Georges St-Pierre Can Fight In The Octagon, But the Big Screen Not So Much

You can’t blame a guy for giving up fighting when he is at the top of his game and money is no longer a priority. But you’d hope that whatever Georges St-Pierre gave up fighting for would be something special, something worth starting all over for.

Something like this:

St-Pierre sure knows how to make an ugly face, one that borders on constipation.

St-Pierre engages in one of the, shall we say, most “memorable” fight scenes ever, with Steven Seagal, in a straight-to-video movie, “Killing Salazar.”

St-Pierre knows how to fight. But apparently only in the Octagon.

St-Pierre’s character meets a bloody demise at the end.

 

 

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Georges St-Pierre Can Fight In The Octagon, But the Big Screen Not So Much

You can’t blame a guy for giving up fighting when he is at the top of his game and money is no longer a priority. But you’d hope that whatever Georges St-Pierre gave up fighting for would be something special, something worth starting all over for.

Something like this:

St-Pierre sure knows how to make an ugly face, one that borders on constipation.

St-Pierre engages in one of the, shall we say, most “memorable” fight scenes ever, with Steven Seagal, in a straight-to-video movie, “Killing Salazar.”

St-Pierre knows how to fight. But apparently only in the Octagon.

St-Pierre’s character meets a bloody demise at the end.

 

 

Source: MMA Weekly

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Don King planning new boxing series, first fight could be Povetkin-Stiverne

The architect and impresario behind the legendary The Rumble In the Jungle and Thrilla in Manila and countless other historic classic boxing events, Hall of Fame promoter, Don King, has plenty of fight left in him. King, still going strong at 85, is planning an upcoming “Salute To Greatness” worldwide boxing series in memory of Muhammad Ali.

The idea, says King, “is to do a global salute to the memory of the greatest, Muhammed Ali” by revisiting some of the cities and countries King helped make famous and to promote major championship events, every few months, in new locations around the world, for Ali and the people’s champions for peace globally.

“I brought international fame and acclaim to cities and countries, brought them worldwide recognition, put them on map,” King said. “We put Manila on the map, same with Zaire and many other places. With this series, we’re open to do things that have never happened before.

“We could go anywhere and everywhere, we’re gonna conquer the world. They’re calling me, Africa is calling me. I don’t even have to call them.

“It’s the 41st anniversary of The Thrilla in Manila, the 42nd anniversary of The Rumble In The Jungle. We could take George Foreman, Larry Holmes, go to Mexico for Julio Cesar Chavez, Panama for Roberto Duran, Puerto Rico for Felix “Tito” Trinidad, and just go around. The possibilities are endless.”

King promotes former heavyweight champion Bername Stiverene (25-2-1, 21 KOs), a Haiti native living in Las Vegas who is scheduled to face Alexander Povetkin (30-1, 22 KOs), a former world titleholder and 2004 Russian Olympic gold medalist, for the vacant WBC interim title in a fight mandated by the WBC. Negotiations have begun.

The Stiverne-Povetkin winner would face the unbeaten American, WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder, once he’s fully recuperated from a broken hand and torn biceps suffered in his last defense against Chris Arreola. Wilder hopes to return to the ring by mid-January.

“I would love to make the fight between Stiverne, the WBC’s No. 2 contender and Povetkin, who’s No. 1,” King said. “We could do the fight in Russia, the U.S. even Africa. I’m friends with Russian President Vladimir Putin and I’m a staunch supporter of President Donald Trump, who I’ve known a long time. Maybe the Presidents could sit together at ringside, President Vladimir Putin and President Donald Trump. Can you imagine??????

“The (Stiverne-Povetkin) fight would mark the first in a long journey. If Bermane wins, we take him around the world. Bermane has a lot to prove. He’s the only fighter to go the distance with Wilder, but he gave that fight away. This is his chance for redemption; the tour will go on with or without him. We shall overcome!

“This is the Love & Peace Roundup for me. I’m back in the saddle. There’s no stopping this series. It’s a ‘Salute to Greatness’ in the memory of Ali and for all the great fighters all over the world.”

