Boxing – MMA Crossover – Part 2

MMA Fighters who’ve Boxed Professionally

In Half 1 of Boxing – MMA Crossover, we checked out boxers who’ve fought in MMA.  We’ve got since seen Claressa Shields make her profitable MMA debut final Thursday, June 10, within the PFL.  Shields received by third spherical TKO after shedding the primary two rounds.

On Saturday evening, June 19, one of many all-time MMA greats, Anderson Silva, will field Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.

Beneath are a number of the most notable MMA fighters who’ve boxed professionally.

Conor McGregor

Conor McGregor received his begin in fight sports activities with boxing; nonetheless, he selected to take the MMA route.  “The Infamous” received the Cage Warriors featherweight and light-weight titles earlier than signing with the UFC in 2013.  McGregor was the unique UFC “champ-champ” changing into the primary fighter to concurrently maintain two UFC titles in two separate weight lessons.

With all his accolades within the octagon, McGregor turned, and nonetheless is, by far the UFC’s greatest draw.  This arrange what was dubbed “The Cash Combat” as MMA’s greatest celebrity in his prime went up towards boxing’s greatest celebrity on the finish of his profession.  In August of 2017 Conor McGregor fought arguably the best boxer of all time in Floyd Mayweather Jr.  “Cash” Mayweather was tied with the legendary Rocky Marciano with a 49-0 skilled file.

McGregor did higher than most individuals thought he would, together with some boxing consultants who mentioned he wouldn’t land a punch.  McGregor received some early rounds, however in the end, Mayweather scored the tenth spherical TKO to enhance his file to 50-0.  This was the second greatest promoting pay per view of all time behind Mayweather vs. Pacquiao.

McGregor is scheduled to headline the following UFC pay per view towards Dustin Poirier of their trilogy combat at UFC 264 on July 10.  McGregor at present has an MMA file of 22-5.

Kimbo Slice

Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson made his title from his yard avenue fights that have been considered by many on the web.  He had his first sanctioned combat in June of 2007 towards former heavyweight boxing champ Ray Mercer within the Cage Fury Preventing Championship promotion.  Slice received the exhibition match by guillotine choke within the first spherical.

The web legend was signed by EliteXC and made his professional MMA debut in November of 2007 with extra hype than another debuting fighter within the younger historical past of the game.  He defeated 10-10 fighter Bo Cantrell by submission resulting from punches in simply 19 seconds.  He returned in February of 2008 to combat Tank Abbott who referred to as himself a avenue fighter within the early UFC days.  Slice received by KO in simply 43 seconds.  Together with his reputation at an all time excessive, Slice headlined the primary MMA occasion on CBS for EliteXC.  This was a step up in competitors towards Pleasure veteran James Thompson.  Slice stopped the British heavyweight by third spherical TKO.  His subsequent combat was scheduled for the primary occasion towards Ken Shamrock on EliteXC’s third card on CBS.  Shamrock needed to pull out the day earlier than resulting from a minimize suffered in coaching and was changed by Seth Petruzelli who went on to knockout Slice in simply 14 seconds.  This was the tip of Kimbo Slice in EliteXC and in reality, it led to the demise of the promotion.

Slice was signed by the UFC to seem on The Final Fighter actuality collection in 2009.  Within the present’s highest rated episode, Slice misplaced in his quarterfinal bout towards Roy “Massive Nation” Nelson by second spherical TKO.  In December of 2009, Slice defeated Houston Alexander within the TUF 10 finale.  He misplaced his subsequent combat in Could of 2010 at UFC 113 to fellow TUF 10 heavyweight Matt Mitrione by second spherical TKO.  This was Slice’s final UFC combat.

After departing the UFC, Slice launched into a professional boxing profession.  He received his professional debut by first spherical KO in August of 2011.  After going 6-0 stateside towards lower than stellar competitors, Slice fought his remaining boxing match towards a 6-6 Australian in Australia.  Slice received by second spherical KO to finish his boxing profession with a 7-0 file.

