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UFC strips Jones, reinstates Cormier as light heavyweight champ

LOS ANGELES — The UFC has stripped its light heavyweight title from Jon Jones for a third time and reinstated Daniel Cormier as the 205-pound champion after.....»»

Category: sportsSource: philstar philstarSep 14th, 2017

UFC strips Jones, reinstates Cormier

LOS ANGELES –  The UFC has stripped its light heavyweight title from Jon Jones for a third time and reinstated Daniel Cormier as the 205-pound champion after.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 15th, 2017

Cormier can’t escape Jones ahead of UFC championship defense

BOSTON — Daniel Cormier has shed his last 10 pounds to make weight, is pumped to defend his UFC light heavyweight championship and says he can beat Volkan Oe.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 20th, 2018

Cormier can’t escape Jones ahead of UFC championship defense

BOSTON --- Daniel Cormier has shed his last 10 pounds to make weight, is pumped to defend his UFC light heavyweight championship and says he can beat Volkan Oezdemir. Well, that's the message Cormier tries to push when he's not continuously pressed about the one guy he won't be fighting. "He hurt me with that kick," Cormier says of his last fight against Jon Jones. "I've been hurt before." Oezdemir has had only three UFC fights, yet his fourth will find him lined up against ... "I hate that he did some dirty stuff," Cormier says, again of Jones. "But he did a lot of great things to finish that fight. I accept that." Oezdemir is still surprised to see his name on the po...Keep on reading: Cormier can’t escape Jones ahead of UFC championship defense.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 20th, 2018

UFC champ fails drug test anew

LAS VEGAS – Jon Jones could face a lengthy suspension from mixed martial arts after the UFC light heavyweight champion was notified Tuesday of his second pot.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 24th, 2017

Jones stops Cormier, reclaims UFC crown

NAHEIM, California – Jon Jones reclaimed his UFC light heavyweight title Saturday night, stopping Daniel Cormier in the third round with a vicious head kick.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 30th, 2017

Heavyweight champ Parker hits the road to boost profile

em>By Steve Douglas, Associated Press /em> MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Fresh from getting his chest waxed and boasting a slick new haircut, heavyweight champion Joseph Parker arrived in a tailored two-piece suit for a final news conference before the second defense of his WBO belt. The New Zealander certainly looks the part outside the ring going into Saturday's fight against Hughie Fury in Manchester. What is still unknown is how he shapes up inside it. In a bid to strengthen his 'brand' and gain exposure in the boxing world, the 25-year-old Parker is hitting the road after fighting in his native country for 12 of his last 13 bouts. Britain is his first stop. The plan is to beat Fury, the 23-year-old cousin of former world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, to improve his record to 24-0 and potentially set up a showdown with WBA and IBF champion Anthony Joshua. 'I feel like the UK is where the heavyweight scene is at, at the moment,' Parker said on Thursday at Old Trafford, home of storied soccer team Manchester United. 'We want to be a part of it. We feel it's important to come here and make a statement.' Question marks remain over New Zealand's first heavyweight champion, though. His trainer, Kevin Barry, acknowledged that Parker was not at his best in his last two fights — the victory on points over Andy Ruiz Jr. that earned him the WBO strap and then an underwhelming first successful defense of the belt against Razvan Cojanu, also on points, in May. He dreams of becoming as well-known as the All Blacks rugby team but he still has a low profile outside New Zealand and the WBO belt is still regarded as the flimsiest of the heavyweight titles. The fight against Fury is even going under the radar in Britain, with only 5,000 tickets sold for the 21,000-capacity Manchester Arena. YouTube — rather than a TV broadcaster — is showing it. It's time for Parker to send a message to the rest of the heavyweight division. 'We know the size of this challenge,' Barry said. 'We have an opportunity, here in our first fight in the UK, to look spectacular.' Given Fury has a reputation for being as unpredictable and awkward to fight as his more illustrious cousin, that won't be easy. Not only that, Fury hasn't fought in around 18 months while he battled to overcome an energy-sapping skin condition that has affected him throughout his professional career. Fury, who is unbeaten in 20 fights, says he is feeling '100 percent' for the first time as a boxer, so neither fighter really knows what to expect. The fight is also being staged in Fury's home city, after the original fight — scheduled to take place in Auckland in May — was canceled owing to a back injury sustained by Fury. 'He is a very difficult opponent,' Barry said. 'He is an opponent a lot of people don't want to fight. We sat down as a team and said to Joe, 'Do you want to fight Hughie Fury?' And he said, 'I want to fight the best fight there is for me in the UK at the moment.' 'We have planned on coming here for the past 12-to-18 months. We think Hughie brings the biggest challenge to us.' The build-up has been light on trash talk, with Parker living up to his image of being clean-cut and courteous. 'I know it's the wrong sport for a good guy, but everyone is his friend,' Parker's mother, Sala, told The Associated Press. 'Joe has no enemy in the entire world. His opponents are his best friends.' Still, Parker said there were doubts over Fury's power and his chin, and he felt he saw 'fear in his eyes' as they went face to face for the cameras. 'He took a big gulp,' Parker said. 'I thought, 'He's scared.'' br />   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 21st, 2017

