Xxtreme Knockout (XKO) 2 in Arlington, TX – results

Arlington, TX, Jan. 10th, 2009 – Backalley Promotions out of the Dallas/Fort Worth area of Texas has reentered the world of mixed martial arts. They had previously held one event prior to January 10th back in 2002 under Pancrase rules. While that event might not have struck a cord with the local mixed martial arts fans in north Texas, Saturday’s show is definitely going to generate a rippling effect of excitement.

Backalley Promotions owner Mike Bussey has a 20,000 sq ft training facility dubbed simply “The Gym” that also includes a 600 seat auditorium to use to his advantage. Mr. Bussey, along with his sons Chris and Thomas brought some of their professional wrestling experience to the mixed martial arts event on January 10th.

While some feel that we should seperate our sport and sports entertainment, the Xtreme Knockouts 2 event proved that with the right leadership, the sport of mixed martial arts and the showmanship of professional wrestling can be fused into an entertaining product.

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THE INFO episode 8 – PRO MMA podcast

“Fast Eddie” Constantine was back with a mystery host (don’t worry, he just forgot to say his name at the beginning, its still Matt!) The guys discussed a handful of upcoming fights, Freddie Roach, Andrei Arlovski vs Fedor, Roger Huerta and some NFL playoff football. “Fast Eddie” informed fans that former Arizona Combat member and … Read more

Mann Talk – let’s find old Vitor

Sometimes my girlfriend likes to push the issue. Over Christmas break I took part in one of time’s most honored relationship traditions – meeting the high school friends. Despite dating for over a year I had only met one of the friends, and it is safe to say I was a little bit nervous. The cocoons in my stomach hatched into full-fledged butterflies when one of the friends showed up wearing Georges St. Pierre’s signature Affliction shirt.

As I said, sometimes my girlfriend likes to push the issue and I knew the time was coming. At some point in the night, I was going to have to talk about what I do for a living. Normally, after I yadda yadda my day job, I simply throw out stuff like “I write about MMA” and the subsequent confused faces force me to say “you know that UFC stuff?” However, this time the woman wearing the Affliction shirt did not have the puzzled jeopardy music face.

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Ryan Bastianelli to fight at Fight Quest: Battle Grounds on Jan. 31st in Bakersfield

“Relentless” Ryan Bastianelli (3-0) has signed to fight on the FIGHT QUEST:  BATTLE GROUNDS January 31st card at the Bakersfield Dome in Bakersfield, California.

Bastianelli will be fighting at a catch weight of 150 pounds. The Concord resident who fights at the 135 pound limit does not believe the jump in weight will be be a factor in the fight.

“I’ve fought at 150 before and felt strong. I train with bigger guys, so it shouldn’t be a problem.”

The Arizona State wrestling product believes he has the strength to hang with the lightweights and points to his previous opponents as proof.

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Xtreme Fighting Championships (XFC) brings first-ever pro mixed martial arts fight card in Tennessee history to Knoxville on Feb. 20

Knoxville, TN – For the first time in Tennessee sports history, the state’s Athletic Commission has approved a professional Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fight card. XFC, the Southeast’s largest independent MMA promotion and the company dedicated to launching the careers of the champions of tomorrow, is pleased to announce that XFC 7: “School of Hard Knox” will be held on Friday, February 20 in Knoxville, Tennessee’s 21 thousand-capacity Thompson-Boling Arena. This will be the first-ever professional MMA event sanctioned anywhere in Tennessee.

“Rarely can a fight card be considered historic even before the first bell chimes,” said John Prisco, president of XFC, “but February 20 will signal a brand new era in Tennessee Mixed Martial Arts. And I’m so ecstatic that we’ll be able to offer Tennessee sports fans a night of outstanding cage fights that’s truly worthy of the historic moment. We’re going to be showcasing some of the greatest emerging talent in the entire world of MMA – and the next generation of superstars.”

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X1: A Year in Review

In their busiest year to date X1 World Events showed why they continue to be Hawaii’s number one event. They put all of their titles on the line and crowned some new and exciting world champions, brought back pro boxing, they also introduced new venue’s like The Cirque and Palolo Hongwanji as well as added new features to their events like a concert, replacing the chairs with tables at the Blaisdell and the amazing aerialists of The Cirque Hawaii entertaining the fans between matches.

To highlight the year we will start off with the “Champions” event at the Blaisdell Arena. Maui product Lolohea Mahe continued his dominance of the HW division with a huge win over Des Miner.

Featherweight Champion Eddie Yagin defended his title with a three wound war against Big Island’s Dirty Dave Moreno. Mia St. John made her appearance in Hawaii short and sweet with a brutal KO win at just 44 seconds of the first round and Ron Waterman defeated Maui boy Analu Brash for the HW Title.

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Freddie Roach: He [Fedor] sucks at boxing

Legendary boxing trainer Freddie Roach is no stranger to training some of the greatest champions in the sport. His latest endeavor is preparing Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) superstar Andrei “The Pitbull” Arlovski for his upcoming bout against WAMMA World Heavyweight Champion Fedor Emelianenko.

The Affliction M-1 event entitled “Day of Reckoning” will take place on Saturday, January 24 at Honda Center in Anaheim, CA and will be broadcast live on pay-per-view.

This is Roach’s second fight with Arlovski who retained the esteemed trainer’s services to help him with his boxing skills and overall readiness. Roach, who has trained some of the biggest names in boxing-reigning pound-for-pound champion Manny Pacquiao, Oscar de la Hoya and Bernard Hopkins to name a few-now finds himself preparing Arlovski for the biggest MMA fight of the new year.

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Team Russia Red Devil defeats Team Holland at M-1 Challenge 2008 Finals

AMSTELVEEN, the Netherlands, which is located several minutes north of Amsterdam, was the host of the M-1 CHALLENGE 2008 FINALS on January 11, 2009. Team Russia Red Devil clashed with Team Holland for the main trophy of the inaugural M-1 Challenge season. Team Red Devil walked away the victors winning four of the five bouts. Here are the results:

Team Red Devil vs. Team Holland Finals results:
(HW) Alexey Oleinik def. Jessie Gibbs by sub. (choke) in rd 2
(LHW) Mikhail Zayats def. David Haagsman by sub. (armbar) in rd 1
(MW) Jason Jones def. Dmitry Samoilov by unanimous decision
(WW) Erik Oganov def. Romano de los Reyes by unanimous decision
(LW) Mikhail Malyutin def. Bogdan Christea by split decision
Superfights results:
(LHW) Toni Valtonen def. Chang Seob Lee by TKO (strikes) in rd 3
(MW) Radmir Gabdulin def. Hoon Kim by sub. (triangle choke) in rd 2
(HW) Sang Soo Lee def. Ricardo Wondel by TKO (hand injury)
(HW) Enoc Solves Torres def. Seung Bae Whi by unanimous decision

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M-1 Challenge 2008 Finals (videos)

The M-1 Challenge 2008 Finals took place on January, 11th in Amstelveen, the Netherlands. Here are the videos from that event:

 [01] Hoon Kim vs Radmir Gabdulin

The rest of the M-1 Challenge 2008 Finals videos after the jump…

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