Lyman Good and Omar De La Cruz advance to finals at “Bellator VII” – full results

Kerry Vera vs.
Kerry Vera vs. Leslie Smith

Bellator Fighting Championships continued its 12 week tournament series with “Bellator VII” Friday night May 15th at Chicago’s Aragon Entertainment Center. In the welterweight tournament semi-finals Lyman Good defeated Jorge Ortiz after a doctor stoppage and although UFC veteran Dave Menne started out strong getting a take down and full mount, Omar De La Cruz was able to get back to his feet and land a significant combination before taking down Menne and finishing him off midway into round one.

Lyman Good and Omar De La Cruz took home $50,000 and advance to the Bellator Welterweight World Championships where they will face one another for a cool $100,000. In her pro MMA debut, Kerry Vera, wife of UFC light heavyweight prospect Brandon Vera, defeated Leslie Smith by unanimous decision. Former UFC heavyweight Eddie Sanchez defeated Jay White by TKO improving his record to 9-3 after back-to-back losses. —- Results & Photos after the jump…

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MFC 21: HARD KNOCKS – live results

Maximum Fighting Championship’s biggest card ever “MFC 21: Hard Knocks” goes down tonight at the River Cree Hotel and Casino in Alberta, Canada. Headlining the card is an MFC Light Heavyweight Title fight between Trevor Prangley and Emanuel Newton. Also on the card is a co-main event heavyweight “Super Fight” that the MMA world has their eyes on with former WWE star Bobby Lashley taking on Mike Cook. Stay tuned right here at PRO MMA (promma.info) as we bring you the live round-by-round results.

Quick Results:
William Richey def. Ryan Fortin by split decision
Jason Heit def. Jeremy Combrink by TKO rd1 4:17
Dwayne Lewis def. Jay Whitford by TKO rd1 :29
George Belanger def. Nolan Clark by TKO rd1 4:25
Main Card (televised on HDNet):
Marvin Eastman def. Aron Loftong by TKO (Gn’P) rd2 :59
Ryan Jimmo def. Mychal Clark by unanimous decision
John Alessio def. Andrew Buckland by sub. (RNC) rd1 2:53
Travis Galbraith def. David Heath by split decision
Bobby Lashley def. Mike Cook by sub. (guillotine) rd1 :24
Trevor Prangley def. Emanuel Newton by unan. decision

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MMA Flashback: 2002 – Ben Rothwell vs. Johnathan Ivey

The year was 2002. The organization was UNITED STATES MIXED MARTIAL ARTS. The name of the show was “USMMA 2: RING OF FURY” and it took place in Lowell, Massachusetts on September 21st at the Tsongas Arena. In this edition of PRO MMA’s (promma.info) “MMA FLASHBACK” we are focusing on the heavyweight co-main event title fight between a young 20-year-old kid named Ben Rothwell and 25-year-old Johnathan Ivey (Travis Lutter was fighting Jorge Rivera in the main event on this card).

Most people now know Ben Rothwell as the fighter who went undefeated and dominated the IFL heavyweight division as a member of Pat Miletich’s Quad-City Silverbacks. After the IFL shut down it was time for Rothwell to really test himself. He faced former UFC Heavyweight Champion Andrei Arlovski at “Affliction:Banned” in July 2008. It just so happened that the “old Pitbull” decided to show up that night and left Rothwell crumpled on the canvas after a vicious knockout. However, Rothwell bounced back in his next and most recent fight last December at “Adrenaline MMA 2” and finished off one Chris Guillen midway through round one via submission from elbow strikes.

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Penn vs. Florian and Silva vs. Griffin headline UFC 101 in Philadelphia

UFC 101 will take place at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on August 8th and there will be no brotherly love loss in the main event as B.J. Penn defends his UFC Lightweight Title against Kenny Florian.

In the co-main event UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva takes a hiatus from the 185-pound division as he moves up once again to light heavyweight to take on the original Ultimate Fighter Forrest Griffin.

Dana White recently spoke about the main event match-up between Penn and Florian, “BJ Penn is called the Prodigy for a reason. He has proven to be dangerous in multiple weight classes but he is definitely at his best at 155. Now the lightweight champ defends his title against top contender Kenny Florian, who has improved by leaps and bounds since his UFC debut on the Ultimate Fighter. Originally known for his outstanding jiu-jitsu skills, Florian is now as well known for his devastating Muay Thai. Both of these guys excel standing and on the ground so I am expecting non-stop action in this world title fight.”

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The Ultimate Fighter: US vs. UK episode 7 recap

As the episode starts viewers are treated to seeing Team US fighter Richie Whitson’s herpes-like sore on his lip as he talks to his housemates about it and they spray disinfectant around the house to prevent the spread of the funk. He assures viewers it is not herpes.

Team UK worked out with sledgehammers, swinging them over head and hitting tires. One of the guys miss the tire completely and puts a hole in the expensive mat. Another fighter misses the tire and hits the concrete floor. David Faulkner apparently hit his leg with the sledgehammer and now the injury has become infected.

Coach Dan Henderson said he doesn’t know what’s going on with Jason Pierce. Team US assistant coach Cyrille Diabate said Pierce has a negative attitude, then gives a speech to the team letting the guys know just like their bodies, their attitudes need training too. Pierce’s teammates also complain about his negativity.

