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A trainer tosses water onto fighter Badou Jack after his WBC light heavyweight championship boxing match against Adonis Stevenson in Toronto on Saturday, May 19, 2018. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
Stevenson retains title with majority draw against Jack
A trainer tosses water onto fighter Badou Jack after his WBC light heavyweight championship boxing match against Adonis Stevenson in Toronto on Saturday, May 19, 2018. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
Adonis Stevenson, right, takes a punch from Badou Jack during the WBC light heavyweight championship boxing match in Toronto on Saturday, May 19, 2018. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
Stevenson retains title with majority draw against Jack
Adonis Stevenson, right, takes a punch from Badou Jack during the WBC light heavyweight championship boxing match in Toronto on Saturday, May 19, 2018. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
Adonis Stevenson, right, and Badou Jack exchange blows during the first round of the WBC light heavyweight championship boxing match in Toronto on Saturday, May 19, 2018. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
Stevenson retains title with majority draw against Jack
Adonis Stevenson, right, and Badou Jack exchange blows during the first round of the WBC light heavyweight championship boxing match in Toronto on Saturday, May 19, 2018. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
Adonis Stevenson, left, and Badou Jack exchange blows during the WBC light heavyweight championship boxing match in Toronto on Saturday, May 19, 2018. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
Stevenson retains title with majority draw against Jack
Adonis Stevenson, left, and Badou Jack exchange blows during the WBC light heavyweight championship boxing match in Toronto on Saturday, May 19, 2018. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
Adonis Stevenson, right, and Badou Jack exchange blows during the first round of a WBC light heavyweight championship boxing match in Toronto on Saturday, May 19, 2018. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
Stevenson retains title with majority draw against Jack
Adonis Stevenson, right, and Badou Jack exchange blows during the first round of a WBC light heavyweight championship boxing match in Toronto on Saturday, May 19, 2018. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
Security pounce on man attempting to crash Air Canada Centre boxing match
Security pounce on man attempting to crash Air Canada Centre boxing match
Security pounce on man attempting to crash Air Canada Centre boxing match
Boxing - Lee Selby vs Josh Warrington - IBF World Featherweight Title - Elland Road, Leeds, Britain - May 19, 2018 Lee Selby in action against Josh Warrington Action Images via Reuters/Peter Cziborra TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Lee Selby vs Josh Warrington - IBF World Featherweight Title
Boxing - Lee Selby vs Josh Warrington - IBF World Featherweight Title - Elland Road, Leeds, Britain - May 19, 2018 Lee Selby in action against Josh Warrington Action Images via Reuters/Peter Cziborra TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Lee Selby, left, fights against Josh Warrington during their IBF World Featherweight boxing bout at Elland Road, Leeds, Saturday May 19, 2018. (Dave Thompson/PA via AP)
Warrington relieves Selby of IBF featherweight belt
Lee Selby, left, fights against Josh Warrington during their IBF World Featherweight boxing bout at Elland Road, Leeds, Saturday May 19, 2018. (Dave Thompson/PA via AP)
Lee Selby, right, fights against Josh Warrington during their IBF World Featherweight boxing bout at Elland Road, Leeds, Saturday May 19, 2018. (Dave Thompson/PA via AP)
Warrington relieves Selby of IBF featherweight belt
Lee Selby, right, fights against Josh Warrington during their IBF World Featherweight boxing bout at Elland Road, Leeds, Saturday May 19, 2018. (Dave Thompson/PA via AP)
Boxing - Lee Selby vs Josh Warrington - IBF World Featherweight Title - Elland Road, Leeds, Britain - May 19, 2018 Lee Selby in action against Josh Warrington Action Images via Reuters/Peter Cziborra
Lee Selby vs Josh Warrington - IBF World Featherweight Title
Boxing - Lee Selby vs Josh Warrington - IBF World Featherweight Title - Elland Road, Leeds, Britain - May 19, 2018 Lee Selby in action against Josh Warrington Action Images via Reuters/Peter Cziborra
Boxing - Lee Selby vs Josh Warrington - IBF World Featherweight Title - Elland Road, Leeds, Britain - May 19, 2018 Josh Warrington celebrates winning the fight with his wife Natasha Action Images via Reuters/Peter Cziborra
Lee Selby vs Josh Warrington - IBF World Featherweight Title
Boxing - Lee Selby vs Josh Warrington - IBF World Featherweight Title - Elland Road, Leeds, Britain - May 19, 2018 Josh Warrington celebrates winning the fight with his wife Natasha Action Images via Reuters/Peter Cziborra
Boxing - Lee Selby vs Josh Warrington - IBF World Featherweight Title - Elland Road, Leeds, Britain - May 19, 2018 Carl Frampton ringside Action Images via Reuters/Peter Cziborra
Lee Selby vs Josh Warrington - IBF World Featherweight Title
Boxing - Lee Selby vs Josh Warrington - IBF World Featherweight Title - Elland Road, Leeds, Britain - May 19, 2018 Carl Frampton ringside Action Images via Reuters/Peter Cziborra
Boxing - Lee Selby vs Josh Warrington - IBF World Featherweight Title - Elland Road, Leeds, Britain - May 19, 2018 Josh Warrington celebrates winning the fight Action Images via Reuters/Peter Cziborra
Lee Selby vs Josh Warrington - IBF World Featherweight Title
Boxing - Lee Selby vs Josh Warrington - IBF World Featherweight Title - Elland Road, Leeds, Britain - May 19, 2018 Josh Warrington celebrates winning the fight Action Images via Reuters/Peter Cziborra
Boxing - Lee Selby vs Josh Warrington - IBF World Featherweight Title - Elland Road, Leeds, Britain - May 19, 2018 Lee Selby and Josh Warrington together at the end of the fight Action Images via Reuters/Peter Cziborra
Lee Selby vs Josh Warrington - IBF World Featherweight Title
Boxing - Lee Selby vs Josh Warrington - IBF World Featherweight Title - Elland Road, Leeds, Britain - May 19, 2018 Lee Selby and Josh Warrington together at the end of the fight Action Images via Reuters/Peter Cziborra
Boxing - Lee Selby vs Josh Warrington - IBF World Featherweight Title - Elland Road, Leeds, Britain - May 19, 2018 Josh Warrington celebrates winning the fight Action Images via Reuters/Peter Cziborra
Lee Selby vs Josh Warrington - IBF World Featherweight Title
Boxing - Lee Selby vs Josh Warrington - IBF World Featherweight Title - Elland Road, Leeds, Britain - May 19, 2018 Josh Warrington celebrates winning the fight Action Images via Reuters/Peter Cziborra
Boxing - Lee Selby vs Josh Warrington - IBF World Featherweight Title - Elland Road, Leeds, Britain - May 19, 2018 Lee Selby and Josh Warrington together at the end of the fight Action Images via Reuters/Peter Cziborra
Lee Selby vs Josh Warrington - IBF World Featherweight Title
Boxing - Lee Selby vs Josh Warrington - IBF World Featherweight Title - Elland Road, Leeds, Britain - May 19, 2018 Lee Selby and Josh Warrington together at the end of the fight Action Images via Reuters/Peter Cziborra
Boxing - Lee Selby vs Josh Warrington - IBF World Featherweight Title - Elland Road, Leeds, Britain - May 19, 2018 Lee Selby in action against Josh Warrington Action Images via Reuters/Peter Cziborra
Lee Selby vs Josh Warrington - IBF World Featherweight Title
Boxing - Lee Selby vs Josh Warrington - IBF World Featherweight Title - Elland Road, Leeds, Britain - May 19, 2018 Lee Selby in action against Josh Warrington Action Images via Reuters/Peter Cziborra
Boxing - Lee Selby vs Josh Warrington - IBF World Featherweight Title - Elland Road, Leeds, Britain - May 19, 2018 Lee Selby in action against Josh Warrington Action Images via Reuters/Peter Cziborra
Lee Selby vs Josh Warrington - IBF World Featherweight Title
Boxing - Lee Selby vs Josh Warrington - IBF World Featherweight Title - Elland Road, Leeds, Britain - May 19, 2018 Lee Selby in action against Josh Warrington Action Images via Reuters/Peter Cziborra
Boxing - Lee Selby vs Josh Warrington - IBF World Featherweight Title - Elland Road, Leeds, Britain - May 19, 2018 Lee Selby in action against Josh Warrington Action Images via Reuters/Peter Cziborra
Lee Selby vs Josh Warrington - IBF World Featherweight Title
Boxing - Lee Selby vs Josh Warrington - IBF World Featherweight Title - Elland Road, Leeds, Britain - May 19, 2018 Lee Selby in action against Josh Warrington Action Images via Reuters/Peter Cziborra
Boxing - Lee Selby vs Josh Warrington - IBF World Featherweight Title - Elland Road, Leeds, Britain - May 19, 2018 Lee Selby in action against Josh Warrington Action Images via Reuters/Peter Cziborra
Lee Selby vs Josh Warrington - IBF World Featherweight Title
Boxing - Lee Selby vs Josh Warrington - IBF World Featherweight Title - Elland Road, Leeds, Britain - May 19, 2018 Lee Selby in action against Josh Warrington Action Images via Reuters/Peter Cziborra
Boxing - Lee Selby vs Josh Warrington - IBF World Featherweight Title - Elland Road, Leeds, Britain - May 19, 2018 Lee Selby in action against Josh Warrington Action Images via Reuters/Peter Cziborra
Lee Selby vs Josh Warrington - IBF World Featherweight Title
Boxing - Lee Selby vs Josh Warrington - IBF World Featherweight Title - Elland Road, Leeds, Britain - May 19, 2018 Lee Selby in action against Josh Warrington Action Images via Reuters/Peter Cziborra
Boxing - Lee Selby vs Josh Warrington - IBF World Featherweight Title - Elland Road, Leeds, Britain - May 19, 2018 Lee Selby in action against Josh Warrington Action Images via Reuters/Peter Cziborra
Lee Selby vs Josh Warrington - IBF World Featherweight Title
Boxing - Lee Selby vs Josh Warrington - IBF World Featherweight Title - Elland Road, Leeds, Britain - May 19, 2018 Lee Selby in action against Josh Warrington Action Images via Reuters/Peter Cziborra
Boxing - Lee Selby vs Josh Warrington - IBF World Featherweight Title - Elland Road, Leeds, Britain - May 19, 2018 Lee Selby in action against Josh Warrington Action Images via Reuters/Peter Cziborra
Lee Selby vs Josh Warrington - IBF World Featherweight Title
Boxing - Lee Selby vs Josh Warrington - IBF World Featherweight Title - Elland Road, Leeds, Britain - May 19, 2018 Lee Selby in action against Josh Warrington Action Images via Reuters/Peter Cziborra
Boxing - Lee Selby vs Josh Warrington - IBF World Featherweight Title - Elland Road, Leeds, Britain - May 19, 2018 Lee Selby in action against Josh Warrington Action Images via Reuters/Peter Cziborra
Lee Selby vs Josh Warrington - IBF World Featherweight Title
Boxing - Lee Selby vs Josh Warrington - IBF World Featherweight Title - Elland Road, Leeds, Britain - May 19, 2018 Lee Selby in action against Josh Warrington Action Images via Reuters/Peter Cziborra
Boxing - Lee Selby vs Josh Warrington - IBF World Featherweight Title - Elland Road, Leeds, Britain - May 19, 2018 Lee Selby in action against Josh Warrington Action Images via Reuters/Peter Cziborra
Lee Selby vs Josh Warrington - IBF World Featherweight Title
Boxing - Lee Selby vs Josh Warrington - IBF World Featherweight Title - Elland Road, Leeds, Britain - May 19, 2018 Lee Selby in action against Josh Warrington Action Images via Reuters/Peter Cziborra
Boxing - Lee Selby vs Josh Warrington - IBF World Featherweight Title - Elland Road, Leeds, Britain - May 19, 2018 Lee Selby in action against Josh Warrington Action Images via Reuters/Peter Cziborra
Lee Selby vs Josh Warrington - IBF World Featherweight Title
Boxing - Lee Selby vs Josh Warrington - IBF World Featherweight Title - Elland Road, Leeds, Britain - May 19, 2018 Lee Selby in action against Josh Warrington Action Images via Reuters/Peter Cziborra
Boxing - Lee Selby vs Josh Warrington - IBF World Featherweight Title - Elland Road, Leeds, Britain - May 19, 2018 Lee Selby in action against Josh Warrington Action Images via Reuters/Peter Cziborra
Lee Selby vs Josh Warrington - IBF World Featherweight Title
Boxing - Lee Selby vs Josh Warrington - IBF World Featherweight Title - Elland Road, Leeds, Britain - May 19, 2018 Lee Selby in action against Josh Warrington Action Images via Reuters/Peter Cziborra
Boxing - Lee Selby vs Josh Warrington - IBF World Featherweight Title - Elland Road, Leeds, Britain - May 19, 2018 Lee Selby in action against Josh Warrington Action Images via Reuters/Peter Cziborra
Lee Selby vs Josh Warrington - IBF World Featherweight Title
Boxing - Lee Selby vs Josh Warrington - IBF World Featherweight Title - Elland Road, Leeds, Britain - May 19, 2018 Lee Selby in action against Josh Warrington Action Images via Reuters/Peter Cziborra
Boxing - Lee Selby vs Josh Warrington - IBF World Featherweight Title - Elland Road, Leeds, Britain - May 19, 2018 Lee Selby with promoter Frank Warren before the start of the fight Action Images via Reuters/Peter Cziborra
Lee Selby vs Josh Warrington - IBF World Featherweight Title
Boxing - Lee Selby vs Josh Warrington - IBF World Featherweight Title - Elland Road, Leeds, Britain - May 19, 2018 Lee Selby with promoter Frank Warren before the start of the fight Action Images via Reuters/Peter Cziborra
Boxing - Lee Selby vs Josh Warrington - IBF World Featherweight Title - Elland Road, Leeds, Britain - May 19, 2018 Tyson Fury before the start of the fight Action Images via Reuters/Peter Cziborra
Lee Selby vs Josh Warrington - IBF World Featherweight Title
Boxing - Lee Selby vs Josh Warrington - IBF World Featherweight Title - Elland Road, Leeds, Britain - May 19, 2018 Tyson Fury before the start of the fight Action Images via Reuters/Peter Cziborra
Boxing - Lee Selby vs Josh Warrington - IBF World Featherweight Title - Elland Road, Leeds, Britain - May 19, 2018 Promoter Frank Warren before the fight Action Images via Reuters/Peter Cziborra
Lee Selby vs Josh Warrington - IBF World Featherweight Title
Boxing - Lee Selby vs Josh Warrington - IBF World Featherweight Title - Elland Road, Leeds, Britain - May 19, 2018 Promoter Frank Warren before the fight Action Images via Reuters/Peter Cziborra
Boxing - Lee Selby vs Josh Warrington - IBF World Featherweight Title - Elland Road, Leeds, Britain - May 19, 2018 Lee Selby in action against Josh Warrington Action Images via Reuters/Peter Cziborra
Lee Selby vs Josh Warrington - IBF World Featherweight Title
Boxing - Lee Selby vs Josh Warrington - IBF World Featherweight Title - Elland Road, Leeds, Britain - May 19, 2018 Lee Selby in action against Josh Warrington Action Images via Reuters/Peter Cziborra
Boxing - Lee Selby vs Josh Warrington - IBF World Featherweight Title - Elland Road, Leeds, Britain - May 19, 2018 Josh Warrington during the ring walk before the fight Action Images via Reuters/Peter Cziborra
Lee Selby vs Josh Warrington - IBF World Featherweight Title
Boxing - Lee Selby vs Josh Warrington - IBF World Featherweight Title - Elland Road, Leeds, Britain - May 19, 2018 Josh Warrington during the ring walk before the fight Action Images via Reuters/Peter Cziborra
El ecuatoriano Carlos Mina, tercero en el escalafón mundial en boxeo 81 kilogramos y abanderado para los juegos Suramericanos de Cochabamba (Bolivia), llegó al boxeo por casualidad hace trece años, en momentos en que su vena deportiva se centraba más bien en el fútbol. Nacido en la ciudad tropical de Guayaquil (suroeste) hace 26 años, Mina se radicó desde pequeño en la región andina de Ecuador, donde integró varios equipos de fútbol de divisiones menores hasta que un día, -recuerda- por "casualidad", vio un gimnasio con gente "entrenando con guantes". T: 2:09 min.
Ecuatoriano, tercero mejor en el mundo, llegó al boxeo por casualidad
El ecuatoriano Carlos Mina, tercero en el escalafón mundial en boxeo 81 kilogramos y abanderado para los juegos Suramericanos de Cochabamba (Bolivia), llegó al boxeo por casualidad hace trece años, en momentos en que su vena deportiva se centraba más bien en el fútbol. Nacido en la ciudad tropical de Guayaquil (suroeste) hace 26 años, Mina se radicó desde pequeño en la región andina de Ecuador, donde integró varios equipos de fútbol de divisiones menores hasta que un día, -recuerda- por "casualidad", vio un gimnasio con gente "entrenando con guantes". T: 2:09 min.
El ecuatoriano Carlos Mina, tercero en el escalafón mundial en boxeo 81 kilogramos y abanderado para los juegos Suramericanos de Cochabamba (Bolivia), llegó al boxeo por casualidad hace trece años, en momentos en que su vena deportiva se centraba más bien en el fútbol. Nacido en la ciudad tropical de Guayaquil (suroeste) hace 26 años, Mina se radicó desde pequeño en la región andina de Ecuador, donde integró varios equipos de fútbol de divisiones menores hasta que un día, -recuerda- por "casualidad", vio un gimnasio con gente "entrenando con guantes". T: 2:09 min.
Ecuatoriano, tercero mejor en el mundo, llegó al boxeo por casualidad
El ecuatoriano Carlos Mina, tercero en el escalafón mundial en boxeo 81 kilogramos y abanderado para los juegos Suramericanos de Cochabamba (Bolivia), llegó al boxeo por casualidad hace trece años, en momentos en que su vena deportiva se centraba más bien en el fútbol. Nacido en la ciudad tropical de Guayaquil (suroeste) hace 26 años, Mina se radicó desde pequeño en la región andina de Ecuador, donde integró varios equipos de fútbol de divisiones menores hasta que un día, -recuerda- por "casualidad", vio un gimnasio con gente "entrenando con guantes". T: 2:09 min.
El ecuatoriano Carlos Mina, tercero en el escalafón mundial en boxeo 81 kilogramos y abanderado para los juegos Suramericanos de Cochabamba (Bolivia), llegó al boxeo por casualidad hace trece años, en momentos en que su vena deportiva se centraba más bien en el fútbol. Nacido en la ciudad tropical de Guayaquil (suroeste) hace 26 años, Mina se radicó desde pequeño en la región andina de Ecuador, donde integró varios equipos de fútbol de divisiones menores hasta que un día, -recuerda- por "casualidad", vio un gimnasio con gente "entrenando con guantes". T: 2:09 min.
Ecuatoriano, tercero mejor en el mundo, llegó al boxeo por casualidad
El ecuatoriano Carlos Mina, tercero en el escalafón mundial en boxeo 81 kilogramos y abanderado para los juegos Suramericanos de Cochabamba (Bolivia), llegó al boxeo por casualidad hace trece años, en momentos en que su vena deportiva se centraba más bien en el fútbol. Nacido en la ciudad tropical de Guayaquil (suroeste) hace 26 años, Mina se radicó desde pequeño en la región andina de Ecuador, donde integró varios equipos de fútbol de divisiones menores hasta que un día, -recuerda- por "casualidad", vio un gimnasio con gente "entrenando con guantes". T: 2:09 min.
El ecuatoriano Carlos Mina, tercero en el escalafón mundial en boxeo 81 kilogramos y abanderado para los juegos Suramericanos de Cochabamba (Bolivia), llegó al boxeo por casualidad hace trece años, en momentos en que su vena deportiva se centraba más bien en el fútbol. Nacido en la ciudad tropical de Guayaquil (suroeste) hace 26 años, Mina se radicó desde pequeño en la región andina de Ecuador, donde integró varios equipos de fútbol de divisiones menores hasta que un día, -recuerda- por "casualidad", vio un gimnasio con gente "entrenando con guantes". T: 2:09 min.
Ecuatoriano, tercero mejor en el mundo, llegó al boxeo por casualidad
El ecuatoriano Carlos Mina, tercero en el escalafón mundial en boxeo 81 kilogramos y abanderado para los juegos Suramericanos de Cochabamba (Bolivia), llegó al boxeo por casualidad hace trece años, en momentos en que su vena deportiva se centraba más bien en el fútbol. Nacido en la ciudad tropical de Guayaquil (suroeste) hace 26 años, Mina se radicó desde pequeño en la región andina de Ecuador, donde integró varios equipos de fútbol de divisiones menores hasta que un día, -recuerda- por "casualidad", vio un gimnasio con gente "entrenando con guantes". T: 2:09 min.
Boxing - Lee Selby vs Josh Warrington - IBF World Featherweight Title - Elland Road, Leeds, Britain - May 19, 2018 Tyson Fury before the start of the boxing Action Images via Reuters/Peter Cziborra
Lee Selby vs Josh Warrington - IBF World Featherweight Title
Boxing - Lee Selby vs Josh Warrington - IBF World Featherweight Title - Elland Road, Leeds, Britain - May 19, 2018 Tyson Fury before the start of the boxing Action Images via Reuters/Peter Cziborra
El ecuatoriano Carlos Mina, tercero en el escalafón mundial en boxeo 81 kilogramos y abanderado para los juegos Suramericanos de Cochabamba (Bolivia), fue registrado este viernes antes de una entrevista con Efe, en Quito (Ecuador). EFE
El ecuatoriano Carlos Mina, tercero en el escalafón mundial en boxeo 81 kilogramos y abanderado para los juegos Suramericanos de Cochabamba (Bolivia), fue registrado este viernes antes de una entrevista con Efe, en Quito (Ecuador). EFE
El ecuatoriano Carlos Mina, tercero en el escalafón mundial en boxeo 81 kilogramos y abanderado para los juegos Suramericanos de Cochabamba (Bolivia), fue registrado este viernes antes de una entrevista con Efe, en Quito (Ecuador). EFE
QUI01. QUITO (ECUADOR) 19/05/2018.- El ecuatoriano Carlos Mina, tercero en el escalafón mundial en boxeo 81 kilogramos y abanderado para los juegos Suramericanos de Cochabamba (Bolivia), entrena antes de una entrevista con Efe este viernes 18 de mayo del 2018, en Quito (Ecuador). Mina llegó al boxeo por casualidad hace trece años, en momentos en que su vena deportiva se centraba más bien en el fútbol. EFE/José Jácome
QUI01. QUITO (ECUADOR) 19/05/2018.- El ecuatoriano Carlos Mina, tercero en el escalafón mundial en boxeo 81 kilogramos y abanderado para los juegos Suramericanos de Cochabamba (Bolivia), entrena antes de una entrevista con Efe este viernes 18 de mayo del 2018, en Quito (Ecuador). Mina llegó al boxeo por casualidad hace trece años, en momentos en que su vena deportiva se centraba más bien en el fútbol. EFE/José Jácome
QUI01. QUITO (ECUADOR) 19/05/2018.- El ecuatoriano Carlos Mina, tercero en el escalafón mundial en boxeo 81 kilogramos y abanderado para los juegos Suramericanos de Cochabamba (Bolivia), entrena antes de una entrevista con Efe este viernes 18 de mayo del 2018, en Quito (Ecuador). Mina llegó al boxeo por casualidad hace trece años, en momentos en que su vena deportiva se centraba más bien en el fútbol. EFE/José Jácome
QUI01. QUITO (ECUADOR) 19/05/2018.- El ecuatoriano Carlos Mina, tercero en el escalafón mundial en boxeo 81 kilogramos y abanderado para los juegos Suramericanos de Cochabamba (Bolivia), entrena antes de una entrevista con Efe este viernes 18 de mayo del 2018, en Quito (Ecuador). Mina llegó al boxeo por casualidad hace trece años, en momentos en que su vena deportiva se centraba más bien en el fútbol. EFE/José Jácome
QUI01. QUITO (ECUADOR) 19/05/2018.- El ecuatoriano Carlos Mina, tercero en el escalafón mundial en boxeo 81 kilogramos y abanderado para los juegos Suramericanos de Cochabamba (Bolivia), entrena antes de una entrevista con Efe este viernes 18 de mayo del 2018, en Quito (Ecuador). Mina llegó al boxeo por casualidad hace trece años, en momentos en que su vena deportiva se centraba más bien en el fútbol. EFE/José Jácome
QUI01. QUITO (ECUADOR) 19/05/2018.- El ecuatoriano Carlos Mina, tercero en el escalafón mundial en boxeo 81 kilogramos y abanderado para los juegos Suramericanos de Cochabamba (Bolivia), entrena antes de una entrevista con Efe este viernes 18 de mayo del 2018, en Quito (Ecuador). Mina llegó al boxeo por casualidad hace trece años, en momentos en que su vena deportiva se centraba más bien en el fútbol. EFE/José Jácome
