UFC 178: Johnson vs. Cariaso Preview & Predictions

The Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to Las Vegas as the MGM Grand Garden Arena plays host to UFC 178 this Saturday night on pay-per-view, headlined by a flyweight championship clash between Demetrious Johnson and Chris Cariaso.

The underwhelming main event is bolstered by an exciting undercard that includes a lightweight showdown between red-hot Donald Cerrone and debuting former Bellator kingpin Eddie Alvarez, plus fast-rising Irish featherweight contender Conor McGregor faces his toughest test to date against Dustin Poirier.

Hopkins, Not Mayweather, the Leader of Boxing Today

The argument could be made, convincingly, that Floyd Mayweather is the master and commander of the fight game today.

Using typical metrics, monetary ones, you can point to Mayweather, who Fortune called the “world’s highest paid athlete” for 2014, and label him the top draw in the pugilism realm, look up to him as the one to watch, the one to defer to, the athlete who in coming decades will be pointed to as the person who was pack leader in this era of boxing.

SHIFT Book Review – Street Fighter IV: Wages of Sin & Art

I don’t remember a world without ‘Street Fighter’ in it. I was barely out of diapers or able to form coherent sentences when ‘Street Fighter II’ hit shelves. It’s possible that I was able to spell “banana” – this was a childhood tongue twister of mine – but “Hadouken” was a little too much for me. And though I couldn’t grasp the intricacies of the game’s legendary combat as a child, its world and characters were enough to make me a lifelong fan. I think it was Blanka who first caught my eye. Why is he green? Why is he hunched over? Is my chest hair going to grow in that pattern when I get older? M. Bison. Why the M? What’s with the hat? Ken and Ryu. Are they bros or enemies? And Cammy. My little pants seem to be fitting more tightly…

Juanma Calls It Quits

After suffering three brutal knockout defeats in his previous four fights and five knockout losses in his last nine fights, Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez, has wisely decided to call it quits and hang up his boxing mitts for good. After his most recent knockout loss on Sept. 11, at the Hard Rock Café and Casino in Las Vegas, Juanma finally arrived at the same painful conclusion that many of his fans and media members arrived at several fights ago, which is that he no longer has what it takes to be an elite fighter anymore. In fact, he does not have what it takes to be a fighter, period.

Eddie Alvarez and Recent High-Profile UFC Debuts

Long considered to be one of the best fighters in the world outside of the UFC, Eddie Alvarez makes his Octagon debut this weekend against the surging Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone at UFC 178 in Las Vegas.

Over the years, the UFC has brought in many perceived elite fighters from other organizations, often with mixed results. If history is any indicator, than Alvarez might be in tough for his UFC debut.

Chris Algieri, Manny Pacquiao & PEDs

We sometimes call boxing “The Fight Game,” but maybe we should retire that description.

Because as we are infrequently but horrifically reminded, the sport resembles nothing like a game when a participant suffers the ultimate price paid for entry. When a boxer absorbs punishment, and suffers fatal damage, or debilitating trauma, we then recall that while the sport features colorful personalities, often acting in dramatic and amusing fashion, this ain’t no game.

UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs. Nelson Preview & Predictions

In a fight destined to deliver the goods, fan friendly heavyweight sluggers Roy Nelson and Mark Hunt will throw down in the main event of the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s return to Japan this Saturday on UFC Fight Pass.

Emanating from Saitama Super Arena, UFC Fight Night 52 marks the promotion’s sixth venture into the “Land of the Rising Sun.”

Conor McGregor: Superstar Fusion

Joe Rogan: “He’s got that thing, he’s got talent obviously, speed, excellent striking technique, excellent wrestling and jiu-jitsu. But he’s also got that thing, it’s hard to figure out what that thing is, but you know when people have it. It makes people want to pay attention to them, whether its confidence, undeniable talent, the way they finish people or the poise they have… there’s avenues where greatness shows itself and I think the element of greatness is the same… some people have it or they don’t… it’s always beautiful to watch someone with potential.”

Mayweather Easily Outworks Maidana in Rematch

It wasn’t even close. Floyd Mayweather Jr. got on his bicycle in the very first round and, just as he said he would do, stayed on it for the entire 12 rounds of the fight. Mayweather scored a unanimous decision victory on the cards of all three judges, improving his career record to 47 wins (with 26 knockouts) without a single loss on his career ledger. With his second consecutive victory over the valiant but overmatched Maidana, Mayweather easily retained his three world titles, the WBC/WBA world welterweight crowns along with his WBC super welterweight title at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas before a raucous sold-out crowd. He proved beyond even a scintilla of doubt that he is the best prizefighter in the world today hands down.

UFC Fight Night: Bigfoot vs. Arlovski Preview & Predictions

The Ultimate Fighting Championship touches down in Brazil for the fourth time this year for UFC Fight Night 51 this Saturday night, marking the organization’s first trip to Brasilia.

Emanating from the Brazilian capital city’s 16,000-seat Nilson Nelson Gymnasium, the main event features a bizarre rematch between former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski and former EliteXC juggernaut Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva.

Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth Review

Mike Tyson’s successful one-man show, Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth, stopped in Toronto for the night at the theatre at the Air Canada Center this past Wednesday, Sept. 10.

One More Time – Mayweather vs. Maidana Preview

The wait is almost over. The rematch between Floyd Mayweather Jr. (W46, KO26) and Marcos Maidana (W35, KO31, L4) is just about here. This is one fight that all fight fans have been looking forward to since the decision was announced in Mayweather’s favor in their wildly entertaining first fight.

This coming Saturday, Sept. 13 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Mayweather and Maidana will square off one more time as they continue their fierce rivalry. This has definitely been a highly anticipated rematch not just by the fans but by the two fighters as well. Their rematch is being called a grudge fight in various boxing circles. Mayweather won their first encounter although Maidana believes the decision should have gone to him. There are many boxing insiders that wholeheartedly believe Maidana did win their first battle. Unfortunately for them, two of the three judges scoring the fight had a different opinion.

Broner Beats Taylor, Wants Matthysse Next

Adrien Broner took another big step back in the right direction this past Saturday in his hometown of Cincinnati by scoring a unanimous decision win over surprisingly tough opponent Emanuel Taylor in an exciting 12 round fight. With the win Broner improves his overall record to 29 wins with 22 knockouts and one loss. Taylor’s ledger falls to 18 wins with 12 kayos and now three losses. Even with his third loss, Taylor’s record is still very respectable, especially considering how much incredible talent exists in the junior-welterweight division today.

Brandon Cook Scores Dramatic KO Win at Hershey Centre

Boxing is the theatre of the unexpected. Anything can happen in a match at any time. It only takes one punch to turn a contender into a world champion or a world champion into an also ran. With all of the different possible scenarios that boxing offers, it is still the knockout that reigns supreme as the single most exciting moment in a boxing match. Most knockouts occur as a result of an accumulation of heavy punches to the head or several brutal left hooks to the liver. For pure excitement, it is a moment in sport that is almost impossible for any other sport to equal, let alone surpass.

Frampton Beats Martinez Again to Win IBF Title

It certainly proved to be the day of the Jackal indeed this past Saturday for Irish super bantamweight Carl “The Jackal” Frampton as he fought a magnificently focused and technical fight to thoroughly dominate Spain’s IBF world super bantamweight champion Kiko Martinez and take his crown in a closely contested and fierce battle, which brought out the best in both men. Frampton remains undefeated and improves his pro record to 19-0 with 13 knockouts and no losses.

Day of the Jackal: Frampton-Martinez Title Rematch

This afternoon at 2 p.m. ET, Fight Network will show the much-anticipated and already sold-out rematch between Carl “The Jackal” Frampton (W18, KO13, L0) and the IBF super bantamweight world champion, Kiko “La Sensación” Martinez (W31, KO23, L4) live from Belfast. There will be a lot of pressure on Frampton to repeat his previous victory over Martinez one again.

UFC Fight Night: Jacare vs. Mousasi 2 Preview & Predictions

The cursed UFC 177 event is behind us and life goes on in the octagon.

The Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to FOX Sports 1 for UFC Fight Night 50 this Friday night at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Ledyard, Conn.

‘Bad Boy’ Brandon Cook Headlines Saturday at Hershey Centre

This coming Saturday, Sept. 6 at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga, United Promotions in conjunction with Title Fight Promotions is presenting a night of professional boxing with seven scheduled bouts, topped off by the undisputed, undefeated Canadian junior middleweight titlist Brandon “Bad Boy” Cook (W13, KO7) in the evening’s feature bout. Cook will be fighting Argentinean pugilist Cristian “El Travieso” Serrano (W15, KO7, L5, D2) in a 10 round bout. Serrano’s nickname “El Travieso” translates into “The Naughty One” in English.

SHIFT Review – As Above, So Below

As a man who is always up for a deviation from the haunted houses and zombies that are most prevalent in the horror genre right now, I was instantly intrigued by ‘As Above, So Below’. Its title alone is unique and worthy of a discussion as to its meaning. A few Google searches and even an explanation in the movie still has me a tad baffled, I’m not going to lie.

SHIFT Review – Captain America: The Winter Soldier Blu-Ray

The bigger, more reputable a film studio is, the more I expect from them. I’m not going to lie: I expected more from this package in terms of extras, but what it does provide, it provides well. I just get the feeling that there’s a Phase 2 box set being prepped that carefully plucked things that could have been included here. Oh well, such is the game with these Marvel Cinematic Universe sub-franchises, so no sense in getting fussy.

Surprisingly to me, there is no Marvel One-Shot short film to be found. At first I had thought I simply wasn’t looking in the right place (menu scrolling isn’t always the easiest task late at night), but alas, my original thought was correct. The special features it does have are all pretty by the books, but they do have their charms.

UFC 177: Dillashaw vs. Soto Preview & Predictions

The Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to the home of Team Alpha Male for UFC 177 this Saturday night, fittingly co-headlined by a pair of standouts from the Sacramento-based gym, as bantamweight kingpin T.J. Dillashaw seeks a repeat performance against former champion Renan Barao, while Danny Castillo attempts to prevent an octagon hat trick from “Ultimate Fighter 13” winner Tony Ferguson.

