Breaking News – Melvin Manhoef Retires

Terrible news for Melvin Manhoef fans. This beast known worldwide to be one of the most devastating strikers in combat sports has retired from the professional competition. The announcement came following his horribly dissapointing first round triangle submission loss to Gerard Mousasi earlier this week at the Dream GP. His team made the announcement on … Read more

CBS Saturday Night Fights Conference Call

EliteXC had a media conference call today featuring Gina Carano, Kelly Kobald, Jake Shields, and Paul Daley, all who will be fighting Oct. 4 on CBS Saturday Night Fights.  The four fighters fielded questions from various reporters. Here’s a synopsis:

Gina  Carano & Kelly Kobald
Carano, when asked if she felt any frustration for not being able to fight Chris Cyborg, responded, that there’s no frustration for not fighting Cyborg this time. Although she does want to fight her, she wants to get through this fight first and then see what happens with Cyborg. Gina insisted, “I’m gonna be here for a second.”

Jared Shaw thinks the media is making too big of a deal out of Gina Carano “refuting her position” as the face of women’s mma.

One subject Gina Carano did not care to spend much time discussing was her weight. When asked what she weighs now and how much she will weigh at weigh-ins next Friday, she responded, “I will weigh 140 lbs. next Friday and what I weigh now I will keep to myself.”

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TUF 8 – Team Nogueira vs. Team Mir Episode 2 Recap

By Denny “The Mad One” Hodge

The show wastes no time getting to action with Wesley Murch from the UK matching up against John Polakowski in a Lightweight fight. Murch quotes Churchill in his pre fight interview, while Polakowski comments on his ADHD, but nothing controversial like week 1 and Aquilar‘s comments.

Round 1- The fight begins with Murch looking for a takedown, and Polakowski sprawling. The fighters are quickly back on their feet and clinching against the fence. Polakowski goes for a trip but ends up on his back with Murch looking to drop some bombs from the top. Polakowski looking to create some space to get back to his feet, but Murch maintains top position. Murch goes for a leg, and works on a heel hook with Mir shouting instructions from outside the octagon. Polakowski ends up on top, and looks to pass the guard and ends up in side control. Polakowski backs off to get the fight back standing, and Murch nearly gets clipped with a big right, prompting him to look for a takedown. The fighters are back on their feet in the clinch again along the cage. Polakowski takes a step back, and as Murch ducks in for a takedown he gets caught with a knee.

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SUPERFIGHTS MMA PRESENTS “A NIGHT OF COMBAT II”

Well, Affliction cancelled their Las Vegas event but it seems another promotion  has stepped in and picked up the slack.  Some of the same fighters that would have been on the Affliction card will still be fighting on the exact day and location as the previously scheduled show.   That is great news for the fighters … Read more

ELITEXC WILL INTRODUCE 140-POUND TITLE

Press Release:

LOS ANGELES (Sept. 19, 2008) – The first-ever EliteXC bantamweight (140-pound) champion will be crowned when promising, undefeated Brazilian Wilson Reis (5-0) of Philadelphia faces streaking King of The Cage titleholder Abel “The Silent Assassin” Cullum (11-1) of Tucumcari, N.M., in a solid matchup in the main event on ShoXC: Elite Challenger Series Friday, Sept. 26, live on SHOWTIME at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) at the Chumash Casino Resort at Santa Ynez, Calif.

ShoXC, a presentation of Los Angeles-based ProElite, Inc.’s live fight division, EliteXC, showcases young, talented fighters in tough matchups. A springboard for the future stars and champions of EliteXC, ShoXC is patterned after the SHOWTIME boxing series ShoBox: The New Generation.

In other SHOWTIME fights, Shane Del Rosario (4-0) of Irvine, Calif., faces Carl Seumanutafa (4-0) of San Francisco, Calif., in a battle of unbeaten heavyweights; Malaipet (3-2) of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., meets David “Tarzan” Douglas (5-1) of Antioch, Calif., at 150 pounds; Giva “The Arm Collector” Santana (11-0) of Laguna Niguel, Calif., takes on Jaime Jara (19-5) of North Highlands, Calif., at 185; and Matt Makowski (3-0) of Philadelphia throws down with Eric “Bad” Apple (9-1) of Irvine, at 170.