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Don King planning new boxing series, first fight could be Povetkin-Stiverne

The architect and impresario behind the legendary The Rumble In the Jungle and Thrilla in Manila and countless other historic classic boxing events, Hall of Fame promoter, Don King, has plenty of fight left in him. King, still going strong at 85, is planning an upcoming “Salute To Greatness” worldwide boxing series in memory of Muhammad Ali.

The idea, says King, “is to do a global salute to the memory of the greatest, Muhammed Ali” by revisiting some of the cities and countries King helped make famous and to promote major championship events, every few months, in new locations around the world, for Ali and the people’s champions for peace globally.

“I brought international fame and acclaim to cities and countries, brought them worldwide recognition, put them on map,” King said. “We put Manila on the map, same with Zaire and many other places. With this series, we’re open to do things that have never happened before.

“We could go anywhere and everywhere, we’re gonna conquer the world. They’re calling me, Africa is calling me. I don’t even have to call them.

“It’s the 41st anniversary of The Thrilla in Manila, the 42nd anniversary of The Rumble In The Jungle. We could take George Foreman, Larry Holmes, go to Mexico for Julio Cesar Chavez, Panama for Roberto Duran, Puerto Rico for Felix “Tito” Trinidad, and just go around. The possibilities are endless.”

King promotes former heavyweight champion Bername Stiverene (25-2-1, 21 KOs), a Haiti native living in Las Vegas who is scheduled to face Alexander Povetkin (30-1, 22 KOs), a former world titleholder and 2004 Russian Olympic gold medalist, for the vacant WBC interim title in a fight mandated by the WBC. Negotiations have begun.

The Stiverne-Povetkin winner would face the unbeaten American, WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder, once he’s fully recuperated from a broken hand and torn biceps suffered in his last defense against Chris Arreola. Wilder hopes to return to the ring by mid-January.

“I would love to make the fight between Stiverne, the WBC’s No. 2 contender and Povetkin, who’s No. 1,” King said. “We could do the fight in Russia, the U.S. even Africa. I’m friends with Russian President Vladimir Putin and I’m a staunch supporter of President Donald Trump, who I’ve known a long time. Maybe the Presidents could sit together at ringside, President Vladimir Putin and President Donald Trump. Can you imagine??????

“The (Stiverne-Povetkin) fight would mark the first in a long journey. If Bermane wins, we take him around the world. Bermane has a lot to prove. He’s the only fighter to go the distance with Wilder, but he gave that fight away. This is his chance for redemption; the tour will go on with or without him. We shall overcome!

“This is the Love & Peace Roundup for me. I’m back in the saddle. There’s no stopping this series. It’s a ‘Salute to Greatness’ in the memory of Ali and for all the great fighters all over the world.”

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UFC Breakdown: Fight Focus Video — Alexander Gustafsson vs. Jan Blachowicz

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John Gooden and Dan Hardy preview the UFC Fight Night: Arlovski vs. Barnett co-main event match-up between Alexander Gustafsson and Jan Blachowicz. The action goes down this Saturday at UFC Hamburg on UFC Fight Pass.

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Jack Asis announces retirement

“Today I’m announcing my retirement from professional boxing,” 33-year-old former IBO super featherweight champion Jack Asis (35-19-5, 18 KOs) said today. “This is a happy occasion and I’m very comfortable with my decision. I’ve been boxing a long time and the sport has given me so much, now it’s time for the next phase of my life. This decision was not an easy one but one in my heart I know is what is best for me and my family. I’ve had a great career and I’m very lucky my dreams did come true. I won an IBO World title and in my last fight defended it in South Africa against a great fighter. I finish my career like I started it – I gave my all, I tried my best – that’s all anyone can do regardless of winning and losing.”

Asis informed his trainer/manager Brendon Smith of his decision last weekend.

