When will The Ring magazine put Holly Holm on the cover?

 

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Holly Holm has graced the cover of this December’s issue of Fighter’s Only magazine, but the former boxing champion still has not made it to the cover of The Ring. Holm, age 34, the current UFC Female Bantamweight Champion, was a three-division boxing champion and sported a record of 33-2-3 before making the transition to MMA. She won Ring’s female boxer of the year honor twice a decade ago. But unlike the former champion Ronda Rousey, Holm has yet to grace the cover of the so-called Bible of Boxing. Rousey was featured cover of The Ring in October, which was criticized by some in the boxing community since she had never boxed professionally.

Boxing promoter Lou DiBella the magazine, not only for putting Rousey on the cover, but ignoring Holm when she been on the best pound for pound female boxers in the world. “If I was Ring Magazine, maybe I would have put Holly Holm on the cover before she won,” DiBella said at the post-fight press conference Saturday night following an event headlined by Daniel Jacobs and Peter Quillin at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.”And talked about her story and maybe why she had a chance and what she accomplished in boxing that they didn’t pay attention to for her whole career.” Dibella is currently promotes middleweight boxing champion Danny Jacobs and has promoted other notable champions such as Bernard Hopkins and Sergio Martinez in the past. DiBella also said he won money betting on Holm, because of the physical advantages Holm had over Rousey.

Holm knocked out Rousey in the second round with a head kick to win the UFC women’s bantamweight title at UFC 193 last November in Australia to become the new UFC champion. Holm came in as a 7-1 underdog against Rousey, 28, had dispatched each of her last three opponents in the first round.

Rousey’s main strength is her grappling due to being a former Olympic bronze medalist in Judo, but has trained hard in boxing for the past five years with her striking coach Edmond Tarverdyan at Glendale Fighting Club in Los Angeles. Oscar De La Hoya, who’s company Golden Boy Enterprises owns The Ring, said in October that he be open to helping Rousey transition from MMA to boxing if given the chance. But will De La Hoya’s magazine finally give Holm her recognition for making the transition?

(source: http://www.mmafighting.com/2015/12/6/9856376/boxing-promoter-ring-should-have-put-holly-holm-on-cover-before-she)

 

 

 

Anderson Silva vs Michael Bisping set for fight pass event

The return of Anderson Silva will be exclusive on…. Fight pass? It appears so, the former champion returns to battle top ten ranked Bisping on Feb 27th.

 

The bout was rumored months ago but were quickly replaced with tumors of Silva vs Vitor 2.

 

Eric Scott

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UFC on FOX Pay list- Overeem banks BIG! 

UFC on Fox- Dos Anjos vs Cerrone is in the books, but the biggest earner wasn’t the world champion- it was former Strikeforce  champion- Alistair Overeem who made over half a million.  
Overeem is now a free agent- Free to test the pay outside the UFC, and with a 3 fight win streak and  a win over the former UFC champ- number 3 ranked Junior Dos Santos he has put himself in prime position for both bigger pay and maybe even a title shot if he chooses to stay with the UFC. 
Here’s the full pay
Main Card (FOX)

Rafael dos Anjos ($300,000 + no win bonus = $300,000) def. Donald Cerrone ($79,000)

Alistair Overeem ($342,857 + $200,000 = $542,857) def. Junior dos Santos ($400,000)

Nate Diaz ($20,000 + $20,000 = $40,000) def. Michael Johnson ($30,000)

Karolina Kowalkiewicz ($13,000 + $13,000 = $26,000) def. Randa Markos ($12,000)
Preliminary Card (FOX Sports 1)

Charles Oliveira ($29,600* + $37,000 = $66,600) def. Myles Jury ($30,000)

Nate Marquardt ($49,000 + $49,000 = $98,000) def. C.B. Dollaway ($40,000)

Valentina Shevchenko ($12,000 + $12,000 = $24,000) def. Sarah Kaufman ($22,000)