Slice returned to MMA, signing with Bellator in 2015.  He fought Ken Shamrock at Bellator 138 in June of 2015 in a combat that was imagined to occur seven years prior in EliteXC.  Slice received by first spherical TKO.  In his remaining MMA combat, Slice fought fellow web avenue fighter Dada 5000 at Bellator 149 in February of 2016.  Slice received by third spherical TKO; nonetheless, the combat was later changed into a no contest after Slice examined optimistic for nandrolone and elevated ranges of testosterone.  Slice’s profession MMA file was 5-2, 1 NC.

Israel Adesanya

Israel Adesanya began off his fight sports activities profession as a profitable kickboxer.  He made his MMA debut in March of 2012.  Adesanya fought MMA as soon as in 2012 and as soon as in 2013.  He didn’t combat MMA in 2014 earlier than getting lively within the sport in 2015.  Adesanya was very lively in kickboxing throughout this time.  Identified in the present day as some of the lively UFC fighters, Adesanya was very lively in 2015 having fought 3 MMA fights, 7 kickboxing and 5 boxing matches, successful all of them.

Adesanya made his professional boxing debut in November of 2014 towards former Australian cruiserweight champ Daniel Ammann who was 29-7-1.  Adesanya misplaced a three-round determination within the quarterfinals of the Tremendous 8 cruiserweight boxing event.  Adesanya returned to the Tremendous 8 cruiserweight boxing event in March of 2015, successful his quarterfinal bout by second spherical KO.  He beat former WBO cruiserweight title challenger Brian Minto (39-8) by cut up determination within the finals.  Adesanya returned in November of 2015 to as soon as once more win the Tremendous 8 cruiserweight event.  In between these boxing tournaments, Adesanya received the King of the Ring 8-man cruiserweight kickboxing event in April of 2015 and the King of the Ring 8-man heavyweight kickboxing event in October of 2015.  Adesanya has a professional boxing file of 5-1.

“The Final Stylebender” went 11-0 in MMA earlier than making his UFC debut at UFC 221 in February of 2018, defeating Rob Wilkinson by second spherical TKO.  Adesanya had victories over Marvin Vettori, Brad Tavares, Derek Brunson and Anderson Silva earlier than combating Kelvin Gastelum for the interim middleweight title at UFC 236 in April of 2019.  Adesanya received by unanimous determination within the 2019 combat of the yr.  The New Zealander fought the Australian Robert Whitaker in entrance of a file breaking 57,127 followers in Melbourne, Australia.  Adesanya received the undisputed UFC middleweight title by second spherical KO.  He had his first title protection towards Yoel Romero, successful by unanimous determination at UFC 248 in March of 2020.  Within the second ever males’s UFC title combat between two undefeated fighters, Adesanya (19-0) fought Brazilian Paulo Costa (13-0) at UFC 253 in September of 2020 at Combat Island in Abu Dhabi.  Adesanya received by second spherical TKO.  He then tried to turn out to be the primary fighter win each the UFC middleweight and lightweight heavyweight titles when he moved as much as 205 kilos to combat mild heavyweight champ Jan Blachowicz at UFC 259 in March of 2021.  Adesanya misplaced by unanimous determination to the Polish champ, which was his first lack of his MMA profession.  Adesnaya returned this previous Saturday at UFC 263 to defeat Marvin Vettori for a second time, to retain his middleweight title.  The 31-year-old Nigerian’s MMA file stands at 21-1.

Jens Pulver

Jens Pulver was the UFC’s first ever 155-pound light-weight champion.  He made his professional MMA debut in April of 1999 and went into his UFC debut with a 3-1 file in September of 1999.  Pulver defeated Caol Uno in 2001 to win the primary ever UFC 155-pound title.  “Little Evil” would go on to defend his title twice, together with towards future two division champion BJ Penn.  After the Penn victory, Pulver left the UFC resulting from pay points.

