UFC 188: Eddie Alvarez overcomes eye injury to defeat rival Gilbert Melendez

<p><br /><p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/sports/rss/Kevin+Iole/SIG=13sssd8t6/*http%3A//sports.yahoo.com/news/ufc-188--eddie-alvarez-overcomes-eye-injury-to-defeat-rival-gilbert-melendez-043313907.html"><img src="http://media.zenfs.com/es-US/homerun/eluniversal.com.mx/EUM20150613DEP_415310.JPG"  width="5128" height="3419"  alt="MÉXICO, D.F. Mixed Martial Arts/Artes Marciales Mixtas-UFC.- Aspecto de la pelea entre Gilbert Meléndez y Eddie Álvarez, de la UFC 188, celebrada este sábado en la Arena Ciudad de México, donde el segundo fue el vencedor. Foto: Agencia EL UNIVERSAL/Germán Espinosa/JMA" align="left" border="0"></a></p><p>A fight years in the making lived up to the hype despite Alvarez's grotesquely swollen left eye.</p><br clear="all" /><br><b>Joanna Jedrzejczyk retains title with dominant win over Jessica Penne</b>:<br /><p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/sports/rss/Kevin+Iole/SIG=14dsq9sd0/*http%3A//sports.yahoo.com/blogs/mma-cagewriter/joanna-jedrzejczyk-bloodies-jessica-penne--keeps-tight-grip-on-title-with-tko-211616655.html"><img src="http://l.yimg.com/os/publish-images/sports/2015-06-20/656f06e0-1791-11e5-aca9-0f93fb2931f1_GettyImages-477911274.jpg"  width="4552" height="3055"  alt="Champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk of Poland lands a front kick against Jessica PenneSaturday in Berlin, Germany, en route to a third-round stoppage in their UFC strawweight title fight at the O2 World Arena. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)" align="left" border="0"></a></p><p>Only minutes after Joanna Jedrzejczyk retained her UFC strawweight title with a one-sided third-round stoppage victory over outgunned challenger Jessica Penne at the O2 World Arena in Berlin, Germany, she was asked about who might be next.   She grinned broadly. She's now beaten Nos. 1 (Carla Esparza), 2 (Claudia Gadelha) and 3 (Penne) in the UFC's strawweight division and has clearly stamped herself as the finest 115-pound fighter in the world.   It's not, she pointed out, who she wants next. It's a simpler, more basic question that must be answered.   "Are they ready for me," Jedrzejczyk asked.   At least so far, the answer has been no. A former Muay Thai kickboxing world champion, Jedrzejczyk's striking skills are what has allowed her to lap the rest of her weight class.   She fought off the game Penne's numerous takedown attempts. Once she found her range and started landing her vast array of strikes, it was only a matter of time until Penne would not be able to continue.   The official end came at 4:22 of the third, when a straight right hand followed by a knee sent the American staggering back, helpless, into the cage. Her eyes were both swollen nearly shut and she was bleeding from multiple cuts when referee Marc Goddard mercifully halted the bout.  </p><br clear="all" /><br><b>Gilbert Melendez may be a veteran fighter, but he’s far from finished</b>:<br /><p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/sports/rss/Kevin+Iole/SIG=13lsrfv1q/*http%3A//sports.yahoo.com/news/gilbert-melendez-may-be-a-veteran-fighter--but-he-s-far-from-finished-181715724.html"><img src="http://l.yimg.com/os/publish-images/sports/2015-06-09/c6dd96c0-0ed2-11e5-8042-99aee10ad10b_GettyImages-460078854.jpg"  width="4248" height="3024"  alt="LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 06: Gilbert Melendez walks to his corner inbetween rounds while fighting Anthony Pettis in their UFC lightweight championship bout during the UFC 181 event inside the Mandalay Bay Events Center on December 6, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)" align="left" border="0"></a></p><p>Melendez, 33, takes on Eddie Alvarez at UFC 188 on Saturday to prove he’s still got it.</p><br clear="all" /><br><b>Boxing is simple compared to what Sammy Vasquez has been through</b>:<br /><p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/sports/rss/Kevin+Iole/SIG=13vg4j4vb/*http%3A//sports.yahoo.com/blogs/BOX-boxing/boxing-is-easy-work-compared-to-what-sammy-vasquez-has-been-through-192545978.html"><img src="http://l.yimg.com/os/publish-images/sports/2015-06-19/c0d0c130-16bb-11e5-9389-6710f936dd35_VASQUEZ-S.jpg"  width="1024" height="682"  alt="Sammy Vasquez, who served two tours of duty in Iraq, fights Wale Omotoso on Sunday at the MGM Grand Garden. (Stephanie Trapp/Showtime)" align="left" border="0"></a></p><p>LAS VEGAS -- Sammy Vasquez will face Wale Omotose on Sunday at the MGM Grand Garden in a welterweight bout that will be televised on CBS. As it happens, Omotoso's nickname is "Lucky Boy," which, if it weren't taken, probably should be Vasquez's nickname.   