Tamdan McCrory ($12,000 + $12,000 = $24,000) def. Josh Samman ($10,000)

Nik Lentz ($35,000 + $35,000 = $70,000) def. Danny Castillo ($39,000)

Cole Miller ($33,000) vs. Jim Alers ($10,000) ruled a no contest
Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass)

Kamaru Usman ($12,000 + $12,000 = $24,000) def. Leon Edwards ($15,000)

Vicente Luque ($10,000 + $10,000 = $20,000) def. Hayder Hassan ($10,000)

Francis Ngannou ($10,000 + $10,000 = $20,000) def. Luiz Henrique ($10,000)
*Forfeited 20-percent of show purse for missing weight
Eric Scott

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MMA Outsiders’ Rankings-12/20/15

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Alistair Overeem’s huge win last night and incredible inconsistencies made 265 near impossible to rank. Guys with high level wins loosing to low level guys again and again has made for confusion even among MMA Outsiders as to who should be ranked where. The verdict- Overeem’s 3 fight win streak and last 5 fights have made up for his come from behind lost to Travis Browne .

 

1 Fabricio Werdum

2 Cain Velasquez

3 Andrei Arlovski

4.Ben Rothwell

5.Alistair Overeem

6.Junior Dos Santos

7.Stipe Miocic

8 Travis Browne

9. Josh Barnett

10 Mark Hunt

 

Light Heavyweight

1 Jon Jones

2 Daniel Cormier

3 Anthony Johnson

4 Alexander Gustafsson

5 Ryan Bader

6 Phil Davis

7 Glover Teixeira

8 Rashad Evans

9 Ovince Saint Preux

10 Liam McGeary

Middleweight

1 Luke Rockhold

2 Chris Weidman

3 Yoel Romero

4 Jacare Souza

5 Anderson Silva

6 Vitor Belfort

7 Lyoto Machida

8 Tim Kennedy

9 Michael Bisping

10 Robert Whitaker

Welterweight

1 Robbie Lawler

2 Johny Hendricks

3 Rory MacDonald

4 Tyron Woodley

5 Carlos Condit

6 Demian Maia

7 Matt Brown

8 Hector Lombard

9 Jake Shields

10 Ben Askren

Lightweight

1 Rafael dos Anjos

2 Anthony Pettis

3 Donald Cerrone

4 Khabib Nurmagomedov

5 Tony Ferguson

6 Benson Henderson

7 Eddie Alvarez

8 Gilbert Melendez

9 Nate Diaz

10 Will Brooks

Featherweight

1 Conor McGregor

2 Jose Aldo

3 Frankie Edgar

4 Chad Mendes

5 Max Holloway

6 Ricardo Lamas

7 Cub Swanson

8 Charles Oliveira

9 Jeremy Stephens

10 Daniel Strauss

Bantamweight

1 TJ Dillashaw

2 Dominick Cruz

3 Renan Barao

4 Urijah Faber

5 Raphael Assuncao

6 Aljamain Sterling

7 Thomas Almeida

8 Michael McDonald

9 Bibiano Fernandes

10 Marlon Moraes

Flyweight

1 Demetrious Johnson

2 Joseph Benavidez

3 John Dodson

4 Henry Cejudo

5 Jussier Formiga

6 Ian McCall

7 Ali Bagautinov

8 Kyoji Horiguchi

9 John Moraga

10 Zach Makovsky

Women’s Bantamweight

1 Holly Holm

2 Ronda Rousey

3 Cat Zingano

4 Miesha Tate

5 Amanda Nunes

6 Alexis Davis

7 Sara McMann

8 Julianna Peña

9 Jessica Eye

10 Tonya Evinger/ 10bBethe Correia

Women’s Strawweight

1 Joanna Jedrzejczyk

2 Claudia Gadelha

3 Carla Esparza

4 Rose Namajunas

5 Jessica Aguilar

6 Tecia Torres

7 Valerie Letourneau

8 Maryna Moroz

9 Joanne Calderwood

10 Paige Van Zant

Divisional Dominance rankings are much like pound for pound, but instead just measure how dominant they are in their own division or divisions- from wins, to title defenses, stoppages and how lopsided their fights are, these rankings are determined.