QUI01. QUITO (ECUADOR) 19/05/2018.- El ecuatoriano Carlos Mina, tercero en el escalafón mundial en boxeo 81 kilogramos y abanderado para los juegos Suramericanos de Cochabamba (Bolivia), entrena antes de una entrevista con Efe este viernes 18 de mayo del 2018, en Quito (Ecuador). Mina llegó al boxeo por casualidad hace trece años, en momentos en que su vena deportiva se centraba más bien en el fútbol. EFE/José Jácome
QUI01. QUITO (ECUADOR) 19/05/2018.- El ecuatoriano Carlos Mina, tercero en el escalafón mundial en boxeo 81 kilogramos y abanderado para los juegos Suramericanos de Cochabamba (Bolivia), entrena antes de una entrevista con Efe este viernes 18 de mayo del 2018, en Quito (Ecuador). Mina llegó al boxeo por casualidad hace trece años, en momentos en que su vena deportiva se centraba más bien en el fútbol. EFE/José Jácome
QUI01. QUITO (ECUADOR) 19/05/2018.- El ecuatoriano Carlos Mina, tercero en el escalafón mundial en boxeo 81 kilogramos y abanderado para los juegos Suramericanos de Cochabamba (Bolivia), entrena antes de una entrevista con Efe este viernes 18 de mayo del 2018, en Quito (Ecuador). Mina llegó al boxeo por casualidad hace trece años, en momentos en que su vena deportiva se centraba más bien en el fútbol. EFE/José Jácome
QUI01. QUITO (ECUADOR) 19/05/2018.- El ecuatoriano Carlos Mina, tercero en el escalafón mundial en boxeo 81 kilogramos y abanderado para los juegos Suramericanos de Cochabamba (Bolivia), entrena antes de una entrevista con Efe este viernes 18 de mayo del 2018, en Quito (Ecuador). Mina llegó al boxeo por casualidad hace trece años, en momentos en que su vena deportiva se centraba más bien en el fútbol. EFE/José Jácome
QUI01. QUITO (ECUADOR) 19/05/2018.- El ecuatoriano Carlos Mina, tercero en el escalafón mundial en boxeo 81 kilogramos y abanderado para los juegos Suramericanos de Cochabamba (Bolivia), entrena antes de una entrevista con Efe este viernes 18 de mayo del 2018, en Quito (Ecuador). Mina llegó al boxeo por casualidad hace trece años, en momentos en que su vena deportiva se centraba más bien en el fútbol. EFE/José Jácome
QUI01. QUITO (ECUADOR) 19/05/2018.- El ecuatoriano Carlos Mina, tercero en el escalafón mundial en boxeo 81 kilogramos y abanderado para los juegos Suramericanos de Cochabamba (Bolivia), entrena antes de una entrevista con Efe este viernes 18 de mayo del 2018, en Quito (Ecuador). Mina llegó al boxeo por casualidad hace trece años, en momentos en que su vena deportiva se centraba más bien en el fútbol. EFE/José Jácome
QUI01. QUITO (ECUADOR) 19/05/2018.- El ecuatoriano Carlos Mina (i), tercero en el escalafón mundial en boxeo 81 kilogramos y abanderado para los juegos Suramericanos de Cochabamba (Bolivia), entrena antes de una entrevista con Efe este viernes 18 de mayo del 2018, en Quito (Ecuador). Mina llegó al boxeo por casualidad hace trece años, en momentos en que su vena deportiva se centraba más bien en el fútbol. EFE/José Jácome
QUI01. QUITO (ECUADOR) 19/05/2018.- El ecuatoriano Carlos Mina (i), tercero en el escalafón mundial en boxeo 81 kilogramos y abanderado para los juegos Suramericanos de Cochabamba (Bolivia), entrena antes de una entrevista con Efe este viernes 18 de mayo del 2018, en Quito (Ecuador). Mina llegó al boxeo por casualidad hace trece años, en momentos en que su vena deportiva se centraba más bien en el fútbol. EFE/José Jácome
QUI01. QUITO (ECUADOR) 19/05/2018.- El ecuatoriano Carlos Mina (i), tercero en el escalafón mundial en boxeo 81 kilogramos y abanderado para los juegos Suramericanos de Cochabamba (Bolivia), entrena antes de una entrevista con Efe este viernes 18 de mayo del 2018, en Quito (Ecuador). Mina llegó al boxeo por casualidad hace trece años, en momentos en que su vena deportiva se centraba más bien en el fútbol. EFE/José Jácome
QUI01. QUITO (ECUADOR) 19/05/2018.- El ecuatoriano Carlos Mina (i), tercero en el escalafón mundial en boxeo 81 kilogramos y abanderado para los juegos Suramericanos de Cochabamba (Bolivia), entrena antes de una entrevista con Efe este viernes 18 de mayo del 2018, en Quito (Ecuador). Mina llegó al boxeo por casualidad hace trece años, en momentos en que su vena deportiva se centraba más bien en el fútbol. EFE/José Jácome
QUI01. QUITO (ECUADOR) 19/05/2018.- El ecuatoriano Carlos Mina (i), tercero en el escalafón mundial en boxeo 81 kilogramos y abanderado para los juegos Suramericanos de Cochabamba (Bolivia), entrena antes de una entrevista con Efe este viernes 18 de mayo del 2018, en Quito (Ecuador). Mina llegó al boxeo por casualidad hace trece años, en momentos en que su vena deportiva se centraba más bien en el fútbol. EFE/José Jácome
QUI01. QUITO (ECUADOR) 19/05/2018.- El ecuatoriano Carlos Mina (i), tercero en el escalafón mundial en boxeo 81 kilogramos y abanderado para los juegos Suramericanos de Cochabamba (Bolivia), entrena antes de una entrevista con Efe este viernes 18 de mayo del 2018, en Quito (Ecuador). Mina llegó al boxeo por casualidad hace trece años, en momentos en que su vena deportiva se centraba más bien en el fútbol. EFE/José Jácome
QUI01. QUITO (ECUADOR) 19/05/2018.- El ecuatoriano Carlos Mina, tercero en el escalafón mundial en boxeo 81 kilogramos y abanderado para los juegos Suramericanos de Cochabamba (Bolivia), entrena antes de una entrevista con Efe este viernes 18 de mayo del 2018, en Quito (Ecuador). Mina llegó al boxeo por casualidad hace trece años, en momentos en que su vena deportiva se centraba más bien en el fútbol. EFE/José Jácome
QUI01. QUITO (ECUADOR) 19/05/2018.- El ecuatoriano Carlos Mina, tercero en el escalafón mundial en boxeo 81 kilogramos y abanderado para los juegos Suramericanos de Cochabamba (Bolivia), entrena antes de una entrevista con Efe este viernes 18 de mayo del 2018, en Quito (Ecuador). Mina llegó al boxeo por casualidad hace trece años, en momentos en que su vena deportiva se centraba más bien en el fútbol. EFE/José Jácome
QUI01. QUITO (ECUADOR) 19/05/2018.- El ecuatoriano Carlos Mina, tercero en el escalafón mundial en boxeo 81 kilogramos y abanderado para los juegos Suramericanos de Cochabamba (Bolivia), entrena antes de una entrevista con Efe este viernes 18 de mayo del 2018, en Quito (Ecuador). Mina llegó al boxeo por casualidad hace trece años, en momentos en que su vena deportiva se centraba más bien en el fútbol. EFE/José Jácome
Kickboxing has seized the opportunity to cash in on the growing interest in fight sports in the UK, particularly at heavyweight, as Glorybrings its biggest star, the 6ft 5ins, 18-and-a-half stone Dutch heavyweight Rico Verhoeven to Birmingham on June 2. He has been the dominant champion for four years in the sport, and will compete sandwiched between the two biggest mixed martial arts organisations coming to the UK next weekend. Bellator brings its 200th event to London, and two days later, the UFC alights on Liverpool for the first time. Then there's Tyson Fury's vaunted comeback in Manchester on Saturday June 9. There has never been a time with so much money sweeping fight venues. Verhoeven, who defends his Glory heavyweight crown for the sixth time in Holland, against Mladen Brestovac, is as big a star as Fury or Anthony Joshua. His fans include the Dutch royal family, and Iron Mike Tyson, while the 29-year-old poster boy of the sport has just voiced the Dutch version of Ferdinand - the animated story of a fighting bull that banked over £200 million at the box office. Less known, however, is the fact that Verhoeven has been a regular sparring partner of former world heavyweight champ Fury, and was instrumental in his sessions as a regular sparring partner before the Lancastrian traveller fought Wladimir Klitschko. Verhoeven admits that he got his "ass kicked" but was "more than willing" to turn up day after day to spar. Those sessions, reckons Verhoeven "helped with my strengths in kickboxing, people tell me I am the best because of my footwork and movement and fitness and switch-hitting but that is what we have got from them.” Fury is nearing his comeback Credit: AP "I can't wait to showcase my skills in front of the British fight fans," Verhoeven told Telegraph Sport. Marshal Zelaznik, CEO of Glory, knows the UK fight sport landscape well. For seven years, Zelaznik headed up the UFC office in the region. “There’s been a real resurgence of boxing in the UK and combat sports. The fact you can have a country like the UK take on all of these events, you’ll come out of it as a successful experience for the fans, speaks to the passion of the UK fight scene.” Carpe Diem, then, with a huge heavyweight champion who comes to fight? Verhoeven in action Credit: glorykickboxing.com “Rico Verhoeven is undefeated in five years, and far and away the most talented stand-up fighter in the world," reckons Zelaznik. "We’re bringing our most prized athletes to compete there. It's not a coincidence kickboxing's heavyweight leader is being brought to the UK. The market is talking of Anthony Joshua, Tyson Fury's return, there is excitement around heavyweight fight, more so in the UK than anywhere." Credit: glorykickboxing.com “The point is there are various genres of combat sports in fighting. Boxing is one, the UFC and MMA is one, Bellator is another. We at Glory have this unique sweet spot for sports fans who like the stand-up. Quick pace, high energy sport, that’s what Glory delivers," added Zelaznik. "The world has always wondered who the toughest person is and generally people look at the heavyweight champion of boxing as that guy. I really think that if people understand and evolve their thinking around what combat sports is, they start to realise that there’s more to fighting than just boxing. A guy like Rico who can put on a lights-out show is a guy who after the weekend people will say 'That is the baddest man on the planet'. For sure, we want to be in that conversation.”
Rico Verhoeven: How sparring with Tyson Fury helped me hone my kickboxing skills
Kickboxing has seized the opportunity to cash in on the growing interest in fight sports in the UK, particularly at heavyweight, as Glorybrings its biggest star, the 6ft 5ins, 18-and-a-half stone Dutch heavyweight Rico Verhoeven to Birmingham on June 2. He has been the dominant champion for four years in the sport, and will compete sandwiched between the two biggest mixed martial arts organisations coming to the UK next weekend. Bellator brings its 200th event to London, and two days later, the UFC alights on Liverpool for the first time. Then there's Tyson Fury's vaunted comeback in Manchester on Saturday June 9. There has never been a time with so much money sweeping fight venues. Verhoeven, who defends his Glory heavyweight crown for the sixth time in Holland, against Mladen Brestovac, is as big a star as Fury or Anthony Joshua. His fans include the Dutch royal family, and Iron Mike Tyson, while the 29-year-old poster boy of the sport has just voiced the Dutch version of Ferdinand - the animated story of a fighting bull that banked over £200 million at the box office. Less known, however, is the fact that Verhoeven has been a regular sparring partner of former world heavyweight champ Fury, and was instrumental in his sessions as a regular sparring partner before the Lancastrian traveller fought Wladimir Klitschko. Verhoeven admits that he got his "ass kicked" but was "more than willing" to turn up day after day to spar. Those sessions, reckons Verhoeven "helped with my strengths in kickboxing, people tell me I am the best because of my footwork and movement and fitness and switch-hitting but that is what we have got from them.” Fury is nearing his comeback Credit: AP "I can't wait to showcase my skills in front of the British fight fans," Verhoeven told Telegraph Sport. Marshal Zelaznik, CEO of Glory, knows the UK fight sport landscape well. For seven years, Zelaznik headed up the UFC office in the region. “There’s been a real resurgence of boxing in the UK and combat sports. The fact you can have a country like the UK take on all of these events, you’ll come out of it as a successful experience for the fans, speaks to the passion of the UK fight scene.” Carpe Diem, then, with a huge heavyweight champion who comes to fight? Verhoeven in action Credit: glorykickboxing.com “Rico Verhoeven is undefeated in five years, and far and away the most talented stand-up fighter in the world," reckons Zelaznik. "We’re bringing our most prized athletes to compete there. It's not a coincidence kickboxing's heavyweight leader is being brought to the UK. The market is talking of Anthony Joshua, Tyson Fury's return, there is excitement around heavyweight fight, more so in the UK than anywhere." Credit: glorykickboxing.com “The point is there are various genres of combat sports in fighting. Boxing is one, the UFC and MMA is one, Bellator is another. We at Glory have this unique sweet spot for sports fans who like the stand-up. Quick pace, high energy sport, that’s what Glory delivers," added Zelaznik. "The world has always wondered who the toughest person is and generally people look at the heavyweight champion of boxing as that guy. I really think that if people understand and evolve their thinking around what combat sports is, they start to realise that there’s more to fighting than just boxing. A guy like Rico who can put on a lights-out show is a guy who after the weekend people will say 'That is the baddest man on the planet'. For sure, we want to be in that conversation.”
Kickboxing has seized the opportunity to cash in on the growing interest in fight sports in the UK, particularly at heavyweight, as Glorybrings its biggest star, the 6ft 5ins, 18-and-a-half stone Dutch heavyweight Rico Verhoeven to Birmingham on June 2. He has been the dominant champion for four years in the sport, and will compete sandwiched between the two biggest mixed martial arts organisations coming to the UK next weekend. Bellator brings its 200th event to London, and two days later, the UFC alights on Liverpool for the first time. Then there's Tyson Fury's vaunted comeback in Manchester on Saturday June 9. There has never been a time with so much money sweeping fight venues. Verhoeven, who defends his Glory heavyweight crown for the sixth time in Holland, against Mladen Brestovac, is as big a star as Fury or Anthony Joshua. His fans include the Dutch royal family, and Iron Mike Tyson, while the 29-year-old poster boy of the sport has just voiced the Dutch version of Ferdinand - the animated story of a fighting bull that banked over £200 million at the box office. Less known, however, is the fact that Verhoeven has been a regular sparring partner of former world heavyweight champ Fury, and was instrumental in his sessions as a regular sparring partner before the Lancastrian traveller fought Wladimir Klitschko. Verhoeven admits that he got his "ass kicked" but was "more than willing" to turn up day after day to spar. Those sessions, reckons Verhoeven "helped with my strengths in kickboxing, people tell me I am the best because of my footwork and movement and fitness and switch-hitting but that is what we have got from them.” Fury is nearing his comeback Credit: AP "I can't wait to showcase my skills in front of the British fight fans," Verhoeven told Telegraph Sport. Marshal Zelaznik, CEO of Glory, knows the UK fight sport landscape well. For seven years, Zelaznik headed up the UFC office in the region. “There’s been a real resurgence of boxing in the UK and combat sports. The fact you can have a country like the UK take on all of these events, you’ll come out of it as a successful experience for the fans, speaks to the passion of the UK fight scene.” Carpe Diem, then, with a huge heavyweight champion who comes to fight? Verhoeven in action Credit: glorykickboxing.com “Rico Verhoeven is undefeated in five years, and far and away the most talented stand-up fighter in the world," reckons Zelaznik. "We’re bringing our most prized athletes to compete there. It's not a coincidence kickboxing's heavyweight leader is being brought to the UK. The market is talking of Anthony Joshua, Tyson Fury's return, there is excitement around heavyweight fight, more so in the UK than anywhere." Credit: glorykickboxing.com “The point is there are various genres of combat sports in fighting. Boxing is one, the UFC and MMA is one, Bellator is another. We at Glory have this unique sweet spot for sports fans who like the stand-up. Quick pace, high energy sport, that’s what Glory delivers," added Zelaznik. "The world has always wondered who the toughest person is and generally people look at the heavyweight champion of boxing as that guy. I really think that if people understand and evolve their thinking around what combat sports is, they start to realise that there’s more to fighting than just boxing. A guy like Rico who can put on a lights-out show is a guy who after the weekend people will say 'That is the baddest man on the planet'. For sure, we want to be in that conversation.”
Rico Verhoeven: How sparring with Tyson Fury helped me hone my kickboxing skills
Kickboxing has seized the opportunity to cash in on the growing interest in fight sports in the UK, particularly at heavyweight, as Glorybrings its biggest star, the 6ft 5ins, 18-and-a-half stone Dutch heavyweight Rico Verhoeven to Birmingham on June 2. He has been the dominant champion for four years in the sport, and will compete sandwiched between the two biggest mixed martial arts organisations coming to the UK next weekend. Bellator brings its 200th event to London, and two days later, the UFC alights on Liverpool for the first time. Then there's Tyson Fury's vaunted comeback in Manchester on Saturday June 9. There has never been a time with so much money sweeping fight venues. Verhoeven, who defends his Glory heavyweight crown for the sixth time in Holland, against Mladen Brestovac, is as big a star as Fury or Anthony Joshua. His fans include the Dutch royal family, and Iron Mike Tyson, while the 29-year-old poster boy of the sport has just voiced the Dutch version of Ferdinand - the animated story of a fighting bull that banked over £200 million at the box office. Less known, however, is the fact that Verhoeven has been a regular sparring partner of former world heavyweight champ Fury, and was instrumental in his sessions as a regular sparring partner before the Lancastrian traveller fought Wladimir Klitschko. Verhoeven admits that he got his "ass kicked" but was "more than willing" to turn up day after day to spar. Those sessions, reckons Verhoeven "helped with my strengths in kickboxing, people tell me I am the best because of my footwork and movement and fitness and switch-hitting but that is what we have got from them.” Fury is nearing his comeback Credit: AP "I can't wait to showcase my skills in front of the British fight fans," Verhoeven told Telegraph Sport. Marshal Zelaznik, CEO of Glory, knows the UK fight sport landscape well. For seven years, Zelaznik headed up the UFC office in the region. “There’s been a real resurgence of boxing in the UK and combat sports. The fact you can have a country like the UK take on all of these events, you’ll come out of it as a successful experience for the fans, speaks to the passion of the UK fight scene.” Carpe Diem, then, with a huge heavyweight champion who comes to fight? Verhoeven in action Credit: glorykickboxing.com “Rico Verhoeven is undefeated in five years, and far and away the most talented stand-up fighter in the world," reckons Zelaznik. "We’re bringing our most prized athletes to compete there. It's not a coincidence kickboxing's heavyweight leader is being brought to the UK. The market is talking of Anthony Joshua, Tyson Fury's return, there is excitement around heavyweight fight, more so in the UK than anywhere." Credit: glorykickboxing.com “The point is there are various genres of combat sports in fighting. Boxing is one, the UFC and MMA is one, Bellator is another. We at Glory have this unique sweet spot for sports fans who like the stand-up. Quick pace, high energy sport, that’s what Glory delivers," added Zelaznik. "The world has always wondered who the toughest person is and generally people look at the heavyweight champion of boxing as that guy. I really think that if people understand and evolve their thinking around what combat sports is, they start to realise that there’s more to fighting than just boxing. A guy like Rico who can put on a lights-out show is a guy who after the weekend people will say 'That is the baddest man on the planet'. For sure, we want to be in that conversation.”
Kickboxing has seized the opportunity to cash in on the growing interest in fight sports in the UK, particularly at heavyweight, as Glorybrings its biggest star, the 6ft 5ins, 18-and-a-half stone Dutch heavyweight Rico Verhoeven to Birmingham on June 2. He has been the dominant champion for four years in the sport, and will compete sandwiched between the two biggest mixed martial arts organisations coming to the UK next weekend. Bellator brings its 200th event to London, and two days later, the UFC alights on Liverpool for the first time. Then there's Tyson Fury's vaunted comeback in Manchester on Saturday June 9. There has never been a time with so much money sweeping fight venues. Verhoeven, who defends his Glory heavyweight crown for the sixth time in Holland, against Mladen Brestovac, is as big a star as Fury or Anthony Joshua. His fans include the Dutch royal family, and Iron Mike Tyson, while the 29-year-old poster boy of the sport has just voiced the Dutch version of Ferdinand - the animated story of a fighting bull that banked over £200 million at the box office. Less known, however, is the fact that Verhoeven has been a regular sparring partner of former world heavyweight champ Fury, and was instrumental in his sessions as a regular sparring partner before the Lancastrian traveller fought Wladimir Klitschko. Verhoeven admits that he got his "ass kicked" but was "more than willing" to turn up day after day to spar. Those sessions, reckons Verhoeven "helped with my strengths in kickboxing, people tell me I am the best because of my footwork and movement and fitness and switch-hitting but that is what we have got from them.” Fury is nearing his comeback Credit: AP "I can't wait to showcase my skills in front of the British fight fans," Verhoeven told Telegraph Sport. Marshal Zelaznik, CEO of Glory, knows the UK fight sport landscape well. For seven years, Zelaznik headed up the UFC office in the region. “There’s been a real resurgence of boxing in the UK and combat sports. The fact you can have a country like the UK take on all of these events, you’ll come out of it as a successful experience for the fans, speaks to the passion of the UK fight scene.” Carpe Diem, then, with a huge heavyweight champion who comes to fight? Verhoeven in action Credit: glorykickboxing.com “Rico Verhoeven is undefeated in five years, and far and away the most talented stand-up fighter in the world," reckons Zelaznik. "We’re bringing our most prized athletes to compete there. It's not a coincidence kickboxing's heavyweight leader is being brought to the UK. The market is talking of Anthony Joshua, Tyson Fury's return, there is excitement around heavyweight fight, more so in the UK than anywhere." Credit: glorykickboxing.com “The point is there are various genres of combat sports in fighting. Boxing is one, the UFC and MMA is one, Bellator is another. We at Glory have this unique sweet spot for sports fans who like the stand-up. Quick pace, high energy sport, that’s what Glory delivers," added Zelaznik. "The world has always wondered who the toughest person is and generally people look at the heavyweight champion of boxing as that guy. I really think that if people understand and evolve their thinking around what combat sports is, they start to realise that there’s more to fighting than just boxing. A guy like Rico who can put on a lights-out show is a guy who after the weekend people will say 'That is the baddest man on the planet'. For sure, we want to be in that conversation.”
