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The 29-year-old Henderson (left) is 6-0 in the UFC, including two consecutive
title defenses over Nate Diaz and Frankie Edgar. He'll look to cement
his status as the world's best 155-pounder when he meets Melendez, a
San Francisco resident riding a seven-fight winning streak.
"Benson Henderson wants to beat Gilbert Melendez to prove once and for
all that he's the best lightweight in the world," UFC President Dana
White said. "Gilbert was a champion in Strikeforce and he's been on an
incredible tear. Benson wants this fight badly and I'm excited that
it's headlining such a stacked card."
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champ Benson Henderson advocates for blood and random drug testing
Andre “S.O.G” Ward (26-0,
14 KOs) of Oakland, California, the reigning WBA and WBC super middleweight
champion (168), tends to accept unusual challenges regarding his opponents.
Last night was a great example of that. Ward faced off against “Bad” Chad
Dawson (31-2, 17 KOs) of New Haven, CT who is the current WBC light
heavyweight champion (175). The contract weight was 168 and only Ward’s title
belts were on the line for this special fight broadcast on HBO.
Full Fight Week
Schedule of Events for Ward-Dawson
The superfight between Andre Ward and Chad Dawson
set for September 8 at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California is featuring a
full week of events. There is a lot of buzz surrounding this fight since Ward
is seen as the true super middleweight champ while Dawson is recognized as the
true light heavyweight champ.......STORY>>
Robert Guerrero wins a hard-fought battle
in his first welterweight fight
You have to
respect a fighter who moves up two weight divisions and faces a hard-hitting,
tough opponent in that very first fight. That is exactly what Robert “The
Ghost” Guerrero did last night at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California.
Guerrero has been fighting at lightweight (135) for the last few years and
campaigned at featherweight (126) before that. After the scorecards were read
after twelve rounds of a hard-fought battle in his first fight against a
full-fledged welterweight (147), Guerrero (30-1-1, 18 KOs) of Gilroy,
California was awarded a unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Selcuk
Aydin (23-1, 17 KOs) of Trabzon, Turkey.......STORY>>>
Guerrero’s (30-1-1, 18 KOs) decision win over Selcuk Aydin (23-1, 17 KOs) on
Saturday night, talk is beginning over who his next opponent will be. This was
Guerrero’s first fight at welterweight, marking a two division jump up in
weight. It seems likely that he will stay at welterweight since he now holds
the WBC interim welterweight title............STORY>>>
FUEL 4: Munoz vs. Weidman
A New Contender for Anderson Silva Emerges
The main event of UFC on FUEL 4
“The Filipino Wrecking Machine”
Munoz (12-3) of Vallejo, CA
against undefeated Chris Weidman (9-0) of Baldwin, NY. Munoz is a top-ranked
middleweight and Weidman is seen as an up-and-coming prospect. The talk
before the fight was that if Munoz won, he was likely to get a title shot
against Anderson Silva who is the current Middleweight champ. The feeling was
that if Weidman was able to get the victory, he would be looking at bigger
paydays but probably not an immediate fight for the title.........STORY>>>...............
FUEL 4 Undercard
Assuncao vs. Tamura, Guimaraes vs. Stittgen,
Natal vs. Craig,
Cariaso vs. Ferguson, Page vs. Caceres
fights on the undercard of UFC on FUEL 4 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose,
California were called the ‘Facebook Prelims’ since they were only broadcast
on Facebook. The night started out with Raphael Assuncao (17-4) of
Alpharetta, GA scoring a second round TKO over Issei Tamura (7-3) of Tokyo,
Japan. The crowd at the HP Pavilion was minimal for this first fight but
not surprising since it began at 2:30 p.m. on a Wednesday afternoon. Clearly,
the time and day of the week were all about creating a special event for FUEL
The weigh-in for UFC on
Fuel 4 will be held at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California on Tuesday,
July 10. The venue will open up at 3:00 p.m. and the fighters are
expected to be on the scale beginning at 4:00 p.m. This event will be
headlined by Mark Munoz (12-2) vs. undefeated Chris Weidman (8-0) and 10
other fights will be on the undercard.
