Former Boxing Champion Ricardo Mayorga’s MMA Debut Win Overturned
By Jonathan Solomon
It took years for Ricardo Mayorga to actually debut in mixed martial arts and his May 3 win in Nicaragua did not come and go without plenty of controversy.
The Nicaraguan Commission has announced the victory has been changed to a no-contest and he is now under a three-month suspension from competing in the country. If Mayorga wants to return to professional boxing, there’s nothing standing in his way, although he has not fought since his 2011 loss to Miguel Cotto.
Now at 39-years-old, he fought Wesley Tiffer in his debut and finished him in the second round. However, he did so using an illegal knee to the back that was not called during the bout. This turn of events followed the fact that Ricardo missed weight by 20-pounds for the 165-pound contracted bout.
Tiffer is a Canadian fighter who lost his only other professional MMA bout in 2009 on a regional show in British Columbia.
“El Matador” was originally going to debut in MMA in 2010 against Din Thomas but a last minute ploy from Don King Promotions put an end to it citing his exclusive contract with the promoter (and not with Shine Fights, who were promoting the card).
Today, his boxing record stands at 29-8-1-1 with 23 wins by knockout. Famous for his antics before fights at press conferences, he held many championships from various entities and weight classes. The last of which he won in 2007 when he defeated Fernando Vargas to take the vacant WBC super middleweight title.
It’s unknown whether Mayorga plans to continue competing in MMA, but if he does, do not expect to see the controversial competitor do so in the United States.
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