New British Promotion Headed Straight To UK TV
Bravo Television is a tempting proposition for any Mixed Martial Arts promotion in the U.K., as it presents a unique opportunity to reach a wider viewing audience as well having a background in UFC programming. In short, Bravo understands the sport.
So when it was originally announced that Bravo was considering MMA in its programming schedule, the promotions started to take note, most of all the British Fighting Championship and Ultimate Challenge. The reality is that neither show will be featured on Bravo and that a new tournament based format show will emerge in its place.
Starting on June 28, BAMMA will be running its first event on Bravo, a fight card featuring three tournaments across the lightweight, middleweight and light heavyweight categories and will be fought with the winners moving onto a place in the finals.
Kerry Vera Debuts At Bellator On 5/15
There have been some notable fighting couples in MMA-the Coutures, the Cyborgs (Santos), and now there are the Veras. Kerry Vera, the wife of UFC star Brandon Vera, will make her MMA debut for Bellator on 5/15 in a 135-pound fight against 4-0 Leslie Smith. Of course Brandon Vera will be cornering his wife on fight night.
A Blood Called Shooto
Nearly 25 years ago, Japanese professional wrestler Satoru Sayama -- better known as the original Tiger Mask -- had an idea about fighting, the seed of Shooto.
The first-ever amateur Shooto event was held in 1986, while 1989 marked the first-ever occasion of “professional Shooting.” All mixed martial arts observers know of Greek Pankration -- and the more modern tradition of Brazilian vale tudo -- but Shooto has the longest lineage of any single combat sports entity in contemporary MMA. Fittingly, that lineage will be celebrated this Sunday in Tokyo, when leading Shooto promoter Sustain stages its 20th anniversary event.
“Shooto” is an intriguing concept, its definition varying depending on who you ask. Although Sayama left the world of Shooto in 1986, his original vision is adhered to by authorities who view Shooto not as an organization but as an international sport unto itself, with its own system and rules, taking place from Japan to Australia to Brazil to Belgium and beyond.
For some MMA fans, following Shooto is proof of fanaticism about the sport and, for others, an unfathomable hobby for MMA elitists. One thing that is readily clear, however, is that those who are passionate about Shooto have an intensity about it that is completely incongruous with how most people celebrate other MMA entities. Even in the heyday of UFC-versus-Pride debacles, debates raged over extrinsic qualities of aesthetic production values, roster quality and fighter purses.
BOBBY LASHLEY VS. BOB SAPP SET FOR JUNE 27
The cage may have to be reinforced for the “Ultimate Chaos” headliner as former WWE star Bobby Lashley and mixed-martial-arts legend Bob “The Beast” Sapp battle June 27 on a pay-per-view event live from the Mississippi Gulf Coast Coliseum in Biloxi, Miss.
British Fighting Championship Dead In The Water
The British Fighting Championship was all set to debut next weekend in Nottingham, England following months of turbulent business negotiations in the current economic climate. The proposition was enticing with Grand Prix tournaments in each weight class planned to run over the course of the year to determine an eventual champion in each – with it the prospects of an international springboard onto the big stage… unfortunately, as of Tuesday afternoon, the BFC is stillborn.
10 Great Freak Matches: Part 1
Here’s something wonderful about disavowing any responsibility to your fellow man: You can throw any two people in a ring, instruct them to smack each other in the head until one falls down and then count the gate receipts. (Toughman’s Art Dore -- your patron saint.)
Bellator returns to Connecticut and Florida for Week 11 and Week 12 shows
Bellator Fighting Championships will wrap up its debut season when it returns to Connecticut and Florida for its final Week 11 and Week 12 events.
During Friday's Week 5 event at Hara Arena in Dayton Ohio, Bellator officials confirmed with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) its season-ending shows, which will likely feature the finales of all four of its eight-man tournaments, will be held in familiar venues.
Week 11 will be held at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Florida (home of Week 1), and the Mohegan Sun Arena in Connecticut (home of Week 2) will host the season-ending Week 12 show.
The events take place June 13 and June 20, respectively.
Chris Horodecki to put past behind while preparing for "Fight Force"
For nine-time IFL veteran Chris Horodecki (12-1), the past year has been a series of unfortunate incidents.
His former employer folded. An injury then forced him out of a scheduled bout with Dan Lauzon at January's "Affliction: Day of Reckoning" at the last possible second.
But as "The Polish Hammer" now prepares for a June bout with William Sriyapai (12-4) at "Fight Force: Ultimate Chaos" in Biloxi, Miss., the 21-year-old looks to move on from those setbacks.
Paul 'Semtex' Daley Added To BFC Launch Show
Paul 'Semtex' Daley will be competing under K-1 rules in the opening instalment of the newly-formed British Fighting Championships league, which kicks off on May 16th.
Daley is one of the UK's top MMA talents, having won the Cage Rage welterweight title and challenged Jake Shields for the EliteXC welterweight title prior to that organisation going under.
But he is also a very skilled kickboxer and trains extensively in Holland with top-ranked K-1 talent Melvin Manhoef among others.
Fedor Emelianenko's next fight could be at a summer event in Japan
Although he'll first meet lightweight Shinya Aoki in a special exhibition match at Wednesday's M-1 Challenge event, famed heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko could next strap up for an MMA fight this summer.
During a press conference today in Japan, Emelianenko's manager, Vadim Finkelchtein, said negotiations are underway for the fighter to meet a "top 10" heavyweight in July or August.
Finkelchtein believes the fight will take place in Japan.
