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MMA2DAY Show Guest Sunday 11/20 Carla Esparza

MMA2DAY Show Airs Live on Sundays @ 7pm eastern/5pm pacific

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MMA2DAY Show airs on WSBR 740 AM South Florida as well as live on the internet.

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Show Hosts: Jim Sweet, Tom Caprio & Mike Van Arsdale

Executive Producer: Penny Buffington

MMA2DAY Show Guest Sunday 11/20 Carla Esparza

Watch Carla Esparza vs Felice Herrig @ XFC 15 “Tribute”

Tampa, FL, USA Dec 2, 2011


Carla Esparza



Jessica Aguilar (blue glove tape) vs. Carla Esparza
Jessica Aguilar (blue glove tape) vs. Carla Esparza
Megumi Fujii vs. Carla Esparza
Jessica Aguilar (blue glove tape) vs. Carla Esparza



Name Carla Esparza
Record 5 2 0 (Win Loss Draw)
Wins 1 (T)KOs ( 20 %)
3 Submissions ( 60 %)
1 Decisions ( 20 %)
Losses 1 Submissions ( 50 %)
1 Decisions ( 50 %)
Association Team Oyama
Height 51 (155cm)
Weight 116lbs (53kg)
Style Wrestling
Birth Date 1987-10-10
Age 24
City Redondo Beach, California
Country United States

MMA2DAY Show a Sweet Sports and Entertainment Production began airing June 6, 2010.

Some Past Guests:

Jeff Monson, Jen Boronico, Tony Johnson, Travis Browne, Daniel Cormier, Marcus DaMatta, Bruce Buffer,Cole Miller, Jessica Aguilar, Shonie Carter, Cung Le, Matt Hughes, Frankie Edgar, Clay Guida, Jake Shields, Lacey Schuckman, Angela Magana, Sarah Kaufman, Chael Sonnen, Jacob “Stitch” Duran, Brian Stann, Shane Del Rasario, Vladimir Matyushenko, Steve Mazzagatti, Joe Soto, David Mitchell , Spencer Paige, Mark Stevens, Rich Attonito, Josh Thompson, Mike Guymon, Billy Evangelista, Igor Almeida, KJ Noons, Donovan Craig, Diego Sanchez, Jorge Rivera, Fight Time Promotion’s CEO/Founder- Howard Davis Jr., Miesha Tate, Mike Bruno, Tim Kennedy, Dan Henderson, Mike Miller- Owner/Promoter of X-1 World Events, Gilbert Melendez, Erik Paulson, Danny Downes, Fabricio Werdum, Justin Wilcox, Gray Maynard, Jeremy Stephens, Jimmy Ninja Chaikong, Anthony Pettis, Nick Hinchliffe, Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney, Mike Van Arsdale, Michael Shoffner, Kim Couture, Rich Franklin, Rashad Evans, Bellator Announcer- Sean Wheelock, Ronnie Mann, Thiago Alves, Mike Swick, Din Thomas, Combat Consulting- Robert Hines, Marcus Davis, Mark Munoz, Antwain Britt, Roy Nelson, Felice Herrig, Urijah Faber, Cub Swanson, Mike Pierce, Ben Saunders

Video: UFC 139 Pre-fight Press Conference

Fort Mason in San Francisco, Dana White, Dan Henderson, Shogun Rua, Wanderlei Silva, Cung Le, Urijah Faber and Brian Bowles answer questions from the press and fans.

The UFC® makes its San Jose debut on November 19, as six former champions enter the Octagon™with one thing on their minds: Victory


Elite MMA Fighter Frost Murphy to Donate Entire Fight Purse to Charity

Elite MMA Fighter Frost Murphy to Donate Entire Fight Purse to Charity at Legacy Fighting Championship 9 in December


Legacy Fighting Championship and Elite MMA Partner with Murphy and to Raise $22,000 for a Child in Need of Life-Saving Heart Surgery!


Houston, TX. – November 17, 2011 – On December 16, Frost Murphy, a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt out of Elite MMA in Houston, will not only be stepping into the cage to make his professional MMA debut, he will be fighting to save a life. Murphy will be donating his entire purse to, a charity that provides lifesaving surgery to repair congenital heart defects in children who live in countries where specialized medical care is not available.


Murphy feels that fighting to benefit a charity like is a great way to show the world that MMA isn’t just a blood sport and that fighters have a giving and compassionate side. He chose to honor his future father-in-law, who is one of the co-founders of the organization.  Murphy will make his pro MMA debut at Legacy Fighting Championship 9 against Chris “Chop” Rucker in December. 100% of his earnings that night will go directly to the charity.

The HeartGift Foundation brings children from around the world to Texas to correct life-threatening heart defects. They must travel to the U.S. for the procedure because adequate healthcare is not available in their home countries. Each child is strategically chosen and every dollar raised goes towards funding their heart surgery. The children return home post-surgery with a healthy heart and new found hope for the future.

