MMA fighter Gina Carano in “Haywire”

It was great to see female mixed martial arts fighter Gina Carano (also known as Crush in the defunct “American Gladiators”) in attendance at UFC 141, the recent pay-per-view which saw former heavyweight champ Brock Lesnar retire after losing to Alistair Overeem.

I’m a big fan of Gina, not just because of her looks and charisma but also her athleticism. She paved the way for female MMA fighters and was rightfully called the face of women’s MMA.

I’m looking forward to watching her first movie, “Haywire.” Here’s the trailer, which was also shown at UFC 141.

Will we ever see Gina fight again, preferably in the UFC (which still doesn’t have a women’s division)? Let’s keep our fingers crossed.

What would you ask Manny Pacquiao?

If you could ask Manny Pacquiao one question, what would you ask him and why?

Here’s your chance to post your question for boxing’s pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao. We’ll choose the best ones and ask Manny to answer them in the Ringside With Manny interviews. Post your questions on Yahoo! Philippines Answers.

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Goodbye, Pacquiao vs Mayweather; hello, Pacquiao vs Clottey

The superfight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. has been called off, and now it seems we can look forward to Pacquiao defending his World Boxing Organization welterweight championship against dangerous Joshua Clottey.

Here’s an excerpt from the Philippine Daily Inquirer story.

Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum told Sports Illustrated Friday that the Filipino ring icon will be staking his World Boxing Organization welterweight crown against Clottey, who lost to Pacquiao victim Miguel Cotto via a controversial split decision last June 13.

Another website reported that the 33-year-old Clottey (35 wins, 3 losses with 20 KOs) was ecstatic after being informed of the fight with Pacquiao and is returning to the United States from his hometown Accra, Ghana, Monday.

Clottey will be a tough challenge for the pound for pound king, and honestly, it seems Pacquiao has nothing much to gain and a lot to lose. This shows you how Pacquiao is willing to face dangerous opponents in exciting matchups that will please boxing fans, as opposed to Mayweather’s reputation for ducking opponents.

Who do you think should be blamed for the death of the superfight: Pacquiao or Mayweather?

Pacquiao vs Mayweather superfight called off

Bad news for boxing fans: the superfight between pound for pound king Manny Pacquiao and unbeaten Floyd Mayweather Jr. has been called off after the warring camps failed to come to an agreement.

Here’s an except from Kevin Iole’s article on Yahoo! Sports.

The fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao is off, promoter Bob Arum said Wednesday, as an attempt to mediate a dispute over blood testing failed.

Separately, a tweet from ABS-CBN broadcast journalist Julius Babao relayed the message from Dyan Castillejo that the fight was dead.

Dyan Castillejo reporting from USA : its final! Pacquiao-Mayweather fight will not happen.

UFC 108: Rashad Evans vs Thiago Silva results

UFC 108 was being called the most jinxed card of the world’s top mixed martial arts organization, and critics were already proclaiming the pay-per-view a disaster before fight day itself.

The Ultimate Fighting Championship, however, silenced the skeptics.

Here’s an excerpt from Kevin Iole’s Yahoo! Sports article.

Prior to the card, UFC president Dana White vigorously defended the quality of the show and went on the offensive against those who were critical of the matches.

Much is made on Internet bulletin boards of a perceived lack of respect that White shows fighters, but White got the last laugh Saturday. He wound up turning the critics’ words against them.

In the main event, Rashad Evans defeated Thiago Silva via unanimous decision to set up a long-delayed showdown with Quinton “Rampage” Jackson.

I used to like Rampage actually, but after his antics on The Ultimate Fighter 10, I can’t wait for Rashad to get his hands on Jackson.

For the complete UFC 108 results, click here.

By the way, congratulations to The Filipino Wrecking Machine Fil-American Mark Muñoz, who defeated Ryan Jensen in the first round.

UFC 108: Rashad Evans vs Thiago Silva preview

I’ll be honest: I’m not really that psyched to watch UFC 108: Rashad Evans vs Thiago Silva.

Mainly that’s because what I really would have wanted to see was Evans versus Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, but Rampage scuttled that much anticipated encounter when he bailed on the Ultimate Fighting Championship to play B.A. Baracus in the A-Team movie.

Still, there’s no denying the skills of Evans and Silva, and it’s not really the UFC’s fault that the UFC 108 card seems jinxed, with different fights being scuttled due to injuries, notably the serious illness that has sidelined UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar. Lesnar’s championship defense against Shane Carwin was originally supposed to headline UFC 106 but was postponed to UFC 108 after Lesnar’s illness, only to be scrapped again.

Here are some UFC 108 promotional clips posted on the official UFC YouTube channel.

Who’s your pick?

By the way, Fil-American Mark Muñoz a.k.a. The Filipino Wrecking Machine will be going up against Ryan Jensen in one of the undercard fights.

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