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MMA2DAY Show Special Guests Sunday July 31: UFC Veteran Fighter- Rich “Ace” Franklin

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MMA2DAY Show Special Guests Sunday July 31: UFC Veteran Fighter- Rich “Ace” Franklin

Rich Franklin, former UFC middleweight title holder

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Show Hosts Jim Sweet, Tom Caprio & Rusty Mallett

Executive Producer: Penny Buffington

 

Some Past Guests: Jessica Aguilar, Shonie Carter, Travis Browne, Cung Le, Matt Hughes, 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, Jeff Monson, 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,

MMA2DAY Show a Sweet Sports and Entertainment Production began airing June 6, 2010. Check out this video from our very first show! In studio guest Jessica Aguilar

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WORLD GRAND PRIX SEMI-FINALS: JOSH BARNETT vs. SERGEI KHARITONOV

STRIKEFORCE WORLD GRAND PRIX: HEAVYWEIGHT TOURNAMENTSEMI-FINALS HEADS TO

U.S. BANK ARENA IN CINCINNATI ON SEPT. 10

WORLD GRAND PRIX SEMI-FINALS:

JOSH BARNETT vs. SERGEI KHARITONOV

ANTONIO ‘BIGFOOT’ SILVA vs. DANIEL CORMIER

MIDDLEWEIGHT TITLE FIGHT:

RONALDO ‘JACARE’ SOUZA DEFENDS AGAINST LUKE ROCKHOLD

PLUS:

‘KING MO’ LAWAL vs. ROGER GRACIE

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10

Live on SHOWTIME® at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT (Delayed on West Coast)

TICKETS ON SALE THIS FRIDAY, JULY 29 at 12 p.m. ET

SAN JOSE, Calif.– STRIKEFORCE will make its second trip to the Buckeye State this year when it brings the STRIKEFORCE WORLD GRAND PRIX: HEAVYWEIGHT TOURNAMENT semi-finals to U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati on Saturday, Sept. 10., live on SHOWTIME at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).  The World Heavyweight Grand Prix finalists will be determined when former UFC® heavyweight champion “The Baby Faced Assassin” Josh Barnett takes on Russian sensation Sergei Kharitonov, and Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva battles tournament alternate Daniel “DC” Cormier.

The card will also feature STRIKEFORCE middleweight champ Ronald “Jacare” Souza defending his title against top contender Luke Rockhold, as well as a light heavyweight collision between Muhammad “King Mo” Lawal and Roger Gracie. A fifth yet-to-be announced fight will air on the SHOWTIME portion of the event.

The main card action will air live on SHOWTIME at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).

“Cincinnati is an incredible sports town and we’re excited to bring the World Grand Prix: Heavyweight Tournament to the great fans here,” said STRIKEFORCE CEO Scott Coker.  “We’re going to see who advances to the tournament finals. Barnett vs. Kharitonov pits two incredible finishers against one another, and ‘Big Foot’ is looking to keep the momentum rolling after his big win over Fedor when he meets unbeaten Daniel Cormier. When you add in the middleweight title fight and the other great bouts, you can see that we’ve pulled out all the stops for our return to Ohio.”

Having defeated seven straight opponents, including a slick submission win over Brett Rogers in the previous round of the Grand Prix, Josh Barnett (30-5) feels he is the only man that has what it takes to win this tournament.  The Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt, who holds career victories over legends Randy Couture, Dan Severn and Minotauro Nogueira, looks to advance and book a spot in the finals when he takes on Golden Glory product, Sergei Kharitonov (18-4).  Born in Plesetsk, Arkhangelsk Oblast, Russia, Kharitonov still serves active duty for the Russian Airborne Troops while training full time.  Though he most recently defeated Andrei Arlovski to earn this fight, he also holds notable wins over Alistair Overeem and Fabricio Werdum.

Brazilian-born heavyweight Antonio “Big Foot” Silva (16-2) is on a tear through the division thanks to recent wins over Fedor Emelianenko, Arlovski and Mike Kyle.  Silva, who holds black belts in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, judo and karate, will need everything he’s got when he matches up with American Kickboxing Academy’s top heavyweight prospect, Daniel Cormier(8-0).  The former Oklahoma State University wrestler, who was also a member of the 2004 U.S. Olympic wrestling team, steps in as an alternate for the injured Alistair Overeem, and hopes to make the most of this massive opportunity.

Team Black House fighter and current STRIKEFORCE middleweight champ Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza (14-2, 1 NC) is currently riding a four-fight win streak that includes victories over Tim Kennedy and Robbie Lawler.  The Brazilian jiu-jitsu and judo black belt looks to successfully defend his belt for the second time when he takes on Santa Cruz’s Luke Rockhold (7-1).  An American Kickboxing Academy standout and Brazilian jiu-jitsu brown belt, Rockhold seeks his seventh consecutive victory and the STRIKEFORCE 185-pound crown.

Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal (7-1) is looking to make his way back up the light heavyweight ladder and reclaim his throne.  The former champ had won seven straight before running into Rafael Cavalcante last August, but he’s now back hungrier than ever to return to the win column.  Having wrestled at Oklahoma State University, Lawal will have to rely on his takedowns and heavy hands when he squares off against second-degree Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt Roger Gracie (4-0).  A member of the famed Gracie family, Roger is undefeated and recently scored a victory over former UFC and PRIDE® star Kevin Randleman.