According to Murphy, “There are so many people in mixed martial arts that are dedicated to making a difference, especially the fighters, from mentoring troubled kids to participating in charity events. The MMA community in Houston is a testament to that. Everyone has come together to raise the $22,000 needed to save this child, especially my gym, Elite MMA and Legacy Fighting Championships.”

Elite MMA recently held a fundraising event to benefit Murphy’s sponsored child that included an in-house grappling tournament, kick-a-thon, and a silent auction. The response was so overwhelming they were able to raise more than $17,000! Once the goal of $22,000 is met, additional funds will go towards sponsoring a second child.

In addition to fundraising initiatives executed by Elite MMA, Legacy Fighting Championship will be selling limited edition T-shirts on their website (starting in December) and at the Legacy FC 9 event on Dec. 16. 100% of the T-shirt proceeds will go to Fans everywhere can make a $10 donation by simply texting the keyword GIFT to 80077.

Legacy Fighting Championship 9 features a main event welterweight title bout between Strikeforce veteran’s Mike “The Greek” Bronzoulis and Jorge “Macaco” Patino. The event will take place on December 16 at the Houston Arena Theater in Houston, Texas.  Doors open at 6:30pm CT. Fights begin at 7:30pm CT. Fight fans can purchase tickets at The main card will air live on HDNet at 9:00pm CT.

To learn more about Legacy Fighting Championships, please visit To learn more about or to become a sponsor, please go to

Get 10% off WMMA Duel for Domination Nov. 26 Phoenix AZ Tickets

Duel for Domination Nov. 26 Phoenix AZ Tickets

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Duel for Domination

Saturday November 26, 2011

Club Doors @ 6:00 PM
Theatre Doors @ 7:00 PM
Showtime: 8:00 PM

Rows 1 = $103.00
Rows 2-5 = $78.00
Rows 6-13 = $53.00
Rows 14-25 = $28.00

Seating is in the Round.

All tickets purchased within 10 days of the show will be placed at will call.

Featuring UFC and StrikeForce Veterans, Professional MMA Fighters, Local and Amateur Bouts.

Fight Card:

Joe “Diesel” Riggs vs Chuck Huus
Chance “King of the Streets” Williams vs Andy Montana
Brad Peterson vs Carlos Lopez
Jacob Chagolla vs Alex Nogan
Matt Howard vs “Iron” Mike Whitehead
Johnny Garcia vs Ralph Sanchez
Ryan Crouch vs Cesar Pineda
Raymond Williams vs Matthew Ortega

Venue Location
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UFCs Kenny Florian & UFC Octagon Girl Brittney Palmer training at BodyKore sponsored gym BlackHouseMMA

Brittney is a serious exercise enthusiast, and has added BJJ to her list of training activities. Fanboys fear Florians training will make her hellbows too pointy.

In addition to BJJ, Palmer is an avid swimmer

Weight trainer

Gym rat





Performance artist

American Sign language enthusiast

And of course, Octagon girl:

There are some who believe that Brittney, like all women, has eyes only for GSP

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Frank Trigg Launches Dating and Relationship Blog for Women

Las Vegas, NV – November 17, 2011Frank Trigg, one of MMAs most recognized personality’s, is proud to announce the official launch of his blog “Ask Trigg”, a dating and relationship blog for women. The new blog became a USA Today top pick from day one.  Every Wednesday on, Trigg dishes on love and the male psyche, while guiding readers through the complex world of dating and relationships. The blog is based on questions submitted by female fans each week.

According to Frank Trigg, “I’m extremely happy that my blog has been so well received. Let’s face it, what men say and how women interpret it is usually totally different.  Through “Ask Trigg,” I can help the ladies better understand what the men in their lives are trying to say. I can also help them look at certain dating and relationship issues from a man’s perspective. When it comes to the dynamics of dating and relationships sometimes it seems more complicated than it really is. It all comes down to communication. ”

Frank Trigg has dated over 300 women and was married twice before finding The One. He married his high school sweetheart, his college sweetheart, and is now happily married to the true love of his life. Trigg, who has learned many valuable lessons as a result of his relationship experiences, is often the go to guy for relationship advice among his friends and peers. Now fans have the opportunity to seek advice from him as well.


Check out new “Ask Trigg” blog updates every Wednesday on Ladies can send their dating and relationship questions to For more information on Frank Trigg, please visit or follow him on Twitter at @franktrigg.


About Frank Trigg:
UFC veteran Frank Trigg is a mixed martial arts fighter, color commentator, television personality, radio host, and MMA spokesman. Trigg has fought for some of the most prestigious fight promotions in the world, including Ultimate Fighting Championship, PRIDE Fighting Championships, Rumble on the Rock, Icon Sport and World Fighting Alliance. As a Color Commentator, Trigg can be seen every Friday night on HDNet, where he calls the fight action for notable MMA promotions including the Sungoku Raiden Championships (SRC), Xtreme Fighting Championships (XFC), Dream Fighting Championships in Japan, and many others.



