Phil Davis Wins First MMA Match ( 41 second KO )
Phil "Mr Wonderful" Davis the national 197 lb wrestling champion from Penn State debuted this Saturday, June 21st at the House of Blues in Atlantic City. After being the last fight on a 31 fight venue that took over 8 hours to complete, Phil Davis knocked out Kevin Wall in 41 seconds with a left hook in the first round. Davis plans on having 1 more local fight over the next 2 months and then going Pro in the early fall. He currently trains with Team LionHeart in State College, PA.
Dan Lauzon Wins Again At WCF
WILMINGTON, Mass.- The young guns came out to put on a show on Friday night at The Shriners Auditorium. UFC veteran Dan Lauzon was dominant in his performance against Brendan Hoxie. Then, in the main event of the night, Sityodtong fighter, Mike Campbell proved to everyone why the hype surrounding him was greatly deserved.
Lauzon came out looking focused and ready to go in a bout many would deem fight of the night. Right off the bat, he came out and threw a spin to a leaping high kick that connected flush on Hoxie’s jaw, dropping him to his knees. Lauzon tried to finish, but his opponent stayed active from his back and avoided punishment. Lauzon motioned for him to stand up and dropped him again shortly after with a crisp punch combination, but still could not finish him on the ground. The rest of the round seemed to go the same as Lauzon dropped Hoxie once more with a punch before the round ended.
Diaz/Sakurai fight off
Nick Diaz will not be fighting Mach Sakurai. At least not in the July Dream card, as EliteXC has decided to not let him fight due to "contractual obligations'. Apparently EliteXC has other plans for Diaz and the July date might conflict with their plans.
Alessio submits Spratt, Couture injured in pro debut during night of free fights
LAS VEGAS - John Alessio choked out fellow UFC veteran Pete Spratt in the night's main event, and Kim Couture was on the wrong end of a unanimous decision in her professional MMA debut, during Friday's "Free for All, A Night of Combat" event.
The fights took place at the Thomas & Mack Center on the campus of UNLV in Las Vegas as part of a combination boxing/MMA event.
Approximately 18,000 tickets were distributed for the night of free fights.
After four boxing bouts, the MMA portion of the night kicked off with a five-fight card.
Interview With WAMMA CEO Dave Szady
Wednesday afternoon I was able to sit down for a phone interview with WAMMA's CEO Dave Szady and COO Mike Lynch. I was able to pose a lot of the questions that have been troubling the MMA community as well as allowing them an opportunity to address a lot of the rumors that have been running rampant on message boards and websites. Are sanctioning fees being charged to the fighters and promotions? How is Tim Sylvia involved in a supposedly "undisputed" world title fight with two losses in his last three fights? Are the WAMMA rankings fixed? Read on for the answers and much more:
Affliction Is Counting On The Power Of DVR
“As far as I’m concerned, people are going to Tivo (the UFC show) and watch our fight, and then go back to (watch UFC) later,” he said. “Obviously you’re going to get those people who are going to watch something for free (rather) than pay. … But our card is definitely stacked. I don’t know anybody that can say it’s not a great card.”
that’s a valid strategy as it relates to hardcore fans. We’ll see whether it will work on those people we always hear about who only know the UFC.
Atencio is right when he says the card is stacked, though it’s stacked largely with fighters who appeal to that hardcore fan base and much less so to the casual fan, who may or may not have heard the name Fedor at any time in his life. Their success with this show — particularly with the UFC going up against them on Spike TV — could tell us a lot about the actual interest level in MMA as a sport, rather than simply the UFC as a brand.
AFL expects to sign "20 to 30" female fighters this summer
LEXINGTON, KY. -- The Kentucky-based American Fight League is poised for a major shopping spree and could soon have a stronghold on the world's top female talent.
AFL CEO B.J. Santiago discussed the organization's plans with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) on Thursday while overseeing a media session with newly signed AFL fighters Tara LaRosa and Bobby Lashley.
The AFL has been on a free-agent signing spree in recent months, bringing a number of mid-level, though recognizable, fighters into the organization, including Rafael Assuncao, Junior Assuncao, Diego Saraiva, Chilo Gonzalez and Dan Christison. Lashley, a former WWE performer and decorated amateur wrestler, was one of its biggest scores to date.
