Kimbo to K-1?

Despite Pro Elite shutting its doors, the Kimbo Slice experiment appears far from over. Multiple sources point to Kimbo appearing at the K-1 December 6th event at the Yokohama Arena to announce his future with the company.

Slice, the former Elite XC heavyweight and  media darling, could set foot in a K-1 ring as early as March. The original reports were that Slice would rematch Seth Petruzelli on the Dynamite!! New Years Eve card. It is uncertain if Slice would fight under K-1 or MMA rules, however if he fought K-1 rules at least no one has to worry about the promoters paying his opponents extra to keep it standing.

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Chevelle Hallback: World Champion boxer transitions to MMA

by:  Doug Drexler

With the recent influx of crossover athletes migrating to the growing sport of MMA, some have been greeted with a level of skepticism while others have been accepted with open arms. Hardcore MMA fans celebrated former pro wrestler Brock Lesnar’s UFC debut defeat at the hands of Frank Mir, but have largely accepted boxers who have made the difficult transition to the sport of Mixed Martial Arts.

On Friday, December 5, the sport of MMA will be introduced to a boxer the likes of which they have never seen before.  Chevelle Hallback was not only a boxing champion for four different organizations, but it might surprise you to find out Chevelle is a female.

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Carlos Newton returns at W1: Inception

Carlos “The Ronin” Newton will return to action against fellow Canadian Nabil “The Thrill” Khatib at Warrior 1 MMA’s inaugural show on March 28th 2009. The bout will be Newton’s first appearance in Canada since making his pro debut 13 years ago at Extreme Fighting 2.

Newton (13-13) commented on his return to the fight scene. “I have been away from MMA for some time now and I couldn’t be more excited to be back. It only seems right to make my return in my home country and with a great organization like Warrior One.”

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Inside Hawaii’s Fight Game (Video Documentary)

Here’s a very interesting and well-made documentary called MMA 808: Inside Hawaii’s Fight Game. It originally aired on the Pacific Network. Many of the sport’s top personalities appear in the documentary including B.J. Penn, Dana White, Chris Leben, and many more. Incidentally, Egan Inoue is also featured in this documentary who is the brother of … Read more

Big plans for Maximum Fighting Championship

by: Jack Bratcher

Maximum Fighting Championship’s owner/president, Mark Pavelich was on this week’s edition of Inside MMA where he alluded to some very big plans he has for 2009.  

Specifically, Pavelich said that in 2009 MFC will be bringing it’s very successful promotion into the U.S. for the very first time.  MFC is based in Canada and thus far, all of their events have been held within the Canadian border.

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Rampage says he was poisoned by PRIDE

Quinton Rampage Jackson recently spoke to about the seven defining moments of his career and how he believes Pride officials made sure he lost his debut fight in Japan against Sakuraba. “I remember my stomach feeling like I swallowed a brick,” Jackson recalled in 2007. “I still, to this day, think that somebody poisoned … Read more

Against the odds: the history of Frank Mir’s UFC career

by: Sohail Arif / Jack Bratcher

Frank Mir started his UFC career in 2001 at UFC 34 against a very high level BJJ black belt practitioner in Roberto Traven (Mundial winner and an ADCC champion). Frank Mir was a purple belt at the time and submitted Travern in just over one minute into round one.  It was a very impressive debut and everyone took notice.

In his next bout at UFC 36 Frank was pitted against UFC veteran Pete Williams. Williams had faced the likes of Kevin Randleman, Semmy Schilt and former UFC HW Champion, Ricco Rodriguez.  He had never been submitted in his career, yet Frank Mir in his second UFC bout submitted Williams in just 46 seconds with a very impressive shoulder lock.

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Anderson Silva still hints at boxing career

It seems Anderson Silva had plans to go to Thailand to work on his Muay Thai after UFC 90 but issues with his Green Card have delayed the trip. He also recently got turned away at the Canadian border and denied entrance to the country possibly for the same reasons.

In the meantime while waiting for his documents, Silva has been working on his boxing. Having spent some time with Freddie Roach and also attending the Roy Jones Jr. vs. Joe Calzaghe fight in New York, it’s no secret Silva still has strong leanings toward the world of professional boxing.

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