Dan Henderson, two-division PRIDE champion, STRIKEFORCE light heavyweight champion

“I’m going to finish up my career in the UFC and I am excited by it; and the fact the UFC has a huge FOX deal now makes it even more exciting. I am not going to worry about my next fight as far as getting a title shot I need to win this fight and then the rest will take care of itself. I need to win in the Octagon this weekend first before I talk about what’s next. Shogun is a very dangerous opponent; this is a fight I wanted to happen years ago in PRIDE and he’s a name that will look good on my record.


“I feel I have got a lot of fights left in myself. I am 41 and feel great. I’m not putting a time limit on anything. I think I can put a game plan together to beat anyone out there. I am aggressive throughout the whole fight and always trying to finish a fight, although Shogun is very good and well-rounded so that will be a challenge to do.


“I think it is fair to say I’ve accomplished a lot in the sport, but one thing I have not accomplished is winning the UFC title. I like to set goals and that’s a big one: winning the UFC title.


“I am not thinking about (light heavyweight champion) Jon Jones, but I’ve given it a bit of thought and that’s a fight I think I can win. I’m thinking more about the belt, and beating Shogun gets me in line to fight for the UFC belt again. I don’t know which belt I’d rather have a shot at (middleweight or light heavyweight), but that’s something I will think about after I beat Shogun.


“I am going to try to out strike Shogun. I am going to try to beat him in every aspect of MMA. I guess I could get knocked out like anyone can get knocked out, but I’ve been lucky enough not to get hit on the button yet. But, him saying he’s going to be the first man to knock me out, good luck to him on that one.


“I’m happy with the form I am in, where I am in my career, and I’m confident. This is going to be a big night for me.”


Shogun Rua, former UFC light heavyweight champion, PRIDE GP Champion

“Henderson is a guy with great history in the sport, he’s a big fight for me. My main goal is to win the belt back, but you have to focus yourself on someone like Dan Henderson 100 percent when you fight him. So I am not thinking about the belt right now other than I need to win this fight to get to the belt.


“This is a marquee fight for me a very important fight. Dan Henderson is a legend in MMA, he was a two-weight champion of PRIDE, and a champion of STRIKEFORCE. Hes a guy with a big history in the sport and this fight means a lot to me.


“I came very close to fighting Henderson in PRIDE, on two occasions. But these fights never happened. This is a great fight. It could have been a huge fight in PRIDE in 2006, and it is a huge fight in the UFC now.


“I watch that 2001 fight between my brother (Murilo ‘Ninja’ Rua) and Dan Henderson a number of times. And it was a very competitive fight (Henderson won via split decision). My brother was one of the people that helped me a lot during my strategy planning for his fight against Dan.


“Im a hundred percent recovered from my injuries. It was very tough to stay sidelined for one year without competing, but this is my third fight in 2011 and I feel good. As a fighter, I like to stay active and stay busy and thank God Im recovered from my injuries so I can keep this rhythm going and keep fighting. I felt 100 percent against Forrest Griffin and I’m very happy to fight again three months later. I like being active.


“I have worked a lot on speed. I beat Forrest Griffin with speed and I think speed will be the difference in this fight at UFC 139. I will press forward against Henderson. It is my style, I have always fought this way, the fans love it and I am very successful with it. If I go forward, I can’t see myself losing this fight.”


Wanderlei Silva, former PRIDE middleweight champion

“I think my performance in this fight will (allow) me to fight again. I don’t want to retire and I know that if I perform like I do in the gym, I will make everyone happy. What happened in my last fight (versus Chris Leben) can happen to anyone in MMA. You can’t tell Cain Velasquez he should retire now because he got knocked out. Anyone can get knocked out early, one punch early finishes the fight.


“I don’t have (retirement) in my mind. I have trained too hard, and am too good, and in too great condition. I want to fight again, and again, and again and again.


“This is a great match with me and Cung. I know it will be a great show for the fans. We both have attacking styles. We both fight. He is a really good fighter, I saw his tapes, I studied his game and it’s so hard to find some guys fight like him. We brought in some guys from Taekwondo and from all the other martial arts to try to help me prepare for Le’s style.”


Cung Le, former STRIKEFORCE middleweight champion

“It’s great to have the chance to fight on such a huge card. I am very focused on this fight. I’m not thinking about the future, just enjoying the moment of fighting in the UFC. After my last fight, I got put on hold for a while with fighting even though I wanted to fight right away. I got busy with movies, but then I had the chance to fight in the UFC. Everything happens for a reason. I could have hung up my gloves and done movies, but I am a fighter first and actor second.


“Of course, the UFC is the top of the food chain; they are the ones who put MMA on the map. I’m very excited to fight for the UFC. It has worked out so well, I get to fight for the UFC and fight in San Jose. It is full circle: I had my first MMA fight here and now my first UFC fight. I have all my friends from high school and my friends from junior high all coming out and hitting me up for tickets. It’s great and I believe everything happens for a reason.


“I started following Wanderlei when I started following PRIDE so I know he’s had one of the longest win streaks in MMA. It’s an honor to fight someone like Wanderlei for my UFC debut.”


For more information, or current UFC fight news, visit All bouts live and subject to change.



(Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA): The next event for top MMA fight promotion North American Fighting Championship (NAFC), entitled “Unleashed,” will take place this Friday, November 18th at the Potawatomi Bingo Casino Expo Center, located at 1721 West Canal Street, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The main event will feature rising star “The Phenom” Sergio Pettis (1-0) as he battles fellow newcomer Tony “The Tiger” Zelinski (2-0). In the co-main event, world class grappling sensation Joao The Brazilian Samurai Zeferino (6-4) takes on UFC/Strikeforce veteran Sean Salmon, and also showcasing their skills on the card will be a talent right on the cusp of entering the big show in Rick “Gladiator” Glenn (7-2-1).


Doors will open at 5 PM, with the undercard starting at 6 PM, and the main card starting at 8 PM. Tickets for this amazing event cost $35.00, $60.00, and $100.00 in advance, and $40.00, $70.00 and $110.00 the night of “Unleashed.” Tickets are available at or at Potawatomi’s Northern Lights Theater Box Office. Fans can also purchase tickets by calling by Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Must be 21 or over.


Sergio Pettis has certainly earned his nickname. The younger brother of UFC lightweight title contender Anthony “Showtime” Pettis, “The Phenom” recently made his pro MMA debut with a brilliant head-kick KO. A name that fans will definitely want to remember, he’s going to be knocking on the door of some big-time opponents in the very near future.


Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt Joao Zeferino is a 2008 BJJ World Champion. A highly-decorated submission wizard, Zeferino has won five of his last six fights, and will step back into the cage for the first time in two years. His opponent, Sean Salmon (18-17), who is a Milwaukee native, is hoping to make his hometown proud. He’s hit a rough patch in his career recently, but will look to get back on track against his super-talented opponent. Salmon’s stint in the UFC included losses to two top contenders, former light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans and middleweight contender Alan Belcher. In his 18 career victories, Salmon has finished his opponents with 6 T/KOs and 7 submissions. He possesses strong wrestling, and is always a threat to finish a fight.


With these captivating bouts headlining Wisconsin’s most talent-filled pro MMA card in history, NAFC’s “Unleashed” is sure to excite local fight fans!


The full fight card for “Unleashed” as it stands now includes:




Bantamweight 135 lbs.

Sergio The Phenom Pettis (1-0), Roufusport-Milwaukee, WI              


Tony Zelinski (2-0), Vicious Fight Team-Farwell, MI


Catchweight 195 lbs.  
Joao The Brazilian Samurai Zeferino (6-4), Roufusport-Milwaukee, WI


Sean Salmon (18-17), Team Salmon-Columbus, OH


Featherweight 145 lbs.

Rick Gladiator Glenn (7-2-1), Roufusport-Milwaukee, WI


Jose Te Mano Pacheco (5-2), Adrian Serrano Combat Gym-Milwaukee, WI


Light Heavyweight 205 lbs. 

Will The Franchise Dicke (8-5), Team Faircloth-Green Bay, WI

Karl Robo Cop Turek (10-6), Red Schafer MMA-Milwaukee, WI


Welterweight 170lbs.

Tim Hallock (3-2), MHP Spartans-Iron Mountain, MI

Andrew Trace (4-1), Ruff Dawg-Walworth, WI 


Bantamweight 135 lbs.   

Ryan Brettingham (0-0), Vicious Fight Team-Farwell, MI


Ryan Mendez (1-0), Waukesha MMA-Waukesha, WI


Lightweight 155lbs.

Jordan Griffin (0-2), Adrian Serrano Combat Gym-Milwaukee, WI

Robbie Merrill (1-0), Cardinal Sports Gym-Edmonton, Canada


Middleweight 185 lbs.

David White (0-3), Fox Valley Grappling-Appleton, WI


Luis Ramirez (2-3), Roufusport-Milwaukee, WI


Welterweight 170 lbs.

Miguel Luis (2-1), Highland Fight Systems-Sheboygan, WI


Douglas Deback (2-0), Victory Martial Arts-Milwaukee, WI


Light Heavyweight 205 lbs.

Jordan Seufzer (2-1), Team Buck-Juneau, WI


Mike Biggie Rhoads (2-1), Team Roc-Waterloo, WI



Flyweight 125 lbs.

Chris Winkler (1-2), Fujin Martial Arts-Oshkosh, WI


Elias Garcia (0-0), Roufusport-Milwaukee, WI


Bantamweight 135 lbs.

Jordan Winski (5-3), Metz Combat Club-Manitowoc, WI


Brian Bagin (4-5), Roufusport-Milwaukee, WI


Bantamweight 135lbs.

Caleb Heins (0-0), Battleground MMA-Brookfield, WI


Marciano Recunno (0-0), Roufusport-Milwaukee, WI


Lightweight 155 lbs.

Brandon Apfel (0-0), MHP Spartans-Iron Mountain, MI


Eddie Black (0-0), Waukesha MMA-Waukesha, WI


Catchweight 150 lbs.

