Former boxing champion Mayorga moving to MMA

Colorful boxing veteran Ricardo Mayorga, who's fought everyone from Oscar De La Hoya to Shane Mosley to Félix Trinidad, is heading to the world of mixed martial arts.

The Ohio-based Shine Fights, which held its second-ever event on Friday in Florida, made the announcement during its online pay-per-view broadcast of the show.

No debut date or opponent have been determined for Mayorga, a former WBA/WBC welterweight and WBC junior middleweight champion who owns a 29-7-1 career record.

Mayorga, a 35-year-old native of Nicaragua, debuted professionally as a boxer in 1993. He hit his stride from 1999 to 2003 by going 16-0-1 with 13 knockouts. He concluded the streak with a TKO of Vernon Forrest for the WBC/WBA welterweight belt and won the rematch via majority decision six months later. (Forrest was 35-0 entering their first meeting.)

Since then, though, Mayorga has alternated between wins and losses and is just 3-4 in his past seven fights. He most recently suffered a 12th-round knockout loss to Mosley in September 2008.

Mayorga recently sued Don King for his inability to find him a fight and for alleged violations of the Muhammad Ali Boxing Reform Act. In the interim, it appears he'll begin preparations for a late-career run in MMA.

Mayorga wouldn't be the first pro boxer to try MMA, but he certainly would be one of the bigger and more accomplished names to make the transition.

Sounds awesome, but is he doing this just because contractual obligations make it impossible for him to box?

Give him a year he could be a major force

Sweet. Any news on what camp he's training at?

He'll get tooled.

16-10HangEmUp - Give him a year he could be a major force

there isn't a 35 year old athlete on this planet that could be a "major force" with less than a year of grappling.


THP - Sweet. Any news on what camp he's training at?

I hope he's got a camp, and isn't just doing it for the money, and lack of opportunity.

^^^Lol @ any money in mma, especially compared to boxing paydays.

Altair - ^^^Lol @ any money in mma, especially compared to boxing paydays.

If he's got a Don King management contract, and Don King is freezing him out, and not letting him fight, MMA is probably his next highest paid marketable skill.

too late.

Mayorga was an aggressive brawler with some crazy KO power. I can't imagine anyone would want to keep it standing with 4 oz gloves.

I will be interested to see his first mma fight no matter what. Hopefully he is getting some training as we speak. Sure he won't be the favorite. But the guy is tough as shit and likes to fight. An why would be dumb promoter and matchmaker sticking him in with good wrestler or grappler. Maybe someone like that Olaf Alfonso. Don King is a foul individual. This guy has raped fighters for years.

oh man good news. We will see fast hands in MMA very soon.

6 months sprawl training

 I look forward to seeing him fight.

Mayorga/Baroni should be booked as rapidly as possible

Ricardo can thump. Might be the most accomplished pro boxer to have made the jump. Should be fun to follow. Not sure we've ever seen a pro boxer that was a legitimate world champion and has had such a rough "strength of schedule" move to MMA.

Might not be as far behind as we think...