For more information or the latest STRIKEFORCE news, visit www.strikeforce.com. All bouts live and subject to change.

MMA Fight Pit’s debut event on Saturday, August 13th, “MMA FIGHT PIT: GENESIS

MMA FIGHT PIT: “GENESIS”

TO BE BROADCAST LIVE ON PAY PER VIEW

Albuquerque, New Mexico (USA): MMA Fight Pit’s highly-anticipated debut event on Saturday, August 13th, “MMA FIGHT PIT: GENESIS,” will be offered to fight fans via Pay-Per-View, as was announced today by Fight Pit Co-Owner/Founder Torry Crooks. The fight card is stacked with UFC® and WEC® veterans, and is set to take place at “The Pit,” a world-renowned New Mexico sporting venue that has put on fights with top boxers such as Bob Foster and Johnny Tapia. The MMA showdown will be distributed live on Pay-Per-View beginning at 9 PM EST/6 PM PST by MultiVision Media, Inc. The suggested retail price is $29.95.

The “MMA FIGHT PIT: GENESIS” PPV broadcast will feature six electrifying bouts, including a highly-anticipated light heavyweight war between former UFC® competitors Houston “The Assassin” Alexander and “Razor” Razak Al-Hassan. In the co-feature, MMA pioneer and former UFC® Lightweight Champion Jens “Lil’ Evil” Pulver tangles with Jackson’s MMA star Coty “Ox” Wheeler at featherweight.

Four other exciting bouts will also be featured on the PPV-broadcast, including a lightweight battle between The Ultimate Fighter® (TUF®) season eight alum Junie “Lunatik” Browning and Albuquerque native Lenny Lovato; a middleweight clash between TUF® season 11 competitor Jamie Yager and undefeated Jackson MMA product “Slick” Willie Parks; and a heavyweight collision between 14-year MMA veteran Chris Guillen and knockout machine Tyler “The Beast” East. In addition, an exciting women’s bout between Angelica Diaz and Diana Rael will take place on the PPV portion of the card.

“MMA FIGHT PIT: GENESIS” will take place Saturday, August 13th at “The Pit” in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The undercard starts at 6:30 PM EST, and the main card starts at 9 PM EST. Ticket information is available through www.mmafightpit.com. “MMA FIGHT PIT: GENESIS” will be beamed on PPV via cable and satellite in the United States and Canada. The event will be in High Definition, and it will be broadcasted in both English and Spanish (where available).

MMA Fight Pit is recognized as one of the premiere mixed martial arts (MMA) promoters in the Western United States. “Were excited to be the first MMA promotion to be given the honor of holding our event at ‘The Pit,’” stated Crooks. “Albuquerque is world-famous for MMA, and on August 13th, we’ll see this town and ‘The Pit’ in an uproar. Catching the excitement live and broadcasting it to the world on Pay-Per-View is going to be a monumental event.”

“Thanks to the embracement of our broadcast partners, we are very excited to bring this inaugural MMA event to over 80 million households via cable and satellite,” stated Executive Producer, Brian Ricco. “We plan to blaze the same trail as our predecessors through marketing and our partners’ aggressive placement of this awesome event.”

Houston “The Assassin” Alexander (12-62) made a massive splash on the national MMA scene in his first UFC® bout, as he dispatched Jackson’s MMA fighter Keith Jardine in under at minute for a signature win at UFC® 71. He quickly garnered a reputation for his “kill or be killed” mentality in the cage, and garnered a lot of fans and media attention as a result. After a rough stretch that saw him released from the promotion, Alexander has rebounded, winning his last three bouts, with two coming via TKO. At “MMA FIGHT PIT: Genesis,” he will face a fellow UFC® vet in “Razor” Razak Al-Hassan (11-3). A submission specialist and Roufusport fighter, Al-Hassan has competed in the UFC® twice, and is looking to come back from a recent loss that snapped a five-fight win streak.

Jens “Lil’ Evil” Pulver (24-15-1) is a bona fide legend in MMA, and is a pioneer amongst the lighter weight classes. His battles with the likes of Joe “Daddy” Stevenson, Din Thomas, John Lewis, Caol Uno, Dennis “Superman” Hallman, and B.J. Penn, who he beat for the UFC® lightweight strap, helped put the lightweight class on the map. With 19 combined appearances in the UFC®, WEC®, and PRIDE, “Lil’ Evil” has secured his place as one of the most popular lightweight fighters of all time. He’s gone through a rough stretch in recent years, but has won two of his last three bouts, and is looking to continue his winning ways against New Mexico favorite Coty “Ox” Wheeler (14-3). Another veteran of WEC®, Wheeler has finished 13 of his 14 victims, and has only been stopped once in his career. After two losses in the WEC®, Wheeler has come back to win two straight bouts. At “Genesis,” he will look to get the biggest win of his career in his tilt with a legend.

