Briedis: Fighting at home put 'some pressure on my shoulders'

[ad_1] Cruiserweight world titleholder Mairis Briedis did something this week few prize fighters ever do: He admitted he feels pressure to perform in front of his home crowd. Breidis will make his first title defense when he squares off with Mike Perez on Saturday (DirecTV’s Audience Network, 7 p.m. ET, same-day tape) in the quarterfinals […]

Sportsbooks' top August fueled by Floyd-Conor

[ad_1] Nevada sportsbooks won $33.9 million in August, an all-time high for the month that was bolstered by the Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor fight. Nevada Gaming Control officials estimate that $65 million was wagered on Mayweather-McGregor, making it the most heavily bet boxing match in the state’s history. The sportsbooks kept roughly $15 million of the […]

Alhassan vs Homasi heads to Detroit

[ad_1] Welterweight prospects will square off in Detroit on Dec. 2, as Abdul Razak Alhassan faces Sabah Homasi in a UFC 218 bout at Little Caesars Arena. Winner of seven of his eight pro bouts, Alhassan made an immediate impression in his UFC debut last November, as he halted Charlie Ward in less than a […]

Jens Pulver: A Look Back at UFC's First Lightweight Champ

[ad_1] Before Tony Ferguson and Kevin Lee signed to fight for the interim lightweight title in the main event of UFC 216 on Oct. 7, before Conor McGregor won that 155-pound crown, the same one worn by BJ Penn, Sean Sherk, Frankie Edgar, Benson Henderson, Anthony Pettis, Rafael Dos Anjos and Eddie Alvarez, there was […]

UFC 216 Conference Call Highlights

[ad_1] Maybe it’s because they’ve already been through the media paces to promote their flyweight title clash once before, but neither Demetrious Johnson nor Ray Borg had much to say during Thursday’s UFC 216 conference call. While the stakes in the Oct. 7 co-main event remain as significant as they were last month in Edmonton […]

Haye vs. Bellew rematch set for December

[ad_1] 7:43 AM ET Nick Parkinson Close •Reports on boxing for ESPN.co.uk, as well as several national newspapers•Has been reporting on British boxing for over 15 years•Appears on BoxNation’s Boxing Matters show Tony Bellew and David Haye have agreed terms for a rematch at London’s O2 Arena on Sunday Dec. 17. The rematch will be […]

Roy Jones Jr. Boxing Promotions, beIN ink deal

Roy Jones Jr. Boxing Promotions, a joint venture between the former longtime pound-for-pound king and businessman Keith Veltre founded in 2013, has made a deal with television network beIN Sports to carry its cards through 2018. The first show under the agreement will air on Friday night beginning at 9 p.m. ET from Gilley’s in […]

Five bouts set for Fresno card

[ad_1] The UFC’s first card in Fresno is starting to take shape, with five bouts made official for the Dec. 9 event at Save Mart Center. In a clash of perennial bantamweight contenders making the move to 125 pounds, Liz Carmouche faces Alexis Davis. In a lightweight battle, Scott “Hot Sauce” Holtzman meets Darrell Horcher. […]

The Ultimate Fighter 26 – The Story So Far

[ad_1] Five weeks into The Ultimate Fighter: A New World Champion and this season has already seen some great fights, tremendous finishes and a couple of shocking upsets as the UFC looks to crown the first ever women’s flyweight champion. Sixteen fighters were gathered from around the world to compete on the show, as the […]

Porter to fight Granados on Wilder-Ortiz card

[ad_1] Former welterweight world titleholder Shawn Porter is in a mandatory position to fight for another belt, but unified titlist Keith Thurman is sidelined with an injury until at least early next year. The WBC plans to order Porter to fight fellow former titlist Danny Garcia, but that fight could not be made before the […]