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UFC VET AARON RILEY AND FAMED TRAINER FIRAS ZAHABI SIGN MANAGEMENT CONTRACTS WITH ALCHEMIST MMA

Riley is a long time UFC veteran with 44 professional fights to his credit. Zahabi is the head trainer of Tristar Gym in Montreal and trains several elite UFC fighters including Georges St Pierre and Kenny Florian.

Pompano Beach, FL

June 17th, 2011

AARON RILEY

AARON RILEY

Ultimate Fighting Championship veteran Aaron Riley and striking coach Firas Zahabi are now members of Alchemist MMA. At just thirty years of age, Riley is a seasoned veteran, having started his career in the sport at the tender age of sixteen in 1997. Zahabi is also a seasoned veteran, having boxed from the age of fifteen. Now 31 years old, he has reshaped striking in MMA with such high profile clients as Georges St Pierre and Kenny Florian.

“Alchemist strives to work with only the best in the business,” says Alchemist President Lex McMahon. We are very excited to ass two more highly talented clients to our roster. Aaron Riley is a seasoned veteran who consistently puts on amazing fights and Firas Zahabi is a brilliant strategist and coach.”

Aaron Riley once won “fight of the year” honors in 2003 when his slugfest with Robbie Lawler captivated fans at UFC 37. But don’t discount him as a relic of the sport. Riley was only 22 years old in that fight and still has a lot of mileage left in the tank. He won five of his last seven fights and most recently earned “Fight of the Night” honors against Jorge Gurgel at UFC 91 in 2008.

Riley is also part of a small club of fighters with over thirty wins in his career, which puts him in the company of Matt Hughes, Nate Marquardt, Fedor Emelianenko, and Anderson Silva.

“I’ve been away from the sport for a little bit nursing a back injury, but I’m ready to get back in the cage and make a run for the lightweight title,” he says. “I still have a lot of good years left in me, so I’m excited to get hooked up with such a great company like Alchemist and get my name out there more.”

Up in Montreal, another young veteran of the sport has also cast his lot with Alchemist. Firas Zahabi is a warrior–philosopher who earned a degree from Concordia University in Philosophy and is always looking to use that knowledge to evolve the sport and his fighters. It was Zahabi who morphed Kenny Florian’s striking from a Muay Thai style to that of a counterpunching boxer’s with a lower stance. The change immediately resulted in success as Florian knocked down Clay Guida and frustrated Takanori Gomi with crisp punches before submitting each one.

FIRAS ZAHABI

FIRAS ZAHABI

MMA is such a quickly evolving sport that I feel privileged to be working with some of the best coaches and athletes in the industry,” Zahabi says. “Now I get a chance to be a part of MMA’s fastest growing brand in Alchemist MMA.

Not content with just being one of the best coaches in the sport, Zahabi recently earned his black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and was a Canadian Champion in Muay Thai as well as a two-time Provincial Freestyle Wrestling Champion. Like his clients, he is never satisfied and always seeks perfection.

“Alchemist has made working with the best coaches in the industry a key strategic initiative,” adds McMahon. “The sport is evolving at such a rapid rate that economic and media opportunities for coaches are presenting themselves with greater frequency and appropriate representation is now requisite. Additionally, these relationships afford the fighters signed to Alchemist access to the best minds in the sport. Alchemist is proud to add Firas to our roster of coaches, which includes Trevor Wittman, Jon Chaimberg, and Antoni Hardonk.

Alchemist Management is a dynamic name in the world of MMA athlete management. Alchemist takes a holistic view of each athletes situation and contributes to every aspect of their life and career. Fight training, digital and traditional media development, cross-over industry exposure, business advisory services, corporate sponsorship development, and the ever-important, but often overlooked process of planning for a rich and fulfilling life after they wage their final battle in the cage are Alchemist’s signature services. Alchemist Management is based in Pompano Beach, Florida.  For more information, please visit www.alchemistmgmt.com.

