“Bellator V” weigh-in results & photos

PRO MMA (promma.info) has received the official weigh-in results for “Bellator V” which  took place today in Dayton, Ohio. The start of the semi-final tournament series begins tomorrow, May 1st at Hara Arena with the lightweights and will continue with featherweight bouts at “Bellator VI” in Corpus Christ on May 8th, and the welterweights at “Bellator VII” in Chicago on May 15th.

Fighting in the lightweight semi-finals at “Bellator V” are Eddie Alvarez (16-2) vs. Eric Reynolds (11-1) and Jorge Masvidal (17-3) vs. Toby Imada (21-11). The winner of each bout will receive $50,000 and will move on to compete in the Bellator World Championship finals in June for a shot at the $100,000 grand prize.

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Sengoku: Eighth Battle preview

HDNet will broadcast “Sengoku: Eighth Battle” live from Japan at 3:00 AM ET/12:00 AM PT this Saturday morning, May 2nd. The card contains the quarterfinals of their Featherweight Grand Prix, as well as several interesting non-tournament bouts. As always PRO MMA (promma.info) has a full preview for you.

Tournament Bouts

Hatsu Hioki (18-3-2) vs. Ronnie Mann (16-1-1)
The promotion’s poster boy, Hatsu Hioki did his part in the first round of the tournament, by knocking off American Top Team’s Chris Manuel. Unlike in the past, Hioki stuck with his ground game and was able to finish the fight with little trouble. Hioki has the skills to beat anyone in the world, like Jeff Curran, Hideki Kadowaki, and Mark Hominick if he fights with a proper game plan. At the same time, without one, he can find himself on the losing end of a fight against a lower level fight, like say Jong Man Kim.

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War Machine post UWC 6 comments

Since being ostracized by both the UFC and Bellator, War Machine has hit the local circuit. This past weekend he made his UWC debut at their “Capital Punishment” card. He had a little more trouble than expected with Reshad Woods, but in the end was able to finish the fight in the second round. The always outspoken, War Machine, talked to reporters after his fight. PRO MMA (promma.info) staff writer Richard Mann was there.

During the fight War Machine continually pressed forward trying to take Woods to the ground. Apparently, this was his strategy going into the fight. Machine told reporters, “I knew he was a kick boxer, and he he’s got a long reach on me. So, you know, I just wanted to get it on the ground. That’s where I’m stronger than him.”

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Phil Davis post UWC 6 comments

At this last weekend’s “UWC 6: Capital Punishment” card, Phil Davis dominated veteran Terry Cohens from the top position en route to a first round TKO stoppage. After the victory that moved his professional record to 3-0, the former Nittany Lion national champion spoke to the media. PRO MMA (promma.info) staff writer Richard Mann was on the scene.

Despite dominating the fight from the outset, Davis said, “I didn’t really get a chance to settle into the fight.” When asked about the finish he said, “He [the referee] stopped it when he stopped it.” Davis credited Cohens’ durability for the prolonged barrage of punches, “I think the last time I got a TKO, I didn’t land as many clean punches. This time I landed a lot more clean punches.”

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WEC announces remaining bouts for “Brown vs. Faber 2” on June 7

PRO MMA (promma.info) was notified by the WEC on Wednesday of the full fight card  for “Brown vs. Faber 2” scheduled to take place at Arco Arena in Sacramento, California on Sunday, June 7 and to air live on Versus.

In the main event, former WEC Featherweight Champion Urijah Faber will get the opportunity to win back the title Mike Thomas Brown took from him last November. Also on the card is Jens Pulver, who is looking to get back in the win column, and Manny Gamburyan who will be making his WEC featherweight debut.

Another fighter making their WEC debut on this card is 13-0 undefeated bantamweight Kyle Dietz, who trains out of Spencer Fisher’s camp in Moline, Illinois. Here is the full line-up:

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The Ultimate Fighter: U.S. vs U.K. episode 5 recap

In this episode USA lightweight Santino Defranco (13-4) gets selected to fight Englishman Andre Winner (9-2-1).

Tempe, Arizona’s Santino Defranco reveals he originally tried out for TUF season 2 but was sent home because he had two brain aneurysms. Now he is back, all healed up, fighting for his chance to win a contract with the UFC.