Bellator Fighting Championships Week 3-4 fighters salaries
The complete payouts included:
Jared Hess: $25,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus)
def. Daniel Tabera: $10,000
Dave Menne: $25,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus)
def. Norman Paraisy: $10,000
Damien Stelly: $25,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus)
def. Alex Andrade: $10,000
Jason Norwood: $4,000 (includes $2,000 win bonus)
def. John Kirk: $2,000
Rudy Lindsay: $3,000 (includes $1,000 win bonus)
def. Wayne Cole: $1,5000
Hector Lombard: $25,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus)
def. Virgil Lozano: $10,000
Yosmany Cabezas: $25,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus)
def. Edwin Aguilar: $10,000
Tyler East: $3,000 (includes $1,500 win bonus)
def. Amedio Viola: $2,500
Marcello Alfaia: $4,000 (includes $2,000 win bonus)
def. Joey Gorczynski: $2,000
Johnny Eduardo: $4,000 (includes $2,000 win bonus)
def. Donald Sanchez: $2,OOO
William Albrecht: $3,000 (includes $1,500 win bonus)
def. Mike Messina: $1,500
Ben Askren improves to 2-0 at The Patriot Act II
Ben Askren is poised to take the world of mixed martial arts by storm in the coming months and years. Unquestionably one of the most phenomenal collegiate athletes in the history of American wrestling, Askren is an Olympic level wrestler that was twice awarded the Dan Hodge Trophy while becoming a two-time NCAA national champion during his days in college.
Jarrod Card wins title, Bobby Lashley announces signing at XFC 8 on HDNet
Jarrod Card outlasted Bruce Connors for a unanimous-decision win and picked up the Xtreme Fighting Championships' first-ever featherweight title at Saturday's "XFC 8: Regional Conflict" event.
Special guest Bobby Lashley, a former World Wrestling Entertainment star and one of MMA's top heavyweight prospects, presented Card the belt.
Lashley then announced he'll make his XFC debut in September.
Bellator's second season launches this fall, likely on ESPN or ESPN2
While in Dayton, Ohio, to promote the organization's May 1 event at Hara Arena, Bellator Fighting Championships CEO Bjorn Rebney conducted a handful of interviews this past Friday.
And while much of the focus remained on the organization's upcoming shows in Dayton, Corpus Christi (Texas), Chicago and Montreal this month, Rebney discussed with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) the organization's plans for an upcoming second season.
Season two of Bellator will commence this fall, and with its success this season on ESPN Deportes, the rookie fight promotion could find itself with a bigger ESPN audience for the second go-around.
Kyle Maynard Loses Unsanctioned MMA Debut
Kyle Maynard, a congenital amputee that garnered much attention for his successes in wrestling and submission grappling, was unsuccessful in his mixed martial arts debut on Saturday night. Maynard lost a unanimous decision to Bryan Fry in an unsanctioned bout in Auburn, Ala., according to an Associated Press report.
Despite initial plans to the contrary, Maynard did not wear gloves during the fight, which was apparently due to high levels of humidity in the arena making them difficult to secure to his shortened limbs. Without gloves, Maynard was not allowed to throw punches during the bout, although Fry, wearing gloves, was allowed to punch.
Easton Retains Title At UWC
Mike "The Hulk" Easton was successful in defending his Ultimate Warrior Challenge bantamweight championship on Saturday night in Fairfax, Va. At 4:06 into the fight, he submitted Josh "Taz" Ferguson with a guillotine choke before a crowd of 4,528 at the Patriot Center.
The Ultimate Fighter season 6 cast member formerly known as Jon Koppenhaver, War Machine defeated Reshad Woods, also by submission, with a rear naked choke late in round two.
UWC - Capital Punishment Full Results:
-Mike Easton def. Josh Ferguson by Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 4:06, R1
-War Machine def. Reshad Woods by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 4:15, R2
-Joey Kirwan def. Marcus Foran by Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 2:18, R1
-Damian Dantibo def. Ron Stallings by KO (Kick) at 0:13, R1
-Mikey Lovato def. Jose Villarisco by Unanimous Decision, R3
-Frank Camacho def. Binky Jones by KO (Punch) at 1:56, R2
-Phil Davis def. Terry Cohens by TKO (Strikes) at 4:29, R1
-Kris McCray def. Ronnie Wuest by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 0:39, R1
Bellator V Card Announced
Bellator Fighting Championships announced today a lineup of highly anticipated fights taking place at Hara Arena in Dayton, Ohio on May 1, 2009. This marks Bellator’s fifth event of the 12-week tournament series airing on ESPN Deportes on Saturdays. Dayton will host the first round of Bellator’s Semi-Final match-ups, with a $50,000 prize for each winner, which will send two Lightweights to the Bellator world championship final bout in June.
155 lbs. – Toby Imada (21-11) vs. Jorge Masvidal (17-3)
155 lbs. – Eric Reynolds (11-1) vs. Eddie Alvarez (16-2)
155 lbs. – Frank Carabello (3-0) vs. Waylon Lowe (3-2)
170 lbs. – Justin Edwards (1-0) vs. John Troyer (8-2)
117 lbs. – Tammy Schneider (3-6) vs. Jessica Pene (5-0)
145 lbs. – Pete Dominguez (9-3) vs. Matt Jaggers (11-4)
Heavyweight – Dan Evensen (10-4) vs. Raoul Romero (3-1)
Heavyweight – Sherman Pendergarst (11-12) vs. Joey Beltran (5-3)
Heavyweight – Josh Barnes (5-1) vs. Dave Herman (14-1)