Its Official GSP vs. Nick Diaz- UFC 137

Nick Diaz vacates Strikeforce title to face GSP at UFC 137

According to UFC President Dana White, Nick Diaz is now a UFC fighter and has vacated his Strikeforce welterweight belt to get a shot at UFC champion Georges St-Pierre.

“He will give up the title, he will give up his Strikeforce title,” White said. “He will come in and fight Georges St-Pierre, two guys will fight for the vacant belt in Strikeforce and we’ll go from there.”

White stated that Diaz could go back to Strikeforce at some point in the future if he chose, but for now he is strictly a UFC fighter.

MMA Video- ‘Before They Were Stars’

CagePotato Presents: ‘Before They Were Stars’

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, as they say — and every legendary MMA career begins with a single fight. In collaboration with Huck Blade at NeonBarFights.com, CagePotato is proud to present “Before They Were Stars,” an MMA highlight reel that pays tribute to the pro debuts of fighters who went on to become heros of the sport, including Georges St. Pierre, Jon Jones, Jose Aldo, and Alistair Overeem. Check it out, share it with your friends, and let us know what you think.

UFC Boot Campaign Raises Money for Wounded Combat Veterans

Photo via UFC.com

Photo via UFC.com

UFC ® TEAMS UP with THEBOOT CAMPAIGN TO BENEFIT

THE LONE SURVIVOR FOUNDATION

Combat Boots and Auction,
including rare UFC memorabilia and experiences, will raise funds for rehabilitation center for wounded soldiers

The Ultimate Fighting Championship announced today that it will partner with Texas-based the Boot Campaign to launch a fundraising effort benefiting the Lone Survivor Foundation. UFC fans are encouraged to “get YOUR boots on” by purchasing The Boot Campaign’s signature “give back” combat boots and apparel at www.BootCampaign.com/UFC , with proceeds benefiting the Lone Survivor Foundation.  Fans purchasing “give back” combat boots will be granted free admission to the UFC 130 after-party on May 28 at XS Nightclub at Encore Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.  

In support of the Lone Survivor Foundation, the UFC is offering fans the chance to bid on rare UFC memorabilia made available to the public for the first time.Items signed by UFC superstars such as Royce Gracie, Chuck Liddell, CainVelasquez, Georges St-Pierre, Jake Shields and Jon Jones will be included. In addition, the auction will feature a limited-edition UFC Octagon Book (411 out of 600), the Octagon canvas from UFC 129, one-on-one training with UFC fighters, as well as VIP fan experiences and tickets to upcoming UFC events. Beginning May 18, the online auction will be held at UFC.com/boots and give fans an opportunity to raise money for military servicemen and women injured while in the line of duty. The auction will run through UFC® 130 on May 28 and all donations received will fund the construction of the Lone Survivor Foundation’s Veteran Ranch inTexas.

Founded by retired Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell, the Lone Survivor Foundation welcomes home, empowers and restores American wounded warriors and their families. Luttrell, author of the#1 New York Times Best-Seller, Lone Survivor, was inspired tobuild the center after his own recovery post-combat at his ranch in Texas. Luttrell envisioned a facility as a unique place of healing for soldiersrecovering from physical wounds and emotional trauma suffered during combat.

The ranch, while still a medical facility, would offer a non-clinical environment designed to offer soldiers andtheir families an integrated, holistic approach to recovery.  Located on over 1,000 acres, the ranch will house up to 15 families a week.  The foundation intends to build three other facilities throughout the U.S. in the future.

“The UFC is pleased to partner with the Boot Campaign and the Lone Survivor Foundation as we continue to find ways to support the men and women of our armed forces,” Lorenzo Fertitta, Chairman and CEO of UFC, said.“Marcus Luttrell is an inspirational hero and we are more than willing to assist him as he creates facilities that will aid in the recovery of our returning servicemen and women.”

“It brings me great pride to unite two of my passions the UFC and supporting our wounded warriors,” Luttrell said. “The UFC is making it possible to achieve our goal of bringing awareness to the service and sacrifice of our military. I hope all UFC fans will be inspired to join the fight and help our troops when they come home.”

