Weekend Boxing Recap: Manny Pacquiao Plasters Lucas Matthysse

What a great fight this was.

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Last night (Sat. July 15, 2018) Manny Pacquiao picked up his first stoppage victory inside the boxing ring since 2009.

He defeated Lucas Matthysse via seventh round TKO. The 39-year-old’s last knockout occurred back in November of 2009 when he finished Miguel Cotto in the 12th round.

“Pac-Man” has now won three of his last four fights inside the ring. His last defeat came in July of last year when he dropped a controversial unanimous decision to Jeff Horn in Australia. He lost the WBO welterweight championship as a result.

Pacquiao’s victory over Matthysee last night won him the WBA welterweight crown. Check out some highlights from the bout below:

The undercard results can be found here as well:

  • Moruti Mthalane def. Muhammad Waseem via unanimous decision (114-113, 114-113, 116-110) – won IBF flyweight title
  • Carlos Canizales def. Lu Bin via R12 TKO (2:59) – retained WBA light flyweight title
  • Jhack Tepora def. Edivaldo Ortega via R9 TKO (2:38) – won interim WBA featherweight title

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Cat Zingano Reveals How Scared She Was Before UFC Boise Return

Cat Zingano was “so scared” leading up to her fight at UFC Boise, she takes the victory home regardless.

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“Alpha” Cat Zingano isn’t done just yet.

The former women’s bantamweight title contender looked impressive on Saturday night, July, 14th 2018, en route to a unanimous decision win over Marion Reneau at UFC Boise.

“Alpha” Cat stepped into the sold-out CenturyLink Arena riding a three-fight skid, with her last win coming over current division champion Amanda Nunes September of 2014. Needless to say, a win was of paramount importance for the onetime title challenger Zingano, who has fallen on hard times the last few years.

Speaking with MMA Junkie after the fight, Zingano revealed just how stressful the lead up was for this fight.

“I was so scared going into this fight,” “Alpha Cat said. “I was very, very scared. Coming off three losses, all of them were losses where I just didn’t show up, wake up. I felt out of it.”

“To come in tonight, I wasn’t sure who would show up. I really just wanted to dance my dance and try to feel her and try to stay off rhythm and be wild and crazy and me.”

The last four years have been well documented for Zingano who has endured more than any human should.

Because of that, the first mother to have ever competed inside the octagon displayed a level of determination that few fighters have.

 “I worked so hard for so long without any of the results I wanted,” Zingano said. “I’m grateful for all the steps I took to get here. Although not all of them looked the way I wanted them to, it’s all part of this. I’m grateful and thankful, for everyone and everything along the way, and I’m able to know myself through all of this, and it’s nice to be here, and it’s nice to feel myself again.”

The much-needed win for Zingano sets her on a different trajectory for the second half of the year. As for the 36-year-old’s immediate plans, they are a bit unclear, but she did offer up an interesting rematch- stating she wants to avenge every one of her losses.

“I think we’ve got some unfinished business,” Zingano said. “I think it’s weird for me to call her out. She should call me out. It drives me crazy seeing people that (I’ve beaten) go on. She seems pretty not worried about me. But now that I’m in the W column, she’s got no reason not to lock horns with me again.”

“She’s good. She’s been a good champion. She’s been dominant. But she hasn’t done a whole lot that I feel has evolved past what I’ve done to her. It’s time. The time’s coming.”

Let us know what you think? Will Zingano earn another title shot in the near future or are her best days behind her?

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RECAP! ‘JDS’ Picks Ivanov Apart!

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Heavyweight sluggers Junior dos Santos and Blagoy Ivanov clashed last night (July 14, 2018) at UFC Fight Night 133 inside CenturyLink Arena in Boise, Idaho.
It’s been a tough year for dos Santos — a bru…

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Heavyweight sluggers Junior dos Santos and Blagoy Ivanov clashed last night (July 14, 2018) at UFC Fight Night 133 inside CenturyLink Arena in Boise, Idaho.

It’s been a tough year for dos Santos — a brutal title loss and bullshit USADA suspension both sting in different ways. All that time without wins didn’t cost “JDS” much in terms of sliding down the rankings — not many are climbing up to replace him — but “Cigano” nevertheless had to remind his fellow Heavyweights of his talent.

Ivanov, on the other hand, was making his UFC debut and still something of an unknown to many fans. The decorated Sambo specialist was the longtime World Series of Fighting (WSOF) kingpin and clearly had potential, resulting in an immediate big opportunity opposite the Brazilian.

It didn’t take long for Ivanov to back into the fence at which point dos Santos aimed for the mid-section. “JDS” also began kicking actively while his foe looked to counter. The Bulgarian landed a couple nice right hand counters that gave his opponent pause. On the whole though, the two exchanged at a pretty slow rate, but dos Santos longer range allowed him to land a bit more often.

By the end of the round, dos Santos was landing the better shots and controlling the center, but neither man had fully opened up.

