Affliction’s M1 Global Challenge season opener – results & summary

Photo by Jeff Howard - Dave Jansen wins at M-1 season opener Feb. 21

PRO MMA (promma.info) was live at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington on February 21st for the 2009 “M-1 Challenge Presented by Affliction” season opener. There were a total of 30 fighters, 15 fights, and six teams which included Team Benelux vs. Team Finland, Team South Korea vs. Team Imperial Russia, and Team USA West vs. Team Brazil. It was a great start for the new season and the following is a summary of the night’s events.

The first matchups were Team Finland vs Team Benelux (Belgium, Netherlands, Luxemborg). The first bout, the lightweights, started off like gangbusters. Both guys were throwing and landing blows from their feet in an almost carefree manner, it was a great fight to start off the night and the already intoxicated crowd loved it! The decision could have went either way after two rounds, but the Benelux fighter, Danny Van Bergen got the nod from the judges with a unanimous decision.

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UFC 100 set for July

UFC President Dana White, while in Canada trying to fix the UFC 97 debacle, confirmed that UFC 100 will be on July 11th at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas during a recent interview on Canadian radio network CKAC Sports 730 AM. White also hinted that current Welterweight Champion, Georges St. Pierre, will defend … Read more

Sengoku to air on HDNet in new exclusive deal

HDNet and World Victory Road, owners of Sengoku MMA, have announced a long term deal that will bring all of the Sengoku events, in their entirety, to North American television for the first time ever. The first event of the contract will be Sengoku’s Seventh Battle, on March 20th. In 2009, HDNet will feature 25 events from Asia alone, due to the network’s partnerships with World Victory Road, DREAM, K-1, and K-1 MAX.

“We’re very happy to announce this partnership with World Victory Road and to bring the action of Sengoku to HDNet,” said Andrew Simon, CEO of HDNet Fights. “This continues our commitment to deliver the best MMA in the world. No one promotion or network can match the depth and breadth of MMA broadcast on HDNet.”

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DREAM welterweight Grand Prix announced

Shinya Aoki will move up to middleweight to compete in DREAM's Grand Prix
Shinya Aoki will move up to welterweight to compete in the DREAM Grand Prix

Dream’s parent company, FEG (Fighters Entertainment Group), has released a partial list of the competitors for this year’s welterweight Grand Prix tournament set for April 5th, at Dream 8.

Shinya Aoki, the newly crowned WAMMA LW champion has announced he will make the move up in weight to compete at welterweight in the Grand Prix. As many recall, Aoki submitted the heavily favored Eddie Alvarez at the 2008 New Year’s eve K-1 ‘Dynamite!!’ event to earn the WAMMA Lightweight crown.

Hayoto ‘Mach’ Sakurai has also been confirmed for the Grand Prix, coming off of his first round TKO over Shibata also at the 2008 ‘Dynamite!!’ event on New Years Eve.

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EliteXC fighters seek release

It is being reported that the fighters still in contract limbo due to the failure of the sale of EliteXC have joined together with the Mixed Martial Artists Fighters Association and forwarded a draft of complaint to EliteXC officials to have them officially released from the company. They have warned in the complaint that if acknowlegement of their release is not granted within a specefied time frame, they will in turn file the complaint in open court.

The complaint itself was brought about by multiple fighters’ agents banding together with the MMAFA to speed up the release status of their collective clients’ contracts that are still owned by EliteXC.

We will have to wait and see what action, if any, EliteXC will take on this complaint but the agents feel like this will gain their fighters freedom to fight for other companies, as opposed to being stagnant and unable to earn an income while ProElite tries to sell their company.

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Marcos Rua joins brothers, Ninja and Shogun as MMA fighter

Shogun, Marcos, & Ninja

The third and youngest Rua brother is set to follow in the footsteps of his siblings. Twenty-two year old Marcos Rua, the younger brother of Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua and Murilo ‘Ninja’ Rua, is set to make his MMA debut in Brazil sometime in the near future.

Although youngest, he is the tallest of the three light heavyweights. Marcos, who currently has no nickname, was set to fight in ‘The Glory’ (a Brazilian MMA promotion) this month, but the event has been postponed until March.

“He’s well, training tough and very focused,” Mauricio Rua told Tatame. “He was due to fight at The Glory in January, but it was delayed to March. But we want to see him fighting before then.”

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Bobby Lashley will fight for Palace Fighting Championship in February

Former WWE pro wrestling star, Bobby Lashley, will reportedly have his next fight with the Palace Fighting Championship promotion. Lashley, 1-0 in his mixed martial arts career, will fight on the PFC’s February 6th card in Lenore, California.

Although an opponent has not been named, a list of fighters Lashley could face to possibly build up his fight resume has been sent to him for review.

Lashley attended Missouri Valley College, where he won three national amateur wrestling championships between 1996 and 1998 and placed fourth in 1995. Throughout 1997 and 1998, he was the National Association of Inter-collegiate Athletics (NAIA) National Wrestling Champion. Lashley later joined the United States Army, where he continued to wrestle.

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Mirko “CroCop” Filipovic out for six months

Mirko ‘CroCop’ Flipovic ended 2008 on a relative high note by defeating the Korean ‘Techno Giant,’ Hong Man Choi at the K-1 Dynamite!! New Year’s Eve extravaganza in Saitama, Japan.

‘CroCop’ won the fight with chopping leg kicks; the last collapsing the massive Korean’s leg causing him to fall to the ground.

As many fans saw, Mirko entered the ring with his classic attire of wrestling shoes but also both knees wrapped in braces. The fight itself was short of any major fireworks and we may now know why.

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Xtreme Fighting Championship signs TV deal

Valencia Entertainment Inc., a subsidiary of ValCom, Inc., has just announced the signing of a three-year license distribution deal with the Xtreme Fighting Championship (XFC) Mixed Martial Arts promotion.

The XFC has been recognized for staging some of the largest live mixed martial arts events in the country. XFC’s last four shows at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa, Florida all drew over ten thousand fans each, setting an international MMA attendance record according to their website.

The plan is to now bring the same type of action-packed show that so many fans are enjoying to network TV. Valencia Entertainment Inc. plans on producing 13 one hour long television episodes, which will be distributed on cable TV worldwide.

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The Iceman wants revenge with Jardine

For a couple months now there have been rumors of former UFC Light Heavyweight champion, Chuck Liddell either taking on UFC Middleweight champion Anderson Silva at UFC 95 in London, with Silva moving up to light heavyweight or Liddell moving up to heavyweight to face Randy Couture for a fourth time, in Germany at UFC 99 in June.

Addressing the rumors, “The Iceman” has made it clear that he is not looking for a fight with Silva or Couture and the organization has not approached him about either fight.

However, there is one fight on Chuck Liddell’s mind; a rematch with Keith Jardine. Liddell has been quoted as saying, “There’s been a few names. We have Jardine listed. We want him in March.”

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