Jon Fitch, Jose Aldo, and Ed Soares on tonight’s “Inside MMA” – Anderson Silva update


On tonight’s “Inside MMA,” on HDNet, UFC Welterweight contender Jon Fitch and Brazilian fighter Jose “Junior” Aldo, will sit down on the panel with Kenny Rice and Bas Rutten. The panel will also feature one of the most significant managers in the business – Ed Soares.

Fitch (21-3-0), the UFC Welterweight Contender, has notable wins against Thiago Alves and Brock Larson. Jose “Junior” Aldo, WEC Featherweight Champ has recently beat Mike Brown to win the belt. Aldo will defend his belt against Urijah Faber. Hear from both fighters about one of the most anticipated WEC fights ever!

Also joining the panel is Ed Soares, the MMA manager who is considered one of the most influential in the sport and has handled over 20 fighters including Aldo, Anderson Silva and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueria.

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One-on-one with Hulk Hogan – comparing the pro wrestling and MMA business models


We very rarely cover pro wrestling here; usually only when it ties in some way with MMA. And although this interview with Hulk Hogan doesn’t directly deal with MMA, it became apparent upon watching, that the world of pro wrestling in its current incarnation has some very interesting parallels with the world of MMA.

WWE is pro wrestling’s biggest organization, much like the UFC is to MMA – then there is TNA, which could be compared to Strikeforce. In this interview with Hulk Hogan, who has recently began working with TNA, the legend talks about giving wrestlers as well as fans a viable alternative to the WWE.

He also talks about how much Vince McMahon has done for wrestling, but that he may not have all the answers when it comes to the future of wrestling. These are the exact types of arguments critics of Dana White often use. Hogan also discusses the idea of a wrestlers union, just as the idea of a fighters union has long been proposed. (parts 2 & 3 after the jump)

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Season 11 of Spike TV’s “The Ultimate Fighter” goes into production in Las Vegas

New York, NY, January 22, 2010 – Twenty-eight of the best up-and-coming middleweight mixed martial artists from around the world have convened in Las Vegas in pursuit of one goal, to claim the title of the “ULTIMATE FIGHTER” and the guaranteed six-figure contract with the Ultimate Fighting Championship® that comes with it.

The 11th season of Spike TV’s most popular original series ever, “The Ultimate Fighter,” boasts a new format, which will be introduced to viewers in the show’s premiere episode.  The smash hit will also feature two coaches who need no introduction to mixed martial arts fans.  UFC legends Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell and Tito “The Huntington Beach Badboy” Ortiz will continue their storied rivalry with a return to the reality show that helped launch them into the American mainstream.

The new season premieres Wednesday, March 31, 2010 at 10:00 PM ET/PT featuring some of the world’s best unsigned fighters in the middleweight (185 lbs) division.  Liddell appeared as coach for the first season in January 2005 and Ortiz was a coach for season three in January 2006.

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ProMMA.info exclusive interview – Joey “The Mexicutioner” Beltran

ProMMA.info recently had the pleasure of speaking to one of the main event fighters from last weekend’s 5150 / XFL “New Year’s Revolution” card, Joey “The Mexicutioner” Beltran (10-3). Current 5150 Heavyweight Champion, Beltran defended his title against Houston “The Assassin” Alexander (9-6), who was coming off a much publicized decision loss to Kimbo Slice at The Ultimate Fighter 10 Finale in December.

The Mexicutioner absolutely dominated Alexander and proved once again The Assassin can’t whack anyone off his back. After nearly two rounds of battering, the referee had seen enough, stopped the fight, and awarded Beltran the TKO victory.

Beltran shared with us his thoughts on the fight, and although it was an important win, why he was not getting overly excited about it. He also had some advice for The Assassin, talked about what is next, who his “dream fight” would be, and more. Enjoy.

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Mann Talk – Weekend preview featuring Shooto, XFO and Wrestling

Takeshi Inoue
Takeshi Inoue

This weekend could be considered the calm before the storm. Next weekend will be stacked with Strikeforce and the FCF women’s tournament. However, there are still some quality local cards and, of course, collegiate wrestling. Please support the future MMA champions by watching wrestling on the Big Ten Network. On Friday at 8:00 p.m. Indiana takes on Wisconsin and then on Sunday at 10:00 p.m. Ohio State faces Penn State (all times eastern).

