For hard core Ronda Rousey fans, it was more of the same last night at UFC 190. For the more casual “I’ve seen something about her on the news, now I’m a Ronda Rousey fan!” person, it was a grueling 7-fight night. For the UFC circa 2005 fan, it was either a dream or a nightmare, depending on your point of view. Lets get started with the recap!
Apropos of her fighting moniker, Heather “The Heat” Hardy defended her WBC International Super Bantamweight title at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center Saturday evening on the tail end of a brutal, week-long East Coast heat wave.
“I’m an aggressive fighter, and I think that I stand tall and exchange punches, but when girls get hit a lot, they put their face down and then come in and swing,” Heather told me recently, referring to her first fight against “The Hungarian Assassin” Renata Domsodi this past April. “And that’s what happens, I’m standing there punching and they’re coming in with their face and (smacks the knuckles of both fists together). I’m doing a lot of work on trying to keep my distance and not just wait for someone to run in so I can clock them.”
And just like that, the fight is over. Ronda Rousey wins again in the first round over Bethe Correia!
Former Junior Welterweight Champion Danny Garcia pitched nearly a shutout against former two division World Champion Paulie Malignaggi over nine rounds cutting him over and under his right eye. Paulie showed tons of heart, but Garcia was just too strong and in the end, referee Arthur Mercante, JR. did an outstanding job once again, as the third man in the ring, when he stopped the fight in the ninth round not allowing Paulie to take any more punishment. Garcia goes to 31-0, 18 KO’s and it looks like Paulie is going to finally retire. I for one, picked Paulie by the upset, but knew it was a tall task for him at 34 to do it. He showed tons of class in defeat and I wish him the best in retirement and look forward to his boxing commentary on Showtime.
WBA “Regular” not “Unleaded” Middleweight Champion Daniel Jacobs traded knockdowns in the first round with Sergio Mora only to drop him again in the 2nd round causing an ankle injury to Mora that made him unable to continue. Jacobs wins by TKO.
Former Heavyweight Champion John “The Quiet Man” Ruiz is Everything but Quiet on the RSR Podcast Show with Host “Bad” Brad Berkwitt
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The promotional partnership of Jeter Promotions and RBA Promotions will host their second card at the North Hall at Eastern Market on Saturday, August 22. The North Hall is located at 225 Seventh Street in Southeast DC.
Scheduled to appear on the card are undefeated Montgomery Village, MD superwelterweight Gerome “The Showstopper” Quigley (8-0, seven KO’s), middleweight “The Pride of Alexandria (VA)” Brandon Quarles (16-3-1, eight KO’s), heavyweights Luther “Lights Out” Smith (1-0, one KO) of Crofton, MD and Stan Williamson of Columbia, MD (3-0, three KO’s) and super lightweight Cobia “The Soldier” Breedy of Bridgetown, Barbados (3-0, two KO’s).
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Pro boxing comes back to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on Friday, August 28 with a card that will feature a number of Beltway Boxing prospects as well as some very talented out-of-town competitors. The promoters are new to the area — King’s Promotions headed by Marshall Kauffman.
Some of the bouts are already made for this card. In bouts featuring local talent, Landover, MD super middleweight “The Real Deal” Phil Jackson Benson returns in a 10-round contest against Jinner Guerrero of Sucumbios, Ecuador. This will be the first bout for Benson (15-2, 14 KO’s) since his sixth-round TKO loss to Darnell Boone on April 18 in Valley Forge, PA. Guerrero (8-5, six KO’s) has lost four of his last five-contests including a fourth-round TKO loss to Steve Lovett on July 18 in El Paso, TX.
Yudel Jhonson 153.2 vs. Jorge Cota 154.2
John Jackson 153.4 vs. Dennis Laurente 153.6
Javier Maciel 157.2 vs. JC De La Cruz 163.4
Daquan Arnett 154.8 vs. Joshua Conley 154.8
Fabian Maidana 143.6 vs. Peter Oluoch 143.8
Bryant Parella 146.4 vs. Eduardo Flores 148.4
Miguel Cruz 148.6 vs. Travis Hartman 148.8
Javontae Starks 148.6 vs. Carlos Galvan 149
Brian Rose, 27-3-1, 8 KO’s got his revenge from a first round TKO loss in his first match against Oklahoma native, Carson Jones, 37-11-3, 27 KO’s who dropped a twelve round unanimous decision at the KC Lightstream Stadium in Hull, England. Jones hurt Rose in the 2nd round when he split his nose open. However, Rose was the more active fighter and in the end, the judges scorecards read: 119-111, 117-112 and 116-112 all for Rose.
