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While appearing on AXS TV's INSIDE MMA tonight, UFC President Dana White surprised series host and former UFC Heavyweight Champion Bas Rutten by announcing Rutten will be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame as part of the “Pioneers Era Wing” at a gala event during UFC International Fight Week July 11.
Watch Rutten’s live reaction alongside guest host Ron Kruck as White reveals the news in this video clip:
Hey everyone! This is your friendly neighborhood Fight Nerd, and I need your help to make one of my projects become a reality.
For over two years, I have been working on a documentary, called "Girl Fight: A Muay Thai Story." The doc is about two female fighters from "The Girl Fight" gym, an all-female Muay Thai academy on The Jersey Shore, and follows them around for 18 months as they prepare for fights and deal with the life's obstacles thrown at them outside of the ring.
The boxing blockbuster event, Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao, shattered the previous record for total pay-per-view buys and now ranks as the highest-grossing pay-per-view of all time. Initial reports from distributors indicate that the event generated more than 4.4 million U.S. buys and more than $400 million in domestic pay-per-view revenue alone. With additional revenue from the live gate at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, international television distribution, sponsorships, closed circuit and merchandise sales, the event is expected to generate in excess of $500 million in gross worldwide receipts. The news was announced jointly by Showtime Networks Inc., a subsidiary of CBS Corporation, and HBO in conjunction with event promoters Mayweather Promotions and Top Rank, Inc.
The welterweight world championship unification bout nearly doubled the previous record of 2.48 million buys generated by the Oscar De La Hoya vs. Floyd Mayweather boxing event in 2007 and nearly tripled the record $150 million in U.S. pay-per-view revenue generated by Mayweather vs. Canelo Alvarez in 2013.
Live gate receipts for the star-studded event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena produced more than $71 million in revenue, dramatically eclipsing the previous live gate record of $20 million (for Mayweather vs. Canelo) for both the sport of boxing and Las Vegas.
Additionally, Mayweather vs. Pacquiao set the record for closed circuit admissions and revenue both in Las Vegas and at establishments nationwide. The event sold nearly 46,000 closed circuit admissions at MGM Resorts International properties in Las Vegas alone and was available at more than 5,000 bars, restaurants and commercial establishments throughout the U.S.
Distributed in 175 countries worldwide, Mayweather vs. Pacquiao was available in essentially 75 percent of the world’s territories, setting the revenue record for international distribution.
As reported last week, Mayweather vs. Pacquiao drew enormous numbers on social media. For example, Facebook reported that 37 million unique people contributed more than 115 million interactions from the start of the event to 30 minutes following its completion, a new record for a boxing event.
The May 2 promotion included unprecedented marketing and cross-promotional support from distributors as well as record revenue from the event’s major sponsors.
BY CHARLIE AKIN
The UFC will bring to a close their annual ‘Fight Week’ with the highly anticipated pay per view fight night on July 11th 2015.
The night will feature a Championship double header between Jose Aldo and Conor McGregor, as both fight to try and clinch the featherweight crown. This fight will then be followed up by the battle for welterweight’s promotion strap as Robbie Lawler takes on Rory MacDonald.
The venue for the event has been set with the fighters heading to the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, with a full house expected on the night.
Although heavier weight classes usually take the limelight in the event of a UFC championship double header, officials for the night have said Aldo vs. McGregor will serve as the main event for viewers to enjoy.
MacDonald will be attempting to defend his title for the first time. Both fighters are ranked as almost equals, with MacDonald being ranked as number 3 in the USA Today’s MMA welterweight rankings, whereas his opponent, Lawler, currently sits as number 1 in the same rankings, meaning he will most likely be the fighter backed more with the bookies prior to the match up. It might be worth checking out bettingsports.com to find a bookmaker best suited to place your bet for the fights with.
MacDonald and Lawler last met in a competitive fight back in 2013 at UFC 167, which Lawler won via a split-decision — Every media outlet labeled their score at 29-28 to Lawler on that occasion.
Lawler, who narrowly won his title back in December after defeating Johny Hendricks, was arranged to be facing his familiar foe in a rubber match. But officials decided against this match up for now, and instead decided to face Hendricks with Matt Brown at UFC 185, which Hendricks ultimately won.
Lawler has lost just once in his past seven fights, that coming against Hendricks in their first meeting back in March 2014, when they fought for Georges St-Pierre’s vacated belt.
MacDonald will finally get his long-promised, and long-awaited title shot. After beating Tarec Saffiedine, the Canadian was fixed up with a fight against Hector Lombard. In the build up to UFC 186, his opponent failed a drug test, and the fight was called off. On the back of a three-fight winning streak which has added to eight wins in his past nine fights, MacDonald will be hyped as he gets his long-awaited first title shot.