Undefeated champ Andre Ward retires, desire no longer there

em>By Josh Dubow, Associated Press /em> OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Andre Ward decided to end his career on top. Ward announced Thursday he is retiring from boxing because he no longer has the desire to fight, leaving the sport at age 33 with an undefeated record and the light heavyweight championship. Ward released a statement on his website titled 'Mission Accomplished ' thanking those who helped him throughout his career and explaining his reasons for his retirement. 'I want to be clear — I am leaving because my body can no longer put up with the rigors of the sport and therefore my desire to fight is no longer there,' he wrote. 'If I cannot give my family, my team, and the fans everything that I have, then I should no longer be fighting.' Ward is currently rated the best 'pound for pound' boxer by Ring Magazine. But in an interview with ESPN's First Take, he said he no longer wants to do the work leading to his bouts. 'People see what I do fight night, they see under the lights, but they don't see the toil, they don't see the grind, they don't see just the pain, the physical pain that you go through, not just in the fights, but to prepare and to get ready for those battles,' he said. 'I felt the physicality of the sport, not just in the ring stuff, but the training and the preparation, start to take its toll on me for the last two or three years and I bit down and continued to push through and at this point, it's time and I know it's time.' Ward declined other interview requests through his publicist, saying he wanted to celebrate his retirement with family and friends. Ward has won all 32 of his fights, with 16 knockouts. He won the Olympic gold medal as a light heavyweight in 2004. Ward won the WBA super middleweight title in 2009 when he defeated Mikkel Kessler and unified that title in 2011 when he beat Carl Froch in the Super Six super middleweight tournament final. Ward then battled shoulder problems that kept him out of the ring and later went 19 months without a fight because of a protracted legal dispute with his former promoter, the late Dan Goosen. Ward got back in the ring in June 2015. He won the light heavyweight title in a disputed, unanimous decision against Sergey Kovalev in November 2016, taking all three belts in the process. Ward then beat Kovalev more decidedly in a rematch in June that was stopped in the eighth round. Kovalev said Ward's retirement will be good for boxing because it will allow 'good and strong' fighters to compete for the vacated titles. He also said through his Main Events promoter that he doesn't concern himself with the possibility that Ward's retirement won't stick. 'I don't think about him at all because I'm looking forward (to reaching) my goals,' he said, adding that his last two fights are 'history' and 'I forgot it already.' He said he would have been happy to get a third fight, but not if he had to wait and take lesser bouts in the interim. Kovalev does wonder if Ward and his handlers are playing psychological games. 'They did before second rematch,' he said. 'I don't know. I don't care at all.' HBO said Ward will work as an analyst on its boxing broadcasts. 'Andre Ward ends his boxing career as he only knew how to live it — as a champion at the top,' HBO executive vice president Peter Nelson said. 'To watch Ward was to marvel at constant mastery of craft in the ring, to say nothing of his being the consummate role model outside it. The Hall of Fame will be lucky to have him.'   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 21st, 2017