Has Renan Barao Recovered Enough to Rematch T.J. Dillashaw?

Apart from PEDs, concussions in sports have been one of the biggest ongoing stories in the sports world over the past several years.

Head trauma is of course part of the deal in prize fighting. Renan Barao learned this the hard way back in May, where he lost his UFC bantamweight title to T.J. Dillashaw in a fight where he absorbed several brutal shots.

UFC Fight Night: Henderson-Dos Anjos Preview & Predictions

The Ultimate Fighting Championship caps off a doubleheader this Saturday with UFC Fight Night 49, which invades Tulsa, Oklahoma’s BOK Center.

Headlining the live broadcast on FOX Sports 1, former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson faces longtime contender Rafael dos Anjos, plus hardened veteran Mike Pyle clashes with highly touted youngster Jordan Mein in the co-feature.

UFC Fight Night: Bisping vs. Le Preview & Predictions

The Ultimate Fighting Championship heads to Macau, China for the third time ever this Saturday for UFC Fight Night 48.

Taking place inside The Venetian’s CotaiArena and streaming live on UFC Fight Pass, the bill features a pair of highly compelling co-features, as No. 8-ranked “Ultimate Fighter” winner Michael Bisping headlines opposite former Strikeforce champion Cung Le, plus top 10 welterweights Tyron Woodley and Dong Hyun Kim will get it on.

Avila Highlights Friday’s Golden Boy LIVE on Fight Network

This Saturday night, Fight Network presents another edition of Golden Boy Live! from the Sports Center in Fairfield, California.

Showcased this week are a pair of hot prospects in the Golden Boy stable, super bantamweight Manuel Avila, and heavyweight Gerald Washington.

Bisping vs. Le and the Cloud of PEDs in MMA

PEDs in mixed martial arts have more or less dominated headlines this summer and over the weekend, Cung Le added more fuel to the fire.

The former Strikeforce star posted this photo on his Instagram page.

SHIFT Review – ‘Amazing Spider-Man 2’ Blu-Ray Combo Pack

​The ‘Spider-Man’ series, whether it be Regular or ‘Amazing’, is Sony’s baby. It’s their big brand, their big money maker at the box office. And for good reason — it’s an established OG with a reputation for having top special effects and delivering a good time. I’ll always remember jamming out to “Hero” by Nickleback when I was a wee lad.

Figueroa Rises to Occasion, Stops Estrada to Retain Title

The first of two undercard title fights prior to the Shawn Porter-Kell Brook IBF welterweight world title main event at the StubHub Center in California this past weekend featured undefeated WBC world lightweight champion Omar “Panterita” Figueroa (W24, KO18, D1) taking on the talented but erratic Daniel “Tremendo” Estrada (W32, KO24, L3, D1).

Dirrell Outlasts Bika to Win WBC Super Middleweight Title

In a title fight that resembled a pro wrestling match more than it did a pro boxing match, 29 year-old Anthony “The Dog” Dirrell (W27, KO22, D1) defeated 35 year-old Sakio “The Scorpion” Bika (W32, KO21, L6, D3) to win the WBC super middleweight world title. Scorpions are known to sneak up on their unsuspecting foes and biting them, which Bika has also done to his unsuspecting foes a couple of times in past. There was some very bad blood between the two fighters stemming from Bika’s roughhouse tactics in their first fight, which was inexplicably called a draw even though most ringsiders had Dirrell winning that bout.

Brook Shocks Porter to Win IBF Welterweight Crown

In what has to be one of the biggest boxing upsets in the welterweight division in many years, undefeated British welterweight Kell “The Special One” Brook (W33, KO 22) defeated “Showtime” Shawn Porter (W24, KO15, L1, D1) by majority decision at the StubHub Center in California, to take his IBF world welterweight title. It was the second and as it turned out, last defense of the welterweight title for Porter. Many boxing insiders and bookmakers thought that Porter’s reign as champ would last more than just two fights.

For Brook it was a dream come true. The wait for the title shot was indeed long. Brook was promised a title shot in 2112 with Devon Alexander, before Alexander lost his title in an upset to Porter. In fact, Brook had first dreamed of becoming a world champion at the tender age of nine. He has nurtured that dream for a long time. Against Porter he made that dream come true, proving that success is there, if you are willing to work hard enough to achieve it.

UFC Fight Night: Bader vs. St. Preux Preview & Predictions

After three weeks off, the Ultimate Fighting Championship debuts in Maine as UFC Fight Night 47 emanates from Bangor’s Cross Insurance Center.

The 10-bout card is headlined by a light heavyweight clash between top 10-ranked contenders Ryan Bader and Ovince St. Preux.

Bader vs. St. Preux and the Decline of the LHW Division

The UFC’s light-heavyweight division was long considered to be the bread and butter of the promotion during its rise in the mid-2000s.

Chuck Liddell, Randy Couture, Tito Ortiz, Forrest Griffin, and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson among others helped carry the UFC from obscurity to the mainstream.