Affliction Gate Update
Sergio Non at USAToday has an update:
Atencio might sound like a diehard MMA fan gleeful over his upcoming fantasy matchups, but he's not alone — 7,000 to 8,000 tickets have been sold so far, he said. If that figure is correct, it would mean that without any major marketing and with the show still a month away, Affliction: Banned is already close to hitting the live numbers of Elite XC's much-hyped May 31 event, which reported 8,033 paid tickets for a card that had a fraction of the Affliction line-up's cachet.
Megadeth LIVE at Afflicition
Megadeth will be performing live at the Affliction event July 19th.
I was already going to order this event, but now if I can come up with enough money I am making a trip to Anaheim CA. Good luck trying to sabotage this UFC LOL.
I LOVE MEGADETH
Affliction To Use Street Team
Affliction has added another tool to their marketing plan with the introduction of a street team to market their Affliction: Banned PPV. This is generally a low cost, grassroots level method used to get out word of mouth about your product.
This could be an effective tool for Affliction. While the UFC certainly has it legions of fans, there is a certain portion of the MMA audience that embrace the "other", that being anything except UFC. Affliction at this point is an unknown, but one that will be supported sight unseen by some.
The Fight Network And Affliction Announce Partnership
The Fight Network and Affliction will team up in Toronto to announce some big news about the upcoming Affliction Banned event.
To learn more details about The Fight Network's coverage of the historic Affliction Banned MMA event and the All-World Caliber undercard on July 19th, please join us at a News Conference at the MMA Expo on Saturday, June 21st at 2 pm ET hosted by The Fight Network, North America and the UK's only all-combat sports channel, and Affliction, the premier fashion label for men who love hard rock and fast living.
Freddie Roach set to work first MMA Event, Will Corner arlovski in Affliction Fight
Legendary boxing guru Freddie Roach — who has trained a long list of superstars including Oscar De La Hoya, Mike Tyson, Bernard Hopkins, and James Toney, Manny Pacquiao — will enter the world of mixed martial arts on July 19th, when he’ll be working the corner of Andrei Arlovski at Affliction: Banned. According to Fighthype, Arlovski has been developing his hands at Roach’s Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles, in preparation for his bout against Miletich-trained bruiser Ben Rothwell.
Kim Couture talks AFL contract, Friday's pro debut, former feud with Matt Hughes
Kim Couture will make her professional MMA debut Friday at a combination boxing-MMA show -- one that's expected to draw approximately 18,000 spectators at UNLV's Thomas & Mack Center.
After that, though, the pro MMA rookie and Vice President of Xtreme Couture isn't sure what the future holds.
However, Couture today told TAGG Radio (www.mmajunkie.com), the official radio partner of MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com), that she's been in talks with Strikeforce about a possible deal, and that the Kentucky-based American Fight League has offered a lucrative contract.
"I've spoken to Strikeforce, and actually, I'm looking at the American Fight League right now," said Couture, who guest-hosted the show. "Tara LaRosa just signed with them. I made that introduction happen. These guys have a lot of money. They're coming from the right place."
Dream LW GP Semi-finals and Finals to be held in one night
Sorry if it's old news.
DREAM.5 will feature the organization's lightweight grand prix semifinals, and the match-ups include Shinya Aoki (16-2) vs. Caol Uno (25-10-4) and Eddie Alvarez (14-1) vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri (22-4-2).
The Japanese-based organization announced the match-ups on Sunday during its DREAM.4 event.
Unlike former rounds of the tournament, both the semifinals and finals will take place during the July 21 event, meaning the finalists will fight twice in one night.
Don Frye To Fight Minowaman at DEEP "Gladiator"
Four fights were announced today. In an MMA rules fight Minowaman returns after his loss against Kin Taiei on DREAM.2 to take on Don Frye. Newly crowned DEEP Lightweight champion Pang Sung Hwan will also participate against Japanese Akihiko Mouri. K-1 veterans Gary Goodridge and Hiromi Amada will fight in a K-1 rules fight.
The Godz Of War Are Silenced for Now
Godz Of War, a new MMA promotion that was to hold its first event this Saturday in Charlotte, NC, has now postponed the event. No new date was announced. Ricco Rodriguez vs. Jeff Monson was to headline "the biggest MMA competition ever on the East Coast" according to promoters.