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Watch: Mary Kom along with few players from northeast is gearing up for South Asian Women's Boxing Championship

Northeast India is hugely known for its world class sportspersons and the region is now unstoppable and striving for more laurels in both national and international arenas. Female sportspersons from the region also equally contribute to the nation by winning and attaining recognitions in various sports. Olympic Indian Boxer and five times world champion, Mary Kom, and five times Asian Champion boxer Laishram Sarita Devi from the region have secured a place in the Indian team for the South Asian Women's Boxing Championship, which will be held from November 2 to 11, 2017, in the Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh City.

Watch: Mary Kom along with few players from northeast is gearing up for South Asian Women's Boxing Championship

Northeast India is hugely known for its world class sportspersons and the region is now unstoppable and striving for more laurels in both national and international arenas. Female sportspersons from the region also equally contribute to the nation by winning and attaining recognitions in various sports. Olympic Indian Boxer and five times world champion, Mary Kom, and five times Asian Champion boxer Laishram Sarita Devi from the region have secured a place in the Indian team for the South Asian Women's Boxing Championship, which will be held from November 2 to 11, 2017, in the Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh City.

Watch: Mary Kom along with few players from northeast is gearing up for South Asian Women's Boxing Championship

Northeast India is hugely known for its world class sportspersons and the region is now unstoppable and striving for more laurels in both national and international arenas. Female sportspersons from the region also equally contribute to the nation by winning and attaining recognitions in various sports. Olympic Indian Boxer and five times world champion, Mary Kom, and five times Asian Champion boxer Laishram Sarita Devi from the region have secured a place in the Indian team for the South Asian Women's Boxing Championship, which will be held from November 2 to 11, 2017, in the Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh City.

Watch: Mary Kom along with few players from northeast is gearing up for South Asian Women's Boxing Championship

Northeast India is hugely known for its world class sportspersons and the region is now unstoppable and striving for more laurels in both national and international arenas. Female sportspersons from the region also equally contribute to the nation by winning and attaining recognitions in various sports. Olympic Indian Boxer and five times world champion, Mary Kom, and five times Asian Champion boxer Laishram Sarita Devi from the region have secured a place in the Indian team for the South Asian Women's Boxing Championship, which will be held from November 2 to 11, 2017, in the Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh City.

Bellator 185: Gegard Mousasi survives one-eyed in baptism of fire against Alex Shlemenko

They say expect the unexpected in fight sports and we got it in droves on a Friday fight night that will long in the memory. No classics, but it was brutal, bloody and belligerent at Bellator 185 on the tribal grounds of the Mohegan Indians. There was a good dose of tales of the unexpected with a series of upsets and thrills, broken noses, closing eyes and hospital visits. Not to mention a couple of new stars to whet the whistle. Having arrived under a fanfare of trumpets from the UFC, Gegard Mousasi came through one of the toughest ordeals of his career, perhaps his life, against the relentless striking and ground defence of Alexander Shlemenko in fifteen torrid minutes. Global warrior and MMA stand-out Mousasi, newly-signed to the fight league, has arrived with Bellator hellbent on winning the middleweight title, yet found himself virtually one-eyed after three minutes of the opening round in his 51st MMA contest. As that first stanza ended, it looked as if the arena physician was of a mind to end the contest. Yet Mousasi soldiered on in what proved to be a baptism of fire agin the obdurate, thrilling Russian fighter who once held the 185lbs crown himself.  The debatable 29-28 unanimous decision was derided by a partisan crowd whose respect Shlemenko had earned, but Mousasi escaped, especially in the third round, to move into another battle. I had Mousasi winning the first, edging the second, and simply surviving the third as Shlemenko finished strongly. Yet the damage sustained by the Armenian, who escaped persecution in Iran as a child, may keep him out for some time. What a way to kick off your MMA career. Congrats Kristina Williams!! #Bellator185pic.twitter.com/ymegd5lWuw— Bellator MMA (@BellatorMMA) October 21, 2017 He certainly won't want many more nights as damaging as this. For half a century of fights, Mousasi has been largely able to control the range and pace of his contests. Shlemenko, as perhaps we know already, treats reputations with disdain. There was no sign of Mousasi after the contest, as he was quickly shuttled to hospital. “He might have an orbital fracture,” said Bellator CEO Scott Coker, in response to questions as to whether Mousasi might challenge for a title next. “If he does he’s going to be out for six to eight months, maybe a year. Who knows? That’s why we always have to come back and see how the fights unfold, see how the fights do and then we’ll reshuffle the deck. We’ll see what the doctors say about his eye and then we’ll make a decision at that point.” Video -- The reaction of @ilimanator to Kristina Williams finish of Heather Hardy - brutal ! @bellatormmapic.twitter.com/xPEsyYx7rY— Gareth A Davies (@GarethADaviesDT) October 21, 2017 But there is a growing pattern emerging to dispel any myths that the roster within this fight league is weaker than any others. “Here’s how I feel about it: When I owned Strikeforce and we were doing fights back in the day, we had some of the best fighters on the planet, and it was like, ‘Well, the UFC guys are better than the Strikeforce guys,'“ mused the mercurial Coker. "Then look what happened. Tyron Woodley, Luke Rockhold, Daniel Cormier – those are all guys from Strikeforce (who went on to become UFC champions). It’s just that people when they come over here feel it should be easy, but Shlemenko is a guy that had 55, 60 fights. That’s going to be a guy that’s dangerous. To me, I think the people that have come over here from other leagues, they’ve had a hard time. I just say, ‘Hey, welcome to Bellator. This is going to be a tough going for everybody.'" Mousasi and Shlemenko fight action Mousasi certainly found that, yet his fighting IQ with 12 minutes as cyclops was clearly to the fore. “Gegard is a tough guy,” added Coker. “He has a lot of perseverance. He has indomitable spirit. He will come back from this. I know that he’s a little bit disappointed with his performance, but to me, I thought that this fight was going to be a tough, tough fight for him. It was, so on to the next one.” There were noises too, both for and between newly minted MMA flyweights Ana Julaton and Heather Hardy in the build up to this contest, but a sluggish Julaton, and a pummeled Hardy suffered surprise losses. Julaton was outwrestled to a decision by Lisa Blaine, in a fight the San Franciscan and former boxing world champion ought to have won, and Hardy came up against a fighter in Kristina Williams who looks a star in the making, on her professional debut. Hardy's nose was horribly bloodied and broken as the popular Brooklynite, also a current world boxing champion, fought wildly but was clinically taken apart by the kicks of the young pretender. Kristina Williams launched at Heather Hardy Williams, who also shows horses, an occupation she has enjoyed for many years, showed great adeptness for controlling range, and once realising she could handle Heather's hands, showed her spite with a vicious series of kicks and punches, ending the contest with a shin to the older woman's nose which broke her face and her iron will. Elsewhere, talented 22-year-old Jordan Young moved to 7-0 with a submission win over Alec Hooben, and expressed the desire to move up to light heavyweight, from middleweight, after struggling to make weight. It is perhaps a good sign given the concern and debate in the sport in recent times about the dangers involved in cutting large quantities of weight. If it is a sign that the next generation of fighters are thinking of their long term health, it can only be encouraged. Young, long, lean, confident and very ambitious, also put out a stirring message through Telegraph Sport in fight week to encourage any young men - and women - who might be involved in street fights, guns or knives, to head to the gym where their lives could be changed. His certainly has.  Coker added at the end of the night at the post fight news conference that major news stories will be coming for 2018, and revealed to Telegraph Sport that Michael Venom Page, who won his first boxing match by third round KO on Friday night on David Haye's Haymaker card at Indigo, at the O2 Arena in London, is confirmed for the Bellator MMA Newcastle Upon Tyne card on December 15. No opponent has yet been confirmed, but fans have been calling for a contest with Paul Daley. That is unlikely until next year. Bellator 185 full results: Gegard Mousasi (43-6-2) defeated Alexander Shlemenko (56-10, 1 NC) via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) Neiman Gracie (7-0) defeated Zak Bucia (18-9) via submission (neck crank) at 2:27 of round two Kristina Williams (1-0) defeated Heather Hardy (1-1) via TKO (doctor’s stoppage) at 2:00 of round two Ryan Quinn (14-7) defeated Marcus Surin (4-1) via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) Lisa Blaine (2-0) defeated Ana Julaton (2-3) via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) Preliminary Card Results: John Lopez (6-4) defeated Billy Giovanella (9-5) via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-26) Kevin Carrier (1-0) defeated Jose Antonio Perez (0-1) (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) Vovka Clay (4-2) defeated Frank Sforza (6-1) via submission (guillotine) at 1:17 of round two Don Shainis (4-1) defeated Matthew Denning (5-7) via TKO (strikes) at 4:50 of round one Jordan Young (7-0) defeated Alec Hooben (5-4) via submission (triangle choke) at 2:44 of round one Costello van Steenis (9-1) defeated Steve Skrzat (8-10) via submission (strikes) at 2:52 of round one Joaquin Buckley (8-1) defeated Vinicius de Jesus (5-2) via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) Pete Rogers (3-4) defeated Timothy Wheeler (1-5) via submission (guillotine) at :37 of round one Dean Hancock (3-1) defeated John Beneduce (2-2) via TKO (strikes) at 3:38 of round one Video news: @bellatormma CEO @scottcoker reveals to @telegraphsport@Michaelpage247 on Newcastle card on Dec 15 if unscathed in boxing tnite pic.twitter.com/6Rkgn9h36D— Gareth A Davies (@GarethADaviesDT) October 20, 2017

