Video: Chris Leben Brutally Sleeps Phil Baroni

Last night’s (Fri., November 9, 2018) World Bare Knuckle Fighting Federation (WBKFF) from Casper, Wyoming, provided a surprisingly entertaining night of action featuring several former MMA stars. Headliner Chris Leben stole the show. Johny Hendricks got melted by late notice opponent Dakota Cochrane in the co-main event. Yet the main event featured an even more brutal […]

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Last night’s (Fri., November 9, 2018) World Bare Knuckle Fighting Federation (WBKFF) from Casper, Wyoming, provided a surprisingly entertaining night of action featuring several former MMA stars. Headliner Chris Leben stole the show.

Johny Hendricks got melted by late notice opponent Dakota Cochrane in the co-main event. Yet the main event featured an even more brutal KO.

Longtime UFC veteran Leben met outspoken MMA personality Phil Baroni in the WBKFF’s first-ever headliner. It only took ‘The Crippler’ just over a minute to KO ‘The New York Badass.’

Watch it via Dave Madden on Twitter here, and get your full WBKFF results here:

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Video: Johny Hendricks Gets Knocked Out In Bare Knuckle Debut

Johny Hendricks was attempting to recreate his combat sports career at the first-ever World Bare Knuckle Fighting Federation (WBKFF) from Casper, Wyoming, last night (Fri., November 9, 2018). But his opponent Brennan Ward pulled out of their slated main event with an injury. That sent former UFC welterweight champion ‘Bigg Rigg’ down to the co-main […]

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Johny Hendricks was attempting to recreate his combat sports career at the first-ever World Bare Knuckle Fighting Federation (WBKFF) from Casper, Wyoming, last night (Fri., November 9, 2018).

But his opponent Brennan Ward pulled out of their slated main event with an injury. That sent former UFC welterweight champion ‘Bigg Rigg’ down to the co-main against late-notice replacement Dakota Cochrane. That apparently didn’t matter for Cochrane.

He blitzed the fallen champion with a rushing combination to score a huge knockout in the second round as a result. Watch the vicious stoppage via Dave Madden on Twitter below and get full WBKFF results here:

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Breaking: Floyd Mayweather Says RIZIN Fight Is Already Off

Well, that didn’t take long. Three days after it was surprisingly announced “Money” would fight Japanese kickboxing sensation Tenshin Nasukawa in RIZIN FF 14 next month, Floyd Mayweather says the fight is off. The undefeated boxing legend took to Instagram today (November 7, 2018) to reveal that the terms of the fight were not to his […]

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Well, that didn’t take long.

Three days after it was surprisingly announced “Money” would fight Japanese kickboxing sensation Tenshin Nasukawa in RIZIN FF 14 next month, Floyd Mayweather says the fight is off.

The undefeated boxing legend took to Instagram today (November 7, 2018) to reveal that the terms of the fight were not to his liking. According to him the supposed ‘exhibition fight’ was now off. Mayweather says he never agreed to an official bout with Nasukawa:

“Now that I am back on U.S. soil after a long and disappointing trip to Tokyo, I now have the time to address you, my fans and the media in regards to the upcoming event on December 31st that was recently announced. First and foremost, I want it to be clear that I, Floyd Mayweather, never agreed to an official bout with Tenshin Nasukawa. In fact (with all due respect) I have never heard of him until this recent trip to Japan. Ultimately, I was asked to participate in a 9 minute exhibition of 3 rounds with an opponent selected by the “Rizen Fighting Federation.”

Non-Televised Exhibition?

Mayweather claims he was told he would be putting on an exhibition for a ‘small group of wealthy investors for a large payday. ‘Money’ insists he was told it was never meant to be on an official fight card or televised:

“What I was originally informed of by Brent Johnson of “One Entertainment” was that this was to be an exhibition put on for a small group of wealthy spectators for a very large fee. This exhibition was previously arranged as a “Special Bout” purely for entertainment purposes with no intentions of being represented as an official fight card nor televised worldwide.”