To bid on prizes and for more information on the UFC’s Boot Campaign, please visit UFC.com/boots

Nick Diaz vs. GSP

Nick Diaz Meets with Dana White Today: Diaz vs GSP in December?

Unread postby BigBlackCat » Thu May 19, 2011 12:28 pm

Source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/706428-nick-diaz-meets-with-dana-white-today-diaz-vs-gsp-in-december

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Many things have been said in the past by Dana White. For example, Nick Diaz will never be back in the UFC.

It is funny because years went by, Diaz improved and he was calling out top talent. Diaz defended his Strikeforce Welterweight title against a man who fought for a No. 1 contender ship in the UFC, Paul Daley.

Paul is a striker and one of the most powerful in the world at welterweight. In the fight, Paul catches Nick with two solid shots and drops Nick twice. As the round closes Nick catches him, Paul drops, Nick capitalizes and scores the TKO victory.

What does this all mean? Well, for one Daley is a good striker and has never truly been out struck in his career. Daley had never been KO/TKOd due to strikes until then, and also he was a current top-10 ranked fighter (going into the fight). After this fight, the Cesar Gracie camp had both defended their belts in dominating fashion and it showed that both Diaz and Gilbert Melendez needed a step up in competition.

At UFC 129, GSP fought Diazs teammate, Jake Shields. Shields had an impressive winning streak coming into this fight and hasnt lost since 2006. In this fight, Jake decided to stand and that led to GSP taking a unanimous decision victory. After this bout, a big question mark arose. Who is there that is left for GSP? Should he move up to middleweight?

This is when the talk of Diaz returning to the UFC started. Many thought it was just a rumor, then the reports that Nick would be boxing Jeff Lacy came out. That would be an interesting move for Diaz to say the least.

Nick later stated that he would not take the boxing match if he were granted a shot against GSP. Well, here we are today, May 19, and here is the latest report.

MMA writer Dave Simon is reporting that GSP is scheduled to return on Dec. 10 in Montreal at the Bell Centre. Most likely against Diaz. If this fight is signed, Diaz will not be fighting Jeff Lacy in a Pro Boxing match.

Last night on Facebook, Gracie stated that Diaz would be meeting with UFC President White today.

There are many things that could come of this, but the matchup with GSP seems to be the most logical.

Photos of Penny Buffington with MMA Fighters

Greg Jackson, Kenny Florian, Dana White, Georges St-Pierre, Roger Huerta,

Brock Lesnar, Clay Guida, Joe Rogan, Sean Sherk, Cheick Kongo,

Jason MacDonald, Amir Sadollah,Wanderlei Silva, Bruce Buffer,

Mike Goldberg, Dana White, Luke Cumo, Heath Herring, Matt Hamill,

Hemes Franca, BJ Penn, Jon Fitch, Matt Hamill, Spencer Paige

 

UFC 129: St Pierre vs Shields Fight Results

Main Card
Georges St-Pierre def. Jake Shields via unanimous decision
Jose Aldo def. Mark Hominick via unanimous decision
Lyoto Machida def. Randy Couture via second-round -TKO
Vladimir Matyushenko def. Jason Brilz via first-round -TKO
Ben Henderson def. Mark Bocek via unanimous decision

Preliminary Bouts
Rory MacDonald def. Nate Diaz via unanimous decision
Jake Ellenberger def. Sean Pierson via first-round -TKO
Claude Patrick def. Daniel Roberts via unanimous decision
Ivan Menjivar def. Charlie Valencia via first-round -TKO
Jason MacDonald def. Ryan Jensen via submission -triangle
John Makdessi def. Kyle Watson via third-round -KO
Pablo Garza def. Yves Jabouin via submission -triangle

