The fight between the former NBA star and the former NFL star looked just as you’d expect: Lots of punches, a fair amount of layoffs and plenty of action.
Former point guard Deron Williams showed early on that his 9-inch arriving advantage would make the difference against former linebacker Frank Goure in a confrontation that featured little in the way of defence. Both came out of the gates shooting at each other, and the second round saw so much grappling that required a stop by the referee.
But in the third round, Williams received a crucial knockout blow to Al, forcing his opponent to hold onto the rope to prevent him from falling. The battle judges scored a split decision in favor of Williams in the four-way show (40-35, 38-37, 37-38).
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Despite winning the fight, Williams confirmed to Showtime representative Ariel Halawani that he had no interest in returning to the ring.
“Honestly, I probably looked bad in there,” Williams said. “I feel like the last five sparring sessions, I’ve been on point, and my head just wasn’t coming on.” “Once you’re out here, you start to get a touch up, it’s totally different – all your training goes out the window. It was fun, I was glad I had the opportunity to get out here and do it. But as I thought I was coming into this, I’m done.”
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Frank Gore vs. Deron Williams updates, highlights
(all times east)
10:46 pm: Williams leaves no doubt about the future of his fighting career: He is one and over.
10:44 pm: Williams chose the show winner by split decision: 38-37 Williams, 38-37 Gore, 40-35 Williams.
Fourth round (10:39 pm): Williams starts again with some punches. Gore calls midway during the tour, causing Williams to wrestle with him. Gore sends another shot after their breakup. The last moment passes quietly. Williams walks to his corner with his arms raised. Gore turns back and looks exhausted.
10:36 pm: The next round will be the last in this gallery.
Third round (10:35 pm): These two go back to grappling with each other and hitting each other with punches. Williams throws Gore into the ropes before Gore can overturn him. Gore tries to wrestle, but Williams deals several punches and the referee starts counting on Gore, who is able to continue. Gore and Williams exchange right hands. Williams continues to dominate the tour, although it has featured a larger wrestler than the previous two rounds.
Second round (10:31 pm): Gore tries to be the aggressor to start, but Williams responds and takes a few headshots. Gore starts firing a few shots in the head, and Williams ties him to the ropes. Gore connects on the other. Williams repels and then knocks Gore down the ropes and nearly out of the ring. The referee must demand a temporary halt to the fighting. Once Gore returns, he wrestles with Williams and throws him into the ropes, causing another stop. The fight resumes quickly and they both exchange punches. Gore falls after Williams pushes him again.
First round (10:26 p.m.): Williams starts early with a punch on Al Gore. Gore got a few punches, but Williams took advantage of the maxed out advantage early in the round. They wrestle a bit and the referee has to break it a few times. With less than a minute left, Williams takes several shots at Gore, who is able to bend over and escape a serious problem near the ropes.
10:22 pm: When the fighters were introduced to the ring, Gore, a Miami native and Hurricane producer, received standing ovations. Williams booed.
10:18 pm: Williams now walks to the ring. He’s wearing equipment from his MMA gym, Fortis MMA.
10:16 pm: Gore comes out wearing his Halo Spartan helmet. This is the entrance to be done.
10:05 pm: Barrow was declared the winner by a split decision against the Alamo. Next up: Gore vs. Williams.
9:50 pm: Williams Gore will take place after the end of Liam Barrow’s fight against Yomar Alamo, which is currently entering the eighth round.
Frank Gore vs Deron Williams fight start time
- time: 9 PM ET | 6 PM Pacific Time
- The main event: midnight ET | 9 PM Pacific Time (approx)
The Paul-Woodley Battle Pass 2 is scheduled to begin at 9PM EST on Saturday, December 18th. Gore and Williams will make their way to the ring sometime after that, depending on the outcome of previous fights (and when the fighters are due to fight).
How to watch Frank Gore vs Deron Williams
- TV channel: show time
- Live Broadcasting (PPV): Sho.com, the Showtime app
- PPV price: $59.99
The fight will be pay-per-view through Showtime. Once the PPV is purchased for $59.99, fans can watch the fight on the Showtime website or the Showtime app.
Outside the United States, Latin America, Brazil, and the Caribbean, Fighting is available on FITE.tv.
Jake Paul vs Tyrone Woodley 2 Fight Card
- Jake Paul vs. Tyrone Woodley; cruiser
- Amanda Serrano vs. Miriam Gutierrez; women’s light weight
- Anthony Taylor vs. Chris Avila; Super middleweights
- Deron Williams defeated. Frank Gore by split decision (40-35, 38-37, 37-38).
- J’Leon Love vs. Marcos Oliveira; cruiser
- Liam Barrow vs Yomar Alamo. Ultra light weight