Steve Cofield

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Steve Cofield is a MMA and Boxing blogger for Yahoo! Sports.

  • Golf isn't for real athletes, right? Don't tell that to boxing legend Ray Leonard. He's addicted to the game, but gets a feeling he never had in the ring.

    The always confident ring tactician is a mental mess with the sticks in his hands.

    "I think of too many things. I read too many magazines," Leonard told ESPN1100/98,9 FM in Las Vegas. "I think about putting my hands properly, my feet, my head, my back, my posture, my legs, my shoes ... all these things come into play."

    Leonard has a golden opportunity to fix his game as part of The Golf Channel's "Haney Project" airing Mondays at 9 p.m. ET.

    The former three-division boxing champ is competing against actress/model Angie Everhart, celebrity chef Mario Batali and singer Adam Levine. Each one of the stars is a "project" for Tiger Woods' former swing coach Hank Haney.

    "Sugar" Ray says the early tips have amazed him.

    "It seems so simple, the things that he suggested," Leonard said. "[Like] using my hands when I make a swing. He says 'Ray, you don't use your hands. You have fast hands.'"

    The second episode is this week and the tease says Leonard makes a shocking discovery.

    Read More »from ‘The Haney Project’ tries to fix the mental woes of ‘Sugar’ Ray Leonard’s golf game
  • A stunned Alves collects himself (Photo by Tracy Lee)

    Little was going right for Martin Kampmann until Thiago Alves made one vital mistake.

    Kampmann was on the wrong side of a standup beating over the middle 11 minutes of the fight when he seized on the opportunity to lock on a guillotine choke to finish Alves at the 4:12 mark of the final round.

    It's the second straight win for Kampmann, who's too often been on the wrong side of close decisions over the last few years. There was little doubt where this one was going with a minute left, that's why Alves' decision to shoot for a takedown was so confusing.

    With 1:04 left in the fight, Alves rocked Kampmann with a straight right. The stunned Dane retreated to the cage. Alves got off a nice head kick that was partially blocked and then a combination. For some reason, he shot in for a takedown and left his head under Kampmann's left arm.

    Read More »from Martin Kampmann pulls a rabbit out of the hat to shock Thiago Alves with less than a minute left
  • UFC on FX 2 opener: Costa Philippou hands Court McGee first loss in the UFC

    Philippou finds a home for one of his many overhand rights (Photo by Tracy Lee)

    Maybe the best guy from Season 11 of "The Ultimate Fighter" never got his real chance. Costa Philippou lost his qualifier fight that season and missed the chance to face the eventual champion Court McGee. He didn't let the opportunity slip away tonight.

    Philippou (9-2, 3-1 UFC) was the bigger, more efficient fighter over the first two rounds helping him score a unanimous decision victory, 29-28 on all three cards in the first fight on the FX portion of the UFC's latest card in Sydney, Australia.

    The 32-year-old, who works out of Matt Serra's camp in Long Island, N.Y., has now won three straight in the UFC and took out a guy who was unbeaten with the promotion.

    McGee (13-2, 3-1 UFC) is a wrestler/grappler but anytime he got his hands on Philippou, he looked like a midget in the middleweight division. The thickly muscled Philippou would just toss him aside or easily stuff the takedown attempts. McGee only made good on 1-of-11 tries.

    When it was standing it was a complete mismatch over

    Read More »from UFC on FX 2 opener: Costa Philippou hands Court McGee first loss in the UFC
  • MMA fans will be inundated with great fights this weekend and the show stealer could be a fight between two females.

    The final note on the two big cards is the Miesha Tate-Ronda Rousey fight tomorrow night in Columbus, Oh. Or should it be called the Ronda Rousey fight? When was the last time a champion was such a huge underdog like Tate?

    Rousey, a former Olympian in Judo, is getting a title shot after just four pro mixed martial arts bouts. The 24-year-old fighter has also never fought down at 135 pounds. With all that, amazingly she's a minus-300 favorite to take the Strikeforce title from Tate.

    Kevin Iole, Frank Trigg and myself broke down the UFC and Strikeforce fights on "The MMA Insiders" show in Las Vegas.

    UFC on FX 2 betting odds:

    Thiago Alves (-120) vs. Martin Kampmann (+100)
    Joseph Benavidez (-850) vs. Yasuhiro Urushitani (+575)
    Demetrious Johnson (-290) vs. Ian McCall (+245)
    James Te Huna (-320) vs. Aaron Rosa (+260)
    Anthony Waldburger (-140) vs. Jake Hecht (+120)

    Read More »from UFC on FX 2, Strikeforce picks: Flyweight favorites are huge and Tate’s an underdog
  • UFC on FX 2 weigh-in: Joe Benavidez’s new physique

    Benavidez looks a little drawn, while Alves looks comfortable at the weigh-in

    The flyweight era is upon us. A mini-tournament starts tonight in Australia on the UFC on FX 2 card. Joe Benavidez and Demetrious Johnson are the huge favorites in the 125-lbs. showdowns, but we'll find out if their first legitimate weight cut in years will affect their performance.

