Chicago gets new MMA organization: Mayhem Promotions holds first event

“Mixed Martial Arts is the fastest growing sport in the world.” We hear this phrase all the time.

Critics ask, “Is MMA getting more popular or is it just the UFC?” The answer is, MMA is becoming more and more popular.

The proof of MMA’s rising popularity is evident in places like Chicago, Illinois where a brand new MMA organization entitled Mayhem Promotions recently held it’s very first fight card: “Disorderly Conduct” with over fifteen hundred fans in attendance.

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Affliction press conference on Wednesday; with special guest, Tito Ortiz

Affliction is holding a media press conference in Hollywood this Wednesday to promote January 24th’s Day of Reckoning.

Fighters who will be attending the press conference on Wednesday will be ANDREI ARLOVSKI, JOSH BARNETT, VITOR BELFORT, MATT LINDLAND, RENATO “BABALU” SOBRAL, THIERRY SOKOUDJOU, CHRIS HORODECKI, DAN LAUZON, VLADIMIR MATYUSHENKO, and more! Of course these are all fighters on the card.

What is surprising is a special guest has been announced to appear at the press conference and it is none other than The Huntington Beach Bad Boy himself, TITO ORTIZ. Why would Tito be “special guest” at this event that is meant to publicize Day of Reckoning unless there was something in the works here? Either that, or it is a marketing strategy to attract more media attention to the press conference.

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Fans might not be the only people who have a problem with Yvel vs. Barnett

Here at PRO MMA we already linked you up with the Tom Atencio Fox News interview. As delusional as Atencio sounded during the video the highlight has to be when he tries to sell fans on the match up between Gilbert Yvel and Josh Barnett. When asked why American fans should care about the fight he said the following:

“I don’t know if the American fans are. I think that the uh….the hardcore fans definitely should be. Uh Gilbert comes out and Gilbert throws you know….he’s…he’s been he’s knocked out quite a few guys. He can be the bad boy for sure, there’s a lot of talk about that. But you know I think it’s almost one of those things it’s good vs. evil you know? Josh Barnett’s the All-American guy you know he’s got that superhero look, he’s well spoken, and you know Gilbert, Gilbert comes out and fights. There is a lot talk about he is a dirty fighter and this and that….he’s got all the tattoos and everything else…he looks the part too. But nonetheless, Gilbert’s a tough, tough guy.”

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UFC debuts in Tampa, FL on February 7

The UFC is returning to the Sunshine State and this time they’re making their debut in a city that is known for its love of MMA: Tampa, Florida.

Joe Lauzon recently announced on his website that he will be facing Hermes Franca at Ultimate Fight NIght 17 at the USF Sundome.

Cain Velasquez confirmed the date as February 7 and the Sundome venue in a interview with Steve Cofield of ESPN Radio. The event will be televised on Spike TV.

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TUF 8 Finale post-fight interviews (prelims)

Here are post-fight interviews from The Ultimate Fighter season 8 Finale preliminary bout fighters. Interviews include George Roop, Shane Nelson, Rolando Delgado, and Tom Lawlor. To see interviews with the TUF 8 Finale main card fighters go HERE.

Chael Sonnen on Pro MMA Radio

Chael Sonnen returned to Pro MMA Radio for PMR 25 and continued the conversation with host, Larry Pepe that started during his last visit on November 18th.

To start off the interview they discussed the first Filho fight. Sonnen revealed the fact that after looking over his career losses before his first bout with Filho, he noticed an alarming and quite possibly a career destroying trend. Prior to the second Filho fight, all of Sonnen’s losses except the Jeremy Horn fight, came after he was dominantly controlling the fight.

He attributed those losses to a mental block that forced him to basically give up and put himself into a losing position or submission to get out of the fight. After seeing the sports psychologist and going as far as using hypnosis, he feels he has fixed the problem.

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Mike “The Joker” Guymon is new KOTC Welterweight Champ – PROWLER results

King of the Cage: Prowler took place on Thursday, Dec. 11, 2008 at the San Manuel Casino in Highland, California.

Mike “The Joker” Guymon had a brutal five round battle with Anthony Lapsley that almost went the distance. Nearing the end of round five, Guymon was able to take advantage of a scramble and sink in a triangle choke, tappinig out his opponent to win the King of the Cage Welterweight Title.

“Joker” Guymon is head instructor at “Joker’s Wild” Fighting Academy in Lake Forest, California. Mark Munoz is also an instructor at “Joker’s Wild.”

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Ricco Rodriguez vs. Jeff Monson (video)

Ricco Rodriguez (34-10) attempted to add to his five fight win streak Saturday night by facing his toughest competition in a long time as he went up against Jeff Monson (27-8) at Mixed Fighting Alliance’s There will be Blood event in Miami, Florida.

Lashley wins MMA debut, “The Snowman” defeats Rodriguez

Bobby Lashley won his MMA debut Saturday night in Miami, Florida at Mixed Fighting Alliance: There Will Be Blood. The former WWE superstar stopped his opponent, debuting fighter Joshua Franklin, in forty one seconds due to a cut on the forehead above his right eye.

Despite making his debut with Mixed Fighting Alliance (MFA), Lashley remains under contract with the American Fight League. The heavyweight received permission from the AFL in order to make his pro debut.

The AFL had attempted to loan out their fighters to other promotions in joint ventures prior to Lashley fighting on the MFA card. The reason for these rentals come from the AFL’s decision to hold off putting on a card until next Spring.

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TUF 8 Finale post-fight interviews

Here are post fight interviews with the big winners from Saturday night’s The Ultimate Fighter season 8 Finale. Eliot Marshall, Wilson Gouveia, Anthony Johnson, Krzysztof Soszynski, Phillipe Nover and Vinny Magalhaes talk about their fights. Junie Browing says a lack of conditioning is why he under-performed on the show and Ultimate Fighters Ryan Bader and … Read more