Divisional Dominance

1. Jon Jones – 21-1

2. Demetrious Johnson – 23-2-1

3.Cris “Cyborg” Santos 14-1

4. Jose Aldo – 25-2

5. Conor McGregor 19-2

6. Rafael Dos Anjos

7. Daniel Cormier – 16-1

8. TJ Dillashaw – 12-2

9. Luke Rockhold 15-2

10. Robbie Lawler – 26-10

 

Diaz vs McGregor is next according to Joe Silva?

image.pngNate Diaz called out UFC featherweight champion- Conor McGregor last night in a post fight interview so riddled with profanity it was almost completely muted.

 

But with Nate’s trash talk and performance last night- Diaz vs McGregor is next according to Nate Diaz.

 

Nate said that he was told personally by UFC matchmaker- Joe Silva that he will get McGregor next and at 155lbs.

 

No one from the UFC has yet admitted any truth in this story. If it happens it would leave Jose Aldo and Frankie Edgar without a fight, both men are considered well deserving of a fight with Conor.

 

Eric Scott

 

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Frank Shamrock to support his brother Ken in Gracie Match

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Despite their years of differences, foster brothers Ken and Frank Shamrock  are finally brought back for the upcoming bout against Ken’s former UFC rival Royce Gracie. Frank will be supporting Ken at Bellator 149 on February 19, where will face Gracie for the third time. Ken and Gracie first fought at UFC 1  in 1993 where Gracie won by submission, and the two fought to a draw at the Superfight of UFC 5.

The Shamrock brothers have had a very public feud over the past 20 years over their relationship with their foster father, Bob Shamrock. Frank Shamrock had left the family gym which called the Lion’s Den during his career and started his own fight team, which angered Ken. Ken became even more upset when Frank did not show up for their father’s funeral. Ken admits their relationship has not fully healed, but they are making progress.

“You gotta forgive and just gotta move forward,” Ken said. “And work with what you’ve got. I think me and Frank have been doing that slowly. He’s not fake; I’m not fake. So, it’s not like we’re gonna smile and hug each other and pretend like nothing ever happened, because it’s not true. But what we will do is recognize that we need to move forward, ” Ken told the news outlet MMA Fighting on Wednesday.

Ken will be doing his training camp in Dallas and will be coached by former Lion’s Den trainee Guy Mezger, who defeated future UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Tito Ortiz in their first match. Frank will not be coming down to help Ken in the gym, he said, because he is retired from training is helping renew the Shamrock Boys Ranch for at-risk Kids which was started by their father. The Ranch was also how Ken and Frank became members of the Shamrock family. But Frank says he is happy to be working with his brother again.

Frank also spoke to MMA Fighting. “I’ve always loved Ken and never really had an issue with him.” It was kind of him with me. I’d like to think we’ve all grown and we’re back to being a family again. There was a huge part of my life where he was my teacher and he was my guiding force for a long time. Then he just wasn’t there. It was challenging. As a fighter and a student, he was the fighter I emulated. To lose that, it took a lot of searching and a lot of moving around until I was able to rebuild that guiding force again.”

(source: http://www.mmafighting.com/2015/12/17/10369218/after-years-of-feuding-ken-shamrock-will-have-his-brother-frank-in?_ga=1.8362298.927013956.1450307041)

Ovince Saint Preux vs. Rafael “Feijao” Calvacante added to UFC 196

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Two former Strikeforce Light Heavwyeights meet on Superbowl weekend at UFC 196 in Las Vegas. The fight was announced on UFC Tonight.