All New Start Time Tomorrow Night For UFC 129 LIVE at 9pm ET / 6pm PT

All New Start Time Tomorrow Night For UFC 129 LIVE at 9pm ET / 6pm PT
Featuring Georges St-Pierre defending the UFC welterweight title against Jake Shields, Jose Aldo and Mark Hominick in the UFCs first-ever featherweight championship bout, and Hall of Famer Randy Couture taking on former 205-lb. champ Lyoto Machida 9pm ET / 6pm PT LIVE on Pay-Per-View and UFC.TV

Diaz vs MacDonald, Pierson vs Ellenberger Live On SPIKE & Sportsnet Tomorrow Night
Live prelim action starts at 8pm ET / 5pm PT

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See The Super 7, Followed By The UFC 129 Weigh-In Live Today
All seven UFC champions together on one stage, plus fighters hit the scales starting approximately 3pm ET / noon PT

The Striking Truth Available at Blockbuster

Left: James Hergott- wrote and executive produced the movie & Right:GSP

The Striking Truth is now available across Canada in Blockbuster, HMV, Sunrise, Wal-Mart, Zellers, Best Buy, Future Shop, Amazon.ca and Rogers as well as PPV on several cable services. US and international coming soon.

 

http://www.blockbuster.ca/movies/detail.aspx?id=8265

Owned Entertainment

The Striking Truth

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1630565/plotsummary:Documentary

Documentary for charismatic Ultimate Fighting Champion Georges St-Pierre and dynamic MMA fighter David The Crow Loiseau. The movie follows the two fighters over the past four years, starting with UFC 58 USA vs. Canada where Loiseau was fighting for the championship against Rich Franklin and Georges was the co-main event against BJ Penn. The film juxtaposes their two careers with St. Pierres meteoric rise to UFC champion and Loiseau facing personal challenges. The movie charts their respective ups and downs as they follow their paths. The project includes exclusive, never before seen footage of all that took place behind the scenes as well as scenes shot using the latest in 3D technology. The Project is directed by Steven J. Wong and is Executive Produced by James Hergott with 3D and action directing by Bobby Razak. Written by James Hergott.

Predictions for UFC 129: ST-PIERRE vs. SHIELDS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MEDIA, SPORTS STARS AND CELEBRITIES GATHER TO OFFER PREDICTIONS FOR UFC 129: ST-PIERRE vs. SHIELDS

Live on Pay-Per-View at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT

Las Vegas, NV (USA) – How will the main event of the largest UFC® card in history play out? That is the question many fans across the world are pondering at this very moment. In anticipation of the historic welterweight title bout between champion Georges St-Pierre and challenger Jake Shields on Saturday, April 30 from Rogers Centre in Toronto, some of the world’s most recognizable figures gathered to offer their opinions on the outcome of the UFC 129 championship clash.

Below are some of the thoughts and predictions for the main event of UFC® 129: ST-PIERRE vs. SHIELDS:

SHANE VICTORINO, Gold Glove Centerfielder from the Philadelphia Phillies

Prediction: JAKE SHIELDS

“I’m gonna have to say ‘Rush’ is the favorite, but I won’t put it past Shields for an upset victory. Shields by submission!”

ARIEL HELWANI, MMA reporter, MMAFighting.com and Versus.com

Prediction: GEORGES ST-PIERRE

“Shields is as tough as they come, but I just cant see him taking this fight to the ground, which is where he needs it to be. Even if he does score the odd takedown, he wont be able to dominate GSP on the mat like he has against his previous opponents. GSP wins all five rounds due to superior striking and his solid takedown defense en route to a unanimous decision victory.”

DAVID HAYE, WBA Heavyweight boxing champion

Prediction: JAKE SHIELDS

“Shields is the underdog, but believe me, this is the year of the underdog. Just like when I KO Wladimir Klitschko in July, an underdog could send a stadium full of fans home very unhappy at UFC 129.”

MARK LA MONICA, Newsday (New York)

Prediction: GEORGES ST-PIERRE

“Picking GSP to win a fight is like picking all the favorites in March Madness. You may get sneered at for picking the obvious, but you usually finish in the money in your office pool.”