Rico Verhoeven: How sparring with Tyson Fury helped me hone my kickboxing skills
Kickboxing has seized the opportunity to cash in on the growing interest in fight sports in the UK, particularly at heavyweight, as Glorybrings its biggest star, the 6ft 5ins, 18-and-a-half stone Dutch heavyweight Rico Verhoeven to Birmingham on June 2. He has been the dominant champion for four years in the sport, and will compete sandwiched between the two biggest mixed martial arts organisations coming to the UK next weekend. Bellator brings its 200th event to London, and two days later, the UFC alights on Liverpool for the first time. Then there's Tyson Fury's vaunted comeback in Manchester on Saturday June 9. There has never been a time with so much money sweeping fight venues. Verhoeven, who defends his Glory heavyweight crown for the sixth time in Holland, against Mladen Brestovac, is as big a star as Fury or Anthony Joshua. His fans include the Dutch royal family, and Iron Mike Tyson, while the 29-year-old poster boy of the sport has just voiced the Dutch version of Ferdinand - the animated story of a fighting bull that banked over £200 million at the box office. Less known, however, is the fact that Verhoeven has been a regular sparring partner of former world heavyweight champ Fury, and was instrumental in his sessions as a regular sparring partner before the Lancastrian traveller fought Wladimir Klitschko. Verhoeven admits that he got his "ass kicked" but was "more than willing" to turn up day after day to spar. Those sessions, reckons Verhoeven "helped with my strengths in kickboxing, people tell me I am the best because of my footwork and movement and fitness and switch-hitting but that is what we have got from them.” Fury is nearing his comeback Credit: AP "I can't wait to showcase my skills in front of the British fight fans," Verhoeven told Telegraph Sport. Marshal Zelaznik, CEO of Glory, knows the UK fight sport landscape well. For seven years, Zelaznik headed up the UFC office in the region. “There’s been a real resurgence of boxing in the UK and combat sports. The fact you can have a country like the UK take on all of these events, you’ll come out of it as a successful experience for the fans, speaks to the passion of the UK fight scene.” Carpe Diem, then, with a huge heavyweight champion who comes to fight? Verhoeven in action Credit: glorykickboxing.com “Rico Verhoeven is undefeated in five years, and far and away the most talented stand-up fighter in the world," reckons Zelaznik. "We’re bringing our most prized athletes to compete there. It's not a coincidence kickboxing's heavyweight leader is being brought to the UK. The market is talking of Anthony Joshua, Tyson Fury's return, there is excitement around heavyweight fight, more so in the UK than anywhere." Credit: glorykickboxing.com “The point is there are various genres of combat sports in fighting. Boxing is one, the UFC and MMA is one, Bellator is another. We at Glory have this unique sweet spot for sports fans who like the stand-up. Quick pace, high energy sport, that’s what Glory delivers," added Zelaznik. "The world has always wondered who the toughest person is and generally people look at the heavyweight champion of boxing as that guy. I really think that if people understand and evolve their thinking around what combat sports is, they start to realise that there’s more to fighting than just boxing. A guy like Rico who can put on a lights-out show is a guy who after the weekend people will say 'That is the baddest man on the planet'. For sure, we want to be in that conversation.”
Kickboxing has seized the opportunity to cash in on the growing interest in fight sports in the UK, particularly at heavyweight, as Glorybrings its biggest star, the 6ft 5ins, 18-and-a-half stone Dutch heavyweight Rico Verhoeven to Birmingham on June 2. He has been the dominant champion for four years in the sport, and will compete sandwiched between the two biggest mixed martial arts organisations coming to the UK next weekend. Bellator brings its 200th event to London, and two days later, the UFC alights on Liverpool for the first time. Then there's Tyson Fury's vaunted comeback in Manchester on Saturday June 9. There has never been a time with so much money sweeping fight venues. Verhoeven, who defends his Glory heavyweight crown for the sixth time in Holland, against Mladen Brestovac, is as big a star as Fury or Anthony Joshua. His fans include the Dutch royal family, and Iron Mike Tyson, while the 29-year-old poster boy of the sport has just voiced the Dutch version of Ferdinand - the animated story of a fighting bull that banked over £200 million at the box office. Less known, however, is the fact that Verhoeven has been a regular sparring partner of former world heavyweight champ Fury, and was instrumental in his sessions as a regular sparring partner before the Lancastrian traveller fought Wladimir Klitschko. Verhoeven admits that he got his "ass kicked" but was "more than willing" to turn up day after day to spar. Those sessions, reckons Verhoeven "helped with my strengths in kickboxing, people tell me I am the best because of my footwork and movement and fitness and switch-hitting but that is what we have got from them.” Fury is nearing his comeback Credit: AP "I can't wait to showcase my skills in front of the British fight fans," Verhoeven told Telegraph Sport. Marshal Zelaznik, CEO of Glory, knows the UK fight sport landscape well. For seven years, Zelaznik headed up the UFC office in the region. “There’s been a real resurgence of boxing in the UK and combat sports. The fact you can have a country like the UK take on all of these events, you’ll come out of it as a successful experience for the fans, speaks to the passion of the UK fight scene.” Carpe Diem, then, with a huge heavyweight champion who comes to fight? Verhoeven in action Credit: glorykickboxing.com “Rico Verhoeven is undefeated in five years, and far and away the most talented stand-up fighter in the world," reckons Zelaznik. "We’re bringing our most prized athletes to compete there. It's not a coincidence kickboxing's heavyweight leader is being brought to the UK. The market is talking of Anthony Joshua, Tyson Fury's return, there is excitement around heavyweight fight, more so in the UK than anywhere." Credit: glorykickboxing.com “The point is there are various genres of combat sports in fighting. Boxing is one, the UFC and MMA is one, Bellator is another. We at Glory have this unique sweet spot for sports fans who like the stand-up. Quick pace, high energy sport, that’s what Glory delivers," added Zelaznik. "The world has always wondered who the toughest person is and generally people look at the heavyweight champion of boxing as that guy. I really think that if people understand and evolve their thinking around what combat sports is, they start to realise that there’s more to fighting than just boxing. A guy like Rico who can put on a lights-out show is a guy who after the weekend people will say 'That is the baddest man on the planet'. For sure, we want to be in that conversation.”
Rico Verhoeven: How sparring with Tyson Fury helped me hone my kickboxing skills
Kickboxing has seized the opportunity to cash in on the growing interest in fight sports in the UK, particularly at heavyweight, as Glorybrings its biggest star, the 6ft 5ins, 18-and-a-half stone Dutch heavyweight Rico Verhoeven to Birmingham on June 2. He has been the dominant champion for four years in the sport, and will compete sandwiched between the two biggest mixed martial arts organisations coming to the UK next weekend. Bellator brings its 200th event to London, and two days later, the UFC alights on Liverpool for the first time. Then there's Tyson Fury's vaunted comeback in Manchester on Saturday June 9. There has never been a time with so much money sweeping fight venues. Verhoeven, who defends his Glory heavyweight crown for the sixth time in Holland, against Mladen Brestovac, is as big a star as Fury or Anthony Joshua. His fans include the Dutch royal family, and Iron Mike Tyson, while the 29-year-old poster boy of the sport has just voiced the Dutch version of Ferdinand - the animated story of a fighting bull that banked over £200 million at the box office. Less known, however, is the fact that Verhoeven has been a regular sparring partner of former world heavyweight champ Fury, and was instrumental in his sessions as a regular sparring partner before the Lancastrian traveller fought Wladimir Klitschko. Verhoeven admits that he got his "ass kicked" but was "more than willing" to turn up day after day to spar. Those sessions, reckons Verhoeven "helped with my strengths in kickboxing, people tell me I am the best because of my footwork and movement and fitness and switch-hitting but that is what we have got from them.” Fury is nearing his comeback Credit: AP "I can't wait to showcase my skills in front of the British fight fans," Verhoeven told Telegraph Sport. Marshal Zelaznik, CEO of Glory, knows the UK fight sport landscape well. For seven years, Zelaznik headed up the UFC office in the region. “There’s been a real resurgence of boxing in the UK and combat sports. The fact you can have a country like the UK take on all of these events, you’ll come out of it as a successful experience for the fans, speaks to the passion of the UK fight scene.” Carpe Diem, then, with a huge heavyweight champion who comes to fight? Verhoeven in action Credit: glorykickboxing.com “Rico Verhoeven is undefeated in five years, and far and away the most talented stand-up fighter in the world," reckons Zelaznik. "We’re bringing our most prized athletes to compete there. It's not a coincidence kickboxing's heavyweight leader is being brought to the UK. The market is talking of Anthony Joshua, Tyson Fury's return, there is excitement around heavyweight fight, more so in the UK than anywhere." Credit: glorykickboxing.com “The point is there are various genres of combat sports in fighting. Boxing is one, the UFC and MMA is one, Bellator is another. We at Glory have this unique sweet spot for sports fans who like the stand-up. Quick pace, high energy sport, that’s what Glory delivers," added Zelaznik. "The world has always wondered who the toughest person is and generally people look at the heavyweight champion of boxing as that guy. I really think that if people understand and evolve their thinking around what combat sports is, they start to realise that there’s more to fighting than just boxing. A guy like Rico who can put on a lights-out show is a guy who after the weekend people will say 'That is the baddest man on the planet'. For sure, we want to be in that conversation.”
Challenger Badou Jack said Thursday there will be a new light-heavyweight boxing champion when he takes on Canadian Adonis Stevenson in Toronto on Saturday. But Stevenson is promising a “knockout.”
Adonis Stevenson: I need ‘one punch’ to defeat Badou Jack
Challenger Badou Jack said Thursday there will be a new light-heavyweight boxing champion when he takes on Canadian Adonis Stevenson in Toronto on Saturday. But Stevenson is promising a “knockout.”
Challenger Badou Jack said Thursday there will be a new light-heavyweight boxing champion when he takes on Canadian Adonis Stevenson in Toronto on Saturday. But Stevenson is promising a “knockout.”
Adonis Stevenson: I need ‘one punch’ to defeat Badou Jack
Challenger Badou Jack said Thursday there will be a new light-heavyweight boxing champion when he takes on Canadian Adonis Stevenson in Toronto on Saturday. But Stevenson is promising a “knockout.”
Challenger Badou Jack said Thursday there will be a new light-heavyweight boxing champion when he takes on Canadian Adonis Stevenson in Toronto on Saturday. But Stevenson is promising a “knockout.”
Adonis Stevenson: I need ‘one punch’ to defeat Badou Jack
Challenger Badou Jack said Thursday there will be a new light-heavyweight boxing champion when he takes on Canadian Adonis Stevenson in Toronto on Saturday. But Stevenson is promising a “knockout.”
Challenger Badou Jack said Thursday there will be a new light-heavyweight boxing champion when he takes on Canadian Adonis Stevenson in Toronto on Saturday. But Stevenson is promising a “knockout.”
Adonis Stevenson: I need ‘one punch’ to defeat Badou Jack
Challenger Badou Jack said Thursday there will be a new light-heavyweight boxing champion when he takes on Canadian Adonis Stevenson in Toronto on Saturday. But Stevenson is promising a “knockout.”
Jeff Horn is in the final stages of a preparation for his World WBO welterweight fight
BOXING JEFF HORN TRAINING
Jeff Horn is in the final stages of a preparation for his World WBO welterweight fight
Philippine boxing legend Manny Pacquiao says the outcome of his July bout against Argentine Lucas Matthysse will likely determine whether he will hang up his gloves after a storied career.
Pacquiao says Matthysse bout to be basis for retirement call
Philippine boxing legend Manny Pacquiao says the outcome of his July bout against Argentine Lucas Matthysse will likely determine whether he will hang up his gloves after a storied career.
Philippine boxing legend Manny Pacquiao says the outcome of his July bout against Argentine Lucas Matthysse will likely determine whether he will hang up his gloves after a storied career.
Pacquiao says Matthysse bout to be basis for retirement call
Philippine boxing legend Manny Pacquiao says the outcome of his July bout against Argentine Lucas Matthysse will likely determine whether he will hang up his gloves after a storied career.
Philippine boxing legend Manny Pacquiao says the outcome of his July bout against Argentine Lucas Matthysse will likely determine whether he will hang up his gloves after a storied career.
Pacquiao says Matthysse bout to be basis for retirement call
Philippine boxing legend Manny Pacquiao says the outcome of his July bout against Argentine Lucas Matthysse will likely determine whether he will hang up his gloves after a storied career.
Philippine boxing legend Manny Pacquiao says the outcome of his July bout against Argentine Lucas Matthysse will likely determine whether he will hang up his gloves after a storied career.
Pacquiao says Matthysse bout to be basis for retirement call
Philippine boxing legend Manny Pacquiao says the outcome of his July bout against Argentine Lucas Matthysse will likely determine whether he will hang up his gloves after a storied career.
Philippine boxing legend Manny Pacquiao says the outcome of his July bout against Argentine Lucas Matthysse will likely determine whether he will hang up his gloves after a storied career.
Pacquiao says Matthysse bout to be basis for retirement call
Philippine boxing legend Manny Pacquiao says the outcome of his July bout against Argentine Lucas Matthysse will likely determine whether he will hang up his gloves after a storied career.
Philippine boxing legend Manny Pacquiao says the outcome of his July bout against Argentine Lucas Matthysse will likely determine whether he will hang up his gloves after a storied career.
Pacquiao says Matthysse bout to be basis for retirement call
Philippine boxing legend Manny Pacquiao says the outcome of his July bout against Argentine Lucas Matthysse will likely determine whether he will hang up his gloves after a storied career.
Philippine boxing legend Manny Pacquiao says the outcome of his July bout against Argentine Lucas Matthysse will likely determine whether he will hang up his gloves after a storied career.
Pacquiao says Matthysse bout to be basis for retirement call
Philippine boxing legend Manny Pacquiao says the outcome of his July bout against Argentine Lucas Matthysse will likely determine whether he will hang up his gloves after a storied career.
Philippine boxing legend Manny Pacquiao says the outcome of his July bout against Argentine Lucas Matthysse will likely determine whether he will hang up his gloves after a storied career.
Pacquiao says Matthysse bout to be basis for retirement call
Philippine boxing legend Manny Pacquiao says the outcome of his July bout against Argentine Lucas Matthysse will likely determine whether he will hang up his gloves after a storied career.
Boxing world in mourning over fighter's death. Source: YouTube
Aussie boxer Troy Waters dies
Boxing world in mourning over fighter's death. Source: YouTube
Boxing world in mourning over fighter's death. Source: YouTube
Aussie boxer Troy Waters dies
Boxing world in mourning over fighter's death. Source: YouTube
Boxing world in mourning over fighter's death. Source: YouTube
Aussie boxer Troy Waters dies
Boxing world in mourning over fighter's death. Source: YouTube
Philippine boxing legend Manny Pacquiao unlaces his gloves after training at a gym in Manila ahead of his world welterweight boxing championship bout against Argentina's Lucas Matthysse in July. (AFP Photo/TED ALJIBE)
Philippine boxing legend Manny Pacquiao unlaces his gloves after training at a gym in Manila ahead of his world welterweight boxing championship bout against Argentina's Lucas Matthysse in July
Philippine boxing legend Manny Pacquiao unlaces his gloves after training at a gym in Manila ahead of his world welterweight boxing championship bout against Argentina's Lucas Matthysse in July. (AFP Photo/TED ALJIBE)
<p>Mei Yamaguchi’s opponent at <em>ONE: Unstoppable Dream</em> was still a teenager when she became a superstar in Asia and one of the highest-earning female fighters in the sport. For the Japanese veteran, the journey to the top has taken much longer.</p> <p>Yamaguchi has been a professional since 2007, but did not get an opportunity to fight outside of her hometown until her 15th&#160;fight. She’s won three different titles, but had to go through a tournament to do it on every single occasion.</p> <h2><span>Mei Yamaguchi Paved the Way for Angela Lee</span></h2> <p>She’s a big name in Asia now, but it has taken a while. Yamaguchi had been competing for nearly a decade when she got the call to challenge Lee for the inaugural ONE women’s atomweight title and, at the start of her career, she could never have dreamed of headlining a card in a major arena.</p> <p>“It was really, really hard. Because I love mixed martial arts, I kept doing it and I was hoping and dreaming for a day when women’s mixed martial arts would get big all over the world.”</p> <p><a href="https://www.MMAWeekly.com/tag/ONE-Championship" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:ONE Championship" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">ONE Championship</a> held its first female fight in early 2012 with the UFC handing <a href="https://www.MMAWeekly.com/tag/Ronda-Rousey" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Ronda Rousey" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Ronda Rousey</a> her promotional debut later that year. Japan might have more history than other countries when it comes to producing women&#39;s MMA fighters, but Yamaguchi says that opportunities have always been very limited.</p> <p>“When mixed martial arts first got big in Japan, a lot of people watched it, but there were no women’s matches. Now there are a lot of women’s athletes in the United States and all over the world, but it was a really hard time for Japanese mixed martial artists to keep competing.”</p> <h2><span>The Lee vs. Yamaguchi Rematch Has Been a Long Time Coming</span></h2> <p>Lee and Yamaguchi first fought in 2016. A rematch was nixed when the champion suffered a car crash last year, but the 35-year-old believes she has improved immensely in the two years that have elapsed since their original meeting.</p> <p>“I have fought for the last 10 years (and) I have always had good coaches and good people around me, but there were still positions or situations that I would worry about. Now, I am becoming more perfect in every position, I have fewer things that I am worried about, and I think that has given me a lot of confidence.”</p> <p>This was the 28th&#160;fight camp of Yamaguchi’s career. She has a tried and tested routine, which she does not deviate from.</p> <p>“Basically, it is the same thing all the time. I do the same training over and over, and then I add new stuff. For eight weeks, I kind of concentrate on one opponent and do some stuff that I can adjust to my opponent. That is kind of my routine.”</p> <p>Having shared a cage with Lee for 25 frenetic minutes, Yamaguchi knows what to expect and says she if very confident heading into the rematch.</p> <p>&quot;Some of the technique is special for this fight for Angela Lee. I have a lot of confidence now. I do not know how much, but it is pretty obvious that I am really confident in both the ground game and boxing.&quot;</p> <h2><span>Mei Yamaguchi Wants to Lead ONE Championship into Japan</span></h2> <p>ONE Championship recently signed a deal with Abema TV in Japan. The promotion has always had plenty of stars from that country, including Shinya Aoki, Nobutatsu Suzuki, and Yoshitaka Naito, but the new broadcast agreement has given it a much higher profile, according to Yamaguchi.</p> <p>“I am pretty excited because now a lot of people know about ONE Championship. We have this TV program in Japan and you can see it on your cell phone. I think more people watch that than a normal TV program because it is so easy to watch.&quot;</p> <p>An event in Japan has been penciled in for 2019. Fighting for Asia’s biggest MMA promotion in her hometown of Tokyo would be a dream for Yamaguchi, particularly after all those years plying her trade on cards promoted by small local organizations.</p> <p>She’s fought Finnish opponents in Finland, Filipino opponents in the Philippines, and this will be her second time facing Lee in Singapore. Yamaguchi is used to being on the road and says the crowd won’t bother her.</p> <p><strong>RELATED &#62;&#160;<a href="https://www.mmaweekly.com/watch-the-full-first-fight-between-angela-lee-and-mei-yamaguchi-one-championship" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Watch the Full First Fight Between Angela Lee and Mei Yamaguchi" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Watch the Full First Fight Between Angela Lee and Mei Yamaguchi</a></strong></p> <p>“If I am fighting in a foreign country most of the time, the crowd will support the opponent. I know that, and I know how to prepare for that, so it does not matter that much. It is not a big deal for me. I just need to shut that out and do what I need to do.”</p> <p>However, Yamaguchi feels that ONE Championship is gaining momentum in Japan and would love nothing more than to defend the atomweight title in Tokyo.</p> <p>“(A title fight in Tokyo) would be perfect. If (ONE Championship) come to Japan, it is only going to get bigger and bigger. If I can fight at that card, my fans and my supporters will be excited.”</p> <p>A fight for ONE Championship in Tokyo looks like a distinct possibility for Yamaguchi in 2019. If she wants to make it a title match, the veteran will have to wrestle the belt away from Lee in Singapore on Friday. It won’t be easy, but after a decade in the sport, she knows exactly what is required to win.</p>
Mei Yamaguchi Aims to Avenge Angela Lee Loss, Lead ONE Championship into Japan