Bellator 185: Gegard Mousasi survives one-eyed in baptism of fire against Alex Shlemenko

They say expect the unexpected in fight sports and we got it in droves on a Friday fight night that will long in the memory. No classics, but it was brutal, bloody and belligerent at Bellator 185 on the tribal grounds of the Mohegan Indians. There was a good dose of tales of the unexpected with a series of upsets and thrills, broken noses, closing eyes and hospital visits. Not to mention a couple of new stars to whet the whistle. Having arrived under a fanfare of trumpets from the UFC, Gegard Mousasi came through one of the toughest ordeals of his career, perhaps his life, against the relentless striking and ground defence of Alexander Shlemenko in fifteen torrid minutes. Global warrior and MMA stand-out Mousasi, newly-signed to the fight league, has arrived with Bellator hellbent on winning the middleweight title, yet found himself virtually one-eyed after three minutes of the opening round in his 51st MMA contest. As that first stanza ended, it looked as if the arena physician was of a mind to end the contest. Yet Mousasi soldiered on in what proved to be a baptism of fire agin the obdurate, thrilling Russian fighter who once held the 185lbs crown himself.  The debatable 29-28 unanimous decision was derided by a partisan crowd whose respect Shlemenko had earned, but Mousasi escaped, especially in the third round, to move into another battle. I had Mousasi winning the first, edging the second, and simply surviving the third as Shlemenko finished strongly. Yet the damage sustained by the Armenian, who escaped persecution in Iran as a child, may keep him out for some time. What a way to kick off your MMA career. Congrats Kristina Williams!! #Bellator185pic.twitter.com/ymegd5lWuw— Bellator MMA (@BellatorMMA) October 21, 2017 He certainly won't want many more nights as damaging as this. For half a century of fights, Mousasi has been largely able to control the range and pace of his contests. Shlemenko, as perhaps we know already, treats reputations with disdain. There was no sign of Mousasi after the contest, as he was quickly shuttled to hospital. “He might have an orbital fracture,” said Bellator CEO Scott Coker, in response to questions as to whether Mousasi might challenge for a title next. “If he does he’s going to be out for six to eight months, maybe a year. Who knows? That’s why we always have to come back and see how the fights unfold, see how the fights do and then we’ll reshuffle the deck. We’ll see what the doctors say about his eye and then we’ll make a decision at that point.” Video -- The reaction of @ilimanator to Kristina Williams finish of Heather Hardy - brutal ! @bellatormmapic.twitter.com/xPEsyYx7rY— Gareth A Davies (@GarethADaviesDT) October 21, 2017 But there is a growing pattern emerging to dispel any myths that the roster within this fight league is weaker than any others. “Here’s how I feel about it: When I owned Strikeforce and we were doing fights back in the day, we had some of the best fighters on the planet, and it was like, ‘Well, the UFC guys are better than the Strikeforce guys,'“ mused the mercurial Coker. "Then look what happened. Tyron Woodley, Luke Rockhold, Daniel Cormier – those are all guys from Strikeforce (who went on to become UFC champions). It’s just that people when they come over here feel it should be easy, but Shlemenko is a guy that had 55, 60 fights. That’s going to be a guy that’s dangerous. To me, I think the people that have come over here from other leagues, they’ve had a hard time. I just say, ‘Hey, welcome to Bellator. This is going to be a tough going for everybody.'" Mousasi and Shlemenko fight action Mousasi certainly found that, yet his fighting IQ with 12 minutes as cyclops was clearly to the fore. “Gegard is a tough guy,” added Coker. “He has a lot of perseverance. He has indomitable spirit. He will come back from this. I know that he’s a little bit disappointed with his performance, but to me, I thought that this fight was going to be a tough, tough fight for him. It was, so on to the next one.” There were noises too, both for and between newly minted MMA flyweights Ana Julaton and Heather Hardy in the build up to this contest, but a sluggish Julaton, and a pummeled Hardy suffered surprise losses. Julaton was outwrestled to a decision by Lisa Blaine, in a fight the San Franciscan and former boxing world champion ought to have won, and Hardy came up against a fighter in Kristina Williams who looks a star in the making, on her professional debut. Hardy's nose was horribly bloodied and broken as the popular Brooklynite, also a current world boxing champion, fought wildly but was clinically taken apart by the kicks of the young pretender. Kristina Williams launched at Heather Hardy Williams, who also shows horses, an occupation she has enjoyed for many years, showed great adeptness for controlling range, and once realising she could handle Heather's hands, showed her spite with a vicious series of kicks and punches, ending the contest with a shin to the older woman's nose which broke her face and her iron will. Elsewhere, talented 22-year-old Jordan Young moved to 7-0 with a submission win over Alec Hooben, and expressed the desire to move up to light heavyweight, from middleweight, after struggling to make weight. It is perhaps a good sign given the concern and debate in the sport in recent times about the dangers involved in cutting large quantities of weight. If it is a sign that the next generation of fighters are thinking of their long term health, it can only be encouraged. Young, long, lean, confident and very ambitious, also put out a stirring message through Telegraph Sport in fight week to encourage any young men - and women - who might be involved in street fights, guns or knives, to head to the gym where their lives could be changed. His certainly has.  Coker added at the end of the night at the post fight news conference that major news stories will be coming for 2018, and revealed to Telegraph Sport that Michael Venom Page, who won his first boxing match by third round KO on Friday night on David Haye's Haymaker card at Indigo, at the O2 Arena in London, is confirmed for the Bellator MMA Newcastle Upon Tyne card on December 15. No opponent has yet been confirmed, but fans have been calling for a contest with Paul Daley. That is unlikely until next year. Bellator 185 full results: Gegard Mousasi (43-6-2) defeated Alexander Shlemenko (56-10, 1 NC) via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) Neiman Gracie (7-0) defeated Zak Bucia (18-9) via submission (neck crank) at 2:27 of round two Kristina Williams (1-0) defeated Heather Hardy (1-1) via TKO (doctor’s stoppage) at 2:00 of round two Ryan Quinn (14-7) defeated Marcus Surin (4-1) via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) Lisa Blaine (2-0) defeated Ana Julaton (2-3) via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) Preliminary Card Results: John Lopez (6-4) defeated Billy Giovanella (9-5) via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-26) Kevin Carrier (1-0) defeated Jose Antonio Perez (0-1) (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) Vovka Clay (4-2) defeated Frank Sforza (6-1) via submission (guillotine) at 1:17 of round two Don Shainis (4-1) defeated Matthew Denning (5-7) via TKO (strikes) at 4:50 of round one Jordan Young (7-0) defeated Alec Hooben (5-4) via submission (triangle choke) at 2:44 of round one Costello van Steenis (9-1) defeated Steve Skrzat (8-10) via submission (strikes) at 2:52 of round one Joaquin Buckley (8-1) defeated Vinicius de Jesus (5-2) via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) Pete Rogers (3-4) defeated Timothy Wheeler (1-5) via submission (guillotine) at :37 of round one Dean Hancock (3-1) defeated John Beneduce (2-2) via TKO (strikes) at 3:38 of round one Video news: @bellatormma CEO @scottcoker reveals to @telegraphsport@Michaelpage247 on Newcastle card on Dec 15 if unscathed in boxing tnite pic.twitter.com/6Rkgn9h36D— Gareth A Davies (@GarethADaviesDT) October 20, 2017