Wade Osterburg (0-0), Fox Valley Grappling-Appleton, WI
Aaron Drowse (1-0), Unified Martial Arts-Fond Du Lac, WI



About NAFC

The NAFC is operated by famed fight trainer Duke Roufus and his business partner and producer Scott Joffe. Roufus is one of the most recognizable striking coaches in North America, and is considered to be one of the top trainers of Muay Thai Kickboxing outside of Thailand. He also runs the Roufusport Fight Club team, which includes UFC stars Alan Belcher, Anthony “Showtime” Pettis, Erik Koch, “Danny Boy” Downes, Ben Rothwell, and Bellator Welterweight Champion Ben Askren. Former students include former UFC Lightweight Champion Jens Pulver, UFC heavyweight Pat Barry, and The Ultimate Fighter season one star Stephan Bonnar. Roufus and Joffe operate the Roufusport MMA Academy with multiple locations in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.


North American Fighting Championship creates and produces events that feature combatants who have fought in the UFC, WEC and other top level organizations, as they take on local fighters looking to make it to the next level.


The NAFCs unofficial motto is “To get to the big show, you have to win on our show!,” which sums up the focus and purpose of the promotion. UFC and WEC fighters who have fought on past NAFC (and NAFC’s predecessor, Gladiators Fighting Championships) shows include former UFC Middleweight Champion Dave Menne, current UFC stars Ben Rothwell, Pat Barry, Eric “Red” Schafer, Anthony “Showtime” Pettis, Adrian Serrano, Jesse Lennox, Bart “Bartimus” Palaszewski, Jason “Dynamite” Dent, Rex Holman, Joe Doerksen, Dan Bobish, Ryan “The Lion” Madigan, Jody Poff, Josh “Heavy” Hendricks, Sherman “The Tank” Perdergarst, and Geza Kalman.


For additional information on NAFC, please visit

Premier Combat Center Fighter Dakota Cochrane Heads to TUF 15 Tryouts

Premier Combat Center Fighter Dakota Cochrane Heads to TUF 15 Tryouts

Following Impressive Win Over Jamie Varner



Omaha, NE. – November 16, 2011 – A few short months ago Dakota Cochrane clinched the biggest win of his professional MMA fight career, defeating former WEC champ Jamie Varner in devastating fashion,  live on HDNet . In just a few short weeks, Cochrane, who fights out of Premier Combat Center in Omaha, NE, will head to Las Vegas to pursue his dream of fighting for the UFC.  Open tryouts for “Ultimate Fighter 15” kick off on Dec. 5 at Texas Station in North Las Vegas. Although Cochrane will be competing against hundreds of hopefuls to get a coveted spot on the show, he is confident that he will make the cut.


Cochrane had this to say about the upcoming tryouts, “I am ready for this! My fight game has come a long way since I’ve been training at Premier Combat Center. Every day I train with UFC level fighters that know exactly what it takes to make it to the big stage, fighters like Jason Brilz, Jake Ellenberger, Ryan Jensen and Houston Alexander. All of them have fought under the UFC banner.”


According to Ryan Jensen, UFC Vet and co-owner of Premier Combat Sports, “How you evolve as a fighter has a lot to do with the competition that you train with and Dakota consistently trains with some of the best guys out there.  Training with fighters like Brilz and Ellenberger definitely gives him an edge. If he can hold his own with these guys, he can take on anyone. I have no doubt that Dakota will be a stand out at the ‘TUF 15’ tryouts.”


Cochran’s “edge” was apparent when he fought Varner in September. He clearly dominated the eight-time WEC and two-time UFC vet from the moment he stepped into the cage, despite the fact that he accepted the bout just days before the Titan Fighting Championship event. Cochrane accepted the challenge without hesitation and clearly made the most of his opportunity. 


Premier Combat Center is no stranger to producing top-level contenders.   At the recent IBJJF No-Gi World Championships in Long Beach, CA Premier Combat competitors John Hansen, Becky Phillips and Aaron Steele all made impressive showings; each taking home medals in their respective divisions, and two of the team’s A-list fighters will take to the cage this weekend.


On Nov. 18, Premier Combat fighter Anthony Smith will take on Adlan Amagov at Strikeforce Challengers 20 and on Saturday, November 19 Premier Combat fighter Jason Brilz will take on Ryan Bader at UFC 139. The teams rising star, Dakota Cochrane, hopes to be the next Premier Combat Center fighter to get signed by the UFC.  Showcasing his skills at the “Tuf 15” tryouts will give him a chance to earn that opportunity.


About Premier Combat Center:

Premier Combat Center was created to provide world-class mixed martial arts training at an affordable cost. The top-level MMA training facility is well-known throughout the state of Nebraska and offers a wide range of fun and challenging classes for men, women, and children who aspire to get fit and improve their overall health.  Premier Combat Center takes great pride in providing unparalleled curriculum taught by world-class professional practitioners, from professional-level MMA fighters and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu experts, to a collegiate All-American wrestler and a world champion Kick-boxer. Classes are offered in Kickboxing, Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Tae Kwon Do and Mixed Martial Arts. One-on-one personal training is also available. Classes are set up to accommodate all ages and skill levels, from the individual fighter to every member of the family.  For more information on the gym and the classes that they offer, please visit

UFC sues New York

Zuffa, LLC sued New York state on Tuesday for its ban of mixed martial arts in its state citing it as unconstitutional under First Amendment grounds. Zuffa, along with several notable UFC stars, are named plaintiffs in this lawsuit.

