Mayweather Over Maidana Unanimously ; Arlovski Bashes Bigfoot

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Mayweather After Besting Maidana: If Pacquiao Fight Presents Itself, ‘Let’s Make it Happen’
By Mike Sloan
LAS VEGAS — Coming into the ballyhooed rematch between Floyd Mayweather Jr., and Marcos Maidana, most boxing experts expected a one-sided drubbing at the hands of the world’s pound-
for-pound king.

Some believed that Mayweather was going to teach his Argentinean adversary a lesson and stop him this time around. As it turned out, Mayweather not only didn’t obliterate Maidana, he
was almost knocked out.

Mayweather began the tussle with his trademark movement and excellent surgical precision. He moved perfectly, snapped lethal jabs in Maidana’s face and countered him when opportunities
arose. For the first few rounds, it looked like Mayweather was on his way to torching his foe. Maidana wasn’t as aggressive, looked sluggish and appeared to be unable to get his shots

However, as time wore away, Maidana warmed up and began to unload his maelstrom of punches, but per the norm, Mayweather avoided virtually everything. That was until the bell sounded
to end the third frame, when a vicious overhand right caught “Money” clear on the head, buckling his knees. Maidana was unable to follow that up because referee Kenny Bayless was
already there to end the round, but Mayweather stumbled into the ropes and then paused to catch his balance before sitting onto his stool.

From that point forward, it was not the same Mayweather the world has grown accustomed to seeing.

He wasn’t as precise with his counters, his typically automatic right hand failed to miss its mark repeatedly and he resorted to clinching as much as Maidana, rather than slip out the
side door and counter. For the entirety of the middle portion of the fight, Maidana took it to Floyd, but even when he missed the majority of his shots, Mayweather didn’t — or
couldn’t — make him pay for his mistakes.

And the fight eventually turned ugly, just like their initial encounter.

The two mauled and clinched each other on the inside dozens of times. Mayweather was warned for a low blow late in the fight also for his forearm use in the clinch. Maidana landed
several borderline illegal blows to the back of the head and was accused of biting Mayweather on the left hand during a tie-up in the eighth.

It wasn’t until the ninth round or so when Mayweather seemed to get things back on track. From there, he began peppering the challenger with cobra-like right hands, short left hooks
and blinding uppercuts on the inside. Maidana was still violently aggressive, but Mayweather was back to teaching him a lesson late in the fight.

Maidana didn’t help himself in the 10th when he threw his nemesis to the canvas during a clinch, which drew a point deduction from Bayless. Mayweather continued to dominate with the
guile and cunning that is his reputation, but when he knew he was way ahead on points, he danced around and took the entire final stanza off.

Still, it didn’t alter the outcome as Mayweather was awarded the unanimous decision. Guido Cavalleri scored it 115-112 for the Las Vegas-based champion, while Dave Moretti and John
McKaie had it 116-11 for Mayweather, who not only improved to 47-0 with 26 KOs, he also retained his WBC and WBA welterweight title and WBC junior middleweight strap.

But even with the win, a disappointed Mayweather was not happy with the outcome.

“I give myself a C-. I’m better than this,” he said immediately following the battle. “I got hit with some shots I should have gotten hit with … He’s a tough dude. He’s rugged, but he
hit me with shots he shouldn’t have.”

Maidana, on the other hand, felt he was robbed for the second consecutive time.

“I thought I won the fight,” he grumbled to Showtime’s Jim Gray. “But if the judges like to watch fighters run, then they gave it to him. I thought I was the aggressor and I kept the
pressure. I thought I won.”

When pressed about the alleged bite, Maidana laughed it off.

“If he thinks I’m a dog, (laughs) … I never bit him,” he said through a wry smile. “I bit him with a mouthpiece? He was rubbing my eyes with his gloves. Maybe his glove was in my mouth
but I never bit him … It was a childish ploy by him.”

All eyes quickly turned to who Mayweather will fight next, likely in May. Naturally, the questions immediately turned to Manny Pacquiao. However, unlike in years past, Mayweather was
open to the showdown.

“I’m going to go back with my team and reassess things,” he said. “If the Manny Pacquiao fight can happen, let’s make it happen. But Manny Pacquiao needs to focus on the fight that he
has in front of him. If he can get past that fight, let’s make it happen.”


