UFC, Bellator And Boxing Join Together For Cleveland Clinic for Fighters Brain Health Study (Video)

Who would have ever thought that we would ever see fighters and executives from MMA and boxing in the same room? We got that today as we seen the personalities took part today in the Support Professional Fighters Study at Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center For Brain Health that took place in Washington D.C.

The notables that attended were UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, number one contender to the light heavyweight title Glover Teixeira, UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta, former Bellator lightweight champion Michael Chandler, Spike TV president Kevin Kay, world champion boxer Bernard Hopkins, U.S. Senators Harry Reid and John McCain.

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Floyd Mayweather vs Canelo Alvarez Sets All Time PPV Revenue Record, Estimated 2.2 Million Buys

A lot of hype was surrounding the Floyd Mayweather vs Canelo Alvarez fight this past Saturday in terms of breaking the records for most pay-per-view buys, the most money made ever on PPV, biggest gate ever. We knew the last one was the record and now we have confirmation that at least one of those other records was broken.

Showtime announced that the Mayweather and Alvarez set the all time PPV revenue record exceeding $150 million with an early projection of 2.2 million buys. The previous record was $136 million from when Mayweather fought Oscar De La Hoya in 2007.

The Mayweather and De La Hoya fight was initially announced at 2.15 million buys and then amended a couple of months later when more of the numbers were tallied up to 2.48 million buys.

Showtime replays the fight with the junior welterweight championship fight co-feature between Danny Garcia and Lucas Matthysse, on Saturday night (9 ET/PT).

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Former Heavyweight Boxing Heavyweight Champion Riddick Bowe To Enter Pro Wrestling

It was announced earlier today that former two-time heavyweight boxing champion Riddick Bowe will be making his pro wrestling debut on March 1, 2014 for Preston City Wrestling based out of the United Kingdom.

Bowe became the undisputed heavyweight champion in 1992 when he defeated Evander Holyfield. The former boxing champion left boxing in 1996 and enrolled in the Marines, but quit after three days.

Bowe since then only has had three boxing fights since 1996 and even had a Muay Thai fight in June and lost in the second round, when he could no longer continue.

Preston City Wrestling is excited to have Bowe participating in their promotion.

“This is an exciting coup for Preston City Wrestling. Riddick Bowe is one of the greatest heavyweight boxers of all time and has been training hard to make the transition to the wrestling ring,” said Preston City Wrestling Owner Steven Fludder.

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Floyd Mayweather Dominates Canelo Alvarez and Wins By Majority Decision

44 men before had tried to defeat Floyd Mayweather and the boxing world thought Canelo Alvarez would be the man tonight to dethrone Mayweather. The number is now 45 as Floyd Mayweather defeated Canelo Alvarez by majority decision (114-114, 116-112, 117-111). BetweenTheRopes.com had the fight scored the fight 118-108 for Mayweather.

The pound for pound king looked tentative at the outset, but was able to control the first two rounds with the jab and was able to open up on Alvarez throughout the rest of the fight. Alvarez showed moments of frustration with a low blow in the middle of the fight and you can tell Mayweather was in Alvarez’s head.

Mayweather after the fight was complimentary of Alvarez’s performance.

“Canelo is a young strong champion,” Mayweather said. “I take my hat off to him. I take my hat off to the country of Mexico. Mexico has produced some great champions throughout the years. Canelo is a true champion at heart.”

Alvarez suffered his first loss in 43 fights admitted he was frustrated as the fight went on, but admitted that Mayweather was everything and then some.

“I didn’t know how to get him, it’s extremely simple,” Alvarez said. “He’s a great fighter, very intelligent. The frustration was getting in there, but he’s a great fighter. We tried to catch him.”

Mayweather was guaranteed $41.5 million for the fight, while Alvarez was guaranteed $5 million. The gate for the event reached over $20 million, with a chance for this event to break the pay per view buyrate record set by Mayweather’s fight with Oscra De La Hoya that did over 2.4 million buys in 2007.