Pulver would go on to combat 4 occasions within the Pleasure group which was on the time the highest MMA group on this planet.  He then returned to the UFC the place he coached reverse his former rival Penn within the Final Fighter Season 5.  After shedding to Penn within the TUF 5 finale, Pulver dropped down in weight and fought within the WEC.  On the time, the UFC’s lowest weight division was light-weight (155 lbs).  Pulver fought Urijah Faber for the WEC featherweight title.  Pulver ended his profession combating for ONE Championship in Asia.  Pulver has a profession MMA file of 27-19-1.

In 2004, Pulver had 4 professional boxing matches.  He went 4-0 as an expert boxer having fought in his second professional combat on Tuesday Night time Fights on EsPN with commentary by Joe Tessitore and Teddy Atlas.  In current yr’s Atlas has turn out to be a fan of MMA.  It’s attention-grabbing to listen to his commentary in 2004 about MMA and novice wrestling the place he was fairly complimentary.  You possibly can watch Pulver’s ESPN combat beneath.

Chris Lytle

Chris Lytle made his MMA debut in February of 1999 for the Impartial Grounds promotion.  In his second professional combat, he fought for the Pancrase group in Japan.  Lytle fought 13 occasions for the Japanese promotion between 1999 and 2003.  The Indiana firefighter stayed very lively combating primarily on the regional scene within the Midwest and boxing professionally in between his Pancrase fights.

Lytle made his UFC debut at UFC 28 in November of 2000, shedding a two spherical unanimous determination to Ben Earwood in a preliminary combat.  He misplaced a cut up determination to Nick Diaz at an IFC occasion in 2002 in California.  Lytle put collectively a couple of good wins together with a KO victory over Aaron Riley at a HOOKnSHOOT occasion in 2003 earlier than making his return to the UFC at UFC 45 in 2003 the place he misplaced a unanimous determination to Robbie Lawler.  Lytle went 2-3 in his second stint with the UFC between 2003 and 2005.

Lytle made his professional boxing debut in June of 2002, combating to a four-round draw.  He received his subsequent eight fights earlier than shedding his first boxing match.  Lytle fought a mixture of journeymen and up and coming boxers with successful information.  He fought the notorious journeyman boxer Reggie Strickland who was 64-256-15 on the time.  Lytle went 13-1-1 as a professional boxer between 2002 and 2005.  He received the Indiana state mild heavyweight boxing title and defended it twice.

Lytle returned to the UFC in 2006 as part of The Final Fighter 4: The Comeback.  TUF 4 featured former UFC fighters and the winner was to obtain a UFC title shot towards welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre.  Lytle received his quarterfinal combat by first spherical guillotine choke submission towards Pete Spratt.  He received a unanimous determination towards Din Thomas in his semi-final combat.  Lytle misplaced a cut up determination to Matt Serra within the TUF 4 finale, simply lacking out on the chance to combat for the UFC welterweight title.

Lytle went on to combat 13 extra occasions for the UFC.  His most notable losses have been determination losses towards Matt Hughes and Josh Koscheck.  He defeated Matt Serra by unanimous determination in a rematch at UFC 119 in his hometown of Indianapolis, Indiana.  In his final MMA combat, Lytle defeated Dan Hardy by third spherical guillotine choke in the primary occasion of a UFC Reside occasion in 2011 through which he received submission of the evening and combat of the evening honors.  Lytle received his share of UFC bonuses together with six combat of the evening, three submission of the evening, and 1 knockout of the evening.  Lytle fought 20 occasions for the UFC going 10-10.  He ended his MMA profession with a 31-18-5 file.

Lytle got here again in 2018 to strive his hand in naked knuckle boxing.  As an skilled MMA fighter with professional boxing expertise, this appeared like match for Lytle.  He had two fights in 2018 and one in 2019 and went 3-0.  Lytle at present does color commentary work for the Naked Knuckle Preventing Championships promotion.