Due to a last minute, non-career threatening medical issue, Jr. Lightweight Frank De Alba will not be able to compete in Tonight’s fight with Omar Douglas at Barclays Center. The bout was scheduled to be streamed on ESPN3.com.
More details on De Alba will announced shortly.
Interesting article penned by journalist Anthony Riccobono about a possible 2016 match between Manny Pacquiao and Amir Khan. Read HERE
Journalist Victor Mather penned an interesting article about Ronda Rousey being a young Mike Tyson. Click HERE to read it.
UFC 190, which is headlined by the UFC Women’s Bantamweight title fight between Ronda Rousey and Bethe Correia and the light heavyweight title fight between Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and Rogerio Nogueira, airs live on Pay-Per-View from the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil at 10pm ET / 7pm PT. Four prelim bouts will air live on FOX Sports 1 at 8pm ET / 5pm PT, and the event’s first two prelims will air exclusively on UFC FIGHT PASS beginning at 7pm ET/4pm PT.
By “Bad” Brad Berkwitt
Sad news just reached the RSR office that WWE Wrestling Legend Rowdy Roddy Piper has died at the age of 61. He was a huge part of my teenage years when I watched all the WWE events and none were more exciting than when he mixed it up with Hulk Hogan. Roddy could work a storyline like very few wrestlers can today. Piper died from cardiac arrest in his sleep at his home in Hollywood on Thursday night as first reported by TMZ Sports.
RIP Roddy, you gave your fans everything in your heyday……
Adrien “Has Problems” Broner TMZ SPORTS SHOCKER: Can You Say, “Floyd Mayweather, JR I Want to Be You”? – Breaking News
Adrien Broner once again, made TMZ Sports. Check the report out HERE.
By Dave “Mythical” Siderski
Rocky Marciano is the only undefeated Heavyweight World Champion in boxing history. He held the title from September 1952 to April 1956, when he retired at the age of 32 with a record of 49-0, 43 KOs. During the course of his title run, Rocky defeated the likes of Jersey Joe Walcott, Ezzard Charles and Archie Moore among others.
So how good was Marciano really? If you asked this question 35-40 years ago, Rocky probably would ranked as a consensus top 3-5 all-time Heavyweight. Bert Sugar ranked him #14 all-time pound for pound of all-time. Contemporary opinions of Marciano seem to be a little more tempered with Rocky still highly respected but not included among the likes of Ali, Louis, and Dempsey, and Johnson at the very top of the all-time Heavyweight list.
Photo Credit: Donny Lalonde (Donny, Krystian & Lou Savarese)
Fight time is always full of anticipation and wonderment for boxers especially early in their careers. As we approached Krystian’s second fight it was nice to see how much more relaxed he was the week of the fight. Many rounds of boxing with ring veteran Nagy Alguilera who has a 19-9, 13 KO’s and has fought some of the best in the heavyweight division as well as Eugene “The Machine” Hill, 31-1, 21 KO’s another seasoned veteran helped Krystian gain confidence and experience that provided a sense of comfort leading into a fight he worked hard to develop patience and ring generalship for.
By “The Aficionado” Alan J. Kindred
Over the last several weeks the fight of the week had focused on more obscure and lesser known lower weight fights, but this week the fight chosen for fight of the week, is the one with the biggest names. This fight between Welterweights (RSR #13) Danny Garcia, 30-0, 17 KO’s, and (RSR #10) Paulie Malignaggi, 33-6, 7 KO’s, features a number of interesting intangibles we can take a look at heading into their showdown. I am certainly not predicting a fight of the year candidate by any means, but for those fans who appreciate the subtle nuances of the sweet science, this one could be for you.