Former long-time featherweight champion José Aldo is aching to have his revenge over current 145-pound king Conor McGregor, even if it means not fighting for the title.
McGregor ended Aldo's six-year reign as world featherweight champion through a single straight left to the jaw, within 13 seconds of their main event title fight at UFC 194 last December 12 in Las Vegas. Prior to the fight, both Aldo and McGregor have been involved in a long-standing feud that began in April of the past year, during the world press tour of their originally scheduled title fight at UFC 189 in July.
McGregor is now slated to take on another huge challenge, as he goes up in weight and faces lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos with the 155-pound world title on the line. The fight wil take place at UFC 196 (formerly UFC 197) on March 5th in Las Vegas. With "The Notorious" already booked for a fight, Aldo recently revealed his immediate future plans. more >>
Four-division world champion and Mexican boxing legend Juan Manuel Marquez is eyeing for two more fights before finally hanging up his gloves for good.
Now 42 years old, "El Dinamita" is currently in the sidelines nursing a knee injury that he sustained in late 2014. The said condition made him contemplate retirement, but recently, he clarified his immediate future plans.
In an interview with ESPN Deportes (which was reported by Miguel Rivera for Boxingscene), Marquez says he intends to fight for two more times this year, eyeing May and September as tentative dates. more >>
Los Angeles Lakers superstar franchise player Kobe Bryant feels that the team's fans had a lack of appreciation for former big man Pau Gasol.
Now with the Chicago Bulls, Gasol was a part of the Lakers championship team of the late 2000's, particularly in 2009 and 2010. And in a report by Baxter Holmes for ESPN, "The Black Mamba" feels Laker fans were not grateful enough for the six years that the Spanish player spent with the team and the contributions he put in along the way.
"I think the city of L.A. didn't really appreciate what he did and what we had, and so as a consequence, everybody kind of fell in line with the Mike D'Antoni rhetoric of small ball and all this other bulls---," Bryant said. "For a guy that has two championships to be treated that way, you don't do that, man." more >>
Retired professional mixed martial arts fighter and former UFC heavyweight Brendan Schaub has purportedly been banned from two of the company's online shows, "UFC Now" and "UFC Tonight."
In a report by Stephie Haynes for Bloody Elbow, the 32-year-old Schaub spoke about the entire incident in detail in his podcast entitled "The Fighter and the Kid," a show he hosts alongside comedian and actor Bryan Callen.
Schaub believes the main reason for the said ban was his incessant opposition with the UFC's recurring deal with major apparel company Reebok. more >>
Former World Boxing Association (WBA) lightweight world champion Brandon Rios has parted ways with his first and long-time boxing trainer Robert Garcia.
"Bam Bam" has been under the tutelage of Garcia since his days as an amateur boxer trying out for the Olympic team in 2004. Since then, they have been inseparable, as Garcia was able to guide Rios to an impressive 31-fight win streak that ran from 2004-2012.
Along the way, Rios has had the opportunity to face the sport's best and most formidable fighters, namely Mike Alvarado, Richard Abril, and boxing's first and only eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao. more >>
Renowned boxing coach Freddie Roach made his prediction for the upcoming rubber match between eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao and WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley.
Pacquiao and Bradley will be meeting each other for the third time on April 9 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. It will also be Pacquiao's 66th and final fight, as he puts his focus solely on being a public servant in his home country of the Philippines. The Filipino boxing icon is currently running for Senator in the 2016 Philippine elections, which will take place in May.
Both fights that the two men had been previously involved in ended in the judges' scorecards. In their first bout in June 2012, Bradley was able to win via a split decision verdict that was highly controversial. Their second fight in April 2014 had Pacquiao winning by unanimous decision. more >>