Clay Collard

“Cassius” Clay Collard made his MMA debut in 2011.  He went 13-4 earlier than making his UFC debut in August of 2014 at 21 years outdated.  Collard misplaced his octagon debut by third spherical TKO to future featherweight champ Max Holloway.  Collard fought 4 occasions within the UFC going 1-3.

Collard took two and a half years off combating earlier than returning in 2018.  He went 4-1 on the regional scene.

Collard made his professional boxing debut in 2017, successful his first bout by cut up determination.  After combating MMA 3 times in 2018 and twice within the first quarter of 2019, Collard centered his consideration again to his professional boxing.  He boxed 15 occasions between Could of 2019 and February of 2021.  His highest profile boxing match was towards 2016 Olympic silver medalist Bektemir Melikuziev in a combat that he misplaced by fourth spherical TKO.  The 28-year-old Collard’s professional boxing file is 9-4-3, coming primarily towards boxers with successful information.

Collard just lately returned to MMA signing with the PFL for an opportunity to win a million {dollars} of their light-weight division.  In the primary occasion of the primary PFL card of the season in April, he took on the PFL’s highest profile free agent, Anthony Pettis.  Collard scored the upset unanimous determination victory over the previous WEC and UFC champ.  He received his second common season combat final week because the co-main occasion to Clarissa Shields.  He defeated Joilton Lutterbach by cut up determination, securing him a playoff spot as considered one of 4 fighters who will likely be combating for the one-million-dollar prize.   Collard’s semi-final combat is scheduled to happen on August 13.  Collard’s MMA file stands at 20-8, 1 NC.

Travis Fulton

Travis Fulton holds the file for probably the most skilled blended martial arts fights at an astonishing 320.  “The Iron Man” made his MMA debut in 1996 shedding to future UFC fighter Dave Strasser.  Fulton amassed a 57-14-5 file when he received the decision to the UFC in Could of 1999.  The 21-year-old Fulton misplaced by armber submission on the 6:28 mark to future UFC heavyweight title challenger Pete Williams.  Eight days after his UFC debut, Fulton defeated future UFC and Pleasure veteran Heath Herring in a 12-minute unanimous determination at Excessive Problem 24.  Fulton defeated David Dodd by unanimous determination in a two-round preliminary combat at UFC 21 in July of 1999.  UFC 21 was the primary UFC to make use of 5-minute rounds that we see in in the present day’s MMA.  Fulton went 1-1 within the UFC.

Fulton was recognized to combat each week and generally much more.  In his two fights main as much as his UFC debut, Fulton misplaced in the primary occasion at an IFC in Quebec, Canada and received a combat on the regional scene in his native Iowa the very subsequent evening.  Fulton fought notable names outdoors the UFC together with Jeremy Horn, Matt Lindland, Dan Severn, Vladimir Matyushenko, Ricco Rodriguez, Renato Sobral, Evan Tanner, Wealthy Franklin, Forrest Griffin, Joe Riggs, Ben Rothwell, Jeff Monson, Andre Arlovski and most just lately, Serghei Spivac.  Fulton final fought MMA in April of 2019 and his profession file stands at 255-54-10, 1 NC.

Fulton not solely is probably the most lively MMA fighter of all time, however he additionally had 75 professional boxing matches.  Fulton made his professional boxing debut in February of 1999.  Fulton final boxed in August of 2019 and has a file of 25-48-2.  Fulton has shared the sq. circle Fres Oquendo and Lou Savarese.

Fulton can also be 0-1 in bareknuckle boxing.  His final combat was a bareknuckle boxing match in November of 2019.