Dos Santos opened up with his kicks a bit more to open the second, including a front snap kick and attempted wheel kick. In addition, dos Santos’ fast jab began to land on the head, not just the mid-section. By the halfway point in the round, the Brazilian was landing very consistently. Having found his range, “JDS” repeatedly dug to the body with straight punches, occasionally aiming for the chin with a big overhand. It wasn’t landing fully just yet, but dos Santos was soundly picking apart his foe.

By the end of the round, Ivanov was bleeding quite a bit and looking a little lost.

Ivanov opened the third round with an increased number of lunging left hands, which was a smart call even if they didn’t land all that well. Moments later, “JDS” stunned his opponent a bit with a right hand and attempted to swarm before being backed off by some nice counters from the Bulgarian. With two minutes remaining, Ivanov finally began scoring with his looping hooks, a couple of which seemed to wobble the Brazilian a bit. Afterward, though, dos Santos went right back to moving well and picking off his counter hooks.

The third was probably the closest round of the fight, and it still leaned towards “JDS.”

The fourth round generally continued along a similar path. Ivanov had long since abandoned his sit-on-the-fence-and-wait strategy — which was for the best — instead choosing to randomly lunge forward with a looping punch or two. They landed occasionally but mostly came up short. All the while, dos Santos danced around and popped him with jabs, occasionally planting more to land at a much higher pace.

The Bulgarian needed a knockout with five minutes remaining.

Unfortunately for “Blaga,” it didn’t work out that way. In the fifth, the most major development was dos Santos recommitting to the body kick, which ripped into his opponent’s side. Just after, dos Santos scored a big right hand that put Ivanov on his heels. For the rest of the round, dos Santos mostly circled the Octagon and jabbed, happy to take home a clear-cut decision victory.

This was largely Junior dos Santos vs. Ben Rothwell 2. Against a big man who favored loopy punch and flurries, dos Santos used quick feet and sharp body shots to deter the charge. In this fight, dos Santos did a much better job of working with kicks. Ivanov had a shorter range than the Brazilian, and dos Santos took advantage by pounding his mid-section with front and round kicks. Once dos Santos had established the body shot, everything worked wonderfully. Ivanov was forced to react to the slightest dip in posture from the Brazilian, and it also forced the Bulgarian to slow significantly.

On a negative note, “JDS” still has a bizarre tendency to back himself into the fence and drop his hands, even occasionally looking away from his opponent while still in range.

As for Ivanov, this is largely what I expected from the Bulgarian. In the WSOF, he found much more success at countering sloppy rushes, but “JDS” knows how to strike from range without falling forward face-first. After that strategy failed, Ivanov was left with little more than toughness and a winging left hand.

Credit to him for trying, but that’s not enough at the highest level of the UFC.

Last night, Junior dos Santos returned to form and picked his opponent apart. Is a rubber match with Stipe Miocic next?

For complete UFC Fight Night 133 “Dos Santos vs. Ivanov” results and play-by-play, click HERE!

Dominick Cruz Says Cormier Lured Miocic Into a Trap

Dominick Cruz believes Daniel Cormier baited Stipe Miocic at UFC 226. Cormier challenged Miocic for the UFC heavyweight title inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. “DC” captured the gold via first-round knockout. He is now a two-divis…

Dominick Cruz believes Daniel Cormier baited Stipe Miocic at UFC 226. Cormier challenged Miocic for the UFC heavyweight title inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. “DC” captured the gold via first-round knockout. He is now a two-division champion and is heading for a showdown with Brock Lesnar. Cruz appeared on the Monday Morning Analyst […]

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Niko Price Describes Brutal Hammerfist KO at UFC Boise

Welterweight Niko Price described his one-of-a-kind knockout of Randy Brown at UFC Boise.

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Niko Price delivered one of the more memorable knockouts in recent UFC history this Saturday night (July, 14th 2018) to a sold-out crowd at the CenturyLink Arena in Boise, ID.

Price improved to 12-1 after pummeling Randy Brown during their FS1 main card bout. The long-limbed Price looked to have Brown tied up in a heel hook or ankle lock, but the crafty veteran would use his positioning to deliver some powerful hammerfists off his back to the chin of a helpless Brown.

In doing so, he rapidly and brutally stopped the welterweight contest and earned a well-deserved $50,000 bonus.

Check out the fight-ending hammerfists from the bottom position below:

Price was overjoyed during his post-fight interview with Jimmy Smith and reminded the rest of the welterweights that he is, in fact, a fight finisher after the impressive win.

“I’m trying to knock you out every time – every time I touch your face, man,” Price told MMAjunkie after the fight. “I just kept hitting him, and he went out with the first one.”

“I happened to be able to get like a good extension. And then I just drove through, and when I hit him, his eyes just rolled.”

The rangy welterweight would alert referee Herb Dean that Brown was unconscious after the very first hammerfist, and Dean ended the fight. Price is now 2-0 inside the UFC and would like to return to the octagon as soon as possible, after all its about making each other better in the cage Price said.

“The last couple, I didn’t really hit him too hard because he was already out,” Price explained. “I’m not trying to ruin their careers. We’re here to make each other better and be great fighters and be awesome.”

Price is hoping for a quick turnaround and a potential match-up with a top 15-ranked opponent next.

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