He claimed the press conference went South as soon as he got there. “Money’ apologized to his fans who had become invested in the fight due to the “misleading information.” He closed by saying he is still a retired fighter and only makes appears in ‘speaking engagements’ and ‘occasional small exhibitions’ for large amounts of money:

“Once I arrived to the press conference, my team and I were completely derailed by the new direction this event was going and we should have put a stop to it immediately. I want to sincerely apologize to my fans for the very misleading information that was announced during this press conference and I can assure you that I too was completely blindsided by the arrangements that were being made without my consent nor approval.

“For the sake of the several fans and attendees that flew in from all parts of the world to attend this past press conference, I was hesitant to create a huge disturbance by combating what was being said and for that I am truly sorry. I am a retired boxer that earns an unprecedented amount of money, globally, for appearances, speaking engagements and occasional small exhibitions.”

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Now that I am back on U.S. soil after a long and disappointing trip to Tokyo, I now have the time to address you, my fans and the media in regard to the upcoming event on December 31st that was recently announced. First and foremost, I want it to be clear that I, Floyd Mayweather, never agreed to an official bout with Tenshin Nasukawa. In fact (with all due respect) I have never heard of him until this recent trip to Japan. Ultimately, I was asked to participate in a 9 minute exhibition of 3 rounds with an opponent selected by the "Rizen Fighting Federation". What I was originally informed of by Brent Johnson of "One Entertainment" was that this was to be an exhibition put on for a small group of wealthy spectators for a very large fee. This exhibition was previously arranged as a "Special Bout" purely for entertainment purposes with no intentions of being represented as an official fight card nor televised worldwide. Once I arrived to the press conference, my team and I were completely derailed by the new direction this event was going and we should have put a stop to it immediately. I want to sincerely apologize to my fans for the very misleading information that was announced during this press conference and I can assure you that I too was completely blindsided by the arrangements that were being made without my consent nor approval. For the sake of the several fans and attendees that flew in from all parts of the world to attend this past press conference, I was hesitant to create a huge disturbance by combating what was being said and for that I am truly sorry. I am a retired boxer that earns an unprecedented amount of money, globally, for appearances, speaking engagements and occasional small exhibitions.

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Boxing Champ: Tyson Fury vs. Deontay Wilder ‘Has Come Too Soon’

Controversial heavyweight Tyson Fury will face arguably the toughest test of his 10-year career when he meets undefeated Deontay Wilder on December 1 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. “The Gypsy King” was the talk of the boxing world when he dethroned Wladimir Klitschko to win five heavyweight titles in November 2015. But the success […]

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Controversial heavyweight Tyson Fury will face arguably the toughest test of his 10-year career when he meets undefeated Deontay Wilder on December 1 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.

“The Gypsy King” was the talk of the boxing world when he dethroned Wladimir Klitschko to win five heavyweight titles in November 2015. But the success was apparently too much, too quick, as Fury underwent a long battle with depression and substance abuse. That, along with a suspension for a failed drug test, led to him being out of the sport for over two-and-a-half years.

Fury returned with two clear victories over lesser-known competitors Sefer Seferi and Francesco Pianeta in June and August, respectively. Now, Fury is set to take on the decorated 40-0 Wilder, but one of his former opponents-turned-close-friend says it’s too soon. Speaking to The Daily Mail, WBA International champion Dereck Chisora said Fury’s match with Wilder has simply come too fast:

“I’m always going to be rooting for the Union Jack but I believe this fight has come too soon and Fury has taken the fight too early.”

Demons To Face

Fury has beaten his fellow Brit Chisora twice in the past. The two became close friends after the bouts. Due to their relationship, Chisora offered his view that Fury should have taken more time to confront his personal issues rather than face heavyweight’s biggest name right away:

“He has got his own demons that he has to fight first. He is saying to the people that he’s not fighting those demons anymore and I find that hard to believe.”

Chisora offered his prediction for the fight. He noted that if Fury can implement a smart gameplan like he used to dethrone Klitschko, then he may last the full duration of the bout. If he gets hit by the thunderous Wilder, however, the fight could end much quicker:

‘It will be a tricky one. If Tyson boxes how he did against Klitschko he might survive the whole 12 rounds. But when he gets hit by that guy, who hits like a mule, it’s goodnight.’

