Ricardo Mayorga (29-8-1, 23 KOs in boxing, 0-1, 1 NC in MMA) proved on Saturday night that he’s a fish out of water when it comes to the sport of mixed martial arts.
Despite his complete lack of any ground game in the sport and a foul-tainted first fight, the World Series of Fighting recently decided to put him in the main event of their first international event in Managua, Nicaragua. It was obviously a result of Mayorga’s name recognition in Nicaragua, because the one-sided beating he took from Rene Martinez (5-0-1) showed that the former boxer is biting off way more than he can chew in this new endeavor.
Mayorga lost by guillotine choke just 1:39 into the fight. The fight result was in sharp contrast to what the former 147 and 154 pound boxing champion promised to do to Martinez in the press conference announcing the bout.
Despite Mayorga’s ample boxing experience, he didn’t belong in the same arena as Martinez. As someone just starting out in the sport, a more suitable opponent would have been a fighter making his pro debut. Instead, Mayorga foolishly decided to face an undefeated foe who only put him to shame.
Mayorga’s foray into the sport of mixed martial arts is not going very well, to put it mildly. He came into his first pro fight 20 pounds overweight and kneed his opponent in the spine while the referee wasn’t looking. The fight initially went into the books as a win for Mayorga, but the Nicaraguan commission later changed it to a no contest.
Mayorga continues to make a mockery of himself by acting like he’s a top-notch MMA fighter. He should realize that he’s just a big name getting these chances only because of his experience as a pro boxer. If he really wants to continue this fool’s errand, he should train harder and pick more evenly-matched opponents.
He should not be headlining any MMA events until he demonstrates a vast improvement in his overall talent level. At best, he’s an amateur in the sport right now moonlighting as a pro and thinking his boxing skills will carry him. Instead, it’s him that’s going to end up being carried … straight to the hospital he pretended he could put Martinez in.