This Saturday night, June 13th, live from the Madison Square Garden Theatre in New York City, New York, Nicholas Walters, 25-0, 21 KO’s, the undefeated number one featherweight in the world, seeks redemption against Colombian power puncher Miguel Marriaga, 20-0, 18 KO’s, who beat Walters in the amateurs for a spot in the 2008 Olympics. Walters will be making his fourth defense of his WBA world featherweight championship, and the bout will be aired on HBO.
Former four-division world champion and future Hall of Famer Roy Jones Jr. (61-8) will continue his quest towards a world title in a fifth weight class on August 15th. Jones, who has reeled off 7 victories in a row, will headline Knockout Season 2’s live fight card at the Foxwoods Hotel and Casino and will be broadcast live on Fuse/NuvoTV. Jones also served as the host of Knockout’s second season.
“Bellator MMA: Unfinished Business” takes place Friday, June 19 at St. Louis’ Scottrade Center and airs live on Spike. Tickets for “Bellator MMA: Unfinished Business,” which start at just $30, are currently on sale at Ticketmaster.com.
Injury to James Thompson Derails ‘Bellator: Unfinished Business’ Heavyweight Rematch, Dan Charles Steps Up Against Bobby “The Dominator” Lashley
Eric Irvin (9-3) vs. Hugh Pulley (4-2)
Bellator Lightweight Prelim Fight: Rashard Lovelace (debut) vs. Demagio Smith (1-1)
Bellator Featherweight Prelim Fight: Kain Royer (1-1) vs. Enrique Watson (1-0)
Bellator Bantamweight Prelim Fight: A.J. Siscoe (0-1) vs. Garrett Mueller (1-0)
Three-time, two division world champion Randall “KO King” Bailey (44-8, 37 KOs) returns to the ring June 20 after a long absence to fight veteran Gundrick “Sho-Gun” King (18-14, 11 KOs) in the 10-round main event at Riverdale Center of Arts in Riverdale, Georgia.
Contrary to some erroneous reports and misconceptions, the 40-year-old Bailey never retired. Unfortunately, he hasn’t fought in 1 ½ years, only four times in nearly five years, due to his well-earned reputation as, pound-for-pound, one of the hardest one-punch boxers in the world.
By “The Aficionado” Alan J. Kindred
This weekend the boxing world may just be in for a surprise treat when WBA “Super” World Featherweight champion Nicholas “The Axe Man” Walters, 25-0, 21 KO’s, defends his championship against little known, but hard hitting Miguel “The Scorpion” Marriaga, 20-0, 18 KO’s. With a combined knock out percentage of 87%, the likelihood of this bout producing fireworks is excellent. It may end up being a fight of the year candidate.
To say it is unfortunate what WWE Creative has done to Bray Wyatt’s character over the last six months (arguably for the last year) is a serious understatement. It has become absolutely clear that Creative has no plan and no idea what to do with Bray Wyatt next. Wyatt is arguably one of the most talented wrestlers on the WWE roster and really could be utilized in a number of storylines, but for whatever reason, he continues to be absent from recent PPV’s, Smackdown, and Monday Night Raw.
In a recent episode of Brendan Schaub’s podcast, The Fighter and the Kid, the Ultimate Fighter season 8 finalist says, unless he gets a blockbuster fight, he will not step in to the octagon for $10,000 in sponsorship.
“To me, there came a point, especially with this Reebok deal, where I said, Okay, and I’m not trying to get in trouble, not trying to make headlines; this is just me talking, being real. So, I said to myself, Okay, Reebok wants my exclusive rights inside the cage for 10K…for 10 grand. Man! You know what’s going on in my world as far as entertainment goes.” He goes on, “The brain and the people that are smarter than me, like Joe Rogan, Bryan Callen, Tim Tebow, my Dad, my CAA agents, um everyone who’s way smarter than me go, No, no, no. You have too much else going on. You make too much money elsewhere to get punched in the head.”
By Donny “Golden Boy” Lalonde
How good is the new WBC Heavyweight Champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder, 33-0, 32 KO’s? Well, I thought Bermaine Stiverne was hurting him to the body. I felt he was very vulnerable in that fight and Bermaine had ever opportunity to knock Deontay out, but just didn’t throw punches that he is very capable of throwing.
“Bellator MMA: Kongo vs. Volkov” Adds Middleweight Slugfest Pitting Joe Schilling vs. Hisaki Kato – MMA News
A card loaded with explosive contests has received one more potential slugfest, as middleweight sluggers Joe “Stitch ‘Em Up” Schilling (2-4) and Hisaki Kato (4-1) will clash in the fourth and final main-card matchup of next month’s “Bellator MMA: Kongo vs. Volkov” event which airs live on Spike.