Also populating the PPV main card of “MMA FIGHT PIT: GENESIS,” will be several other notable fights, including a bout between a veteran of TUF®, the always controversial Junie “Lunatik” Browning (4-4), and one of the top-ranked fighters in New Mexico, Lenny Lovato (8-1). Browning has developed a reputation as a wild card, and as someone whose actions you can just never predict. His time on The Ultimate Fighter® was marked by zany actions that drew the young fighter a lot of attention. After the show, he split two bouts in the UFC® before being released due to his actions outside of the cage. “Lunatik” will now face a very stiff test in Lovato. The Albuquerque native hasn’t competed in the last year, but has won eight of nine bouts to start his career. Now, Lovato will look to add a very famous notch to his belt at “MMA FIGHT PIT: GENESIS.”

Also part of the televised main card will be a middleweight bout between another notorious TUF® alum in Jamie Yager (3-2) and unbeaten Jackson’s MMA fighter “Slick” Willie Parks (4-0), as well as a heavyweight scrap between noted finisher Tyler “The Beast” East (9-3) and Chris Guillen (13-12), a fighter who has been competing in MMA since 1997, and has faced notables such as Heath Herring, Shane Carwin, Wes Sims, Ricco Rodriguez, Justin Wren, Brad Imes, Dave Herman, and Ben Rothwell. Rounding out the televised card is the beautiful and dangerous Angelica Diaz (4-0 with four submissions), a respected specialist in Kajukenbo who trains out of the famed Chavez Dojo in the South Valley, who will be facing Colorado Muay Thai specialist Diana Rael (2-1).

The full fight card for MMA FIGHT PIT: “GENESIS” includes:

Main card (PPV)

205 lbs. – Houston Alexander (12-6-0-2) vs. Razak Al-Hassan (11-3)
145 lbs. – Coty Wheeler (14-3) vs. Jens Pulver (24-15-1)
155 lbs. – Junie Browning (4-4) vs. Lenny Lovato (8-1)
185 lbs. – Jamie Yager (3-2) vs. Willie Parks (4-0)
205+ lbs. – Tyler East (9-3) vs. Chris Guillen (13-12)
105 lbs. – Angelica Chavez (4-0) vs. Diana Rael (2-1)

Undercard

145 lbs. – Conrad Padilla (2-0) vs. Guy Youell (1-1)
145 lbs. – Josh Montoya (6-6) vs. Jason Sampson (7-0)
170 lbs. – TBD vs. Sean Spencer (6-0)
185 lbs. – Rocky Ramirez (3-1-1) vs. Mark Lujan (0-0)

About MMA Fight Pit

A fledgling promotion headed by respected Albuquerque-area businessmen Torry Crooks and Nick Montoya, MMA Fight Pit is focused on bringing a new level of MMA to fans in New Mexico. The region is known for producing some of the very best fighters in the world, and as a result, the demand for high-quality fight action is high. MMA Fight Pit will put on its first event at “The Pit,” a world-famous sports venue, when it presents MMA FIGHT PIT: “GENESIS.” The event will feature many UFC® and WEC® veterans, as well as local stars. The lineup includes Houston “The Assassin” Alexander, “Razor” Razak Al-Hassan, Jens “Lil’ Evil” Pulver, Coty “Ox” Wheeler, Junie Browning, Lenny Lovato, Jamie Yager, Angelica Diaz, Diana Rael, and others. This incredible fight event will be available on Pay-Per-View. For more info on MMA Fight Pit, please head to http://www.mmafightpit.com/

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STRIKEFORCE and M-1 GLOBAL PRESENT: FEDOR vs. HENDERSON MEDIA CONFERENCE CALL WITH FEDOR, HENDERSON, COENEN AND TATE

Written by Penny Buffington

STRIKEFORCE and M-1 Global, in advance of the upcoming STRIKEFORCE and M-1 GLOBAL PRESENT: FEDOR vs. HENDERSON card scheduled for Saturday, July 30 at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, Ill held a media call with main event heavyweights Fedor Emelianenko and Dan Henderson, as well as women’s bantamweight champion Marloes Coenen and number one women’s bantamweight contender Miesha Tate. The conference call took place Thursday, July 21.

With the UFC’s purchase of Strikeforce the females must be feeling added pressure to impress UFC president Dana White. In an interview with the MMA2DAY Show right before the announced purchase Miesha Tate stated Dana White was ignorant. She was not using the word in a derogatory way but rather in its true form. She explained as far as her knowledge White does not watch female fights at all. Indicating he had only watched one, ever.

During the conference call Penny Buffington executive producer of MMA2DAY Show asked Miesha to explain? “In saying that Dana is ignorant, I don’t mean it as an insult; I mean it as he is not informed. He doesn’t really know enough about women’s mma to really make a judgment call about us at this point. I feel with the purchase of Strikeforce he is going to being paying more closer attention to it. So with that in the back of my mind it is not really added pressure. To me it is actual motivation. It is exciting. Now I am going to have that opportunity to say, hey you know what? This is what mma is all about. I hope Marloes and I go out there and give a very exciting performance.”