This assassin is the steeliest of all Mortal Kombat characters, and now Mezco pays tribute to one of his most fiendish moves; the Ice Clone.
To ensure a game accurate likeness, correct to the finest detail, Mezco's award-winning design team has digitally sculpted the figure using the digital files from the game developers themselves. This special limited edition version is cast in a unique translucent blue that replicates the ice blue effect seen in the game.
Sub-Zero's ice clone comes with his game accurate ice ball and ice daggers, as well as a set of alternate hands. All the accessories in the limited edition version are cast in matching translucent ice blue color.
This 6inch scale version features 23 points of articulation, many with ball joints, allowing him to recreate all the moves and poses that have made him part of gaming legend. Sub-Zero's Ice Clone comes in a collector friendly blister card perfect for display.
Only a limited number of these figures are available, so get yours while you can at this link here, but don't delay because once they are gone, they are gone forever! Be sure to visit Mezco at San Diego Comic Con at booth 3445.
JCVD is back with a new movie, "Pound of Flesh", which is available on May 15 from eOne Entertainment. In this film, former black-ops agent Deacon is in China to donate his kidney to his dying niece, but awakes the day before the operation to find he is the latest victim of organ theft. Stitched up and pissed-off, Deacon descends from his opulent hotel in search of his stolen kidney and carves a blood-soaked path through the darkest corners of the city. The clock is ticking for his niece and with each step he loses blood.
The movie is a high-octane thriller in the vein of films like "Taken", with some classic JCVD action scenes. As the actor gets older, it becomes harder to do the same type of stunts in each movie, along with the urge to grow as a martial artist becoming a more powerful motivator. In this movie, Jean Claude does some uncharacteristic things in it, such as fighting off of his back as if he was a BJJ fighter, and using armbars and other grappling techniques to defeat his opponents.
I was offered a chance to do a question and answer session with the great one, but due to bad timing and his travel schedule (and buttload of other interview requests), he was only able to answer one question this time. Luckily, it was one that garnered a pretty interesting response.
The Fight Nerd: "I was happily surprised by how much grappling and ground fighting this movie had, including an armbar from your back. Where did you pick up these moves and why are they part of your arsenal now?"
JCVD: "We incorporated everything. It’s kind of funny. I met some champions. I won’t mention their names, but they’re top, top champions. Pound for pound, the best in UFC. And I spar with those guys…not jujitsu of course…but I want to spar to feel young again. Because when you feel that good anymore in martial arts, you have to teach. And when you teach to people, you realize how good you are.
So we spar together. And those guys, they are like, they are scoring 29, 28 years old and nobody can touch me. And I’m 54 years old. And I play with them with my legs, not jujitsu. So I always propose people to come to my camp and nobody is showing up. So if I’m on TV here and I am talking to the UFC and Dana White and saying hey guys can always come to us….I think it will be very good for the UFC champions to come and to do some sparring with me to teach how to use your legs….because your legs are weak. Your knees are below your feet. So when you slap somebody, it’s just a slap.
And if you don’t believe me, come to me and we can spar together and you can see my dexterity, power, flexibility…But I think they have a contract with UFC and I will take credit and that’s not that. I want to be in the shadow to train so I feel good with them because I love those champions, you know, I’m good. I’m damn good."
Anyone interested in making a Steve Seagal VS JCVD super fight happen in a cage? Sounds like it's a thing that should happen sooner than later. You can order "Pound of Flesh" from Amazon at this link here.
“Salsa in the Square:” Team USA Wrestlers To Face Cuba In Times Square In New York City To Highlight Beat the Streets Gala Night
In what has become a rite of spring in New York, Beat the Streets Wrestling, Inc. and USA Wrestling today announced details of this year's international competition, which returns to Times Square on Thursday, May 21, this time back in the Duffy Square location at 46th Street in Manhattan. Competitors for Team USA and the Cuban National Team will compete in all three Olympic styles, a preview of top contenders for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games.
Billed as the “Salsa in the Square,” this will be the first time that a dual meet between a U.S. team and a Cuban team in an Olympic sport will take place in the United States since the historic change in USA and Cuban political relations earlier this year. It is also the first time that a Cuban wrestling team will compete in New York City in a dozen years, since the successful 2003 World Freestyle Wrestling Championships were held at Madison Square Garden. Overall, this unique and electrifying annual event helps raise significant funds to further BTS’ mission to develop the full human and athletic potential of the urban youth and the strengthen the culture of New York City wrestling.