Bellator 185: Gegard Mousasi survives one-eyed in baptism of fire against Alex Shlemenko

They say expect the unexpected in fight sports and we got it in droves on a Friday fight night that will long in the memory. No classics, but it was brutal, bloody and belligerent at Bellator 185 on the tribal grounds of the Mohegan Indians. There was a good dose of tales of the unexpected with a series of upsets and thrills, broken noses, closing eyes and hospital visits. Not to mention a couple of new stars to whet the whistle. Having arrived under a fanfare of trumpets from the UFC, Gegard Mousasi came through one of the toughest ordeals of his career, perhaps his life, against the relentless striking and ground defence of Alexander Shlemenko in fifteen torrid minutes. Global warrior and MMA stand-out Mousasi, newly-signed to the fight league, has arrived with Bellator hellbent on winning the middleweight title, yet found himself virtually one-eyed after three minutes of the opening round in his 51st MMA contest. As that first stanza ended, it looked as if the arena physician was of a mind to end the contest. Yet Mousasi soldiered on in what proved to be a baptism of fire agin the obdurate, thrilling Russian fighter who once held the 185lbs crown himself.  The debatable 29-28 unanimous decision was derided by a partisan crowd whose respect Shlemenko had earned, but Mousasi escaped, especially in the third round, to move into another battle. I had Mousasi winning the first, edging the second, and simply surviving the third as Shlemenko finished strongly. Yet the damage sustained by the Armenian, who escaped persecution in Iran as a child, may keep him out for some time. What a way to kick off your MMA career. Congrats Kristina Williams!! #Bellator185pic.twitter.com/ymegd5lWuw— Bellator MMA (@BellatorMMA) October 21, 2017 He certainly won't want many more nights as damaging as this. For half a century of fights, Mousasi has been largely able to control the range and pace of his contests. Shlemenko, as perhaps we know already, treats reputations with disdain. There was no sign of Mousasi after the contest, as he was quickly shuttled to hospital. “He might have an orbital fracture,” said Bellator CEO Scott Coker, in response to questions as to whether Mousasi might challenge for a title next. “If he does he’s going to be out for six to eight months, maybe a year. Who knows? That’s why we always have to come back and see how the fights unfold, see how the fights do and then we’ll reshuffle the deck. We’ll see what the doctors say about his eye and then we’ll make a decision at that point.” Video -- The reaction of @ilimanator to Kristina Williams finish of Heather Hardy - brutal ! @bellatormmapic.twitter.com/xPEsyYx7rY— Gareth A Davies (@GarethADaviesDT) October 21, 2017 But there is a growing pattern emerging to dispel any myths that the roster within this fight league is weaker than any others. “Here’s how I feel about it: When I owned Strikeforce and we were doing fights back in the day, we had some of the best fighters on the planet, and it was like, ‘Well, the UFC guys are better than the Strikeforce guys,'“ mused the mercurial Coker. "Then look what happened. Tyron Woodley, Luke Rockhold, Daniel Cormier – those are all guys from Strikeforce (who went on to become UFC champions). It’s just that people when they come over here feel it should be easy, but Shlemenko is a guy that had 55, 60 fights. That’s going to be a guy that’s dangerous. To me, I think the people that have come over here from other leagues, they’ve had a hard time. I just say, ‘Hey, welcome to Bellator. This is going to be a tough going for everybody.'" Mousasi and Shlemenko fight action Mousasi certainly found that, yet his fighting IQ with 12 minutes as cyclops was clearly to the fore. “Gegard is a tough guy,” added Coker. “He has a lot of perseverance. He has indomitable spirit. He will come back from this. I know that he’s a little bit disappointed with his performance, but to me, I thought that this fight was going to be a tough, tough fight for him. It was, so on to the next one.” There were noises too, both for and between newly minted MMA flyweights Ana Julaton and Heather Hardy in the build up to this contest, but a sluggish Julaton, and a pummeled Hardy suffered surprise losses. Julaton was outwrestled to a decision by Lisa Blaine, in a fight the San Franciscan and former boxing world champion ought to have won, and Hardy came up against a fighter in Kristina Williams who looks a star in the making, on her professional debut. Hardy's nose was horribly bloodied and broken as the popular Brooklynite, also a current world boxing champion, fought wildly but was clinically taken apart by the kicks of the young pretender. Kristina Williams launched at Heather Hardy Williams, who also shows horses, an occupation she has enjoyed for many years, showed great adeptness for controlling range, and once realising she could handle Heather's hands, showed her spite with a vicious series of kicks and punches, ending the contest with a shin to the older woman's nose which broke her face and her iron will. Elsewhere, talented 22-year-old Jordan Young moved to 7-0 with a submission win over Alec Hooben, and expressed the desire to move up to light heavyweight, from middleweight, after struggling to make weight. It is perhaps a good sign given the concern and debate in the sport in recent times about the dangers involved in cutting large quantities of weight. If it is a sign that the next generation of fighters are thinking of their long term health, it can only be encouraged. Young, long, lean, confident and very ambitious, also put out a stirring message through Telegraph Sport in fight week to encourage any young men - and women - who might be involved in street fights, guns or knives, to head to the gym where their lives could be changed. His certainly has.  Coker added at the end of the night at the post fight news conference that major news stories will be coming for 2018, and revealed to Telegraph Sport that Michael Venom Page, who won his first boxing match by third round KO on Friday night on David Haye's Haymaker card at Indigo, at the O2 Arena in London, is confirmed for the Bellator MMA Newcastle Upon Tyne card on December 15. No opponent has yet been confirmed, but fans have been calling for a contest with Paul Daley. That is unlikely until next year. Bellator 185 full results: Gegard Mousasi (43-6-2) defeated Alexander Shlemenko (56-10, 1 NC) via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) Neiman Gracie (7-0) defeated Zak Bucia (18-9) via submission (neck crank) at 2:27 of round two Kristina Williams (1-0) defeated Heather Hardy (1-1) via TKO (doctor’s stoppage) at 2:00 of round two Ryan Quinn (14-7) defeated Marcus Surin (4-1) via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) Lisa Blaine (2-0) defeated Ana Julaton (2-3) via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) Preliminary Card Results: John Lopez (6-4) defeated Billy Giovanella (9-5) via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-26) Kevin Carrier (1-0) defeated Jose Antonio Perez (0-1) (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) Vovka Clay (4-2) defeated Frank Sforza (6-1) via submission (guillotine) at 1:17 of round two Don Shainis (4-1) defeated Matthew Denning (5-7) via TKO (strikes) at 4:50 of round one Jordan Young (7-0) defeated Alec Hooben (5-4) via submission (triangle choke) at 2:44 of round one Costello van Steenis (9-1) defeated Steve Skrzat (8-10) via submission (strikes) at 2:52 of round one Joaquin Buckley (8-1) defeated Vinicius de Jesus (5-2) via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) Pete Rogers (3-4) defeated Timothy Wheeler (1-5) via submission (guillotine) at :37 of round one Dean Hancock (3-1) defeated John Beneduce (2-2) via TKO (strikes) at 3:38 of round one Video news: @bellatormma CEO @scottcoker reveals to @telegraphsport@Michaelpage247 on Newcastle card on Dec 15 if unscathed in boxing tnite pic.twitter.com/6Rkgn9h36D— Gareth A Davies (@GarethADaviesDT) October 20, 2017

MED508. MEDELLÍN (COLOMBIA), 20/10/2017.- La venezolana Mayerlin Rivas, campeona mundial gallo AMB, se prepara para un entrenamiento hoy, viernes 20 de octubre de 2017, en Medellín (Colombia). Cordero enfrentará por el título mundial del peso gallo a la venezolana Mayerlin Rivas campeona mundial gallo AMB el próximo 1 de noviembre durante la 96a Convención Mundial de Boxeo AMB. EFE/Luis Eduardo Noriega A.

MED507. MEDELLÍN (COLOMBIA), 20/10/2017.- La venezolana Mayerlin Rivas (d), campeona mundial gallo AMB, participa en un entrenamiento hoy, viernes 20 de octubre de 2017, en Medellín (Colombia). Cordero enfrentará por el título mundial del peso gallo a la venezolana Mayerlin Rivas campeona mundial gallo AMB el próximo 1 de noviembre durante la 96a Convención Mundial de Boxeo AMB. EFE/Luis Eduardo Noriega A.