Saint Preux (18-7, 6-2 in UFC) is coming off a tough third round submission loss to former title challenger Glover Teixeira. Prior to that loss, “OSP” earned first round knockout victories over “Shogun” Rua and Patrick Cummins. His only other loss inside the Octagon comes against Light Heavyweight contender Ryan Bader.

Calvacante (12-6, 1-3 in UFC) has yet to claim victory in over two years inside the Octagon. His lone win in the UFC came against former UFC fighter Igor Pokrajac in November 2013. Since then he has lost to both Ryan Bader and most recently Patrick Cummins at UFC 190 in his home country of Brazil.

The card will be headlined by a UFC Heavyweight championship bout between Fabricio Werdum and Cain Velasquez. With this bout, UFC 196 looks as such:

-Fabricio “Vai Cavahlo” Werdum vs. Cain Velasquez
-Johny “Bigg Rigg” Hendricks vs. Stephen “Wonderboy” Thomson
-Roy “Big Country” Nelson vs. Jared “The Big Show” Rosholt
-Ovince Saint Preux vs. Rafael “Feijao” Calvacante
-Josh Burkman vs. K.J Noons
-Mike “Quicksand” Pyle vs. Sean Spencer

Alistair Overeem to test free agency after this Saturday

This Saturday, on UFC on Fox 17, Alistair Overeem will face former UFC Heavyweight champion Junior Dos Santos in one of the most anticipated heavyweight match-ups of the year. But no matter the outcome in this weekends titanic bout, Alistair Overeem’s future with Ultimate Fighting Championship will be left up in the air.

Alistair Overeem is one of the most decorated Heavyweights of his time. Throughout his distinguished career, Alistair has almost seen it all. Competing in organizations over the world in back, as well as winning championships in organizations such as the K-1 Kickboxing, DREAM, and Strikeforce Heavyweight titles. Beating legends in both Pride and the UFC. First thing is first,as he must face one of the biggest challenges in long career against Junior Dos Santos in the nights co-main event.

But what happens after? Well, that’s just the thing. Who knows?

Reported by Ariel Helwani Wednesday night on UFC Tonight, Saturdays bout with the Brazilian heavyweight will be the last on Overeem’s contract. Also reported was that Overeem planned on testing the open market and establishing his value afterwards. Many other fighters this year alone have recently opted to test the free agency, mostly in efforts to maximize or establish better value for themselves. Aljamain Sterling and Benson Henderson are currently in negotiating periods. Fighters who have tested the free market and left the UFC include Phil Davis, Josh Thomson, and Josh Koscheck. Others who have tested the market and stayed with the UFC include Gilbert Melendez, Chris Weidman, and Anderson Silva who all were awarded more prestigious contracts after doing so.

Overeem has yet to comment on what his preference is, or where he’d like to end up after Saturday. But should Overeem earn a victory over the former heavyweight champion, Overeem will certainly have a lot of bargaining chips to play on where he would like to go himsel, as well as how much. UFC on Fox 17 is this Saturday December 19th in Orlando, Florida. The full card is as scheduled:

Main Card (Fox)
-Rafael dos Anjos vs. Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone
-Junior “Cigono” dos Santos vs. Alistair “The Reem” Overeem
-Michael Johnson vs. Nate Diaz
-Randa “Quiet Storm” Markos vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz

Preliminary Card (Fox Sports 1)
-Charles “Da Bronx” Oliveira vs. Myles “Fury” Jury
-“The Dobberman” C.B Dollaway vs. Nate “The Great” Marquardt
-Sarah Kaufman vs. Valentina “The Bullet” Shevchenko
-Josh Samman vs. Tamdam “The Barn Cat” McCrory
-Nik “The Carny” Lentz vs. Danny “Last Call” Castillo
-Cole Miller vs. Jim “Lightning Cat” Alers

Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass)
-Leon Edwards vs. Kamaru Usman
-Hayder Hassan vs. Vicente Luque
-Luiz Henrique vs. Francis Ngannou

