Ricardo Mayorga

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Ricardo Mayorga
Born Ricardo Antonio Mayorga Perez
(1973-10-03) October 3, 1973 (age 40)
Managua, Nicaragua
Other names El Matador
Nationality Nicaragua Nicaragua
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Division Light Welterweight (140 lb)
Welterweight (147 lb)
Light Middleweight (154 lb)
Middleweight (160 lb)
Super Middleweight (168 lb)
Reach 69 in (175 cm)
Stance Orthodox
Fighting out of Granada, Nicaragua
Years active 1993–2011
Professional boxing record
Total 38
Wins 29
By knockout 23
Losses 8
By knockout 5
Draws 1
Mixed martial arts record
Total 4
Wins 0
Losses 3
By submission 2
By decision 1
No contests 1
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Ricardo Antonio Mayorga Perez "El Matador" (born October 3, 1973 in Granada, Nicaragua) is a Nicaraguan professional boxer. He is the former WBA/WBC Welterweight champion and the former WBC light middleweight champion. He holds a record of 29-8 with 23 knockouts and 1 draw 1 no contest. He was featured for the first time on the cover of Ring Magazine on the December 2003 issue, released in October. The cover read "The craziest man in the sport: Mayorga lights up boxing." He is known for his relentless trash-talking before most of his fights and his smoking and drinking habits outside the ring. He started his career on August 29, 1993 when he lost to Humberto Aranda by a 6th round TKO and after that, he stayed undefeated until he lost again to Roger Benito Flores by UD in the Gimnasio Alexis Arguello in Managua, Nicaragua. He is known for his slow style and to opponents who are not afraid to punch him, he is a very easy target. Ever since he made his debut in 1993, he has captured 3 titles mostly in the Middleweight and Welterweight divisions.

Retirement from Boxing[edit]

On March 12, 2011, Mayorga faced Miguel Cotto, in what was a deeply personal feud. During the bout Mayorga suffered a broken finger and in the 12th round, he motioned for the referee to stop the fight. After the match Mayorga announced his retirement from boxing, (he apparently had already made up his mind before the bout and would retire regardless of the outcome) and stated that it was "time to find a new job". Mayorga and Cotto then hugged.

He has since stated that he does not entirely dismiss the possibility of a comeback. Sources close to Mayorga predict between Ricardo Mayorga and Antonio Margarito that's supposedly going to be dubbed: "When villains collide". The winner of the fight having one final shot at resurrecting his career and the loser retiring from boxing, a fight that will entertain fans not only in a press conference, but also in the ring as well.[1]

On March 23, 2013, more rumors came up about Mayorga's future. The rumours implied that Mayorga might take part in a fight against the undefeated Russian middleweight: Dmitry Chudinov, on the undercard of the Denis Lebedev vs. Guillermo Jones fight, but eventually the fight did not take place.

Mixed Martial Arts career[edit]

Mayorga was scheduled to make his debut 15 May 2010 against UFC veteran Din Thomas in the Shine Fights: Worlds Collide: Mayorga vs. Thomas card.[2] Don King filed for an injunction the week of the fight to prevent him from participating, claiming Mayorga had an exclusive contract with Don King Promotions (DKP).

Shine Fights stated that Mayorga's contract with DKP was for boxing, and as such did not apply to mixed martial arts. Judge Marc Gold granted the injunction just several hours before the fight.[3] Later on the same day, Shine Fights officials conceded defeat in the matter and Mayorga was pulled off the card.[4]

At the press conference, he was seen typically smoking cigarettes and looked a lot heavier than he usually does. Mayorga got under Thomas' skin with his trash talking and by blowing smoke in Thomas' face. Thomas reacted badly having to be held back by members of his camp, then after it settled Mayorga chopped Thomas in the neck.[citation needed]

Following his retirement from boxing, Mayorga decided to properly embark on a professional MMA career and faced Wesley Tiffer on May 3, 2013. Mayorga was kept on the ground but able to survive round 1. Tiffer continued to grapple with Mayorga on the ground until a controversial illegal knee by Mayorga to Tiffer's spine where he was heard screaming after the blow. Mayorga won via TKO after Tiffer didn't answer the bell on round 3. On May 10, 2013 the Nicaraguan Mixed Martial Arts Commission declared the fight as No Contest for the illegal knee, and suspended Mayorga for 3 months for being 20 pounds over the contracted weight limit of 165-lbs.[5]