MED506. MEDELLÍN (COLOMBIA), 20/10/2017.- La venezolana Mayerlin Rivas (i), campeona mundial gallo AMB, participa en un entrenamiento hoy, viernes 20 de octubre de 2017, en Medellín (Colombia). Cordero enfrentará por el título mundial del peso gallo a la venezolana Mayerlin Rivas campeona mundial gallo AMB el próximo 1 de noviembre durante la 96a Convención Mundial de Boxeo AMB. EFE/Luis Eduardo Noriega A.

MED505. MEDELLÍN (COLOMBIA), 20/10/2017.- La venezolana Mayerlin Rivas (i), campeona mundial gallo AMB, participa en un entrenamiento hoy, viernes 20 de octubre de 2017, en Medellín (Colombia). Cordero enfrentará por el título mundial del peso gallo a la venezolana Mayerlin Rivas campeona mundial gallo AMB el próximo 1 de noviembre durante la 96a Convención Mundial de Boxeo AMB. EFE/Luis Eduardo Noriega A.

MED504. MEDELLÍN (COLOMBIA), 20/10/2017.- La colombiana Dayana Cordero, campeona interina gallo AMB, participa en un entrenamiento hoy, viernes 20 de octubre de 2017, en Medellín (Colombia). Cordero enfrentará por el título mundial del peso gallo a la venezolana Mayerlin Rivas campeona mundial gallo AMB el próximo 1 de noviembre durante la 96a Convención Mundial de Boxeo AMB. EFE/Luis Eduardo Noriega A.

MED503. MEDELLÍN (COLOMBIA), 20/10/2017.- La colombiana Dayana Cordero (i), campeona interina gallo AMB, participa en un entrenamiento hoy, viernes 20 de octubre de 2017, en Medellín (Colombia). Cordero enfrentará por el título mundial del peso gallo a la venezolana Mayerlin Rivas campeona mundial gallo AMB el próximo 1 de noviembre durante la 96a Convención Mundial de Boxeo AMB. EFE/Luis Eduardo Noriega A.

MED502. MEDELLÍN (COLOMBIA), 20/10/2017.- La colombiana Dayana Cordero (d), campeona interina gallo AMB, participa en un entrenamiento hoy, viernes 20 de octubre de 2017, en Medellín (Colombia). Cordero enfrentará por el título mundial del peso gallo a la venezolana Mayerlin Rivas campeona mundial gallo AMB el próximo 1 de noviembre durante la 96a Convención Mundial de Boxeo AMB. EFE/Luis Eduardo Noriega A.

MED501. MEDELLÍN (COLOMBIA), 20/10/2017.- La colombiana Dayana Cordero (i), campeona interina gallo AMB, participa en un entrenamiento hoy, viernes 20 de octubre de 2017, en Medellín (Colombia). Cordero enfrentará por el título mundial del peso gallo a la venezolana Mayerlin Rivas campeona mundial gallo AMB el próximo 1 de noviembre durante la 96a Convención Mundial de Boxeo AMB. EFE/Luis Eduardo Noriega A.

MON105. MONTEVIDEO (URUGUAY), 20/10/2017.- La campeona uruguaya de la categoría Superwélter de la Federación Internacional de Boxeo, Chris Namús, posa en la ceremonia de pesaje para la pelea ante Katia Alvariño hoy, viernes 20 de octubre de 2017, en Montevideo (Uruguay). El combate se celebrará este sábado por el título de la categoría Superwélter de la Federación Internacional de Boxeo. EFE/Raúl Martínez

MON104. MONTEVIDEO (URUGUAY), 20/10/2017.- La campeona uruguaya de la categoría Superwélter de la Federación Internacional de Boxeo, Chris Namús, posa en la ceremonia de pesaje para la pelea ante Katia Alvariño hoy, viernes 20 de octubre de 2017, en Montevideo (Uruguay). El combate se celebrará este sábado por el título de la categoría Superwélter de la Federación Internacional de Boxeo. EFE/Raúl Martínez

MON104. MONTEVIDEO (URUGUAY), 20/10/2017.- La campeona uruguaya de la categoría Superwélter de la Federación Internacional de Boxeo, Chris Namús, participa en la ceremonia de pesaje para la pelea ante Katia Alvariño hoy, viernes 20 de octubre de 2017, en Montevideo (Uruguay). El combate se celebrará este sábado por el título de la categoría Superwélter de la Federación Internacional de Boxeo. EFE/Raúl Martínez

MON103. MONTEVIDEO (URUGUAY), 20/10/2017.- La campeona uruguaya de la categoría Superwélter de la Federación Internacional de Boxeo, Chris Namús, participa en la ceremonia de pesaje para la pelea ante Katia Alvariño hoy, viernes 20 de octubre de 2017, en Montevideo (Uruguay). El combate se celebrará este sábado por el título de la categoría Superwélter de la Federación Internacional de Boxeo. EFE/Raúl Martínez

MON102. MONTEVIDEO (URUGUAY), 20/10/2017.- Detalle del cinturón de la categoría Superwélter por el que se enfrentarán las uruguayas Katia "Leona" Alvariño y Chris Namús hoy, viernes 20 de octubre de 2017, en Montevideo (Uruguay). El combate se celebrará este sábado por el título de la categoría Superwélter de la Federación Internacional de Boxeo. EFE/Raúl Martínez

MON01. MONTEVIDEO (URUGUAY), 20/10/2017.- La boxeadora uruguaya Katia "Leona" Alvariño participa en la ceremonia de pesaje para la pelea ante Chris Namús hoy, viernes 20 de octubre de 2017, en Montevideo (Uruguay). El combate se celebrará este sábado por el título de la categoría Superwélter de la Federación Internacional de Boxeo. EFE/Raúl Martínez

Le’Veon Bell got a celebration penalty for boxing up the goalpost

Le’Veon Bell got a celebration penalty for boxing up the goalpost

Boxeadora roba un beso en los labios a su contrincante

Durante la sesión fotográfica para un combate de boxeo femenino  La púgil sueca Mikaela Lauren sorprendió a la noruega Cecilia Braekhus.

Boxeadora roba un beso en los labios a su contrincante

Durante la sesión fotográfica para un combate de boxeo femenino  La púgil sueca Mikaela Lauren sorprendió a la noruega Cecilia Braekhus.

Boxeadora roba un beso en los labios a su contrincante

Durante la sesión fotográfica para un combate de boxeo femenino  La púgil sueca Mikaela Lauren sorprendió a la noruega Cecilia Braekhus.

Boxeadora roba un beso en los labios a su contrincante

Durante la sesión fotográfica para un combate de boxeo femenino  La púgil sueca Mikaela Lauren sorprendió a la noruega Cecilia Braekhus.

Boxeo - Joshua: "Takam es más fuerte que Pulev"

Asegura que es un rival peligroso

Boxeo - Joshua: "Takam es más fuerte que Pulev"

Asegura que es un rival peligroso

Boxeo - Joshua: "Takam es más fuerte que Pulev"

Asegura que es un rival peligroso

Clemson’s DBs wear boxing gloves in practice, which sounds like a great idea

Clemson’s DBs wear boxing gloves in practice, which sounds like a great idea

Gegard Mousasi: from exodus in Iran to a life as one of the world's great road warriors 