KEVIN IOLE, Yahoo! Sports

Prediction: JAKE SHIELDS

“I think Shields will take this. The fight will go to the ground at some point, and I think Shields has an advantage there. Jake is a different sort of fighter, a different sort of grappler, to the ones Georges has been beating. I think Georges is going to try to do what he did to Josh Koscheck and use his jab and strike from a long range, but I think at some point it will go to the ground and Shields will win.”

TABOO, Black Eyed Peas

Prediction: GEORGES ST-PIERRE

“GSP and Shields are both on top of their games, but I would have to give the edge to GSP. He’s got the Canadian home field advantage and I feel like it’s GSP’s time right now, but I gotta feeling that night’s gonna be a good night for the UFC.”

GARETH A. DAVIES, Daily Telegraph and ESPN

Prediction: JAKE SHIELDS

“All champions have to lose at some point and I think Shields has a style that makes him a serious threat to GSP. Shields was immense against Henderson but I’m hearing St-Pierre has been magnificent in training, which makes me hesitate to pick against him. I think this really could go either way; it is certainly the most intriguing GSP fight in years. I may change my mind once I see them at the weight-in but, right now, I am feeling the upset.”

J.S. GIGUERE, Goaltender, Toronto Maple Leafs, Stanley Cup winner

Prediction: GEORGES ST-PIERRE

“I have to go with GSP, hes just too well rounded. Plus I have to go with the Quebec guy.”

NEIL DAVIDSON, The Canadian Press

PREDICTION: GEORGES ST-PIERRE

“The champion is a savvy fighter with a lot of weapons. Some say he plays it safe, but he wins fights and dominates opponents. Shields is tough and durable but he does not have GSPs arsenal. One mistake could cost the champion, but otherwise look for a comprehensive GSP victory by decision.”

SERGIO NON, USA Today:

Prediction: GEORGES ST-PIERRE

“Jake Shields advantage is his top game in grappling, but to use it, hell need to keep GSP on his back. He wont. St-Pierre wins by third-round TKO.”

CHUCK LIDDELL, UFC Hall of Famer

Prediction: JAKE SHIELDS

“Jake Shields is a bad man. He’s a tough guy, he’s awkward to deal with and he uses stuff that is so different to other guys that he catches opponents off guard. He’s got awkward takedowns that are hard to defend. So it’s going to be an interesting fight for St-Pierre. But I do think that Jake will need to get it to the ground to win. I’m picking Jake to submit him.”

CHEF MICHAEL SYMON, Food Network’s Iron Chef America and host of Food Feuds

Prediction: GEORGES ST-PIERRE

“I’m saying St-Pierre. He is technically just too good.”

MATT HUGHES, UFC Hall of Famer and former two-time UFC welterweight champion

Prediction: GEORGES ST-PIERRE

“GSP will win fairly easy. I think this fight will go much the same way the GSP-Koscheck fight went. GSP is the better wrestler, the better striker, and he will be able to control and dominate wherever the fight goes. I really just don’t see any way that Shields is going to be able to win this fight.”

NOEL CLARKE, BAFTA-winning film director and actor
Prediction: JAKE SHIELDS
“Im gonna go out on a limb and pick Shields. GSP has all the tools to beat him, but for me, he is at a psychological disadvantage. He hasnt finished anyone in a while and he showed that frustration after the Koscheck fight. If Shields can take the early onslaught, GSP will get more desperate to finish, make a mistake and Shields will get him.”

CLARKE MACARTHUR, Left Wing, Toronto Maple Leafs

Prediction: GEORGES ST-PIERRE

“I think GSP will win by first round submission. Hes way too well rounded a fighter. Shields is tough and dangerous on the ground, but I think GSP is on another level.”

JEREMY BOTTER, Heavy.com

Prediction: JAKE SHIELDS

“Its very difficult to pick against a fighter who will go down as one of the greatest this sport has ever seen, but I have to. Simply put, Jake Shields is a winner. When faced with insurmountable odds, he excels. Few gave him a chance in the world against Dan Henderson. He was supposed to be a stepping stone, a guy to give Henderson a nice win in his Strikeforce debut, and Shields spoiled everything. Hes going to do the same thing to St-Pierre, and it wont matter that 55,000 people are rooting against him.”

