Adrien Broner vs. Mikey Garcia: Fight card, start time, TV & live streaming

Adrien Broner and Mikey Garcia are set to kick off four weeks of big fights which feature some of the biggest names in boxing.

Broner (33-2, 24 KOs) takes on Garcia, (36-0, 30 KOs) on July 29, before being followed by the two best pound-for-pound fighters in the world in Vasyl Lomachenko and Terence Crawford competing on Aug. 5 and 19 respectively. Boxing’s big month culminates with the spectacle between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor on Aug. 26.

MORE: It’s do-or-die time for Adrien Broner

The journey begins on Saturday night in Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, in a super lightweight bout between one of the stars of boxing and a star on the rise as former four-division world champion Broner faces off against WBC lightweight champion Garcia. Here’s everything you need to know about the fight.

All times Eastern.

Adrien Broner vs. Mikey Garcia date, fight time

Broner vs. Garcia is set for Saturday, July 29, and the broadcast begins at 9 p.m. Broner and Garcia are expected to enter the ring at about 10:30 p.m.

Broner vs. Garcia TV, live streaming

Broner vs. Garcia will air on Showtime beginning at 9 p.m. You can also live stream Broner vs. Garcia at Sho.com (subscription required).

Broner vs. Garcia fight card

— Adrien Broner vs. Mikey Garcia; Non-Tile Super Lightweight

— Jermall Charlo vs. Jorge Sebastian Heiland; Middleweight

— Jarrell Miller vs. Gerald Washington; Heavyweights

— Katie Taylor vs. Jasmine Clarkson; Female Lightweights

Broner vs. Garcia preview

Broner (33-2, 24 KOs) is one of the biggest stars in the sport. He’s one of 16 boxers to be a four-division titleholder but his last two fights have been a struggle. “The Problem” had problems on the scale, missing weight against Ashley Theophane and getting stripped of his WBA super lightweight title, though he ended up winning hy ninth-round TKO.

In his next bout, he had the weight moved from 142 pounds to 147 pounds for his bout against Adrian Granados, in which he won by a controversial split decision but many boxing pundits felt Granados received the short end of the stick.

Garcia (36-0, 30 KOs) is a rising star in the sport but like his opponent, he took an unusual road to get to this point. In Jan. 2014 after he defeated Juan Carlos Burgos, Garcia had felt he wasn’t getting treated like he should by promotional giant Top Rank and wanted out of his contract. He sat out for over two-and-half years and spent more than a million dollars to gain his freedom and be able to pick his own lane.

MORE: Canelo vs. GGG will be worth the wait

Since being freed from Top Rank and returning last July, Garcia’s won both of his fights. In January, he captured the WBC lightweight title knocking out Dejan Zlatičanin.

It is one of the biggest bouts in 2017. One fighter will rise while the other will fail.

Here is what you need to know about Broner vs. Garcia.

Steven Muehlhausen is an MMA and boxing writer and contributor for Sporting News. You can listen to his podcast, “The Fight Junkies” here. You can email him at stevemuehlhausen@yahoo.com and can find him on Twitter

UFC 214 – Live, Stream, Fight Card, Start Time, PPV

UFC 214 is live from the Honda Center in Anaheim, California on Saturday night. Daniel Cormier puts his light heavyweight title on the line against bitter rival Jon Jones in the evening’s main event. In the co-main event Tyron Woodley defends his welterweight championship against submission artist Demian Maia.

Also on the main card Cris Cyborg takes on Invicta FC Bantamweight Champion Tonya Evinger for the vacant women’s featherweight title, Robbie Lawler makes his return to take on Donald Cerrone in a battle of top-ranked welterweights, and in the light heavyweight division Jimi Manuwa looks to keep his run of victories going when he faces the fast rising Volkan Oezdemir.

The early prelims will air on Fight Pass starting at 5:30 p.m. CT, with FXX taking over at 7 p.m. CT for the prelims. The main card will air on PPV starting at 9 p.m. CT.

Note: The predictions in this column do not necessarily mean that I will betting them. I have changed my mind in the past and gone the other way after conducting more research. For all of my official bets follow me on Twitter @FightChampBlog. You can also find all of my official MMA bets at betmmatips.com.

MMA Torch Rankings are included.
MAIN CARD

#1 Daniel Cormier (19-1) vs. #5 Jon Jones (22-1) – Light Heavyweight 205 lbs.

Current Odds: Jones -270; Cormier +215

Since losing to Jon Jones at UFC 182, Daniel Cormier has won his last four fights. We last saw DC in the cage at UFC 210 where he submitted Anthony “Rumble” Johnson in the second round with a rear-naked choke. The thirty-eight year old has six knockouts to go along with six submissions in his nineteen career wins.