“When Jack informed me of his decision over the weekend it brought a smile to my face,” Smith said. “It made me smile because whatever Jack wants to do I’ll always support 100%. Jack has nothing left to prove and the reality is we’ve tried to lure the big names, Billy Dib, Joel Brunker, Will Tomlinson and so on – for one reason or another neither of that trio would agree to a bout with Jack. So there isn’t anything left for Jack to prove. He reached the top – he won a world title, no one can ever take that away from him.”

“In the time I’ve worked with Jack he’s given me so much. I can never say thanks to Jack enough. We’ve been through the good times and the bad times together. That will never change, Jack will always be family to me. He achieved so much in the ring, but I’m prouder of the man he is outside the ring. He has guided and helped so many boxers in the gym whether they be amateur or pro. He’s a great man of the community and as we’ve often said ‘Toowoomba loves Jack Asis.’ I have no doubt Jack will still be around the sport – he has the potential to be a great trainer one day if that’s what he chooses to do. If not he will become a big part of our team as an advisor to all of our boxers. There is no better role model than Jack Asis.”

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Conor McGregor Claims He was Training Two Days After UFC 202 (Video)

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Although Conor McGregor faced a potential six-month medical suspension following his UFC 202 headlining rematch with Nate Diaz due to a possible fracture, he posted a video on his website on Tuesday showing him working out, claiming that the video was shot just two days after the fight.

Following the fight, video footage surfaced, showing McGregor walking on crutches. The Nevada Athletic Commission then issued its customary post-fight medical suspensions, handing McGregor a potential six-month suspension due to a possible left foot/ankle fracture.

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The video, which shows McGregor doing a cardio workout two days after the fight, also shows him still favoring his left leg, and using a crutch. That doesn’t necessarily mean that McGregor will be sidelined for six months. Although he faces a minimum period of no contact until Oct. 5, if he gets his foot/ankle cleared by a doctor, he can fight again after Oct. 20.

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ONE Headliner Ev Ting: ‘I’m Gonna Punch Him and He’s Gonna Fall Over’

Ev Ting will be moving up a division to face Rob Lisita in the main event of ONE: Unbreakable Warriors this weekend. For someone who has repeatedly been tipped as a future featherweight contender, it’s a significant move, but the Malaysian says he’s just happy to fight.

“The bottom line is I just want fight and reap the prize even if it’s 12 times a year. I have not much to gain from this fight, I have everything to lose. However, it’s business for me and it’s just getting to the next stage and if this is what’s in the way then I’m gonna drive my way through.”

Ting is taking on Rob Lisita at Stadium Negara in Kuala Lumpur. The Australian has fought four times for ONE Championship and none of those bouts have reached the third round, in fact three of them have lasted less than 90 seconds.

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Putting Lisita on a card pretty much guarantees fireworks, but the Australian has lost his last three fights. While Ting is unsure what a win on Friday night will do for his title prospects, he is certainly not overlooking Lisita.

“Robert Lisita is a very tough opponent. You can never count him out. He’s got a big right hand and he likes to finish people. I’m not taking him lightly and I’m training for the best Robert Lisita that is out there.”

Ting’s won five fights out of six for ONE Championship and, like Lisita, he has a record of never going the distance. His only loss came at the hands of reigning featherweight champion Marat Gafurov and the Malaysian believes he is on track for a title shot.

“I feel like I’m one fight away from a title shot. I have five wins in ONE and I have five finishes. Shinya Aoki, Marat Gafurov, I don’t care. I’m coming for that belt.”

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This will be Ting’s first fight since the new ONE Championship weight cutting regulations were implemented. He’s spent his entire professional career as a featherweight, but isn’t sure whether he will be able to compete there now that extreme dehydration has been banned.

Ev Ting“I would definitely try (to make featherweight) if it was the only option offered, but I don’t think I can make (it) with the policy. I would have to water cut five-plus kilograms.”

Although Ting was born in Malaysia, he grew up in New Zealand; so some patriotic pride will be at stake when he faces the Australian born and bred Lisita.

“He’s a featherweight champion of Australia and I’m the featherweight champion of New Zealand, so it’s gonna be a Tasmanian affair and it’s gonna be honorable to represent Malaysia at the same time,” Ting said.