Jon Jones flagged for another failed doping test, says UFC

LAS VEGAS — Jon Jones could face a lengthy suspension from mixed martial arts after the UFC light heavyweight champion was notified Tuesday (Wednesday Manila.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 23rd, 2017

World Sports: Jones, Woodley rule UFC 214 in Anaheim

LIGHT heavyweight fighter Jon "Bones" Jones reclaimed the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) title in his division just as welterweight champion Tyron "The Chosen One" Woodley retained his at "UFC 214" in Anaheim, California, yesterday......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJul 30th, 2017

Cormier retains light heavyweight belt, retires Johnson

Cormier retains light heavyweight belt, retires Johnson.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 9th, 2017

From Russia with love, light heavyweight champ Kovalev finds his place in US

LAS VEGAS — Sergey Kovalev was knocking out everyone put in front of him when his handlers went to HBO a few years back asking for a coveted spot on one of t.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 17th, 2016

Former UFC champ Lyoto Machida slapped with ban

LAS VEGAS — Former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida has received an 18-month suspension for failing a doping test......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 17th, 2016

Two banned substances found in Jon Jones system

MANILA, Philippines The Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) handed down a temporary suspension to Jon Jones as two banned substances have been found in the system of the former UFC light heavyweight titleholder. NSAC attorney Caroline Bateman re.....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 19th, 2016

Titlists Stipe Miocic and Daniel Cormier retain UFC belts

By Michael Angelo S. Murillo Senior Reporter ULTIMATE Fighting Championship (UFC) titleholders Stipe Miocic and Daniel “DC” Cormier retained their respective belts following victories at “UFC 220” yesterday in Boston, Massachusetts. Mr. Miocic made it three straight successful title defenses of his heavyweight championship by outlasting and outworking challenger Francis “The Predator” Ngannou in their […] The post Titlists Stipe Miocic and Daniel Cormier retain UFC belts appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJan 21st, 2018

Former world heavyweight champ Fury to regain boxing license

Former world heavyweight champ Fury to regain boxing license.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 20th, 2018

Ngannou could go from homeless to UFC heavyweight champ

BOSTON --- Francis Ngannou has knockout power that snaps back heads like Pez dispensers and earned him comparisons to Mike Tyson in his ferocious heyday. Ngannou has stood tall against all opposition in his UFC career and his terrifying run has shaped the challenger into the betting favorite in the heavyweight champion bout against Stipe Miocic. He's not afraid to go face-to-face with anyone --- even against his fellow Cameroon native, Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid. Ngannou, 6-foot-4, 250 pounds, was absolutely dwarfed by the 7-2 Embiid in a visit Thursday morning at Sixers shootaround . Ngannou was ready to pull on his MMA gloves. "He should be my next opponent,...Keep on reading: Ngannou could go from homeless to UFC heavyweight champ.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 19th, 2018