The Complaint is over 100 pages in length and the Causes of Action begin on page 84 after an extensive facts section.

Via the Wall Street Journal:

Zuffa LLC, which owns the UFC, filed a lawsuit Tuesday in U.S. district court against New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. seeking a declaration that the ban violates the First Amendment.

While the arts are protected, no court has ever directly confronted the question of whether athletes have a First Amendment right to be seen in action, said Barry Friedman, a professor at New York University School of Law who is representing the plaintiffs.

A key to Zuffa’s argument is showing that New York’s ban suppresses the content rather than it looking to the safety of the sport. (Via NY Times):

“The linchpin is convincing the court that the ban is aimed at the content of the entertainment as opposed to the safety of the fighters,” said Tom Kelley, a partner at Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz. “Attempts to regulate entertainment based on its violent message have been largely unsuccessful.”

Lawyers interviewed in the NY Times article point to a recent Supreme Court ruling which struck down a California law banning certain video games the law deemed violent on First Amendment grounds. Zuffa attempts to make similar arguments regarding the governmental ban on MMA.


Payout Perspective:

We will definitely have more on this lawsuit as we read through and analyze the causes of action in this 100 plus page Complaint. This is an interesting way to work around the New York ban. The causes of action are unique in how they argue the right for MMA in New York. If nothing else, the lawsuit could contribute to law in the area of freedom of speech and First Amendment rights.


Written by Jason Cruz ·

UFC vet and current Bamma star Andre Winner wants to make a statement against Gonzalez at Bamma 8


Coming off an impressive win at BAMMA 7 against highly ranked UK Lightweight Jason Ball, ex Ultimate fighter star Andre Winner is looking to make a big impression against Diego Gonzalez at BAMMA 8 on December 10th. With the bout details now finalised the pair meet at the Capital Fm Arena in Nottingham for a Lightweight title eliminator. The fight will also be part of the main live broadcast on HDnet, available in homes across North America and Canada.


Diego Gonzalez is coming off a notable first round submission victory against Jarkko Latomaki and with an impressive 14-5 (1 nc) record, the Swedish star looks a stern test for Winner. Renowned for his in your face durability, Gonzalez will look to take the fight to Winner in his home town. Winner has been aware of Gonzalez and his credentials on the European scene for a long time, as he explains:


I know Diego from when he sucker punched Dan Hardy, hes a good fighter and I know he will be training hard somewhere. Its going to be great to come back to Nottingham to fight in front of fans and my family. Im really looking forward to it


Lightweight contender Winner is pleased with his performance last time out at Bamma and wants to showcase more of his growing mixed martial arts arsenal in this bout, as he explains:


I wanted to show a lot more variation in my fight with Jason and thats just what I did. You are going to see some more things in this fight. Im becoming more of a mixed martial artist, there is no point being in mma unless you are going to use everything


Former Ultimate Fighter finalist Andre Winner is well known for his crisp technical boxing and although he promises to showcase some new things, he firmly believes his stand up skills will be too much for his opponent:


He probably has better jiu-jitsu than myself but I dont think hell outwrestle me and I dont think hell out strike me. I think Im the better striker, hes got some nice overhand punches but Ive got more variations.


Winner is clear on his intentions at this stage of his career and wants to fight the best available opponents on Bamma. A true fighter, Winner is ready to take on all comers and is happy that Bamma offers him the chance to take on some top calibre opponents:


When I left the UFC there was one promotion I wanted to go to and that was Bamma. Fighting easier guys never crossed my mind whatsoever. They can make the fights and do the promotion and I will get in there and fight anybody.


As far as a prediction for his fight?


I think it could be a war mostly on the feet. I dont like to make predictions but I see myself stopping him in the second or early in the third.



Bamma 8 in association with Lonsdale and PKR poker takes place December 10th at the Capital FM Arena, Nottingham UK. Tickets available through and

M-1 Challenge Video HIGHLIGHT



(Nov 13, 2011) – M-1 GLOBAL announces the full card for the mixed martial arts (MMA) event titled M-1 Challenge XXIX: DMITRY SAMOILOV vs. MARIO MIRANDA. The bouts will take place at the “UFA ARENA” center in the city of Ufa, Russia and will air LIVE on PPV via Ustream on Saturday, November 19th with the FREE undercard streaming live on Facebook.