Professional boxing record[edit]

29 Wins (23 knockouts, 6 decisions), 8 Losses (5 knockouts, 2 decisions), 1 Draw, 1 No Contest[6]
Res. Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
Loss 29-8-1 (1) Puerto Rico Miguel Cotto TKO 12 (12), 0:53 2011-03-12 United States MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada For WBA (Super) Light Middleweight title.
Win 29-7-1 (1) United States Michael Walker TKO 9 (10), 1:09 2010-12-17 United States American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida
Loss 28-7-1 (1) United States Shane Mosley KO 12 (12), 2:59 2008-09-27 United States The Home Depot Center, Carson, California For vacant WBA Inter-Continental Light Middleweight title.
Win 28-6-1 (1) United States Fernando Vargas MD 12 2007-11-23 United States Staples Center, Los Angeles, California For vacant WBC Continental Americas Super Middleweight title.
Loss 27-6-1 (1) United States Oscar De La Hoya TKO 6 (12), 1:25 2006-05-06 United States MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada Lost WBC Light Middleweight title.
Win 27-5-1 (1) Italy Michele Piccirillo UD 12 2005-08-13 United States United Center, Chicago, Illinois Won vacant WBC Light Middleweight title.
Loss 26-5-1 (1) Puerto Rico Félix Trinidad TKO 8 (12), 2:39 2004-10-02 United States Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, New York For vacant NABC Middleweight title.
Win 26-4-1 (1) United States Eric Mitchell UD 10 2004-04-17 United States Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, New York
Loss 25-4-1 (1) United States Cory Spinks MD 12 2003-12-13 United States Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey Lost The Ring, WBC & WBA (Super) Welterweight titles.
For IBF Welterweight title.
Win 25-3-1 (1) United States Vernon Forrest MD 12 2003-07-12 United States The Orleans Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada Retained The Ring, WBC & WBA (Super) Welterweight titles.
Win 24-3-1 (1) United States Vernon Forrest TKO 3 (12), 2:06 2003-01-25 United States Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula, California Retained WBA (Super) Welterweight title.
Won The Ring & WBC Welterweight titles.
Win 23-3-1 (1) Guyana Andrew Lewis TKO 5 (12), 1:08 2002-03-30 United States Sovereign Center, Reading, Pennsylvania Won WBA (Super) Welterweight title.
NC Guyana Andrew Lewis NC 2 (12), 0:08 2001-07-28 United States Staples Center, Los Angeles, California For WBA Welterweight title.
Win 22-3-1 Dominican Republic Elias Cruz TKO 3 (10), 2:48 2001-02-03 United States Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 21-3-1 Venezuela Adolfo Salazar KO 1 (12), 0:41 2000-12-16 Venezuela Forum Bicentenario, Maracay Retained WBA Fedelatin Light Middleweight title.
Win 20-3-1 Panama Elvis Guerrero KO 2 (10) 2000-11-24 Costa Rica San Jose, Costa Rica
Win 19-3-1 Dominican Republic Feliberto Alvarez UD 12 (12) 2000-08-31 Costa Rica Hotel Melia Cariari, San Jose, Costa Rica WBC FECARBOX light middleweight title
Win 18-3-1 Nicaragua Walter Palacios UD 10 (10) 2000-07-28 Costa Rica Melia Cariari Hotel, San Antonio de Belen, Costa Rica
Win 17-3-1 Venezuela Elio Ortiz KO 10 (12) 2000-06-03 Costa Rica Hotel Melia Cariari, San Jose, Costa Rica WBA Fedelatin light middleweight title
Win 16-3-1 Dominican Republic Manuel De la Rosa KO 1 (12) 2000-05-06 Costa Rica San Jose, Costa Rica WBC FECARBOX light middleweight title
Win 15-3-1 Nicaragua German Espinales KO 4 (12) 2000-04-07 Costa Rica San Jose, Costa Rica WBC FECARBOX light middleweight title
Win 14-3-1 Venezuela Marco Antonio Avendano TKO 2 (12) 2000-03-18 Venezuela Turmero, Venezuela WBA Fedelatin light middleweight title
Draw 13-3-1 Cuba Diosbelys Hurtado TD 2 (10) 1999-11-27 Puerto Rico Carolina, Puerto Rico Accidental head-butt
Win 13-3 Panama Giovanni Duran TKO 4 (10) 1999-09-25 Costa Rica San Jose, Costa Rica
Win 12-3 Panama Jose Cordoba KO 1 (12) 1999-07-24 Costa Rica San Jose, Costa Rica WBC FECARBOX welterweight title
Win 11-3 Nicaragua Walter Palacios TKO 8 (10) 1999-06-12 Costa Rica San Jose, Costa Rica
Win 10-3 Henry Castillo TKO 7 (10) 1999-04-24 Costa Rica San Jose, Costa Rica
Win 9-3 Panama Rafael Valdes KO 1 (10) 1999-03-13 Costa Rica San Jose, Costa Rica
Loss 8-3 Henry Castillo PTS 10 (10) 1998-09-13 Costa Rica San Jose, Costa Rica
Loss 8-2 Nicaragua Roger Benito Flores UD 10 (10) 1998-05-16 Nicaragua Gimansio Alexis Arguello, Managua, Nicaragua
Win 8-1 Nicaragua German Espinales TKO 4 (10) 1998-01-06 Nicaragua Managua, Nicaragua
Win 7-1 Nicaragua Miguel Angel Perez TKO 3 (10) 1995-12-16 Nicaragua Managua, Nicaragua
Win 6-1 Nicaragua Adolfo Mendez TKO 2 (10) 1995-09-30 Nicaragua Managua, Nicaragua
Win 5-1 Benjamin Rivas TKO 8 (10) 1995-02-18 Nicaragua Gimnasio Alexis Arguello, Managua, Nicaragua
Win 4-1 Nicaragua Miguel Angel Perez TKO 6 (12) 1995-01-28 Nicaragua Managua, Nicaragua Nicaraguan light welterweight title
Win 3-1 Costa Rica David Salguera KO 6 (10) 1994-05-20 Costa Rica San Jose, Costa Rica
Win 2-1 Miguel Baltazar KO 3 (10) 1994-02-16 Costa Rica San Jose, Costa Rica
Win 1-1 Costa Rica Jose Morales KO 3 (10) 1994-02-01 Costa Rica San Jose, Costa Rica
Loss 0-1 Costa Rica Humberto Aranda TKO 6 (10) 1993-08-29 Costa Rica San Jose, Costa Rica