Mayweather didn’t state what was next him, but it seems like it could be 140 pound champion Danny Garcia who defeated Lucas Mattyhsse in thrilling co-main event.

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Floyd Mayweather vs Canelo Alvarez Live Stream Weigh-Ins Starting At 5 P.M. ET

Floyd Mayweather will square off tomorrow night against Canelo Alvarez for Mayweather’s WBA Super Welterweight Super World Championship and for Alvarez’s WBC, WBA and Ring Magazine Super Welterweight Championships at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

It is the biggest fight in boxing since a 2007 showdown with Mayweather and Oscar De La Hoya, whohc broke the all-time pay-per-view record with over 2.4 million buys. Boxing experts have been saying that this fight has a chance to eclipse that mark.

In the co-feature, Unified Super Lightweight Champion Danny “Swift” Garcia will defend his WBC, WBA and Ring Magazine Super Lightweight Championships as he battles Lucas “The Machine” Matthysse.

Before the fights take place, the fighters will weigh-in today starting at 5 p.m. ET.

Watch the live stream above.

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UFC Podcast: UFC 164 Preview

In today’s podcast Steve talks to Fighthype.com lead writer Percy Crawford. Steve and Crawford preview tonight’s UFC 164 featuring the main event between UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson defending his title against Anthony Pettis, with the co-main event of Josh Barnett facing off with Frank Mir.

The guys also recap UFC Fight Night 27 from Wednesday night and what is next for the main card winners and losers from the show, discuss the situation between Bjorn Rebney and Dana White and all the latest news in the MMA world.

Crawford and Steve then discuss the latest involving the fight between Canelo Alvarez and Floyd Mayweather on Saturday, September 14, the All Access ratings and if Showtime should be worried and all the latest news in the world of boxing.

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Floyd Mayweather Bests Anderson Silva and Jon Jones For 2013 ESPY

Boxing is still more popular than MMA in terms of who the fans think is the best fighter.

It announced last night at ESPN 2013 ESPY awards that boxing kingpin Floyd Mayweather won the award for best fighter. Mayweather beat out UFC stars Anderson Siva and Jon Jones, with fellow boxers Canelo Alvarez and Danny Garcia. The winner was determined a fan vote.

Mayweather fought only once in the one year time frame as he was in prison for three months. The pay-per-view king of combat sports returned in May and dominated Robert Guerrero in winning by unanimous decision. Mayweather returns on September 14 as he will be facing off with Alvarez, which has a chance of setting the most buys ever on pay-per-view, which is a record Mayweather holds with over 2.4 million buys in his fight with Oscar De La Hoya in 2007.

This was Mayweather’s fifth time he has won an ESPY for best fighter as he also won in 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013.

Jones and Silva have been nominated three times for the award.

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Between The Ropes MMA Podcast – May 31, 2013

MayweatherOn this week’s MMA podcast we talk to Fighthype.com lead writer Percy Crawford. We recap UFC 160 from last Saturday and the latest on Roy Nelson. Also we break down the TUF 18 situation with Cat Zingano’s injury, which led to Miesha Tate replacing her opposite of UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey.

Crawford then breaks down the big announcement in the boxing we get the superfight of Floyd Mayweather facing off with Canelo Alvarez. We go over why Floyd is taking the fight, if this is the pinnacle and climax in the career of Canelo.

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Between The Ropes MMA Podcast #8- May 10,2013

In this latest edition of our MMA podcast we talk to Fighthype.com lead writer Percy Crawford. btr1200
Then we get into the $50,000 fine imposed on UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva and whether the fine was fair or not. We also get into if Crawford feels there are any current gay fighters in boxing and MMA. Listen below and gives us your thoughts.

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Between The Ropes MMA Podcast 2- Percy Crawford

On this weeks MMA podcast, we speak to Fighthype.com lead writer Percy Crawford. We speak to Crawford about the week that was in MMA and boxing. Crawford previews with us this Saturday’s UFC on Fox 7 and the Canelo Alvarez vs Austin Trout boxing fight. Take a listen below and give us your thoughts.

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