The last time we saw Jon Jones in the cage he beat Ovince St. Preux by unanimous decision at UFC 197. That was in April of last year. In his twenty-two wins, nine are by knockout with six coming via submission.

If you missed the first fight between these two then I recommend going back and watching it because I expect this fight to play out the same way. Cormier is who he is, and that’s a wrestler. He is usually capable of out-wrestling his opponents, but against Jones that won’t be the case. Jon Jones proved he is the better wrestler in their first encounter and that won’t change in this fight. I also expect Cormier to gas out the longer the fight goes on. At thirty-eight years old the weight cuts are becoming harder and harder for him.

Jones will also have the advantage if the fight stays standing. He is the better technical striker with a twelve inch reach advantage. He will use his reach advantage and kicks to keep distance and pick Cormier apart from the outside.

The only question I have coming into the fight is, will Jones have any cage-rust? He appears to be in the best shape of his life, but that isn’t the same as being in cage fighting shape.

Ultimately Jon Jones is the better overall fighter with more ways to win.

I wouldn’t be surprised to see Cormier announce his retirement, win or lose after this fight.

Pick: Jones by decision

#1 Tyron Woodley (16-3-1) vs. #2 Demian Maia (25-6) – Welterweight 170 lbs.

Current Odds: Woodley -220; Maia +170

After beating Robbie Lawler for the title at UFC 201, Tyron Woodley has successfully defended his belt twice in back-to-back fights against Stephen Thompson. Although both of the fights were boring and dull, Woodley did enough to keep his title. In his seventeen career wins, six are by KO/TKO to go along with five by submission.

Demian Maia is on all sorts of fire. The Brazilian is riding a seven fight winning streak and can tie Michael Bisping for the most wins in UFC history should he win the title on Saturday night. His last fight was at UFC 211 where he beat Jorge Masvidal by split decision in a highly competitive fight. The thirty-nine year old has twelve submissions to go along with three knockouts in twenty-five career professional victories.

Finally Demian Maia gets his shot at winning UFC gold on Saturday night. Unfortunately the UFC didn’t give him much time since his last fight which was two and a half months ago. Maia is one of the best Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioners in the world and if he takes Woodley’s back the fight will be over.

However, Woodley is the far superior athlete and has excellent takedown defense. If Woodley has success stuffing the takedown attempts from Maia and can keep the fight standing it’s his fight to win. Woodley has a huge advantage in striking and has the power to put anyone at 170 asleep.

As long as Maia can avoid getting knocked out in the first two rounds I think his better cardio will start to earn him takedowns that he wasn’t able to get earlier in the fight. I just don’t see Woodley avoiding getting taken down for five rounds.

Pick: Maia by submission

Cristiane Justino (16-1, 1 NC) vs. Tonya Evinger (19-5) – Featherweight 145 lbs.

Current Odds: Justino -1200; Evinger +700

Cris Cyborg has fifteen knockouts in her seventeen wins. This will be her first fight in 2017. She fought twice under the UFC banner last year, beating Leslie Smith at UFC 198 and then Lina Lansberg at UFC Fight Night 95. Both wins were by knockout.

Tonya Evinger took this fight after Cyborg’s original challenger, Megan Anderson had to back out due to personal reasons. Evinger is the current Invicta FC Bantamweight Champion and is riding a 10 fight win streak. She originally lost her title to Yana Kunitskaya at Invicta FC 20 by submission, but she appealed the loss to the Missouri Athletic Commission. The result was eventually overturned and declared a no-contest. Evinger and Kunitskaya ran it back at Invicta FC 22 where Evinger submitted the Russian in the second round.

Here’s the thing, Cristiane Justino is the baddest woman on the planet. On Saturday night she finally gets the opportunity to fight for UFC gold. An opportunity she should’ve been awarded some time ago.

I like Tonya Evinger. Like Cyborg, she too has been treated poorly by the UFC. Both women are outspoken and neither of them take any s—t. Although I don’t expect Evinger to win on Saturday night, I’m happy that she gets the opportunity to fight in the UFC on the biggest card of the year.

Pick: Justino by KO

#4 Robbie Lawler (27-11, 1 NC) vs. #7 Donald Cerrone (32-8, 1 NC) – Welterweight 170 lbs.

Current Odds: Lawler -165; Cerrone +135

Robbie Lawler hasn’t fought since dropping the title to Tyron Woodley at UFC 201. The thirty-five year old veteran has been in some five round wars over the last three years. His fights against Carlos Condit at UFC 195, Rory MacDonald at UFC 189 and Johny Hendricks at UFC 181 were all candidates for fights of the year. In his twenty-seven career wins, twenty are by knockout and one submission.