Ryan Ford

Ryan Ford made his MMA debut in 2007 for the Most Preventing Championships in his hometown of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.  Ford went 6-0 together with a win over UFC vet Pete Spratt earlier than struggling his first loss towards Pat Healey for the MFC welterweight title.  He received two extra fights earlier than getting a rematch towards Healey for the MFC welterweight title, shedding by cut up determination.  Ford went on to win the TFC and AMMA welterweight titles, in 2010 and 2011 respectively.  Ford’s greatest win of his profession got here towards former UFC contender Karo Parisyan in 2011.  He had two fights with Bellator in 2012 the place he went 2-0, together with a second spherical TKO over Luis Santos in his promotional debut.  In 2013, Ford fought twice for the AFC promotion in Edmonton, successful their welterweight title by fifth spherical rear bare choke over Michael Hill.  In 2014, Ford received the WSOF Canadian welterweight title.  He fought his final MMA combat for the World Collection of Preventing towards former Strikeforce champion and UFC title challenger, Jake Shields.  He misplaced to Shields by first spherical rear bare choke.  The Canadian ended his MMA profession with a 22-5 file.

Ford made his professional boxing debut in 2010 successful a 4 spherical majority determination.  He centered on his MMA for the following few years earlier than switching full time to boxing in 2015.  Ford went 14-0 to start out his profession together with successful the UBO mild heavyweight title and defending it as soon as.  Ford misplaced his first boxing match when he fought Russian Fedor Chudinov in a 12-round determination loss for the vacant WBA worldwide tremendous middleweight title in December of 2017.  Ford fought some robust worldwide competitors and misplaced 5 title fights abroad.  He did win the WBC worldwide silver mild heavyweight title in August of 2019, defeating beforehand undefeated German Serge Michel by eight spherical KO in Germany.  Ford final fought n Russia in February of 2020 and at present has a professional boxing file of 17-6.

Boxing – MMA Crossover: Part 1 – Boxers who have fought MMA

Tony Halme

Tony “The Viking” Halme made his MMA debut for the Rings group in Japan in 1994.  His MMA file varies relying on the supply.  Based on his Wikipedia web page, he’s 1-4.  Sherdog.com has him at 0-4.  Tapology.com has him at 3-7.  The discrepancy is probably going resulting from the truth that, Rings have been recognized to have some labored matches in its early days.  All however considered one of Halme’s fights have been for the Rings group.  Halme fought Randy Couture at UFC 13 in 1997.  Couture received by rear bare choke in simply 56 seconds.

Halme made his professional boxing debut in 1995.  Halme is a two-time Finnish heavyweight champ.  His most notable victory was towards three division world champ Iran Barkley by 12 spherical cut up determination in his native Finland.  Halme had his final boxing match in 2002 and retired with a 13-6 file.

Halme was additionally an expert wrestler finest recognized for his stint within the WWF as Ludvig Borga from 1993 to 1994.

Erin Toughill

Erin Toughill is a pioneer of girls’s MMA.  She made her MMA debut in September of 1999, combating to a 15-minute draw on the World Vale Tudo Championships 9 occasion in Aruba.  Girls’s MMA was very scarce in North America on the time, so Toughill went to Japan to compete in her subsequent eight fights.  In December of 2004, Toghill fought in a one evening, 8 girls, open weight event.  After successful her quarterfinal combat, she defeated future Strikeforce bantamweight champ Marloes Coenen by KO within the semifinals earlier than shedding within the event finals.  Toughill retired from MMA in 2011 with a 10-3-1 file.

Toughill made her professional boxing debut in 2000 shedding by unanimous determination.  She went 2-1-1 earlier than boxing Jacqui Frazier Lyde, daughter of former heavyweight boxing champ Joe Frazier.  The bout was dominated a no contest resulting from a minimize Toughill suffered due to an unintended conflict of heads.  Toughill received her subsequent 4 fights which arrange a world title combat towards Laila Ali in 2005.  Toughill misplaced to Ali by third spherical TKO.  Toughill initially retired from boxing in 2006 with a 7-3-1, 1 NC file.  At 42 years outdated, Toughill tried a comeback in 2019.  Toughill misplaced her three bouts in 2019.  Her file at present stands at 7-6-1, 1 NC.