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“Strikeforce Challenger Series I” airs live on Showtime Friday May 15

On May 15th, the “Strikeforce Challenger Series I” under-card fights will begin at 6:00 PM PT from the Save Mart Center in Fresno, California. The main card fights begin and will air live on Showtime at 11:00 PM ET/PT.

Headlining the debut of “Strikeforce: Challengers” will be undefeated Billy Evangelista (9-0) taking on Mike Aina (11-6-1) at lightweight. Also on the main card will be Sarah Kaufman (8-0) fighting Miesha Tate (6-1) at 135-pounds in the lone female fight on the card. Ten fights are scheduled in all with five airing live on Showtime.

Strikeforce Challengers I

Main Card (Beginning at 8:00 PM – PT)
Billy Evangelista (9-0) vs. Mike Aina (11-6-1) – 3X5 – 155Lbs
Sarah Kaufman (8-0) vs. Meisha Tate (6-1) – 3X3 – 135 Lbs
Lavar “Big” Johnson (11-3) vs. Carl Seumanutafa (4-2) – 3X5 – HW
Anthony “El Toro” Ruiz (21-12) vs. Aaron Rosa (11-2) – 3X5 – 205 Lbs
Bao Quach (15-9-1) vs. Tito Jones (7-2) – 3X5 – 145 Lbs
Under-Card (Beginning at approximately 6:00 PM – PT)
Ben Holscher (1-0) vs. Cody Cantebury (1-3-1) – 3X3 – 160lbs
Zoila Frausto (1-0) vs. Avery Vilche (1-0-1) – 3X3 – 125Lbs
Ousmane Thomas Diagne (debut) vs. Kaleo Kwan (7-9) – 3X5 – 155lbs
Fabricio Camoes (9-4) vs. Torrance Taylor (7-5-1) – 3X5 – 155Lbs
Chad Sutton (2-1) vs. Spencer Herns (debut) – 3X3 – 185Lbs

Full “Strikeforce Challenger Series I” breakdown after the jump…

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The “largest grappling event in history” to be hosted by the UFC and Grapplers Quest

On July 10-11th, in conjunction with UFC 100, there will be a UFC Fan Expo at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. In addition to meet and greets with UFC, PRIDE, and WEC stars and veterans, demonstrations, training and development sessions, and fan-inspired special events, The Fan Expo will feature what is being billed as “the largest submission, grappling, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu tournament in history.”

PRO MMA (promma.info) was notified today that for the first time in history there will be a grappling tournament presented by the Ultimate Fighting Championship, who up until this point has stuck to only promoting professional mixed martial arts competitions. The UFC is teaming up with GRAPPLERS QUEST to host the event. GRAPPLERS QUEST, the world’s largest submission grappling organization, has been putting on tournaments since 1997 all over the nation.

PRO MMA (promma.info) spoke with GRAPPLERS QUEST founder and CEO, Brian Cimins, today. Mr. Cimins had this to say about working with the UFC to put on this historic event,

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UFC 98 Spotlight: Xavier Foupa-Pokam “Professor X” – PRO MMA exclusive interview

On April 18, 2009 an ominous Xavier Foupa-Pokam entered the UFC cage for the first time and battled veteran Denis Kang to a decision. On May 23 Xavier Foupa-Pokam, better known as “Professor X”, will make his second appearance inside the Octagon as he takes on Drew McFedries at UFC 98 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

26-year-old Snake Team member “Professor X” is an extremely athletic 6’1″ middleweight from France; a Cage Rage veteran and muay-thai specialist who is also dangerous on the ground. He carries a professional MMA record of 20-9 with 11 (T)KOs and 7 submissions. Rarely will you see a “Professor X” fight go to decision. In 2007 he appeared on the History Channel’s “The Human Weapon” as a Savate instructor.

PRO MMA (promma.info) recently had the opportunity to speak with the Professor about a number of topics including his opinion of his UFC debut performance, his upcoming fight at UFC 98, the Snake Team, MMA in France, the origin of his nickname, the UFC Middleweight Champ, his future, and more. PRO MMA (promma.info) proudly presents the mysterious “Professor X.”

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Catching up with the H.I.T. SQUAD: PRO MMA gym spotlight

In this edition of PRO MMA GYM SPOTLIGHT, we are focusing on the H.I.T. SQUAD located in Granite City, Illinois. Among other fighters, the H.I.T. SQUAD is home to the most dominant welterweight champion in the history of the UFC, Matt Hughes. Hence the name: Hughes Intensive Training = H.I.T. SQUAD

PRO MMA (promma.info) had the privilege of speaking to one of the founding members of the H.I.T. SQUAD, who was also assistant coach for Team Hughes on “The Ultimate Fighter” season 6, Marc Fiore. Marc is not only the Head Trainer at the H.I.T. SQUAD, he is also the main Wrestling/Grappling Coach, fighter manager, corner-man, bus driver, and much more.

Marc brought us up to date on everything going on with the H.I.T. SQUAD including the team going undefeated this past weekend, the gym, classes they offer, their up and coming fighters, Matt Hughes preparing for his upcoming fight with Matt Serra, Robbie Lawler training for his upcoming bout with Jake Shields, if Robbie would ever fight an old rival, and much more.

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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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