Boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather Jr. beat out the likes of UFC champ Jon Jones and all-time MMA great Anderson Silva for the Best Fighter award at the 2013 ESPYS Wednesday night.
This marks the second consecutive year Mayweather, who also beat out fellow boxers Canelo Alvarez and Danny Garcia, has won the award and the seventh straight year a boxer has taken home the trophy. Mayweather won the award in 2007, 2008 and 2010 as well, while Manny Pacquiao received the honour in 2009 and 2011.
Though the UFC and MMA has been recognized with several nominations since 2007 — Georges St-Pierre, Randy Couture and Frankie Edgar among others have all received ESPY nominations in past years – many feel MMA is overshadowed by boxing at the popular annual sports awards show.
This may be the case at the ESPYS, but UFC commentator Joe Rogan believes Mayweather wouldn’t stand a chance in a fight with a mixed martial artist or other martial artists, though.
“Although not considered a martial art, boxing is really a martial art. It’s a very limited martial art as long as you agree to just box. It’s only hands. There are no kicks; there are no takedowns. It’s effective in competition, but in an actual physical fight against someone who’s just a wrestler, you’re going to get killed,” Rogan says in the August issue of Inked.
“Floyd Mayweather would get killed by an average college wrestler. There would be no competition. If you took Floyd Mayweather today and made him fight against your average college wrestler, that college wrestler is going to shoot on him, pick him up, drop him on his head, and knock him out. There’s nothing that Floyd can do about it. He’s going to get knocked out by getting slammed on his head. A judo guy would do the same thing to him. A jujitsu (sic) guy would strangle him, no question about it.”
UFC brings back “Fight Night” events
The UFC recently decided to bring back UFC “Fight Night” events for their FOX Sports 1 shows instead of labelling them UFC on FOX Sports 1: 1, 2, 3 etc. The UFC had previously hosted 25 UFC Fight Night events while the promotion aired programming on Spike TV.
The last Fight Night was UFC Fight Night 25: Shields vs. Ellenberger in September 2011.
The debut event on UFC on FOX Sports 1, which takes place Aug. 17 in Boston, will be called UFC Fight Night 26.
Howard returns to UFC to fight TUF star Hall
Former UFC welterweight John Howard will get a second crack at success in the Octagon, as he steps in as an injury replacement for Josh Samman and will take on spinning heel kick sensation Uriah Hall at UFC Fight Night 26 in Boston on Aug. 17.
Howard began his UFC career in 2009 with four straight wins over Chris Wilson, Tamdan McCrory, Dennis Hallman and Daniel Roberts, before losing three consecutive bouts to Jake Ellenberger, Thiago Alves and Matt Brown and getting cut from the organization.
The Boston native has gone 6-1, primarily fighting in the Classic Entertainment and Sports MMA promotion out of Long Island, since being released.
This is the third different opponent Hall has had on this card. He was originally scheduled to fight Nick Ring, but the Canadian was replaced by Samman after suffering an injury.
More UFC matchup news
— The UFC has signed standout flyweight Jose Maria Tome who will replace Phil Harris and fight John Lineker at UFC 163, according to Globo.com.
— Felipe Arantes has replaced Godofredo Pepey and will fight Sam Sicilia at UFC Fight Night 28 Spet. 4 in Brazil.
— A 170-pound tilt between James Head and Jason High was added to UFC Fight Night 27 on Aug. 28 in Indianapolis.
— Max Holloway steps in for Andy Ogle and will fight fellow rising featherweight Conor McGregor on Aug. 17.
For your enjoyment
Here’s a special look at what went on at UFC 162 a couple weeks ago.