A fighting man. Gegard Mousasi's face is marked with scars, many of them small, and healed, like the pitted landscape of this rad warrior's life. The 32-year-old, fighting for the 51st time and headlining on his Bellator MMA debut against tough Russian Alexander Schlemenko on Friday's card here at the Mohegan Sun on a Native Indian reservation in Connecticut, has plied his trade in Japan, Europe, and the USA.       Yet his life story is one of Exodus, upheaval, and the long struggle to prove himself. With all that, Mousasi remains one of the quiet men of mixed martial arts, in spite of a history that resonates with turmoil once the lines open up and you read between them. Born in Iran into an Armenian community, at the height of the Iran-Iraq war - in which half a million Iraqi and Iranian soldiers, with estimates of a similar number of civilians, are believed to have died – Gegard’s formative years were inextricably linked to conflict. The first Persian Gulf War has been compared to World War I with large-scale trench warfare. It was attritional, with manned machine-gun posts, bayonet charges, and waves of attacks across a no-man's land, and extensive use of chemical weapons. This was the backdrop to the early years of the life of Geghard Movsesian, the youngest child of three, born to Gakik and Lucik Movsesian.   Mousasi’s family – parents, brother Gewik and sister Angineh - tripped over the border a few years after the Iran-Iraq war and headed to Holland. Gegard was 8 years old. And impressionable. But it was not a straightforward journey, as the family of five endured eighteen months in a refugee camp there.  Mousasi revealed his early years, unaware of the troubles around him. A teary child of 8 saw his blissful life, at least in his eyes, of “playing outside on dusty streets all day in Tehran”, was over. Instead, a new world, with many other refugees, all seeking solace in the orange light and new hope of The Netherlands.   The early experiences, whether he knew it or not, created a tough young man who had an inner steel and fearlessness. And a need to prove himself. “My mum and dad were born in Iran. There’s a small community of Armenians there, but slowly everyone is leaving. I think there were 200,000 of us there at one time, and it’s fallen to around 50,000 now,” explains Mousasi softly, accentuating each syllable clearly, his hands clasped together.  There is much reflection in this man. “These days, there are a lot of people who have difficulties getting out of the country so you have to go illegal, but it’s not the same as it used to be.”  Prior to the Iran Revolution in 1979, it was once Persia, an opulent, glamorous Kingdom. Armenia is on Iran’s northern border. “It was once a glamorous place. If you’d seen the King and Queen, you’d have thought it was France. It was such an elegant place.”    “My parents had a good life there. They used to live in a village and later they came to Tehran. My dad was a mechanic and my mother was a housewife, who looked after the children.” “Iranian people are very hospitable, very family-oriented and besides that they have a very beautiful country. They have mountains, desert, sea [it borders both the Caspian Sea and Indian Ocean] so you have everything. There are four seasons in Iran, so you can go winter skiing, you can go in summer to the beach… it’s not a real tourism place, but it’s a nice country if you have family and friends to visit there.” Mousasi has been back a few times – but only, he explains, “to visit family”.  His recollections of Tehran were “a lot of playing in the streets, being at school, football. Back then, you would play a lot outside…” It was a life-changer in Holland. He began by dreaming of being a boxing world champion, watching Oscar De La Hoya, and the heavyweight careers of Mike Tyson, and then Lennox Lewis. He tested himself in an array of combat sports, and found solace. Judo was his first sport. Then he took up boxing. By the age of 16, he was a national amateur champion in his adopted country. Indeed, in 2011, he had revealed that he had contemplated trying to qualify for the London Olympics as a Dutch representative. It never came about. As a teenager, he was also drawn to kickboxing, and then, he walked into an MMA gym. Bingo. Twelve years later, his resume includes victories over Hector Lombard in a Pride Welterweight Grand Prix, success in Dream at middleweight with wins against Denis Kang, Melvin Manhoef and Jacare Souza. Then, a move to light-heavyweight, and eventually heavyweight. In Dream’s Open Weight Grand Prix, Mousasi submitted Mark Hunt in the opening round. He has even sparred with former Pride heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko in an exhibition match – though he was defeated by an armbar. He defeated Renato Sobral via KO in the first minute of the first round to become the Strikeforce light heavyweight champion, brought to America to fight for the first time by Bellator's current CEO Scott Coker. It is some resume. And some journey. And after four years in the UFC, fighting the leading middleweights, it was time for a change. He was simply not getting the middleweight title fight he craved. He felt he had proved himself.  But talk to anyone who has worked with Mouasi. He is a technician. He makes very few mistakes. He favours the stand-up; but he’s comfortable anywhere. Perhaps he learnt not to make mistakes, unconsciously, in his surroundings as a child. It helped in Holland, which he recalls, was very hard on him, at first. “Yeah, because I was missing my home, my friends…I think it took me six months to a year until I was settled, and of course, we came to Holland where all the refugees go. You had camps for that.” “We’d had a normal life in Iran, then you move there and suddenly you were five people in a room, sharing with another family. There were refugees from so many other countries. Eventually we got our house and it wasn’t that bad. We were lucky. It took a year and a half. A lot of people stayed there in refugee status for 5 years. You can’t get your life started when you are in that situation.” “It takes the time off your life. I know some people who took 8 years to get the right to stay in Holland. So for 8 years, they weren’t allowed to do anything, go for a job. That’s one thing that’s bad about immigration. Once you got there, the children would always go to Dutch school, medical care was good, but it’s the change you have from having everything in your own country and then you start from zero, and you have to wait.” “We didn’t get the Visa for staying for 5 years so it took a long time before you could go to work. Then there was the language barrier. It’s very difficult. I have one friend whose dad was a surgeon, another who was a high level engineer. But once they come to Holland they were nothing. People want to work but from being respected in your job in your country, you have to start out with nothing. It’s not impossible, of course, but it can be very difficult.” But looking back, Mousasi now feels lucky. “My dad would take me to judo a few times a week. I got all these things that I was able to do once we were set up in Holland. Everything was taken care of. I think Holland is a country that takes care of their people - one of the best countries in the world.”  So what drove him ? “I think it had more to do with poverty than a difficult lifestyle. We were not rich. I didn’t have money - at least compared to my friends, I didn’t.” “It was a combination of not wanting to struggle for money, but also that I wanted to be a tough guy, to be respected, too.”  The young Gegard had athletic prowess, so he decided to exploit it. “I had talent in judo, I believe. Every time the teacher would show something in class, I would be his favourite student to show it.” He learnt quickly. “I think with fighting you have to have a desire to achieve something. You never see a rich kid get to the top of any combat sport because they don’t have the drive. All the great boxers come from the ghetto. They all had nothing. They have the desire, the hunger but the rich kid is not going to get punched in the face. Why would they ?”   “I wanted to be a boxer but I knew it wouldn’t be possible. It was difficult especially in Holland. But MMA at that moment was doing well in Holland and I liked the fighting styles, so I thought I’m going to do that - it’s tougher. You want to be the best and I thought I want to be the best in fighting. Once I’d started, I realised it’s better than boxing.”  “I remember I was doing boxing, and I lost a fight. I was heartbroken. I thought Mike Tyson didn’t lose, so I shouldn’t lose either. It was my first loss. But then I started kickboxing, and soon afterwards saw MMA. So two or three weeks later I took a fight without really knowing the ground game. I was 17/18 then. I just took every fight that I could at the time whether it was kickboxing or MMA. It just clicked.” By now, Gegard had made up his mind that he would become a professional fighter. It didn’t go down too well at home. “My mother didn’t like watching the fights but I would always do well so it wasn’t that bad. At that time I wasn’t at a high level, it wasn’t on TV, so they didn’t see anything. And back then, I never got home injured or with a black eye or whatever, so it wasn’t that bad.” As the years have passed, and success came, his parents have changed towards his career. He has also invested wisely. “I have some properties,” he explains. “But don’t expect me to run a gym, it’s too much of a headache, though my brother may do that.” “I’ve got my home but I’ve also bought properties which I rent so I have some income out of that.”  "Yeah no just properties, any business that I feel like it’s worth to invest so far I haven’t seen anything to go ok I’m going to invest in that.  My dad is proud but my mother still, she doesn’t like to watch the fight. The fight week is hard for her. That week she has a lot of stress.”  “I always call them after my fights, but normally after the fight my friend already called my mother to tell the result.”  Mousasi’s aspirations are like every other fighter in mixed martial arts today: title ownership.  “Every fight is difficult so I have to be 100% for every fight. It’s all about the small details and preparation, the coaching and the game plan. This is the highest league. You can’t just make your opponent tired with own conditioning. Everyone is in shape, everyone is ready, everyone is well rounded, everyone understands what is on the line. So every fight is difficult. That’s why every fight has to be seen as a championship bout.” Now, his aspirations are to win the Bellator middleweight crown, and then take on all-comers. "I feel like Bellator is pushing me and I feel obligated to deliver. Of course there is pressure for me. I've put the hard work in in the gym. I just have to make weight and it will be a good result." Shlemenko is a tough cookie. And Mousasi knows it. But he is confident. Very confident. "I've dealt with that when I fought Uriah Hall. I know what's coming. I shouldn't be too aggressive. I should be smart. I have the reach advantage, physically I'm the bigger guy. Ground, wrestling, technically I'm better. Everything is on my side. I just have to get the job done." "I feel I should be able to finish Shlemenko and be dominant. Also, he brings the fight. He comes to fight. I've never seen him in a boring fight. I'm not worried about a boring fight because he's going to make the fight." There are many options in Bellator - Mo Lawal, Ryan Bader, even Rory McDonald - but for now, reigning at 185lbs is his goal. "Middleweight is my division. I'm at my best at middleweight. If I go to light heavyweight I want there to be something on the line like a belt. Then I'd do that for sure. But there is also Mo Lawal. There would be a huge doctor's cheque for him if we fight." As for the middleweight title, there is already a defence lined up. "Alessio Sakara is fighting Rafael Carvalho (the champion) in December, so I have to wait and see who is champion. I trained with Alessio before in Holland. I know what I'm expecting at least. I've only seen Carvalho fighting Manhoef, so I don't know him that well. He has a good record." "Rory MacDonald might want to come up but he's a welterweight. He's going to give up a size advantage. First I have to beat Shlemenko. He's a good competitor. I trained with Douglas Lima for a week in Holland and there's a size difference. Douglas Lima is tough. Let him first pass him and then we'll see. But there's a size difference. That I can tell for sure." So to Friday night. "I hope to finish Schlemenko. I don't see him being dangerous. But it's a fight. You can get caught with a punch or a kick. I'm sharp, I'm in shape, I know what he's doing, I'm prepared. I should finish him in two rounds." Confident, and happy. A good place for Mousasi right now. "Bellator is open-minded. They talk to the fighters and see what it is they like. I have freedom. It's easy for me to say I want to go up to light-heavyweight, fight the best. That's what I want." And every day, as Gegard Mousasi has known from the start of his life, is a fight for survival. Friday is simply the next test.

