Floyd Mayweather says he is officially done with the ‘brutal sport’ of boxing

The 42-year-old has a 50-0 record

Boxing legend Floyd Mayweather is done with boxing, for real this time. He says the “brutal sport” is behind him, according to Reuters.

Mayweather has retired before, first in 2007 and again in 2015, only to come back and extend his win streak and get paid. This time he claims he is officially hanging up his gloves, which means no rematches against Manny Pacquiao or Canelo Alvarez. 

The 42-year-old has a 50-0 record, and says he is receiving calls about fights but that ultimately, “my health is my wealth.”

Via Reuters:

“Boxing is a very, very brutal sport. In the last few years a lot of fighters have died inside that squared circle. You have got to know when to hang it up. I had a great career.”

This retirement does not mean he will leave the world of boxing completely.

“I’ll still travel and do exhibitions. I make great money doing exhibitions — between $10 and $30 million,” he said, adding in typical Mayweather fashion, “I think I make more doing that than most fighters make fighting.”

He is now focused on his Mayweather + Fitness gym franchise and promotion company Mayweather Promotions. 

Mayweather says he may venture more into MMA to “build his brand,” as he did with his fight against Conor McGregor, but for now believes boxing is king.

“Eventually I will move on to build my brand in MMA but for right now I’m in boxing, and boxing will always be at the top as long as I’m involved,” he said.

As far as his looking back on his career, Mayweather says he is “happy with how everything played out.”

This may be the end of Mayweather the boxer but he will no doubt continue to keep his hands in the sport in one way or another. 

https://www.cbssports.com/boxing/news/floyd-mayweather-says-he-is-officially-done-with-the-brutal-sport-of-boxing/

By: Shanna McCarriston

Demetrious Johnson’s next ONE Championship Flyweight Grand Prix opponent confirmed

On Friday night in Manila, Philippines, Tatsumitsu Wada (21-10-2) defeated Gustavo Balart (8-1) and advanced to the semi-finals of the ONE Championship Flyweight Grand Prix.

All three judges scored the bout in favor of the Japanese mixed martial artist but the decision has proven to be controversial. Balart appeared to be the more effective of the two fighters in all three rounds. He used his patented forward blitz to close the distance and unload fast and powerful punches. He also scored with plenty of well-timed leg kicks throughout the bout. Wada had his moments too, but they were few and far between.

With his unanimous decision win against Balart, Wada has earned a three-round bout with former UFC champion Demetrious Johnson.

Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson (28-3-1) recently moved forward to the semi-final round after he submitted Yuya Wakamatsu (10-4) with a brilliant guillotine choke at ONE: A New Era in Tokyo, Japan. Johnson was tested by the 24-year-old at times in the first round and it wasn’t exactly the walkover that many fans had anticipated before the event.

The other ONE Flyweight Grand Prix semi-final bout will see former ONE flyweight champion Kairat Akhmetov go head-to-head with former title challenger Danny Kingad.

The event and dates of these two flyweight bouts are yet to be announced.

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By: Jake Nichols

UFC 235 Predictions: Cody Garbrandt vs. Pedro Munhoz

Cody Garbrandt is in the spot that former champions like Jose Aldo and Joanna Jedrzejczyk have also found themselves in, with two losses to the champion and no way to move upwards, but he’s also significantly less proven in the division than those two. Garbrandt’s title win over Dominick Cruz was a brilliant performance, but his path to the champion was somewhat questionable; knockouts over Almeida and Mizugaki allowed him to cut in front of the elite contenders to face Cruz. With Cruz’s constant injury issues, Garbrandt essentially has no relevant wins in the current landscape of the division; Cody has a point to prove going into his fight at UFC 235, and he’ll look to use his bout against Pedro Munhoz as an example of why he rocketed up the division in 2016.

