Inaugural World Series of Fighting card deemed a success
Across the board, there was nothing but high praise for the first World Series of Fighting card.
Fighters were impressed and felt taken care of. Trainers got the same vibe.
The WSOF brought it all — sparkling production values, big names, good fights and a few highlight reels.
For all accounts, it was a smashing success.
"I couldn't ask for a better start," WSOF President Ray Sefo said. "I'm so happy and proud with the turnout. Like I said, there are a lot of great emotions. This is our first event, and, of course, we're going to get better and better and better."
Whether fans give the WSOF the same approval will be decided on future cards, but if Saturday's card is any indication, the more than 5,000 fans who showed up at the PH Live venue at Planet Hollywood have something to look forward to.
Anthony Johnson, who scored a knockout victory against D.J. Linderman in the card's co-main event, praised the company, adding they got close to everything right on the first try.
"I didn't think it would be like this," Johnson said. "Usually, people have a promotion and don't do it right at first. (The WSOF is) on the ball and doing exactly what they should be doing."
Johnson, a former UFC fighter, provided the night's biggest highlight.
After Johnson was poked in the eye, referee Herb Dean didn't give Johnson a chance to recover. Linderman rushed in and got caught by a Johnson straight right hand. Linderman fell face-first onto the canvas as Johnson threw down his mouthpiece in celebration at the 3:58 mark of the first round.
"He got careless and rushed me and left himself open," said Johnson, who has a bad history of getting poked in the eye. "Every time I get hit in the eye, it stuns me, but I work through it."
Finalists announced for 2012 World MMA Awards, Rousey earns record four nominations
The full list of nominees includes:
Charles "Mask" Lewis Fighter of the Year
Female Fighter of the Year
Breakthrough Fighter of the Year
International Fighter of the Year
Chan Sung Jung
Fight of the Year
Dan Henderson vs. Mauricio "Shogun" Rua (UFC 139)
Michael Chandler vs. Eddie Alvarez (Bellator 58)
Jake Ellenberger vs. Diego Sanchez (UFC on FUEL TV 1)
Dustin Poirier vs. Chan Sung Jung (UFC on FUEL TV 3)
Jamie Varner vs. Joe Lauzon (UFC on FOX 4)
Knockout of the Year
Adam Khaliev vs. Alexei Belyaev (League S-70)
Edson Barboza vs. Terry Etim (UFC 142)
Stephen Thompson vs. Dan Stittgen (UFC 143)
Anthony Pettis vs. Joe Lauzon (UFC 144)
Brian Rogers vs. Vitor Vianna (Bellator 61)
Submission of the Year
Frank Mir vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (UFC 140)
Charles Oliveira vs. Eric Wisely (UFC on FOX 2)
Rousimar Palhares vs. Mike Massenzio (UFC 142)
Ronda Rousey vs. Miesha Tate (Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey)
Chan Sung Jung vs. Dustin Poirier (UFC on FUEL TV 3)
Comeback of the Year
Alan Belcher (career)
Mike Swick (career)
Frank Mir vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (UFC 140)
Tim Boetsch vs. Yushin Okami (UFC 144)
J.P. Joubert vs. Norman Wessels (EFC Africa 15)
Shawn Tompkins Coach of the Year
Gym of the Year
American Kickboxing Academy
Cesar Gracie Jiu-Jitsu
Referee of the Year
Ring Card Girl of the Year
Leading Man of the Year
Personality of the Year
Best Lifestyle Clothing Brand
Best Technical Clothing Brand
Best Technical Equipment
MMA Media Source of the Year
"Inside MMA" on AXS TV
MMA Journalist of the Year
Karyn Bryant, MMA HEAT/FUEL TV
Ben Fowlkes, MMAjunkie.com/USA TODAY
Gareth A. Davies, The Telegraph
Ariel Helwani, MMAFighting.com/FUEL TV
John Morgan, MMAjunkie.com/USA TODAY
Olympic gold medalist Jeff Blatnick dies
NISKAYUNA - NewsChannel13 has confirmed that Olympic gold medalist Jeff Blatnick from Niskayuna has died following complications from heart surgery.
Sad day for MMA this guy was one of the biggest proponents for MMA in the dark days.
Report: Japanese star Kazuo Misaki to retire after DEEP 60 bout
It appears as if the former Grabaka Hitman is choosing retirement over a cloudy future in Strikeforce. Kazuo Misaki (25-11-2, 1 NC), the Pride 2006 welterweight grand prix winner, will take one more bout in Japan before he hangs them up for good according to MMAAsia.com:
In the biggest news of the night, the legendary Kazuo Misaki announced that he will step away from MMA action and that his final fight will be at DEEP’s December 22 Haleo Impact event. Due to Misaki’s Strikeforce contract, the match may have to be a "special exhibition bout" and no opponent was named.
Legalization of MMA Across Canada Takes Another Step Forward
The legalization of mixed martial arts across Canada has taken another step forward.
Bill S-209, an Act to remove the Criminal Code prohibition on mixed martial arts, has now been introduced into the House of Commons by Member of Parliament Massimo Pacetti, according to a UFC release. Ryan Leef, Member of Parliament and Chair of the MMA Caucus, was one of many other prominent MP’s to second the bill.
First introduced into the Senate by Senator Bob Runciman and then subsequently approved in June 2012, the private member’s bill must pass through three readings in the House of Commons before receiving Royal Assent.
WEC vet plans two-on-two MMA fights for upcoming Desert Rage event
Chance Farrar grew up with a bunch of brothers and thinks he's found a way to make MMA more exciting: add more bodies.
The WEC vet and promoter of Desert Rage Full Contact Fighting is holding an event that features two-on-two MMA fights.
"We started trying it in the gym, and it's been successful," he told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "It's nothing short of controlled chaos, but exciting. You can't predict what's going to happen."
The event, "Desert Rage 11: Revenge at Paradise," takes place Oct. 20 at Paradise Casino in Yuma, Ariz.
Farrar, who is semiretired, said the fights will be contested under the Unified Rules of MMA with the exception of no elbows and knees allowed. There will be no rounds and no time limits, he said, as trial runs indicated they weren't needed. Two referees will corral a foursome in a 30-foot cage.
Things get even more interesting when a combatant is stopped by strikes, submission, or referee stoppage. Farrar said a one-minute rest is called to give officials time to remove the eliminated fighter, and the round then resumes.
The fight ends, obviously, when one sides loses both fighters. If an eliminated fighter is unable to leave the cage within the one-minute period, the other side wins by forfeit. Rounds will be five minutes each with a one-minute rest period between each round, as with standard pro MMA bouts. But Farrar said there will be no limit to how many rounds a fight can go.
As far as weight classes, a team's collective bulk is added together to classify their division. The lightweight class is 350 pounds and under; middleweight is 425 pounds and under; and heavyweights tip the scales at 500 pounds and under.
XFC 21 set for Dec. 7 with Eric Reynolds vs. Nick Newell title fight
A fight between Eric Reynolds (16-5) and Nick Newell (8-0) for a vacant lightweight title will serve as the headliner of Xtreme Fighting Championships' next event.
"XFC 21: Night of Champions" takes place Dec. 7 at Nashville Municipal Auditorium in Tennessee.
The six-fight main card, including a Ryan Thomas (14-7) vs. Corey Hill (6-4) welterweight co-headliner, airs on AXS TV.
“All aboard the UFC Injury Train” an Unofficial record of MMA Fighter Injury
Last year, one of our members (MMA Opinions), Adam Boucher began keeping a tally of the injuries in the UFC. He affectionately called it the “UFC Injury Train”. Whenever a fighter suffered an unfortunate mishap, he’d make a post and call everyone by saying “All aboard the UFC Injury Train”. I was wondering how far he’d gotten since tracking these incidents around UFC 143, and here’s where we stand:
How a Renzo Gracie Student Grew Up to Be the Newest Big Bad on Sons of Anarchy
Sons of Anarchy actor Harold Perrineau and the world of mixed martial arts go back a long, long way.
Years before Perrineau made it on hit TV shows like the FX outlaw biker drama, or his turn as Michael Dawson on the ABC series ‘Lost’, he was a dancer making his way through musicals after growing up in Brooklyn.
It was through that medium that he first discovered martial arts.
“Many, many years ago I studied Kung-Fu. I used to be a dancer and then an easy transition for me was studying martial arts, and I studied Kung-Fu. I kind of liked the fluidity of it. Then back in the day I started reading magazines about this MMA thing and I was like what’s that?” Perrineau told MMAWeekly Radio in a recent interview.
“I would read like Inside Kung-Fu and all these other things and it just started growing and growing and growing. Then the first UFC came on with Royce Gracie, and I was like ‘oh snap what’s that?’ so while I didn’t follow all the UFC’s, I certainly did watch the first couple of years.”
While he wasn’t following along with every UFC event that happened, he did manage to mix in some training along the way that included a stop at Renzo Gracie‘s academy in New York City. Once Perrineau moved to Los Angeles to further pursue his acting career, his ties to the Gracie family didn’t stop however.
Perrineau began working with Renzo Gracie black belt Shawn Williams, who was at the time only the fifth American to receive a black belt from the famous trainer and instructor.
“I trained over at Renzo Gracie’s school for a little while in New York City doing jiu-jitsu. He is great and I started training with one of his first black belts, Shawn Williams, here in Los Angeles until I messed up my knee and I couldn’t keep doing it,” Perrineau stated.
What Does the Future Hold for MMA in Japan?
With reports by AsainMMA.com saying that Japanese MMA promotion Dream’s parent company, Real Entertainment, has closed up shop, major MMA in Japan is at a crossroads right now.
Speaking to MMAWeekly.com, AXS TV’s Hans Thompson said of Real Entertainment’s closing, “I don’t have exact numbers on how many staff, but they essentially haven’t had a staff for much of this year aside from a handful of individuals.”
Thompson believes that Real Entertainment had kept Dream on life support as to not lose booking rights for one of Japan’s premier areas on one of its biggest entertainment days...
Anthony Johnson scores head-kick TKO of Jake Rosholt at XFN 9
A regional-show super fight in his former home state ended badly for Jake Rosholt, a former Oklahoma State University national-champion wrestler whom Anthony Johnson knocked out at Friday's Xtreme Fight League 9 event at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa.
Johnson, who's now 3-0 since his UFC release earlier this year, used a second-round head kick to secure the win.
The fight, which streamed online as part of a card with boxing and kickboxing bouts, was the former welterweight's second straight win since a move up 205 pounds.
Mike Ciesnolevicz signs multi-fight deal with World Series of Fighting
Two-time UFC veteran Mike Ciesnolevicz (19-4) is the latest addition to the World Series of Fighting roster.
Officials from Ciesnolevicz's management team, Apex Sports Agency, today announced the signing.
"Mike's had some injury problems, but he has finally been able to have the shoulder surgery he needed and is looking forward to returning to the cage in dominating fashion," Apex Sports Agency CEO Jason Chambers stated. "The World Series of Fighting is a great place for him to show that he has been overlooked for too long and that he is a threat to be taken very seriously."
Ciesnolevicz hasn't fought since a May 2011 win over Bruce Nelson under Canada's Prestige MMA banner. Dating back to 2008, Ciesnolevicz is 6-1 in his past seven fights – a run that includes a 1-1 mark in the UFC. Despite the .500 record in the octagon, Ciesnolevicz was released from the UFC after missing weight for a June 2009 bout with Tomasz Drwal and then suffering a TKO loss.
Strikeforce Veteran Lyle Beerbohm Signs With World Series Of Fighting
The upstart promotion World Series of Fighting continues to add to their roster as they prepare for the curtain raising card on November 3rd. Having won his last 4 fights, 3 by way of submission, former Strikeforce lightweight Lyle Beerbohm signed with WSOF. MMA Junkie has the details:
After a two-fight skid in Strikeforce, Lyle Beerbohm has gone on a 4-0 run in 2012 that now has him a deal with the World Series of Fighting.
Beerbohm (19-2) has signed a multi-fight deal with the new promotion and is expected to have his first bout announced soon. Beerbohm's management team recently announced the signing.
New Jersey trainer pleads guilty to falsifying pre-fight medical paperwork
A New Jersey-based trainer pleaded guilty today to falsifying medical paperwork so his fighters could fight without undergoing pre-bout physicals.
The state attorney general office will recommend 49-year-old Mahwah, N.J. resident Philip Dunlap be sentenced to probation, 200 hours of community service and a $5,000 fine.
"The sport is criticized enough, and young enough where it's still trying to grow," New Jersey State Athletic Control Board legal counsel Nick Lembo today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "We don't need somebody getting hurt ... off of fake medicals."
Dunlap, who trains fighters out of Advanced Fighting Systems in Mahwah, agreed to a plea deal in connection with a third-degree felony charge of tampering with public records or information. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 26.
Sarah Kaufman scratches from Invicta FC 3, Kaitlin Young now rematches Leslie Smith
Former Strikeforce champion Sarah Kaufman (15-2) has pulled out of next month's Invicta 3 event due to an injury, officials today announced.
Her opponent, Kaitlin Young (7-6-1), now will rematch fellow bantamweight Leslie Smith (3-2-1) instead. Additionally, Smith's original opponent, Kim Connor-Hamby, now will meet late replacement Raquel Pennington (3-1).
Both bouts are part of the night's main card.
Invicta FC 3, the latest offering from the all-female promotion, takes place Oct. 6 in Kansas City, Kan., and the event is expected to stream online for free.
People Who Complain About What Happened to UFC 153 Need to Understand the Big Picture
So after Wednesday, after UFC was dealt a hand of lemons the day before when the top two matches at UFC 153 fell apart within hours of each other, and came out of it with lemonade, I woke up to some surprising news.
After being blamed by many for his inability to save UFC 151, when he not only saved UFC 153, but made it more attractive to the majority of his consumers, Dana White was wrong again.
I'm not exactly sure what he was wrong about. Sure, if you asked me the 100 fights I would most be looking forward to seeing this year, Anderson Silva vs. Stephan Bonnar wouldn't be in the top 20.
And I was genuinely looking forward to Jose Aldo vs. Frankie Edgar, the previous main event, more than all but two fights for the rest of this year. To me, it had significance, because it means something, and may even be the most important fight, in determining who the best lighter weight fighter in the sport is. But there's another thing more important, that a lot of hardcore fans who would agree with these views are missing. If UFC markets to us, they would be playing in 2,000-seat casino halls, selling almost no tickets to the public, airing on ESPN2 with a $40,000 budget for the entire show, and nobody would know who the fighters are, except people like us...
Tyson Nam Willing To Re-Sign With Bellator At The Right Price
Despite the tension between Bellator and Tyson Nam (12-4), he is open to the idea of fighting for them if the offer is right as he's been talking with several MMA companies as of late.
"I can say there are pretty big promotions if not some of the most recognized promotions in the world," said Nam on The MMA Hour. "If [Bellator] bring something to the table that's actually matching these other offers that I'm getting, sure, why not."
Gerald Harris tapped to meet Josh Burkman, Bobby Lashley targeted for WSOF 1
There's another big show in Las Vegas, but for Ray Sefo and the World Series of Fighting, Sin City is home.
"We have a lot of great fighters that aren't in other organizations, so we figured that we good bring something good," Sefo today told MMAjunkie.com. "Our goal is to look after fighters and fans first."
The World Series of Fighting president today announced that his fledging promotion has struck a one-year deal with NBC Sports Network and hopes to put eight to 10 events on the channel in that time.