40 year old Dan “Hendo” Henderson has a sherdog fight record: 27 8 – 0.  34 year old Fedor “The Last Emperor” Emelianenko: 31 3 – 0.
24 year old Miesha “Takedown” Tate has a sherdog fight record: 11 2 – 0.  30 year old Marloes “Rumina” Coenen:  19 4 0

In hopes that Fedors previous retirement announcement was nothing more than a NOT well thought out plan. Buffington pushed the fighter to please now admit to plans of fighting for years to come. “It’s Gods will if I will keep fighting for years to come. Right now I feel great. My health is great.”

Watch FEDOR VS HENDERSON JULY 30 at the Sears Centre Arena in Chicago, IL. LIVE on SHOWTIME 10PM ET/PT. More info may be found at http://www.strikeforce.com/.

Tate will be a guest on the MMA2DAY Show airing this Sunday at 7pm eastern time 4 pm pacific. MMA2DAY Show airs on WSBR 740 AM So. Florida and may be heard live anywhere in the United States and  around the world @ /

Strikeforce and M-1 Global Present: Fedor vs. Henderson MAIN CARD:

JZ Cavalcante (17-4-1-2) vs. Bobby Green (15-4)
Eduardo Pamplona (15-2) vs. Tyler Stinson (20-7)
Julie Kedzie (16-8) vs. Alexis Davis (9-4)
Derek Brunson (7-0) vs. Lumumba Sayers (4-1)
Bryan Humes (6-1) vs. Gabriel Salinas-Jones (4-0)

 

If you woud like to hear the audio from the conference call use the following link: http://www.mmasucka.com/articles/strikeforce-fedor-henderson-conference-call-highlights-audio/

MMA2DAY Show Special Guests Sunday July 17 : Bellator Fighter Ronnie Mann & Former UFC Middleweight Champion Rich Ace Franklin.

MMA2DAY Show Special Guests Sunday July 17 : Bellator Fighter Ronnie Mann,  Former UFC Middleweight Champion Rich Ace Franklin & Bellator Announcer Sean Wheelock. 

 

UFC 133 : Evans vs. Ortiz on  Aug 6. the main event. On the same fight card Rich Franklin will take on Antonio Rogerio Nogueira in the co main event.

Rich Franklin

The  fight card is below:

Pay-Per-View Bouts
Rashad Evans vs. Tito Ortiz
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira vs. Rich Franklin
Yoshihiro Akiyama vs. Vitor Belfort
Jorge Rivera vs. Alessio Sakara
Mike Pyle vs. Rory MacDonald

Spike TV Preliminary Bouts
Vladimir Matyushenko vs. Alexander Gustafsson
Chad Mendes vs. Rani Yahya

Preliminary Bouts
Dennis Hallman vs. Brian Ebersole
Johny Hendricks vs. Mike Pierce
Ivan Menjivar vs. Nick Pace
Costantinos Phillippou vs. Rafael Natal
Mike Brown vs. Nam Phan  

Ronnie Mann is fighting Bellator 47 Saturday, July 23, at Casino Rama in Rama, Ontario, Canada

Bellator 47 Fight Card:

  • Nazareno Malegarie vs. Marlon Sandro (featherweight-tourney semifinals)
  • Pat Curran vs. Ronnie Mann (featherweight-tourney semifinals)
  • Neil Grove vs. Zak Jensen
  • Chris Horodecki vs. Chris Saunders

PRELIMINARY CARD

  • Daniel Langbeen vs. Will Romero
  • Bryan Goldsby vs. Bo Harris
  • Daron Cruickshank vs. Sergej Juskevic
  • Syd Barnier vs. Denis Puric

Sean Wheelock:

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Sean “The Big Wheel” Wheelock is a football (soccer) and mixed martial arts commentator, who is based in Kansas in the United States. He currently serves as the play-by-play television commentator for the M-1 Challenge, as well as current play by play man for Bellator Fighting Championships and reports on North American football (soccer) for the BBC.

Among his most popular programs is “The World Football Phone-In,” which airs weekly as part of “Up All Night” on BBC Radio 5. (In the USA, the program airs between 9:30-11:00 PM Eastern time on Friday nights.) He has worked as a commentator for XM Radio at the 2006 World Cup, as well as for ESPN and Fox Soccer Channel.

On January 24, 2009, Wheelock served as the play-by-play commentator for the pay per view broadcast of Affliction M-1 Global Day of Reckoning.

Listen to MMA2DAY Show

MMA2DAY Show airs on WSBR 740 AM So. Florida as well as live on the internet. Sundays @ 7pm eastern time -4pm pacific time

MMA2DAY Show is a Sweet Sports & Entertainment Production

Show Hosts Jim Sweet, Tom Caprio & Rusty Mallett

Executive Producer: Penny Buffington

Some Past Guests: Jessica Aguilar, Shonie Carter, Travis Browne, Cung Le, Matt Hughes, 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, Jeff Monson, 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,

MMA2DAY Show a Sweet Sports and Entertainment Production began airing June 6, 2010. Check out this video from our very first show! In studio guest Jessica Aguilar

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Next week we have Rashad Evans, Miesha Tate and Kim Couture

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UFC 135: JONES vs. RAMPAGE & Hughes vs Sanchez

 

UFC HEADS TO DENVER AS JON JONES DEFENDS THE LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE AGAINST FORMER CHAMP

QUINTON ‘RAMPAGE’ JACKSON

UFC HALL OF FAMER MATT HUGHES BATTLES THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER SEASON ONE WINNER DIEGO SANCHEZ

 

ALSO:

TRAVIS BROWNE vs. ROB BROUGHTON

NATE DIAZ vs. TAKANORI GOMI

 

UFC 135: JONES vs. RAMPAGE

Saturday, Sept. 24

From Pepsi Center in Denver, Colo.

