Garcia KO’s Lopez – Loses Title; Evans Outpoints Henderson; Burkman Chokes Out Fitch

 

garcia lopezMikey Garcia KOs Juan Manuel Lopez

by Associated Press
Mikey Garcia Dominates Juan Manuel Lopez

DALLAS — Mikey Garcia stopped Juan Manuel Lopez in the fourth round Saturday night, leaving the WBO featherweight title vacant after Garcia failed to make weight.

Garcia (32-0) weighed in at 128 pounds Friday, 2 over the featherweight limit. Lopez weighed in at 125½.

Mikey Garcia lost his title when he couldn’t make weight, but losing his belt hurt less than the beating he handed out.

Lopez (33-3) would have regained the title with a win.

Garcia put Lopez on the ground with a strong left-handed blow 1:34 into the fourth round for his 27th career knockout.

Garcia won the title from Orlando Salido on a unanimous decision in New York on Jan. 19. The title reign, however, was short-lived after Garcia didn’t make weight.

The only two losses of Lopez’s career were to Salido. The first one cost him the WBO belt, and the second led to a one-year suspension by Puerto Rican boxing officials when he accused
the referee who stopped the fight of betting on the match.

Lopez had won twice since his one-year ban ended, beating Aldimar Silva Santos in February and knocking out Eugenio Lopez in an undercard bout in Mexico City in April.

With a majority of fans chanting his name early, the 25-year-old Garcia came out and landed a series of jabs in the first round.

In the second round, Garcia knocked Lopez down with a right cross in the second round. Lopez quickly rose to his feet and completed the round. Garcia finished off the 29-year-old Lopez
two rounds later.

Lopez appeared wobbly early in the fourth after Garcia landed a combination of punches.

Garcia finished him off with a powerful left cross. Lopez slowly got up and referee Rafael Ramos quickly called the match.

On the undercard, Terence Crawford (21-0) won the vacant NABO lightweight title, stopping Alejandro Sanabria (34-2-1) in the sixth round. Crawford dropped Sanabria with a left hook 17
seconds into the round.

Sanabria got up, but the referee called the fight to give Crawford his 16th knockout victory.

Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press

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rashad evans13Former Champion Rashad Evans Halts Skid, Outpoints Dan Henderson at UFC 161

By Brian Knapp
www.sherdog.com

His career at something of a standstill, onetime Ultimate Fighting Championship light heavyweight boss Rashad Evans came away with a win he desperately needed.

Evans bounced back from consecutive defeats to Jon Jones and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira with a split decision victory over former two-division Pride Fighting Championships titleholder Dan Henderson in the UFC 161 headliner on Saturday at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. All three judges struck 29-28 scores, two of them siding with the more active and aggressive Evans (18-3-1, 13-3-1 UFC).

Henderson (29-10, 6-4 UFC) had his chance in the first round, where he staggered the Blackzilians representative with a stinging left jab and follow-up right uppercut. However, Evans
regained his wits and recovered enough to fire back with some offense of his own.

“I didn’t know what hit me,” he said. “I thought the ref kicked me or something. I asked my corner, and they told me he caught me with a shot. I said, ‘No s—?’ It was surprising.
Some punches I thought would have power didn’t, and ones I didn’t [think would have power] did.”

Evans slowly but surely turned the corner in round two, and the 33-year-old Niagara Falls, N.Y., native entered the third with renewed purpose and some newfound confidence. He sent the
iron-chinned Henderson into a backpedal with a rapid-fire combination against the cage, and from there, he stifled the two-time Olympian in the clinch, never allowing him to unleash
his howitzer of a right hand.

“Only fools rush in with Dan Henderson,” Evans said. “When he’s hurt, he can still hit you with a good shot.”

Henderson, who turns 43 in August, has suffered back-to-back losses for the first time in more than five years.

“There’s nobody to blame but myself,” he said. “That third round, I slowed down. I should have been more active. He didn’t hurt me at all, though. This [loss] I can swallow a little
easier than last one [to Lyoto Machida]. [Evans] stood there and fought me. I can’t say that for the last guy I fought.”
Miocic Dominates Nelson in Co-Headliner

Stipe Miocic locked down the most significant victory of his professional career, as he ripped into “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 10 winner Roy Nelson with straight punching
combinations and notched a well-earned unanimous decision in the heavyweight co-main event. All three judges scored it the same: 30-27 for Miocic (10-1, 4-1 UFC).