Meanwhile, Pedro Munhoz has been quietly rising the ranks for a while now, with excellent wins over Rob Font and Bryan Caraway. “The Young Punisher” has looked sensational as a grappler and has shown off a vicious kicking game in his last two, losing only once in his last seven fights. Scheduled to be on a PPV main card for the first time in the UFC, Munhoz looks to bring his brand of violence to the former champion, and join the current bantamweight champion as the only fighters to professionally defeat Cody No Love.

No Love

Cody Garbrandt’s game is far deeper than it is broad; Garbrandt really only excels as a pocket boxer, but his ancillary skills do a good job funneling his opponents into the area of the fight where they can’t compete. Undefeated as an amateur boxer and undefeated on his road to the championship, Cody “No Love” became the last hope of Team Alpha Male to defeat a resurgent Dominick Cruz; Garbrandt delivered in sensational fashion, but two losses later, he needs a statement win to keep himself in the mix.

Garbrandt’s game is largely “wait for the other guy to swing, and then punch him until he stops functioning.” For an amateur boxer, Garbrandt’s arsenal is oddly narrow; his shot selection is largely limited to the 2-3 and the 3-2, but it worked until UFC 217 due to tight mechanics and insane speed. Garbrandt’s best-case scenario for a fight looks something like his sub-minute KO of Takeya Mizugaki, in which he was able to force exchanges out of his opponent at will and put him down with the first clean connection.

The Cruz performance wasn’t only surprising in the sense that a prospect off a lower-level win took out one of the most highly regarded bantamweights ever, it was also shocking in the sense that “quick KO artist without proven wrestling” seemed to be the perfect matchup for the elusive champion to shine. Garbrandt’s excellent scrambling allowed him to deny every one of Dominick Cruz’s reactive takedowns, and that left Cruz walking into the pocket without one of his primary threats to pit his loopy blows (better at long range when his opponent chases after him) against a faster and crisper puncher willing to wait on him.

As impressive as that performance was, Garbrandt didn’t really fight against type; standing in the pocket swinging 3-2s and 2-3s worked when Cruz didn’t have the fundamental soundness that Garbrandt did, and that allowed Garbrandt to showboat as Cruz swung his long hooks, counter cleanly, and follow Cruz out with flurries as he retreated. The same thing didn’t work against Dillashaw; TJ was able to hang in the pocket with Garbrandt, and that meant that he was able to feint and draw out the (relatively predictable) attack patterns of “No Love” to outdo him in exchanges. Also concerning was Garbrandt’s underdeveloped kick defense; while Garbrandt is one of the mechanically strongest boxers in the UFC, the narrowness of his game and his lack of adaptability meant that Dillashaw was able to outstrike him regardless.

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UFC 232 post-event facts: Jon Jones, Amanda Nunes sport GOAT-worthy resumes

The UFC closed out its 2018 schedule on Saturday with UFC 232, which took place at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif., and aired on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Two new champions were crowned atop the card. Jon Jones (23-1 MMA, 17-1 UFC) once again reclaimed UFC light heavyweight gold when he stopped Alexander Gustafsson (18-5 MMA, 10-5 UFC) by third-round TKO in their anticipated rematch in the main event, while Amanda Nunes (17-4 MMA, 10-1 UFC) scored a stunning 51-second knockout of Cris Cyborg (20-2 MMA, 5-1 UFC) to claim the UFC women’s featherweight championship in the co-headliner.

It was a historic event for the for the company on several levels, and the numbers back it up. For more, check below for 70 post-event facts to come out of UFC 232.

General

The UFC Promotional Guidelines Compliance payout for the event totaled $318,000.

Nunes, Ryan Hall, Alex Volkanovski and Chad Mendes earned $50,000 UFC 232 fight-night bonuses.

Debuting fighters went 0-1 on the card.

UFC 232 drew an announced attendance of 15,862 for a live gate of $2,066,604.

Betting favorites went 8-5 on the card.

Betting favorites improved to 23-15 in UFC headliners this year.

Total fight time for the 13-bout card was 1:54:14.

Main card

Jones’ 11 victories in UFC title fights are tied with Anderson Silva for third most in company history behind Georges St-Pierre (13) and Demetrious Johnson (12).