Vasquez is a veteran of two military tours in Iraq, and is well aware how fortunate he is to have been sitting in the Mayweather Boxing Club discussing his career and an upcoming bout. The Pittsburgh native was a sophomore in high school when he watched the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. He dreamed of becoming an anesthesiologist, but his focus shifted after that day.   He was overcome with emotion and determined to do something, anything, to help his country. He graduated high school in 2004, and he joined the National Guard. It wasn't long before he not only found himself in Habbaniyah,  Iraq, but also feeling extremely fortunate to have survived an attack.    A bullet whizzed past his ear, hit the turret behind him and deflected into the air. That experience, and many others like it, made boxing look simple by comparison.    Vasquez is 18-0 with 13 knockouts, and hopes to one day fight for the world title. Boxing is one of the most difficult sports in the world, but it's a breeze for Vasquez compared to service in Iraq.   "I'm going to fight on Sunday and win or lose, and I believe it's going to be a win, but whatever, I know I'm going to walk out of that ring and then get on a plane and go home, and go on with my life," said Vasquez, who got started in boxing as a young boy at his father's suggestion because he was being bullied. "Over there, you never knew what would happen. You never could relax. The hours were incredible, sometimes 18, 20 hours a day. People you served with and worked with would die and when you'd wake up, it was hard not to wonder, 'OK, is it my time now?' It put a lot of things into perspective for me."  </p><br clear="all" /><br><b>Mutual funds' troubles may negatively impact the Premier Boxing Champions</b>:<br /><p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/sports/rss/Kevin+Iole/SIG=12cthq2uk/*http%3A//sports.yahoo.com/blogs/BOX-boxing/pbc-waddell-reed-231414434.html"><img src="http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/gettyimages.com/broner-vs-molina-20150308-015431-867.jpg"  width="3000" height="2000"  alt="The Premier Boxing Champions have spent lavishly to create a better in-arena experience for its fans. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)" align="left" border="0"></a></p><p>There is a boxing card on broadcast or basic cable television in the U.S. just about every weekend, courtesy of Al Haymon and his Premier Boxing Champions.    It's almost mind-boggling, though, how many in the sport are vigorously rooting against Haymon and for his venture to fail. It's not just the promoters -- with executives at Top Rank, Golden Boy and Main Events chief among them -- who want to see the PBC die a quick but painful death. It's also a lot of reporters and a vocal segment of the fan base.   Haymon is far from perfect, and he's trying to effect profound change in an industry which is conservative and has often resisted it. It's mystifying, though, why so many of the sport's most ardent fans are so dead set against the PBC.   Haymon's refusal to ever speak to the media is not only confounding but is also a mistake. It's turned a large number of reporters virulently against him and his product. His company is a closed shop and its response to just about any question on any topic is no comment.   A lack of media attention didn't keep Haymon from putting together a series that shows fights on NBC, CBS, ESPN, Spike and several other networks, however. He managed to round up more than $400 million in funding from outside investors, largely from Waddell & Reed, an American asset management company .   As a result, he has money to spend on production and pays his fighters more than the industry average, which has raised the cost of doing business for others. That hasn't made him popular with the Top Ranks, the Golden Boys and the Main Events of the world.   