Headlined by a heavyweight contest between French striking specialist Cheick Kongo (22-10-2) and former Bellator MMA Heavyweight World Champion Alexander “Drago” Volkov (24-5), “Bellator MMA: Kongo vs. Volkov” takes place June 26 at Kansas Star Event Center Arena in Mulvane, Kan.
Emmanuel Sanchez Replaces Injured Goiti Yamauchi: Plus Four Additional Preliminary Bouts Complete 13-Fight “Bellator: Kongo vs. Volkov” Card On June 26
With an unfortunate injury forcing the withdrawal of Goiti Yamauchi, Emmanuel “El Matador” Sanchez (10-1) receives the call to step in against former featherweight champion Pat “Paddy Mike” Curran (20-7). With this change of opponent, and four newly announced matchups, “Bellator MMA: Kongo vs. Volkov” on June 26 is now complete with 13 total scraps to sink your teeth into.
The additional fights include heavyweight bouts between Alex Huddleston (5-1) vs. Javy Ayala (8-3) and Derek Bohi (5-4) vs. Frederick Brown (2-1) as well as featherweights Greg Scott (3-3) vs. Gaston Reyno (3-0) and lightweights Marcio Navarro (13-11) vs. Cody Carrillo (8-11).
With an incredible four-fight Spike-broadcast main card already locked up for the June 26th “Bellator: Kongo vs. Volkov” event, Bellator MMA officials are now turning their attention to the evening’s Spike.com-streamed preliminary lineup.
The first preliminary contest booked features featherweight standout Bubba “The Highlight Kid” Jenkins (8-2), as he looks to build his way back to a title shot against 28-fight veteran Joe “The Nose” Wilk (18-10).
International Knockout Artists Cheick Kongo & Alexander Volkov Clash on June 26th – MMA Breaking News
The two sluggers clash in the five-round main event of “Bellator MMA: Kongo vs. Volkov,” which takes place at Kansas Star Event Center Arena in Mulvane, Kan.
The heavyweight slugfest joins previously announced matchups of lightweights Dave “The Caveman” Rickels (16-3) vs. John “The Natural” Alessio (35-17) and former Bellator MMA featherweight champion Pat “Paddy Mike” Curran (20-7) vs. Goiti Yamauchi (18-2) on the event’s featured portion.
The first two fights confirmed to take place on the “Bellator 139” main card have been announced with Kansas’ own David “The Caveman” Rickels (16-3) taking on Pride Fighting Championships veteran John Alessio (35-17) in lightweight action and former featherweight champ Pat Curran (20-7) faces Goiti Yamauchi (18-2).
Many of boxing’s best prospects indulged their hands on heavy bags, pads, speed bags, and various other tools of fistic instruction as children. That wasn’t the case with Australia’s own battling welterweight, Jeff “The Hornet” Horn. At the physically matured age of eighteen, the Brisbane native entered the gym with the intent of learning self-defense and getting in shape. He accomplished both, but in the process of doing so, Horn’s aptitude for the nuances of boxing became quickly apparent by his trainer Glenn Rushton. Coach Rushton wished to put this newly discovered talent through its paces by entering Horn into the amateurs with the intent of making him an Olympian.
By Packy “Boom Boom” Goldstein
Oy Vay are you going to hear it today… Well, RSR readers the kitchen that cost me 50k and Sadie designed is coming along nicely. She only broke my bagels once today picking out cabinets. But hey, she is the lady I have been with for 50 years, so she can break my bagels anytime she wants.
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Argentina’s power-punching southpaw, Jesus “El Forastero” Cuellar, 27-1, 21 KO’s, matched up with ring veteran, Vic Darchinyan, 40-8-1, 29 KO’s, over the weekend in a twelve-round contest. In a competitive match-up, Darchinyan showed that even at the age of 39 he still has some fistic wherewithal when he stunned Cuellar in round one and four. The Armenian native also showed that the old boxing brain was still ticking when he boxed fairly well throughout the course of the bout, circling nicely and using distance to good effect. However, it was Darchinyan’s size deficiency and Cuellar’s aggression, work rate, and power which ultimately prevailed. The Argentine kept up a steady pace and eventually found a home on Vic’s chin with a strong right hook that sent Darchinyan sprawling to the canvass. Darchinyan managed to arise before the ten-count, but he was glassy-eyed and clearly didn’t have his wits about him. The referee felt that the veteran was in proper shape to continue and allowed Cuellar a number of free shots against the ropes which halted the bout in the eighth.
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By Packy “Boom Boom” Goldstein
Oy Vay are you going to hear it today… What a weekend. Sadie broke my bagels over the kitchen renovation which now has exceeded 50k! We were on a 35K budget, but as my Sadie can make money disappear like Al used to back in the day with a broad from the 500 Club in Atlantic City. Al was something in those days before he became a father to Bradley AKA “Bad” Brad many – many years later. He would pull women sometimes a foot taller than his 5’2 self, which always cracked me up. I will never stop missing my pal.