Heather Hardy launches foul-mouthed tirade at Ana Julaton as fighters clash in war of words at Bellator 185 event   

Two renowned female boxers, Ana Julaton and Heather Hardy, have begun an incendiary war of words after the 'female Manny Pacquiao' declared that Brooklynite Hardy, known as 'The Heat' had been avoiding her. Hardy launched a series of expletives at Julaton after hearing that she had been accused of "running" from a fight.  Hardy said: "All of a sudden I'm reading this s--- about how I'm running away from her. I'm like who the f--- is she? I haven't even heard her name in like eight years. Right now the focus is on Bellator 185. We can talk more about this at the post fight press conference." Video part 1 @HeatherHardyBox responds to @anajulaton jibes @BellatorMMA 'Fight is now on she is disrespectful i run from no one' pic.twitter.com/ndnS1qbeTt— Gareth A Davies (@GarethADaviesDT) October 18, 2017 Both flyweight MMA fighters (125lbs) face not each other, but different opponents Friday night here at the Bellator MMA event at the Mohegan Sun Arena, headlined by new signing Gegard Mousasi who faces former middleweight champion Alexander Shlemenko, but Julaton's comments have climbed right under the skin of Hardy, an Irish-American single mother from the New York suburbs who prides herself on her toughness. Hardy once looked up to Julaton, she explained, but that has changed after she was 'disrespected' by her flyweight rival's comments.  Nonetheless, Julaton believes Hardy has avoided her in boxing circles. And now the San Francisco native, who has trained with Freddie Roach at the Wild Card Gym in California for many years, before turning to MMA last year, believes Hardy is side-stepping her in MMA. "I believe Heather is avoiding me. She did in boxing. We both want the belt, but I want to fight her too," Julaton had told The Telegraph earlier this week. "We will meet. She can run, but she can't hide." Video 2: now @anajulaton responds to @HeatherHardyBox with 'I'm ready any time I'm here' as @BellatorMMA flyweights set up future showdown pic.twitter.com/ywOdhVdBXw— Gareth A Davies (@GarethADaviesDT) October 18, 2017 The remarks have fuelled the flames here this week, making an exciting potential fight even greater, in spite of the two women, for now, facing other opponents. Julaton meets Lisa Blaine here in the fight before Hardy walks to the combat arena.  Hardy addressed her vexation and issues immediately at the media day, telling reporters: "I have a fight tomorrow. It's really disrespectful to Christina Williams and also to her opponent to be discussing a fight between us. You lose focus of what's important. Right now I'm very cranky. So when somebody mentions something like that... don't mention my ex husband or I'll be really nasty. It's more reactionary than anything. My brain is locked into Christina Williams. Post fight we can talk Ana, Ana, Ana all day. Right now we talk Christina." Hardy added: "I've been on Spike TV twice. Ana is going to make her debut for Bellator and be on Spike TV. Go back and ask her when she was televised last, if she was televised at all. That's the difference between boxing and MMA. They promote us. They bring us to local TV stations. At home I do all this stuff myself. It's not easy. " I think that's so disrespectful of me to put myself in the company of other champions. These are girls who have been doing this shit for years. Let me prove myself. Let them start being worried about me before I call out their name. Right now I'm just a rookie. I'm not calling out the champion right now. This is only my second MMA fight," she explained.  Heather Hardy ripped into Ana Julaton Credit: Bellator MMA/Bellator MMA "I was very candid when I said I don't feel I'm the best in the division. I bet I could outbox them all. But we're talking MMA here and I'm still getting my feet wet and proving myself. I've got steps on the ladder to climb and I've got too much respect for the champion in this division. They have worked so hard to get where they are. I'll wait until Bellator say I'm ready for the title. You deserve a title shot. That's when we do it. Ana, we fight her next. I don't care. I do what the boss says to do." Julaton countered with her own feelings, telling The Daily Telegraph:  "All I can say is the truth. We were offered to fight her October 20 for this fight coming up and her side declined. We were ready to go. I don't know what she's talking about. I'm here, Heather. I'm right here. I'm here in this arena. I'll see you soon." She added: "We tried to have a fight with her and it didn't materialise. My boxing promoter was talking to Lou DiBella and we tried to get something going on and it hasn't happened. I'm here for you, Heather, whether it's in the cage or the ring." Watch the #Bellator185 weigh-ins TODAY at 5pm ET right here �� https://t.co/iBVtTPsDHXpic.twitter.com/myNbARNYn8— Bellator MMA (@BellatorMMA) October 19, 2017 Hardy told The Telegraph: When I started boxing, within my first year of fighting she was transferring over to MMA. To me she was like a legend. She was one of the girls. I looked up to her. But not now..." "Have you ever seen a single mum raise a 13 year old girl and hold down a full time job? Never underestimate a woman like that," added Hardy, who refuses to back down. "It's hard to say a step back. In the first fight I was criticized for fighting an underdog in her thirties. Now I'm in my 30s. Those are the criticisms of my first opponent. Now I'm fighting a young lion (Kristina Williams) who is coming out of the amateurs undefeated. When I talk amateur boxing, using 14 ounce gloves, head gear, referees breaking stuff up, amateur kickboxing and amateur MMA is different. There's no equipment, no gear. She will be very accustomed to what we're about to do tomorrow night. I'm not taking her lightly. I'm not overstepping her." Having made her MMA debut at Madison Square Garden on the blockbuster Bellator card in June this year, Hardy says it will stay with her forever. "That was in the top five, up there with winning the WBC title, giving birth to my daughter. It was a life moment. I've been in New York my whole life. To stand where Billy Joel played piano in front of 20,000 people and hear fans screaming your name... I could see my father crying in the seats. There is no second to that." Intriguingly, Hardy, like Julaton, have spoken about the difficulties of being a woman in boxing, and making a significant living. They both feel that the market bottoms out. MMA - and in this case Bellator - offers them a huge opportunity.     “I’m focused on Kristina Williams right now. We can talk about Ana (Julaton) during my post fight interview” - @HeatherHardyBox#Bellator185pic.twitter.com/YSIS2mq08r— Bellator MMA (@BellatorMMA) October 18, 2017 "I would like to say I can be the first woman to hold a boxing and MMA world title," said Hardy. "But there are some really talented girls in boxing looking to crossover into MMA. This is different being in MMA. This guy (a Bellator PR executive), drove me around all day and was like do you need coffee? Do you need anything? I don't think anyone in boxing ever did that." She added: "I don't mean my promoter Lou DiBella. He has really put his a-- on the line for me so many times. He's a boxing promoter and his job is to get me fights. I couldn't ask for anything more from him. He's got me on some of the most prime boxing shows on the planet. As far as promotions, and doing the media, sending me cars, that is just... I feel like a professional athlete." .@anajulaton & @mousasi_mma catch up with @Phil_Sports & @espn to talk all things #Bellator185! pic.twitter.com/1rdzQw14z0— Bellator MMA (@BellatorMMA) October 18, 2017 But Bellator are interested in Hardy. She is clearly marketable. Julaton, indeed, did the rounds at the studios of ESPN nearby in Bristol, CT, on Wednesday.  Headliner Mousasi sojourned to ESPN as well. "I know exactly why I'm here, because Bellator sees my earning potential. There is earning potential for me here. Lou DiBella doesn't see my earning potential because there is none for me in boxing. It's already a proven formula here in MMA. If you can fight and do all the things we do, you have the potential to rise to superstardom. If we do all the things right." And right now, the Hardy-Julaton rivalry looks like creating some serious heat. Both can fight, and both have bad intentions. They weighed in on point earlier today at 125lbs, and now just need victories over their opponents to bring a feud to fruition. 