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 0–3–0 (1) Costa Rica Sergio Ortiz Submission (armbar) Omega MMA / WSOF Central America: La Revancha December 14, 2013 2 4:23 Nicaragua Pharaoh's Casino, Managua
Loss 0–2–0 (1) Costa Rica Sergio Ortiz Decision (split) CRF 6: Center Real Fights October 12, 2013 3 5:00 Costa Rica San Jose, Costa Rica
Loss 0–1–0 (1) United States René Martinez Submission (guillotine choke) World Series of Fighting 1: Central America July 27, 2013 1 1:45 Nicaragua Estadio Nacional de Futbol, Managua
NC 0–0–0 (1) Canada Wesley Tiffer No Contest (illegal knee) Omega MMA: Battle of the Americas May 3, 2013 2 5:00 Nicaragua Pharaoh's Casino, Managua MMA debut, Original TKO win.

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Preceded by
Andrew Lewis
WBA Welterweight Champion
March 30, 2002 – January 25, 2003
Succeeded by
José Antonio Rivera
as Regular champion
Preceded by
Inaugural champion
WBA Welterweight Super Champion
January 25, 2003 – December 13, 2003
Succeeded by
Cory Spinks
Preceded by
Vernon Forrest
WBC Welterweight Champion
The Ring Welterweight Champion

January 25, 2003 – December 13, 2003
Preceded by
Javier Castillejo
WBC Junior Middleweight Champion
August 13, 2005 – May 6, 2006
Succeeded by
Oscar De La Hoya