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Resurgent Andrei Arlovski Wipes Out Antonio ‘Bigfoot’ Silva in UFC Fight Night Headliner
By Brian Knapp
Andrei Arlovski proved he has plenty of bite left in him.

The former Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight titleholder knocked out Antonio Silva with a three-punch combination and follow-up hammerfists in the first round of their UFC
Fight Night “Bigfoot vs. Arlovski 2” headliner on Saturday at the Nilson Nelson Gymnasium in Brasilia, Brazil. The end came 2:59 into round one, as the resurgent Arlovski (23-10, 12-4
UFC) avenged a May 2010 decision defeat to the massive Brazilian.

From the start, Arlovksi’s fast hands and educated feet were problematic for “Bigfoot.” The Belarusian steered clear of danger, stepping in and out with his punches while waiting for
an opening to present itself. A three-punch combination, tipped by a perfectly place overhand right, dropped Silva (18-6-1, 2-3-1 UFC) where he stood. Arlovski then swarmed from a
crouching position, knocking him unconscious with multiple hammerfists to the face.

Tibau Edges Hallmann for 15th UFC Win

American Top Team lightweight Gleison Tibau delivered a handful of takedowns and landed enough power shots to eke out a split decision over Polish grappler Piotr Hallmann in the co-
main event. All three cageside judges scored it 29-28, two of them siding with Tibau (30-10, 15-8 UFC).

Tibau backed up the Pole with a high kick in the first round, wobbled him with a beautifully timed spinning backfist in the second and withstood a late surge in the third. Hallmann
(15-3, 2-2 UFC) was at his best over the final five minutes, as he made life increasingly difficult and unpleasant for the hulking Brazilian.

A knee strike from the Thai clinch resulted in a cut above Tibau’s left brow, but he answered with another takedown, kept Hallmann bottled up in close quarters and denied him the
finish he needed.

Santos Spoils Escudero Return

Seven-time Brazilian jiu-jitsu world champion Leonardo Santos banked bookend rounds in earning a unanimous verdict over “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 8 winner Efrain Escudero in a
featured lightweight pairing. All three cageside judges scored it the same: 29-28 for Santos (13-3-1, 2-0-1 UFC).

Escudero (22-9, 3-5 UFC), who had not fought inside the Octagon in more than two years, floored the Nova Uniao standout with an overhand right in the second round and appeared to have
him in trouble for an extended period of time. Santos weathered follow-up attacks, and Escudero’s inability to finish proved costly.

Rounds one and three belonged to the Brazilian grappler, as he grounded Escudero, transitioned to the MMA Lab export’s back and threatened him with chokes from behind.

Ponzinibbio Dispatches Marques in 80 Seconds

Team Nogueira’s Santiago Ponzinibbio wiped out Wendell de Oliveira Marques with a multi-punch burst along the fence in the first round of their welterweight showcase. A replacement
for the injured Sergio Moraes, Marques (24-8, 0-1 UFC) succumbed to the blows 1:20 into round one, his streak of seven straight wins snapped in decisive fashion.

Ponzinibbio (19-2, 1-1 UFC) clipped his countryman with a clean left hook, backed him towards the cage with a subsequent volley of punches and kept firing until Oliveira collapsed
where he stood, prompting referee Mario Yamasaki to intervene.

Ponzinibbio, 27, has won eight of his last nine fights.

Alcantara Outduels Prospect Doane

Former Jungle Fight champion Iuri Alcantara rode crisp power punches from the perimeter and an aggressive bottom game to a unanimous decision over Russell Doane in a featured
bantamweight confrontation. All three judges struck the same verdict, scoring it 29-28 for Alcantara (31-5, 6-2 UFC).

Doane (14-4, 2-1 UFC) executed repeated takedowns but not enough of them to counteract the damage his Brazilian opponent exacted on the feet, particularly with kicks to the body and
ringing straight left hands. Alcantara also damaged the Hawaiian from his back, battering him with elbows and slashing hammerfists.

Doane did a better job of subduing the 34-year-old Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt in round three, but his efforts fell short of altering the outcome.

Alcantara has pieced together a three-fight winning streak since dropping a decision to Urijah Faber in August 2013.