Cant make it to Ufa City? No problem! You can see all the top level action from M-1 ring LIVE on Saturday November 19th

The main bout features Dmitry Samoilov (Alekxander Nevsky) 12-5-1 vs Mario Miranda (Black House) 13-3. Born in Khabarovsk, Russia, Dmitry Samoilov world sambo champion, has been polishing his skills for years under Vladimir Voronov and Alexander Michkov from Fedor Emelianenko’s team. Dmitry has been on an impressive five win streak defeating Sebastian Libebe, Gadzhimurat Omarov, Akim Abdulgalimov, Rinat Latipov and most recently Joe Vedepo. He is a known to be a good striker (two smashing KO’s in the past five winning bouts), and of course a dengerous sambo specialist. On November 19th he will attempt to stop a former UFC middleweight Mario Miranda.

Mario Miranda made his professional MMA debut in 2006 and has fought primarily in the U.S. northwest. His notable victories include current UFC fighter Rick Story, former UFC fighter Joe Vedepo, and one-time Strikeforce fighters Mike Hayes and Chad Vance. The 6-foot-3 Mirando comes from a Brazilian jiu-jitsu background and has been a four-time Brazilian champion in freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling, as well as had won a South American championship, and is currently coming off of a two win streak over Aaron Stark and Jason Zentgraf.

“Both Samoilov and Miranda are capable of delivering thunderous KO’s as well as proved to be versatile on the ground. I’m glad to see these two competitors in the ring and I believe the fans will be treated to a very exciting bout” – said M-1’s director of operations Evgeni Kogan.

In co-main event action Eric Oganov (Alpha Omega MMA) 10-11-1 born in Kislovodsk, Russia and now fighting out of New York will face Arizonian Daniel “Blackout” Madrid (Grace Fighting Systems) 7-2. Oganov is a MMA veteran who recently defeated Whitney Francois, and is known for his dangerous armbar and arm lock skills. Daniel Madrid has been fighting professional mixed martial arts since 2006. At a recent M-1’s Challenge XXVI Daniel Madrid managed to slap a quick armbar on Team Quest’s Tom Gallicchio in just 48 seconds, and has been described by FIGHT! Magazine as One of the best middleweight prospects in the country. 

The full card is as follows:

M-1 Selection Europe / Undercard ( FREE on Facebook)


Andrey Shmakov (Alexander Nevsky) 2-0 vs Timur Shikhmagomedov (Sparta, Cherepovets)

Ruslan Stepanyan (Anapa) 4-1 vs Denis Komkin (Versus) 12-6 

Teymur Aslanov (Azerbaijan) vs Denis Goltsov (Sambo-Piter) 3-3

Vladimir Kuchenko (Sambo-Piter) 14-10 vs Ahmet Sultanov (Legion) 9-4

Denis Smoldarev (Estonia) 2-0 vs Magomed Malikov (Gorets) 7-1

M-1 Challenge

Julio Cesar dе Almeyda (Brazil) 14-5 vs Bahtijar Arzumanov (Azerbaijan) 5-0

Ramazan Emeev (Gorets) 8-1 vs Ruslan Nadzhafaliev (Azerbaijan) 4-0

Arsen Temirhanov (Ekaterinburg) 17-2 vs Christian Ekkerlin (Germany) 6-1

Sheikh-Magomed Arophanov 7-1 vs Ramazan Abdulzhalilov (Legion) 6-2

Antun Rachich (Croatia) 9-2 vs Artem Damkovsky (КС-55, Belorussia) 10-6

Eric Oganov (Alexander Nevsky OEMK) 10-11 vs Daniel Madrid (USA) 7-2

Dmitry Samoilov (Alexander Nevsky OEMK) 12-5-1 vs Mario Miranda (Brazil) 12-3


Access to all the fights will be available on ,, and Facebook.


(Nov 14, 2011) – M-1 GLOBAL presents “Battle of the Legends” Fedor vs Monson from Olympic Hall in Moscow Russia, which will air LIVE on PPV via Ustream on Sunday, November 20th with the FREE undercard streaming live on Facebook and by Integrated Sports Media, the pound-for-pound king of sports distribution in North America via iN Demand, DIRECTV, DISH Network and Avail-TVN (

“Judging by ticket sales, I think I made the right decision by setting up this event at one of the largest arenas in Moscow. We are practically sold out.” – said M-1’s president Vadim Finkelstein last week in an interview with Sports illustrated.

Universally recognized MMA superstar Fedor “The Last Emperor” Emelianenko (31-4), the greatest heavyweight in MMA history, is returning home to Russia to fight there for the first time in four years.  The Russian combat sports icon is coming off of three straight losses in the United States to Dan Henderson, Antonio Silva and Fabricio Werdum.

“I cannot wait to compete again,” Fedor remarked. “Monson is a great athlete who is skilled in many areas.  He is a very worthy opponent. “I’m really happy to be fighting in Russia, as mostly my fights happened overseas. The only time I fought in Russia before was in St. Petersburg four years ago. Feels good and I’m looking forward to it. I’d like to thank all my fans; I know there are a lot in America. I truly appreciate their support. I hope Jeff and I will offer an entertaining fight.”

Wrestling and Brazilian Jui Jitsu specialist Jeff “The Snowman” Monson (43-12), fighting out of Miami, Florida, is a two-time Abu Dhabi Combat Club Submission Wrestling World Championships gold medalist. 