Valentina Shevchenko

Valentina Shevchenko is undoubtedly the second-best pound for pound feminine MMA fighter behind the GOAT Amanda Nunes.  She entered the UFC in December of 2015, defeating Sarah Kaufman by cut up determination.  She then misplaced to Nunes in a three-round determination through which she received the third spherical.  Shevchenko went on to beat high contenders Holly Holm and Juliana Pena to earn a rematch towards Nunes in September of 2017, this time for the title.  Shevchenko misplaced a razor shut cut up determination.

Shevchenko had no alternative however to combat her first few fights n the UFC at 135 kilos as a result of there was no 125-pound feminine flyweight division within the UFC when she entered the promotion.  She dropped right down to her pure weight class in 2018 and captured the vacant title towards former kickboxing foe Joanna Jedrzejczyk. Shevchenko has defended her flyweight title 5 occasions, together with her most up-to-date title protection towards Jessica Andrade at UFC 261 in April.  Her MMA file stands at 21-3

Shevchenko had received a number of world titles within the putting arts of kickboxing and muay thai.  “The Bullet” solely has a 2-0 professional boxing file; nonetheless, her boxing bouts have been towards robust, skilled opponents.  In her professional boxing debut in 2010, she fought former world title challenger Halanna Dos Santos who was 12-2 on the time.  In 2011, in her second bout, she fought one other former world title challenger in Nerys Rincon who was 9-3-2.

Fabio Maldonado

Fabio Maldonado made his MMA debut in 2000, making the finals of an eight-man event in his residence nation of Brazil.  The Brazilian has fought his profession at each mild heavyweight and heavyweight.  Maldonado went 17-3 earlier than making his UFC debut at UFC 120 in October of 2010 the place he defeated James McSweeney by third spherical TKO.  Maldonado fought 12 occasions within the UFC between 2010 and 2015 going 5-7.  His final three losses within the UFC have been towards Stipe Miocic, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Corey Anderson.  In 2016 Maldonado fought one of many all-time nice heavyweights, Fedor Emelianenko at Combat Nights World 50 within the Russian’s residence nation.  Maldonado got here very near ending Emelianenko within the first spherical, however ultimately misplaced a majority determination.  Maldonado’s final excessive profile MMA combat was at Rizin 19 the place he misplaced by KO to present UFC No. 2 ranked Jiri Prochazka in October of 2019.  Maldanado final fought for the UAE Warriors promotion in September of 2020.  His MMA file at present stands at 26-15.

Maldonado made his professional boxing debut in 2002.  He blended boxing and MMA fights and constructed his boxing file to 22-0 earlier than his UFC run in 2010.  He didn’t field throughout his UFC tenure.  Maldonado returned to the boxing ring in 2016 and received 4 extra bouts in Brazil bettering his file to 26-0 earlier than combating for the WBC-NABF heavyweight title in Quebec Metropolis, Canada.  Maldonado misplaced to 24-0 Oscar Rivas.  Maldanado has now misplaced 4 in a row along with his final bout coming in February of 2020.  He’s scheduled to field on June 25 in Sochi, Russia.

Alessio Sakara

Alessio Sakara made his MMA debut in 2002 in his residence nation of Italy.  He constructed his file to 10-3 earlier than making his debut at UFC 55 in 2005.  After his first combat ending n a no contest, Sakara returned at UFC 57 and defeated Australian Elvis Sinosic by unanimous determination.  From 2005 to 2013, Sakara fought 15 occasions within the UFC octagon the place he went 6-8, 1 NC.  Sakara’s most notable win was towards former middleweight title challenger Thales Leites at UFC 101.  His most notable loss was towards Chris Weidman sooner or later middleweight champ’s UFC debut in 2011.

Sakara made his professional boxing debut in 2004.  The Italian had his final boxing match in 2009 going 8-1 as a boxer.  He boxed 3 times whereas below UFC contract, one thing that fighters couldn’t do in in the present day’s UFC.

Sakara signed with Bellator in 2016.  He fought six occasions for Bellator, all in his residence nation of Italy, going 4-2.  His final combat was in October of 2019.  Sakara has an MMA file of 21-13, 2 NC.

