel in a bar in San luis... Really liked to arm wrestle.
"You might be a king or a little street sweeper, but sooner or later you dance with the reaper."
-The Grim Reaper
Highly regarded, arguably #1 light weight, Shinya Aoki Vs. Hayato Sakurai: DREAM 8
UFC, take note. We need this attack in the U.S.
Torres retains title in all-out slugfest
By Brian Knapp
Takeya Mizugaki gave nearly as good as he got for five rounds against Miguel Torres.
For once, Miguel Torres needed all five rounds.
Fighting just 18 miles from his hometown, the revered World Extreme Cagefighting bantamweight champion passed a stern test from Takeya Mizugaki in a unanimous decision victory at WEC 40 at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago on Sunday. Scores were 49-46, 49-46 and 48-47.
The 28-year-old Torres has rattled off an astounding 17 consecutive wins, but he was taken the distance for the first time in nearly four years by the hard-nosed Japanese newcomer. Takeya's stock soared in defeat.
"He came out and banged. He stood there the whole time," Torres said. "No one has ever taken me that far in my career. I have a lot of respect for him."
Blessed with one of the most diverse skill sets in the sport, Torres (37-1) needed every ounce of fortitude housed within his 5-foot-9, 135-pound frame. Violent exchanges between the two bantamweights marked the epic encounter, and the champion did not escape unscathed. Takeya (11-3-2) cut Torres in the third round and put a scare in the partisan crowd; a hush settled over the arena as cageside doctors were called in to examine the vertical gash above the titleholder's right eye.
"I didn't get hurt real bad," Torres said, his face dotted with other combat-related bruises and abrasions. "I just couldn't see too good out of my right eye. I trained hard. I train for situations like that."
Throughout the grueling five-round match, the unyielding Torres unleashed a steady stream of strikes to Takeya's midsection and head -- most notably piston-like jabs and knees to the body from the clinch. Still, he could not put away the Japanese import. In front on the scorecards, Torres did not sit idly on his title, however, as he waded into heavy fire in the fifth round and exchanged with Takeya. After the decision was read, Takeya broke down in tears, so close to pulling off a milestone upset.
"I want to fight the best guys in the world," Torres said. "Takeya's one of those guys."
Benavidez stays undefeated
A new threat emerged for Torres in the co-featured bout.
Unbeaten Joseph Benavidez stuck an enormous feather in his cap with a unanimous decision victory against the experienced and respected Jeff Curran. Two of the cageside judges scored it 30-27 in his favor; a third sided with the Urijah Faber understudy by a 29-28 count.
In his second WEC appearance, Benavidez (10-0) planted Curran on his backside with a counter right hand in the first round, spent a significant portion of their match delivering effective ground-and-pound from the top and neutralized the decorated Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt's guard. Still only 24, Benavidez tightened his hold on the most important win of his 10-fight career in Rounds 2 and 3 as he pushed a relentless pace, kept the heat on Curran with standing combinations, and stuffed his submission attempts when the battle hit the ground.
"I feel like I'm prepared for anyone," Benavidez said. "I'm not totally satisfied with my performance. I'm really happy to get a win over a great opponent like Jeff."
Henderson rolls past Roller
Meanwhile, Ben Henderson weathered a quick knockdown, leaned on startling recuperative powers and stopped Shane Roller on first-round strikes in a showdown between a pair of up-and-coming lightweights.
Roller floored his 25-year-old foe with a two-punch combination in the first minute, but he could not capitalize. Henderson survived an attempted guillotine choke against the cage, snatched a defensive single-leg and waited for his head to clear.
"He caught me clean," Henderson said. "It was a good setup."
Roller's inability to finish came back to haunt him. After the fighters returned to their feet, Henderson (9-1) drilled the three-time collegiate All-America wrestler with a beautiful straight left and dropped him where he stood. Henderson then went to work on the seated Roller (5-2), battered him with unanswered punches and forced the stoppage. The end to the action-packed bout came 1:41 into Round 1.
"I hit him hard," Henderson said. "I think I caught him with a one-two and stayed on top of him to get the W."
Assuncao mauls Massouh
In the first main-card match, highly touted featherweight prospect Rafael Assuncao dominated Jameel Massouh and cruised to a unanimous decision against the Pancrase veteran. All three judges scored it 30-27.
