Ward-Barrera announcement imminent?
It’s not officially announced yet, but an email went out earlier today from the Oracle Arena stating:
Andre Ward vs. Sullivan Barrera
March 26, 2016
Two-Time World Champion and top-rated pound-for-pound fighter Andre Ward will return to the ring on Saturday, March 26, to take on undefeated and number one rated IBF light heavyweight contender Sullivan Barrera in a 12-round bout at Oracle Arena.
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Lion Fight 27: IKF Overturns Bout to Victory for Gaston Bolanos
Lion Fight Promotions has received notification that the International Kickboxing Federation (IKF) has officially overturned the result of the bout between Gaston Bolanos and Kronphet Phetrachapat which was held at Lion Fight 27 on Friday, January 29th.
Following a review of the entire fight by 21 international judges, the IKF has reversed the result from a victory for Phetrachapat to a win for Bolanos. With the outcome changed, Bolanos remains undefeated and now stands 8-0, while Phetrachapat is denied his 75th career with and falls to 74-19-4.
“It’s unusual for a sanctioning body to accept responsibility and so clearly explain their process in evaluating a disputed decision,” said Scott Kent, CEO & President of Lion Fight.
“Standardizing judging criteria for Muay Thai and training world-class judges and referees should be the goal of all sanctioning bodies interested in promoting this amazing sport. I applaud Steve Fossum and the IKF for taking a stand and providing the transparency in their decision process.”
“Both of these fighters are true warriors and hopefully we can get them in the ring again.”
Originally, the ringside judges’ scoring declared a split-decision victory by Phetrachapat by scores of 48-47, 47-48 and 48-47. The vast majority of ringside observers including UFC Hall of Famer Pat Miletich, who was the analyst for AXS TV Fights which broadcast the fight card, had it scored for Bolanos. Of the 21 judges who reviewed the fight, 18 scored it for Bolanos which led to the overturned result. Nine of those judges scored the fight 49-46 for Bolanos while four had 50-45 for Bolanos.
UFC FN 82: Stephen Thompson Picks Apart Johny Hendricks
Stephen Thompson demonstrated in compelling fashion at UFC Fight Night 82 that he is a legit, welterweight contender, by taking Johny Hendricks out in the opening round.
Hendricks attempted to close the distance and take Thompson down early on into the headliner, but the latter managed to keep the fight standing. The vaunted striker proceeded to land kicks and punches from various angles, and put Hendricks away with a flurry along the cage.
With the win, Thompson extended his winning streak to six, and jumped right into the title shot mix.
Here are the results from UFC Fight Night 82, which took place in Las Vegas.
Stephen Thompson def. Johny Hendricks via TKO (strikes) R1, 3:31
Roy Nelson def. Jared Rosholt via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Ovince Saint Preux def. Rafael Cavalcante via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Joseph Benavidez def. Zach Makovsky via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Misha Cirkunov def. Alex Nicholson via rear-naked-choke R2, 1:28
Mike Pyle def. Sean Spencer via TKO (strikes) R3, 4:25
Josh Burkman def. K.J. Noons via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Derrick Lewis def. Damian Grabowski via TKO (punches) R1, 2:17
Justin Scoggins def. Ray Borg via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
Diego Rivas def. Noad Lahat via KO (flying knee) R2, 0:23
Mickey Gall def. Mike Jackson via submission (rear-naked-choke) R1, 0:45
Alex White def. Artem Lobov via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Erokhin Crowned Champion / Gono KOed / Drysdale to Headline WSOF GC 3
Fight Held on February 7 at Tokyo Dome City Hall in Tokyo, Japan
LAS VEGAS, NV February 7, 2016 World Series of Fighting – Global Championship (WSOF-GC) brought the world to Japan and the fans were thrilled with six highlight reel knockouts on the card.
The main event crowned the inaugural WSOF-GC World Heavyweight Champion, as Russia’s Evgeny Erokhin (14-4) defeated USA’s Brandon Cash (10-4) via TKO in the first round due to a knee injury. It appears the injury happened when Evgeny checked a leg kick earlier in the round and it continued to deteriorate from that point. Referee Chris Tognoni stopped the fight when it appeared Cash was unable to continue placing support on it. This fight marks Erokhin’s ninth straight win via KO/TKO.
In the co-main event, Slovakia’s Miroslav Strbak (13-5-1) delivered a crushing face-first knockout to Japanese legend Akihiro Gono (34-20-8) in the second round. Rounding out the main card were three straight victories for Japan, as Michihiro Omigawa (17-14-1) defeated France’s Teddy Violet (10-2) via split decision; Yusaku Nakamura (12-4-1) defeated USA’s Lawrence DiGuilio (17-7-1); and Hisae Watanabe (20-6) returned to the cage after an eight-rear retirement to win by TKO against South Korea’s Lee Ye-Ji (0-2).
Before the main event, WSOF-GC commentator Robert Drysdale (6-0) announced that he would be headlining WSOF-GC 3 China in late April with a main event World Light Heavyweight Title fight. This will mark Drysdale’s return to action after nearly a two-year layoff. Drysdale said, “I’ve been training hard and in the gym every day. It’s wonderful to have the opportunity to fight for WSOF Global. I hope I can bring the belt back here to Japan and defend it for all of the great fans that have showed us all so much support here.”
Evgeny Erokhin (14-4) defeats Brandon Cash (10-4) via TKO R1 1:47 – Referee Chris Tognoni
Miroslav Strbak (13-5-1) defeats Akihiro Gono (34-20-8) via KO R2 2:42 – Tognoni
Michihiro Omigawa (17-14-1) defeats Teddy Violet (10-2) via SD 28-29/29-28/29-28 – Tognoni
Yusaka Nakamura (12-4-1) defeats Lawrence DiGuilio (17-7-1) via SD 28-29/29-28/29-28 – Tognoni
Hisae Watanabe (20-6) defeats Lee Ye-Ji (0-2) via KO R2 3:00 – Referee Minoru Toyonaga
Richard Odoms (11-2) defeats Yusuke Kawaguchi (18-11) via TKO R1 3:29 – Toyonaga
Kamil Lebkowski (14-4) defeats Yoshihiro Koyama (21-10-2) via KO R1 4:15 – Toyonaga
Arnold Quero (10-4) defeats Taichi Nakajima (10-6-1) via UD 30-27/30-27/30-27 – Referee Masato Fukuda
Jarred Brooks (8-0) defeats Junji Ito (13-7) via TKO R2 3:31 – Fukuda
Anna Bezhenar (2-1) defeats May Ooi (2-1) via UD 30-27/29-28/29-28 – Fukuda