Mei Yamaguchi’s opponent at ONE: Unstoppable Dream was still a teenager when she became a superstar in Asia and one of the highest-earning female fighters in the sport. For the Japanese veteran, the journey to the top has taken much longer.

Yamaguchi has been a professional since 2007, but did not get an opportunity to fight outside of her hometown until her 15th fight. She’s won three different titles, but had to go through a tournament to do it on every single occasion.

Mei Yamaguchi Paved the Way for Angela Lee

She’s a big name in Asia now, but it has taken a while. Yamaguchi had been competing for nearly a decade when she got the call to challenge Lee for the inaugural ONE women’s atomweight title and, at the start of her career, she could never have dreamed of headlining a card in a major arena.

“It was really, really hard. Because I love mixed martial arts, I kept doing it and I was hoping and dreaming for a day when women’s mixed martial arts would get big all over the world.”

ONE Championship held its first female fight in early 2012 with the UFC handing Ronda Rousey her promotional debut later that year. Japan might have more history than other countries when it comes to producing women's MMA fighters, but Yamaguchi says that opportunities have always been very limited.

“When mixed martial arts first got big in Japan, a lot of people watched it, but there were no women’s matches. Now there are a lot of women’s athletes in the United States and all over the world, but it was a really hard time for Japanese mixed martial artists to keep competing.”

The Lee vs. Yamaguchi Rematch Has Been a Long Time Coming

Lee and Yamaguchi first fought in 2016. A rematch was nixed when the champion suffered a car crash last year, but the 35-year-old believes she has improved immensely in the two years that have elapsed since their original meeting.

“I have fought for the last 10 years (and) I have always had good coaches and good people around me, but there were still positions or situations that I would worry about. Now, I am becoming more perfect in every position, I have fewer things that I am worried about, and I think that has given me a lot of confidence.”

This was the 28th fight camp of Yamaguchi’s career. She has a tried and tested routine, which she does not deviate from.

“Basically, it is the same thing all the time. I do the same training over and over, and then I add new stuff. For eight weeks, I kind of concentrate on one opponent and do some stuff that I can adjust to my opponent. That is kind of my routine.”

Having shared a cage with Lee for 25 frenetic minutes, Yamaguchi knows what to expect and says she if very confident heading into the rematch.

"Some of the technique is special for this fight for Angela Lee. I have a lot of confidence now. I do not know how much, but it is pretty obvious that I am really confident in both the ground game and boxing."

Mei Yamaguchi Wants to Lead ONE Championship into Japan

ONE Championship recently signed a deal with Abema TV in Japan. The promotion has always had plenty of stars from that country, including Shinya Aoki, Nobutatsu Suzuki, and Yoshitaka Naito, but the new broadcast agreement has given it a much higher profile, according to Yamaguchi.

“I am pretty excited because now a lot of people know about ONE Championship. We have this TV program in Japan and you can see it on your cell phone. I think more people watch that than a normal TV program because it is so easy to watch."

An event in Japan has been penciled in for 2019. Fighting for Asia’s biggest MMA promotion in her hometown of Tokyo would be a dream for Yamaguchi, particularly after all those years plying her trade on cards promoted by small local organizations.

She’s fought Finnish opponents in Finland, Filipino opponents in the Philippines, and this will be her second time facing Lee in Singapore. Yamaguchi is used to being on the road and says the crowd won’t bother her.

RELATED > Watch the Full First Fight Between Angela Lee and Mei Yamaguchi

“If I am fighting in a foreign country most of the time, the crowd will support the opponent. I know that, and I know how to prepare for that, so it does not matter that much. It is not a big deal for me. I just need to shut that out and do what I need to do.”

However, Yamaguchi feels that ONE Championship is gaining momentum in Japan and would love nothing more than to defend the atomweight title in Tokyo.

“(A title fight in Tokyo) would be perfect. If (ONE Championship) come to Japan, it is only going to get bigger and bigger. If I can fight at that card, my fans and my supporters will be excited.”

A fight for ONE Championship in Tokyo looks like a distinct possibility for Yamaguchi in 2019. If she wants to make it a title match, the veteran will have to wrestle the belt away from Lee in Singapore on Friday. It won’t be easy, but after a decade in the sport, she knows exactly what is required to win.

<p>Mei Yamaguchi’s opponent at <em>ONE: Unstoppable Dream</em> was still a teenager when she became a superstar in Asia and one of the highest-earning female fighters in the sport. For the Japanese veteran, the journey to the top has taken much longer.</p> <p>Yamaguchi has been a professional since 2007, but did not get an opportunity to fight outside of her hometown until her 15th&#160;fight. She’s won three different titles, but had to go through a tournament to do it on every single occasion.</p> <h2><span>Mei Yamaguchi Paved the Way for Angela Lee</span></h2> <p>She’s a big name in Asia now, but it has taken a while. Yamaguchi had been competing for nearly a decade when she got the call to challenge Lee for the inaugural ONE women’s atomweight title and, at the start of her career, she could never have dreamed of headlining a card in a major arena.</p> <p>“It was really, really hard. Because I love mixed martial arts, I kept doing it and I was hoping and dreaming for a day when women’s mixed martial arts would get big all over the world.”</p> <p><a href="https://www.MMAWeekly.com/tag/ONE-Championship" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:ONE Championship" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">ONE Championship</a> held its first female fight in early 2012 with the UFC handing <a href="https://www.MMAWeekly.com/tag/Ronda-Rousey" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Ronda Rousey" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Ronda Rousey</a> her promotional debut later that year. Japan might have more history than other countries when it comes to producing women&#39;s MMA fighters, but Yamaguchi says that opportunities have always been very limited.</p> <p>“When mixed martial arts first got big in Japan, a lot of people watched it, but there were no women’s matches. Now there are a lot of women’s athletes in the United States and all over the world, but it was a really hard time for Japanese mixed martial artists to keep competing.”</p> <h2><span>The Lee vs. Yamaguchi Rematch Has Been a Long Time Coming</span></h2> <p>Lee and Yamaguchi first fought in 2016. A rematch was nixed when the champion suffered a car crash last year, but the 35-year-old believes she has improved immensely in the two years that have elapsed since their original meeting.</p> <p>“I have fought for the last 10 years (and) I have always had good coaches and good people around me, but there were still positions or situations that I would worry about. Now, I am becoming more perfect in every position, I have fewer things that I am worried about, and I think that has given me a lot of confidence.”</p> <p>This was the 28th&#160;fight camp of Yamaguchi’s career. She has a tried and tested routine, which she does not deviate from.</p> <p>“Basically, it is the same thing all the time. I do the same training over and over, and then I add new stuff. For eight weeks, I kind of concentrate on one opponent and do some stuff that I can adjust to my opponent. That is kind of my routine.”</p> <p>Having shared a cage with Lee for 25 frenetic minutes, Yamaguchi knows what to expect and says she if very confident heading into the rematch.</p> <p>&quot;Some of the technique is special for this fight for Angela Lee. I have a lot of confidence now. I do not know how much, but it is pretty obvious that I am really confident in both the ground game and boxing.&quot;</p> <h2><span>Mei Yamaguchi Wants to Lead ONE Championship into Japan</span></h2> <p>ONE Championship recently signed a deal with Abema TV in Japan. The promotion has always had plenty of stars from that country, including Shinya Aoki, Nobutatsu Suzuki, and Yoshitaka Naito, but the new broadcast agreement has given it a much higher profile, according to Yamaguchi.</p> <p>“I am pretty excited because now a lot of people know about ONE Championship. We have this TV program in Japan and you can see it on your cell phone. I think more people watch that than a normal TV program because it is so easy to watch.&quot;</p> <p>An event in Japan has been penciled in for 2019. Fighting for Asia’s biggest MMA promotion in her hometown of Tokyo would be a dream for Yamaguchi, particularly after all those years plying her trade on cards promoted by small local organizations.</p> <p>She’s fought Finnish opponents in Finland, Filipino opponents in the Philippines, and this will be her second time facing Lee in Singapore. Yamaguchi is used to being on the road and says the crowd won’t bother her.</p> <p><strong>RELATED &#62;&#160;<a href="https://www.mmaweekly.com/watch-the-full-first-fight-between-angela-lee-and-mei-yamaguchi-one-championship" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Watch the Full First Fight Between Angela Lee and Mei Yamaguchi" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Watch the Full First Fight Between Angela Lee and Mei Yamaguchi</a></strong></p> <p>“If I am fighting in a foreign country most of the time, the crowd will support the opponent. I know that, and I know how to prepare for that, so it does not matter that much. It is not a big deal for me. I just need to shut that out and do what I need to do.”</p> <p>However, Yamaguchi feels that ONE Championship is gaining momentum in Japan and would love nothing more than to defend the atomweight title in Tokyo.</p> <p>“(A title fight in Tokyo) would be perfect. If (ONE Championship) come to Japan, it is only going to get bigger and bigger. If I can fight at that card, my fans and my supporters will be excited.”</p> <p>A fight for ONE Championship in Tokyo looks like a distinct possibility for Yamaguchi in 2019. If she wants to make it a title match, the veteran will have to wrestle the belt away from Lee in Singapore on Friday. It won’t be easy, but after a decade in the sport, she knows exactly what is required to win.</p>
Mei Yamaguchi Aims to Avenge Angela Lee Loss, Lead ONE Championship into Japan

Mei Yamaguchi’s opponent at ONE: Unstoppable Dream was still a teenager when she became a superstar in Asia and one of the highest-earning female fighters in the sport. For the Japanese veteran, the journey to the top has taken much longer.