Donald Cerrone was on a four-fight winning streak until he was stopped by Jorge Masvidal in the second round at UFC on FOX 23. Six of Cerrone’s last seven fights ended inside the distance. At thirty-four years of age, Cerrone has forty fights under his belt. He has sixteen submissions to go along with eight knockouts in his thirty-two wins.

This is the fight most MMA fans have been waiting for. Both fighters are lethal on the feet and can end the fight in the blink of an eye. Cerrone likes to get off to a fast start by throwing kicks and sticking his jab in an effort to establish range.

Lawler is more than happy to stand and trade. However, he likes to get inside and administer punishment with power strikes both to the head and body of his opponents. Both fighters have good takedown defense, but if there’s an advantage in ground games, it’s to Cerrone. If the fight does go to the ground I like Cerrone to slip in a submission for the win.

While I don’t expect that to happen, I still favor Cerrone ever so slightly here. They both have taken a ton of damage in their careers, but something tells me it’s Lawler that’s worse for wear.

Pick: Cerrone by decision

#7 Jimi Manuwa (17-2) vs. #9 Volkan Oezdemir (14-1) – Light Heavyweight 205 lbs.

Current Odds: Manuwa -200; Oezdemir +160

After getting stopped by Anthony Johnson in the second round at UFC 191, Jimi Manuwa has put together back to back impressive showings. He finished Ovince St. Preux in the second round at UFC 204 and followed that up with a first round knockout of Corey Anderson at UFC Fight Night 107. The thirty-seven year old has fifteen KO/TKOs to go along with one submission in seventeen career wins. In nineteen career fights only one went to the judge’s scorecards.

Volkan Oezdemir is 2-0 under the UFC banner and riding a four-fight winning streak. His most recent fight came at UFC Fight Night 109 where he upset Misha Cirkunov by knocking him out in twenty-eight seconds. Like Manuwa, Oezdemir will go for the finish when presented. The Swiss fighter has ten knockouts and one submission in fourteen career victories.

I expect this fight to take place primarily on the feet which should allow for some fireworks to start the main card. Ozdemir’s ground game is sorely lacking which will force him to have to trade with Manuwa. Jimi Manuwa has fought better competition and is the better striker.

Pick: Manuwa by TKO
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UFC 214 LIVE

Heading into Saturday’s UFC 214, it appears from the surface that current light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier and former 205-pound champion Jon Jones are on top of their respective games. Cormier and Jones each only have one loss: Cormier to Jones at UFC 182, and Jones on a controversial disqualification to Matt Hamill in 2009.

They are the two best pound-for-pound fighters in the world heading into the biggest fight of their careers. It’s a crossroads bout for both.

 

MORE: Jones says he beat Cormier “after weekend of cocaine”

Cormier (19-1) has conquered things in life only a select few can only dream about. He’s a two-time Olympian (2004, ’08) and won the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix in 2012, which featured the likes of former heavyweight champions Fedor Emelianenko, Alistair Overeem, Fabricio Werdum and Josh Barnett.

The 38-year-old Cormier then moved to the UFC at heavyweight, going undefeated by beating Roy Nelson and former two-time UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir. Deciding he didn’t want to face good friend, training partner and then-UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez, Cormier moved down to light heavyweight where a fight against Jones seemed inevitable.

Cormier did come short on that fateful January night in 2015, but he always knew he would meet Jones again. He didn’t expect it to be over two years later and going into the fight as the champion.

Cormier won the title from Anthony Johnson at UFC 187 after the UFC stripped Jones of his title. He made successful title defenses against Alexander Gustafsson, a rematch with Johnson and sandwiched in between, a non-title affair against Anderson Silva.

Jones (22-1) made his UFC debut at UFC 87 and steamrolled everyone in his path to become the youngest UFC champion of all time at the age of 23 when he stopped “Shogun” Rua at UFC 128. “Bones” went through a murderers’ row, defeating former UFC champions Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Lyoto Machida, Rashad Evans and Vitor Belfort in succession.

Jones also went on to make title defenses against Chael Sonnen, Alexander Gustafsson, Glover Teixeira and Cormier.

His toughest test inside the octagon was Gustafsson — but his toughest test in life began before his first fight with Cormier.

Before the fight took place, Jones had failed an out-of-competition drug test for cocaine — it was revealed shortly after the fight had occurred. He had a brief stay in rehab and told the world he was OK.

Except, he wasn’t.

