New Interview with Fedor Emelianenko

The Last Emperor had a meeting with Randy Couture just days ago.  Whenever these two legendary figures come together for any reason cameras flash, video rolls, and microphones record.  Fedor talks a little about the meeting with Randy, the extent of his hand injury, who may win between Barnett and Arlovski, the Fight Fedor reality show and much more.  Fedor makes news anytime he comes to America but the rumor mill starts churning in overdrive whenever the Natrual and the Last Emperor sit down together.  The hope is that one day these two legends can meet inside the ring to decide once and for all who is the top heavyweight in the world.  As each day passes, legal issues and father time gnaw away at the possibility of the super fight ever taking place.

Read more

Xtreme Couture Amateur Spotlight Part I: Jimmy Jones

by: Jack Bratcher

The Xtreme Couture gym located in Las Vegas is famous for having one of the best MMA training facilities in the world.  Not only do they have the highest quality training equipment money can buy, but the gym is bursting at the seams with the best instructors and sparring partners the sport has to offer.

On August 8, 2008 , Tuff-N-Uff, a Las Vegas-based MMA promotion held an event at the Orleans Hotel and Casino entitled, “The Future Stars of MMA,” which showcased amateur MMA talent from some of the hottest up-and-comers the sport has to offer.  One of these young upstarts is a gentleman by the name of Jimmy Jones.  Jimmy lives in Vegas and is fortunate enough to be part of the Xtreme Couture family.  PRO MMA was fortunate enough to catch up with Jimmy to find out how the Tuff-N-Uff show went and also what it’s like learning the ropes and paying your dues at what many consider the most-respected MMA gyms in the world.

Read more

PRO MMA EXCLUSIVE: KEITH “THE KO KID” BERRY

by:  Cory Brady

Keith Berry is a name people will soon be talking about in the masses. This twenty year old knockout artist is poised to showcase his crowd pleasing skills on Showtime Friday night and if successful his next fight will be broadcast live on CBS. At only twenty years old, the sky is the limit for this champion on the rise. We were able to catch up with Keith “KO Kid” Berry  to discuss his upcoming fight on Showtime’s ShoXC: Elite Challenger Series among other things.

PRO MMA:  You were one of the youngest fighters ever to win a KOTC title when you defeated Sean Loeffler. When you first started training could you have imagined being a champion at such a young age?
KEITH: No, actually when I first started training I just wanted to get into it and I started really, really liking it So after that I had my first fight when I was eighteen and from then on I’ve just fought and trained as much as I can. So yeah, I’m lucky. I got a title shot because somebody fell out and I ended up winning and I won again and again. So yeah, it’s good.

Read more

“Babalu” Ready To ‘Hunt’ Southworth At Playboy Mansion

Press Release:

Strikeforce World Light Heavyweight (205 lb. limit) Champion Bobby Southworth (9-5) will face the greatest challenge of his nine-year mixed martial arts (MMA) career when he puts his belt on the line against superstar Renato “Babalu” Sobral (30-7) at the world-famous Playboy Mansion in Beverly Hills, Calif. on Saturday, September 20th.

“He is the protector and I am the hunter,” said the 32-year-old Sobral, a former UFC world championship challenger and Brazilian national wrestling champion. “I am already in shape and prepared to take it from him. I want to be the new Strikeforce world champion and , if I could become champion while fighting at a venue like the Playboy Mansion, that would make a good win even better.”

A student of Ruas Vale Tudo, the hybrid combat system created by MMA legend Marco Ruas, Sobral is coming off a convincing, unanimous judges’ decision triumph over Mike Whitehead on July 19th. The bout marked Sobral’s third straight win, a streak that he kicked off with his second round submission of David Heath at UFC 74 on August 25, 2007.
“It was a good performance for me and helped prepare me for this championship fight ahead,” said Sobral.

Read more

“Superfly” Matt Major Returns

by: Denny “The Mad One” Hodge

Remember Matt Major from his appearance on theTapout reality show on Versus?