The 26-year-old Assuncao (13-1) controlled the exchanges standing and on the ground, as he zipped one power punch after another through Massouh's defenses. The Atlanta-based Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt survived a first-round heel hook from Massouh, knocked down the Dave Strasser protégé with an overhand right and scored with takedowns in two of the three rounds.
Though he showed off a stout chin -- lesser men might have bowed out of the conflict much sooner -- Massouh (21-5) had no answer for Assuncao's polished repertoire. Mounted briefly in Round 3, the Wisconsin native kept the match competitive but still saw his five-fight winning streak grind to a halt.
Njokuani knocks off Palaszewski in prelim action
Anthony Njokuani dropped Bart Palaszewski with a right hand in the opening round of their lightweight fight. Palaszewski recovered, but Njokuani dropped him again in the second, and referee Robert Long called the fight at the 27-second mark.
Dominick Cruz was in control of Ivan Lopez before striking the grounded fighter with an accidental knee to the face. The fight was called and went to the scorecards with Cruz prevailing (30-27 twice and 29-28) on the strength of his wrestling and groundwork.
Grappling standouts Wagnney Fabiano and Fredson Paixao fought standing for most of their 15-minute featherweight fight. Fabiano held a clear striking edge, cutting Paixao with punches early and stunning him several times en route to a unanimous decision (30-27 three times).
Rani Yahya made short work of Eddie Wineland in a bantamweight bout. The Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt took Wineland's back off a scramble and sank a rear naked choke for the tap at 1:07 of the first round.
Brian Knapp covers MMA for Sherdog.com. T.J. De Santis contributed reporting on the prelim bouts.
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dude better not get too excited, this wont be happening very often. pretty awesome though.
YES YES YES, coachella valley now has its first Unified boxing champ congratulations Timothy Bradley!!!!
Edwin Valero is a beast 25 - 0 25 Ko's WOW
To bad for the other coachella native Julio Diaz, who got KTFO in the 5th rd! I think his time at the elite level in boxing is over.
Valero sensational in blasting out Pitalua
By Dan Rafael
This is what a night out with Edwin Valero will do to you. Opponents: You've been warned.
A roundup of the past week's notable boxing results from around the world:
Saturday at Austin, Texas
Edwin Valero TKO2 Antonio Pitalua
Wins a vacant lightweight title
Records: Valero, 25-0, 25 KOs; Pitalua, 46-4, 40 KOs
Rafael's remark: To many, Valero has been one giant mystery, seen only in grainy Internet footage or talked about on message boards as something of an urban legend. The reason the 27-year-old Venezuelan had been seen only once previously on U.S. television (and that was on a small pay-per-view that took place in Mexico) was because he was banned from fighting in the United States after New York denied him a license before a planned fight there a few years ago because of a failed MRI. Turned out Valero had suffered a head injury from a non-boxing-related accident years ago. So Valero went off to Japan, won a junior lightweight belt and was making a nice living overseas. But he wanted to fight big fights and make his name in America, which usually means financial gain. Finally, in 2008, Texas granted him a license. After Valero gave up his 130-pound belt, he wound up on Golden Boy's "Lightweight Lightning" PPV card after it won the purse bid for the fight with Pitalua, whom Valero was facing for the 135-pound belt Manny Pacquiao vacated when he moved up in weight.
For those seeing Valero for the first time, it was probably worth the wait, as he blew out the Mexican-based Colombian in stunningly easy fashion. Clearly, Valero, who is now promoted by Top Rank, has brought his power with him in the move up in weight. Pitalua lost his only previous title fight on a decision to Artur Grigorian in 2000, but was well preserved at age 39. He was a very solid, hard-punching and durable opponent, but Valero ripped him apart like a wet paper towel. After a feeling out first round, Valero, who still needs to tuck that up-in-the-air chin, blew him away with three rough knockdowns. The first knockdown, from a flush left, was really what did most of the damage. After Pitalua got up, he stumbled into the ropes and was in bad shape. He was down again seconds later from an onslaught of blows. The fight could certainly have been stopped then, but referee Laurence Cole gave Pitalua the benefit of the doubt. A moment later, Valero was all over him again, and Cole called it off as Pitalua was going down again. It was an electrifying and sensational performance from Valero, who, despite his technical limitations, has rocks in his fists that can do damage to anyone. Top Rank promoter Bob Arum signed Valero in order to build him into a possible opponent for Pacquiao down the road. Wouldn't that be fun while it lasted?
