“Babalu” expected to face Mousasi at “Affliction: Trilogy”

PRO MMA (promma.info) was notified Monday morning from sources at M-1 Global that current Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion Renato “Babalu” Sobral (32-8) is expected to face former DREAM Middleweight Champion Gegard Mousasi (25-2-1) at “Affliction: Trilogy” which will take place on August 1st at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.

Originally, a fight between former UFC Light Heavyweight champion Vitor Belfort (18-8) and Mousasi had been in the works. However, disagreements between the two camps on what weight the fight would take place prevented the match up.

A formal announcement regarding the Sobral vs. Mousasi bout is expected to take place Wednesday June 3rd at the “Affliction: Trilogy” press conference at Trump Tower in New York City. Both Mousasi and Sobral’s name appear on the official “Trilogy” poster.

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M-1 Challenge back to Kansas City on June 5

We at PRO MMA (promma.info) are always on the look out for MMA’s up-and-coming talent, potential future stars of tomorrow. A couple of weeks ago we introduced you to one such heavyweight prospect by the name of Liron Wilson (4-2) and we talked with him the day prior to his fight at King of the Cage.

Wilson fought Jason Bedker at KOTC: EL LOBO on May 23rd in Colorado and walked away with an armbar submission victory just 1:09 into round one. A few days following the bout, Wilson received the short notice offer to fight on the June 5th card at the M-1 CHALLENGE event in Kansas City, Missouri.

Because Wilson’s victory came so quickly and he came out of the May 23rd fight unscathed, he jumped at the prospect of fighting at the June 5th M-1 CHALLENGE event. Wilson will be representing Team Turkey as they take on the World Team and his opponent will be Michael Kitta.

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MMA LIVE (5-28-09)

MMA LIVE’s Jon Anik, Kenny Florian, and Franklin McNeil are back this week to talk all things mixed martial arts. They take a look back at all the action from UFC 98 as the Lyoto Machida era begins and review Jose Canseco’s MMA bout in Japan at DREAM.9. Please like & share:

Trump to host NYC press conference to announce Emelianenko vs Barnett

PRO MMA (promma.info) received notice Friday evening that Donald Trump will be hosting a New York City press conference on June 3rd officially announcing Affliction M-1 Global’s “Trilogy” featuring Fedor Emelianenko vs. Josh Barnett.

Emelianenko, who is considered by most MMA experts as the number one heavyweight in the world, will face Barnett on August 1st at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. The event will air live on pay-per-view.

The press conference will take place next Wednesday at the Trump Tower Atrium (25th Floor) beginning at 11:00 AM ET.  Those attending will be: Donald Trump, Tom Atencio, Mark Cuban, Fedor Emelianenko, Josh Barnett, and Vadim Finkelstein.

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Getting it on – PRO MMA exclusive interview with “Big” John McCarthy

PRO MMA (promma.info) recently had the opportunity to speak with the original mixed martial arts referee “Big” John McCarthy.

“Big” John was introduced to MMA fans at UFC 2. However, he actually came very close to fighting inside the Octagon rather than being a referee. He explained to us why he made the choice to referee as opposed to fighting.

“Big” John took us back to the early days and how he got involved with the Gracie family and the UFC. He also talked to us about his time with the L.A.P.D., how MMA has evolved, Dana White, Bully Beatdown, having his own Round 5 action figure, and much more.

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Gegard Mousasi confirms rumor to fight Vitor Belfort at Affliction on August 1

Currently ranked number two middleweight in the world Gegard Mousasi improved his win streak to twelve by submitting PRIDE veteran Mark Hunt in the first round of DREAM.9’s “Super Hulk” tournament on Tuesday May 26th in Yokohama, Japan.

Mousasi’s strategy coming into the fight worked perfectly. “I didn’t want to trade with him,” he confirmed. “My gameplan was to force a takedown by punching.” Mousasi will advance to the semi-finals of the “Super Hulk” tournament where he will face either Ikuhisa Minowa, Hong Man Choi, or Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou who all walked away with victories on Tuesday.

