PRO MMA (promma.info) obtained the following information today concerning Ford Motor Company and their first-ever MMA alliance as they have reached and exclusive sponsorship agreement with Bellator Fighting Championships and ESPN Deportes. Ford’s involvement in MMA should be seen as a milestone in the sport’s progress toward mainstream acceptance.
PRO MMA (promma.info) just received the highly anticipated announcement for BELLATOR FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIP’s debut event which will feature standouts, Eddie Alvarez and Jorge Masvidal.
Los Angeles, Calif. – February 26, 2009 – Bellator Fighting Championships, the first mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion to secure an exclusive agreement with any member of the ESPN family of networks, announced today that its debut event will be held in the Hard Rock Live at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida on April 3, 2009. The event will air during prime time on April 4 on ESPN Deportes.
To say that heavyweight MMA fighter, Dave “Pee Wee” Herman is a talented athlete is an understatement. The guy is nothing short of phenomenal. For anyone to come into professional mixed martial arts and go 13-0 by relying mainly on their natural ability is quite the feat. That is exactly what Dave Herman did.
However, Dave finally met his match in his last bout on January 4, 2009 when he took on Mu Bae Choi at Sengoku: ‘No Ran 2009’ in Japan. It looked as though Dave would finish Choi in the first round just like he had done all but one of his other opponents, but the Korean was very tough and survived. Dave ended up gassing in round two and Choi was able to take advantage and get a TKO victory. In a little over two years as a professional fighter, it was Dave’s first defeat.
The fighter formerly known as Jon Koppenhaver, now legally known as War Machine (6-2), has been arrested in Las Vegas, NV. Was he trying to carry out the presidential assassination he recently endorsed on Myspace? Did the SWAT team have to be called in to handle this violent free-speech patriot? No, rather he was put under citizen’s arrest on charges of misdemeanor battery according to initial reports.
“Jay Rivera, a representative with the Public Information Office of the Metro Police Department, confirmed that Jonathan Paul Koppenhaver was arrested Saturday, February 8 at approximately 4 a.m. local time. According to Rivera, a citizen’s arrest was made of Koppenhaver on charges of misdemeanor battery.”
It was later found out and reported by TMZ that the incident went down at Krave Nightclub, which is locally known as a ‘gay bar.’ Police told TMZ that club security was escorting War Machine out of the club when he alledgedly turned and started punching them. Krave security then put him under citizen’s arrest untill police could arrive.
Bellator Fighting Championships is the first MMA organization to secure a TV deal with any member of the ESPN family of networks.
Beginning in April, Bellator will showcase their MMA fighters in a tournament format. The best will fight the best each week to determine who rises to the top and becomes Champion, and who collects the largest purses. And all of this will be available on free TV through ESPN Deportes.
Bellator has announced they signed American Top Team’s Hector Lombard, a former Olympic Judo competitor and Cuban national champion, to an exclusive fight contract. At 185 pounds, Hector has amassed a highly respectable record of 17-2-1 with his only losses coming by way of decision to Akihiro Gono and Gegard Mousasi in the PRIDE organization.
LOS ANGELES, Nov 19, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Bellator Fighting Championships, a new mixed martial arts (MMA) league, officially launched operations today, marking the entry of a new player in the billion-dollar MMA industry. To air on ESPN Deportes beginning April 2009, Bellator’s first-of-its-kind business model is a significant step forward for the fight industry, as the only nationally televised league to apply an objective format to crowning champions and awarding purses today.