MMA Outsiders Offical Rankings (Dec. 14th 2015)

imageHeavyweight

1 Fabricio Werdum

2 Cain Velasquez

3 Junior Dos Santos

4 Andrei Arlovski

5 Stipe Miocic

6 Travis Browne

7 Ben Rothwell

8 Josh Barnett

9 Mark Hunt

10 Alistair Overeem

 

Light Heavyweight

1 Jon Jones

2 Daniel Cormier

3 Anthony Johnson

4 Alexander Gustafsson

5 Ryan Bader

6 Phil Davis

7 Glover Teixeira

8 Rashad Evans

9 Ovince Saint Preux

10 Liam McGeary

Middleweight

1 Luke Rockhold

2 Chris Weidman

3 Yoel Romero

4 Jacare Souza

5 Anderson Silva

6 Vitor Belfort

7 Lyoto Machida

8 Tim Kennedy

9 Michael Bisping

10 Robert Whitaker

Welterweight

1 Robbie Lawler

2 Johny Hendricks

3 Rory MacDonald

4 Tyron Woodley

5 Carlos Condit

6 Demian Maia

7 Matt Brown

8 Hector Lombard

9 Jake Shields

10 Ben Askren

Lightweight

1 Rafael dos Anjos

2 Anthony Pettis

3 Donald Cerrone

4 Khabib Nurmagomedov

5 Tony Ferguson

6 Benson Henderson

7 Eddie Alvarez

8 Gilbert Melendez

9 Beneil Dariush

10 Michael Johnson

Featherweight

1 Conor McGregor

2 Jose Aldo

3 Frankie Edgar

4 Chad Mendes

5 Max Holloway

6 Ricardo Lamas

7 Cub Swanson

8 Charles Oliveira

9 Jeremy Stephens

10 Daniel Strauss

Bantamweight

1 TJ Dillashaw

2 Dominick Cruz

3 Renan Barao

4 Urijah Faber

5 Raphael Assuncao

6 Aljamain Sterling

7 Thomas Almeida

8 Michael McDonald

9 Bibiano Fernandes

10 Marlon Moraes

 

Flyweight

1 Demetrious Johnson

2 Joseph Benavidez

3 John Dodson

4 Henry Cejudo

5 Jussier Formiga

6 Ian McCall

7 Ali Bagautinov

8 Kyoji Horiguchi

9 John Moraga

10 Zach Makovsky

Women’s Bantamweight

1 Holly Holm

2 Ronda Rousey

3 Cat Zingano

4 Miesha Tate

5 Amanda Nunes

6 Alexis Davis

7 Sara McMann

8 Julianna Peña

9 Jessica Eye

10 Tonya Evinger/ 10v Bethe Correia

Women’s Strawweight

1 Joanna Jedrzejczyk

2 Claudia Gadelha

3 Carla Esparza

4 Rose Namajunas

5 Jessica Aguilar

6 Tecia Torres

7 Valerie Letourneau

8 Maryna Moroz

9 Joanne Calderwood

10 Paige Van Zant

Divisional Dominance rankings are much like pound for pound, but instead just measure how dominant they are in their own division or divisions- from wins, to title defenses, stoppages and how lopsided their fights are, these rankings are determined.

Divisional Dominance

1. Jon Jones – 21-1

2. Demetrious Johnson – 23-2-1

3.Cris “Cyborg” Santos 14-1

4. Jose Aldo – 25-2

5. Conor McGregor 19-2

6. Daniel Cormier – 16-1

7.TJ Dillashaw – 12-2

8. Luke Rockhold 15-2

9.Robbie Lawler – 26-10

10. Fabricio Werdum – 20-5-1

Conor will NOT vacate 145 belt if he moves to 155

image“If I move up to 155, there’s no way in hell in vacating my 145 belt. I will be a duel weight champion” “I am active!”

 

Dana white and Conor both confirmed he may move up to 155, but Conor said don’t expect him to give up his belt”