Yamaguchi has been a professional since 2007, but did not get an opportunity to fight outside of her hometown until her 15th fight. She’s won three different titles, but had to go through a tournament to do it on every single occasion.

Mei Yamaguchi Paved the Way for Angela Lee

She’s a big name in Asia now, but it has taken a while. Yamaguchi had been competing for nearly a decade when she got the call to challenge Lee for the inaugural ONE women’s atomweight title and, at the start of her career, she could never have dreamed of headlining a card in a major arena.

“It was really, really hard. Because I love mixed martial arts, I kept doing it and I was hoping and dreaming for a day when women’s mixed martial arts would get big all over the world.”

ONE Championship held its first female fight in early 2012 with the UFC handing Ronda Rousey her promotional debut later that year. Japan might have more history than other countries when it comes to producing women's MMA fighters, but Yamaguchi says that opportunities have always been very limited.

“When mixed martial arts first got big in Japan, a lot of people watched it, but there were no women’s matches. Now there are a lot of women’s athletes in the United States and all over the world, but it was a really hard time for Japanese mixed martial artists to keep competing.”

The Lee vs. Yamaguchi Rematch Has Been a Long Time Coming

Lee and Yamaguchi first fought in 2016. A rematch was nixed when the champion suffered a car crash last year, but the 35-year-old believes she has improved immensely in the two years that have elapsed since their original meeting.

“I have fought for the last 10 years (and) I have always had good coaches and good people around me, but there were still positions or situations that I would worry about. Now, I am becoming more perfect in every position, I have fewer things that I am worried about, and I think that has given me a lot of confidence.”

This was the 28th fight camp of Yamaguchi’s career. She has a tried and tested routine, which she does not deviate from.

“Basically, it is the same thing all the time. I do the same training over and over, and then I add new stuff. For eight weeks, I kind of concentrate on one opponent and do some stuff that I can adjust to my opponent. That is kind of my routine.”

Having shared a cage with Lee for 25 frenetic minutes, Yamaguchi knows what to expect and says she if very confident heading into the rematch.

"Some of the technique is special for this fight for Angela Lee. I have a lot of confidence now. I do not know how much, but it is pretty obvious that I am really confident in both the ground game and boxing."

Mei Yamaguchi Wants to Lead ONE Championship into Japan

ONE Championship recently signed a deal with Abema TV in Japan. The promotion has always had plenty of stars from that country, including Shinya Aoki, Nobutatsu Suzuki, and Yoshitaka Naito, but the new broadcast agreement has given it a much higher profile, according to Yamaguchi.

“I am pretty excited because now a lot of people know about ONE Championship. We have this TV program in Japan and you can see it on your cell phone. I think more people watch that than a normal TV program because it is so easy to watch."

An event in Japan has been penciled in for 2019. Fighting for Asia’s biggest MMA promotion in her hometown of Tokyo would be a dream for Yamaguchi, particularly after all those years plying her trade on cards promoted by small local organizations.

She’s fought Finnish opponents in Finland, Filipino opponents in the Philippines, and this will be her second time facing Lee in Singapore. Yamaguchi is used to being on the road and says the crowd won’t bother her.

RELATED > Watch the Full First Fight Between Angela Lee and Mei Yamaguchi

“If I am fighting in a foreign country most of the time, the crowd will support the opponent. I know that, and I know how to prepare for that, so it does not matter that much. It is not a big deal for me. I just need to shut that out and do what I need to do.”

However, Yamaguchi feels that ONE Championship is gaining momentum in Japan and would love nothing more than to defend the atomweight title in Tokyo.

“(A title fight in Tokyo) would be perfect. If (ONE Championship) come to Japan, it is only going to get bigger and bigger. If I can fight at that card, my fans and my supporters will be excited.”

A fight for ONE Championship in Tokyo looks like a distinct possibility for Yamaguchi in 2019. If she wants to make it a title match, the veteran will have to wrestle the belt away from Lee in Singapore on Friday. It won’t be easy, but after a decade in the sport, she knows exactly what is required to win.

MIA36. MIAMI (EEUU), 16/05/2018.- El excampeón mundial de boxeo, Oscar de la Hoya, participa hoy, miércoles 16 de mayo de 2018, en la conferencia &quot;SportelSummit&quot; celebrada en Miami Beach, Florida (Estados Unidos). El exboxeador estadounidense de origen mexicano, también conocido como &quot;Golden Boy&quot;, aseguró hoy que el fútbol puede alcanzar en unos 10 años el nivel de popularidad que en la actualidad tiene en Estados Unidos el boxeo, un deporte que aunque &quot;le ha dado todo&quot; también &quot;le ha hecho mucho daño&quot;. EFE/Mar Vila
MIA36. MIAMI (EEUU), 16/05/2018.- El excampeón mundial de boxeo, Oscar de la Hoya, participa hoy, miércoles 16 de mayo de 2018, en la conferencia "SportelSummit" celebrada en Miami Beach, Florida (Estados Unidos). El exboxeador estadounidense de origen mexicano, también conocido como "Golden Boy", aseguró hoy que el fútbol puede alcanzar en unos 10 años el nivel de popularidad que en la actualidad tiene en Estados Unidos el boxeo, un deporte que aunque "le ha dado todo" también "le ha hecho mucho daño". EFE/Mar Vila
MIA36. MIAMI (EEUU), 16/05/2018.- El excampeón mundial de boxeo, Oscar de la Hoya, participa hoy, miércoles 16 de mayo de 2018, en la conferencia "SportelSummit" celebrada en Miami Beach, Florida (Estados Unidos). El exboxeador estadounidense de origen mexicano, también conocido como "Golden Boy", aseguró hoy que el fútbol puede alcanzar en unos 10 años el nivel de popularidad que en la actualidad tiene en Estados Unidos el boxeo, un deporte que aunque "le ha dado todo" también "le ha hecho mucho daño". EFE/Mar Vila
MIA36. MIAMI (EEUU), 16/05/2018.- El excampeón mundial de boxeo, Oscar de la Hoya, posa para Efe durante una entrevista realizada en el marco de su participación hoy, miércoles 16 de mayo de 2018, en la conferencia &quot;SportelSummit&quot; celebrada en Miami Beach, Florida (Estados Unidos). El exboxeador estadounidense de origen mexicano, también conocido como &quot;Golden Boy&quot;, aseguró hoy que el fútbol puede alcanzar en unos 10 años el nivel de popularidad que en la actualidad tiene en Estados Unidos el boxeo, un deporte que aunque &quot;le ha dado todo&quot; también &quot;le ha hecho mucho daño&quot;. EFE/Mar Vila
MIA36. MIAMI (EEUU), 16/05/2018.- El excampeón mundial de boxeo, Oscar de la Hoya, posa para Efe durante una entrevista realizada en el marco de su participación hoy, miércoles 16 de mayo de 2018, en la conferencia "SportelSummit" celebrada en Miami Beach, Florida (Estados Unidos). El exboxeador estadounidense de origen mexicano, también conocido como "Golden Boy", aseguró hoy que el fútbol puede alcanzar en unos 10 años el nivel de popularidad que en la actualidad tiene en Estados Unidos el boxeo, un deporte que aunque "le ha dado todo" también "le ha hecho mucho daño". EFE/Mar Vila
MIA36. MIAMI (EEUU), 16/05/2018.- El excampeón mundial de boxeo, Oscar de la Hoya, posa para Efe durante una entrevista realizada en el marco de su participación hoy, miércoles 16 de mayo de 2018, en la conferencia "SportelSummit" celebrada en Miami Beach, Florida (Estados Unidos). El exboxeador estadounidense de origen mexicano, también conocido como "Golden Boy", aseguró hoy que el fútbol puede alcanzar en unos 10 años el nivel de popularidad que en la actualidad tiene en Estados Unidos el boxeo, un deporte que aunque "le ha dado todo" también "le ha hecho mucho daño". EFE/Mar Vila
MIA36. MIAMI (EEUU), 16/05/2018.- El excampeón mundial de boxeo, Oscar de la Hoya, posa para Efe durante una entrevista realizada en el marco de su participación hoy, miércoles 16 de mayo de 2018, en la conferencia &quot;SportelSummit&quot; celebrada en Miami Beach, Florida (Estados Unidos). El exboxeador estadounidense de origen mexicano, también conocido como &quot;Golden Boy&quot;, aseguró hoy que el fútbol puede alcanzar en unos 10 años el nivel de popularidad que en la actualidad tiene en Estados Unidos el boxeo, un deporte que aunque &quot;le ha dado todo&quot; también &quot;le ha hecho mucho daño&quot;. EFE/Mar Vila
MIA36. MIAMI (EEUU), 16/05/2018.- El excampeón mundial de boxeo, Oscar de la Hoya, posa para Efe durante una entrevista realizada en el marco de su participación hoy, miércoles 16 de mayo de 2018, en la conferencia "SportelSummit" celebrada en Miami Beach, Florida (Estados Unidos). El exboxeador estadounidense de origen mexicano, también conocido como "Golden Boy", aseguró hoy que el fútbol puede alcanzar en unos 10 años el nivel de popularidad que en la actualidad tiene en Estados Unidos el boxeo, un deporte que aunque "le ha dado todo" también "le ha hecho mucho daño". EFE/Mar Vila
MIA36. MIAMI (EEUU), 16/05/2018.- El excampeón mundial de boxeo, Oscar de la Hoya, posa para Efe durante una entrevista realizada en el marco de su participación hoy, miércoles 16 de mayo de 2018, en la conferencia "SportelSummit" celebrada en Miami Beach, Florida (Estados Unidos). El exboxeador estadounidense de origen mexicano, también conocido como "Golden Boy", aseguró hoy que el fútbol puede alcanzar en unos 10 años el nivel de popularidad que en la actualidad tiene en Estados Unidos el boxeo, un deporte que aunque "le ha dado todo" también "le ha hecho mucho daño". EFE/Mar Vila
MIA36. MIAMI (EEUU), 16/05/2018.- El excampeón mundial de boxeo, Oscar de la Hoya, posa para Efe durante una entrevista realizada en el marco de su participación hoy, miércoles 16 de mayo de 2018, en la conferencia &quot;SportelSummit&quot; celebrada en Miami Beach, Florida (Estados Unidos). El exboxeador estadounidense de origen mexicano, también conocido como &quot;Golden Boy&quot;, aseguró hoy que el fútbol puede alcanzar en unos 10 años el nivel de popularidad que en la actualidad tiene en Estados Unidos el boxeo, un deporte que aunque &quot;le ha dado todo&quot; también &quot;le ha hecho mucho daño&quot;. EFE/Mar Vila
MIA36. MIAMI (EEUU), 16/05/2018.- El excampeón mundial de boxeo, Oscar de la Hoya, posa para Efe durante una entrevista realizada en el marco de su participación hoy, miércoles 16 de mayo de 2018, en la conferencia "SportelSummit" celebrada en Miami Beach, Florida (Estados Unidos). El exboxeador estadounidense de origen mexicano, también conocido como "Golden Boy", aseguró hoy que el fútbol puede alcanzar en unos 10 años el nivel de popularidad que en la actualidad tiene en Estados Unidos el boxeo, un deporte que aunque "le ha dado todo" también "le ha hecho mucho daño". EFE/Mar Vila
MIA36. MIAMI (EEUU), 16/05/2018.- El excampeón mundial de boxeo, Oscar de la Hoya, posa para Efe durante una entrevista realizada en el marco de su participación hoy, miércoles 16 de mayo de 2018, en la conferencia "SportelSummit" celebrada en Miami Beach, Florida (Estados Unidos). El exboxeador estadounidense de origen mexicano, también conocido como "Golden Boy", aseguró hoy que el fútbol puede alcanzar en unos 10 años el nivel de popularidad que en la actualidad tiene en Estados Unidos el boxeo, un deporte que aunque "le ha dado todo" también "le ha hecho mucho daño". EFE/Mar Vila
<p>UFC Hall of Famer Chuck Liddell has long been teasing a return to the cage, but now, it&#39;s no longer an issue of &quot;if he will return,&quot; but just a matter of when and against whom.</p> <p>Liddell on Monday revealed during <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H4XbTmZNseI" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:The MMA Hour" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">The MMA Hour</a> that, at 48 years of age, he fully intends to come out of retirement and fight again. His initial target is a big-money, trilogy bout with Tito Ortiz, who also said he is willing to come out of retirement to fight Liddell again. The two have fought twice before with Liddell handily winning both.</p> <p>But Liddell insists his return doesn&#39;t hinge on Ortiz&#39;s participation. In fact, he believes he can once again compete at the highest levels and ultimately believes he could challenge the man many consider one of the greatest fighters to ever set foot in the Octagon.</p> <p>“In my mind, I would like two good warm up fights, and I’d like a shot at Jon Jones,” Liddell told MMAFighting. “I am serious, I’d like a shot at him. We will see. Just, match styles.”</p> <p>Liddell zeroing in on Jones like that, of course, elicited a Twitter response from the former UFC light heavyweight champion, who, said,&#160;“Old Chuck has been calling me out for years! I get it, I hold pretty much every record in the division. I normally try to respect my elders but if you want it come get it. I’d literally fly you out to Albuquerque this weekend.</p> <p>“You might want to test the strength of that jaw before you take a bite you can&#39;t chew.”</p> <p>Not one to leave well enough alone, Jones continued taking jabs at Liddell, who has often been critical of Jones&#39; outside-of-the-octagon transgressions.&#160;</p> <p>&quot;In all seriousness Chuck Liddell, I appreciate your offer for a fight, but due to scheduling conflicts, may not be able to fulfill till mid 2019,&quot; Jones said, again via his Twitter handle. &quot;In the upcoming months, I have similarly lethal opponents in Ric Flair and George Foreman awaiting.&quot;</p> <p>After Jones&#39; latest barb, Liddell got a little bit more serious.</p> <p>&quot;Jon Jones, I figure it’s a good place for a youngin&#39; like you to learn from a true legend and champion on how to really fight and conduct your life inside and outside the ring.&quot;</p> <p>https://twitter.com/ChuckLiddell/status/996525434069274625</p> <p>Though things are heating up between the two former UFC champions on Twitter, it is highly unlikely that they&#39;ll ever set foot in the cage with one another.&#160;</p> <p><strong>TRENDING &#62;&#160;<a href="https://www.mmaweekly.com/ufc-fighter-chuck-liddell-to-fight-again-doesnt-hinge-on-tito-ortiz" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Chuck Liddell, 48, is Going to Fight Again, and It Doesn’t Hinge on Tito Ortiz" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Chuck Liddell, 48, is Going to Fight Again, and It Doesn’t Hinge on Tito Ortiz</a></strong></p> <p>Jones is still adjudicating his latest UFC Anti-Doping Policy violation with the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, so it&#39;s unclear when he might event be eligible to fight again.&#160;</p> <p>Aside from that, Liddell isn&#39;t likely to ever be welcomed back to fight in the UFC. Company president Dana White has been adamant that he no longer wants to see Liddell fight again. Plus, Liddell&#39;s comeback is probably going to happen in conjunction with boxing promoter Oscar De La Hoya, who has been talking to him about a fight with Ortiz to kick off his Golden Boy Promotions&#39; foray into mixed martial arts.</p>
Chuck Liddell Fires Back at Jon Jones’ Jabs

UFC Hall of Famer Chuck Liddell has long been teasing a return to the cage, but now, it's no longer an issue of "if he will return," but just a matter of when and against whom.

Liddell on Monday revealed during The MMA Hour that, at 48 years of age, he fully intends to come out of retirement and fight again. His initial target is a big-money, trilogy bout with Tito Ortiz, who also said he is willing to come out of retirement to fight Liddell again. The two have fought twice before with Liddell handily winning both.

But Liddell insists his return doesn't hinge on Ortiz's participation. In fact, he believes he can once again compete at the highest levels and ultimately believes he could challenge the man many consider one of the greatest fighters to ever set foot in the Octagon.

“In my mind, I would like two good warm up fights, and I’d like a shot at Jon Jones,” Liddell told MMAFighting. “I am serious, I’d like a shot at him. We will see. Just, match styles.”

Liddell zeroing in on Jones like that, of course, elicited a Twitter response from the former UFC light heavyweight champion, who, said, “Old Chuck has been calling me out for years! I get it, I hold pretty much every record in the division. I normally try to respect my elders but if you want it come get it. I’d literally fly you out to Albuquerque this weekend.

“You might want to test the strength of that jaw before you take a bite you can't chew.”

Not one to leave well enough alone, Jones continued taking jabs at Liddell, who has often been critical of Jones' outside-of-the-octagon transgressions. 

"In all seriousness Chuck Liddell, I appreciate your offer for a fight, but due to scheduling conflicts, may not be able to fulfill till mid 2019," Jones said, again via his Twitter handle. "In the upcoming months, I have similarly lethal opponents in Ric Flair and George Foreman awaiting."

After Jones' latest barb, Liddell got a little bit more serious.

"Jon Jones, I figure it’s a good place for a youngin' like you to learn from a true legend and champion on how to really fight and conduct your life inside and outside the ring."

https://twitter.com/ChuckLiddell/status/996525434069274625

Though things are heating up between the two former UFC champions on Twitter, it is highly unlikely that they'll ever set foot in the cage with one another. 

TRENDING > Chuck Liddell, 48, is Going to Fight Again, and It Doesn’t Hinge on Tito Ortiz

Jones is still adjudicating his latest UFC Anti-Doping Policy violation with the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, so it's unclear when he might event be eligible to fight again. 

Aside from that, Liddell isn't likely to ever be welcomed back to fight in the UFC. Company president Dana White has been adamant that he no longer wants to see Liddell fight again. Plus, Liddell's comeback is probably going to happen in conjunction with boxing promoter Oscar De La Hoya, who has been talking to him about a fight with Ortiz to kick off his Golden Boy Promotions' foray into mixed martial arts.