Ting started his training camp in Saigon, but has been in Kuala Lumpur for the last couple of weeks.

“My training camp is always hard. I spent my first four weeks at Saigon Sports Club and then I finished up here in Malaysia under the guidance of my coach Hamish Robertson from Auckland MMA, so everything is going to plan. I just need to make sure I’m injury free, feeling sharp, and I’m ready to go.”

The last time either man went the distance was in 2013 when Ting dropped a split decision to a Korean fighter in Kuala Lumpur. ONE Championship’s matchmakers obviously believe that this has all the makings of memorable fight and the Malaysian knows exactly how it’s going to end.

“We’re gonna stand in the middle of the cage, we’re gonna trade a few blows, and the first opportunity that opens up, we’re gonna finish. So stylistically, I’m gonna punch him and he’s gonna fall over.”

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ONE Headliner Ev Ting: ‘I’m Gonna Punch Him and He’s Gonna Fall Over’

Ev Ting will be moving up a division to face Rob Lisita in the main event of ONE: Unbreakable Warriors this weekend. For someone who has repeatedly been tipped as a future featherweight contender, it’s a significant move, but the Malaysian says he’s just happy to fight.

“The bottom line is I just want fight and reap the prize even if it’s 12 times a year. I have not much to gain from this fight, I have everything to lose. However, it’s business for me and it’s just getting to the next stage and if this is what’s in the way then I’m gonna drive my way through.”

Ting is taking on Rob Lisita at Stadium Negara in Kuala Lumpur. The Australian has fought four times for ONE Championship and none of those bouts have reached the third round, in fact three of them have lasted less than 90 seconds.

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Putting Lisita on a card pretty much guarantees fireworks, but the Australian has lost his last three fights. While Ting is unsure what a win on Friday night will do for his title prospects, he is certainly not overlooking Lisita.

“Robert Lisita is a very tough opponent. You can never count him out. He’s got a big right hand and he likes to finish people. I’m not taking him lightly and I’m training for the best Robert Lisita that is out there.”

Ting’s won five fights out of six for ONE Championship and, like Lisita, he has a record of never going the distance. His only loss came at the hands of reigning featherweight champion Marat Gafurov and the Malaysian believes he is on track for a title shot.

“I feel like I’m one fight away from a title shot. I have five wins in ONE and I have five finishes. Shinya Aoki, Marat Gafurov, I don’t care. I’m coming for that belt.”

RELATED > Shinya Aoki to Defend Lightweight Title Against Eduard Folayang at ONE: Defending Honor

This will be Ting’s first fight since the new ONE Championship weight cutting regulations were implemented. He’s spent his entire professional career as a featherweight, but isn’t sure whether he will be able to compete there now that extreme dehydration has been banned.

Ev Ting“I would definitely try (to make featherweight) if it was the only option offered, but I don’t think I can make (it) with the policy. I would have to water cut five-plus kilograms.”

Although Ting was born in Malaysia, he grew up in New Zealand; so some patriotic pride will be at stake when he faces the Australian born and bred Lisita.

“He’s a featherweight champion of Australia and I’m the featherweight champion of New Zealand, so it’s gonna be a Tasmanian affair and it’s gonna be honorable to represent Malaysia at the same time,” Ting said.

Ting started his training camp in Saigon, but has been in Kuala Lumpur for the last couple of weeks.

“My training camp is always hard. I spent my first four weeks at Saigon Sports Club and then I finished up here in Malaysia under the guidance of my coach Hamish Robertson from Auckland MMA, so everything is going to plan. I just need to make sure I’m injury free, feeling sharp, and I’m ready to go.”

The last time either man went the distance was in 2013 when Ting dropped a split decision to a Korean fighter in Kuala Lumpur. ONE Championship’s matchmakers obviously believe that this has all the makings of memorable fight and the Malaysian knows exactly how it’s going to end.

“We’re gonna stand in the middle of the cage, we’re gonna trade a few blows, and the first opportunity that opens up, we’re gonna finish. So stylistically, I’m gonna punch him and he’s gonna fall over.”

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