In a post-fight interview Mousasi was asked to address rumors that he will be fighting former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Vitor Belfort for Affliction on August 1st. Mousasi confirmed the rumors as being true, “Yes, those [rumors] are true and I will be fighting Vitor Belfort.” There is no word yet on what weight class the fight will take place but speculation is it could be at light heavyweight as opposed to middleweight.

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Fedor Emelianenko vs. Josh Barnett close to official for August

According to M1 Global’s official website, the long awaited match-up between WAMMA Heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko and WAMMA number one contender and former UFC Heavyweight champion, Josh Barnett will be signed for Affliction 3, barring any setbacks.

President of M1 Global, Vadim Finkelchtein also confirmed that talks are indeed taking place regarding the Fedor vs. Barnett match and the fight should be signed some time within the next ten days.

Although an official date and venue has not been announced, the third installment of Affliction Entertainment’s MMA promotion is believed to be targeting the Honda Center in Anaheim, California as the venue and some time in early August is the rumored date.

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Team Brazil shuts out Team Imperial at “M-1 Challenge: Brazil – Fourth Edition” – full results

Team Brazil celebrates their shut out of Russia
Team Brazil celebrates their shut out of Russia

In the season opener of the 2009 “M-1 Challenge Presented by Affliction” back in February in Tacoma, Washington, Team Brazil lost to Team USA West 3-2. This past weekend, Saturday May 9th, Team Brazil was back in action, fighting on their home turf against the 2008 defending M-1 Challenge Cup Champions Team Imperial in Sao Paulo, Brazil and PRO MMA (promma.info) has the results.

Team Brazil was able to even up their overall record to 1-1 while Team Imperial fell to 0-2. Also on the card was Team Bulgaria who improved their record to 1-1 with a defeat of Team Benelux who fell to 0-2. Team Germany lost to Russia Legion dropping their record to 1-1 while Russia Legion is undefeated at 2-0.

IFL Super Fight veteran Eduardo Pamplona (11-2) of Team Brazil defeated Bodog Fight veteran Erik Oganov (9-10) of Team Imperial in a majority decision that earned “Fight of the Night” honors. The next event of the 2009 season will be “M-1 Challenge: Fifth Edition” and is scheduled to take place on Friday, June 5 in Kansas City, MO with Team USA East returning to action against Finland.

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Tom Atencio reaffirms desire to fight Dana White

Vice President of Affliction Entertainment Tom Atencio, the man who has brought Fedor Emelianenko to fight on American soil now twice, is not only a fight promoter, he has also been inside the MMA ring himself. On June 27th, in his second professional MMA bout, the 42-year-old Atencio will face Randy Hedderick on the under card of Lashley vs. Sapp in Biloxi, Mississippi.

Atencio recently made the comments that UFC President Dana White comes off as a “bully” and a “tough guy” and he would be willing to “fight him at any weight.”

In an interview today on TAGG Radio, Atencio responded to questions about him challenging the UFC President to an MMA fight. Atencio had this to say about the situation,

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“M-1 Challenge: Brazil – Fourth Edition” set for May 9th

The “Fourth Edition” of the 2009 M-1 Challenge takes place this Saturday, May 9 in Sao Paulo, Brazil at the Esporte Clube Síri. There will be 30 fighters competing in 15 fights during three head-to-head match-ups featuring six teams. It will be Bulgaria vs. Benelux, Russia Legion vs. Germany, and Brazil vs. Team Imperial.

Teams Germany and Russia Legion tied at 1-0, will be battling to move ahead, while Teams Brazil, Imperial, Bulgaria, and Benelux will all be looking for their first team victory.

For those interested in seeing the current 2009 M-1 Challenge standings and the records for each team you can check that out HERE. Here are the match-ups for “Fourth Edition:”

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