Tyron Spong

Tyrone Spong was top-of-the-line kickboxers on this planet, successful a number of titles within the sport.  Sprong transitioned to MMA in 2012 and it appeared like he was going to have a promising MMA profession, signing with the World Collection of Preventing promotion.  He scored a primary spherical KO over a 5-2 fighter at WSOF 1 in November of 2012.  In his second MMA combat, Spong fought in the primary occasion at WSOF 4 in August of 2013 towards Angel DeAnda who was 11-2.  Spong received by unanimous determination.  This was the final we’d see of Spong within the cage as he walked away from MMA with a 2-0 file.

The Suriname born Spong determined to pursue a profession in skilled boxing in 2015.  Spong received the WBC Latino heavyweight title in 2017 and defended it 3 times.  He received the WBO Latino heavyweight title in 2018 and defended it twice.  Spong final boxed in August of 2019 and the 35-year-old is at present 14-0 as a professional boxer.

KJ Noons

KJ Noons made his MMA debut in 2002.  He went 5-2 earlier than combating Nick Diaz for the inaugural EliteXC light-weight championship.  He received by TKO (physician stoppage) after the primary spherical.  Noons defended his title in his subsequent combat with a primary spherical TKO over Yves Edwards.  After the demise of Elite XC, Noons went on to combat in Strikeforce the place he had a second spherical TKO over Jorge Gurgel.  He misplaced notable unanimous choices in Strikeforce to Nick Diaz, Jorge Masvidal and Josh Thomson.

Noons made his UFC debut in 2013, shedding a unanimous determination to Donald Cerrone.  He rebounded with two UFC wins, together with a 2014 KO over Sam Stout that earned him a efficiency of the evening bonus.  Noons fought his final MMA combat in 2016, shedding a unanimous determination to Josh Burkman.  He went 2-3, 1 NC within the UFC and 13-9, 1 NC total.

Noons made his professional boxing debut in 2004.  He blended professional boxing matches along with his MMA fights together with throughout his EliteXC days.  Noons boxed his final boxing match in 2009.  He had a profession boxing file of 11-2.

Joe Duffy

Joe Duffy made his MMA debut in 2008.  He had success within the Cage Warriors group the place he beat countryman Conor McGregor in 2010.  Duffy began his MMA profession at 10-0 when he earned a shot on the Cage Warriors light-weight championship in 2011.  Duffy misplaced to Ivan Musardo by fourth spherical guillotine choke submission.  Duffy then took three years away from the game.

Duffy turned to skilled boxing in 2013.  He had seven professional boxing matches, going 7-0.  All of his bouts have been in 2013 and have been towards fighters who have been both debuting or had shedding information.  

Duffy returned to MMA in 2014 wining two extra fights within the Cage Warriors promotion.  He made his UFC debut with a 12-1 file in 2015.  Duffy entered the UFC on the time, generally known as the final man to beat Conor McGregor.  He scored first spherical stoppages in his first two fights within the UFC, a TKO over Jake Lindsay and a triangle choke submission over Ivan Jorge.  This arrange an enormous combat with Dustin Poirier in 2016 at UFC 195 the place Duffy misplaced a unanimous determination.  The Irishman went on to have 5 extra fights within the UFC along with his final combat being a submission loss towards Joel Alvarez in July of 2020.  After shedding to Alvarez by guillotine choke submission, Duffy introduced his retirement.  Duffy has a profession MMA file of 16-5.

Jake Paul vs. MMA

After beating former NBA participant Nate Robinson within the co-main occasion of the Mike Tyson vs. Roy Jones Jr exhibition final November, YouTube star Jake Paul fought former ONE and Bellator champ Ben Askren in the primary occasion of the Triller card.  This appeared like the perfect matchup for Paul who was combating an actual fighter for the primary time; nonetheless, the previous Olympic wrestler Askren is understood for his grappling abilities and never his putting abilities.  Paul knocked out Askren within the first spherical.