What's clear is this: A world in which the best fights are on free, over-the-air TV, or, at worst, on basic cable, is the best for the sport's fans. For several decades, fans either have to buy subscriptions to one or more prermium cable channels (HBO and/or Showtime) at a cost of roughly $150 a year each to watch most high-level fights. For the rest of the big fights, it was a pay-per-view proposition.   The PBC has changed that equation, though the question is for how long. Golden Boy has already filed a federal anti-trust suit against it , and more may follow.   But the ratings have so far been fairly good, particularly on NBC, and have led to optimism in some corners that boxing can work on network television with the right parameters.   That said, there was ominous news last week for the PBC, and good news for its haters.    The Wall Street Journal reported on June 10 that investors pulled more than $12 billion from Waddell & Reed's two largest mutual funds in the last year. That is significant because, according to an excellent piece by Sports Business Journal's Billl King in Arpil, it was discovered that Waddell & Reed had invested $425 million in the PBC.   The Wall Street Journal reported that investors were becoming wary of Waddell's so-called "go anywhere" funds, which can trade in things such as stocks, bonds and precious metals.   From the WSJ story:     Waddell & Reed Financial, Inc., one of the biggest beneficiaries of the recent boom in mutual funds, has hit a rough patch. Nervous investors pulled $12.5 billion out of the investment company’s two largest mutual funds over the past 12 months.       Waddell & Reed has grown primarily by marketing to mom-and-pop investors, which make up 86% of its clientele. That makes it more susceptible to shifts in popular sentiment than larger competitors that also invest for pension plans, insurers and sovereign-wealth funds.       The Overland, Kan.-based firm almost tripled in size from 2009 to 2013—it now manages about $123 billion—and pioneered a trend in “go-anywhere” mutual funds that, much like hedge funds, can trade almost anything, from stocks to bonds to precious metals. Now, investment dollars are going the other way.        The go-anywhere fund took big losses from bets on gold and Asian casino stocks last year, rattling investors.     Yahoo Sports reached out to Tim Smith, the PBC's vice president of communications, for comment about the Wall Street Journal story and its impact upon the PBC, if any. Smith, after speaking to company executives, said the PBC would have no comment.  </p><br clear="all" /><br><b>Rib injury KOs champ Jose Aldo, McGregor-Mendes tops UFC 189</b>:<br /><p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/sports/rss/Kevin+Iole/SIG=14d1spm1s/*http%3A//sports.yahoo.com/blogs/mma-cagewriter/jose-aldo-out-of-ufc-189--conor-mcgregor-to-meet-chad-mendes-for-interim-belt-004816214.html"><img src="http://l.yimg.com/os/publish-images/sports/2015-07-01/8b613660-1f8a-11e5-b237-019955ea00d4_GettyImages-468922482.jpg"  width="5418" height="3680"  alt="A rib injury forced featherweight champion Jose Aldo on Tuesday to pull out of his match with Conor McGregor that had been slated for July 11 in the main event of UFC 189 in Las Vegas. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Getty Images)" align="left" border="0"></a></p><p>One of the most hotly anticipated fights in mixed martial arts history was scrapped on Tuesday when Jose Aldo said his rib injury was too painful and would prevent him from defending his featherweight title against Conor McGregor on July 11 at the MGM Grand in the main event of UFC 189.   UFC president Dana White made the announcement during an appearance with McGregor on Tuesday on SportsCenter. Chad Mendes, who lost a tough match to Aldo for the belt last year in Brazil, will now meet McGregor for the interim title.   It's the fifth time in his UFC career that Aldo has pulled out of a bout with injury , but far and away the most devastating. Previously, injuries prevented Aldo from participating in UFC 125, UFC 149, UFC 153 and UFC 176.   This one, though, is the toughest one for all concerned to take. The bout pitted the long-time champion, one of the great fighters in the sport's history, against a fast-rising star who in just two years has skyrocketed to stardom.   White said it had a chance to surpass UFC 100 as the best-selling pay-per-view in the sport's history.  </p><br clear="all" /></p>
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