Michael Katsidis TKO7 Jesus Chavez
Records: Katsidis, 25-2, 21 KOs; Chavez, 44-5, 30 KOs
Rafael's remark: Katsidis and Chavez are never in bad fights, so it should not have surprised anyone that this was a highly entertaining slugfest. Australia's Katsidis, 28, however, was too young, too strong and too hungry against Chavez, who took a lot of punishment before retiring in the corner after the seventh round, much to the disappointment of his hometown fans in Austin. It was a grueling fight. Katsidis was bruised under his left eye early in the fight, and Chavez suffered a nasty cut by his hairline from an accidental head butt in the fourth round. The blood flowed freely after the head butt. Chavez simply brushed aside the blood streaming down his face and continued to fight. But Katsidis was doing damage and, finally, after the seventh, Chavez had taken enough. At 36 and after a career filled with ups (world title victories at junior lightweight and lightweight) and downs (the death of opponent Leavander Johnson from a brain injury suffered in their fight, and all kinds of injuries), Chavez announced his retirement at the postfight news conference. Because of his television-friendly style, Katsidis certainly will be back in another meaningful fight, which is good news for fight fans who love action. He won his second in a row after back-to-back losses to Joel Casamayor and Juan Diaz in 2008. Golden Boy Promoter Richard Schaefer told ESPN.com that he was thinking about trying to put together a fight between Katsidis and Vicente Escobedo, who also won on the card.
Vicente Escobedo W10 Carlos Hernandez
Scores: 96-91, 95-91, 94-93
Records: Escobedo, 20-1, 12 KOs; Hernandez, 43-8-1, 24 KOs
Rafael's remark: Five years after his stint with the 2004 U.S. Olympic team, Escobedo, 27, scored the biggest win of his pro career in the best fight on Golden Boy's entertaining "Lightweight Lightning" pay-per-view card with this all-out slugfest with Hernandez, a former junior lightweight titleholder who may retire after this grueling defeat. Although Hernandez, 38, is nowhere near what he once was, as he dropped to 3-5 in his last eight bouts, he remains a tough fighter with a huge heart. He certainly provided Escobedo with everything he could handle, but the youngster had a bit too much strength and stamina for Hernandez. He dropped Hernandez in the first round and again in the second round, and it looked as if his accurate right hand would eventually find the target again for a knockout. But Hernandez would not give in and fought through cuts, bruises and swelling around both eyes. An accidental elbow from Escobedo in the third round opened the worst of the cuts. Hernandez was credited with a sixth-round knockdown, but it was a bad call. Replays clearly showed Hernandez accidentally stepping on Escobedo's foot, causing him to trip. It turned out not to matter, as Escobedo, who took the fight on a few weeks' notice when original opponent Jorge Barrios fell out with a jaw injury, got the well-deserved decision. It should give him confidence the next time he's in with a solid opponent. As for Hernandez, if this is it, a tip of the hat to a good guy who gave us a lot of thrills.
Rolando Reyes TKO5 Julio Diaz
Records: Reyes, 31-4-2, 20 KOs; Diaz, 36-5, 26 KOs
Rafael's remark: Former titleholder Diaz thought he would be facing former world champion Joel Casamayor in the co-featured fight on the card, but Casamayor pulled out 2˝ weeks before the fight because of a back injury. That left Diaz to take a pay cut and face substitute Reyes in the opening bout of the pay-per-view card. It turned out to be the stunner of the night, as Reyes, a fringe contender who made no fans in his last fight on a big stage when he ran all night from former champ Jose Luis Castillo and lost a lopsided decision in February 2004, scored the upset. Reyes, 30, has won five in a row since the loss to Castillo after coming from out of nowhere to stop Diaz. It had been a lackluster fight through the early rounds as the crowd voiced its displeasure with the lack of action. But it suddenly changed when Reyes caught Diaz with a combination that cut Diaz under the right eye and knocked him down. Moments later, with Reyes pounding him around the ring, Diaz went down again and referee Gregorio Alvarez immediately stopped the fight. You have to question where Diaz, 29, goes from now. After quitting in the ninth round of his 2007 unification bout with Juan Diaz, he won two in a row against lesser opponents before this disaster against Reyes. Meanwhile, Reyes definitely elevated himself in a quality division.