“Fedor is the best heavyweight of all-time,” a respectful Monson commented.  “It’s an honor to be fighting him.  A win would be the highlight of my career.  My trainers at American Top Team are preparing me for all possibilities.”

“Fedor has been very vocal about wanting to continue his fighting career,” noted Evgeni Kogan, Director of Operations for M-1 Global, Europe’s undisputed MMA leader in Europe. “Fedor vs. Monson is a classic that had been in crosshairs for years. All parties have come together to make this fight a reality.”


In the co-feature, M-1 Challenge Lightweight Champion Jose Figueroa (10-4, 4 KOs, 5 Submissions), also fighting out of Florida, defends against German challenger Daniel Weichel (27-7, 4 KOs, 16 Submissions).

Scheduled to fight on the PPV undercard is also Russian welterweight Aleksander Yakoviev (12-3, 4 KOs, 7 Submissions) vs. undefeated Spanish prospect Juan Manuel “Juanma” Suarez (8-0, 1 KO, 3 Submissions), Austrian welterweight Mairbek “Beckan” Taisumov (15-3, 8 KOs, 6 Submissions) vs. Josh Thorpe (10-6, 3 KOs), from Alabama, and Russian middleweight Arthur Guseinov (9-2, 6 KOs, 2 Submissions) vs. French veteran Xavier “Professor X” Foupa-Pokam (21-16, 11 KOs, 7 Submissions).
Access to all the fights will be available on, iN Demand, DIRECTV, DISH Network and Avail-TVN,, and Facebook.

M-1 Global is now in full-swing treating the world-wide MMA community to 3 upcoming world-class events: M-1 Challenge XIX (also available via PPV on taking place at Ufa Arena in Ufa, Russia on November 19th, with a night of top level action featuring Dmitry Samoilov (Alexander Nevsky) 12-5-1 vs Mario Miranda (Black House, Brazil) 12-3, and with the co-main event featuring Eric Oganov (Alpha Omega MMA) 10-11 vs Daniel Madrid (USA) 7-2, followed by M-1 “Battle of the Legends” Fedor vs Monson on November 20th, a mega event with “The Last Emperor” Fedor Emelianenko making his return to Russia as he faces submission specialist and MMA veteran Jeff Monson live from the Olympic Hall is Moscow, Russia and live via PPV (for details visit or, and closing the year with M-1 Challenge XXX December 9th from The Hangar at the OC Fair in Costa Mesa, California and live on Showtime.

All events will be available to a worldwide audience. For full cards and broadcast details, visit for the most up to date information.

About M-1 Global:

Founded in 1998, M-1 Global ( has established itself in the realm of mixed martial arts (MMA) as the premiere entity for discovering and developing the world’s next-generation of superstar fighters. With offices in St. Petersburg, Amsterdam, New York City, Washington DC, Los Angeles and affiliates in Kuala Lumpur, Seoul, Tokyo and Paris, the M-1 brand has staged over 100 events worldwide including the M-1 Selection and M-1 Challenge events and its co-produced Strikeforce events in the United States.

Captivating the live, television and broadband audiences with its superior production values and match-ups, M-1 events boast some of the sport’s top names including Fedor Emelianenko, Andrei Arlovski, Aleksander Emelianenko, Gegard Mousasi, Alistair Overeem, Ben Rothwell, Melvin Manhoef, Roman Zentsov, Stephan Struve and rising stars Shamil Zavurov, Guram Gugenishvili,  Alexander Sarnavskiy and Vinny Magalhaes. 2011 marks a breakthrough year with two Selections tournaments across Eastern & Western Europe, North America and Asia and a full calendar of Challenge events fuelled by a talent-rich contention system ranking M-1 Global’s Champions amongst the greatest in the sport.


 “Punk Payback” with Bas Rutten airs on Wednesdays. “Punk Payback” stars the ever-charismatic Bas Rutten, former UFC Heavyweight Champion and three-time King of Pancrase World Champion, teaching FUEL TV viewers how to defend themselves in real life dangerous situations. The series is produced by Brentwood Communications International, Inc. (BCII).

Approaching serious subject matters in humorous ways, “Punk Payback” with Bas Rutten showcases combat moves that can help viewers avoid being “punked” on the street. Using real surveillance footage of frightening events such as people getting carjacked or held up in a convenience store, Rutten mixes in reenactments to offer tips on how to get out of these tenuous situations. His specialized fighting skills, combined with his amusing personality, make for a uniquely educational and entertaining self-defense show.

“Bas Rutten is one of the most charismatic characters I’ve ever met and he can fill up a TV screen all by himself,” says George Greenberg, FUEL TV Executive Vice President and GM. “We’re happy to bring him to FUEL TV with this exciting and fun show that mixes humor into educational survival situations. If a punk starts it, rest assured, Bas will finish it every time.”

“You won’t see a show like this anywhere else on television,” says Bud Brutsman, BCII CEO and Executive Producer. “Bas addresses some serious topics in this fast-paced series. But he’ll have fun with the situations as well.”

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