2012 WORLD MMA AWARDS RESULTS
LAS VEGAS – MMAjunkie.com was on scene and reporting live from tonight's 2012 World MMA Awards red-carpet, black-tie ceremony.
Tonight's industry-wide festivities took place at The Joint at Las Vegas' Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.
The ceremony, which was a black-tie affair with red-carper arrivals, was co-hosted by UFC fighter Chael Sonnen and sports reporter Molly Qerim. The event also included performances by the rock group Otherwise, as well as the acro-cabaret variety show Absinthe.
Although the event did not air or stream live, FOX Sports Net will broadcast the show nationally via tape delay on Jan. 20.
World Series of Fighting Institutes Bonus Program; Rewards Debut Card Fighters
Every fighter likes getting a little something extra when their performance stood out on a card, and much like the UFC has instituted in their promotion, World Series of Fighting has decided to institute a bonus program as well.
Following a successful debut show in 2012, the fledgling promotion decided to kick off 2013 by rewarding those that stood out on their first card.
Sam Alvey signs with MFC
'Smilin' Sam Alvey has confirmed that his first fight after leaving the house will be with Maximum Fighting Championship against Elvis Mutapcic for the Middleweight Title.
BELLATOR VET ALEXIS VILA RETURNS TO FLYWEIGHT, MEETS JOSHUA SAMPO FOR CFA BELT ON JAN. 19
Bellator tournament veteran Alexis Vila will return to 125 pounds on Jan. 19, when “The Exorcist” takes on Joshua Sampo for the Championship Fighting Alliance flyweight title at CFA 9.
“I decided to move back down to flyweight because it is a more natural fit for me,” Vila said in the promotion’s official release. “I only moved to bantamweight to try to further my career and get into the UFC, but now that they have a flyweight division, staying at bantamweight doesn't make sense.”
Training Injury Postpones Evangelista ‘Cyborg’ Santos’ Legacy Fighting Championship Debut
Evangelista "Cyborg" Santos’ Legacy Fighting Championship debut will have to wait.
Promotion officials informed Sherdog.com on Thursday that the Brazilian suffered an injury during training, leaving him unable to face Pete Spratt at L FC 17 as originally anticipated. He will be replaced in the evening’s headliner by Bellator and Sengoku veteran Dan Hornbuckle. LFC 17 takes place in San Antonio, Texas on Feb. 1, and the main card will be broadcast on AXS-TV.
Heavyweight Fighters Predict UFC 155 Main Event
One of the most anticipated heavyweight clashes in history takes place this Saturday at the UFC’s year end show in Las Vegas.
Several of the sports heavyweight fighters took to various media outlets to discuss their opinion on the match up and MMAMania.com compiled the following:
Unsafe Amateurs: The Need for a Federal Overhaul
The mark of any mainstream sport is the bifurcation of its amateur and professional ranks. How many of us remember Adrian Peterson rushing for almost 2,000 yards as a true freshman at the University of Oklahoma, a feat he is currently on track to complete for the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings? Tiger Woods cleaned up on golf’s amateur circuit before hitting a record under par at his first major championship victory at the Masters in 1997. Amateur sports allow fans to see the growth and maturation of their favorite athletes. It is a rich tradition that in theory allows athletes to hone their skills absent the economic minutia of professional sports.
Mixed martial arts wants to be considered a mainstream sport. Even its combat sports sibling, boxing, has lauded amateur competitions such as the Golden Gloves and the Olympics. Because of this, many think amateur MMA is a worthy endeavor. The view of amateur MMA is that it affords up-and-coming fighters the same benefits of typical amateur competition: more rules, greater margin for error, increased parity and an overall better environment to hone one’s craft. Closer examination of the rules and how the events are in practice, however, reveals that amateur MMA is a costly endeavor for the fighters involved.
Like professional MMA, there is no nationwide governing body that regulates amateur MMA. Unlike professional MMA, however, a unified rules system for amateur events has not gained major traction. Individual state athletic commissions are the arbiters on how MMA is run within their jurisdictions. Some states have their own rules, some states have adopted the Association of Boxing Commissions’ amateur MMA rules and some states have exercised zero oversight.
Tim Kennedy: Are you guys fighters, or are you just a bunch of little vaginas?
Stephie Daniels: You recently tweeted your irritation about the mass exodus of fighters from this card. What's your take on the whole situation? Do you think the injuries are real?
Tim Kennedy: Well, I don't know. Maybe they are, maybe they aren't. It's pathetic and convenient for every single marquee fighter in all of Strikeforce, that we all know to be going over to the UFC, are pulling out of their fights, two weeks before the final card. It's like, are you guys fighters, or are you just a bunch of little vaginas?