DWAYNE “THE ROCK” JOHNSON, star of the hit movie Fast Five

Prediction: GEORGES ST-PIERRE

“I think its going to be a five round epic war that redefines both fighters. I respect Shields too damn much to say itll end any other way. GSP, the best fighter on the planet, wins in the 5th.”

SHAQUILLE O’NEAL, NBA superstar, Boston Celtics

Prediction: GEORGES ST-PIERRE

BRIAN DAWKINS, NFL Pro Bowl Safety, Denver Broncos

Prediction: GEORGES ST-PIERRE

“I believe St-Pierre will be too much. He has all around talent, striking power and he’s a ground technician. He has no true weakness!”

UFC® 129: ST-PIERRE vs. SHIELDS, which is presented by TapouT®, will be available live on Pay-Per-View at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT on UFC.TV, iN DEMAND, DirecTV, DISH Network, Avail-TVN, BellTV, Shaw Communications, Sasktel, and Viewer’s Choice Canada for a suggested retail price of $44.99 US/$49.99 CAN for Standard Definition and $54.99 US/$59.99 CAN for High Definition.

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

FIRST-EVER PUBLIC GATHERING OF ALL SEVEN UFC CHAMPIONS SET FOR TORONTO

FIRST-EVER PUBLIC GATHERING OF ALL SEVEN UFC CHAMPIONS SET FOR TORONTO

 

A Truly Unique Media and Fan Experience Set for Friday, April 29 at 3:15 p.m. ET at Ricoh Coliseum

 

Las Vegas, Nevada –The biggest weekend in the history of the Ultimate Fighting Championship® and the sport of mixed martial arts will now feature another truly memorable event. For the first-time ever, all seven UFC® world champions will gather for a presentation at the Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto on Friday, April 29 at 3:15 p.m. ET. The event brings together the “Super 7” reigning UFC champions for a truly unique media and fan experience.

UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz, featherweight champion Jose Aldo, lightweight champion Frankie Edgar, welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre, middleweight champion Anderson Silva, light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez will take part in a media photo opportunity and participate in a special presentation on stage.

“We wanted to give fans a truly once-in-a-lifetime chance to see all seven UFC champions gathered together and we couldn’t think of a better place to do it than in Toronto,” UFC President Dana White said. “The entire week is going to be crazy. From the community events to the Fan Expo to 55,000 people at Rogers Centre for UFC 129, I am really looking forward to taking over the city of Toronto.”

The “Super 7” presentation will be streamed live on UFC.com. It will be immediately followed by weigh-ins for UFC® 129 at 4 p.m. ET.

UFC® 129: ST-PIERRE vs. SHIELDS, which is presented by TapouT®, is the first major mixed martial arts event to ever be held in Ontario. The event doubles the largest gate and attendance records in UFC history and is also the largest single-day event gate in the history of Rogers Centre, which has played home to some of the world’s top entertainment and sporting events.

UFC® 129: ST-PIERRE vs. SHIELDS will be available live on Pay-Per-View at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT on UFC.tv, iN DEMAND, DirecTV, DISH Network, Avail-TVN, BellTV, Shaw Communications, Sasktel, and Viewer’s Choice Canada for a suggested retail price of $44.99 US/$49.99 CAN for Standard Definition and $54.99 US/$59.99 CAN for High Definition.

For more information, or current UFC fight news, visit UFC.com.

Title Holders
Bantamweight

Dominick Cruz
17-1-0 ( W-L-D )
Featherweight

Jose Aldo
18-1-0 ( W-L-D )
Lightweight

Frankie Edgar
13-1-1 ( W-L-D )
Welterweight

Georges St-Pierre
21-2-0 ( W-L-D )
Middleweight

Anderson Silva
28-4-0 ( W-L-D )
Light Heavyweight

Heavyweight

Currently Casting for MMA based Movie- Owned

Im supplying this notice courtesy of my friend James Hergott of  Owned Entertainemt . Please check out his website @ http://ownedentertainment.com/

CASTING NOTICE:

 “Own3d”. 