While preparing to face Johnson at the aforementioned UFC 187, Jones was involved in a hit-and-run accident in Albuquerque, N.M., involving a pregnant woman. The father left the scene, came back to his vehicle to grab some money and fled the scene. Subsequently, the UFC stripped him of the title and suspended him indefinitely.

Jones made his return at UFC 197, defeating Ovince Saint Preux to become the interim champion and set up a unification bout with Cormier for UFC 200.

Heading into the fight, the trash talk was intense and you could cut the tension with a knife. But it was all for naught as 72 hours before the fight, the UFC announced Jones had failed a drug test and pulled him from the fight. Jones was suspended for one year.

MORE: Jones vs Cormier 2: Date, time, PPV price

Cormier needs this win more he has ever needed anything in his athletic career. Jones calls him a paper champion because Cormier didn’t beat him. It’s hard to disagree with Jones since that is the case, but the 30-year-old has no one to blame but himself for all this happening.

No one told Jones to do drugs, leave the scene of an accident or fail a drug test. He made those choices by himself and put himself in this position. Cormier went and did what any fighter would do: seize the moment. He won the title fairly, and when called upon, fought and won. It isn’t his fault Jones can’t keep it together.

But what if Cormier fails to conquer his biggest rival? He will be known as the fighter who could never win the big one when the all the chips were on the line. He could always go back to heavyweight, but that seems unlikely as long as Velasquez is around.

If he does what many don’t expect him to do, then a case can be made for Cormier to be recognized as the greatest fighter of all time. But a loss at UFC 214 would be the end of his career. He would never get another title shot at Jones.

On the other hand, this is all about redemption for Jones. A win puts Cormier in his rearview mirror, and allows him to move on to a potential rematch with Gustafsson or a recently discussed mega-fight with Brock Lesnar.

A loss would be devastating for Jones as well. It would show he is a shell of his former self; he would no longer be thought of as the greatest fighter in the history of the sport. His career would continue, but would never be viewed in the same light.

It all comes down to Saturday night inside the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. One career moves forward, while another fades into the sunset.

BELLATOR 181 PREVIEW: Grocke’s predictions and updated odds for

Bellator MMA returns to the WinStar World Casino and Resort in Thackerville, Oklahoma for Bellator 181 on Friday night. This is the promotions one and only event for the month of July. The main event will be fought at a catch weight when Derek Campos squares off against Brandon Girtz for the third time. Campos won the first fight by unanimous decision at Bellator 96. They fought again at Bellator 146 where Girtz finished Campos in 37 seconds into the first round.

The co-main event features long time UFC and Bellator veteran Kendall Grove taking on the surging John Salter in a battle of middleweights. The four-fight main card rounds out with Jessica Middleton stepping in on short notice for the injured Valerie Letourneau taking on Emily Ducote in the women’s flyweight division and in the men’s bantamweight division Joe Warren goes up against Steve Garcia.
Bellator MMA returns to Winstar Casino in Thackerville, Oklahoma, on Friday with another night of action. Headlining Bellator 181 will be a lightweight battle between rivals Derek Campos and Brandon Girtz. At Thursday’s official weigh-ins, Girtz missed the mark by 1.7 pounds, coming in at 157.7.

Campos, meanwhile, has won his last three bouts coming in. However, “The Stallion” was knocked out in just 37 seconds when he last locked horns with Girtz, which happened at Bellator 146 in November 2015. It was the last time the Texan lost and he weighed in for the rubber match at 155.4.

Bellator 181’s main card will be televised live on Spike beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. The prelims will be streamed live on Bellator.com.

Bellator 181 Weigh-in Results:
Brandon Girtz (157.7) vs. Derek Campos (155.4)
Kendall Grove (185.7) vs. John Salter (185)
Emily Ducote (124.4) vs. Jessica Middleton (125.9)
Steve Garcia (134.5) vs. Joe Warren (135.9)
Guillermo Gomez (169.4) vs. Fernando Trevino (170.5)
Jordan Howard (135) vs. Johnny Marigo (135.1)
Katy Collins (124.2) vs. Bruna Vargas (125)
Valentin Moldavsky (234.8) vs. Carl Seumanutafa (263.6)
Justin Lawrence (145.6) vs. Treston Thomison (145.9)
Rafael Lovato Jr. (185.6) vs. Mike Rhodes (185.2)
E.J. Brooks (170.9) vs. Guilherme Vasconcelos (169.2)
Amanda Bell (144.2) vs. Brittney Elkin (146)
Andre Fialho (169.9) vs. A.J. Matthews (169.9)
Kemmyelle Haley (170.1) vs. Logan Storley (170.3)
Romero Cotton (185.1) vs. Arron Rodriguez (184.8)
William Florentino (170.9) vs. Jonathan Gary (169.1)