November 7, 2013 |
Wearing a dark sport coat and a checkered shirt, Roy Jones Jr. sat in the back corner of a dimly lit Center City blues club and waited for the news conference to begin. Just a lone camera and a handful of reporters were on hand last week for the former pound-for-pound best boxer in the world. He once was a superstar, bright enough to transcend his sport. Jones starred in Hollywood films and graced video-game covers. But the 44-year-old was in town to announce that he will fight on a weeknight boxing card in December at the 3,500-capacity Northeast Philadelphia Armory.
August 8, 2011 |
IT'S A SEETHING, underlying hatred. One that's only surfaced a few times and then went back below. Like U-571. Or the Loch Ness monster. It's the hatred UFC light heavyweight contender Rashad Evans and current champion Jon Jones have for each other. Following Evans' win over Tito Ortiz in Saturday's UFC 133 main event, Jones took to Twitter to denounce Evans' dominance of Ortiz, saying he saw the "same stuff" from Evans (21-1-1) despite a 14-month respite and new training coaches and partners.
June 1, 2011 |
As the Daily News reported in late April, the Ultimate Fighting Championship is returning to Philadelphia with UFC 133 on Aug. 6 at the Wells Fargo Center. The pay-per-view event was formally announced today by the Las Vegas-based organization. The main event will feature Rashad Evans (15-1-1, MMA record) against UFC rising power Phil Davis (9-0 MMA record). Davis, a former Penn State wrestler from Harrisburg, is coming off a win over fight legend Antonio Rogerio Nogueira at the last UFC Fight Night (March 26)
April 28, 2011 |
Fight fans: Prepare to dust off those sparkly muscle tees and TapouT baseball caps, because the Ultimate Fighting Championship is returning to Philadelphia. While there was no official announcement, a source in the organization confirmed to the Daily News that UFC 133 will be Aug. 6 at the Wells Fargo Center. The rumor was first reported by the blog MMAFighting.com on Monday. The main event will feature Rashad Evans (15-1-1, MMA record) against UFC rising power Phil Davis (9-0 MMA record)
August 6, 2010 |
At first glance, mixed martial artist/author Forrest Griffin bears more than a passing resemblance to a young Tommy Lee Jones. The comparison is appropriate. When Jones, who won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for 1993's "The Fugitive," goes out in public, it isn't likely that anyone recognizes him as a starting guard for Harvard's undefeated 1968 Ivy League co-championship team. He is, first and foremost, an actor, and a very good and famous one at that. And so it is for the 31-year-old Griffin, who was in Exton last night to sign copies of his newly published second book, "Be Ready When the Sh t Goes Down: A Survival Guide to the Apocalypse," which follows his well-received debut effort, "Got Fight?
November 12, 2009
CHAD OCHOCINCO has lost it - again. The week that is Ochocinco - and it's only Thursday - features the Bengals receiver threatening to send mustard to the Steelers in advance of their AFC Divisional clash this weekend. "I got a nice present for the Steelers - sending them some mustard since they'll never ketchup when we play Sunday," he posted on his Twitter site. That idea was quickly shot down by Bengals coach Marvin Lewis, who perhaps is still stewing over No. 85's decision to mail deodorant to the Baltimore Ravens before their meeting last Sunday.
August 9, 2009 |
Can anything stop Anderson Silva? The UFC middleweight champion, bored with kicking the stuffing out of middleweights, scored a crushing first-round knockout over light heavyweight Forrest Griffin in a non-title match at UFC 101 last night at the Wacovia Center. The fight barely got started before the finishing blow, a one-punch right hand knockout, arrived. Griffin, despite his reputation as a come-forward brawler, looked to keep Silva at bay with high kicks and jabs. Halfway through the round, Siliva charged in and floored Griffin with a right, but Griffin was able to scramble back to his feet.
August 7, 2009 |
Here are a few things to know about Forrest Griffin, who has the unpleasant job of fighting Anderson Silva, possibly the best pound-for-pound fighter in mixed martial arts, at UFC 101 at the Wachovia Center tomorrow. First, Griffin's ears. They flare out like Barack Obama's. They're swollen permanently in random places, as if people regularly beat them with blunt objects. Of course, that's exactly what happens. The bridge of Griffin's nose has a horizontal ridge about halfway down that really shouldn't be there.
August 7, 2009 |
Dana White is a lot of things. Depending on when you catch him, he is candid or careful, profane or profound. But he's never stupid. Yesterday, the inimitable UFC president fielded questions at the Independence Visitor Center. It was part of a news conference for Saturday's event at the Wachovia Center - UFC 101: Declaration. After making a long preamble about the growth of the company, White was asked by one reporter about the UFC's desire to hold an event in New York. White, who had just finished a lengthy monologue about his love for Philly's legendary boxing mecca, the Blue Horizon, didn't hesitate.
August 6, 2009 |
Phillies centerfielder Shane Victorino and recently acquired starting pitcher Cliff Lee have something in common other than a shared desire to get to the World Series. "I hear Cliff's a big fan [of mixed martial arts]," said Victorino, who dropped by the Loew's Philadelphia Hotel early yesterday afternoon to look in on workouts of some of the fighters in Saturday night's UFC 101 card at the Wachovia Center. "I know we're going to get along real well. " However big a fan of mixed martial arts Lee is, the former Cleveland Indians ace probably takes a backseat in that department to Victorino, whose fiancee, Melissa Smith, is a former assistant to UFC chief executive officer Lorenzo Fertitta.