Saturday at Montreal
Timothy Bradley Jr. W12 Kendall Holt
Unifies two junior welterweight titles
Scores: 115-111 (twice), 114-112
Records: Bradley Jr., 24-0, 11 KOs; Holt, 25-3, 13 KOs
Rafael's remark: Although the winner of the May 2 Ricky Hatton-Manny Pacquiao fight will be recognized as the legitimate junior welterweight world champion, Bradley firmly made his case as the division's No. 2 fighter as he unified two alphabet belts with a solid performance against Holt, who, like Bradley, was making the second defense of his title.
Bradley, of Palm Springs, Calif., had some rough moments, however. He was knocked down twice, getting decked by a tremendous left hook in the first round -- it's surprising that he survived and that Holt didn't really press the action afterward -- and then going down again when he touched his glove to the canvas after eating a well-timed uppercut in the 12th round. However, in between the knockdowns, Bradley, 25, applied subtle pressure as he outboxed and outpunched Holt, who refused to press the action. It just seemed as though Bradley wanted to win a whole lot more than Holt. Despite begging from his corner between rounds, Holt wouldn't regularly throw his jab, and it cost him dearly. Had Holt, 27, used it, he could have certainly won the fight. Had Holt showed even an ounce of killer instinct, he would have won. Instead, he gave away a lot of the middle rounds and was left to beg pathetically for a rematch, which he is unlikely to get. Bradley, who credited superb conditioning for his ability to survive the first knockdown, picked Holt, of Paterson, N.J., apart between knockdowns for the quality victory, one that should open plenty of doors for him in a division that has some interesting possibilities. It remains to be seen what Bradley will do next, but the WBC, one of the alphabet organizations that recognizes him as a titleholder, mandated before the fight that the winner must face Devon Alexander in his next fight. If Bradley doesn't, he will be stripped of that belt. Bradley has 15 days to make a decision.
Librado Andrade W12 Vitali Tsypko
Scores: 120-106, 117-109 (twice)
Records: Andrade, 28-2, 21 KOs; Tsypko, 22-3, 12 KOs
Rafael's remark: Andrade returned to the Bell Centre, site of his controversial last fight. When the 30-year-old was there in October, he lost a clear decision to Montreal star Lucian Bute in a super middleweight title bout tinged with controversy. After being dominated for most of the fight, Andrade scored a hard knockdown in the final seconds of the fight. However, some believe there was a little home cookin' when referee Marlon Wright delayed the count to move Andrade further into the neutral corner, which may have allowed Bute an extra few seconds to beat the slowish count as the fight was ending.
On this trip, however, Andrade had no problems at all as he thoroughly dominated Ukraine's Tsypko, 32, dropping him twice (in the second and seventh rounds) and cruising to the near-shutout decision. The victory earned Andrade a mandatory rematch with Bute, a fight both boxers have expressed considerable interest in. The fans of Montreal will certainly make it a big event.
Adrian Diaconu W8 David Whittom
Scores: 80-72 (twice), 79-73
Records: Diaconu, 26-0, 15 KOs; Whittom, 10-8-1, 6 KOs
Rafael's remark: When light heavyweight titleholder Diaconu's mandatory defense against Silvio Branco, scheduled for April 10, was called off when an injury to one of the main-event fighters caused the whole card to be canceled, Diaconu's handlers moved him onto this undercard in a nontitle bout on just a few days' notice. Fighting at 186 pounds (11 over the light heavyweight limit), Diaconu, a Romanian based in Montreal, won the lopsided decision against Whittom, 30, a Quebec City journeyman who lost his third in a row and fourth of five fights, but accomplished what Diaconu's handlers had in mind -- that he give Diaconu much-needed rounds after a year's layoff. The mandatory with Branco will be delayed at least until the fall, paving the way for a huge fight in Montreal. Diaconu promoter InterBox is in talks with rival Montreal promoter Yvon Michel for a late May or June showdown between Diaconu and Montreal-based super middleweight contender Jean Pascal, who won his fight on a different card Saturday and would move up in weight for the intriguing fight. If Diaconu-Pascal comes off, let's hope there is American television coverage somewhere.
