Still going strong – PROMMA.INFO exclusive interview with Ron “H20” Waterman

Mirko Cro Cop said Ron Waterman was the strongest man he ever fought.
Mirko Cro Cop said Ron Waterman was the strongest man he ever fought.

Having fought since 1999 in such organizations such as UFC, PRIDE, Pancrase, and the WEC, 43-year-old Ron “H2O” Waterman (16-6-2) is a seasoned MMA who has been locked in cages with some of the biggest and toughest men on the planet.

Some of Waterman’s most notable fights include victories over former UFC champions Ricco Rodriguez and Kevin Randleman. Most recently, he defeated Mark “The Bear” Smith via second round arm triangle in Nov. 2008.

In addition to being a BJJ black belt, Waterman is also an ordained minister in the Christian faith, and often travels with Team Impact, a group of strongmen who share their faith by performing impressive feats of strength. Mirko Cro Cop once stated Ron Waterman was the strongest man he ever faced.

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K-1 veteran Ian James “Goshu Hurricane” Schaffa to train at SSF Submission Academy

Photo: Sherdog - Ian James Schaffa had his first pro MMA fight in 1998 against Caol Uno.

Australian MMA fighter and K-1 veteran Ian James “Goshu Hurricane” Schaffa will be coming to Clarksville, Tenn. in early 2010 to train at the SSF Submission Academy according to Owner/Trainer Ron Dayley.

Schaffa is a very well-rounded fighter who competes at the professional level in MMA (8-6-1), Kickboxing (14-3) and Boxing (8-4-2). Schaffa is a member of Team Schaffa and the Poseidon Gym and fights out of Gold Coast, Australia. He has fought for World Victory Road, Shooto, and K-1 promotions.

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Herschel Walker on ESPN First Take

Former Heisman Trophy winner, NFL Star, and now Strikeforce heavyweight fighter Herschel Walker was a guest on ESPN’s First Take Tuesday morning to talk about his decision to try his hand in MMA. The 47-year-old who just recently signed with Strikeforce is legendary for his football skills and his workouts which consist almost entirely of … Read more

UFC 103 Spotlight: Brian Foster – PROMMA.INFO exclusive interview

Photo: H.I.T. Squad - Brian Foster makes his UFC debut on Sept. 19, 2009 at UFC 103 in Dallas, Texas.

H.I.T. Squad welterweight fighter Brian Foster (11-3) was all set to make his UFC debut against Paul “Semtex” Daley at UFC 103 Sept. 19 in Dallas, Texas. Due to an injury to Mike Swick, the UFC was forced to move Daley up to fight Swick’s opponent Martin Kampmann leaving Foster in limbo as to whether he would still be fighting on the card. The UFC acted quickly however and brought in Portland, Ore., native Rick Story (7-3) to replace Daley.

PROMMA.INFO recently had the chance to talk with Brian about his UFC debut, how he is dealing with the change in opponents, and what fans can expect to see when the Shine Fights veteran and former MOTC Welterweight Champion steps inside the Octagon.

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Froggy’s Fight Night returns to Ft. Campbell with “SSF Invitational 13: Courage” on Sept. 11

This Friday Sept. 11 Froggy’s in Ft. Campbell, Ky will host “SSF Invitational 13: Courage.” A total of fifteen MMA bouts are scheduled. Fighters representing such teams as SSF Submission Academy, Armbar MMA, Music City MMA, and Modern Army Combatives Program will all be on the card.

Froggy’s is located at 3910 Indiana Blvd., Ft. Campbell, Ky. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the fight start at 8 p.m. For more information or directions call 931-561-0917 or visit www.mmaclarksville.com.

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Quinton “Rampage” Jackson out of UFC 107

Quinton "Rampage" Jackson seems to think his movie role in the A-Team is a higher priority than Rashad Evans.
Rampage seems to think his movie career is a higher priority than fighting Rashad Evans.

It seems Tennessee MMA fans will have to wait longer than expected before they get to see Memphis hometown hero Quinton “Rampage” Jackson come home to fight.

Jackson was originally scheduled to fight Rashad Evans, his opposing coach on season 10 of The Ultimate Fighter, at UFC 107 on Dec. 12 in Memphis. It is customary for the coaches of the hit Spike TV reality show to face each other in the Octagon at the culmination of each season.

Apparently Jackson has landed the role of B.A. Baracus in a new A-Team movie and there are scheduling conflicts between filming and the time he would need to train for the fight. Jackson has reportedly asked the fight be moved to early 2010.

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Elbow surgery keeps Anderson Silva out until 2010

Anderson Silva will be out of action until early 2010 with elbow surgery.
Anderson Silva will be out of action until early 2010 with elbow surgery.

UFC middleweight champion and pound-for-pound king Anderson Silva will not appear in the Octagon again for the rest of 2009. As first reported by ESPN’s “MMA Live” in a tweet message, Silva will undergo elbow surgery which will keep “The Spider” on the shelf until early 2010. Specific details of the surgery are not immediately known.

Silva (25-4), who is undefeated in UFC competition, is currently on a UFC record 10-fight win streak including six title defenses. Silva most recently dismantled former UFC light heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin (16-6) by KO in a one-sided fight in the co-main event of UFC 101 in Philadelphia. After the fight Silva’s manager Ed Soares stated the champ was going to take some time off and rest after having his second fight of the year.

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WEC announces new location for “WEC 43: Cerrone vs. Henderson”

“WEC 43: Cerrone vs. Henderson” was originally scheduled to take place Sept. 2 at the Covelli Center in Youngstown, Ohio but was postponed due to an injury to main event fighter Ben Henderson. The event will now take place Oct. 10 at the 18,000 seat AT&T center in San Antonio, Texas WEC officials announced on Friday.

The WEC released a statement just a week before their first venture into Ohio that the show would be rescheduled due to the undisclosed injury to Henderson. Shortly afterwards, it was made public the show would take place on Oct. 10, but whether or not it would be at the same location was left for speculation.

The Versus network which carries all the WEC shows had Oct. 10 available but the arena in Youngstown was booked already, thus prompting the move to San Antonio.

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More matches official for UFC 104

The Ultimate Fighting Championship has officially announced three more fights for UFC 104, set to take place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif. on Oct. 24. The event is headlined by a light heavyweight title bout between undefeated champion Lyoto Machida (15-0) and Mauricio Rua (18-3).

In a lightweight contest former champion Sean Sherk (33-4-1) will face off against Gleison Tibau (19-6). Sherk last fought at UFC 98 losing a decision to Frankie Edgar. Tibau lost a close split decision to Melvin Guillard at the TUF 9 Finale in his last fight.

Also included on the UFC 104 card is a lightweight bout between Spencer Fisher (23-4) and Joe Stevenson (30-10). In Fisher’s last fight he defeated a returning Caol Uno in the UFC’s first foray into Germany at UFC 99 by unanimous decision this past June.

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“WEC 43: Cerrone vs. Henderson” postponed until Oct. 10

PRO MMA (promma.info) has learned through multiple sources that “WEC 43: Cerrone vs. Henderson” originally scheduled to take place Sept. 2 in Youngstown, Ohio has been rescheduled for Oct. 10. WEC officials have recently confirmed the change.

According to reports, an undisclosed injury to Ben Henderson who was scheduled to fight Donald Cerrone in the main event is the reason the show is being moved to October. Henderson’s agent Jason Genet told mmaweekly.com that “(Henderson) had a slight physical issue that he had to deal with and the WEC and Cerrone were gracious enough to give us a little more time to make sure he’s 100 percent ready.” Genet would not discuss the specifics about the injury.

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