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TUF 8 Recap – Episode 1

Courtesy of UFC.Com
Courtesy of UFC.Com

By Denny “The Mad One” Hodge

This should have been posted last evening, but I had the privilege of watching the show with members of my gym at Guardian MMA, which included one of the fighters from Season 8, Shane Primm . We’ve all been looking forward to seeing one of our own in the UFC Octagon and couldn’t wait to see Shane in action since the announcement was made that he would be on the show.  Shane is the fourth fighter from Gracie Tampa, and the first from Guardian MMA that has made it onto The Ultimate Fighter, and we expect big things from the young and talented light heavyweight.  That being said, there has been a lot of talk in forums on the web about Jason Guida, Lance Evans, and Joe Duarte.  Some had even speculated that the “next Anderson Silva” comment made by Dana White may have been referring to Duarte. Much to my surprise, none of these these three fighters even made it into the house after the first episode.

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Trigg hit with stick in MMA fight

by:  Jack Bratcher

Well, it finally happened.  After months of preparation and slowly moving from commentator to in-ring participant, Frank Trigg had his first official match within the TNA wrestling promotion.  Tonight’s match-up took place in Oshawa, Canada and aired live on TNA’s “No Surrender” pay per view.  It was billed as an MMA fight of three, five-minute rounds with victory only coming by submission or knockout.  Trigg’s opponent was “The Phenomenal” A.J. Styles, a TNA superstar that Trigg has had an ongoing feud with ever since Styles attacked him from behind in a parking lot, mistaking him for Kurt Angle.

Trigg comes walking down the runway carrying an American flag, wearing a big grin, and decked out in his traditional MMA shorts with sponsor patches.  Once Trigg climbs in the ring, somehow a microphone magically appears and as he begins his monologue it’s obvious his role is the heel.  “This country really does suck!” Trigg tells the Canadian crowd.  He goes on to call them hicks and dishes out a few more insults. Then Trigg makes sure everyone knows that in the MMA world he is paid to punish his opponents.  He says, “What I like to do is hurt alot of people and by the looks of all you hayseeds I’d like to hurt you too.”

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Ring of Combat XXI- Play by Play and Results

By Denny Hodge

Ring of Combat XXI live on HDNet tonight at 8:30 PM Central.  Stay tuned to promma.info for round by round updates and results.

Jose Rodriguez vs. Marc Stevens  (170 lbs.)

Round 1

Stevens goes for the takedown immediately.  Rodrigues goes for an armbar, and gets slammed for his effort. Back to full guard, with Stevens delivering some big shots to the face of Rodriguez.  Stevens continuing to drop big shots to Jose.  Rodgriguez to his feet, and catches Stevens with a huge knee to the midsection.  Both fighters clinched against the fence, but the fight goes back to the ground within a few seconds.  Stevens in Jose’s full guard working some ground and pound.  Not much action on the ground, and the ref stands them up.  Stevens goes for a shot and catches Jose with a knee.  Jose locks up a guillotine, and locks up stevens in half guard.  Stevens breaks free from the choke and the ref stands them up quickly.  Another takedown by Stevens at the end of round one.  Dominating round for Marc Stevens.

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Strikeforce “Scores” TV Deal In Canada

Press Release:

Live programming kicks off with Playboy Mansion extravaganza

SAN JOSE, Calif. —World championship mixed martial arts (MMA) federation, Strikeforce, has partnered with one of Canada’s top national sports television networks, The Score, to deliver live programming, beginning with the league’s star-studded affair at the world-famous Playboy Mansion.
The Score’s live telecast of “Strikeforce At The Mansion II” will begin at 10:30 pm ET on Saturday, September 20th. The Score will also carry weekly Strikeforce programming, which will premiere on Saturday, September 6th.

“We are excited about the opportunity to bring the Strikeforce MMA product to fans in Canada,” said Strikeforce Founder and CEO, Scott Coker. “The Score has a reputation for being an exceptional sports television platform and we are proud to join their family of programming.”

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The Fertitta Effect

By: Kelvin Hunt

So far the UFC/Zuffa has had another banner year in 2008.  They have accomplished so many things this year that a lot of it flies under the radar.  Things such as:

  • Holding their first ever event in Canada with UFC 83
  • Inking a deal with Bud Light
  • Signing a deal with toy maker JAKKS Pacific

That’s just to name a few things without even mentioning PPV sales so far this year, and gate figures breaking records at almost every new venue they hold an event in.  The majority of all of the things mentioned thus far was accomplished prior to Lorenzo Fertitta joining the fold full time at Zuffa.  However, not to be out done…a couple of BIG things have transpired in the few months that Fertitta has been at work.  Things such as:

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