(LW) Santino Defranco vs. Andre Winner
Rd.1 – Santino throws a couple of leg kicks. Santino shoots but gets stuffed. Andre lands a shot to the mid section. Santino gets stuffed again. Andre throws a few punches but nothing really connects. Leg kick Santino, and another. Andre swings, lands a body shot. Santino shoots and pulls guard as Andre sprawls. Santino uses rubber guard to control Andre. Andre slips out, stands up and pounds out Santino until the ref is forced to stop it. Andre Winner defeats Santino Defranco by TKO in round 1.

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“M-1 Challenge: Japan – 3rd Edition” summary and results

On Wednesday April 29th, Team England made its debut in the 2009 “M-1 Challenge Presented by Affliction” at Differ Ariake in Tokyo, Japan. PRO MMA (promma.info) has been notified of the results.

Team England was pitted against Team Japan and thanks to Simon Phillips, Matt Thorpe, Tom Blackledge, and Rob Broughton, England walked away with a 4-1 victory.  Team England leader, Ian Butlin, was the lone Brit to receive a loss as Japan’s Luiz Andrada sent him home with an arm-bar to remember him by at 3:20 of round  1. 

Team USA West shutout South Korea 5-0 with fighters David Jansen (improved  to 10-0), Fabio Negao, Giva “The Arm Collector” Santana (improved to 12-1), Raphael Davis, and Shane Del Rosario (improved to 6-0) all taking home the victory.

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PRO MMA sponsored fighter, Greg Maynard, ready for his final amateur bout

PRO MMA (promma.info) sponsored fighter, Greg Maynard (7-2), will be fighting in his final amateur bout this Saturday May 2nd.

Greg’s opponent will be David Cagg (5-2) and they will be fighting at AAF’s (All-American Fight Sports) “Release the Beast” show beginning at 7:30 PM at Franklin High School in Franklin, Ohio.

Greg was one of the first fighters to sign up on our “Fighter Classifieds,” which is a section of our site where we try to help up-and-coming fighters hook up with promoters so they can get fights. After talking with Greg and checking out some of his videos, we realized his talent level and featured him in one of our very first “PRO MMA Amateur Spotlight” articles back in July 2008.

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“SSF Invitational 10: Darkness” takes place this Saturday May 2nd in Clarksville, Tennessee

PRO MMA (promma.info) has received the full lineup of fights for “SSF Invitational 10: Darkness” which will take place at Appleton’s Harley Davidson in Clarksville, Tennessee this Saturday, May 2nd. There will be a total of sixteen MMA fights scheduled for the show including four title fights.

UFC veteran Hermes Franca will be there cornering fighters from SSF Submission Academy. After the fights everyone with ticket stubs will get into the after party for free. Hermes will be hosting the party along with Appleton, Budweiser, Drash and SSF.

Gates open at 2:00 pm CST and fights start at 3:00 pm CST. Tickets are general admission $15 and table seats $30. Appleton’s Harley Davidson is located at 2501 Hwy 41A Bypass, Clarksville, TN 37043. For tickets, information, or directions, call 931-561-0917.

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Fedor Emelianenko vs. Shinya Aoki – photos

The number one ranked WAMMA Lightweight Champion of the world Shinya Aoki took on the WAMMA Heavyweight Champion of the world Fedor Emelianenko in a “special super exhibition” match held Wednesday night, April 29th in Tokyo during the “M-1 Challenge: Japan” tournament where Team England was making their debut.

There were approximately 1,000 spectators on hand at Differ Ariake to witness the exhibition match which was said to resemble a training session one might see inside a fight gym. Aoki traded in his usual attire of colorful spats for shorts and a gi and Fedor sported a gi with long pants.

Reports are saying some of the highlights occurred when Fedor threw Aoki with several Sambo moves, Aoki attempted a flying arm-bar, and Fedor finally submitted the lightweight champion with an Achilles lock at the three-minute mark of the five-minute bout. The video of the session will air free of charge on a video-on-demand basis starting on Monday, May 4 at www.M-1Global.com and www.Mixfight.ru.

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