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

TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY, JULY 22 10 a.m. MT

PRESS CONFERENCE IN DENVER ON TUESDAY, JULY 19 10 a.m. MT

Las Vegas, NV (USA) – UFC® light heavyweight champion Jon “Bones” Jones is undoubtedly the fastest-rising star in the sport of mixed martial arts. Since bursting onto the scene in 2008, the 23-year-old New Yorker has steamrolled through the UFC’s talented 205-pound division, finishing opponents with his unmatched blend of unorthodox striking and vice-grip-like submissions. On Saturday, Sept. 24, at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colo., Jones’ meteoric rise faces imminent danger, as “Bones” will makes his first title defense againstformer UFC and PRIDE® champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson.

 

The Ultimate Fighting Championship announced today the colossal 205-pound title bout, as well as an outstanding 170-pound clash between former welterweight champion and UFC Hall of Famer Matt Hughes and The Ultimate Fighter season one winner Diego Sanchez.  If that wasn’t enough, UFC’s return to the Mile High City will feature a tremendous heavyweight battle pitting knockout artist Travis Browne against British finisher Rob Broughton, as well as an electric lightweight bout between The Ultimate Fighter season five winner Nate Diaz and Japanese standout Tanakori “The Fireball Kid” Gomi.

 

“Many people think that Jon Jones should be considered one of the pound-for-pound best fighters in the world, but I wouldn’t make that claim too fast,” UFC President Dana White said. “The 205-pound division is and always has been the most stacked division in MMA.  Rampage Jackson has been one of the top five light heavyweights in the world since 2003.  A win over Rampage Jackson will definitely put Jon Jones on the right track for becoming the pound-for-pound best fighter in the world.”

 

 

UFC Fight Club members will have the opportunity to purchase tickets to this event Wednesday, July 20 at 10 a.m. MT via the website www.ufcfightclub.com. A special Internet ticket pre-sale will be available to UFC newsletter subscribers Thursday, July 21, starting at 10 a.m. MT. To access this presale, users must register for the UFC newsletter through UFC.com.

 

 

UFC 135: JONES vs. RAMPAGE 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.

 

After capturing the UFC light heavyweight crown by stopping Mauricio “Shogun” Rua in March, Jon Jones (fighting out of Endicott, N.Y.)makes his first title defense in Denver when he meets Rampage Jackson. At 13-1, the 23-year-old Team Jackson fighter owns wins over the likes of Stephan Bonnar, Vladimir Matyushenko and Ryan Bader. Despite his impressive resume, “Bones” believes a win over Jackson would truly cement his place as one of the world’s most dominant fighters.

 

“Fighting Rampage Jackson is an awesome opportunity and a win is definitely something that could add to my legacy as champion,” Jones said. “I think he’s re-motivated and that makes him dangerous. He’s driving me to a different level of training right now. I’m training like a champion so that I can go in there on Sept. 24 and perform like a champion.”

 

With his bone-crushing power and seek-and-destroy mentality, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson (fighting out of Irvine, Calif.) owns victories over some of the sport’s all-time greats, including Wanderlei Silva, Dan Henderson and Chuck Liddell. While his opponent on Sept. 24 appears to be heading toward a similarly historic career, Jackson (32-8) looks to end Jones’ surge when the two battle for the title at Pepsi Center. Simply put, Jackson believes it’s his time to once again reign over arguably the most stacked division in the UFC.

 

“I am planning on bringing the belt back to where it belongs,” Jackson said. “That belt is very serious and very dear to me. That belt should never have been taken off of me, and it’s been a long time coming to get my chance to get my belt back. The proudest thing I’ve done in my career is unify that title with the PRIDE FC title, and in the next fight it was taken off me despite me winning the fight. I’ve had to wait since 2008 to get my chance to get my belt back, but anything that comes easy isn’t worth having in the first place.”

 

UFC Hall of Famer and welterweight great Matt Hughes (fighting out of Hillsboro, Ill.)steps inside the Octagon® this fall in search of another signature win to add to his storied career. The 37-year-old former champion gets that opportunity when he meets the hard-charging Diego Sanchez (fighting out of Albuquerque, N.M.). Winner of season one of The Ultimate Fighter, the 29-year-old Sanchez has developed a reputation for being a gritty, hard-nosed fighter with deceiving power and high-level grappling. Riding back-to-back wins since returning to the welterweight division Sanchez (25-4) looks for his third consecutive victory when he meets the legendary Hughes (46-8).

 

Fresh off a Knockout of the Night performance at UFC 130 in May, undefeated heavyweight Travis “Hapa” Browne (fighting out of San Diego, Calif.) looks for his third victory in the UFC when he meets versatile English fighter Rob Broughton (fighting out of Liverpool, England). The 6’7” Browne (11-0-1) trains alongside UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz and rising light heavyweight Phil Davis in San Diego and is considered a future heavyweight contender. He’ll face a stern test in Broughton (15-5-1), a Wolfslair product with 11 wins by way of stoppage.