Expect a big crowd at the
weigh-in since these UFC events attract a lot of fans.
event itself, UFC on Fuel 4: Munoz vs. Weidman, will take place at the HP
Pavilion in San Jose on Wednesday, July 11. Doors open to public at 1:30
p.m., the first fight will begin at 2:30 p.m., and the main card is expected
to begin at 5:00 p.m. The main portion of the fight card will be broadcast
live on Fuel TV.
Gilory’s Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero
at the HP Pavilion on July 28!
In what is expected to be the biggest MMA event ever to hit
the Bay Area, Dan Henderson will be facing off against Mauricio
“Shogun” Rua in a light heavyweight clash that will give the winner a shot at the UFC
light heavyweight crown. On top of that, the undercard is choke
full of match-ups that are sure to be action-packed.
This event is an occasion to see the meshing of the two
biggest MMA organizations (UFC and Strikeforce) and the fights that
can now be made due to the recent merger.
Two powerhouses of the light heavyweight division will
collide on Saturday, Nov. 19 for a chance to prove that they deserve
at shot at the sport’s ultimate prize – the UFC® world championship.
Former PRIDE® and STRIKEFORCE® champion Dan Henderson returns to the
Octagon® at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. to take on former
UFC light heavyweight champion and international superstar Mauricio
“Shogun” Rua. The winner looks to earn a coveted shot at the UFC
light heavyweight crown next year. Story>>>
When fight fans think about the Bay Area fight scene, the Big 3
immediately come to mind – Andre Ward, Robert Guerrero and Nonito
Donaire. However, there is a future star out there
who is looking to break through into that elite group. I am talking about
Salinas’ Eloy Perez (21-0-2, 5 KOs) ...........STORY>>
Just as the Bay Area
fight community was getting
revved up for next weekend’s epic clash between Gilroy’s Robert “The
Ghost” Guerrero (29-1-1, 18 KOs) and Marcos “Chino” Maidana (30-2,
27 KOs), news leaked out last night that the fight has been
cancelled. Robert Guerrero suffered an injury to his left shoulder
and arm during sparring on Wednesday which caused him to have to
pull out of the fight, just one week before the superfight scheduled
for August 27, 2011 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose,
Gilroy’s Robert Guerrero to face Marcos Maidana
at the HP Pavilion in San Jose....
Strikeforce will be putting on a very special event on
January 29, 2011 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California. The fight
card will be headlined by two world championships fights – Nick Diaz
will be defending his Welterweight title against Evangelista Cyborg and
Jacare Souza will be risking his Middleweight title belt agains Robbie
The main portion of the event will be televised live on
Showtime. Tickets went on sale December 27 at Ticketmaster.com.
Interview with Nonito "The Filipino Flash" Donaire
Bay Area Sports Drive
Sports Drive had the distinct pleasure of
interviewing arguably the best boxer living in the San Francisco Bay
Area, Nonito "The Filipino Flash" Donaire (23-1, 15 KOs) who
lives in San Leandro, California and trains at Undisputed Boxing Gym in
He is the current interim WBA super
flyweight champion and is ranked by Ring Magazine as the #4
pound-for-pound fighter in the world. We caught up with Nonito as he was
preparing for his next fight scheduled for July 10, 2010 in Puerto Rico
against Hernan "Tyson" Marquez (27-1, 20 KOs) of Mexico. Story-interview >>>
Monterey Bay Fight Club
scored a major win with their first MMA event
Jeff Townsend 12-12-2010
Bay Area Sports Drive
Photos by Mai Townsend-BASD
Last night, the Monterey Bay Fight Club
put on ’Coastal Collision’ which was their first-ever event and they
seemed like old pros in pulling off an exciting event. Monterey Bay
Fight Club was co-founded by local standout boxer Carina “La Reina” Moreno
as a means to bring boxing and MMA events to the Bay Area as well as
creating an avenue to fight under her own promotional banner.
The JJ Crosetti Building at the Santa
Cruz County Fairgrounds in Watsonville served as an intimate setting
which gave everyone in attendance a great view. Approximately 750 fans
cheered on the amateur MMA fighters who gave their all in the ring.
There were eight MMA fights, with all the fighters being based out of
the Bay Area. There were several fighters from Watsonville and the
cheers were noticeably louder for those true hometown fighters.