“Superfly” has been busy since his appearance with the Tapout crew training for his next fight on August 23rd against Shonie Carter and planning his future as a contender at 185.

PRO MMA caught up with Matt this weekend to see what he was up to, when we could see him fight again, and how that George Foreman grill is doing:

PRO MMA:What’s up Matt, great to talk to you. Where have you been since the show, and when will we be able to see you again?

Matt: I’ve been with AKA for the past couple of weeks, and I’m getting ready for my next fight.

Read more

Joe Lauzon Calls Tapout TV Show Garbage

by:  Jack Bratcher

As most MMA fans know, the leading MMA clothing line and UFC sponsor, Tapout, has a television show that airs on Versus.  On the show, the Tapout crew made up of Mask, Skyscrape, and Punkass, travel around the country in their pimped out RV scouting out fighters to sponsor and  helping their fighters in various ways.  They are currently airing the second season and the show that Joe Lauzon is referring to is the second episode of this season which featured his brother, Dan “The Upgrade” Lauzon.

The Tapout crew arrives at Dan’s gym to watch him train and get a feel for how he looks in the cage.  Dan had an upcoming fight just a few days away, so apparently Dan was finished with the hardcore portion of his training regimen and was now at the stage where he was cutting the final few pounds of weight by staying active.

Read more

TUFF-N-UFF Future Stars of MMA Results

by: Jack Bratcher

On Friday, August 8, 2008, TUFF-N-UFF’s Future Stars of MMA event took place at the Orleans Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.  Although not all the fighters were from the Vegas area, local gyms such as Xtreme Couture, X-treme Family Fitness, Nellis Combat and Cobra Kai were represented.  They had male and female fighters from as far away as Kentucky on the card.

Here are the results from the TUFF-N-UFF Future Stars of MMA:

Evva Johnson def. Susannah Clayton by TKO Rd.1
Karina Hallinan def. Maria Witt by TKO Rd.3
Christy Tada def. Amber Molinari by KO Rd.2
Chris Brady def. Ike Kaahanui by TKO Rd.2
Kimo Yadao def. Kyle Atkinson by Dec.
Marco Scolari def. Jimmy Jones by Dec.
Odis Alex Ruiz def. AJ Cessario by Dec.
Johnny Lee def. Richard St. Claire by Dec.
Justin Linn def. Tony Martinez by Armbar Rd.2
Levi Parrish def. Luis Mendez by Dec.
Justin Cheeks def. Junny Urbaez by TKO Rd.1
Jeff Restivo def. Joe Gonderm by TKO Rd.3
Javier Torres def. Omar Carter by Submission Rd.2
Eric Bosley def. Chris Engles by Submission Rd.1
Coates Cobb-Adams def. Alan Cisneros by RN-Choke Rd. 1
Weston Duschan def. Darrell Matos by Disqualification (knee-to-head) Rd.1

Read more

Misaki Collides With Riggs At Playboy Mansion

Press Release

Former Pride Fighting Championship Grand Prix winner, Kazuo “Grabaka Hitman” Misaki (22-8-1) will take on fellow middleweight wonder Joe “Diesel” Riggs (28-10) at Strikeforce mixed martial arts’(MMA) highly-anticipated return to the world-famous Playboy Mansion in Beverly Hills, Calif. on Saturday, September 20th.

“I am looking forward to making my debut for Strikeforce at The Playboy Mansion, an incredible venue that is well-known throughout the world,” said Misaki, the winner of Pride’s 2006 welterweight Grand Prix elimination playoff. In his last effort, a meeting with rising star Logan Clark in Saitama, Japan on June 8th, the 32-year-old Team Grabaka star secured his second straight win by earning a nod from all three judges scoring the matchup.
“Joe Riggs is a tremendous competitor.  His style is aggressive like mine so I have no doubt that our fight will be an exciting and memorable one.”

Read more