PRO MMA exclusive interview with King of the Cage heavyweight Liron Wilson

Heavyweight MMA fighter Liron Wilson was a collegiate track and football standout. At six-foot-four-inches and 235-pounds, Liron is a tall athletic heavyweight. He turned professional in 2007 and is a vetaran of the Gladiator Challenge and War Gods promotions. Coming off a loss last November and then being sidelined with a leg injury, Liron got the call a little over a week ago for his next fight.

All healed up and ready to go, Liron Wilson will be fighting this Saturday May 23rd in Cortez, Colorado at “King of the Cage: El Lobo” at the Ute Mountain Casino. PRO MMA (promma.info) had the privilege of speaking to the up-and-coming heavyweight about getting back in the cage after the layoff and making the cut for The Ultimate Fighter season 10 tryouts. 

Liron also shares some challenges as well as advice for young fighters who are thinking of choosing professional MMA as a career path. He talks about the importance of having a good manager or agent and what is necessary for that relationship to flourish.

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PRO MMA’s UFC 98 staff picks

For each of the big show cards we like to get the opinions of a few of the PRO MMA (promma.info) staff writers to share who they think will win and why.

UFC 98: EVANS vs. MACHIDA takes place this Saturday, May 23, 2009 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Headlining the card will be a UFC Light Heavyweight Title Fight between “Sugar” Rashad Evans and Lyoto “The Dragon ” Machida.

Check out our picks and let us know what you think. Do you agree or disagree and why? Is one of the guys just completely off his rocker or is someone right on target? Feel free to share your picks as well. If you use our knowledge to win some money, we do accept tips.

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Bob “The Beast” Sapp weighs in on his upcoming fight with Bobby Lashley

On May 15th Bobby Lashley put his opponent, Mike Cook, to sleep just twenty-four seconds into the first round at Maximum Fighting Championship’s “MFC 21: Hard Knocks” at the River Cree Hotel and Casino just outside Alberta, Canada.

The eyes of the MMA world have been on the former WWE superstar since first entering the real world of professional mixed martial arts last December. Since that time, the 6’3″ 250-pound heavyweight has put together an impressive 3-0 record.

On June 27th Lashley will face his toughest challenge to date when he gets in the cage with 6’4″ 350-pound former NFL football player Bob “The Beast” Sapp at “Ultimate Chaos” at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Coliseum in Biloxi, Mississippi.

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Andrei Arlovski vs. Brett Rogers added to Strikeforce’s June 6 card in St. Louis

PRO MMA (promma.info) has been notified by Strikeforce that top ten ranked heavyweight and former UFC champion Andrei “The Pitbull” Arlovski (15-6) will face undefeated heavyweight prospect Brett “The Grim” Rogers (9-0) on Saturday, June 6th as part of the “Strikeforce: Lawler vs. Shields” card at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis.

Arlovski, who has a fight contract with Affliction Entertainment, wil in essence be “on loan” to Strikeforce for the June 6th fight against Rogers. Arlovski is coming off a first round knockout loss to Fedor Emelianenko back in January at “Affliction: Day of Reckoning.”

Rogers was last seen on April 11th at “Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Diaz” where he defeated Ronald “Abongo” Humphrey via TKO early in round two. It was the first fight anyone had gotten out of the first round with Rogers.

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Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic announces return to the Octagon at UFC 99

One of the most devastating strikers in mixed martial arts, Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic (24-6-2) is returning to the Octagon on June 13th at the appropriately named “UFC 99: The Comeback,” which will take place in Cologne, Germany.

“Cro Cop” announced in a press release on his personal website www.mirko-crocop.com he will be fighting heavyweight Mustapha al Turk (6-4) at UFC 99. Al Turk is coming off a TKO loss to Cheick Kongo at UFC 92.

After reaching legendary status in Japan and establishing himself as one of the top ten heavyweights in the world while fighting in the PRIDE organization, Mirko Filipovic first entered the Octagon at UFC 67 in February 2007 where he won a first round TKO victory over Eddie Sanchez. However, the Croatian striker lost his next two UFC bouts to Gabriel Gonzaga at UFC 70 and Cheick Kongo at UFC 75.

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Tonight’s the night! – PRO MMA’s UFC 2009 UNDISPUTED LAUNCH GUIDE including store listings for midnight opening and video game review

Canadian edition has GSP on cover

Tonight is the night video gamers and UFC aficionados have literally been waiting years for. At exactly midnight tonight, GameStop stores all across the country will open their doors as the brand new THQ developed video game UFC 2009 UNDISPUTED goes on sale.