Saturday at Montreal
Jean Pascal KO5 Pablo Nievas
Records: Pascal, 22-1, 15 KOs; Nievas, 22-6-1, 15 KOs
Rafael's remark: Pascal returned to the ring for the first time since dropping a decision to Carl Froch in an all-action slugfest for a vacant title in England in December. Fighting in front of his hometown crowd, the quicker Pascal, 26, born in Haiti but living in Montreal, dominated the fight. In the fifth, he pressed Argentina's Nievas, 28, into the ropes and eventually hurt him with an uppercut and a left hand that dropped him to the canvas for the full count. Nievas, who unsuccessfully challenged Anthony Mundine for a belt in 2007, had his three-fight winning streak snapped to fall to 3-4 in his last seven. Pascal's victory could lead him right back to a world title bout. Yvon Michel, his promoter, is in talks with rival Montreal promoter InterBox (which Michel used to run before their split in 2004) about a late May or early June showdown between Pascal and Montreal-based light heavyweight titleholder Adrian Diaconu, who won a nontitle bout on another card in Montreal on Saturday. Pascal would move up in weight for the opportunity to face Diaconu in what would be the first fight co-promoted by the Montreal rival promoters and would be a huge event in the city and almost certainly sell out the Bell Centre.
Saturday at Dusseldorf, Germany
Alexander Povetkin W10 Jason Estrada
Scores: 99-94, 98-92, 97-93
Records: Povetkin, 17-0, 12 KOs; Estrada, 15-2, 3 KOs
Rafael's remark: Povetkin was supposed to fight unified heavyweight titleholder Wladimir Klitschko in December as a mandatory challenger in December. However, Povetkin, 29, the 2004 Russian Olympic super heavyweight gold medalist, injured his foot when he tripped over a tree root while doing a run in preparation for the bout. The fight was called off and cost Povetkin a $4 million payday. With the foot healed and Klitschko's mandatory commitment pushed back until this fall, Povetkin needed to get back in the ring instead of waiting so long until his title shot. His handlers picked Estrada, the underachieving 2004 U.S. Olympian with limited power. So Povetkin shook off the rust of his nine-month layoff and outpointed Estrada in a fight that was competitive for most of the first half before Povetkin found his groove. In the late rounds, Povetkin was wearing Estrada down and almost knocked him down, including when he staggered him in the final 10 seconds of the fight. It was a solid comeback victory for Povetkin, who looms as Klitschko's fall opponent as long he gets by David Haye in a June 20 optional defense.
Saturday at Tamaulipas, Mexico
Edgar Sosa TKO4 Porsawan Porpramook
Retains a junior flyweight title
Records: Sosa, 35-5, 19 KOs; Porpramook, 21-3, 16 KOs
Rafael's remark: Sosa just keeps rolling along as one of the busiest titleholders in boxing, as he made his eighth defense since outpointing Brian Viloria for a vacant belt in April 2007. Sosa, 29, of Mexico, was having his way against Thailand's Porpramook when he landed a flurry of punches that hurt the challenger and forced referee Hector Afu to intervene; Porpramook was on the verge of going down. Porpramook, 31, dropped his third fight in his last four. Each defeat came in a title bout, including two cracks at versions of the strawweight title.
Friday at Memphis
Randall Bailey KO4 Frankie Figueroa
Records: Bailey, 39-6, 35 KOs; Figueroa, 20-3, 13 KOs
Rafael's remark: Bailey is one of the best pure punchers in boxing. Period. His right hand is like an atom bomb when it lands, and Figueroa was his latest victim as Bailey erased him with one thunderous blow to the chin in the fourth round. It was spectacular and left Figueroa out cold on his back in the middle of the ring. We're talking about a serious KO of the year candidate. It was just the end of what was a highly entertaining shootout in the "Friday Night Fights" main event. Bailey dropped Figueroa with a right hand in the first round, but it wasn't as clean as the one that ended the fight, and Figueroa, 30, survived. He came back to hurt Bailey and drop him in the second round before Bailey ended matters two rounds later. The victory earned Bailey, 34, a former junior welterweight titlist from 1999 to 2000, another title shot. He had lost a title eliminator on a split decision on Herman Ngoudjo's Montreal turf in June 2007, but has won four in a row, culminating with the knockout of Figueroa to become the mandatory challenger for Juan Urango. However, Urango is slated to challenge welterweight titlist Andre Berto on May 30. If Urango wins, he'll likely stay at welterweight and relinquish his junior welterweight belt, which would leave Bailey to challenge for the vacant title. If Urango loses to Berto, he'll return to junior welterweight and defend against Bailey. Either way, Bailey is getting a title opportunity and whomever he faces will have to be very careful of his right hand.