Donnie Nietes set to defend IBF title against former champ Juan Carlos Reveco

ALA Boxing star Donnie 'Ahas' Nietes already has a date for his first IBF flyweight world title defense.  The reigning and defending Filipino champion is set to take on former light flyweight and flyweight world champion Juan Carlos Reveco of Argentina on February 24th at The Forum in Los Angeles, California.  The Nietes-Reveco IBF title showdown has been added to HBO Boxing After Dark's SUPERFLY 2 card, making it a world title-tripleheader event to close out February.  Murcia, Negros Occidental's Nietes (40-1-4, 22 KO) holds the distinction of being the longest-reigng Filipino boxing world champion, and has held world titles in the minimumweight, light flyweight, and most recently the flyweight division.  The 35-year old is on an impressive 30-fight unbeaten streak dating back to 2004, and is coming off a unanimous decision win over Thailand's Eaktwan BTU Ruaviking to claim the IBF 112-pound crown.  The challenger from Las Heras, Argentina, Reveco, is equally as experienced as Nietes, with a 39-3 professional record, 19 of those wins coming via KO.  The 34-year old has had runs with the WBA light flyweight world championship and the WBA flyweight world championship, and is also coming off a win against Ruaviking.  "Fighting in Los Angeles for the third time in front of the great Filipino fans along with fighting on HBO is a great honor for me," Nietes said, via BoxingScene.com. “I know how tough Reveco is but I’ll be well prepared to defend my title." The SUPERFLY 2 card also features a WBC super flyweight title bout between reigning champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai of Thailand and challenger Juan Francisco Estrada of Mexico, as well as a showdown between Fil-American Brian Viloria and Ukrainian Artem Dalakian for the vacant WBA world flyweight title.    H/T: BoxingScene.com.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 19th, 2018

Ahead of point guard clash, Cabagnot praises Ravena for seamless transition to the pros

After nearly 13 years in the league, San Miguel Beer starting point guard Alex Cabagnot has proven time and again that he knows a thing or two about running a successful offense in the PBA. The Beermen’s dynastic success under head coach Leo Austria had to go through Cabagnot first, and he translated it to the tune of three straight Philippine Cup championships, and more. So when it comes to steady point guards in the league, Cabagnot is right up there. But the veteran playmaker, who has per game averages of 20.67 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 3.3 assists over three outings, is set to clash with one of the rising point guards in the league in Kiefer Ravena, as San Miguel faces off against NLEX on Friday. Speaking about his upcoming match-up against the 2nd pick of the 2017 PBA Draft, Cabagnot was all praise, commending how Ravena was able to live up to the massive expectations he came with. “He’s playing well. I think he’s adjusted well to the PBA brand. I think it’s a long time coming naman talaga for Kiefer to head to the PBA and he’s doing well,” Cabagnot told ABS-CBN Sports. “I expected that from him and he’s doing exactly what I expect him to do.” Ravena is norming 19.25 points, 7.25 assists, and 3.5 rebounds per game through his first four matches as a pro, and is coming off a career game where he scored 31 points in a loss against Magnolia. While Cabagnot, a six-time PBA champ is all praise for the rookie out of Ateneo, the veteran guard also knows stopping Ravena will be all fall under the responsibility of the whole San Miguel squad. “I think the coaching staff has done a great job scouting him. Not just Kiefer, but all their guards, all their players so we’re just gonna have to stick to the game plan, stick to the blueprint,” Cabagnot bared. What has Cabagnot beaming about Ravena even more is that the Phenom is earning every bit of green light that the fiery mentor Yeng Guiao allows him.  “Under Coach Yeng Guiao, he has a little bit more freedom, and a little bit more things that most rookies don’t have. But then again, he’s producing so he earns that freedom, not necessarily given to him, he earned it,” he said. This will be the first clash between two of the most electrifying and solid point guards in the PBA, and Cabagnot wishes Ravena nothing but luck, in tomorrow’s game, and in what is expected to be a long and fruitful career. “I just hope he continues, I just hope he stays injury-free. I hope he has the good health, I mean siyempre naman you need a lot of blessings and luck to not be injured and I’m pretty sure we’ll hear more about Kiefer,” Cabagnot said......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 18th, 2018

WBC heavyweight champ Wilder to face unbeaten Ortiz

NEW YORK — WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder is set to meet unbeaten Luis Ortiz on March 3 at Barclays Center......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 13th, 2018

Sergey Kovalev recaptures WBO title with 2nd round TKO

LOS ANGELES — Russian power puncher Sergey Kovalev got back into the win column on Saturday, making quick work of Vyacheslav Shabranskyy with a second round technical knockout win to reclaim the WBO light heavyweight title. Kovalev, who was coming off a pair of back-to-back losses to Andre Ward, looked like his old dynamite self […] The post Sergey Kovalev recaptures WBO title with 2nd round TKO appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsNov 26th, 2017