Alvarez retains undisputed titles with convincing win over Charlo
Saul “Canelo” Alvarez dominated Jermell Charlo on Saturday night, dropping the American en route to a one-sided points win in their historic undisputed title fight.
Canelo entered the T-Mobile Arena as undisputed super-middleweight champion, and he left Las Vegas with that status intact after defeating Charlo, the undisputed super-welterweight champion.
Canelo won a unanimous decision (119-108, 118-109, 118-109), with the highlight coming in Round 7, as the Mexican dropped Charlo to a knee after landing a hard overhand right.
Canelo, 33, marched down Charlo, also 33, for almost the entirety of the fight – the first to pit two undisputed male champions against each other in the four-belt era – and was unaffected by his challenger’s brighter moments.
Sterling Calls Out O’Malley After Grappling Victory at Polaris 25
Aljamain Sterling, the former UFC bantamweight champion, won a decision over Mike Grundy in a grappling match at Polaris 25 on Saturday. The match was a close contest between the two wrestlers, who battled for position and control on the ground. Sterling displayed his toughness and skill with his takedowns and grappling transitions. He managed to edge out Grundy in the 10-minute match, which gave him a much-needed win after he lost his title to O’Malley at UFC 292.
Sterling was not satisfied with just the win, however. He quickly turned his attention to O’Malley, the current UFC bantamweight champion, and challenged him to a rematch in front of the crowd in Wales.
“I have something to say to Mr. Suga T***, because that’s what he is to me,” Sterling yelled. “Hey, give me another shot or fight Merab [Dvalishvili]. It’s that easy.
“Stop hiding from the top fighters and be a man and a real champion. Fight the best of the best. That’s what I did and now you have to do the same thing. Let’s go.”
Cedric Doumbe Announces Arrival with Lightning-Fast 9-Second Knockout in PFL Debut
Cedric Doumbe, the former kickboxing champion from France, delivered such a moment in his PFL debut, living up to the hype with a jaw-dropping knockout that took just nine seconds to unfold. In front of a roaring home crowd in Paris, Doumbe made a statement that will be remembered for years to come.
The fight ignited in a blaze of rapid-fire action as Jordan Zebo initiated the contest with a swift kick. However, Doumbe, known for his lightning reflexes, seized the opportunity. In the blink of an eye, he caught Zebo's leg mid-kick and countered with a stunning display of precision and power. A colossal left hook landed flush, followed by a thunderous right hand that added an exclamation point to the knockout.
Zebo, caught off guard, was sent crashing to the canvas, his fate sealed in a mere nine seconds. Referee Marc Goddard swiftly intervened to halt the contest, as Doumbe basked in the glory of a sensational victory in the PFL Europe main event.
Britain Hart: Bare-Knuckle Queen Retains Title in Tooth-Shattering Victory
On a thrilling Friday evening at the Salem Civic Center in Salem, Virginia, Hart proved once again why she's the gold standard in the sport, successfully defending her strawweight title with a resounding unanimous decision over challenger Melanie Shah in the main event of BKFC 51.
Shah, with only two previous fights in BKFC under her belt before earning this title shot, stepped into the ring with unyielding determination. Throughout the bout, she displayed remarkable grit, refusing to back down even when facing the relentless fury of the champion. Yet, it was in the final round that the fight reached its zenith, as Britain Hart unleashed a relentless barrage of punches upon her already battered opponent, with such ferocity that it sent one of Shah's teeth soaring through the air.
Despite the shocking loss of a tooth, Melanie Shah's indomitable spirit saw her through the harrowing onslaught. However, when the judges' scorecards were revealed, it was clear that Hart's dominance had left an indelible mark on the fight. Shah, commendable in her resilience, had lost every round on the scorecards.
This victory marked Britain Hart's second successful title defense, and it's only the beginning of a busy fall for the champion.