“Bleed Blue Brawl 2” event play-by-play and results

Bleed Blue Brawl is one of Kentucky's newest MMA promotions.
Bleed Blue Brawl is one of Kentucky's most promising up-and-coming promotions.

Thanksgiving night, ProMMA.info’s Brian Furby attended the sophomore show of one of Kentucky’s newest MMA promotions, Bleed Blue Brawl, in Lexington, Ky.

In spite of the show being scheduled on a holiday, a strong crowd came out to support some of the area’s top fighters. A number of area teams were represented including Reaction MMA and 4 Seasons. Special guest Shawn Thompkins was in the crowd and both Junie and Robbie Browning were seen in attendance as well.

Capped off with a Lightweight (amateur) title match between David Suter and Grady Self, the card featured a total of ten fights and one grappling match.

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Wanderlei Silva signs deal with Silver Star

(IRVINE, CA) – Wanderlei “The Axe Murderer” Silva has signed a sponsorship deal with Silver Star Casting Company for a clothing collection that will include a UFC 110 signature walkout tee for Spring 2010.

With the majority of his fights ending in knockouts or referee stoppage, Silva’s ruthless, street-fighting style has earned him the nickname “Axe Murderer” – a moniker and image that sits well with the edginess of the Silver Star brand.

“Silver Star is honored to be working with one of the most aggressive fighters in the sport,” says Silver Star president and CEO, Luke Burrett. “Wanderlei is a force to be reckoned with and always delivers fans an adrenaline -pumping fight.”

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Joe Riggs vs. Eric Regan headlines “Rage in the Cage 138” on December 4

Joe Riggs will be the heavy favorite at RITC 138.
Joe Riggs will be the heavy favorite at RITC 138.

Rage in the Cage presents “RITC 138” on Friday, Dec. 4, 2009, at Buffalo Wild Wings, 1130 West Grove Ave., in Mesa, Ariz. In the main event, 7-time UFC veteran and 5-time Strikeforce veteran Joe “Diesel” Riggs (30-10) returns to RITC action against tough Eric Regan (13-15), a veteran of almost 30 MMA fights and the reigning No Limit Fighting Welterweight Champion.

Riggs is still a legitimate welterweight threat no matter where he is fighting. His last two bouts have been in Strikeforce, where he took home wins over Phil Baroni and Luke Stewart.

Aside from a couple of fights, Regan has fought his entire career in Rage in the Cage. He’s a grappler with 10 of his 13 victories coming from submissions. He’s also a finisher, with only two of his 13 victories having gone to decision.

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MMA Flashback 2004: Sean Sherk makes his PRIDE debut against Ryuki Ueyama

Part 1: Sean Sherk vs. Ryuki Ueyama


The year was 2004. At this point, Japan’s PRIDE Fighting Championships had been putting on several events a year for over six years, and they had began a new series of shows entitled “PRIDE – Bushido.”

On Feb. 15, 2004, “PRIDE – Bushido 2” took place at the Yokohama Arena in Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan. Wanderlei Silva was on his legendary win streak in PRIDE and was fighting Ikuhisa Minowa in the main event. Also fighting on the card was Shogun, Gomi, Sakurai, Cro Cop, Mario Sperry, and Yushin Okami.

Along with the some of the biggest names in PRIDE history on the card, was a 30-year-old American by the name of Sean Sherk, who was making his PRIDE debut. By this time, Sherk had already been fighting professionally for nearly five years and was on an incredible run of 21-1-1.

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Dean Lister vs. Thales Leites headlines “MFC 23: Unstoppable” on Dec. 4

MFC 23: Unstoppable will air on HDNet on Dec. 4

Unbeatable lineup set for Unstoppable

Three middleweight bouts highlight MFC’s 2009 finale

(PRESS RELEASE) The Maximum Fighting Championship will cap its 2009 campaign with the organization’s 16th straight sold-out show and an amazing lineup of fights set for MFC 23: Unstoppable.

MFC 23: Unstoppable will take place on Friday, December 4 at the River Cree Resort and Casino just outside Edmonton, Alberta, and will be aired live throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico on HDNet Fights.

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M-1 Global and Strikeforce announce record numbers for worldwide broadcast of “Fedor vs. Rogers”

Photo: Strikeforce - Fedor made his Strikeforce debut by knocking out Brett Rogers on CBS television.

Fedor’s thrilling knockout victory over Bret Rogers viewed by over 25 million homes.

(PRESS RELEASE) M-1 Global and Strikeforce announced today that the international audience reports from broadcasters all over the world revealed an unprecedented number of viewers for the November 7th “Fedor vs. Rogers” MMA event from Chicago, Illinois.

“We are extremely happy with the preliminary broadcast reports,” said M-1 Global CEO Joost Raimond.  “The demographics of these numbers were very promising as our network broadcasting partners in the U.S., Russia, and Korea reach an enormous audience alone.

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Coach’s blog – promotion ethics in regional MMA

Regional promotions are the life blood of the sport.
Regional promotions are the life blood of MMA.

Don’t get tricked into becoming a silent partner.

I know guys that have been promoting MMA shows for years, we’ll call them “Friendly Promotions”, yet they buy the insurance for their shows from another promoter, we’ll call them “Liar Promotions”.

You can get an insurance policy for 10 shows for about what Liar Promotions charges other shows for one event. He isn’t doing you a favor, I’m not sure if it’s even legal. In fact, it isn’t, you have to be a licensed insurance agent to sell insurance, and it’s definitely illegal to allow someone else to use insurance that’s in your name for their event.

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Ao Hailin remains undefeated at “Art of War 15” in Beijing – full results

Art of War 15 - 11-28-09
Art of War 15 - 11-28-09

“Art of War 15: Ueyama vs. Aohailin” took place Saturday, Nov. 28, 2009, at the National Olympic Sports Center in Beijing, China. The main event saw undefeated submission expert Ao Hai Lin (6-0) continue his win streak by out-pointing the much more experienced Ryuki Ueyama (10-13-4), and taking home a tough fought unanimous decision victory. It was the first time in Ao Hai Lin’s professional career that anyone had ever taken him the distance, or even past the first round for that matter.

“Art of War 15” had a significance for the promotion beyond the fights themselves. For the first time, the Chinese MMA organization implemented a new judging system that would prevent fights that go the distance from automatically being ruled a draw. Art of War’s Chief U.S. Representative, Al Yu, spoke to ProMMA.info about the new system:

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Talking cannibalism and comic books with UFC fighter Nate “Rock” Quarry

Are you curious about how long it would take people to resort to cannibalism during a zombie apocalypse? UFC fighter Nate “Rock” Quarry was, and he found the answer in a comic book entitled “The Walking Dead”. Nate shares some of his all-time favorite comics and writers, and discusses how as a professional fighter he … Read more