To give some background I originally went into pre production and casting on this project a few years ago but got sidetracked with a number of other opportunities including the MMA Worldwide TV show on HDNET and GSP documentary “The Striking Truth”.  Recently I have been free to start revisiting the “Own3d” project and began working on rewrites.  

 Original Artists (www.original-artists.com) agreeing to rep the project domestically.  Original Artists has represented clients behind some of the best selling recent martial arts movies including NEVER BACK DOWN ($25 Million US Box Office), THE KARATE KID ($177 Million US Box Office) and FEARLESS ($25 MILLION US Box Office).  Original Artists agent, Chris Sablan commented on the script; “As an agent at Original Artists, and as a Brazilian Jiu-jitsu practitioner and fan of the sport, I have read several MMA scripts across the years. In fact, several have come across my desk and I have passed on them. “Own3d” I believe has the perfect combination of MMA and a great story. ”

Additionally I’ve been working with a Canadian distributor that is assisting with both international sales as well as help with qualifying Canadian tax incentives/grants.

The movie will be filmed in Ontario, Canada.  We qualify for several grants and tax incentives and therefore have to follow certain protocol during the development stage.  Currently we are casting.  For the acting heavy roles we are going through casting agencies in Canada.  Most of the talent, but not all should be from Canada.

Because of the number of MMA related roles I’ve been asked to find some MMA fighters for certain roles.  At this time race is not relevant.  The acting will be union but if you are non-union it does not disqualify you from possibly being part of the project.  I’ve included a couple of character breakdowns below to give you an idea of the types of characters we are casting for.  There are a number of roles for henchmen, bikers, male and female cops, corner men, etc.  Of course we can always do cameos. 

Special consideration (but not necessary) will be given to those who meet any of the following criteria:

-Well-known fighters with a fan base

-Canadian, especially if domiciled in Ontario

-Acting experience

-Attractive and/or unique look/personality

Remember we can use citizens from America and other countries; we just have to cast the majority of the project Canadian. 

Unfortunately, at this time, we are not looking for crew or other people to help out with production although this will come soon.

The following are potential roles that we might cast with MMA fighters instead of straight actors:

 Sample Character Profiles

 

TIMER JONES

(Age 25-35) The protective older brother of Jock.  Timer is a successful MMA fighter.  He has a good heart but is quick to turn to violence if he or his family is threatened.  His presence has an air of confidence.  He knows he can handle himself if trouble goes down and others sense that energy.  He’s always been a bit of a rebel and was in trouble in his teenage and early adult years.  While often bucking authority he lives by his own code of honor.    Because of his past troubles, he seeks to steer Jock away from the same mistakes.  To some degree this is a selfless act but there is also a component of this that is Timer trying to redeem his own sins by keeping his brother safe.  He has that “hero” look about him and is good-looking and well built. 

 

JACOB

(Age 25-35) Timer’s long time friend, yet nemesis.  He is also well-built and used to wrestle with Timer.  Whereas Timer pursued an athletic career, Jacob was injured in a wrestling match.  He began work as a bouncer and got addicted to prescription drugs.  This led him into a world of dealing drugs to support his habits.  He is street smart and still has that competitive drive.  Since not being able to compete as an athlete his drive went into becoming rich through drug dealing.  Sociopathic, Jacob has always been jealous of Timer and this has driven him to succeed.  As much as he wants to succeed he also wants Timer to fail.  He uses Jock to get back at Timer.  Jacob has an innate ability to understand human nature, especially people’s motives.  He is able to exploit people’s desires and fears in order to get what he wants. 