 

UFC 135 features a sure-fire barnburner when The Ultimate Fighter season five winner Nate Diaz (fighting out of Stockton, Calif.)takes on Japanese standout Tanakori “The Fireball Kid” Gomi (fighting out of Tokyo, Japan) in lightweight action. The 26-year-old Diaz (13-7), younger brother of welterweight standout Nick Diaz, has scored victories over Marcus Davis, Melvin Guillard and Kurt Pellegrino in his career. His opponent, former PRIDE star Gomi (32-7, 1 NC), is known for his stunning power and holds notable wins over the likes of Tyson Griffin, Tatsuya Kawijiri and Marcus Aurelio.

 

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

UFC AND WEC VET KAMAL SHALOROUS SIGNS MANAGEMENT CONTRACT WITH ALCHEMIST MMA & MILTON VIEIRA SIGNS WITH STRIKEFORCE

KAMAL SHALOROUS

Shalorous is a decorated grappler and only recently turned to mixed martial arts. Vieira is a longtime student of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and invented the anaconda choke.

Pompano Beach, FL

July 14th, 2011

Ultimate Fighting Championship lightweight and former World Extreme Cagefighting veteran Kamal “The Prince of Persia” Shalorous is now a member of Alchemist MMA, a formidable stable that includes Brendan Schaub, Vladimir Matyushenko, and Nate Marquardt.

Another Alchemist fighter working his way up the MMA ladder is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu specialist and inventor of the Anaconda Choke, Milton Vieira, who recently signed with Zuffa promotion Strikeforce. Vieira has long been a regular on the international fight scene with most of his bouts taking place in Brazil and Japan.

MMA is a global movement, and we have made a concerted effort to work with the best fighters on national and international levels,”says Alchemist VP of Business Affairs and General Counsel Nima Safapour. “We are very proud to bring Milton to the United States and to enter into a partnership with Kamal.”

Kamal Shalorous was born in Iran, but emigrated to the United States in 2006 and now lives in Los Angeles where he trains at Antoni Hardonk’s Dynamix gym. Shalorous is a partner in (and official grappling instructor for) the American Combat Association and he certifies MMA schools in his fighting system SICS and conducts seminars focused on catch wrestling through the ACA. Shalorous was an undefeated amateur MMA fighter and entered the World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) promotion in 2008 where he racked up a record of 7-0-2 before tasting his first defeat at UFC 128.

Milton Vieira

Milton Vieira

Milton Vieira lives and trains in Rio de Janeiro with Brazilian Top Team (BTT). Vieira’s first coach, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu master Murilo Bustamente, is also a founder of BTT and one of the elites of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. It was while at BTT with Bustamante that Vieira created and perfected the now widely used “Anaconda Choke.”

“Kamal Shalorus and Milton Vieira are outstanding competitors that represent their respective countries in the most prestigious MMA organizations,” adds Safapour. “They are sportsmen with exciting fighting styles. Alchemist is excited to represent them and expand their brands through their respective careers with Zuffa. The fans are in for a big treat.

RUMBLE @ THE ROSELAND 58-Two Championship Fights on July 16th, One is a Re-match!

 
Austin Springer springing towards Andreas Correa intheir last meeting at Rumble 43. They will meet again at Rumble  on Saturday, July 16th for the 145-pound Championship Belt.
     Portland, OR Rumble @ the Roseland 58 promises to provide the best MMA action in the Northwest as 20 bouts are slated for Saturday, July 16th.

In the Main Event for the interim FCFF Featherweight Championship, Austin Springer and Andreas Correa will slug it out for the 3rd time in an epic re-match. This time the stakes are higher; both fighters have won once against each other and both are eager to leave with belt around their waist. In their first meeting Springer earned a victory and in their second bout Correa picking up the victory due to Kimora. Austin Springer is claiming that he is going for the Knock Out while Andreas Correa is being more reserved in his comments.
Correas Kimora victory over Springer in their
last meeting at Rumble 43.
In the co-main event, Champion Shaun Nance will defend his title against State Champion wrestler David Converse.  After losing his first MMA bout, Converse has won 5 straight to enter this bout with a ton of confidence.  This promises to be a fight of the night contender.


Rumble 58 also brings the return of Trigger Zac Miller from Zig Zag, Oregon; along with a female fight. Make sure and be there for Rumble @ the Roseland 58 on Saturday, July 16th at the Roseland Theater in Portland, OR. Doors Open at 6pm, Fights Start at 7pm. Tickets through Safeway TicketsWest.

More info at www.theFCFF.com

Rumble at the Roseland 58

Jul 16, 2011 | Roseland Theater, Portland, OR

FIGHT CARD:

AGGRESSION MMA BRINGING BACK TOP CANADIAN STARS FOR NEXT FIGHT CARD

AGGRESSION MMA BRINGING BACK TOP CANADIAN STARS FOR NEXT FIGHT CARD

Event to feature Ryan Ford, Tim Hague, and Ryan McGillivray

Ryan Ford,

Ryan Ford,

Edmonton, Alberta (Canada): Mixed martial arts is all about overcoming obstacles. Whether it’s training, weight-cutting, and defeats, or scheduling conflicts, equipment issues, and venue changes, adversity is very much part of the life of anyone involved in MMA.