Jones’ six stoppage victories in UFC title fights are tied with Ronda Rousey for third most in company history behind Silva (nine), Matt Hughes (eight) and Johnson (seven).

Jones’ current 15-fight UFC unbeaten streak in light-heavyweight competition is the longest active streak in the division and longest in the history of the weight class. It’s also the longest UFC unbeaten streak among active fighters.

Jones’ 15-fight unbeaten streak in UFC competition is the second longest in company history behind Anderson Silva (16).

Jones’ 17 victories in UFC light-heavyweight competition are the most in divisional history.

Jones’ 10 stoppage victories in UFC light-heavyweight competition are the most in divisional history.

Jones’ 37 takedowns landed in UFC light-heavyweight competition are fourth most in divisional history behind Corey Anderson (52), Rashad Evans (50) and Ryan Bader (46).

Jones’ total fight time of 4:25:15 in UFC light-heavyweight competition is most in divisional history.

Gustafsson became the seventh fighter in UFC history to go 0-3 in championship fights. Dan Henderson, Chad Mendes, Kenny Florian, Urijah Faber, Pedro Rizzo and Chael Sonnen have also come up short in three title fights.

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Rizin FF 14 results: Mayweather KOs Tenshin in first, Horiguchi taps Caldwell

Earlier in the day, Floyd Mayweather called his exhibition boxing bout with Tenshin Nasukawa a “9 minute walk thru.” As it turned out, he needed less than three.

The 41-year-old Mayweather knocked down the 20-year-old Nasukawa three times in the opening round of their contest, which capped off today’s Rizin FF 14 at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.

Mayweather showed little respect for his opponent at the start, miming real punches while waiting to see what Nasukawa could offer. With a smile on his face, Mayweather came forward and landed a pair of body shots that sent Nasukawa to the canvas for an early takedown. Nasukawa crawled back to his feet, struggling to mask the pain he obviously felt. Mayweather went quickly back to the attack and landed a huge right hand that dropped his foe once again. Clearly struggling to gather his wits, Nasukawa got to his feet once again, but a Mayweather left hook sent him flailing to the floor again, and the Japanese kickboxer’s corner was forced to throw in the towel.

In the night’s MMA main event, Kyoji Horiguchi (26-2) continued his incredible run in his native Japan, tapping out Bellator bantamweight champ Darrion Caldwell (13-2) to claim the Rizin FF title and notch his 11th consecutive victory.

The pace was quick to start, and Caldwell was able to close the distance and grab hold of Horiguchi, who nearly slipped through the ropes before he was able to briefly reverse position. Caldwell was unfazed, rotating and grabbing a kimura grip that he torqued even as Horiguchi’s arm did poke through the ropes. Caldwell eventually let go of the hold, and when he tried to capitalize on the Japanese ruleset with a knee to a downed opponent, Horiguchi slipped it and scrambled back to the feet.

Once on the feet, Horiguchi brought the crowd to life with a few impressive striking exchanges, darting in and out of his opponent’s eight-inch reach advantage to land and avoid the replies.

Caldwell was quick on the takedown again in the second, punching his way into the effort. Horiguchi was able to get back to his feet in rapid fashion, but Caldwell delivered a few crisp knees and then continued to control the positioning on the floor. A slippery Horiguchi made it tough for Caldwell to do much damage with strikes, though he did punch whenever possible. Instead, most of Caldwell’s focus was forced to remain on keeping hold of the fan favorite, while Horiguchi did his best to punch as often as possible while he tried to climb to his feet.

Horiguchi was energized to start the third, and he darted in and out of range with massive shots, including a big right to the body that landed clean. Caldwell responded by shooting forward, but as Horiguchi fell to his back, he latched in a guillotine choke and went for the squeeze. It didn’t take long for Caldwell to tap, giving Horiguchi the Rizin FF bantamweight title – and earning him a shot at Caldwell’s Bellator belt sometime in 2019.