<p>UFC Hall of Famer Chuck Liddell has long been teasing a return to the cage, but now, it&#39;s no longer an issue of &quot;if he will return,&quot; but just a matter of when and against whom.</p> <p>Liddell on Monday revealed during <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H4XbTmZNseI" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:The MMA Hour" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">The MMA Hour</a> that, at 48 years of age, he fully intends to come out of retirement and fight again. His initial target is a big-money, trilogy bout with Tito Ortiz, who also said he is willing to come out of retirement to fight Liddell again. The two have fought twice before with Liddell handily winning both.</p> <p>But Liddell insists his return doesn&#39;t hinge on Ortiz&#39;s participation. In fact, he believes he can once again compete at the highest levels and ultimately believes he could challenge the man many consider one of the greatest fighters to ever set foot in the Octagon.</p> <p>“In my mind, I would like two good warm up fights, and I’d like a shot at Jon Jones,” Liddell told MMAFighting. “I am serious, I’d like a shot at him. We will see. Just, match styles.”</p> <p>Liddell zeroing in on Jones like that, of course, elicited a Twitter response from the former UFC light heavyweight champion, who, said,&#160;“Old Chuck has been calling me out for years! I get it, I hold pretty much every record in the division. I normally try to respect my elders but if you want it come get it. I’d literally fly you out to Albuquerque this weekend.</p> <p>“You might want to test the strength of that jaw before you take a bite you can&#39;t chew.”</p> <p>Not one to leave well enough alone, Jones continued taking jabs at Liddell, who has often been critical of Jones&#39; outside-of-the-octagon transgressions.&#160;</p> <p>&quot;In all seriousness Chuck Liddell, I appreciate your offer for a fight, but due to scheduling conflicts, may not be able to fulfill till mid 2019,&quot; Jones said, again via his Twitter handle. &quot;In the upcoming months, I have similarly lethal opponents in Ric Flair and George Foreman awaiting.&quot;</p> <p>After Jones&#39; latest barb, Liddell got a little bit more serious.</p> <p>&quot;Jon Jones, I figure it’s a good place for a youngin&#39; like you to learn from a true legend and champion on how to really fight and conduct your life inside and outside the ring.&quot;</p> <p>https://twitter.com/ChuckLiddell/status/996525434069274625</p> <p>Though things are heating up between the two former UFC champions on Twitter, it is highly unlikely that they&#39;ll ever set foot in the cage with one another.&#160;</p> <p><strong>TRENDING &#62;&#160;<a href="https://www.mmaweekly.com/ufc-fighter-chuck-liddell-to-fight-again-doesnt-hinge-on-tito-ortiz" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Chuck Liddell, 48, is Going to Fight Again, and It Doesn’t Hinge on Tito Ortiz" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Chuck Liddell, 48, is Going to Fight Again, and It Doesn’t Hinge on Tito Ortiz</a></strong></p> <p>Jones is still adjudicating his latest UFC Anti-Doping Policy violation with the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, so it&#39;s unclear when he might event be eligible to fight again.&#160;</p> <p>Aside from that, Liddell isn&#39;t likely to ever be welcomed back to fight in the UFC. Company president Dana White has been adamant that he no longer wants to see Liddell fight again. Plus, Liddell&#39;s comeback is probably going to happen in conjunction with boxing promoter Oscar De La Hoya, who has been talking to him about a fight with Ortiz to kick off his Golden Boy Promotions&#39; foray into mixed martial arts.</p>
Chuck Liddell Fires Back at Jon Jones’ Jabs

UFC Hall of Famer Chuck Liddell has long been teasing a return to the cage, but now, it's no longer an issue of "if he will return," but just a matter of when and against whom.

Liddell on Monday revealed during The MMA Hour that, at 48 years of age, he fully intends to come out of retirement and fight again. His initial target is a big-money, trilogy bout with Tito Ortiz, who also said he is willing to come out of retirement to fight Liddell again. The two have fought twice before with Liddell handily winning both.

But Liddell insists his return doesn't hinge on Ortiz's participation. In fact, he believes he can once again compete at the highest levels and ultimately believes he could challenge the man many consider one of the greatest fighters to ever set foot in the Octagon.

“In my mind, I would like two good warm up fights, and I’d like a shot at Jon Jones,” Liddell told MMAFighting. “I am serious, I’d like a shot at him. We will see. Just, match styles.”

Liddell zeroing in on Jones like that, of course, elicited a Twitter response from the former UFC light heavyweight champion, who, said, “Old Chuck has been calling me out for years! I get it, I hold pretty much every record in the division. I normally try to respect my elders but if you want it come get it. I’d literally fly you out to Albuquerque this weekend.

“You might want to test the strength of that jaw before you take a bite you can't chew.”

Not one to leave well enough alone, Jones continued taking jabs at Liddell, who has often been critical of Jones' outside-of-the-octagon transgressions. 

"In all seriousness Chuck Liddell, I appreciate your offer for a fight, but due to scheduling conflicts, may not be able to fulfill till mid 2019," Jones said, again via his Twitter handle. "In the upcoming months, I have similarly lethal opponents in Ric Flair and George Foreman awaiting."

After Jones' latest barb, Liddell got a little bit more serious.

"Jon Jones, I figure it’s a good place for a youngin' like you to learn from a true legend and champion on how to really fight and conduct your life inside and outside the ring."

https://twitter.com/ChuckLiddell/status/996525434069274625

Though things are heating up between the two former UFC champions on Twitter, it is highly unlikely that they'll ever set foot in the cage with one another. 

TRENDING > Chuck Liddell, 48, is Going to Fight Again, and It Doesn’t Hinge on Tito Ortiz

Jones is still adjudicating his latest UFC Anti-Doping Policy violation with the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, so it's unclear when he might event be eligible to fight again. 

Aside from that, Liddell isn't likely to ever be welcomed back to fight in the UFC. Company president Dana White has been adamant that he no longer wants to see Liddell fight again. Plus, Liddell's comeback is probably going to happen in conjunction with boxing promoter Oscar De La Hoya, who has been talking to him about a fight with Ortiz to kick off his Golden Boy Promotions' foray into mixed martial arts.