Because we are both video game and UFC / MMA fans here at PRO MMA (promma.info) we have put together the PRO MMA UFC 2009 UNDISPUTED LAUNCH GUIDE just for you our readers.

Make no mistake, video games today are expensive, so the first thing you need to do is take a look at least at a review or two of any game before you make your purchase to make sure it is worth it. GameZone has one of the most thorough reviews of UFC 2009 Undisputed. They break down every aspect of the game, give it a score in each category, and then an overall rating. The categories consist of gameplay, graphics, sound, difficulty, concept, multiplayer, and overall. Here is what they found…

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Kentucky Fighting Challenge hosting 50th show on May 30

Kentucky Fighting Challenge has reached a milestone with its 50th mixed martial arts fight card to take place at the old Civic Center in Corbin, Kentucky on Saturday May 30th. It will be a PRO / AM card with PRO MMA (promma.info) “Southeastern Amateur Spotlight” fighter Greg Maynard making his pro debut against six-foot 250-pound Andrew Earls. The other pro fight on the card will feature heavyweight C.J. McVey taking on Jerry Burns.

The doors open at 6:30 P.M. and the fights start at 8:00 P.M. The cost of tickets for general admission $20.00, ringside seating is $25.00, and a VIP table that seats 6 people is $175.00. For more information check out the KYFC website at www.kyfight.com Here is the full fight card line-up:

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Matt Serra explains origin of bad blood with Hughes

On Saturday May 23, 2009, Matt “The Terror” Serra will face Matt Hughes in the main event at UFC 98 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Years of bad blood will finally come to a head as these two former UFC Welterweight Champions finally meet inside the Octagon.

Pro MMA Radio host Larry Pepe had the privilege of speaking to “The Terror” this past week as a guest on his weekly “Toe-to-Toe” segment. Serra talked about the origins of the bad blood between he and Matt Hughes and if he thought there was a chance this fight could put an end to the hard feelings.

Serra also discussed what he felt would be his advantage as well as the biggest downfall for Hughes coming into the fight. He also shared his thoughts on UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva’s recent performance, “Grease Gate,” and more.

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Matyushenko, Ghosn, Major take home decision victories at “Call to Arms 1”

“Call To Arms 1” took place Saturday night May 16th at the Citizen’s Business Bank Arena in Los Angeles, California. In the main event, Affliction, UFC, and IFL veteran Vladamir “The Janitor” Matyushenko won a unanimous decision over Jason “The Punisher” Lambert in a light heavyweight showdown in Lambert’s first fight since being released from the UFC late last year.

Matyushenko controlled the majority of the action until the third round when Lambert scored a takedown and began scoring with significant ground and pound. For a moment it looked as though Lambert may get the TKO until Matyushenko reversed and then scored one final takedown himself to secure the decision.

Team Punishment veteran Tiki Ghosn took home his second unanimous decision in a row with a ground and pound gameplan over Brian Warren. Ex-pro wrestler Daniel Puder received a TKO gift package when his opponent, Jeff Ford, slipped on a high kick and injured his shoulder early into the fight. Matt Major also took home a unanimous decision over Jaime Fletcher.

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Bobby Lashley puts Cook to sleep at “MFC 21: Hard Knocks”

When PRO MMA (promma.info) spoke to Bobby Lashley last month he explained he was in no rush to get into the UFC or one of the big shows. He did not want to jump in there right away and have everyone questioning his legitimacy. Rather, he wanted to take his time and get some experience under his belt in the smaller shows. Frankly, that is a wise plan.

Last night former WWE superstar Bobby Lashley fought Mike Cook at Maximum Fighting Championship’s “MFC 21: Hard Knocks” at the River Cree Hotel and Casino just outside Alberta, Canada. Cook, a 234-pound heavyweight, has been fighting professionally since 2006 and came into the fight with a 6-3 record. Lashley, weighing in at 249-pounds, came into the fight at 2-0.

Mike Cook is not a top ten heavyweight by any stretch of the imagination. On the other hand, he is far from a scrub. He has fought in such organizations as Palace Fighting Championships, EliteXC, and Strikeforce. He was a decent well-rounded opponent that presented a legitimate threat to Lashley and the match would give Lashley some much-needed ring time.

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