Heather Hardy launches foul-mouthed tirade at Ana Julaton as fighters clash in war of words at Bellator 185 event   

Two renowned female boxers, Ana Julaton and Heather Hardy, have begun an incendiary war of words after the 'female Manny Pacquiao' declared that Brooklynite Hardy, known as 'The Heat' had been avoiding her. Hardy launched a series of expletives at Julaton after hearing that she had been accused of "running" from a fight.  Hardy said: "All of a sudden I'm reading this s--- about how I'm running away from her. I'm like who the f--- is she? I haven't even heard her name in like eight years. Right now the focus is on Bellator 185. We can talk more about this at the post fight press conference." Video part 1 @HeatherHardyBox responds to @anajulaton jibes @BellatorMMA 'Fight is now on she is disrespectful i run from no one' pic.twitter.com/ndnS1qbeTt— Gareth A Davies (@GarethADaviesDT) October 18, 2017 Both flyweight MMA fighters (125lbs) face not each other, but different opponents Friday night here at the Bellator MMA event at the Mohegan Sun Arena, headlined by new signing Gegard Mousasi who faces former middleweight champion Alexander Shlemenko, but Julaton's comments have climbed right under the skin of Hardy, an Irish-American single mother from the New York suburbs who prides herself on her toughness. Hardy once looked up to Julaton, she explained, but that has changed after she was 'disrespected' by her flyweight rival's comments.  Nonetheless, Julaton believes Hardy has avoided her in boxing circles. And now the San Francisco native, who has trained with Freddie Roach at the Wild Card Gym in California for many years, before turning to MMA last year, believes Hardy is side-stepping her in MMA. "I believe Heather is avoiding me. She did in boxing. We both want the belt, but I want to fight her too," Julaton had told The Telegraph earlier this week. "We will meet. She can run, but she can't hide." Video 2: now @anajulaton responds to @HeatherHardyBox with 'I'm ready any time I'm here' as @BellatorMMA flyweights set up future showdown pic.twitter.com/ywOdhVdBXw— Gareth A Davies (@GarethADaviesDT) October 18, 2017 The remarks have fuelled the flames here this week, making an exciting potential fight even greater, in spite of the two women, for now, facing other opponents. Julaton meets Lisa Blaine here in the fight before Hardy walks to the combat arena.  Hardy addressed her vexation and issues immediately at the media day, telling reporters: "I have a fight tomorrow. It's really disrespectful to Christina Williams and also to her opponent to be discussing a fight between us. You lose focus of what's important. Right now I'm very cranky. So when somebody mentions something like that... don't mention my ex husband or I'll be really nasty. It's more reactionary than anything. My brain is locked into Christina Williams. Post fight we can talk Ana, Ana, Ana all day. Right now we talk Christina." Hardy added: "I've been on Spike TV twice. Ana is going to make her debut for Bellator and be on Spike TV. Go back and ask her when she was televised last, if she was televised at all. That's the difference between boxing and MMA. They promote us. They bring us to local TV stations. At home I do all this stuff myself. It's not easy. " I think that's so disrespectful of me to put myself in the company of other champions. These are girls who have been doing this shit for years. Let me prove myself. Let them start being worried about me before I call out their name. Right now I'm just a rookie. I'm not calling out the champion right now. This is only my second MMA fight," she explained.  "I was very candid when I said I don't feel I'm the best in the division. I bet I could outbox them all. But we're talking MMA here and I'm still getting my feet wet and proving myself. I've got steps on the ladder to climb and I've got too much respect for the champion in this division. They have worked so hard to get where they are. I'll wait until Bellator say I'm ready for the title. You deserve a title shot. That's when we do it. Ana, we fight her next. I don't care. I do what the boss says to do." Julaton countered with her own feelings, telling The Daily Telegraph:  "All I can say is the truth. We were offered to fight her October 20 for this fight coming up and her side declined. We were ready to go. I don't know what she's talking about. I'm here, Heather. I'm right here. I'm here in this arena. I'll see you soon." She added: "We tried to have a fight with her and it didn't materialise. My boxing promoter was talking to Lou DiBella and we tried to get something going on and it hasn't happened. I'm here for you, Heather, whether it's in the cage or the ring." Watch the #Bellator185 weigh-ins TODAY at 5pm ET right here �� https://t.co/iBVtTPsDHXpic.twitter.com/myNbARNYn8— Bellator MMA (@BellatorMMA) October 19, 2017 Hardy told The Telegraph: When I started boxing, within my first year of fighting she was transferring over to MMA. To me she was like a legend. She was one of the girls. I looked up to her. But not now..." "Have you ever seen a single mum raise a 13 year old girl and hold down a full time job? Never underestimate a woman like that," added Hardy, who refuses to back down. "It's hard to say a step back. In the first fight I was criticized for fighting an underdog in her thirties. Now I'm in my 30s. Those are the criticisms of my first opponent. Now I'm fighting a young lion (Kristina Williams) who is coming out of the amateurs undefeated. When I talk amateur boxing, using 14 ounce gloves, head gear, referees breaking stuff up, amateur kickboxing and amateur MMA is different. There's no equipment, no gear. She will be very accustomed to what we're about to do tomorrow night. I'm not taking her lightly. I'm not overstepping her." Having made her MMA debut at Madison Square Garden on the blockbuster Bellator card in June this year, Hardy says it will stay with her forever. "That was in the top five, up there with winning the WBC title, giving birth to my daughter. It was a life moment. I've been in New York my whole life. To stand where Billy Joel played piano in front of 20,000 people and hear fans screaming your name... I could see my father crying in the seats. There is no second to that." Intriguingly, Hardy, like Julaton, have spoken about the difficulties of being a woman in boxing, and making a significant living. They both feel that the market bottoms out. MMA - and in this case Bellator - offers them a huge opportunity.     “I’m focused on Kristina Williams right now. We can talk about Ana (Julaton) during my post fight interview” - @HeatherHardyBox#Bellator185pic.twitter.com/YSIS2mq08r— Bellator MMA (@BellatorMMA) October 18, 2017 "I would like to say I can be the first woman to hold a boxing and MMA world title," said Hardy. "But there are some really talented girls in boxing looking to crossover into MMA. This is different being in MMA. This guy (a Bellator PR executive), drove me around all day and was like do you need coffee? Do you need anything? I don't think anyone in boxing ever did that." She added: "I don't mean my promoter Lou DiBella. He has really put his a-- on the line for me so many times. He's a boxing promoter and his job is to get me fights. I couldn't ask for anything more from him. He's got me on some of the most prime boxing shows on the planet. As far as promotions, and doing the media, sending me cars, that is just... I feel like a professional athlete." .@anajulaton & @mousasi_mma catch up with @Phil_Sports & @espn to talk all things #Bellator185! pic.twitter.com/1rdzQw14z0— Bellator MMA (@BellatorMMA) October 18, 2017 But Bellator are interested in Hardy. She is clearly marketable. Julaton, indeed, did the rounds at the studios of ESPN nearby in Bristol, CT, on Wednesday.  Headliner Mousasi sojourned to ESPN as well. "I know exactly why I'm here, because Bellator sees my earning potential. There is earning potential for me here. Lou DiBella doesn't see my earning potential because there is none for me in boxing. It's already a proven formula here in MMA. If you can fight and do all the things we do, you have the potential to rise to superstardom. If we do all the things right." And right now, the Hardy-Julaton rivalry looks like creating some serious heat. Both can fight, and both have bad intentions. They weighed in on point earlier today at 125lbs, and now just need victories over their opponents to bring a feud to fruition. 