Andrade Guillotine Taps Pacheco

Parana Vale Tudo representative Jessica Andrade submitted the previously unbeaten Larissa Moreira Pacheco with a first-round guillotine choke in a women’s bantamweight showcase.
Andrade (12-3, 3-1) coaxed the tapout 4:33 into round one.

A seven-inch reach and five-inch height advantage never came into play for Pacheco (10-1, 0-1 UFC), who replaced the injured Valerie Letourneau on short notice. Andrade struck for a
takedown into side control inside the first 30 seconds and went to work from top position. Punches, elbows and hammerfists fell with regularity, as Pacheco struggled to move into a
more advantageous position.

Andrade caught the topside guillotine when the 20-year-old prospect scrambled from the bottom and secured the stoppage soon after.

Castro Triangle Armbar Finishes Johnson

“The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil” Season 1 finalist Godofredo Castro dispatched Dashon Johnson with a first-round triangle armbar in an undercard tussle at 145 pounds. Johnson (9-2, 0-2
UFC) asked out of the match 4:29 into round one.

The two men spent much of their encounter posturing on the feet. After a pair of takedowns from Johnson, the second one a slam, “Pepey” caught the triangle in a transition. Johnson
fought desperately to free himself, but Castro (11-3, 3-3 UFC) rolled into a mounted position and extended the arm for the tapout.

Sullivan Ground Strikes KO Araujo

Onetime Cage Fury Fighting Championships titleholder George Sullivan knocked out Igor Araujo with ferocious second-round ground-and-pound in a preliminary welterweight affair.
Sullivan (16-3, 2-0 UFC) drew the curtain on the Jackson-Wink MMA representative 2:31 into round two.

Araujo (25-7, 2-1 UFC) was on his heels from the start. Sullivan countered him at every turn, answering his clinches and takedown attempts by bullying his way into top position. In the
second round, the New Jersey native climbed to half guard and uncorked a violent volley of right hands that rendered Araujo unconscious.

A Kurt Pellegrino protégé, Sullivan has rattled off eight consecutive victories.

Trinaldo Outduels Countryman Silva

“The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil” Season 1 graduate Francisco Trinaldo recorded his fourth victory in six appearances, as he captured a unanimous decision from Leandro Silva in an
undercard duel at 155 pounds. Trinaldo (15-4, 5-3 UFC) swept the scorecards with 29-28 marks from all three judges.

Silva (16-2-1, 0-2 UFC) had his chance and squandered it. The 28-year-old moved to Trinaldo’s back in the second round, stretched out his counterpart and threatened with a rear-naked
choke. Trinaldo survived, escaped to top position and lived to see a round three.

There, “Massaranduba” trapped Silva on the feet, tuned up his punches and later assaulted his fellow Brazilian with forearm- and elbow-laden ground-and-pound on the canvas.

The loss halted Silva’s five-fight winning streak.

Spencer Deals Thiago Third Straight Loss

An active and multi-faceted standup attack carried Sean Spencer to a unanimous decision over the reeling Paulo Thiago in a preliminary welterweight scrap. All three cageside judges
scored it the same: 30-27 for Spencer (12-3, 3-2 UFC), who has won six of his past eight bouts.

Spencer — a replacement for the injured Joe Riggs — floored the Brazilian with the first punch of the fight, a searing right hand down the middle, and never lost his grip on the
momentum. He was the busier and more effective fighter on the feet and neutralized Thiago (15-8, 5-8 UFC) on the mat, where he thumped the black belt with punches and elbows from the

Since starting his career with 11 consecutive victories, Thiago is a disappointing 4-8.

Yahya Kimura Submits Bedford

Grappling savant Rani Yahya submitted “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 14 alum Johnny Bedford with a second-round kimura in their undercard clash at 135 pounds. Bedford (19-12-1, 2-3
UFC) conceded defeat 2:04 into round two.

A competitive first round gave way to a far more one-sided second stanza. Yahya (20-8, 5-2 UFC) used a leg lock attempt to sweep out of a sprawl, settled in half guard and went to work
on the kimura. Before long, Bedford was in dire straits underneath the 2007 Abu Dhabi Combat Club Submission Wrestling World Championships gold medalist.

The hold secured, Yahya cranked the arm and forced the submission.

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