Getting it on – PRO MMA exclusive interview with “Big” John McCarthy

PRO MMA ( recently had the opportunity to speak with the original mixed martial arts referee “Big” John McCarthy.

“Big” John was introduced to MMA fans at UFC 2. However, he actually came very close to fighting inside the Octagon rather than being a referee. He explained to us why he made the choice to referee as opposed to fighting.

“Big” John took us back to the early days and how he got involved with the Gracie family and the UFC. He also talked to us about his time with the L.A.P.D., how MMA has evolved, Dana White, Bully Beatdown, having his own Round 5 action figure, and much more.

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THE INFO “UFC 2009 Undisputed” edition: featuring Joe Lauzon

UFC Lightweight Joe Lauzon stopped by on this special edition of THE INFO to give his thoughts on the newly released UFC video game: UFC 2009 Undisputed. Lauzon talked to host Matt De La Rosa about his character, the game play, his favorite fighter not including himself and his thoughts on the next version of … Read more

The Ultimate Fighter: U.S. vs. U.K. episode 9 recap

Toothless Frank Lester of Team U.S. gets the opportunity to fight again after losing his first fight, to fill in for Jason Pierce who is sidelined due to some staph rash funk on his leg. Lester is picked to fight Team U.K.’s David Faulkner.

Coach Michael Bisping sprayed water from his water bottle on one of the Team U.S. fighters and there are a few words exchanged. Coach Bisping and Coach Henderson argue over training times.

For some odd reason David Faulkner has always had trouble keeping his mouthpiece in and somehow it is connected to his gag reflex. It became such a problem he visits a hypnotist to try and get help and we get to go along for the visit. Whatever works right?

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THE INFO episode 21: featuring “The Hardcore Poker Show” co-host Chris Tessaro

"Fast" Eddie's Brock Lesnar chest hair tattoo

THE INFO returned to the air waves this week with guest Chris Tessaro. The co-host of “The Hardcore Poker Show” enlightened Matt De La Rosa and “Fast” Eddie Constantine on the infamous Ultimate Bet cheating scandal, Full Tilt poker and the two companies’ relationships with the UFC. Tessaro and the guys also discussed THE INFO’s UFC 98 prop bet outcome, UFC 100, the WSOP main event, Ricco Rodriguez and gambling’s impact on professional sports.

THE INFO episode 21

‘THE INFO’ is the official podcast of PRO MMA ( To download the latest episodes on iTunes, click here or on THE INFO logo on the PRO MMA home page.

Be sure to check out the official Myspace pages of 7 Days Away and A Current Affair to listen to all of the music featured on this week’s edition of ‘THE INFO.’

Catch the rest of “Fast” Eddie’s chest hair tattoo after the jump….

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MMA fighter Kevin Casey’s rap music video

Mixed Martial Arts fighter Kevin Casey issues a warning to all competitors in his new single “No Surrender.” His manager and star of MTV’s “The Hills,” Spencer Pratt is part of the crew. Casey’s professional MMA record is 2-1 with his sole loss coming from Ikuhisa Minowa. Please like & share:

Gegard Mousasi confirms rumor to fight Vitor Belfort at Affliction on August 1

Currently ranked number two middleweight in the world Gegard Mousasi improved his win streak to twelve by submitting PRIDE veteran Mark Hunt in the first round of DREAM.9’s “Super Hulk” tournament on Tuesday May 26th in Yokohama, Japan.

Mousasi’s strategy coming into the fight worked perfectly. “I didn’t want to trade with him,” he confirmed. “My gameplan was to force a takedown by punching.” Mousasi will advance to the semi-finals of the “Super Hulk” tournament where he will face either Ikuhisa Minowa, Hong Man Choi, or Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou who all walked away with victories on Tuesday.

In a post-fight interview Mousasi was asked to address rumors that he will be fighting former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Vitor Belfort for Affliction on August 1st. Mousasi confirmed the rumors as being true, “Yes, those [rumors] are true and I will be fighting Vitor Belfort.” There is no word yet on what weight class the fight will take place but speculation is it could be at light heavyweight as opposed to middleweight.

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DREAM 9 results & play-by-play

DREAM 9 took place Tuesday May 26th at the Yokohama Arena in Yokohama, Japan. Those who are lucky enough to have HDNet will be able to check the fights live at 5 am EST. For the rest of you, PRO MMA ( will be providing live round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the whole card.

DREAM 9 quick results

Featherweight Grand Prix
Joe Warren def. Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto by split decision
Hideo Tokoro def. Abel Cullum by sub. (rear naked choke) rd2
Hiroyuki Takaya def. Yoshiro Maeda by TKO (Gn’P) rd1
Bibiano Fernandes def. Masakazu Imanari by unanimous decision
Super Hulk Tournament
Gegard Mousasi def. Mark Hunt by sub. (keylock) rd1
Ikuhisa Minowa def. Bob Sapp by sub. (Achilles lock) rd1
Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou def. Jan Nortje by TKO (Gn’P) rd1
Hong Man Choi def. Jose Canseco by TKO (Gn’P) rd1
Non-tournament bout
Tatsuya Kawajiri def. Gesias Cavalcante by unanimous decision
DREAM Middleweight Championship
Jason Miller vs. Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza (no contest due to cut) rd1

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Dana White UFC 98 video blog (5-23-09)

Dana made up for not releasing a blog on the 22nd by releasing a whopping four-part video blog for May 23rd. In Part 1 Dana gives away four cage side seats via Twitter. We get a “Cribs” tour of his suite at the MGM Grand that you won’t believe and he wraps it up by meeting one of the “Girl’s Next Door.”


Parts 2-4 after the jump…

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PRO MMA’s ( Richard Mann and Jeff Howard were back to give you their thoughts on the ever intriuging DREAM.9 card on this edition of “BREAKDOWN”. With everything from “Mayhem” to Jose Canseco to Bob Sapp, Richard and Jeff ran through the Featherweight tournament, Super Hulk tournament and the Lightweight and Middleweight special attractions. The … Read more

DREAM.9 weigh-in results and photo gallery

DREAM.9 takes place Tuesday May 26th at the Yokohama Arena in Yokohama, Japan. The event will air live in the U.S. on HDNet beginning at 5:00 AM EST/2:00 AM PST. And because we here at PRO MMA ( are committed to bringing you the best coverage possible, we will be offering LIVE round-by-round updates throughout the event.

There are a total of ten fights scheduled for DREAM.9 including the second round (quarter-finals) of their Featherweight Grand Prix with such fighters as “Kid” Yamamoto, Joe Warren, Abel Cullum, and Hideo Tokoro taking part. There will be a DREAM Middleweight Championship fight between Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza and “Bully Beatdown” star, Jason “Mayhem” Miller.

Also on the card will be the first round of a “Super Hulk Tournament” featuring such names as Bob Sapp, Mark Hunt, Sokoudjou, Hong Man Choi, and uh… Jose Conseco and a special non-tournament feature bout between Gesias “JZ” Cavalcante (14-2-1), who is ranked number five in the world at lightweight and Tatsuya Kawajiri (23-5-2).

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