Aggression MMA is not exempt from this. At its last event, some cage issues caused some problems at the event. However, the house was near-capacity, and the crowd was hot. Several great performances were given, including a bout many called “Fight of the Night” between Steve Beaumont and James Haddad. Jason Gorny and Elmer Waterhen engaged in an eye-pleasing slugfest, and former Edmonton Eskimo Rio Wells got the submission victory after suffering his first career loss recently. In short, the fights just kept getting better and better.

Building on this momentum, the Edmonton-based promotion has announced that it is bringing back some of the top Canadian stars out there for its September fight event. Ryan “The Real Deal” Ford, Tim “The Thrashing Machine” Hague, and Ryan “The Kid” McGillivray have all been signed to compete on this star-studded fight card. Canadian fight fans won’t want to miss it!

Ryan “The Real Deal” Ford (16-3) has clearly established himself as one of the top stars in Canada. He has won four straight, and eight of his last night, finishing all his victims on either punches or submissions. Just this year, he’s conquered Johnny Davis, former UFC welterweight contender Karo Parisyan, and fellow top Canadian Nick Hinchliffe in succession. Now, he will headline another Aggression MMA event, but this time, it will be with the vacant Aggression Welterweight Championship on the line.

Tim “The Thrashing Machine” Hague (12-5), at only 28 years old, is a five-time UFC veteran who has proven his talent and mettle over and over again. A brutally strong competitor, he has finished his opponent in ten of his twelve victories. After three separate stints with the UFC, he returns to his native Canada to get back on the winning track. And he’s hungry to prove he belongs amongst the best heavyweights in the sport.

Ryan “The Kid” McGillivray (11-5-1) returns to his native Canada coming off a run on The Ultimate Fighter: Team Lesnar vs. Team dos Santos. As a member of Team dos Santos, McGillivray defeated Len Bentley in his first bout of the competition, thereby earning a spot in the quarterfinals. He lost his next bout against the eventual winner of the competition, Tony Ferguson, a loss which took “The Kid” out of the competition. Yet, he showed enough to be signed by the UFC, and competed at the TUF finals against fellow cast-member Shamar Bailey. He suffered a decision loss, and is now looking to right the ship. One of the most exciting competitors to come out of Canada, the future is bright for “The Kid.”

Stay tuned for more details on this exciting upcoming Aggression MMA fight event!

For more information, please visit our website at http://www.aggressionmma.com/

 

RISING FEATHERWEIGHT SHAH BOBONIS HELPS GET DOMINICK CRUZ READY FOR URIJAH FABER

RISING FEATHERWEIGHT SHAH BOBONIS HELPS GET DOMINICK CRUZ READY FOR URIJAH FABER

“To be in there with someone at that level was a great experience.”

Miami, Florida (USA): Shah Bobonis…it’s not a name easily forgotten. It’s unique. Yet, the fighter behind the name is so much more than an interesting moniker. He’s a rising, young 145-pounder that industry insiders are starting to recognize as a future force to be reckoned with.

Bobonis (11-6) possesses a unique background. Growing up in a military family, Shah moved around a lot. Starting in San Antonio, his family moved to Puerto Rico and then to Florida, where he was basically raised in Miami. A wrestler in junior high and high school, he was a star athlete. Shah went on to play minor league baseball. After his baseball career ended, he took up amateur boxing to stay in shape. A chance meeting with current Strikeforce lightweight contender Jorge Masvidal led to Shah being introduced to MMA. After falling in love with the sport, he began training in earnest, and made his pro debut in 2007.

A two-time title-holder in Mexico’s Combate Extremo (C.E.), Shah is the current C.E. Featherweight Champion. And he’s very confident in his abilities.

“I’m the new generation of fighter,” he explains. “I didn’t grow up wrestling all my life, and I wasn’t born in a gi. I love to fight, and I’ve learned to be proficient in every area of the game. Even if a guy comes in as a world champion kickboxer, I can beat anybody in the world at 135 or 145 lbs,” he confidently concludes.

Represented by former FIFA player agent and current C.E. CEO Michael Shoffner, doors are beginning to open for the well-rounded talent. Shah was recently asked to go to San Diego to help prepare UFC Bantamweight Champion Dominick Cruz for this weekend’s title bout with Urijah Faber. It was quite an experience for the young fighter.

“I was with him four weeks as one of his chief sparring partners,” said Bobonis. “It was a great experience. Dominick is a really well-rounded fighter. To be in there with someone at that level was a great experience. To see that caliber of fighter, to be exposed to it…you don’t get that every day. Once you train with someone that good, it gives you a level of confidence because you know going into a fight that you’re not going to see someone better than that. It helps your confidence.”

Last year, Shah was scheduled to make his Bellator debut. However, an injury prevented that. Now, he’s looking to string together a few wins and grab that first fight with the promotion.

“The UFC is great, but I think sometimes title shots and main events come about solely based on the marketability of the fight. I love how Bellator does things. You have to fight everybody. And I just want to fight the best, regardless.”

In his next bout, Shah will defend his Combate Extremo 145-pound belt in September. Look for more information on that fight in the coming months.

Combate Extremo is Méxicos longest running professional mixed martial arts promotion. The promotion was instrumental in the growth and regulation of MMA in México by establishing the only federally appointed commission in the country – COMEXAM (Comision Mexicana de Artes Marciales Mixtas) and making it the first promotion in México to adopt the MMA Unified Rules and requiring other promoters to meet minimum regulatory standards.

To date, C.E. has promoted over 100 professional mixed martial arts events in México and internationally, running nine events in the 2010 season alone, along with another twelve scheduled for 2011. Events have featured fighters such as Jon Fitch, Aaron Riley, Brian Ebersole, Brandon Lee Hinkle, MMA pioneer Shannon “The Cannon” Ritch, IFL veteran Vince Lucero, and Bellator veterans Jorge Ortiz, Yahir Reyes, Edwin Aguilar, Cedric Marks, and showcases the top Mexican fighters competing today.

In this video: Kimura.se follows the current UFC-champion Dominick Cruz for his first title defence in the UFC against Urijah Faber.

King of the Cage Next Generation June 30- Fight Card

http://www.kingofthecage.com/

 

Thursday June 30, 2011
San Manuel Casino
Highland, CA

Fight Card:

-David Gomez vs. Brandon Hunt (middleweight title)
-Kana Hyatt vs. Kiko Lopez
-Christopher Camacho vs. Jason Gonzales
-Juan Rivas vs. Chris Holdsworth

The California State Athletic Commission has lifted the UFCs Chael Sonnens Suspension

Via twitter post Chael Sonnen confirms he is back in action.
The California State Athletic Commission has lifted the UFC Middlewights Suspension
sonnench chael sonnen

I can finally get back to the most important thing in my life.  Defending my Middleweight Championship.

Upcoming Event- Rage in the Cage 153

Upcoming Event- Rage in the Cage 153

Rage in the Cage

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Photos from Rage in the Cage 152 May 21 /2011/05/22/photos-from-last-nights-rage-in-the-cage/

RITC 153
Saturday July 16, 2011
Wild Horse Pass Casino
Chandler, AZ

Doors Open: 7:00 PM, Fight Time: 8:00 PM

Three championship bouts are on tap for RITC 153 on July 16th along with an extensive card. 

In the Main Event, popular Jamie Schmidt ( 9-3 ) takes on undefeated Eddie Batross ( 4-0 ) for the vacant RITC WW Title. In the Co-Main Events, Carlos Ortega ( 12-11-1 ) defends his RITC BW Title against Bellator veteran Anthony Birchak ( 5-1 ) and Strikeforce veteran Chris Gruetzemacher ( 7-1 ) battles Jeff Fletcher ( 5-4 ) for the vacant RITC LW Title.

Tickets: $30, $50 and $100. $5 higher on fight day. No discounts available. Plenty of free parking. All guests must be 18+ to attend.

Tickets now on sale at http://wingilariver.ticketforce.com/ or call 1-877-840-0457.

Fight Card Information Stay tuned to rageinthecage.com

Photos from Rage in the Cage 152 May 21 /2011/05/22/photos-from-last-nights-rage-in-the-cage/

World Champion Chris CYBORG Santos MMA Hands on Training Seminar

MMA SPORTS EXPO SHOW OF STRENGTH

Saturday July 23rd 2011 10am 6pm

Resorts Hotel & Casino Atlantic City, NJ

Powerlifting Athletes  &   Strongman Athletes

Book your Room at Resorts call 1-800-772-9000
use convention code USPEX7

World Champion Chris CYBORG Santos
MMA Hands on Training Seminar

1pm to 4pm on the Beach in Front of Resorts Casino in Atlantic City
Click below to register by July 15th and save $25.00

More Info: http://www.mmasportsexpo.com/atlanticcity.html

RUMBLE @ THE ROSELAND 58 Two Championship Bouts and Two Female Fights!

RUMBLE @ THE ROSELAND 58
Two Championship Bouts and Two Female Fights!

FCFF Flyweight Champion Shaun Nance returns to the cage on Saturday, July 16th after taking home the belt on March 5th 2011 at Rumble 55. He will make his first title defense against David Converse, a tough fighter from Lincoln City, Oregon. 

Portland, OR – On Saturday, July 16th the Full Contact Fighting Federation comes back to the Roseland Theater in Portland, Oregon to host “Rumble @ The Roseland 58.” The FCFF is Oregon’s oldest and most respected cage fighting organization, often called the National “golden gloves” of MMA. At Rumble @ The Roseland 58 the will be two championship fights in the 125-pound and 145 divisions, plus two female fights. Notably, there is a much anticipated bout between Hillary VanOrnum and Danae Castle – this will be the first female fight in FCFF history to be above 200 pounds. True fight fans will flock to see this rare 225-pound female fight: history will be made on Saturday, July 16th.

The fight card is full of rising mma stars like Zac Miller of Zig Zag, Oregon and Brad Hannah of Team Quest, with many fights determining the number one contenders in their respective divisions. Doors open at 6 pm with fights starting at 7 sharp.

More info at www.theFCFF.com