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Quote: Conor McGregor Can’t Train Heart For Khabib Rematch

Conor McGregor suffered a huge loss in his Octagon return earlier this month (Sat. October 6, 2018). “The Notorious” was submitted by Khabib Nurmagomedov in the fourth round via neck crank. It marked the second loss of McGregor’s UFC career and the biggest victory of Khabib’s. Since his defeat, the Irishman has remained adamant in his desires for an immediate rematch.

Given the lopsidedness of the contest, it’s hard to make the argument that such a fight makes any sense. UFC lightweight competitor Al Iaquinta, who has shared the Octagon with Khabib, recently commented on the matter during an appearance on “The Ariel Helwani MMA Show.” Iaquinta lost a unanimous decision to Khabib for the vacant lightweight title at UFC 223 in April.

You Can’t Train Heart

He knows what it’s like to deal with the grueling grappling dominance of “The Eagle.” Iaquinta said that McGregor fought well and has a lot a lot of skills. However, he could train for a rematch as much as he wants, but the one thing he can’t train is his heart (via MMA Mania):

“He fought good, definitely has a lot of skills. The rematch is not anything he can fix. You can train to defend takedowns, you can train to get back up, train for a million things. The one thing you can not train is to have heart when shit gets real tough,” Iaquinta said.

“When you feel like you are about to die, to figure out a way to live and not have the ref pull you off and save you. That is not going to get fixed if they fight in six months or a year or three years. That is still going to be there, that is not changing.

“His teammates aren’t going to help him in there and all of that money is not going to buy heart. So he can say whatever he wants, I sell real estate, I am number 11, but at the end of the day, he is definitely not tougher than me.”

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Jon Anik Signs Multi-Year Contract Extension With UFC

Jon Anik signs a new deal with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).

Since Mike Goldberg was ousted from the UFC at the end of 2016, Anik has been the main play-by-play commentator for the promotion. The UFC feels they’ve made the right choice and have locked up Anik for another four years.

Jon Anik Stays With UFC

Anik made the reveal to MMAJunkie.com. Here’s what he had to say on the contract extension:

“It’s a multi-year extension, and it’s very exciting for me to be able to be a part of this new era with ESPN. I think, as a lot of people know, that’s where I sort of cut my teeth in television and radio, and that’s where I really starting covering mixed martial arts back in 2007 and 2008, so it sort of feels like we’re coming full-circle a little bit. Now, 10 years later, the UFC and ESPN have the whole domestic package aligned, so it’s a good time, you know, and I didn’t make it a secret – I mean, this is where I wanted to be. This has become the foremost passion in my life, and I just couldn’t imagine my life without UFC being a big part of it. I’m thankful that it got done and just excited to continue to hit the ground running.”

Anik will be in familiar territory when the UFC’s deal with ESPN begins. Anik was an ESPN anchor and the host of MMA Live. Anik also did commentary for Bellator early in the promotion’s life.

By Fernando Quiles Jr

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Ben Askren Claims There’s A 98 Percent Chance He Fights In The UFC

Longtime mixed martial arts (MMA) welterweight great Ben Askren has seemingly retired from competition. Askren’s last fight occurred under the ONE banner where he retained the promotion’s 170-pound title via first round TKO. That fight occurred in November of last year, after which Askren said he is now retired from MMA competition.

However, he recently claimed he’d be fighting fellow welterweight legend Georges St-Pierre in 2019. Askren has never fought in the UFC, only capturing Bellator and ONE’s welterweight titles throughout his undefeated career. Many hardcore MMA fans have wanted to see Askren test himself against the UFC’s elite.

Match-ups against the likes of Georges St-Pierre, Tyron Woodley, and Khabib Nurmagomedov are certainly interesting possibilities. One fan recently asked Askren on Twitter how much of a chance there is for him to fight in the UFC. Askren answered with “98%”.

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Valentina Shevchenko vs. Joanna Jedrzejczyk back on as UFC 231 co-headliner

With UFC 230’s headliner now set, the promotion is reshuffling the deck – and removing a controversial backup fight.