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I'll be at Strikeforce tomorrow night in San Jose. Anyone going? I'm suspecting not.
so are you gonna dvr the silva fight next weekend and be surprised when you watch the fight when you get back home or are you gonna get the results sat night while probably watching ohh im gonna say chemical brothers, thievery corporation which would be the time the fights are over.
i've mentioned about it on here a couple of times in other threads
P.S. you see that vote for calendar girl contest on the main pg vote for Adriana thats my cuz and she wants to win
i dont even think you have to ask me to vote for her. if i stumbled upon that on my own, it would either be her or Kylie. some of those other bitchezzz look like they chew on rocks. but then again, those pixelated pictures dont do any of them justice.
Diaz for the win!!
overall, it was a pretty good time. I blinked during the first prelim and missed the knock out.
I fucking love Paul "The Punisher" Williams.. I got to see him in person absolutely destroy Sharmba Mitchell a few years ago;
This was from last weekend's impressive defeat of Winky Wright;
Williams rings up unanimous decision Associated Press
LAS VEGAS -- If Paul Williams thought the world's top boxers were scared of him before, just wait until they see the holes he punched in Winky Wright's once-impenetrable defense.
Williams worked Wright like a heavy bag with hundreds of relentless blows, earning an emphatic victory by unanimous decision Saturday night in a meeting of two much-avoided middleweights.
In his first main-event bout in boxing's capital city, Williams (37-1, 27 KOs) pounded at Wright's famed defensive posture from the opening bell. The Augusta, Ga., native was simply masterful, systematically breaking down the former champion in Wright's return from a 21-month ring absence.
With so many punches to block, Wright (51-5-1) simply didn't have time to land enough scoring blows against his much taller, longer opponent. Williams barely appeared tired by the closing bell, chasing Wright around the ring up to the final seconds while anticipating what his biggest win yet will do for his blossoming career.
"I felt like I did in the first round in the 12th," Williams said. "That was because of my hard training, and running seven miles a day. It helped my breathing."
His dominant performance should leave any future opponents a bit short of breath. Although Williams considers himself a 147-pound welterweight, he had no problem moving up to 160 -- and he'll fight anywhere in between.
The Mandalay Bay Events Center was half-full, but those fans now understand why Williams might be the sport's most intriguing talent. Williams threw 104 punches in the first round and 106 in the 12th, rarely taking a break in between.
Judges Jerry Roth and Robert Hoyle favored Williams 119-109, while Adalaide Byrd gave every round to Williams, 120-108. The Associated Press had Williams winning 118-111.
Williams threw an astonishing 1,086 punches, connecting with 23 percent, while Wright managed just 511. Nearly two-thirds of Williams' punches were power shots, gradually taking an inexorable toll on Wright.
Just in case any fight fans wondered why none of the world's top welterweights or middleweights are interested in fighting Williams, the biggest reason loomed large against Wright: Williams' 6-foot-1 frame -- which appears much rangier in the ring -- gives him automatic leverage on nearly anybody in his weight classes, putting him in an elevated position for every exchange.
"I just couldn't get my punches off," Wright said. "He was very tall and awkward with really long arms. He would throw a lot of punches, and they were coming from all different directions, and I didn't know how to dodge them. I had a long layoff, but I felt this was a great fight."
In his first fight since losing a decision to Bernard Hopkins in the same ring in July 2007, Wright still had the strong defenses that made him one of the sport's least pleasant opponents for a decade -- but they weren't enough. For every counterpunching shot landed by Wright, Williams constantly replied with elaborate combinations, forcing Wright to retreat again.