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Takeshi Inoue vs. Gerald Lovato

Earlier this week Takeshi Inoue came out in the media and asked for a fight with Hatsu Hioki. Instead he gets a non-title fight against Gerald Lovato. Inoue might not really be a top-ten fighter, but he is still light years ahead of Lovato. His only real chance to win is to come out looking for the big shot. Look for Inoue to capitalized on a gassed out Lovato late and secure a TKO stoppage.
Pick = Takeshi Inoue

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Trevor Prangley to face Karl Amoussou in main event when Strikeforce Challengers series hits San Jose Feb. 26

NEW YORK (Jan 21, 2009)-World championship mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion STRIKEFORCE will return to its roots when it brings its Challengers fight series to The Civic Auditorium in San Jose, California on Friday, February 26.  Topping the card will be a middleweight (185 pounds) contest between wrestling powerhouse Trevor Prangley (22-5) and Karl Amoussou (11-2-1).

Undefeated power puncher Sarah Kaufman (10-0) will challenge Japan’s Takayo Hashi (12-1) in the first STRIKEFORCE women’s world bantamweight (135 pounds) championship matchup in history while Luke Rockhold (6-1), one of MMA’s brightest up and comers, will take on Paul Bradley (12-1) at middleweight.

Tickets for the first STRIKEFORCE Challengers event of 2010, priced from $30, go on sale at 10 a.m. PT tomorrow/Friday, January 22 at The San Jose Civic Auditorium box office, Ticketmaster (800-745-3000) and online at Ticketmaster.com and STRIKEFORCE.com.

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Mike “The Hulk” Easton set for February 20 bout at “Gameness Fighting Championship VI” in Nashville, Tenn.

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One of MMA’s top bantamweights, Mike “The Hulk” Easton (9-1) is coming to Nashville, Tenn. on Feb. 20 to fight Tom Ahrens (10-6) in the “Gameness Fighting Championship VI” co-main event. ProMMA.info confirmed the news with GFC matchmaker Mike Camp earlier today. Easton is the current UWC Bantamweight Champion and a BJJ black belt under Master Lloyd Irvin.

Easton is currently on a five-fight win streak with his most recent win being a highly controversial split decision over Chase Beebe. The result of the bout was investigated until Virginia’s regulatory body decided the original decision would stand.

Ahrens is a submission expert, and has been fighting professionally for seven years. He will no doubt be looking to get back on the winning track, as he is coming off a third round doctor stoppage loss against Travis Perzynski at Extreme Challenge 127 last May.

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Nick Diaz, Marius Zaromskis, Cris Cyborg, and Marloes Coenen conference call highlights

Superstar Nick Diaz, DREAM Welterweight Champion Marius “The Whitemare” Zaromskis, STRIKEFORCE 145 pound Women’s Champion Cris Cyborg, and submission expert Marloes Coenen discussed the upcoming STRIKEFORCE MIAMI mixed martial arts (MMA) fights scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 30 at BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Fla., LIVE on SHOWTIME® (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast).

The 26-year-old Diaz (20-7), a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt and native of Stockton, Calif, will take on DREAM welterweight (170 pounds) champ Zaromskis (13-3) in the main event and first STRIKEFORCE welterweight championship bout in history. Diaz, who will put a five fight win streak on the line, is making his first start since he submitted hard-hitting Scott “Hands of Steel” Smith on June 6, 2009.  The highly explosive, 29-year-old Zaromskis, who hails from Siauliai, Lithuania, has won his last three fights on first-round knockouts via head kick.

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Former Olympian, Judo master Ferrid Kheder signs with Bellator

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CHICAGO, Ill. (January 21, 2010) Bellator Fighting Championships put yet another piece in place for its second season today with the announcement that Judo master and former Olympian Ferrid “Hurricane” Kheder will compete in the promotion’s upcoming lightweight tournament.

Kheder, who placed seventh in the Judo competition at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, has quickly compiled a solid 16-5 MMA record since giving up Judo to fight full-time in the cage just three years ago. His transition to MMA was put into overdrive in 2008 when he began training under the famed Shawn Tompkins. Since the two teamed up, Kheder has won 11 of his 12 fights.

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Matt Serra discusses upcoming UFC 109 fight against Frank Trigg


Mr. Matt “The Terror” Serra, along with his coach Ray Longo, join Mike Straka on FOX Fight Game. Straka informs Serra and the viewing audience that he wears lifts in his shoes. Because Serra is a rather short fellow, Straka is willing to share his lift source with the former UFC welterweight champ.

Serra said he has thought about fighting Trigg for some time, and says Trigg has a face you want to punch. He admits Trigg is a better wrestler, but is also willing to stand and trade…. and that’s about all they discuss about the fight… the rest of the interview is just pure fun. Enjoy. (part two after the jump)

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