Valentina Shevchenko (15-3 MMA, 4-2 UFC) was scheduled to take on “The Ultimate Fighter 26” finalist Sijara Eubanks (3-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) at the Nov. 3 pay-per-view event. But now that two-division champ Daniel Cormier (21-1 MMA, 10-1 UFC) is set to face Derrick Lewis (21-5 MMA, 12-3 UFC), Shevchenko has been reinstalled against her originally scheduled opponent, ex-strawweight champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk (14-2 MMA, 9-2 UFC).

The two will meet in the co-headliner of UFC 231, which takes place Dec. 8 at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto. News of the switch was confirmed by UFC President Dana White via ESPN.com reporter Brett Okamoto

Shevchenko’s matchup with Eubanks was openly criticized by fighters and MMA observers as an unworthy headliner for the New York event, which struggled to find available draws for its marquee fight. Jedrzejczyk also chafed at the switch, calling out the UFC for not honoring a signed contract.

“My feelings are even more intensified when I think of the obligations I had to resign from, as they would have happened in the time of my camp,” she wrote on Instagram.

Jedrzejczyk initially resisted a move to the 125-pound division, preferring to get another crack at current strawweight champion Rose Namajunas, who handed her a pair of losses. But with support for a third bout apparently low, she signaled her interest in a meeting with Shevchenko, who beat her three times as a professional kickboxer.

Shevchenko, meanwhile, is just happy to be fighting for a belt. She was scheduled to take on inaugural champ Nicco Montano at UFC 228, but Montano was forced to withdraw from the event at the last minute due to a botched weight cut. The UFC subsequently stripped Montano of the belt and sought a replacement fight for the vacant belt.

The switch is bad news for Eubanks, who was ruled out of a fight for the inaugural flyweight title at the TUF 26 Finale when she suffered complications due to a weight cut. She did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The UFC 231 lineup now includes:

Champ Max Holloway vs. Brian Ortega – for featherweight title

Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Valentina Shevchenko – for vacant women’s flyweight title

Nina Ansaroff vs. Claudia Gadelha

Devin Clark vs. Aleksandar Rakic

Kyle Bochniak vs. Hakeem Dawodu

Chad Laprise vs. Dhiego Lima

Olivier Aubin-Mercier vs. Gilbert Burns

Brad Katona vs. Matthew Lopez

Jimi Manuwa vs. Thiago “Marreta” Santos

Eryk Anders vs. Elias Theodorou

Diego Ferreira vs. John Makdessi

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Daniel Cormier Says He’s Retiring After Brock Lesnar Fight

Daniel Cormier says he will be calling it a career once he fights Brock Lesnar.

Cormier captured the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight title against Stipe Miocic in the main event of UFC 226. “DC” knocked out Miocic in the opening round to become a two-division champion.

“DC” has made it clear that he’s only got until March before he retires. Cormier has insisted he can squeeze in a light heavyweight title defense before his mega showdown with Lesnar. One thing’s for certain as far as Cormier is concerned. The bout with Lesnar will be his last.

Cormier reiterated those comments to Damon Martin:

“He’ll be the last one. He’ll be the last fight of my career. Will he be next? I don’t know. I hope so but I’ve still got a belt to defend at 205 [pounds] to think about.”

The stage was set for Cormier vs. Lesnar when “DC” called out “The Beast Incarnate” following the UFC 226 main event. Lesnar happily got inside the Octagon and shoved Cormier. Many criticized the post-fight antics as being too much like WWE. Cormier responded by saying those critics can “stay broke.”

Many fighters have been calling for a light heavyweight title shot against Cormier. Alexander Gustafsson, Yoel Romero, Ilir Latifi, and even Anthony Smith have put their name in the hat. Cormier has expressed interest in defending his title against Mauricio “Shogun” Rua. “Shogun” will meet Smith on July 22 at UFC Hamburg.

By Fernando Quiles Jr

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