Nelson (19-8, 6-4 UFC), who entered the cage on the strength of three consecutive first-round knockouts, stumbled out of the gate and never recovered. Miocic lit into him with two-,
three- and four-punch volleys, wobbled him more than once with his right cross and snuck in leg kicks and knees for good measure. At the conclusion of the first five minutes, Nelson
was a winded and spent force.

Miocic followed his game plan to perfection, steering clear of the former International Fight League champion’s famed overhand right. The combinations kept flowing and Nelson became
less and less of a factor as the talented Ohioan dragged him into the deep.

Jimmo moved to 2-1 in the UFC.Former MFC Champion Jimmo Outduels Pokrajac

A stifling clinch game drove former Maximum Fighting Championship titleholder Ryan Jimmo to a unanimous decision over Mirko Filipovic protégé Igor Pokrajac in a light heavyweight
showcase. Jimmo (18-2, 2-1) swept the scorecards by identical 30-27 counts, as he won for the 18th time in 19 appearances.

Pokrajac (25-10) was a step slower against the Canadian, and it cost him. Jimmo backed up crisp, accurate strikes with clinches and takedowns, working mild but effective ground-and-
pound from inside the Croatian’s guard. The 31-year-old Blackzilians representative staggered Pokrajac with a right cross in the second round and blitzed him with follow-up punches but
when the finish failed to materialize, he returned to the comfort and familiarity of the clinch.
Davis Downs Sexton on Scorecards

Alexis Davis won for the sixth time in seven outings, as she procured a unanimous decision over former Cage Warriors Fighting Championship titleholder Rosi Sexton in a featured women’s
bantamweight scrap. All three judges sided with Davis (14-5, 1-0 UFC): 29-28, 29-27 and 29-28.

Davis utilized her size advantage and considerable grappling skills throughout the 15-minute encounter. She went after Sexton with a triangle choke in the first round and transitioned
to her back in the second, nearly finishing it with punches and hammerfists in the closing seconds. Sexton (13-3, 0-1 UFC) made her move in round three, where she scrambled into top
position on the weary Canadian and attacked her with ground-and-pound. It was not enough in the eyes of the judges.

“I’ve seen a lot of her fights, and she’s pretty tough in submissions,” Davis said. “She’s tougher than I thought. I’m a little tired right now.”
Jordan Waylays Barry in 59 Seconds

Jackson’s Mixed Martial Arts representative Shawn Jordan needed less than a minute to dispatch Pat Barry with punches in a heavyweight showcase. Barry (8-6, 5-6 UFC) succumbed to the
blows 59 seconds into round one.

Jordan (15-4, 3-1 UFC) unleashed a series of right uppercuts on his fellow Louisianan, driving him to the ground in full retreat. Barry covered up at the base of the cage, only to
absorb a fight-ending volley of savage left hands from the former Louisiana State University fullback.

“He’s a friend, but this is our job and we had to go to work,” Jordan said. “It just sucks that one of us had to lose. He was trying to load up and throw another kick on me, and I
tried to beat him to the kick. I caught him with the first [uppercut] and just kept going.”

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josh burkmanJosh Burkman Chokes Jon Fitch Unconscious in World Series of Fighting 3 Headliner

By Brian Knapp
www.sherdog.com

The rematch could not have played out any better for Josh Burkman.

“The People’s Warrior” spoiled the ballyhooed promotional debut of the world-ranked Jon Fitch and choked the American Kickboxing Academy export unconscious with a first-round
guillotine in the World Series of Fighting 3 headliner on Friday at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Fitch (24-6-1, 0-1 WSOF) went limp 41 seconds into round one, submitted
for the first time in more than a decade.

“I had so much support going into this fight. It was overwhelming,” said Burkman, who became the first man to submit Fitch since Mike Pyle turned the trick in July 2002. “I have a
great team, great coaches. My performances are just a reflection of the way I live my life.”

Burkman (26-9, 3-0 WSOF) floored the 35-year-old Fort Wayne, Ind., native with a short right hook during their initial exchange and moved immediately to the choke. Soon after, Fitch
blacked out, Burkman released him and stood with his right arm raised in triumph.

“I got a little overconfident in my choke defense,” said Fitch, who tapped out Burkman with a rear-naked choke in their first encounter back in 2006 under the Ultimate Fighting
Championship banner. “He locked it in too tight. It was a mistake on my part. I should have fought the choke right away.”

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