    Both Johnson and Benavidez were far from true bantamweights. Johnson didn't look too much different down at 125, but there was definitely some mass missing on Joe B.

    The main event fighters made weight as well. That's always a challenge for Thiago Alves. Last night, he looked as good as ever down at 170.5. Alves balloons up between fights and has missed weight for three previous fights.

    UFC on FX 2 weigh-in:

    MAIN CARD (FX)
    Thiago Alves (170.5) vs. Martin Kampmann (170.5)
    Joseph Benavidez (125.5) vs. Yasuhiro Urushitani (125.5)
    Demetrious Johnson (125.5) vs. Ian McCall (125.5)

    Read More »from UFC on FX 2 weigh-in: Joe Benavidez’s new physique
  • Cagewriter audio: Victor Conte speaks on Quinton Jackson testosterone issue

  • White will give Edgar a title shot at either 145 or 155

    Edgar eats a big right from Henderson (Photo by Tracy Lee)

    It seems like the anti-Frank Edgar front is building amongst some fans and bloggers, but that's not going to sway UFC president Dana White. He's still bullish on one of his favorite fighters getting right back in there for a title. Now which title he shoots for is a different issue.

    "I feel like Frankie Edgar absolutely deserves a rematch [against Ben Henderson], seeing as how every time this guy has fought, he's given everyone else a rematch," White told the media gathered is Australia for UFC on FX 2.

    But the boss is torn because, for years he's thought Edgar is too small for the lightweight division.

    Read More »from White will give Edgar a title shot at either 145 or 155
  • Dakota Cochrane in the ring and in the poolIt was inevitable that the UFC would be faced with handling the issue of a homosexual fighter. Even Dana White understands that's a reality, but we can't imagine he saw the Dakota Cochrane situation on the horizon.

    Cochrane, part of the 32-fighter cast for "The Ultimate Fighter," is a talented mixed martial artist, but he also has another gig on his resume.

    According to sites like Middle Easy, Bloody Elbow and MMAMania (Warning: Some of the landing pages contains links to explicit content.), Cochrane performed in 16 gay pornographic films under the name "Danny." Cochrane is quoted in another story about having a girlfriend, but that won't matter to most ardent anti-gay fans and followers of MMA.

    UPDATE: Cochrane confirmed that his past does indeed include these films and that the UFC is aware.

    On his audition tape for TUF, he included an introduction that mentioned all about his past. Everything.

    "I think it's a little bit courageous for both of us. I could just hide in a hole and no one would know except for the people close to me. And to them, I was up front. I let them know right away so it wasn't anything that could come back and bite them in the butt. I think maybe they respected that a little bit," Cochrane told MMAFighting. "I think some people judge against it, some people will be OK with it. Some people will want me to get my butt kicked, and hopefully others will respect what I'm trying to do."

    The reaction to Cochrane's inclusion on the show will be interesting to follow. White was asked in the past about the issue of promoting a gay fighter.

    Read More »from Tricky situation: There’s a former gay adult film actor in the cast of TUF 15
  • There's all sorts of routes to UFC stardom. Benson Henderson is a great fighter, but his path to a fight with Frank Edgar could've been much different.

    He graduated from WEC to UFC to the best fighter in the world's best division. How fast did it happen? Well just over three years ago, Henderson was trying to get a slot on Season 9 of the "Ultimate Fighter."

    Cage Potato found this Bendo video as he tried to woo the UFC and Spike into choosing for the United States vs. United Kingdom season.

    Read More »from Video gold: Just three years ago UFC lightweight champ Benson Henderson was trying to get on TUF 9
  • Bader scores another takedown against Rampage (Photo by Tracy Lee)

    Quinton Jackson didn't come to Japan ready to fight and it cost him in what he hoped would be a triumphant return. The former PRIDE legend and UFC light heavyweight champ didn't make weight on Friday. When it came time to show his stamina and athleticism, "Rampage" just didn't have it.

    Behind a solid clinch game and wrestling, Ryan Bader pulled what turned out to be a mild upset, via unanimous decision, 30-27 on all three cards.

    [ Related: Benson Henderson wins title belt in classic vs. Frankie Edgar ]

    Jackson was a minus-250 favorite in the lead up to the fight. When he showed up at the weigh-in looking soft and tipping the scales at 211 pounds, bettors pounded the Bader side. They were right. Jackson explained that his weight miss was due to an injury during training camp that "kept him from doing his roadwork." Jackson did have a noticeable limp after the fight.

    [Video: Bader rolls to victory over Rampage Jackson]

    The 33-year-old wound up forfeiting 20 percent of his salary, which

    Read More »from ‘Rampage’ weight flop costs him; Bader puts him on his back to roll to victory at UFC 144

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