Former UFC heavyweight champ, Frank Mir was scheduled to face former mild heavyweight and cruiserweight world champion Antonio Tarver on the undercard of Paul vs. Askren.  Nevertheless, Tarver needed to pull out resulting from damage and was changed by former world cruiserweight champ Steve Cunningham.  Mir had a a lot better displaying than Askren, shedding a six spherical unanimous determination the place he had his moments towards the rather more skilled boxer.

Jake Paul had been calling out many MMA names.  He’ll step up in competitors to face former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley on August 28 on a Showtime occasion.  A former collegiate wrestling all American, Woodley is understood for his knockout energy in MMA, however the 39-year-old is previous his prime and had misplaced his final 4 contained in the octagon.

Triller not has Jake Paul below contract, however they proceed to signal MMA fighters to field.  Anderson Silva is not going to be the one Brazilian MMA legend boxing on Saturday evening as Vitor Belfort, who’s 1-0 as a professional boxer, will combat “The Actual Tarzan” Mike Holston on the undercard of Teofimo Lopez vs. George Kambosos Jr.

Different Notable MMA Fighters who’ve boxed professionally

Here’s a checklist of different notable previous and present MMA fighters who’ve boxed professionally, together with their professional boxing information in parentheses.

Ali Bagautinov (2-0), Mikey Burnett (1-0), Donald Cerrone (0-1), Carlos Condit (0-1), Patrick Cote (0-1), Jeff Curran (2-2-1), Nick Diaz (1-0), Yves Edwards (2-0), Aleksander Emelianenko (1-0-1), Andre Ewell (0-4), Leonard Garcia (0-1), Melvin Guillard (0-1-1), Dennis Hallman (1-3), Jeremy Horn (1-0), Mark Hunt (0-2-1), Dustin Jacoby (1-0), Keith Jardine (3-0-1), Sergei Kharitonov (1-0), Justine Kish (1-0), Jennifer Maia (3-0), Jorge Masvidal (1-0), Court docket McGee (2-1), Man Mezger (1-0), Pat Miletich (1-0), Jeff Monson (2-0-1), John Moraga (1-3), Billy Quarantillo (1-0), Michael Web page (2-0), Luis Pena (0-2-1), Costas Philippou (3-0), Ricco Rodriguez (1-1), Cody Stamann (0-1), Din Thomas (1-0-1), Alexander Volkanovski ( 1-0), James Vick (0-1),  

Anderson Silva

This Saturday, June 19, Anderson Silva will likely be stepping within the ring to field one of many best names of boxing in Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.  Many individuals could not know that Anderson Silva is 1-1 as a professional boxer.  After shedding his professional boxing debut in 1998, Silva received his second professional boxing match in 2005, towards a Brazilian boxer named Julio Cesar de Jesus. 

In fact, Silva is understood for his illustrious MMA profession.  He was the best middleweight UFC champion of all time and top-of-the-line MMA fighters n the historical past of the game.  After defeating Wealthy Franklin for the UFC middleweight title at UFC 64 in 2006, Silva defended his middleweight title for a file 10 occasions.  He final fought in the primary occasion of a UFC Combat Night time in October of 2020, shedding by fourth spherical TKO to Uriah Corridor.  Silva’s MMA file is 34-11, 1 NC.

Boxing – MMA Crossover Conclusion

There seems to be extra MMA fighters who’ve boxed professionally than boxers who’ve fought MMA.  This is sensible as boxing is only one side of MMA.

The early UFC’s and James Toney vs. Randy Couture answered the query, how would a pure boxer do in MMA?  Holly Holm confirmed {that a} world class boxer with years of high-level MMA coaching might turn out to be an MMA world champion.  Will Caressa Shields add to her boxing world titles and turn out to be a world champion in MMA?

We’ve got seen a current development of MMA fighters turning to professional boxing.  Who would be the subsequent large title MMA fighters to crossover to boxing?

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