 

DETECTIVE WAYNE           

(Age 30-55) A dirty cop who has become amoral.  After years working vice, Detective Wayne believes everyone is corrupt and therefore he is able to justify his actions to do just about anything.  He has little pity for the weak and believes the only reason people are “good” is out of their own self-righteousness.   He is a whore looking to make money any way he can.  He gets gratification in exerting power over others.  His closest thing to forming a relationship with a woman is busting prostitutes and sleeping with them in exchange for dropping the charges.  Because of the blue code of silence he has many sympathizers on the force who are similar macho types.    He’s not used to having to answer for his actions or to any sort of authority.  He has a man’s man look about him.

 

DUMAS

A biker who is absolutely without conscience.  He gets off on hurting and terrorizing others.  We can assume he’s lived a cowboy life of drinking, prostitutes, bar fights and traveling from town to town on his bike.  He makes money as an enforcer for drug dealers.  For him, life is a party and he is here for a good time, not a long time.  He’s covered in scars and tattoos and has biker facial hair.

Also casting for the following speaking roles:

SPECIAL FBI AGENT

MMA COACH                                   

FEMALE COP                                   

ANNOUNCER                                   

TRAINING PARTNER                       

BIKER #1                                   

OFFICER                                   

SHOTGUN SAM  (Character role would like to cast with MMA cameo)

PIZZA MAN            (Character role would like to cast with MMA cameo for laughs)

STRIPPERS  (Ring girls could apply)

When applying please do the following:

*Email to jameshergott@gmail.com with Subject Line:  Own3d Casting Submission

*Include any of the following you may have:

-Role(s) you are applying for

-Bio/resume (acting and/or fighting)

-Picture(s)/headshot

-Video/reel  (acting and/or fighting)

-Citizenship and location of current residence (city)

-Contact information

NOTE: It will take some time before selections are made so while it is good to get your information to me early it may take several weeks before we get back to you as there are several considerations to be made. 

We do not know filming start date yet. 

Thank you!

James

Anderson Silva takes on RUMORS

  Anderson Silva   Friday 8 PM ET Fighting Words with Mike Straka: Anderson Silva        

The Spider discusses what it has taken to become undefeated in the Octagon. Silva also gives his thoughts on contending for the Light Heavyweight title, as well as a rumored showdown with Welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre.

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UFC 129 Fight Card

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      Saturday, April 30, 2011

       

      Live from the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

 

  • ON PAY-PER-VIEW AT 9 P.M ET/6 P.M. PT

    GEORGES ST-PIERRE vs. JAKE SHIELDS

    JOSE ALDO vs. MARK HOMINICK

    RANDY COUTURE vs. LYOTO MACHIDA

    VLADIMIR MATYUSHENKO vs. JASON BRILZ

    MARK BOCEK vs. BEN HENDERSON

     

    ON SPIKE TV AT 8 P.M. ET/5 P.M. PT

    NATE DIAZ vs. RORY MACDONALD

    SEAN PIERSON vs. JAKE ELLENBERGER

     

    ON FACEBOOK AT 6 P.M./3 P.M. PT

    CLAUDE PATRICK vs. DANIEL ROBERTS

    IVAN MENJIVAR vs. CHARLIE VALENCIA

    JASON MACDONALD vs. RYAN JENSEN

    JOHN MAKDESSI vs. KYLE WATSON

    YVES JABOUIN vs. PABLO GARZA

     

Matt Hughes on The Ultimate Fighter 2night

 
The Road To UFC 129 Continues Tonight, Plus A Hall Of Famer Stops By TUF
Matt Hughes makes a special appearance on an all new Ultimate Fighter at 9pm, plus part two of UFC Primetime St-Pierre vs Shields at midnight on SPIKE (US) and Sportsnet (Canada)UFC Heads To Pittsburgh, Marquardt Makes Welterweight Debut
Tickets on sale this week for UFC Live, Sunday, June 26 at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh featuring Nate Marquardt vs Anthony Johnson, plus Cheick Kongo vs Pat Barry. UFC Fight Club presale starts tomorrow at 10am ET Tickets>

Who You Got? Pick St-Pierre or Shields at the Official UFC 129 Site
Weigh-in on who you think will win in Toronto plus fight card breakdown, video previews and more!