Trump to host NYC press conference to announce Emelianenko vs Barnett

PRO MMA (promma.info) received notice Friday evening that Donald Trump will be hosting a New York City press conference on June 3rd officially announcing Affliction M-1 Global’s “Trilogy” featuring Fedor Emelianenko vs. Josh Barnett.

Emelianenko, who is considered by most MMA experts as the number one heavyweight in the world, will face Barnett on August 1st at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. The event will air live on pay-per-view.

The press conference will take place next Wednesday at the Trump Tower Atrium (25th Floor) beginning at 11:00 AM ET.  Those attending will be: Donald Trump, Tom Atencio, Mark Cuban, Fedor Emelianenko, Josh Barnett, and Vadim Finkelstein.

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“Bellator IX” results from Monroe, Louisiana

“Bellator IX” took place Friday, May 29, 2009 at the Monroe Civic Center in Monroe, Louisiana. The event featured the Bellator Fighting Championships Middleweight Tournament Semi-Finals and saw Hector Lombard deliver a quick beat down to Damien Stelly for a first round TKO and Jared Hess finish off Yosmany Cabezas with a third round TKO. … Read more

THE INFO exclusive interview: Ryan Bastianelli

There was yet another INFO exclusive episode today when Combat Fitness Bantamweight Ryan Bastianelli dropped by to talk to Matt De La Rosa about his upcoming bout in the WCSC this Saturday night. Bastianelli (3-0) will take on John Blankenship (1-0) in his first bout in 2009. “Relentless” discussed the differences in his training camp … Read more

“New Breed Fighters XXII” online webcast Saturday May 30 live from New Jersey

This Saturday, May 30th, 2009 New Breed Fighters returns to the Resorts Superstar Theater in Atlantic City, New Jersey and PRO MMA (promma.info), in association with Go Fight Live, will be providing you LIVE access to all the action via webcast.

There will be a total of FIVE title fights on the card, headlined by a Welterweight Championship bout between Robbie “Flawless” Lawless (4-1) from Miletich Fighting Systems taking on the champion Jared “Flash” Gordon (4-1) from Rhino, N.Y. Fight Team.

Lawless will be looking for revenge in what will be the third title fight between the two. In their first match-up last November, Lawless won the title from a doctor’s stoppage due to a cut in round two. They met again four months later and Gordon won the welterweight title back from Lawless with a split decision.

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The next wrestler could be Daniel Cormier

Even the MMA analysts who saw Joe Warren’s star potential did not think he would be this impressive this early on. In the wee hours of Tuesday morning, here in the States, the self-proclaimed “Baddest Man on the Planet” defeated perennial pound-for-pound fighter, Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto. In only his second MMA fight, Warren relied mostly on his wrestling skill and took the fight by decision.

Wrestlers crossing over into MMA is almost as old as the sport itself. The accomplishments of these wrestlers are so well documented, that there is no need to go through them once again. Now, it seems as if any person who won more wrestling matches than they lost is considered to be world-class.

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Sherk explains UFC 98 post-fight incident

On May 23rd Sean Sherk lost a unanimous decision to Frankie Edgar at UFC 98 in what was definitely the upset of the night. The BetUS.com odds going into the fight had Sherk at -300 and Edgar at +200. Even a perplexed UFC President Dana White said after the bout he had not foreseen any way Edgar could win.

Maybe surprised most of all was the former UFC Lightweight Champion himself, who following the judges’ ruling, ran out of the Octagon and the MGM Grand Garden Arena shirtless and still donning his fight shorts and gloves. Reports stated Sherk was running down the street into the Vegas night and at one point was seen approximately a half mile from the arena where the fights were being held.

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Ask Wanderlei Silva your questions

We here at PRO MMA (promma.info) have set it up so mixed martial arts legend and current UFC fighter Wanderlei Silva (32-9-1) will answer your questions. Any questions you may have for “The Axe Muderer” just type in the comment box below. All we ask is that you be respectful. Other than that it is up to you.

Wanderlei is a true icon of the sport with wins over some of the biggest names in the game including Quinton Jackson, Dan Henderson, Sakuraba, Ricardo Arona, and Keith Jardine to name just a few. Wanderlei’s next fight will be against Rich Franklin at “UFC 99: The Comeback” in Cologne, Germany on June 13th.

Type in your questions after the jump…

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“War Gods V” live webcast Saturday May 30

“War Gods V” takes place this weekend, Saturday, May 30, 2009 at the Viejas Casino in Alpine, California. Headlining the card will be UFC veteran Vernon “The Tiger” White (26-32-2) vs. Canadian ECC Lightweight Champion Lew Polley (9-2).

Also on the card will be Muay Thai Champion Kit Cope (2-4) taking on undefeated Pancrase veteran Steve Magdaleno (5-0). Cope is most well known for being featured on MTV’s “True Life” on two separate occasions. His particular episode of “True Life” is one of the most successful and replayed episodes of any MTV show ever.

Other notable names on this card are Ryan Shamrock (1-1), son of UFC Hall of Famer Ken Shamrock, and MMA veteran David Gardner (16-11), who lost to Shinya Aoki at DREAM 7 earlier this year. Mark your calendars as PRO MMA (promma.info) will be providing access to a LIVE WEBCAST of “War Gods V” this Saturday night!

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“Strikeforce: Lawler vs. Shields” conference call highlights

On Tuesday, May 26th, Showtime in association with Strikeforce held a media conference call in anticipation of their upcoming June 6th event entitled “Strikeforce: Lawler vs. Shields” which will be held at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri and will air live on the Showtime premium cable network.

Fighters participating in the conference call were Andrei Arlovski and Brett Rogers, who will face each other and Scott Smith who will be fighting Nick Diaz on the card. Strikeforce Director of Communications Mike Afromowitz also participated in the call.

The following quotes are highlights from the conference call:

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Frank Trigg returns to the UFC with multi-fight deal

In a move that many long time MMA fans had given up hope of ever happening, Frank “Twinkle Toes” Trigg (19-6) is returning to the UFC. An update PRO MMA (promma.info) received as one of Trigg’s followers on Twitter reads, “Veteran welterweight Frank Trigg returning to the UFC, signs multi-fight deal.”

Trigg who is now 37-years-old (we share the same birthday), last appeared inside the UFC Octagon at UFC 54 back in August of 2005 when he fought Georges St. Pierre. Trigg went 3-2 in the UFC. He lost two title fights against Matt Hughes and he lost to St. Pierre. It is interesting to note that all of Trigg’s losses in the UFC came by way of Rear Naked Choke submissions.

Trigg’s victories in the UFC came against Renato “Charuto” Verissimo at UFC 50 and Dennis Hallman at UFC 48. Another interesting note is Matt Hughes beat Trigg twice, but Dennis Hallman beat Matt Hughes twice, and Trigg beat Dennis Hallman twice.

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