Heather Hardy launches foul-mouthed tirade at Ana Julaton as fighters clash in war of words at Bellator 185 event   

Two renowned female boxers, Ana Julaton and Heather Hardy, have begun an incendiary war of words after the 'female Manny Pacquiao' declared that Brooklynite Hardy, known as 'The Heat' had been avoiding her. Hardy launched a series of expletives at Julaton after hearing that she had been accused of "running" from a fight.  Hardy said: "All of a sudden I'm reading this s--- about how I'm running away from her. I'm like who the f--- is she? I haven't even heard her name in like eight years. Right now the focus is on Bellator 185. We can talk more about this at the post fight press conference." Video part 1 @HeatherHardyBox responds to @anajulaton jibes @BellatorMMA 'Fight is now on she is disrespectful i run from no one' pic.twitter.com/ndnS1qbeTt— Gareth A Davies (@GarethADaviesDT) October 18, 2017 Both flyweight MMA fighters (125lbs) face not each other, but different opponents Friday night here at the Bellator MMA event at the Mohegan Sun Arena, headlined by new signing Gegard Mousasi who faces former middleweight champion Alexander Shlemenko, but Julaton's comments have climbed right under the skin of Hardy, an Irish-American single mother from the New York suburbs who prides herself on her toughness. Hardy once looked up to Julaton, she explained, but that has changed after she was 'disrespected' by her flyweight rival's comments.  Nonetheless, Julaton believes Hardy has avoided her in boxing circles. And now the San Francisco native, who has trained with Freddie Roach at the Wild Card Gym in California for many years, before turning to MMA last year, believes Hardy is side-stepping her in MMA. "I believe Heather is avoiding me. She did in boxing. We both want the belt, but I want to fight her too," Julaton had told The Telegraph earlier this week. "We will meet. She can run, but she can't hide." Video 2: now @anajulaton responds to @HeatherHardyBox with 'I'm ready any time I'm here' as @BellatorMMA flyweights set up future showdown pic.twitter.com/ywOdhVdBXw— Gareth A Davies (@GarethADaviesDT) October 18, 2017 The remarks have fuelled the flames here this week, making an exciting potential fight even greater, in spite of the two women, for now, facing other opponents. Julaton meets Lisa Blaine here in the fight before Hardy walks to the combat arena.  Hardy addressed her vexation and issues immediately at the media day, telling reporters: "I have a fight tomorrow. It's really disrespectful to Christina Williams and also to her opponent to be discussing a fight between us. You lose focus of what's important. Right now I'm very cranky. So when somebody mentions something like that... don't mention my ex husband or I'll be really nasty. It's more reactionary than anything. My brain is locked into Christina Williams. Post fight we can talk Ana, Ana, Ana all day. Right now we talk Christina." Hardy added: "I've been on Spike TV twice. Ana is going to make her debut for Bellator and be on Spike TV. Go back and ask her when she was televised last, if she was televised at all. That's the difference between boxing and MMA. They promote us. They bring us to local TV stations. At home I do all this stuff myself. It's not easy. " I think that's so disrespectful of me to put myself in the company of other champions. These are girls who have been doing this shit for years. Let me prove myself. Let them start being worried about me before I call out their name. Right now I'm just a rookie. I'm not calling out the champion right now. This is only my second MMA fight," she explained.  Heather Hardy ripped into Ana Julaton Credit: Bellator MMA/Bellator MMA "I was very candid when I said I don't feel I'm the best in the division. I bet I could outbox them all. But we're talking MMA here and I'm still getting my feet wet and proving myself. I've got steps on the ladder to climb and I've got too much respect for the champion in this division. They have worked so hard to get where they are. I'll wait until Bellator say I'm ready for the title. You deserve a title shot. That's when we do it. Ana, we fight her next. I don't care. I do what the boss says to do." Julaton countered with her own feelings, telling The Daily Telegraph:  "All I can say is the truth. We were offered to fight her October 20 for this fight coming up and her side declined. We were ready to go. I don't know what she's talking about. I'm here, Heather. I'm right here. I'm here in this arena. I'll see you soon." She added: "We tried to have a fight with her and it didn't materialise. My boxing promoter was talking to Lou DiBella and we tried to get something going on and it hasn't happened. I'm here for you, Heather, whether it's in the cage or the ring." Watch the #Bellator185 weigh-ins TODAY at 5pm ET right here �� https://t.co/iBVtTPsDHXpic.twitter.com/myNbARNYn8— Bellator MMA (@BellatorMMA) October 19, 2017 Hardy told The Telegraph: When I started boxing, within my first year of fighting she was transferring over to MMA. To me she was like a legend. She was one of the girls. I looked up to her. But not now..." "Have you ever seen a single mum raise a 13 year old girl and hold down a full time job? Never underestimate a woman like that," added Hardy, who refuses to back down. "It's hard to say a step back. In the first fight I was criticized for fighting an underdog in her thirties. Now I'm in my 30s. Those are the criticisms of my first opponent. Now I'm fighting a young lion (Kristina Williams) who is coming out of the amateurs undefeated. When I talk amateur boxing, using 14 ounce gloves, head gear, referees breaking stuff up, amateur kickboxing and amateur MMA is different. There's no equipment, no gear. She will be very accustomed to what we're about to do tomorrow night. I'm not taking her lightly. I'm not overstepping her." Having made her MMA debut at Madison Square Garden on the blockbuster Bellator card in June this year, Hardy says it will stay with her forever. "That was in the top five, up there with winning the WBC title, giving birth to my daughter. It was a life moment. I've been in New York my whole life. To stand where Billy Joel played piano in front of 20,000 people and hear fans screaming your name... I could see my father crying in the seats. There is no second to that." Intriguingly, Hardy, like Julaton, have spoken about the difficulties of being a woman in boxing, and making a significant living. They both feel that the market bottoms out. MMA - and in this case Bellator - offers them a huge opportunity.     “I’m focused on Kristina Williams right now. We can talk about Ana (Julaton) during my post fight interview” - @HeatherHardyBox#Bellator185pic.twitter.com/YSIS2mq08r— Bellator MMA (@BellatorMMA) October 18, 2017 "I would like to say I can be the first woman to hold a boxing and MMA world title," said Hardy. "But there are some really talented girls in boxing looking to crossover into MMA. This is different being in MMA. This guy (a Bellator PR executive), drove me around all day and was like do you need coffee? Do you need anything? I don't think anyone in boxing ever did that." She added: "I don't mean my promoter Lou DiBella. He has really put his a-- on the line for me so many times. He's a boxing promoter and his job is to get me fights. I couldn't ask for anything more from him. He's got me on some of the most prime boxing shows on the planet. As far as promotions, and doing the media, sending me cars, that is just... I feel like a professional athlete." .@anajulaton & @mousasi_mma catch up with @Phil_Sports & @espn to talk all things #Bellator185! pic.twitter.com/1rdzQw14z0— Bellator MMA (@BellatorMMA) October 18, 2017 But Bellator are interested in Hardy. She is clearly marketable. Julaton, indeed, did the rounds at the studios of ESPN nearby in Bristol, CT, on Wednesday.  Headliner Mousasi sojourned to ESPN as well. "I know exactly why I'm here, because Bellator sees my earning potential. There is earning potential for me here. Lou DiBella doesn't see my earning potential because there is none for me in boxing. It's already a proven formula here in MMA. If you can fight and do all the things we do, you have the potential to rise to superstardom. If we do all the things right." And right now, the Hardy-Julaton rivalry looks like creating some serious heat. Both can fight, and both have bad intentions. They weighed in on point earlier today at 125lbs, and now just need victories over their opponents to bring a feud to fruition. 

David Haye knows he has to let his fighters do the talking if he is to succeed as a boxing promoter

David Haye knows he has to let his fighters do the talking if he is to succeed as a boxing promoter

David Haye knows he has to let his fighters do the talking if he is to succeed as a boxing promoter

Anthony Joshua Media Work-Out

Boxing: Anthony Joshua Media Work Out - Sheffield, Britain - October 17, 2017 Anthony Joshua during the work out Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs