MMA Expo ~ Toronto - Mark your calendar
I got this email today. I thought I would post the information here.
June 21 & 22, 2008
MMA Expo returns to Toronto ~ June 21 & 22, 2008 ~ International Centre
[across from Pearson International Airport ]
If you’re an MMA fighter or fight fan, a traditional martial artist, or you’re
thinking about taking up martial arts, MMA Expo is YOUR show!
Experienced Martial Artists
Regardless of your skill level - junior to senior - we promise another year of
outstanding hands-on seminars from the masters of Mixed and Traditional
Martial Arts. From striking and take-downs to grappling and submissions,
martial artists of all levels have a blast at MMA Expo training with some of
the top instructors in the business. Check out these testimonials –
Reserve your On-the-Mat Seminar Spot Today
Over 1,000 have taken the MMA Expo seminars so far but space is limited.
We've reduced the mat area by almost 50% to make room for other activities.
Don’t miss out. Submit your Advance Registration Form today -
General Admission – Only $12
Yup…only $12 including taxes…and there’s a TON of stuff to see and do.
Self-Defense • Traditional Martial Arts • Gear • Fitness
Nutrition • Tournaments • MMA Training • MMA Celebrities
Novices: participate in FREE Martial Arts 101 sessions. Tell your friends!
Volunteer at the Show
Get a 1-day Training Pass in exchange for helping out on site. Have fun.
Meet new people. Save money. Limited number of spots available.
Help Spread the Word
We would REALLY appreciate your help in promoting MMA Expo. Please take
a moment now to forward this e-mail to all your friends and MA enthusiasts.
Also please consider including the MMA Expo link in your blogs and website.
Exhibitors – Reserve your Space
Much of the show floor is dedicated to seminars and tournaments.
Space is limited. And Early Booking Discounts expire March 15 -
Hold Your Tournament at MMA Expo
Give your competitors the opportunity to compete in front of HUGE crowds.
Drop us a note with contact info and an overview of your event -
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Need more information? Join us on-line at www.MixedMartialArtsExpo.com.
The Spider Goes to Hollywood
Anderson Silva was never supposed to be a champion. Instead, he was supposed to come into Ultimate Fight Night on June 28, 2006 and go down as a big win for fast-rising middleweight star Chris Leben, who seemed to be on his way to a title shot against then-champion Rich Franklin. But Silva took his opportunity on a big stage seriously and came in and knocked out the Ultimate Fighter (TUF) veteran. Had that fight between Leben and Franklin actually taken place, there is a very real possibility that Leben would have been flattened by the champ like his TUF compatriot Nate Quarry was at UFC 56. But Silva earned the title shot, trained his backside off, and went into UFC 64 and stunned the champion with a first round knockout. And the rest is history. Well, it’s more like current events.
France Legalizes MMA
France has become quite a hot bed for mixed martial arts talent over the years, but not one that immediately springs to mind on the world stage. Why? Because MMA as a sport in France has been banned for many years; mainly for political reasons and to protect the sanctity of traditional martial arts, but the times they are a changing.
CPC Movies: Who Says It's too Late for a 2008 Preview?
2007 turned out to be the biggest year in the history of MMA, and it had some of the best fights in a long time. I dubbed 07 as the “Year of the Lightweights,” with so many great fights coming from the 155-pound division, and we start out this year with a great lightweight fight at the first event of the year. UFC 80 featured Joe “Daddy” Stevenson taking on BJ Penn for the UFC Lightweight title. Penn defeated Stevenson in the second round by submission and will now face Sean Sherk at UFC 84 for the lightweight title.
We’re already more than a month into the year, but who says it’s too late to do a preview? 2008 should be yet another great year for MMA, and I look for the sport to take even more steps into the mainstream of American and world acceptance. I’ll break down the situation in each of the six major weight classes as well as some of the top stories to look for in the upcoming year.
What's Tickling Mark DellaGrotte's Toes
That first night, as Mark DellaGrotte lay in the floor on a rice mat, trying to sleep and wondering what he was doing on the other side of the planet, he realized that the creatures brushing by his feet were rats.
Rats and other things. There was no door to the too-small room in which he was packed with 13 others. Anything could scurry in from the 98-degree night.
DellaGrotte himself, for instance.
Twenty-four and traveling the world. Had never left the country, then on a plane and off a plane and into the sweltering dark of a different continent.
How, again, did he get here?
MMA Fastball on Cro Cop, Kimbo, Condit & others
Some opinions on several individuals/situations. Mir did MMA a favor was pretty spot on, I thought...perception really does count for alot.
I hadnt heard rumor of steroid use by Cro Cop before this...guess I'm naive or something, heh.
Arnold Classic Officially Adds Amateur MMA
The Arnold Classic, taking place in Columbus, Ohio from Feb. 29 through March 2, celebrates many forms of fitness and martial arts. This year will mark the debut of mixed martial arts at the expo, as an amateur event will take place and champions in multiple weight classes will be crowned.
Celebrating its 20th year anniversary, the Arnold Classic has always been a home to martial arts and with the growth of MMA throughout the world the amateur tournament this year is nothing short of historical.
Legendary martial artist Terrance “Tokey” Hill, who organizes and leads the charge for the martial arts portion of the Arnold Classic, lobbied to have MMA included in this year’s event and now it is a reality.
The event will run alongside many traditional martial arts programs at the Arnold Classic including Tae Kwon Do, Judo, Jiu-Jitsu, and San Shou. MMA will debut with an eight-man tournament represented by fighters and teams from across the world.
CRO COP TO K-1!!!
As reported yesterday, Mirko Cro Cop is going to be in Japan today at a press conference to make an announcement regarding his future. What we didn’t know was what the announcement was going to be, but now Dave Meltzer from the Wrestling Observer is reporting that Cro Cop is going to be at a press conference that’ll be held by FEG. The Fighting Entertainment Group (FEG) actually owns K-1 and its sub-division HERO’s. FEG was going to hold a press conference today prior to the Cro Cop announcement but now it only makes sense that he would be in Japan today.
A translation of K-1 HERO’s official website says, “big-time athletes are scheduled to fight in an emergency visit to Japan” and by “fight” we assume that it actually means appear at the press conference.
I’m sure you’re all wondering “isn’t Mirko Cro Cop under contract with the UFC?” The simple answer is yes, but Meltzer is reporting that the UFC has been in the process of attempting to restructure Mirko’s contract which would force him to take a paycut. Obviously nobody would willingly give up money so it looks like the UFC may let the former PRIDE open weight Grand Prix champion out of his six-fight deal after only three fights.
We’ll have more details on this situation as we get it, but for now it looks like the next Mirko Cro Cop fight we’ll see will be in a ring and not a cage.
Yahoo! MMA Top 10 Rankings
Very surprising that a Jan 21st article on Brock Lesnar had more clicks on Yahoo! Sports that week than any other sports article, including Super Bowl articles.
Link also includes Yahoo! MMA Top 10 Rankings.
MMA SEMINAR TO BENEFIT PREMATURE BABY
From the Underground:
MMA SEMINAR TO BENEFIT PREMATURE BABY
I am asking for help. The seminar is going to be in Jackson Mississippi on March 8. I have Renato Tavares, Rich Clementi, Stephen R Koepfer, and Travis Neagle teaching at the seminar. Any form of donation, help spreading this(bulletins on myspace, just keeping this thread alive) or saying a prayer for this baby and his family would be greatly appreciated. If you have any fight gear, autographed pics, or questions, etc etc please contact Mark at SCHWARZENEGGER2@HOTMAIL.COM, you can email Kyria at email@example.com or you can email Dan Christison at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Seminar date set for Kaiden Reese Blakeney (premature baby born on 10-6-2007, due date was 1-13-2008, and is still in the hospital)
Where- Gracie South 1006 Top St Suite H Flowood, MS. 39232 Date- March 8th Time of seminar- 11am Cost per person-$35 Instructors -Travis Neagle (Robert Kahn and Royce Gracie BJJ brown belt), Stephen R Koepfer (President of American Sambo Association, Head Coach of New York Combat Sambo and Team American Sambo, a regular contributer to Ultimate Grappling Mgazine, and have trained under Alexander Barakov (in the US) and Igor Kurinnoy (In Russia), Renato Tavares (4th degree black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu Black Belt from Carlson Gracie Sr and American Top Team member), Rich Clementi (UFC veteran and The Ulimate Fighter season 4 contestant). Film-Chabasco aka UFN ( www.ufnmma.com) will be there with his camera man to film the event to put on his new show they are getting ready to do. If you would like to attend or have any items you would like to donate for a raffle, please let me know SCHWARZENEGGER2@HOTMAIL.COM
Counting blessings despite hardship: McDonald House keeps family close Richard Lake •
December 24, 2007 The baby was born the size of a shampoo bottle but only half as heavy. He was not supposed to survive this long. He cannot breathe normally on his own and does not do well when he is touched. And yet, here is Kaiden, brought into this world by Caesarean section Oct. 6 weighing 1 pound, 1 ounce. He was 11 inches long. Kaiden was born 15 weeks early.
He has grown to 3 1/2 pounds, and about 14 inches, but his survival is still not assured. He is still breathing with lungs that do not work right, and he's housed in an isolette, one of those clear plastic boxes.
His parents have never held him, but are at his side every day. The first thing on his big sister's Christmas list is for him to leave the neonatal intensive care unit at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson and go home to Laurel, 90 miles to the southeast. That is not going to happen soon. Which means Shaun and Mark Blakeney needed to squeeze a Christmas tree into their room at the Ronald McDonald House on UMC's campus.
"Here it is," said Shaun. "This is our Christmas tree." She was pointing at a small, felt-like ornament hanging from a picture hook on the wall. The Blakeneys have been at Ronald McDonald House since not long after Kaiden's birth.
Shaun said doctors have told her to expect him to be in the hospital until at least February. He needs the kind of specialized care that is available nowhere in Mississippi but UMC. It would be impossible to drive all the way from Laurel to Jackson every day, so the Blakeneys thank goodness for Ronald McDonald House.
"We are so blessed to be here and be on this campus to be close to our son," Shaun said. "It's a hidden secret." They are one of more than a dozen families that will probably be there over Christmas. Tippy Garner, the house's events and development coordinator, said about 500 families each year stay there. The program is designed for families who are from outside the Jackson area and whose children are in town for lifesaving medical care.
Often, that means a child injured in a car accident, a cancer patient or a severely premature baby such as Kaiden. The house has 16 hotellike rooms, four full kitchens, a large dining room and other accommodations. It is almost always full or close to it. Sometimes there's a waiting list. More than half the families who stay there pay nothing; the rest pay only $8 a day.
Garner said operating expenses are taken care of through donations and volunteers. The program has only four full-time employees and two part-timers. If not for Ronald McDonald house, the Blakeneys might be in serious trouble.
Shaun, 37, has suffered from thyroid problems her whole life, she said. She was having trouble over the summer, and was in and out of the doctor's office many times. On one occasion, they shocked her with news of her pregnancy. She was already four months along. She and Mark, 29, who'd met last year when they both worked at the mall in Laurel, married and planned for their future.
They'd raise Shaun's daughter, Laken Davis, 9, and their new baby together. But Shaun's health problems persisted. Surgery was scheduled for February to remove her thyroid. And then, her blood pressure measured 230 over 200. Doctors worried about a condition called preeclampsia, hypertension during pregnancy, that can harm both the mother and the baby. In fact, Kaiden was having what are called brain bleeds. He needed to be born if he was to survive.
The day before the surgery to give birth to Kaiden, the experts prepared the Blakeneys for the worst. "They told me he would probably live 30 minutes," Shaun said. He lived, though just barely.
He looked like a pink skeleton when he was born. "He was little bitty," said Shaun. "He could fit in your hand." Mark commuted back and forth between Jackson and the Coast for three weeks until he finished training to become a truck driver. Now, both he and Shaun are at the Ronald McDonald House full time. They spend all day, every day by Kaiden's bedside, they said. They sleep at Ronald McDonald. They will celebrate Christmas there with family, who will make the drive from Laurel, they said.
Laken, who will be 10 next month, has been staying with her grandmother. She visits on the weekends. "Santa knows where she's at," Shaun said
Rage In The Cage XVI
"Wildfire" Johnny Rage returns with his weekly column. In this week's column he tackles UFC 81, a preview of UFC 82, World Victory Road and his thoughts on MMA "Smart Fans" and his thoughts on the Super Bowl.
- Shawn Bias realeased, starts road to recovery
Shawn Bias is on his way to making a full recovery from injuries allegedly sustained in a recent struggle with Oroville police.
The former Palace Fighting Championship featherweight champion was released from the Oroville Hospital on Wednesday and spoke about his incident for the first time.
Bias allegedly ran from officers outside an¬ apartment complex in Oroville at about 12:30 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 20. Oroville police were called to investigate a disturbance and upon making contact with the 22-year-old mixed martial artist, Bias reportedly ran and ignored orders from police to stop or be shot by a taser.
The Chico Enterprise Recorder reported that Bias was eventually caught by two officers and was tased a total of five times according to Oroville Police Chief Kirk Trostle. Some of the tasings were “drive stuns” which involves the taser making direct contact with the victim.
Bias was restrained and taken to the Oroville Hospital where he was treated for a heart attack and went into kidney failure.
Good to hear he is going to make a full recovery, especially after being given only a 30% chance to survive.
NSAC Executive Director Keith Kizer Discusses Year-Round Drug Testing
Earlier this month the Nevada State Athletic Commission issued a memo detailing new drug-testing procedures — procedures that could have a major impact on the use of steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs by MMA fighters.
Keith Kizer is the executive director of the NSAC, which is generally considered the most powerful state athletic commission in all of combat sports. His memo sent a very clear message: MMA fighters are subject to drug testing at any time — for just about any reason — throughout the year, regardless of whether or not the fighter is scheduled for an upcoming event.
Basically, testing is now done year-round, and a missed test is treated as a failed test.
Looking at NCAA Wrestling Champions in MMA
Brock Lesnar’s notoriety as a World Wrestling Entertainment champion and headliner has created great interest in his Ultimate Fighting Championship debut on Saturday night against former UFC champion Frank Mir.
But because his fame comes from scripted entertainment, many aren’t aware of his successes in legitimate athletic competition.
Lesnar was 106-5 in four years of college wrestling, winning the junior college national championship in 1998 and the Division I championship for the University of Minnesota in 2000, both as a heavyweight.
High-level amateur wrestling is a great asset in mixed martial arts, as many of UFC’s biggest stars all have a substantial wrestling background, Randy Couture, Chuck Liddell, Quinton Jackson, Dan Henderson, Matt Hughes, Josh Koscheck, Jon Fitch, Diego Sanchez, Rashad Evans, Tito Ortiz, Clay Guida, Keith Jardine, Roger Huerta, Jake O’Brien, Frankie Edgar, Matt Hamill, Brandon Vera, Gray Maynard, Corey Hill, Matt Grice and others.
But wrestling success is no guarantee of MMA success. For every Couture or Dan Severn, both of whom competed on the U.S. national team in international competition and are among only a few fighters in the UFC Hall of Fame, there are great wrestlers, including national champions and Olympians, who have gone nowhere in MMA.
More Details on Nevada's Expanded Drug Tests
Nevada Athletic Commission Executive Director Keith Kizer last Friday announced that the Commission has expanded steroid and drug testing for licensed fighters and those applying for licenses.
In addition to the testing performed on contestants on fight night, the Commission will require licensed fighters and licensing applicants to be tested at other times during the year.
Selection of licensees for testing will be made in one of three ways:
1. Fighters may be randomly chosen for testing.
2. If there is some indication that a fighter is taking a non-approved substance, they may be tested.
3. If a fighter has previously tested positive for using a non-approved substance, they may be tested.
MMAWeekly.com recently questioned Kizer on some of the particulars of the new testing.
Former PRIDE Producer Found Dead
Former PRIDE producer Hiromichi Momose was found dead in his Tokyo apartment Sunday morning. He was 67. Momose was one of the most powerful figures in the Japanese fight game and put forth the first 50 million yen to begin DSE, PRIDE's parent company.