THE INFO episode 17: featuring Eric Lawson & Sherdog.com & Fight! Magazine’s Danny Acosta

THE INFO returned to the airwaves after a week off with Strikeforce Middleweight Eric Lawson and last minute guest, Sherdog.com and Fight! Magazine’s Danny Acosta. Matt De La Rosa and “Fast Eddie” Constantine went over their new Bay Area rankings, spotlighting the Middleweight and Welterweight classes. Lawson talked about his recent win over Waylon Kennell … Read more

STRIKEFORCE: SHAMROCK vs. DIAZ live results

PRO MMA (promma.info) was sitting cage side at “Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Diaz” Saturday night, April 11, in San Jose, California. From the first bout to the last, the entire card was action packed. Only one fight went the distance and it was on the under card un-televised portion. Showtime viewers got a real treat with this reintroduction to MMA.

In the end, “The Legend” seemed more like a fable as the younger, taller, longer, and larger Nick Diaz kept Shamrock at bay with jabs and combinations. Shamrock occasionally found his way through the forest of punches but it was rare and even then it was only one or two shots at a time.

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PRO MMA Training Camp feature: Eric Lawson

In one of his last hard training sessions leading up to his bout this Saturday, PRO MMA (promma.info) got a peek at one of Eric Lawson’s sparring sessions at Combat Fitness in Concord, California. The Strikeforce middleweight traded leather with champion Muay-Thai practitioner Caley Scott and UFC veteran Gil Castillo.

Lawson (8-2) had been set to take on American Kickboxing Academy’s Richard Montoya, however, Montoya was forced to back out due to injury. Derrick Thornton had been slated to take Montoya’s place but Waylon Kennell (4-1) will go toe-to-toe with Lawson on April 11th at Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Diaz.

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Gilbert Melendez’s Strikeforce media day photo gallery

PRO MMA’s (promma.info) Matt De La Rosa was on hand for “El Nino” Gilbert Melendez’s media day workout in Pleasant Hill, California. The former Strikeforce 155 pound champion took time to field questions from the media before starting a hard training session with help from his father, Nate Diaz and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Cesar Gracie. There are close to 50 photos from the day’s training session at the Gracie Sports Center and Strikeforce middleweight Eric Lawson stopped by to take in Melendez’s workout. Photos after the jump….

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THE INFO episode 15 – PRO MMA podcast featuring Eric Lawson

THE INFO returned to the PRO MMA (promma.info) airwaves with Matt De La Rosa and “Fast Eddie” Constantine boasting a new studio set up. The guys were on hand for Frank Shamrock’s media work out and discussed the upcoming Strikeforce main event between Shamrock and Nick Diaz. Strikeforce Middleweight Eric Lawson stopped by to talk … Read more

PRO MMA exclusive interview: CCFC Middleweight Champion David Mitchell

PRO MMA (promma.info) caught up with Cage Combat 185 pound champion, David Mitchell, Wednesday afternoon to discuss his recent victory at the Grace Pavilion. Mitchell defeated Josh Neal twenty-eight seconds in the first round of his middleweight title defense this past Saturday night at CCFC-10: Battle for Nor-Cal.

Mitchell, 29, fights out of the Nor-Cal Fighting Alliance in Santa Rosa, CA under the tutelage of UFC veteran, Dave Terrell. Mitchell remains undefeated in his young MMA career, racking up a record of 7-0 with six wins coming by way of submission. Mitchell continues to make waves as one of Northern California’s prospects in the 185 pound division.

PROMMA: David thanks for joining us today.
Mitchell: Oh, not a problem.

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PRO MMA Training Camp feature: Ryan Bastianelli

Only two days away from his fight at Fight Quest: Battle Grounds in Bakersfield, CA; “Relentless” Ryan Bastianelli stepped into Combat Fitness in Concord, CA for one last training session.

In one of his last practices leading up to Saturday’s bout, the Oklahoma native worked out with teammate and Strikeforce Middleweight; Eric Lawson.

Bastianelli (3-0), a natural 135 pounder, faces off against Sacramento, CA resident Nelson Ocampo (0-5) at 140 pounds. Training for this bout has not been as routine as one would think. According to Bastianelli, Ocampo was not exactly the first or second opponent that he was originally scheduled to face.

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Year one with Ryan Bastianelli: PRO MMA exclusive

On an overcast morning in Concord, California, Ryan Bastianelli paces back and forth trying to warm up in the chilly December weather. He stops for a minute to take a sip from his protein shake while standing out in front of Combat Fitness.

“Relentless” Ryan has honed his craft at the northern California gym, helping him break into the world of professional MMA in 2008.

The 135 pounder hopes the impending new year will present challenging opportunities in his young career. While ’08 marked his first year as a professional, ’09 could be the year in which the Oklahoma native starts to make a name for himself in the Bantamweight division.

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Gil Castillo Possible 2009 Return

At the Strikeforce:Destruction card in San Jose, California this past Friday Promma.info learned that former UFC welterweight and Combat Fitness instructor Gil Castillo (8-5) may return to MMA competition for Strikeforce in 2009.

Following his victory over Tony Johnson, Eric Lawson (8-2) spoke to Promma.info about the possibility of Castillo returning to the ring. Lawson, who is a Combat Fitness fighter, also noted that if Castillo were to come back to action, both men may be scheduled to appear on the same card. There was no mention of a possible opponent for Castillo.

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