Nicola Adams: &#39;I&#39;ll retire from boxing within two years - hopefully with every world title&#39;
Nicola Adams: 'I'll retire from boxing within two years - hopefully with every world title'
Nicola Adams: 'I'll retire from boxing within two years - hopefully with every world title'
It took just 15 seconds for Ryan Bader to finish &#39;King&#39; Mo Lawal and progress to the semi-final of the Bellator Heavyweight Grand Prix here at the SAP Center. Big moment, big statement from Bader, whose first punch of the fight, a left hook, sent Lawal staggering backwards and onto his rump, with his nemesis in fast pursuit. A ground and pound flurry later, and it was all over. Bader, with this statement TKO, arguably becomes the insider&#39;s favourite to claim the tournament, though he faces Matt Mitrione in the semi-finals, with Chael Sonnen lining up against Fedor Emelianenko, both fights expected to be in the last quarter of this year. The venues and dates are not yet finalised. But Bader looks, genuinely, to be in the prime of his career, and had carried that mood all week in San Jose. Asked by Telegraph Sport afterwards if he would find it difficult to drop back down to the light heavyweight division to defend the belt he also holds, if he triumphs in the tournament, he was hedging his bets: &quot;It may be difficult to go back down, as there&#39;s some great fights at heavyweight, but we&#39;ll have to see.&quot; Ryan Bader now many fans&#39; favourite to win Bellator HGP Credit: Lucas Noonan/Bellator You get what it says on the tin with Bader. Big, solid physicality. Allied, right now, with a confidence higher than he has ever had. It probably is &#39;his time&#39; right now. The beauty of this outcome and finish for Bader, he explained, was that without taking a blow to his body given the speed of the finish, he could simply get into camp &quot;and compound what had been so good in this camp.&quot; As the last of the four quarter finals, it meant Bader may had the fastest turnaround, yet this result puts him in the box seat. Indeed, there were three knockouts on the main card, another one of those a statement from a veteran heavyweight who needed it. Cheick Kongo flattened Javy Ayala 149 seconds into the opening round of their heavyweight bout in the second fight on the main card, to bring himself into focus as a potential opponent for the overall Heavyweight Grand Prix winner. Kongo explained that contract renegotiations had precluded him from discussion over being in the Grand Prix tournament, but added that he would be requesting a heavyweight title shot, but modestly added that he &quot;will need to keep on winning&quot;. Post fight @ryanbader says being injury free and with 15 second finish over @KingMoFH can help compound what he did in camp for @mattmitrione fight sept/oct in @BellatorMMA heavyweight tournament semi final pic.twitter.com/CrdNUGjkWb— Gareth A Davies (@GarethADaviesDT) May 13, 2018 A fight with Mirko Cro Cop, if the Croatian legend wins against Roy Nelson in London, could be a viable interim fight, given that the Heavyweight Grand Prix winner is unlikely to be decided until around March 2019. But Kongo&#39;s short, chopping right hand did the business here. Scott Coker, CEO of Bellator, was content to see the Frenchman back in the win column, in a fine manner, given that Kongo, renowned for devastating kicks and strikers, had not stopped an opponent for exactly four years until last night here in San Jose. Back in the game for @kongo4real with short right hand to KO Javy Ayala #Bellator199@BellatorMMA - decent call for him to face winner of heavyweight tournament pic.twitter.com/AZzfP4JFsn— Gareth A Davies (@GarethADaviesDT) May 13, 2018 &quot;Cheick is one of those guys. We know what he is capable of, and he really did make a statement,&quot; said Coker, who added that he will sit down with his team this week and look at the venues and dates for the two heavyweight GP semi-finals. My bet is that Fedor v Sonnen may take place on the East Coast, Mitrione v Bader on the West. But it is hard to call. The third of the triple KO/TKO finishes on the main card came from Aaron Pico, who does not know how to take a backward step. Pico set about Lee Morrison and ended the show with a punch to the body at 1:10 of the opening round. Pico can be wild but certainly thrills, expressing his desire after the contest to become a world champion at both boxing and MMA. He&#39;s only 3-1 in MMA, and is focusing on this sport first, but it is possible to see the sparring partner of Miguel Cotto as being capable as one of the few who can win belts at the highest level in both codes. Jon Fitch smothers Paul Daley on the ground Credit: Lucas Noonan/Bellator British interest centred on Paul Daley, who looked capable of finishing wrestler Jon Fitch in the opening minute of the first round, but the American&#39;s wrestling in the first three minutes, and throughout round two and three, sticking crab like to the Nottingham fighter, made for a dull, but dominant ground spectacle. But it was always going to be KO on the feet, wriggle on the ground. &quot;What are you fighting for ?&quot; screamed one inebriated fan at Fitch, or both, for the wriggle fest, in the second. The boos rang out in the third, not so much at Fitch himself, but for the output. Daley had been unhappy this week about his Bellator deal, and his rant into the camera on the ground in the final 40 seconds was dismissed by CEO Coker as &quot;Daley&#39;s just angry right now.&quot; &quot;We will talk when I&#39;m in London for the 200 event,&quot; added Coker, who believes that Daley against Michael &#39;Venom&#39; Page, a much wanted fight by the fans, the fight league&#39;s chief optimistic that &quot;Daley versus Page will be a headliner and we hope to do it in 2018.&quot; Fitch, for his part, thought Daley should have done more on the ground. &quot;If this is what they want, then match me with these kind of fighters,&quot; Daley told The Telegraph afterwards. &quot;But put me in with strikers and you&#39;ll get what the fans want.&quot; Earlier, a brutal women&#39;s featherweight bout was won by Amber Leibrock, who outstruck Australian Janay Harding to take a strong victory 30-27, and 30-26 (twice), on the judges&#39; cards. Harding rallied every round, but failed to match Leibrock&#39;s offensive raids. CEO of @BellatorMMA@ScottCoker reveals @50cent has expressed desire to come to #Bellator200 in London &#39;he&#39;s very welcome&#39; pic.twitter.com/8advdZw2gT— Gareth A Davies (@GarethADaviesDT) May 13, 2018 But it is on to London now, for the historic Bellator 200 event in 12 days time, a card replete with legends, world title fights and novel crossover listings such as Aaron Chalmers, who has switched from fame as a reality television star to becoming a mixed martial artist. What he is not, is vanilla, and that counts for so much in the projection of a fighter&#39;s career. London is calling... Bellator 199 main card: Ryan Bader (25-5) defeated “King Mo” Lawal (21-7, 1 NC) via knockout (punch) at :15 of round one Jon Fitch (31-7-1, 1 NC) defeated Paul Daley (40-16-2) via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-26, 29-26) Aaron Pico (3-1) defeated Lee Morrison (19-9) via TKO (punch to body) at 1:10 of round one Cheick Kongo (28-10-2) defeated Javy Ayala (10-7) via knockout (punches) at 2:29 of round one Adam Piccolotti (10-2) defeated Carrington Banks (7-1) via submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:41 of round three Bellator 199 Prelims: Hyder Amil (2-0) defeated Elias Anderson (0-1) via TKO at 3:01 of round two Ignacio Ortiz (1-0) defeated Matt Aragoni (1-1) via TKO at 2:57 of round three Mark Climaco (2-0) defeated Daniel Oseguera (0-1) via TKO at 2:21 of round one J.J. Okanovich (6-1) defeated Hugo Lujan (3-3) via unanimous decision Tom Ponce de Leon (2-0) defeated Dominic Sumner (1-2) via TKO at 2:48 of round two Nohelin Hernandez (7-2) defeated Josh San Diego (7-4) via unanimous decision Josh Paiva (10-2) defeated Adam Antolin (13-4) via KO at :32 of round one Cass Bell (1-0) defeated Khai Wu (1-1) via submission (guillotine choke) at 3:27 of round two Jordan Williams (7-2) defeated Brandon Hester (4-1) via TKO (punches) at 1:11 of round two Amber Leibrock (3-1) defeated Janay Harding (3-4) via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-26) James Terry (20-9) defeated Danasabe Mohammed (5-2) via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-26) Gaston Bolanos (3-1) defeated Malcom Hill (3-5) via TKO (leg kicks) at 2:54 of round one Justin Tenedora (2-1) defeated David Rivera (0-3) via submission (triangle-choke) at 4:27 of round one Deron Winn (4-0) defeated Ahmed White (0-1) via knockout (punches) at 2:32 of round one
Bellator 199: Ryan Bader gets shock 15-second KO over 'King' Mo Lawal becomes Heavyweight Grand Prix favourite
It took just 15 seconds for Ryan Bader to finish 'King' Mo Lawal and progress to the semi-final of the Bellator Heavyweight Grand Prix here at the SAP Center. Big moment, big statement from Bader, whose first punch of the fight, a left hook, sent Lawal staggering backwards and onto his rump, with his nemesis in fast pursuit. A ground and pound flurry later, and it was all over. Bader, with this statement TKO, arguably becomes the insider's favourite to claim the tournament, though he faces Matt Mitrione in the semi-finals, with Chael Sonnen lining up against Fedor Emelianenko, both fights expected to be in the last quarter of this year. The venues and dates are not yet finalised. But Bader looks, genuinely, to be in the prime of his career, and had carried that mood all week in San Jose. Asked by Telegraph Sport afterwards if he would find it difficult to drop back down to the light heavyweight division to defend the belt he also holds, if he triumphs in the tournament, he was hedging his bets: "It may be difficult to go back down, as there's some great fights at heavyweight, but we'll have to see." Ryan Bader now many fans' favourite to win Bellator HGP Credit: Lucas Noonan/Bellator You get what it says on the tin with Bader. Big, solid physicality. Allied, right now, with a confidence higher than he has ever had. It probably is 'his time' right now. The beauty of this outcome and finish for Bader, he explained, was that without taking a blow to his body given the speed of the finish, he could simply get into camp "and compound what had been so good in this camp." As the last of the four quarter finals, it meant Bader may had the fastest turnaround, yet this result puts him in the box seat. Indeed, there were three knockouts on the main card, another one of those a statement from a veteran heavyweight who needed it. Cheick Kongo flattened Javy Ayala 149 seconds into the opening round of their heavyweight bout in the second fight on the main card, to bring himself into focus as a potential opponent for the overall Heavyweight Grand Prix winner. Kongo explained that contract renegotiations had precluded him from discussion over being in the Grand Prix tournament, but added that he would be requesting a heavyweight title shot, but modestly added that he "will need to keep on winning". Post fight @ryanbader says being injury free and with 15 second finish over @KingMoFH can help compound what he did in camp for @mattmitrione fight sept/oct in @BellatorMMA heavyweight tournament semi final pic.twitter.com/CrdNUGjkWb— Gareth A Davies (@GarethADaviesDT) May 13, 2018 A fight with Mirko Cro Cop, if the Croatian legend wins against Roy Nelson in London, could be a viable interim fight, given that the Heavyweight Grand Prix winner is unlikely to be decided until around March 2019. But Kongo's short, chopping right hand did the business here. Scott Coker, CEO of Bellator, was content to see the Frenchman back in the win column, in a fine manner, given that Kongo, renowned for devastating kicks and strikers, had not stopped an opponent for exactly four years until last night here in San Jose. Back in the game for @kongo4real with short right hand to KO Javy Ayala #Bellator199@BellatorMMA - decent call for him to face winner of heavyweight tournament pic.twitter.com/AZzfP4JFsn— Gareth A Davies (@GarethADaviesDT) May 13, 2018 "Cheick is one of those guys. We know what he is capable of, and he really did make a statement," said Coker, who added that he will sit down with his team this week and look at the venues and dates for the two heavyweight GP semi-finals. My bet is that Fedor v Sonnen may take place on the East Coast, Mitrione v Bader on the West. But it is hard to call. The third of the triple KO/TKO finishes on the main card came from Aaron Pico, who does not know how to take a backward step. Pico set about Lee Morrison and ended the show with a punch to the body at 1:10 of the opening round. Pico can be wild but certainly thrills, expressing his desire after the contest to become a world champion at both boxing and MMA. He's only 3-1 in MMA, and is focusing on this sport first, but it is possible to see the sparring partner of Miguel Cotto as being capable as one of the few who can win belts at the highest level in both codes. Jon Fitch smothers Paul Daley on the ground Credit: Lucas Noonan/Bellator British interest centred on Paul Daley, who looked capable of finishing wrestler Jon Fitch in the opening minute of the first round, but the American's wrestling in the first three minutes, and throughout round two and three, sticking crab like to the Nottingham fighter, made for a dull, but dominant ground spectacle. But it was always going to be KO on the feet, wriggle on the ground. "What are you fighting for ?" screamed one inebriated fan at Fitch, or both, for the wriggle fest, in the second. The boos rang out in the third, not so much at Fitch himself, but for the output. Daley had been unhappy this week about his Bellator deal, and his rant into the camera on the ground in the final 40 seconds was dismissed by CEO Coker as "Daley's just angry right now." "We will talk when I'm in London for the 200 event," added Coker, who believes that Daley against Michael 'Venom' Page, a much wanted fight by the fans, the fight league's chief optimistic that "Daley versus Page will be a headliner and we hope to do it in 2018." Fitch, for his part, thought Daley should have done more on the ground. "If this is what they want, then match me with these kind of fighters," Daley told The Telegraph afterwards. "But put me in with strikers and you'll get what the fans want." Earlier, a brutal women's featherweight bout was won by Amber Leibrock, who outstruck Australian Janay Harding to take a strong victory 30-27, and 30-26 (twice), on the judges' cards. Harding rallied every round, but failed to match Leibrock's offensive raids. CEO of @BellatorMMA@ScottCoker reveals @50cent has expressed desire to come to #Bellator200 in London 'he's very welcome' pic.twitter.com/8advdZw2gT— Gareth A Davies (@GarethADaviesDT) May 13, 2018 But it is on to London now, for the historic Bellator 200 event in 12 days time, a card replete with legends, world title fights and novel crossover listings such as Aaron Chalmers, who has switched from fame as a reality television star to becoming a mixed martial artist. What he is not, is vanilla, and that counts for so much in the projection of a fighter's career. London is calling... Bellator 199 main card: Ryan Bader (25-5) defeated “King Mo” Lawal (21-7, 1 NC) via knockout (punch) at :15 of round one Jon Fitch (31-7-1, 1 NC) defeated Paul Daley (40-16-2) via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-26, 29-26) Aaron Pico (3-1) defeated Lee Morrison (19-9) via TKO (punch to body) at 1:10 of round one Cheick Kongo (28-10-2) defeated Javy Ayala (10-7) via knockout (punches) at 2:29 of round one Adam Piccolotti (10-2) defeated Carrington Banks (7-1) via submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:41 of round three Bellator 199 Prelims: Hyder Amil (2-0) defeated Elias Anderson (0-1) via TKO at 3:01 of round two Ignacio Ortiz (1-0) defeated Matt Aragoni (1-1) via TKO at 2:57 of round three Mark Climaco (2-0) defeated Daniel Oseguera (0-1) via TKO at 2:21 of round one J.J. Okanovich (6-1) defeated Hugo Lujan (3-3) via unanimous decision Tom Ponce de Leon (2-0) defeated Dominic Sumner (1-2) via TKO at 2:48 of round two Nohelin Hernandez (7-2) defeated Josh San Diego (7-4) via unanimous decision Josh Paiva (10-2) defeated Adam Antolin (13-4) via KO at :32 of round one Cass Bell (1-0) defeated Khai Wu (1-1) via submission (guillotine choke) at 3:27 of round two Jordan Williams (7-2) defeated Brandon Hester (4-1) via TKO (punches) at 1:11 of round two Amber Leibrock (3-1) defeated Janay Harding (3-4) via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-26) James Terry (20-9) defeated Danasabe Mohammed (5-2) via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-26) Gaston Bolanos (3-1) defeated Malcom Hill (3-5) via TKO (leg kicks) at 2:54 of round one Justin Tenedora (2-1) defeated David Rivera (0-3) via submission (triangle-choke) at 4:27 of round one Deron Winn (4-0) defeated Ahmed White (0-1) via knockout (punches) at 2:32 of round one
It took just 15 seconds for Ryan Bader to finish &#39;King&#39; Mo Lawal and progress to the semi-final of the Bellator Heavyweight Grand Prix here at the SAP Center. Big moment, big statement from Bader, whose first punch of the fight, a left hook, sent Lawal staggering backwards and onto his rump, with his nemesis in fast pursuit. A ground and pound flurry later, and it was all over. Bader, with this statement TKO, arguably becomes the insider&#39;s favourite to claim the tournament, though he faces Matt Mitrione in the semi-finals, with Chael Sonnen lining up against Fedor Emelianenko, both fights expected to be in the last quarter of this year. The venues and dates are not yet finalised. But Bader looks, genuinely, to be in the prime of his career, and had carried that mood all week in San Jose. Asked by Telegraph Sport afterwards if he would find it difficult to drop back down to the light heavyweight division to defend the belt he also holds, if he triumphs in the tournament, he was hedging his bets: &quot;It may be difficult to go back down, as there&#39;s some great fights at heavyweight, but we&#39;ll have to see.&quot; Ryan Bader now many fans&#39; favourite to win Bellator HGP Credit: Lucas Noonan/Bellator You get what it says on the tin with Bader. Big, solid physicality. Allied, right now, with a confidence higher than he has ever had. It probably is &#39;his time&#39; right now. The beauty of this outcome and finish for Bader, he explained, was that without taking a blow to his body given the speed of the finish, he could simply get into camp &quot;and compound what had been so good in this camp.&quot; As the last of the four quarter finals, it meant Bader may had the fastest turnaround, yet this result puts him in the box seat. Indeed, there were three knockouts on the main card, another one of those a statement from a veteran heavyweight who needed it. Cheick Kongo flattened Javy Ayala 149 seconds into the opening round of their heavyweight bout in the second fight on the main card, to bring himself into focus as a potential opponent for the overall Heavyweight Grand Prix winner. Kongo explained that contract renegotiations had precluded him from discussion over being in the Grand Prix tournament, but added that he would be requesting a heavyweight title shot, but modestly added that he &quot;will need to keep on winning&quot;. Post fight @ryanbader says being injury free and with 15 second finish over @KingMoFH can help compound what he did in camp for @mattmitrione fight sept/oct in @BellatorMMA heavyweight tournament semi final pic.twitter.com/CrdNUGjkWb— Gareth A Davies (@GarethADaviesDT) May 13, 2018 A fight with Mirko Cro Cop, if the Croatian legend wins against Roy Nelson in London, could be a viable interim fight, given that the Heavyweight Grand Prix winner is unlikely to be decided until around March 2019. But Kongo&#39;s short, chopping right hand did the business here. Scott Coker, CEO of Bellator, was content to see the Frenchman back in the win column, in a fine manner, given that Kongo, renowned for devastating kicks and strikers, had not stopped an opponent for exactly four years until last night here in San Jose. Back in the game for @kongo4real with short right hand to KO Javy Ayala #Bellator199@BellatorMMA - decent call for him to face winner of heavyweight tournament pic.twitter.com/AZzfP4JFsn— Gareth A Davies (@GarethADaviesDT) May 13, 2018 &quot;Cheick is one of those guys. We know what he is capable of, and he really did make a statement,&quot; said Coker, who added that he will sit down with his team this week and look at the venues and dates for the two heavyweight GP semi-finals. My bet is that Fedor v Sonnen may take place on the East Coast, Mitrione v Bader on the West. But it is hard to call. The third of the triple KO/TKO finishes on the main card came from Aaron Pico, who does not know how to take a backward step. Pico set about Lee Morrison and ended the show with a punch to the body at 1:10 of the opening round. Pico can be wild but certainly thrills, expressing his desire after the contest to become a world champion at both boxing and MMA. He&#39;s only 3-1 in MMA, and is focusing on this sport first, but it is possible to see the sparring partner of Miguel Cotto as being capable as one of the few who can win belts at the highest level in both codes. Jon Fitch smothers Paul Daley on the ground Credit: Lucas Noonan/Bellator British interest centred on Paul Daley, who looked capable of finishing wrestler Jon Fitch in the opening minute of the first round, but the American&#39;s wrestling in the first three minutes, and throughout round two and three, sticking crab like to the Nottingham fighter, made for a dull, but dominant ground spectacle. But it was always going to be KO on the feet, wriggle on the ground. &quot;What are you fighting for ?&quot; screamed one inebriated fan at Fitch, or both, for the wriggle fest, in the second. The boos rang out in the third, not so much at Fitch himself, but for the output. Daley had been unhappy this week about his Bellator deal, and his rant into the camera on the ground in the final 40 seconds was dismissed by CEO Coker as &quot;Daley&#39;s just angry right now.&quot; &quot;We will talk when I&#39;m in London for the 200 event,&quot; added Coker, who believes that Daley against Michael &#39;Venom&#39; Page, a much wanted fight by the fans, the fight league&#39;s chief optimistic that &quot;Daley versus Page will be a headliner and we hope to do it in 2018.&quot; Fitch, for his part, thought Daley should have done more on the ground. &quot;If this is what they want, then match me with these kind of fighters,&quot; Daley told The Telegraph afterwards. &quot;But put me in with strikers and you&#39;ll get what the fans want.&quot; Earlier, a brutal women&#39;s featherweight bout was won by Amber Leibrock, who outstruck Australian Janay Harding to take a strong victory 30-27, and 30-26 (twice), on the judges&#39; cards. Harding rallied every round, but failed to match Leibrock&#39;s offensive raids. CEO of @BellatorMMA@ScottCoker reveals @50cent has expressed desire to come to #Bellator200 in London &#39;he&#39;s very welcome&#39; pic.twitter.com/8advdZw2gT— Gareth A Davies (@GarethADaviesDT) May 13, 2018 But it is on to London now, for the historic Bellator 200 event in 12 days time, a card replete with legends, world title fights and novel crossover listings such as Aaron Chalmers, who has switched from fame as a reality television star to becoming a mixed martial artist. What he is not, is vanilla, and that counts for so much in the projection of a fighter&#39;s career. London is calling... Bellator 199 main card: Ryan Bader (25-5) defeated “King Mo” Lawal (21-7, 1 NC) via knockout (punch) at :15 of round one Jon Fitch (31-7-1, 1 NC) defeated Paul Daley (40-16-2) via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-26, 29-26) Aaron Pico (3-1) defeated Lee Morrison (19-9) via TKO (punch to body) at 1:10 of round one Cheick Kongo (28-10-2) defeated Javy Ayala (10-7) via knockout (punches) at 2:29 of round one Adam Piccolotti (10-2) defeated Carrington Banks (7-1) via submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:41 of round three Bellator 199 Prelims: Hyder Amil (2-0) defeated Elias Anderson (0-1) via TKO at 3:01 of round two Ignacio Ortiz (1-0) defeated Matt Aragoni (1-1) via TKO at 2:57 of round three Mark Climaco (2-0) defeated Daniel Oseguera (0-1) via TKO at 2:21 of round one J.J. Okanovich (6-1) defeated Hugo Lujan (3-3) via unanimous decision Tom Ponce de Leon (2-0) defeated Dominic Sumner (1-2) via TKO at 2:48 of round two Nohelin Hernandez (7-2) defeated Josh San Diego (7-4) via unanimous decision Josh Paiva (10-2) defeated Adam Antolin (13-4) via KO at :32 of round one Cass Bell (1-0) defeated Khai Wu (1-1) via submission (guillotine choke) at 3:27 of round two Jordan Williams (7-2) defeated Brandon Hester (4-1) via TKO (punches) at 1:11 of round two Amber Leibrock (3-1) defeated Janay Harding (3-4) via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-26) James Terry (20-9) defeated Danasabe Mohammed (5-2) via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-26) Gaston Bolanos (3-1) defeated Malcom Hill (3-5) via TKO (leg kicks) at 2:54 of round one Justin Tenedora (2-1) defeated David Rivera (0-3) via submission (triangle-choke) at 4:27 of round one Deron Winn (4-0) defeated Ahmed White (0-1) via knockout (punches) at 2:32 of round one
Bellator 199: Ryan Bader gets shock 15-second KO over 'King' Mo Lawal becomes Heavyweight Grand Prix favourite