The words seem to be a genuine concern for Furys physical and mental well-being. Fury has passed all of his drug tests for the fight thus far.

However, the two tune-up fights he’s participated in since his layoff may not be nearly enough. It obviously takes time and preparation to face a steamrolling opponent like Wilder. We’re going to find out what happens next month in Los Angeles. But Chisora thinks Fury should have bode his time better.

Do you agree?

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Chael Sonnen: I ‘Don’t Know’ That Any Boxer Can Beat Jon Jones

Former UFC middleweight and light heavyweight title challenger Chael Sonnen isn’t sure any boxer can beat Jon Jones.

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Jon Jones is simply a winner – or that’s what one outspoken MMA name believes.

Jones has excelled in all athletic endeavors he has taken part of. In amateur wrestling, Jones captured an NJCAA Collegiate Championship and was also named an NCJAA All-American. In mixed martial arts (MMA), Jones is a former UFC light heavyweight champion and has never lost inside the cage.

If he were to dedicate his athletic ability fully to boxing, who’s to say Jones won’t see success?

“Bones” recently teased a possible boxing move, saying he believes he could hang with the best of them if given two years to train. Jones’ former opponent, and former UFC middleweight title challenger, Chael Sonnen, seems to agree. Speaking in a Twitter video recently, “The Bad Guy” said he’s not so sure any boxer can beat Jones (via MMA Junkie):

“Some guys are winners, and some guys aren’t,” Sonnen said. “And that is just a reality. And it does not come down to hard work and dedication and discipline and focus and experience. Sometimes it just doesn’t.

“Sometimes you just have a winner. Jon Jones’ highest level that he ever reached in wrestling was the national junior college championships. And guess what? He won it. The highest level that he ever put himself into in mixed martial arts was a light heavyweight championship fight. And guess what? He won it. Some guys are just winners, like it or not. I do not think that Jon Jones is the world’s greatest boxer. I just don’t know that I’m sure that any boxer in the world can beat him.”

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Dana White Teases Launching Zuffa Boxing Soon

UFC President Dana White has provided the latest updated on his boxing venture.

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Dana White teases launching his Zuffa Boxing promotion sooner rather than later, which marks the latest update on his boxing venture. The latest news that fight fans heard about the promotion came a few months ago. This was when White was briefly linked to heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua. However, that got dismissed by the UFC boss quickly.

2018 is nearly in the books and the UFC President has yet to get Zuffa Boxing off the ground. Keep in mind that Zuffa Boxing or White has yet to announce any signed fighters, upcoming events or television deals. In the meantime, White can stay focused on the UFC.

Obviously, things have not gone to plan for White with this venture, which is expected. This is considering that he’s still at the helm of the Las Vegas-based MMA promotion. White provided the latest update in a recent interview with ESPN’s Brett Okamoto. This is where White stated that plans are still ongoing in order to get Zuffa Boxing off the ground.

“I had a meeting in LA yesterday. We are continuing to move forward. We will absolutely, positively be in the boxing business,” White said (H/T to Bloody Elbow).

Dana White Has Big Plans

The UFC boss continued by stating that he just bought a building next door to the UFC headquarters where they have big plans.

“Soon,” White replied when asked about a timeframe. “I just bought the building next door here. We’re building a $12 million facility. We’ll basically have our own arena.”

Those big plans are to hold any kind of fights you can think of. This is from boxing to MMA to even kickboxing. Impressive.

“We’ll be able to put fights right here next door and air them live anywhere in the world. I can do MMA fights, I can do boxing, I can do kickboxing, I can do jiu-jitsu. I can do all kinds of different fights and tournaments. We’re going to do a lot of things.”

This led to Okamoto bringing up former middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin being a free agent due to HBO getting out of boxing. Thus, when asked about, White sort of avoided the question, which is fine. However, he did note that he wants to sign top names and elite contenders.

“If you know how I run my business and what I like. Yes I want all the best boxers in the world,” White said. “I want them all to fight each other and find out who the real champ is. That’s what we’re going to do.”

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