“The entire night, from our historic outdoor wrestling in Times Square to the awards gala at The Best Buy Theater ensures that we can continue to help, support and grow wrestling for kids in New York City and beyond,” said Jim Fallis, Executive Director of Beat the Streets. “The format with our top American wrestlers taking on a Cuban team gives us an added bonus this year and shows that sport can go even further in overcoming political obstacles that once existed, all of which should make for another amazing night for our sport, for our kids and for our great city.”
The Cuban Wrestling Federation has announced its lineup of stars who will be competing against the United States in Times Square. Team Cuba will include seven men’s freestyle wrestlers, four women’s freestyle wrestlers and two Greco-Roman wrestlers, showcasing talent in all three Olympic styles.
The Cuban team features four past medalists in men’s freestyle: 2012 Olympic bronze medalist and three-time World medalist Livan Lopez Azcuy at 74 kg in men’s freestyle, three-time World medalist Reineris Salas Perez at 86 kg, plus 2014 World bronze medalist Yowlys Bonne Rodriguez at 57 kg and Javier Cortina Lacerra at 97 kg. The women’s freestyle and Greco-Roman athletes are a mix of veteran stars and exciting young talents. Combined, the team has won 11 Pan American individual gold medals and four Junior World medals.
The U.S. opponents for each of the Cuban wrestlers are currently being determined, with match-ups to be released individually in the upcoming days. The U.S. team will feature veteran World and Olympic medalists, along with some young stars who have already made a big impact on the international scene.
Top Beat the Streets middle school and high school students will take the mat showcasing their skills in exhibition matches beginning at 4pm to start the evening. Then it's Team USA vs. Cuba at 5:30 p.m., followed by the Beat the Streets Award Gala at 7:30 p.m. at Best Buy Theater (1515 Broadway).
The USA vs. the World dual requires a ticket for reserved seating in Times Square, but is an outdoor event. Pedestrians and non-ticket holders are encouraged to watch. Admission tickets may be bought in advance at www.btsny.org or 212.245.6570. A ticket is required for the Gala. More details are available at http://www.btsny.org/gala
The Gala Celebration will follow the wrestling competition at Best Buy Theater. This unique and electrifying annual event helps Beat the Streets(BTS) raise significant funds to further its mission. Whether it’s providing a safe, constructive outlet for our urban youth, fighting childhood obesity, empowering women, or uniting entire nations, wrestling teaches persistence, dedication, and the value of working hard to achieve one’s goals, creates opportunities for personal and universal growth. BTS currently serve over 3,000 student-athletes every year.
The world-class competition has been hosted in Times Square three previous times. In 2011, the United States defeated World champion Russia, 5-2, the first sports event ever held in historic Times Square. In 2012, another U.S. vs. Russia dual meet was held in Times Square, along with the U.S. Olympic Team Wrestle-off for the 60 kg/132 lbs. position on the U.S. Olympic Team in men’s freestyle. In 2014, the USA defeated a World All-Star Team in Times Square, 8-3.
This will be the sixth straight year in which a major international-style wrestling competition will be hosted as part of the Beat the Streets Gala activities. In 2010, an all-star challenge featuring top U.S. wrestlers was held on the USS Intrepid, an aircraft carrier docked on the west side of Manhattan. In 2013, the event was hosted in historic Grand Central Terminal. Dubbed “The Rumble on the Rails,” it featured dual meets between Team USA, Russia and Iran and was an important part of the international Keep Olympic Wrestling effort, which resulted in wrestling retaining its status on the Olympic Games program.
“Salsa In The Square,” Beat The Streets Wrestling Schedule
At New York, May 21, 2014
4:00 p.m. — Beat the Streets Exhibition Matches in Duffy Square at 46th Street
5:30 p.m. — World Class Wrestling: Team USA vs. Team Cuba at 46th Street
7:30 p.m. — Gala Celebration at Best Buy Theater at 1515 Broadway
CUBAN NATIONAL TEAM
For USA vs. Cuba Wrestling Dual
In Times Square, New York, N.Y., May 21
57 kg/125.5 lbs. — Yowlys Bonne Rodriguez
65 kg/143 lbs. — Franklin Maren Castillo
74 kg/163 lbs. — Livan Lopez Azcuy
74 kg/163 lbs. — Luis Esteban Quintana Martinez
86 kg/189 lbs. — Reineris Salas Perez
97 kg/213 lbs. — Javier Cortina Lacerra
125 kg/275 lbs. — Andres Ramos Dinza
48 kg/105.5 lbs. — Yusneylis Guzman Lopez
55 kg/121 lbs. — Yamilka del Valle Alvarez
60 kg/132 lbs. — Yekelin Stornell Elastigue
69 kg/152 lbs. — Yudari Sanchez Rodriguez
59 kg/130 lbs. — Maykel Anache Lamout
75 kg/165 lbs. — Yurisandi Hernandez Rios
Team Leader — Eduardo Perez Tellez
Coach — Julio Mendieta Cuellar
Coach — Mario Olivera Hernandez
Coach — Elio Garraway Clark
Medical staff — Siggilfredo Acosta Chacon
Referee — Yunior Sosa Naranjo
Urijah Faber was recently on the "Fighter and The Kid" podcast, where he let the world know about what he liked and does not like about UFC featherweight title challenger, Conor McGregor.