Wright's left eye swelled nearly shut by the 11th round, making his corner's pleas for a knockout pretty much pointless.
Wright hadn't been in the ring since his disappointing 170-pound loss to Hopkins, whose technical wizardry was more than Wright could handle. While Wright spent the next year welcoming his son's birth and hitting the casinos on fight nights, he didn't seem particularly eager to fight again -- an opinion underscored by rumors he had rejected several possible bouts on financial terms.
Wright insists he never considered quitting, but couldn't get a significant fight from Kelly Pavlik, Jermain Taylor or the other big names around his weight. He finally agreed to take on Williams in an HBO fight that should pay both men more than $1 million.
"This is definitely not my last fight," Wright said. "I'm definitely coming back. I had a long layoff, and I'm definitely not going to wait that long again. He threw a lot of punches, but it was a great fight."
Williams hasn't had the luxury of being choosy: His almost freakish ability to move among classes without losing power makes him an unpleasant matchup at 147, 154 and 160 pounds. That's why he's been relegated to second-tier showcases at Indian casinos and undercard fights until Wright accepted this bout.
Williams has lost just once, in a decision to Carlos Quintana in February 2008, and he avenged it with a first-round knockout of Quintana four months later.
"This has to put him right up there with the pound-for-pound best today," said Williams' promoter, Dan Goossen, who has been frustrated by the top welterweights' unwillingness to take on his prize prospect. "I mean, he's a [welterweight], and there was no ring rust on Winky. Winky looked tremendous and took some great shots, and came back with some of his own."
Since both fighters are used to rejection, each praised the other for accepting the bout in the weeks leading up to it. They embraced at Friday's weigh-in, both spoke reverently of each other afterward.
"I expected Winky to throw big shots, and he did," Williams said. "We went 12 hard rounds. I anticipated that it was going to be a tough fight."
That same card also had the mexican heavyweight, Arreloa, beating Jameel McCline.
COACHELLA '07, '08, '09, '11, '13
OSCAR DE LA HOYA RETIRES!!!
Weak ass puto.
De La Hoya:
The end of a
i downloaded the UFC demo. gonna check it out right now. ill let you know how it goes. pretend this is in the gaming thread as well.
so now that im starting to get over my post coachella syndrome back to my love for boxing this past weekend there was plenty of fights to take my mind off of coachella. Im looking for a vid of the brutal ko of jermain taylor ill post it later
yes I downloaded the demo pretty good teaser, of course im waitn for Fight Night rd 4 and the return of Mike Tyson fuck yes
I know that thew majority of you aren't in to MMA, but what do you think about this article below? Actually, what do you think about what the guy wants to do? Should he be allowed to? Why, why not?
There is more about the outcome on sherdog.com
Maynard: ‘I’m a Human Being’
Friday, April 24, 2009
by Brian Knapp (email@example.com)
After 23 years, Kyle Maynard has learned to tune out the naysayers.
A congenital amputee -- the condition left him with no hands, two rounded stumps at the elbows and two short appendages with deformed feet at the knees -- Maynard will make his amateur mixed martial arts debut at an Auburn Fight Night show this Saturday at the Auburn Covered Arena in Auburn, Ala.
Maynard had designs on debuting in his native Georgia in 2007, but the Georgia Athletic and Entertainment Commission refused to sanction him. Alabama has no governing body to oversee MMA competition, which cleared the way for his entry into the cage.
“Part of me is disappointed we had to go this route,” Maynard said. “I can understand the athletic commission’s point of view. They have a lot to lose and little to gain in sanctioning me, but I’m not talking about going out there and competing against the top 135-pounders in the world. On an even playing field in amateur competition, I should be able to compete.”
David Oblas, who also runs the Wild Bill’s Fight Night promotion in Georgia, put together the Auburn Fight Night event. Maynard’s opponent will not be revealed until the weigh-in on Friday in an attempt to short circuit any negative reaction or pressure he might encounter.
“We do have an opponent,” Oblas said. “We do have a backup. The opponent will not be released until the weigh-ins. It’s someone who’s fought before. We’re trying to keep the focus on Kyle. The person who gets in there and punches him in the face is going to make his dream come true.”
