Jimmie Rivera Eyeing UFC Title Fight or Dominick Cruz Bout in November

By Fernando Quiles Jr. Jimmie Rivera is shooting for the stars after his UFC on FOX 25 victory. Last night (July 22), Rivera took on Thomas Almeida in the event’s main card opener. After a back-and-forth scrap, “El Terror” emerged as the winner via unanimous decision. Following the decision, Rivera said he was eyeing an interim title bout against […]

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Darren Elkins Upsets Dennis Bermudez With Split Decision Win

By Jose Munoz In our co-main event of the evening, featherweights Dennis Bermudez and Darren Elkins are next up to take center Octagon. Here’s how it went down: Round 1: A flying knee attempt from Bermudez misses to open the round and Elkins lands a nice right hand. A body kick lands for Bermudez and Elkins comes inside […]

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Chris Weidman Submits Kelvin Gastelum For First Win In Two Years

By Jose Munoz Finally, in our main event of the evening former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman takes on No. 8-ranked Kelvin Gastelum. Check out the play-by-play here below: Round 1: Gastelum blocks a high-kick from Weidman, but “The All American” is able to land a right hand soon after. Another right hand lands for Weidman, who follows […]

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UFC on FOX 25 Highlights: Marlon Vera Submits Brian Kelleher

By Fernando Quiles Jr. Marlon Vera pulled off a “Submission of the Night” worthy armbar against Brian Kelleher. Earlier tonight (July 22), Vera took on Kelleher on the UFC Fight Pass portion of UFC on FOX 25. Coming into the fight, Vera had won two straight bouts. He made it three with a highlight reel finish. Check out the […]

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Mike Tyson discusses being molested with Jeremy Schaap

By Michael Rosenthal

He is still, arguably, the most fascinating man within the boxing sphere, 12 years after he last gloved up in a square ring.

Mike Tyson, 51 years old, still resonating in YouTube-y glory as the bad-boy from Brownsville who almost burned out, but didn’t implode or fade away, is today still quite relevant as a public persona.

He has a new podcast cooking, and is an in-demand media get. Indeed, ESPN’s Jeremy Schaap talked to the ex-Baddest Man on the Planet, and delved into new and surprising territory which is featured on ESPN’s E:60 show.

Tyson reveals that he was molested as a child and found purpose as a fighter in an emotional conversation with Schaap.

In his home in Las Vegas, Tyson opened up about trainer and father-figure Cus D’Amato, his loss to James “Buster” Douglas, his troubled childhood and more, at 9:00 a.m. ET Sunday on ESPN, which is becoming quite the boxing hub, with regular fare from Golden Boy Promotions and now Top Rank.

Touching base with Schaap to get some deeper context to his big reveal get, I asked the journo to tell me how this interview, and particularly the delicate subject of molestation, came together.

“This really starts with a conversation I had with Brin-Jonathan Butler, who was the first person to ask Tyson whether he’d been molested, back in 2014. Brin had picked up on something Tyson had written in his first memoir and had the good sense to follow up on it one-on-one. Brin and I talked about that and then when I was asked to interview Tyson about his new book it occurred to me that I wanted to explore this topic with him, which he’s never discussed at length. With a lot of input from Brin, my colleagues at E:60 and I came up with a plan for the interview, giving a lot of thought to the questions I would be asking.

“Initially, Tyson was coming to Bristol to do several interviews about the book, but then back troubles forced him to cancel his trip. Instead, I went to see him in Vegas.”

Could Schaap share with us a natural question, on part of the viewer…does Mike give a hint or tell who the transgressor was? Was it a relative? Someone in boxing, a trainer or what have you?

“As I recall, Mike said it was someone unfamiliar to him, just a man on the street, someone he’s never seen again.”

Did Schaap get the sense how sharing this information affected Tyson? Did it seem like a burden lifted?

“I think Mike was surprised that I wanted to talk about the subject. But he did eventually open up. He became emotional. And he began to see, I think, how an incident such as this might have affected him. It’s interesting because, again, it was Mike who alluded to it in his book, and Mike who mentioned it once on a radio show, unprompted, after Brin had asked him about it. But I’m not sure he has ever really examined the impact of what he went through.”

And finally, what ideally does Schaap want the viewer to take away from watching this segment?

“The goal is always to bring viewers closer to the subject, to expand their understanding of the subject. I think even viewers who’ve been watching Tyson for decades will get something from this. That’s my hope.”

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UFC on FOX 25 Highlights: Eryk Anders Has Stellar UFC Debut

By Fernando Quiles Jr. Eryk Anders made the most of his Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) debut. Earlier tonight (July 22), Anders took on Rafael Natal inside Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. The former Legacy Fighting Alliance (LFA) middleweight champion stormed out the gate and it paid off. He earned a first-round knockout victory. The win improves Anders’ […]

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UFC on FOX 25 Highlights: Patrick Cummins Gets Past Gian Villante

By Fernando Quiles Jr. A hard-fought scrap between Patrick Cummins and Gian Villante saw “Durkin” walk away with a win. Tonight (July 22), Cummins and Villante threw leather inside Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. The bout was part of the main card of UFC on FOX 25. While many felt the fight wouldn’t go the distance, that’s […]

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