PRO MMA exclusive interview: Bobby Lashley

PRO MMA (promma.info) spoke with Bobby Lashley on April 25, 2009 at “XFC 8: Regional Conflict” in Knoxville, Tennessee. Bobby talked about his upcoming fight with Bob Sapp, Brock Lesnar, the road he wants to take in MMA, as well as why he did not try out for “The Ultimate Fighter season 10.” (Go HERE … Read more

“All of them better be ready because I’m on my way” – PRO MMA exclusive with Bobby Lashley

Former WWE star turned MMA fighter Bobby Lashley revealed to PRO MMA (promma.info) this past weekend his plans to work with TNA approximately four days a month in addition to his full-time MMA career. According to Lashley, wrestling for TNA would provide him with some much-needed extra income. Traveling back and forth from his home in Colorado to train with American Top Team in Florida is not cheap.

In addition, Lashley filled us in on details surrounding his upcoming fight with Bob Sapp as well as his signing with Maximum Fighting Championship. Lashley attended “XFC 8: Regional Conflict” in Knoxville, TN on April 25th to present the XFC Featherweight Title and to sign a fight contracts with both the MFC and XFC on the same night.

Lashley also gave us his opinion on UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar, talked about his conversations with UFC President Dana White, and if there could be a future for him with MMA’s premiere organization.

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XFC 8: REGIONAL CONFLICT photo gallery

PRO MMA (promma.info) was on hand at “XFC 8: Regional Conflict” Saturday, April 25, 2009 at the Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, Tennessee on the University of Tennessee Campus. This was the XFC’s second trip to Knoxville and the fans will surely be waiting for the promotion’s promised return.

From the main card opening bout’s highly entertaining heavyweight antics of Johnathan Ivey vs. Christopher Barnett to the technicality of the main event Featherweight Title fight between Jarrod Card vs. Bruce Connors, viewers at home were treated to Xtreme Fighting Championships’ debut on HDNet. In addition to the six fights broadcast on TV, those in attendance were also treated to three undercard fights.

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Kyle Dietz gets six-fight contract with WEC

PRO MMA (promma.info) has learned the WEC is adding a new bantamweight, Kyle Dietz, to their roster. Dietz trains out of Spencer Fisher’s gym, Evolution MMA in Moline, Illinois. Sources close to the camp have confirmed Dietz has acquired a six-fight contract with the Zuffa-owned promotion.

Kyle Dietz’s first fight for the WEC is planned for their June 7th card at the Arco Arena in Sacramento, California. Although the bout agreement has not yet been signed, Dietz’s opponent is said to be WEC veteran Charlie Valencia (10-5).

Dietz is a 22-year-old undefeated fighter originally from Davenport, Iowa. Although his record reads 5-0 in Fight Finder, he told us in a recent interview his record is actually 13-0.  This will be Dietz’s first fight at bantamweight.

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PRO MMA exclusive interview: War Machine

PRO MMA (promma.info) had the unique pleasure of speaking with War Machine this past weekend. He has a fight coming up on April 25th in the UWC so we wanted to catch up with the TUF veteran, see how his training was coming along, what he has been up to, as well as future plans.

War Machine talked to us about a number of topics including his upcoming opponent, training partners, recent legal issues, Dana White, the UFC, women, life in Vegas, his first exposure to MMA, military school, and much more.

One of the best things about MMA are the fighters themselves and the personalities behind the persona. We have a sport full of characters, from the outlandish to the reserved, from the conservative to the anarchist. War Machine is definitely one of our more interesting athletes. This is his story… 

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Never has beauty been so dangerous – PRO MMA exclusive with Erin Toughill

Gina Carano may have been dubbed “the face of women’s MMA” and she gets a lot of attention because of her talent and let’s face it, her looks. Props to her for taking advantage of the opportunities set before her and achieving all she has. However, there are other female MMA fighters who have more experience than Gina, are easily just as pretty, but have not yet garnered the same amount of publicity.

MMA is still young, and as the sport progresses, more of these women who have paved the way and paid their dues will also start to get more recognition. One such lady is Erin Toughill. She is a fighter, MMA trainer, artist, fitness model, and works with charities.

Erin’s first professional fight on record was a Vale Tudo match in Aruba in 1999. Her record now stands at 9-2-1 and she has fought all over the world. She is currently on a three fight win streak and is coming off a first round knockout of Karen Williams at Palace Fighting Championship in February.

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“UFC 97: Redemption” live gate and bonuses

According to UFC President Dana White at Saturday night’s post-fight press conference, 21,451 people brought in a live gate of $4.9 million to the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada, to watch “UFC 97: Redemption.”

The UFC gave out their largest bonuses ever with $70,000 per fighter.

Sam Stout defeated Matt Wiman by unanimous decision in a fight that earned them $70,000 each for “Fight of the Night”.  Mauricio “Shogun” Rua’s first round KO of Chuck Liddell earned him “Knockout of the Night” and Krzysztof Soszynski’s first round kimura win over Brian Stann earned him “Submisson of the Night.”

Following UFC 97, Dana White confirmed his friend, Chuck Liddell, would “be with him forever” as part of the UFC, but it was his last time in the Octagon. “You will never see him on that canvas again” said the UFC President.

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Jason “Mayhem” Miller submits Kala Hose in “Kingdom MMA” main event

Jason “Mayhem” Miller returned to the ring Saturday night, April 18th, against Kala “Kolohe” Hose at the Blaisdell Arena in Honolulu, Hawaii in a middleweight match up in the inaugural event for the “Kingdom MMA” promotion.

Miller submitted Hose in the main event by rear naked choke at 2:23 of round number one. The fight did not stay long on the feet as Miller shot in early for the take down. Once on the ground, he mounted Hose and landed some vicious hammer fists causing the Hawaiian to give up his back, which then allowed Miller to sink in the choke.

After the fight, Miller thanked the Hawaiian crowd and announced his next fight would be in the DREAM organization. He also said people should check him out on Twitter (www.twitter.com/mayhemmiller).

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Bellator III & IV results

Hector Lombard knocked out Virgil Lazano in round 1 at "Bellator III"

The Bellator Fighting Championship 2009 season consists of twelve weekly events, however, week three combined two events, “Bellator III” and “Bellator IV” because the promotion will be taking next week off.

“Bellator III” will air on ESPN Deportes on April 18th – 9:00PM EST and “Bellator IV” will air on ESPN Deportes on April 25th – 9:00PM EST.

The weekly tournament series will pick back up with “Bellator V” at Hara Arena in Dayton, Ohio on May 1st and will air on ESPN Deportes on May 2nd – 9:00PM EST.

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Cole Miller & Joseph Benavidez stop by Pro MMA Radio

Pro MMA Radio” radio host Larry Pepe had two guests this week in his ‘Toe-to-Toe” segment. Cole Miller who is coming off a win over Junie Browning at UFC Fight Night 18 in Nashville and Joseph Benavidez who is coming off a win over Jeff Curran at WEC 40 were both guests on “Pro MMA Radio” episode 43 (4/13/09).

Cole Miller talked to Larry about how the bad blood between he and Junie Browning originally started. Prior to Cole’s fight with Junie, he made the comment Junie was the lowest level opponent he has been matched up with in the UFC. Cole still holds the same low opinion of Junie after their fight.

Cole said he did not watch “The Ultimate Fighter: Team Nogueira vs. Team Mir” in which Junie Browning was a contestant. However, he has heard the stories about “the Lunatik.”

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