Defying the Odds
Without the benefit of full arms and legs, Maynard won more than 100 wrestling matches -- 36 as a senior -- at Collins Hill High School in Suwanee, Ga. His accomplishments drew national media attention, as he was featured on HBO’s “Real Sports” and won the 2004 ESPY Award for Best Athlete with a Disability.
Maynard -- who has also tested his limitations in power lifting competitions (he set a world record for the modified bench press with a lift of 360 pounds at the Arnold Fitness Classic in 2005) and organized football -- trains full-time under UFC veteran and Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt Paul Creighton.
A Renzo Gracie protégé who once fought B.J. Penn inside the UFC Octagon, Creighton supports Maynard’s decision to test himself inside the cage.
“Kyle has had obstacles his whole life,” said Creighton, who plans to corner Maynard on Saturday. “He’s not doing this for anyone other than himself. He’s a grown man and should be able to decide what he wants to do.”
Schooled by a variety of instructors, Maynard has also worked with Palace Fighting Championship featherweight titleholder Diego Saraiva and “The Ultimate Fighter 3” alum Rory Singer. He made a smooth transition from amateur wrestling to submission grappling and claims to have medaled in every competition he has entered. Maynard believes his credentials strengthen his case.
“I was one win away from being a high school All-American,” Maynard said. “I’ve set power lifting world records. People don’t take the time to do five minutes of research. If you look at my track record, in every competition -- whether it’s football, wrestling, power lifting or jiu-jitsu -- I’ve had success. I think I can compete and do pretty well.”
Met with a groundswell of negative public reaction when he made known his intention to enter MMA back in 2007, Maynard has steered clear of the blog sites and underground forums that were once part of his daily routine. He used to use that sentiment as motivation, but no more.
“It did motivate me back in 2007 after the commission’s denial,” Maynard said. “I see the MMA community as an extension of my family, and hearing that kind of negative sentiment was tough. I’ve had to completely remove myself from that, from the underground forums and all the blog sites. It’s not important. I want to prove I can compete for myself, not anyone else.
“It’s a tough call,” he added. “When I look at it from the standpoint of an MMA fan, me going into any kind of pugilistic sport is going to bring about the kind of feelings that fuel the fire of the media and uneducated fans.”
Still, many question whether or not Maynard should be deemed physically fit for battle. Some claim the prospect of his being injured in MMA competition might tarnish the sport, which remains in the early stages of its development.
“Why should I be allowed to fight? Because I’m a human being, and I have inalienable rights, same as anyone else,” Maynard said. “I think it’s fear-mongering for people to say they think I’m going to send the sport back to the dark ages.”
no no no, its a touching story being that he has accomplished alot despite his handicapedness(is that a word?) but entering in a cage/ring for a full blown mma match is too much its already a dangerous sport when both combatants are equal let alone when you have stumps for arms I hope someone close to this man can talk some sense into him. Doesnt it seem like he's just trying to prove everyone wrong just to do it for his own ss=hould i say selfish reasons and not giving two fucks about people actually caring about his health
i dont look at it as being dangerous for him. i think what he's accomplished shows that he can defend himself. he's also competed in jui-jitsu tournaments as well. (ill need to look in to this more.) mainly because of the thing im concerned about.
my concern is the fight being fair, or a full fledged MMA bout. Not having elbows or knees(not positive about the knee part) eliminates many submissions that are legal in MMA. Ankle locks, knee bars, arm bars, kimora....etc. also, how does he accomplish these (more curious about this part). furthermore, he is considered a downed opponent, which means he cant be kicked to the head. understandable, those are the rules. but in some cases they do not apply to him, such as this one. he cant stand, so he can never receive a kick to the head. Just last week we saw a fight end by a kick to the head.
The Pacquaio/Hatton weigh in is about to start on ESPN news @ 3:10 pt whos gonna watch this fight tomorrow?
I'd love to watch the fight, but I'm not shelling out $50.
Maybe I can find a bar that's showing it.
Last edited by Westy; 05-01-2009 at 02:10 PM.
I have to miss the fight tomorrow, unless the classy restaurant I'll be at decides to have a nice TV in eyesight. I'm having to resort to RSS feed torrenting it and hoping to avoid all spoilers in the mean time.
*based upon tedious fact checking.
for those who missed it
Pacquiao - Hatton