It took just 15 seconds for Ryan Bader to finish 'King' Mo Lawal and progress to the semi-final of the Bellator Heavyweight Grand Prix here at the SAP Center. Big moment, big statement from Bader, whose first punch of the fight, a left hook, sent Lawal staggering backwards and onto his rump, with his nemesis in fast pursuit. A ground and pound flurry later, and it was all over. Bader, with this statement TKO, arguably becomes the insider's favourite to claim the tournament, though he faces Matt Mitrione in the semi-finals, with Chael Sonnen lining up against Fedor Emelianenko, both fights expected to be in the last quarter of this year. The venues and dates are not yet finalised. But Bader looks, genuinely, to be in the prime of his career, and had carried that mood all week in San Jose. Asked by Telegraph Sport afterwards if he would find it difficult to drop back down to the light heavyweight division to defend the belt he also holds, if he triumphs in the tournament, he was hedging his bets: "It may be difficult to go back down, as there's some great fights at heavyweight, but we'll have to see." Ryan Bader now many fans' favourite to win Bellator HGP Credit: Lucas Noonan/Bellator You get what it says on the tin with Bader. Big, solid physicality. Allied, right now, with a confidence higher than he has ever had. It probably is 'his time' right now. The beauty of this outcome and finish for Bader, he explained, was that without taking a blow to his body given the speed of the finish, he could simply get into camp "and compound what had been so good in this camp." As the last of the four quarter finals, it meant Bader may had the fastest turnaround, yet this result puts him in the box seat. Indeed, there were three knockouts on the main card, another one of those a statement from a veteran heavyweight who needed it. Cheick Kongo flattened Javy Ayala 149 seconds into the opening round of their heavyweight bout in the second fight on the main card, to bring himself into focus as a potential opponent for the overall Heavyweight Grand Prix winner. Kongo explained that contract renegotiations had precluded him from discussion over being in the Grand Prix tournament, but added that he would be requesting a heavyweight title shot, but modestly added that he "will need to keep on winning". Post fight @ryanbader says being injury free and with 15 second finish over @KingMoFH can help compound what he did in camp for @mattmitrione fight sept/oct in @BellatorMMA heavyweight tournament semi final pic.twitter.com/CrdNUGjkWb— Gareth A Davies (@GarethADaviesDT) May 13, 2018 A fight with Mirko Cro Cop, if the Croatian legend wins against Roy Nelson in London, could be a viable interim fight, given that the Heavyweight Grand Prix winner is unlikely to be decided until around March 2019. But Kongo's short, chopping right hand did the business here. Scott Coker, CEO of Bellator, was content to see the Frenchman back in the win column, in a fine manner, given that Kongo, renowned for devastating kicks and strikers, had not stopped an opponent for exactly four years until last night here in San Jose. Back in the game for @kongo4real with short right hand to KO Javy Ayala #Bellator199@BellatorMMA - decent call for him to face winner of heavyweight tournament pic.twitter.com/AZzfP4JFsn— Gareth A Davies (@GarethADaviesDT) May 13, 2018 "Cheick is one of those guys. We know what he is capable of, and he really did make a statement," said Coker, who added that he will sit down with his team this week and look at the venues and dates for the two heavyweight GP semi-finals. My bet is that Fedor v Sonnen may take place on the East Coast, Mitrione v Bader on the West. But it is hard to call. The third of the triple KO/TKO finishes on the main card came from Aaron Pico, who does not know how to take a backward step. Pico set about Lee Morrison and ended the show with a punch to the body at 1:10 of the opening round. Pico can be wild but certainly thrills, expressing his desire after the contest to become a world champion at both boxing and MMA. He's only 3-1 in MMA, and is focusing on this sport first, but it is possible to see the sparring partner of Miguel Cotto as being capable as one of the few who can win belts at the highest level in both codes. Jon Fitch smothers Paul Daley on the ground Credit: Lucas Noonan/Bellator British interest centred on Paul Daley, who looked capable of finishing wrestler Jon Fitch in the opening minute of the first round, but the American's wrestling in the first three minutes, and throughout round two and three, sticking crab like to the Nottingham fighter, made for a dull, but dominant ground spectacle. But it was always going to be KO on the feet, wriggle on the ground. "What are you fighting for ?" screamed one inebriated fan at Fitch, or both, for the wriggle fest, in the second. The boos rang out in the third, not so much at Fitch himself, but for the output. Daley had been unhappy this week about his Bellator deal, and his rant into the camera on the ground in the final 40 seconds was dismissed by CEO Coker as "Daley's just angry right now." "We will talk when I'm in London for the 200 event," added Coker, who believes that Daley against Michael 'Venom' Page, a much wanted fight by the fans, the fight league's chief optimistic that "Daley versus Page will be a headliner and we hope to do it in 2018." Fitch, for his part, thought Daley should have done more on the ground. "If this is what they want, then match me with these kind of fighters," Daley told The Telegraph afterwards. "But put me in with strikers and you'll get what the fans want." Earlier, a brutal women's featherweight bout was won by Amber Leibrock, who outstruck Australian Janay Harding to take a strong victory 30-27, and 30-26 (twice), on the judges' cards. Harding rallied every round, but failed to match Leibrock's offensive raids. CEO of @BellatorMMA@ScottCoker reveals @50cent has expressed desire to come to #Bellator200 in London 'he's very welcome' pic.twitter.com/8advdZw2gT— Gareth A Davies (@GarethADaviesDT) May 13, 2018 But it is on to London now, for the historic Bellator 200 event in 12 days time, a card replete with legends, world title fights and novel crossover listings such as Aaron Chalmers, who has switched from fame as a reality television star to becoming a mixed martial artist. What he is not, is vanilla, and that counts for so much in the projection of a fighter's career. London is calling... Bellator 199 main card: Ryan Bader (25-5) defeated “King Mo” Lawal (21-7, 1 NC) via knockout (punch) at :15 of round one Jon Fitch (31-7-1, 1 NC) defeated Paul Daley (40-16-2) via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-26, 29-26) Aaron Pico (3-1) defeated Lee Morrison (19-9) via TKO (punch to body) at 1:10 of round one Cheick Kongo (28-10-2) defeated Javy Ayala (10-7) via knockout (punches) at 2:29 of round one Adam Piccolotti (10-2) defeated Carrington Banks (7-1) via submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:41 of round three Bellator 199 Prelims: Hyder Amil (2-0) defeated Elias Anderson (0-1) via TKO at 3:01 of round two Ignacio Ortiz (1-0) defeated Matt Aragoni (1-1) via TKO at 2:57 of round three Mark Climaco (2-0) defeated Daniel Oseguera (0-1) via TKO at 2:21 of round one J.J. Okanovich (6-1) defeated Hugo Lujan (3-3) via unanimous decision Tom Ponce de Leon (2-0) defeated Dominic Sumner (1-2) via TKO at 2:48 of round two Nohelin Hernandez (7-2) defeated Josh San Diego (7-4) via unanimous decision Josh Paiva (10-2) defeated Adam Antolin (13-4) via KO at :32 of round one Cass Bell (1-0) defeated Khai Wu (1-1) via submission (guillotine choke) at 3:27 of round two Jordan Williams (7-2) defeated Brandon Hester (4-1) via TKO (punches) at 1:11 of round two Amber Leibrock (3-1) defeated Janay Harding (3-4) via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-26) James Terry (20-9) defeated Danasabe Mohammed (5-2) via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-26) Gaston Bolanos (3-1) defeated Malcom Hill (3-5) via TKO (leg kicks) at 2:54 of round one Justin Tenedora (2-1) defeated David Rivera (0-3) via submission (triangle-choke) at 4:27 of round one Deron Winn (4-0) defeated Ahmed White (0-1) via knockout (punches) at 2:32 of round one
It took just 15 seconds for Ryan Bader to finish &#39;King&#39; Mo Lawal and progress to the semi-final of the Bellator Heavyweight Grand Prix here at the SAP Center. Big moment, big statement from Bader, whose first punch of the fight, a left hook, sent Lawal staggering backwards and onto his rump, with his nemesis in fast pursuit. A ground and pound flurry later, and it was all over. Bader, with this statement TKO, arguably becomes the insider&#39;s favourite to claim the tournament, though he faces Matt Mitrione in the semi-finals, with Chael Sonnen lining up against Fedor Emelianenko, both fights expected to be in the last quarter of this year. The venues and dates are not yet finalised. But Bader looks, genuinely, to be in the prime of his career, and had carried that mood all week in San Jose. Asked by Telegraph Sport afterwards if he would find it difficult to drop back down to the light heavyweight division to defend the belt he also holds, if he triumphs in the tournament, he was hedging his bets: &quot;It may be difficult to go back down, as there&#39;s some great fights at heavyweight, but we&#39;ll have to see.&quot; Ryan Bader now many fans&#39; favourite to win Bellator HGP Credit: Lucas Noonan/Bellator You get what it says on the tin with Bader. Big, solid physicality. Allied, right now, with a confidence higher than he has ever had. It probably is &#39;his time&#39; right now. The beauty of this outcome and finish for Bader, he explained, was that without taking a blow to his body given the speed of the finish, he could simply get into camp &quot;and compound what had been so good in this camp.&quot; As the last of the four quarter finals, it meant Bader may had the fastest turnaround, yet this result puts him in the box seat. Indeed, there were three knockouts on the main card, another one of those a statement from a veteran heavyweight who needed it. Cheick Kongo flattened Javy Ayala 149 seconds into the opening round of their heavyweight bout in the second fight on the main card, to bring himself into focus as a potential opponent for the overall Heavyweight Grand Prix winner. Kongo explained that contract renegotiations had precluded him from discussion over being in the Grand Prix tournament, but added that he would be requesting a heavyweight title shot, but modestly added that he &quot;will need to keep on winning&quot;. Post fight @ryanbader says being injury free and with 15 second finish over @KingMoFH can help compound what he did in camp for @mattmitrione fight sept/oct in @BellatorMMA heavyweight tournament semi final pic.twitter.com/CrdNUGjkWb— Gareth A Davies (@GarethADaviesDT) May 13, 2018 A fight with Mirko Cro Cop, if the Croatian legend wins against Roy Nelson in London, could be a viable interim fight, given that the Heavyweight Grand Prix winner is unlikely to be decided until around March 2019. But Kongo&#39;s short, chopping right hand did the business here. Scott Coker, CEO of Bellator, was content to see the Frenchman back in the win column, in a fine manner, given that Kongo, renowned for devastating kicks and strikers, had not stopped an opponent for exactly four years until last night here in San Jose. Back in the game for @kongo4real with short right hand to KO Javy Ayala #Bellator199@BellatorMMA - decent call for him to face winner of heavyweight tournament pic.twitter.com/AZzfP4JFsn— Gareth A Davies (@GarethADaviesDT) May 13, 2018 &quot;Cheick is one of those guys. We know what he is capable of, and he really did make a statement,&quot; said Coker, who added that he will sit down with his team this week and look at the venues and dates for the two heavyweight GP semi-finals. My bet is that Fedor v Sonnen may take place on the East Coast, Mitrione v Bader on the West. But it is hard to call. The third of the triple KO/TKO finishes on the main card came from Aaron Pico, who does not know how to take a backward step. Pico set about Lee Morrison and ended the show with a punch to the body at 1:10 of the opening round. Pico can be wild but certainly thrills, expressing his desire after the contest to become a world champion at both boxing and MMA. He&#39;s only 3-1 in MMA, and is focusing on this sport first, but it is possible to see the sparring partner of Miguel Cotto as being capable as one of the few who can win belts at the highest level in both codes. Jon Fitch smothers Paul Daley on the ground Credit: Lucas Noonan/Bellator British interest centred on Paul Daley, who looked capable of finishing wrestler Jon Fitch in the opening minute of the first round, but the American&#39;s wrestling in the first three minutes, and throughout round two and three, sticking crab like to the Nottingham fighter, made for a dull, but dominant ground spectacle. But it was always going to be KO on the feet, wriggle on the ground. &quot;What are you fighting for ?&quot; screamed one inebriated fan at Fitch, or both, for the wriggle fest, in the second. The boos rang out in the third, not so much at Fitch himself, but for the output. Daley had been unhappy this week about his Bellator deal, and his rant into the camera on the ground in the final 40 seconds was dismissed by CEO Coker as &quot;Daley&#39;s just angry right now.&quot; &quot;We will talk when I&#39;m in London for the 200 event,&quot; added Coker, who believes that Daley against Michael &#39;Venom&#39; Page, a much wanted fight by the fans, the fight league&#39;s chief optimistic that &quot;Daley versus Page will be a headliner and we hope to do it in 2018.&quot; Fitch, for his part, thought Daley should have done more on the ground. &quot;If this is what they want, then match me with these kind of fighters,&quot; Daley told The Telegraph afterwards. &quot;But put me in with strikers and you&#39;ll get what the fans want.&quot; Earlier, a brutal women&#39;s featherweight bout was won by Amber Leibrock, who outstruck Australian Janay Harding to take a strong victory 30-27, and 30-26 (twice), on the judges&#39; cards. Harding rallied every round, but failed to match Leibrock&#39;s offensive raids. CEO of @BellatorMMA@ScottCoker reveals @50cent has expressed desire to come to #Bellator200 in London &#39;he&#39;s very welcome&#39; pic.twitter.com/8advdZw2gT— Gareth A Davies (@GarethADaviesDT) May 13, 2018 But it is on to London now, for the historic Bellator 200 event in 12 days time, a card replete with legends, world title fights and novel crossover listings such as Aaron Chalmers, who has switched from fame as a reality television star to becoming a mixed martial artist. What he is not, is vanilla, and that counts for so much in the projection of a fighter&#39;s career. London is calling... Bellator 199 main card: Ryan Bader (25-5) defeated “King Mo” Lawal (21-7, 1 NC) via knockout (punch) at :15 of round one Jon Fitch (31-7-1, 1 NC) defeated Paul Daley (40-16-2) via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-26, 29-26) Aaron Pico (3-1) defeated Lee Morrison (19-9) via TKO (punch to body) at 1:10 of round one Cheick Kongo (28-10-2) defeated Javy Ayala (10-7) via knockout (punches) at 2:29 of round one Adam Piccolotti (10-2) defeated Carrington Banks (7-1) via submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:41 of round three Bellator 199 Prelims: Hyder Amil (2-0) defeated Elias Anderson (0-1) via TKO at 3:01 of round two Ignacio Ortiz (1-0) defeated Matt Aragoni (1-1) via TKO at 2:57 of round three Mark Climaco (2-0) defeated Daniel Oseguera (0-1) via TKO at 2:21 of round one J.J. Okanovich (6-1) defeated Hugo Lujan (3-3) via unanimous decision Tom Ponce de Leon (2-0) defeated Dominic Sumner (1-2) via TKO at 2:48 of round two Nohelin Hernandez (7-2) defeated Josh San Diego (7-4) via unanimous decision Josh Paiva (10-2) defeated Adam Antolin (13-4) via KO at :32 of round one Cass Bell (1-0) defeated Khai Wu (1-1) via submission (guillotine choke) at 3:27 of round two Jordan Williams (7-2) defeated Brandon Hester (4-1) via TKO (punches) at 1:11 of round two Amber Leibrock (3-1) defeated Janay Harding (3-4) via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-26) James Terry (20-9) defeated Danasabe Mohammed (5-2) via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-26) Gaston Bolanos (3-1) defeated Malcom Hill (3-5) via TKO (leg kicks) at 2:54 of round one Justin Tenedora (2-1) defeated David Rivera (0-3) via submission (triangle-choke) at 4:27 of round one Deron Winn (4-0) defeated Ahmed White (0-1) via knockout (punches) at 2:32 of round one
Bellator 199: Ryan Bader gets shock 15-second KO over 'King' Mo Lawal becomes Heavyweight Grand Prix favourite
It took just 15 seconds for Ryan Bader to finish 'King' Mo Lawal and progress to the semi-final of the Bellator Heavyweight Grand Prix here at the SAP Center. Big moment, big statement from Bader, whose first punch of the fight, a left hook, sent Lawal staggering backwards and onto his rump, with his nemesis in fast pursuit. A ground and pound flurry later, and it was all over. Bader, with this statement TKO, arguably becomes the insider's favourite to claim the tournament, though he faces Matt Mitrione in the semi-finals, with Chael Sonnen lining up against Fedor Emelianenko, both fights expected to be in the last quarter of this year. The venues and dates are not yet finalised. But Bader looks, genuinely, to be in the prime of his career, and had carried that mood all week in San Jose. Asked by Telegraph Sport afterwards if he would find it difficult to drop back down to the light heavyweight division to defend the belt he also holds, if he triumphs in the tournament, he was hedging his bets: "It may be difficult to go back down, as there's some great fights at heavyweight, but we'll have to see." Ryan Bader now many fans' favourite to win Bellator HGP Credit: Lucas Noonan/Bellator You get what it says on the tin with Bader. Big, solid physicality. Allied, right now, with a confidence higher than he has ever had. It probably is 'his time' right now. The beauty of this outcome and finish for Bader, he explained, was that without taking a blow to his body given the speed of the finish, he could simply get into camp "and compound what had been so good in this camp." As the last of the four quarter finals, it meant Bader may had the fastest turnaround, yet this result puts him in the box seat. Indeed, there were three knockouts on the main card, another one of those a statement from a veteran heavyweight who needed it. Cheick Kongo flattened Javy Ayala 149 seconds into the opening round of their heavyweight bout in the second fight on the main card, to bring himself into focus as a potential opponent for the overall Heavyweight Grand Prix winner. Kongo explained that contract renegotiations had precluded him from discussion over being in the Grand Prix tournament, but added that he would be requesting a heavyweight title shot, but modestly added that he "will need to keep on winning". Post fight @ryanbader says being injury free and with 15 second finish over @KingMoFH can help compound what he did in camp for @mattmitrione fight sept/oct in @BellatorMMA heavyweight tournament semi final pic.twitter.com/CrdNUGjkWb— Gareth A Davies (@GarethADaviesDT) May 13, 2018 A fight with Mirko Cro Cop, if the Croatian legend wins against Roy Nelson in London, could be a viable interim fight, given that the Heavyweight Grand Prix winner is unlikely to be decided until around March 2019. But Kongo's short, chopping right hand did the business here. Scott Coker, CEO of Bellator, was content to see the Frenchman back in the win column, in a fine manner, given that Kongo, renowned for devastating kicks and strikers, had not stopped an opponent for exactly four years until last night here in San Jose. Back in the game for @kongo4real with short right hand to KO Javy Ayala #Bellator199@BellatorMMA - decent call for him to face winner of heavyweight tournament pic.twitter.com/AZzfP4JFsn— Gareth A Davies (@GarethADaviesDT) May 13, 2018 "Cheick is one of those guys. We know what he is capable of, and he really did make a statement," said Coker, who added that he will sit down with his team this week and look at the venues and dates for the two heavyweight GP semi-finals. My bet is that Fedor v Sonnen may take place on the East Coast, Mitrione v Bader on the West. But it is hard to call. The third of the triple KO/TKO finishes on the main card came from Aaron Pico, who does not know how to take a backward step. Pico set about Lee Morrison and ended the show with a punch to the body at 1:10 of the opening round. Pico can be wild but certainly thrills, expressing his desire after the contest to become a world champion at both boxing and MMA. He's only 3-1 in MMA, and is focusing on this sport first, but it is possible to see the sparring partner of Miguel Cotto as being capable as one of the few who can win belts at the highest level in both codes. Jon Fitch smothers Paul Daley on the ground Credit: Lucas Noonan/Bellator British interest centred on Paul Daley, who looked capable of finishing wrestler Jon Fitch in the opening minute of the first round, but the American's wrestling in the first three minutes, and throughout round two and three, sticking crab like to the Nottingham fighter, made for a dull, but dominant ground spectacle. But it was always going to be KO on the feet, wriggle on the ground. "What are you fighting for ?" screamed one inebriated fan at Fitch, or both, for the wriggle fest, in the second. The boos rang out in the third, not so much at Fitch himself, but for the output. Daley had been unhappy this week about his Bellator deal, and his rant into the camera on the ground in the final 40 seconds was dismissed by CEO Coker as "Daley's just angry right now." "We will talk when I'm in London for the 200 event," added Coker, who believes that Daley against Michael 'Venom' Page, a much wanted fight by the fans, the fight league's chief optimistic that "Daley versus Page will be a headliner and we hope to do it in 2018." Fitch, for his part, thought Daley should have done more on the ground. "If this is what they want, then match me with these kind of fighters," Daley told The Telegraph afterwards. "But put me in with strikers and you'll get what the fans want." Earlier, a brutal women's featherweight bout was won by Amber Leibrock, who outstruck Australian Janay Harding to take a strong victory 30-27, and 30-26 (twice), on the judges' cards. Harding rallied every round, but failed to match Leibrock's offensive raids. CEO of @BellatorMMA@ScottCoker reveals @50cent has expressed desire to come to #Bellator200 in London 'he's very welcome' pic.twitter.com/8advdZw2gT— Gareth A Davies (@GarethADaviesDT) May 13, 2018 But it is on to London now, for the historic Bellator 200 event in 12 days time, a card replete with legends, world title fights and novel crossover listings such as Aaron Chalmers, who has switched from fame as a reality television star to becoming a mixed martial artist. What he is not, is vanilla, and that counts for so much in the projection of a fighter's career. London is calling... Bellator 199 main card: Ryan Bader (25-5) defeated “King Mo” Lawal (21-7, 1 NC) via knockout (punch) at :15 of round one Jon Fitch (31-7-1, 1 NC) defeated Paul Daley (40-16-2) via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-26, 29-26) Aaron Pico (3-1) defeated Lee Morrison (19-9) via TKO (punch to body) at 1:10 of round one Cheick Kongo (28-10-2) defeated Javy Ayala (10-7) via knockout (punches) at 2:29 of round one Adam Piccolotti (10-2) defeated Carrington Banks (7-1) via submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:41 of round three Bellator 199 Prelims: Hyder Amil (2-0) defeated Elias Anderson (0-1) via TKO at 3:01 of round two Ignacio Ortiz (1-0) defeated Matt Aragoni (1-1) via TKO at 2:57 of round three Mark Climaco (2-0) defeated Daniel Oseguera (0-1) via TKO at 2:21 of round one J.J. Okanovich (6-1) defeated Hugo Lujan (3-3) via unanimous decision Tom Ponce de Leon (2-0) defeated Dominic Sumner (1-2) via TKO at 2:48 of round two Nohelin Hernandez (7-2) defeated Josh San Diego (7-4) via unanimous decision Josh Paiva (10-2) defeated Adam Antolin (13-4) via KO at :32 of round one Cass Bell (1-0) defeated Khai Wu (1-1) via submission (guillotine choke) at 3:27 of round two Jordan Williams (7-2) defeated Brandon Hester (4-1) via TKO (punches) at 1:11 of round two Amber Leibrock (3-1) defeated Janay Harding (3-4) via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-26) James Terry (20-9) defeated Danasabe Mohammed (5-2) via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-26) Gaston Bolanos (3-1) defeated Malcom Hill (3-5) via TKO (leg kicks) at 2:54 of round one Justin Tenedora (2-1) defeated David Rivera (0-3) via submission (triangle-choke) at 4:27 of round one Deron Winn (4-0) defeated Ahmed White (0-1) via knockout (punches) at 2:32 of round one
Vasiliy Lomachenko, of Ukraine, smiles after his victory against Jorge Linares, of Venezuela, during their WBA lightweight championship boxing match Saturday, May 12, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen)
Vasiliy Lomachenko, of Ukraine, smiles after his victory against Jorge Linares, of Venezuela, during their WBA lightweight championship boxing match Saturday, May 12, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen)
Vasiliy Lomachenko, of Ukraine, smiles after his victory against Jorge Linares, of Venezuela, during their WBA lightweight championship boxing match Saturday, May 12, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen)
Vasiliy Lomachenko, left, of Ukraine, at left, throws a right at Jorge Linares, of Venezuela, during their WBA lightweight championship boxing match Saturday, May 12, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen)
Vasiliy Lomachenko, left, of Ukraine, at left, throws a right at Jorge Linares, of Venezuela, during their WBA lightweight championship boxing match Saturday, May 12, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen)
Vasiliy Lomachenko, left, of Ukraine, at left, throws a right at Jorge Linares, of Venezuela, during their WBA lightweight championship boxing match Saturday, May 12, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen)
Vasiliy Lomachenko, left, of Ukraine, fights Jorge Linares, of Venezuela, during their WBA lightweight championship boxing match Saturday, May 12, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen)
Vasiliy Lomachenko, left, of Ukraine, fights Jorge Linares, of Venezuela, during their WBA lightweight championship boxing match Saturday, May 12, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen)
Vasiliy Lomachenko, left, of Ukraine, fights Jorge Linares, of Venezuela, during their WBA lightweight championship boxing match Saturday, May 12, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen)
Vasiliy Lomachenko, of Ukraine, celebrates after his victory against Jorge Linares, of Venezuela, during their WBA lightweight championship boxing bout Saturday, May 12, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen)
Vasiliy Lomachenko, of Ukraine, celebrates after his victory against Jorge Linares, of Venezuela, during their WBA lightweight championship boxing bout Saturday, May 12, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen)
Vasiliy Lomachenko, of Ukraine, celebrates after his victory against Jorge Linares, of Venezuela, during their WBA lightweight championship boxing bout Saturday, May 12, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen)
Jorge Linares,left, of Venezuela, connects with Vasiliy Lomachenko, of Ukraine, during their WBA lightweight championship boxing match Saturday, May 12, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen)
Jorge Linares,left, of Venezuela, connects with Vasiliy Lomachenko, of Ukraine, during their WBA lightweight championship boxing match Saturday, May 12, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen)
Jorge Linares,left, of Venezuela, connects with Vasiliy Lomachenko, of Ukraine, during their WBA lightweight championship boxing match Saturday, May 12, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen)
Vasyl Lomachenko knocks out Jorge Linares to prove he is a tiny boxing magician without compare
Vasyl Lomachenko knocks out Jorge Linares to prove he is a tiny boxing magician without compare
Vasyl Lomachenko knocks out Jorge Linares to prove he is a tiny boxing magician without compare
Vasyl Lomachenko knocks out Jorge Linares to prove he is a tiny boxing magician without compare
Vasyl Lomachenko knocks out Jorge Linares to prove he is a tiny boxing magician without compare
Vasyl Lomachenko knocks out Jorge Linares to prove he is a tiny boxing magician without compare
Vasyl Lomachenko knocks out Jorge Linares to prove he is a tiny boxing magician without compare
Vasyl Lomachenko knocks out Jorge Linares to prove he is a tiny boxing magician without compare
Vasyl Lomachenko knocks out Jorge Linares to prove he is a tiny boxing magician without compare
Vasyl Lomachenko knocks out Jorge Linares to prove he is a tiny boxing magician without compare
Vasyl Lomachenko knocks out Jorge Linares to prove he is a tiny boxing magician without compare
Vasyl Lomachenko knocks out Jorge Linares to prove he is a tiny boxing magician without compare
Rey Vargas made his third straight successful defense of his super bantamweight World Boxing Council title with a unanimous decision over Azat Hovhannisyan (AFP Photo/Harry How)
Rey Vargas made his third straight successful defense of his super bantamweight World Boxing Council title with a unanimous decision over Azat Hovhannisyan
Rey Vargas made his third straight successful defense of his super bantamweight World Boxing Council title with a unanimous decision over Azat Hovhannisyan (AFP Photo/Harry How)
Rey Vargas made his third straight successful defense of his super bantamweight World Boxing Council title with a unanimous decision over Azat Hovhannisyan
Rey Vargas made his third straight successful defense of his super bantamweight World Boxing Council title with a unanimous decision over Azat Hovhannisyan
Rey Vargas made his third straight successful defense of his super bantamweight World Boxing Council title with a unanimous decision over Azat Hovhannisyan

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