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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

MMA star Jones fined $205,000, license revoked over drug test

LOS ANGELES, United States --- Mixed martial arts star Jon Jones was fined $205,000 and had his fighting license revoked on Tuesday following a hearing in front of the California State Athletic Commission. Ultimate Fighting Championship ace Jones tested positive for the steroid Turinabol following an in-competition test ahead of his win against Daniel Cormier last July. The 30-year-old light-heavyweight was subsequently stripped of his title and his win over Cormier was later declared a no-contest. It was the third time Jones has been stripped of his title. He lost the crown in 2015 following a hit-and-run incident and was stripped of it a second time following an anti-do...Keep on reading: MMA star Jones fined $205,000, license revoked over drug test.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 28th, 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 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

LOOK: ONE champ Brandon Vera gets married in Guam

It's been a while since we've seen reigning ONE Championship Heavyweight world champion Brandon 'The Truth' Vera, and that's because outside of the ring or cage, the dude's a pretty busy man.  Aside from a movie and a ton of other projects, the hard-hitting Vera was also getting ready for another big event in his life: getting married.  A little over a year ago, Vera, 40, proposed to his girlfriend Jessica Craven in Guam, and over the weekend, the two finally got hitched in the very same place where Vera popped the question.    I wish I was more eloquently prepared to actually say everything I was feeling on our wedding day. . . Thank you to our family and friends who travelled from everywhere, for... everything. This wouldn’t have happened without y’all. Love y’all very much. P Diddy @philmrw Thank you and your boss @thedavisteam 💚💜🤙🏾. It for sure had to be you brother. be back to Mainland soon to come train with you . Love y’all!!! . . To my Wife...... @n_e_n_j_a . . You make everything in my life so much better, you’re like the morning air coming in every time I see you, you make water taste better and the whole world a more beautiful place. Thank you for being mine lil mamma. . . Here’s to infinity Mrs. Vera 💜💚💜💚💜💚💜💚💜 Photo credit to 1 of Lightshapers Studios by @lally_eleazar , @velvet.tv , and @patrick.camacho or the fam and guests 😂😂😂💪🏾 #happilyveraafter2018 #OneChampionship #Heavyweight #World #Champion #Verafied #VeraClan #VerafiedNenja A post shared by Brandon Vera (@brandonthetruthvera) on Apr 23, 2018 at 5:58pm PDT     #happilyveraafter2018 Wish y’all were there 😊 A post shared by Brandon Vera (@brandonthetruthvera) on Apr 23, 2018 at 9:56pm PDT In front of friends and family, Brandon and Jessica said their vows in a simple sunset ceremony led by Brandon's teammate and Bellator Light Heavyweight Champion Phil 'Mr. Wonderful' Davis.    I still can’t believe it happened, but as of 4/20/18 we became Husband & Wife! 😍 Our beautiful sunset ceremony was led by Phil Davis and his gorgeous wife Angelina assisted :) The wedding ceremony that Phil gave regsinated so much with Brandon and I. Our wedding wouldn’t have been a success if it wasn’t for all of the people surrounding us and working hard to make it happen! I’m sorry if I forgot to mention any particular names in our speech but just know we appreciate you & acknowledge your helping hand. I want to thank our friends & family that travelled all of this way to the beautiful island of Guam. To those whom helped with our DIY wedding, my bridesmaids and groomsmen for going above and beyond to make Brandon and I happy (regardless the stress). To Mark P., Purebred, & Rome for giving us Meskla On The Cove as our wedding present to host our ceremony & reception there. Kuya Mel and Coffee Slut for making the amazing coffee bottles and roasting beans for our special occasion. As well as communicating with Johnny Cool for the ginormous outside tent, changing tent for my reception dress, and the chairs and tables. Thank you to Hafaloha for having our favorite açai bowls and shaved ice! Everyone loved it and/or wished they could of had more but too many people were occupied at the bar 🤤 Thank you Steve Shimizu for making things happen especially while you had another event going on! For providing alcohol, our roasted pig, meat carver, our bartender, etc. And thank you Guelu and your boys for creating the half Chamorro Hut as our bar! Everything was just amazing! Thank you to our caterers from all Over!!! Island Cuisine for the amazing Chamorro food and professional service! Jamaican Grill for providing the jerk adobo spare ribs that Brandon! Fraim for making that delicious dried meat that everyone kept snacking on! Ben & Yan’s for the Pancit Canton as well as Old Town China Buffet for my steamed vegetables. My amazing donut wall from Daddy’s Donuts!!! Crown Bakery for creating a delicious wedding cake and for my various other cakes, pies, and turnovers (even though the humidity wasn’t so nice to it 😅). ***continue caption in the comment section*** A post shared by Jessica Craven (@n_e_n_j_a) on Apr 24, 2018 at 1:28am PDT     #happilyveraafter2018 congrats B n Jess on a beautiful evening and celebration. Made some new homies got to see some old ones too. #fightfamily #420wedding A post shared by AJ Matthews (@aj_mma) on Apr 20, 2018 at 4:56pm PDT Big congratulations to Brandon and Jessica on this new chapter of their lives!  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 24th, 2018

Former heavyweight champion Werdum, Russian Volkov collide at UFC Fight Night 127

ENGLAND lights up on Sunday (Manila time) as the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) brings its live event “UFC Fight Night 127” featuring the heavyweight clash between former champ Fabricio “Vai Cavalo” Werdum of Brazil against Russian Alexander “Drago” Volkov. Happening at the 02 Arena in London, the UFC event will also have the light heavyweight […] The post Former heavyweight champion Werdum, Russian Volkov collide at UFC Fight Night 127 appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsMar 15th, 2018

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

Stevenson to defend WBC light heavyweight title in Toronto

Adonis Stevenson of Canada will defend his WBC light heavyweight title against Badou Jack of Sweden in Toronto on May 19......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 25th, 2018

Ex-champ Tyson Fury to make boxing comeback in June

  LONDON, United Kingdom – Former heavyweight world boxing champion Tyson Fury is to make his comeback for a first fight in two-and-a-half years in Manchester on June 9 with his opponent still to be named, promoter Frank Warren announced on Thursday, April 12. The 29-year-old Briton – who has not fought ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 13th, 2018

Ex-champ Tyson Fury to fight again after doping ban

Former world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury is returning to the ring after a doping ban......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 13th, 2018

Saric is European champ

19th European Individual Championship Batumi, Georgia March 16-29, 2018 Final Top Standings 1. GM Ivan Saric CRO 2657, 8.5/11 2-8. GM Radoslaw Wojtaszek POL 2738, GM Sanan Sjugirov RUS 2652, GM Gawain CB Jones ENG 2651, GM Maxim Matlakov RUS 2707, LGM Luke McShane ENG 2647, GM Anton Korobov UKR 2664, GM Eltaj Safarli AZE […] The post Saric is European champ appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsApr 9th, 2018