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"I wouldn't mind fighting Conor. I'll tell you what -- he's got something that a lot of guys don't have. Something a guy like me doesn't have, a guy like Chad Mendes doesn't have, a guy like Frankie Edgar doesn't have, and that's the instincts and willingness to give up when he's about to get knee barred. I wouldn't give up. Come on ... His knee was in danger of having some pain inflicted on it and he was like, 'I'm out.'" He continued to pour salt in the wound, adding, "If his body is in danger, he gives up."
The former WEC champ was referencing McGregor's fights (and losses by submission) against Artemij Sitenkov and Joseph Duffy from many years back when Conor was a young pup.
Faber was not completely insulting about Conor, and discussed his interest in fighting him, although he saw it ending in his favor. "I think that would be a good fight," Faber commented. "He's massive compared to me, very athletic. But, the good thing is, he does give up, and I don't."
Urijah Faber will meet Frankie Edgar in a mega-fight on May 16 at UFC Fight Night in Manila, so no better time than to place a bet on this match. Currently on Paddy Power, Edgar is at 2/7 while Faber comes in at 5/2, so take a look and see if it is worth cashing in on.
GLORY, the world’s premier kickboxing league, today announced broadcast details for "Countdown to GLORY 21," the half hour special hosted by Bill Goldberg that looks ahead to GLORY 21 on Friday, May 8, featuring in-depth interviews with GLORY Middleweight World Champion Artem Levin and title challenger Simon Marcus as they prepare for their heated rematch that headlines the San Diego event.
Premiering on Friday, May 1 and airing through Thursday, May 7, "Countdown to GLORY 21" will be available to 80 million homes nationwide through network affiliates including Cox Sports Television, KVVV-LD, Time Warner Cable Sports Channel, Comcast Network, Channel 4 San Diego, SWX Sports, WBUW, TUFF TV, Youtoo America, AMGTV, and Untamed Sports TV.
GLORY 21 airs live on Spike TV Friday, May 8 at 11/10c from Valley View Casino Center in San Diego. The event is headlined by GLORY Middleweight World Champion Artem "The Lion" Levin (50-4-1, 33 KOs) of Russia defending his belt against Canadian muay thai world champion Simon "Bad Bwoy" Marcus (42-2-1, 24 KOs).
As anticipation builds for the most anticipated fight of this era — the blockbuster May 2 welterweight unification title showdown between superstars Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao — HBO Boxing commentators Jim Lampley and Max Kellerman hosted an exclusive HBO special that lends historical perspective and offers spirited discussions with the five elite prizefighters who have gone toe-to-toe with both Mayweather and Pacquiao.
The half-hour special will open with Lampley and Kellerman setting the stage for the mega-fight, which is expected to set all relevant box-office records. Then Lampley sits down with Oscar de la Hoya and Shane Mosley, who faced both Mayweather and Pacquiao, to talk about how they trained and fought them and what they think each fighter will need to do to win the upcoming showdown. HBO also captured interviews with middleweight title-holder Miguel Cotto, former British boxing sensation Ricky Hatton and former four-division champion Juan Manuel Marquez, all of whom fought Pacquiao and Mayweather in the Las Vegas spotlight.
The closing segment will be hosted by Kellerman, who will anchor a roundtable discussion with three Hall of Fame fighters who know what it is like to train and excel for a super fight that captures the world’s attention. Panelists include former heavyweight champs George Foreman and Lennox Lewis and former middleweight and light heavyweight champ Bernard Hopkins. Both Foreman and Lewis are enshrined in the Hall of Fame and Hopkins is a sure-fire selection. All three flourished in the intense spotlight of a mega-fight.
The 147-pound unification championship showdown takes place at a capacity filled MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday, May 2.