King of Sengoku – PRO MMA exclusive interview with Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal

Ryo Kawamura came to the SENGOKU 7 press conference with his King of Pancrase belt slung over his shoulder and carried another one of his title belts under his arm. All the accolades and awards did nothing to help Kawamura when he stepped into the ring against “King Mo,” Muhammed Lawal on Friday, March 20, 2009 in Tokyo.

It was Mo’s fourth professional bout and it was Kawamura’s fifteenth. However, to the untrained eye watching the fight, one would swear Mo was the veteran. The Oklahoma State wrestling champion had his first pro MMA fight only six months ago and he is now headlining arenas in Japan in front of tens of thousands of fans. That is not normal.

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SENGOKU: SEVENTH BATTLE – LIVE round by round updates and results

World Victory Road’s SENGOKU: SEVENTH BATTLE is live at Yoyogi National Stadium Second Gymnasium in Tokyo, Japan on Friday, March 20, 2009. PRO MMA ( is providing live round-by-round updates and summary of the event. The first round of a Featherweight Tournament is featured as well as two non-tournament bouts featuring James Thompson taking on Jim York and Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal taking on Ryo Kawamura in the main event.

Quick Results:
Nick Denis def. Seiya Kawahara by TKO (punches) rd.1
Ronnie Mann def. Tetsuya Yamada by unanimous decision
Chan Sung Jung def. Sinataro Ishiwatari by sub. (RNC) rd.1
Masenori Kanehara def. Kim Jong Man be unanimous decision
Marlon Sandro def. Matt Jaggers by sub. (side choke) rd.2
Michihiro Omigawa def. L.C. Davis by unanimous decision
Jim York def. James Thompson by TKO (punch) rd.1
Nam Phan def. Hideki Kadowaki by KO (punch) rd.1
Hatsu Hioki def. Chris Manuel by submission (armbar) rd.1
Muhammed Lawal def. Ryo Kawamura by unanimous decisoin

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Caged Chaos brings successful first show to Clarksville, TN on March 15

CAGED CHAOS brought their live MMA show to Clarksville, Tennessee for the first time on Sunday, March 15, 2009 at Kickers night club. With about 500 people in attendance, the promoter was pleased with the success of the show and plans to return to Clarksville for another event in April. Stay tuned to PRO MMA ( for that announcement.

Local teams represented at this event included John Renken’s Team Havoc from Clarksville MMA and Mike Merriman’s Team Wildside from Olympic 24 HR Gym. Other MMA gyms from Kentucky, Indiana, and Missouri also had fighters competing.

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Ask the pros – Zak Cummings & Frank Shamrock (you ask the questions)

Zak Cummings
Zak Cummings

PRO MMA ( would like to give you, the reader, the opportunity to interact with some of the professional MMA fighters that we have the privilege of speaking with on a regular basis. Instead of just us always asking the questions, we thought it would be a good idea to let you, the MMA fans, ask the questions you want to hear since you are the people we do this for in the first place. Make sense? We thought so.

First up is Zak Cummings. He is a 9-0 pro fighter out of Springfield, Missouri. He has notable wins over Victor Moreno (25-13) and most recently, Terry Martin (18-7).  Zak defeated Martin by decision on February 14, 2009 at XCF: Rumble in Race Town in Daytona, Florida.

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Online MMA referee training and certification

Will you be the next Big John McCarthy?

Many people who love MMA would like to be involved with the sport in some way. Maybe you are not a fighter but you would still like to be right in the middle of the action. Have you ever considered becoming a mixed martial arts referee?

In this day and age when you can complete a college degree online, ELITE MMA REFEREES says you can also become an MMA referee right from the comfort of your own home and are now accepting applicants for their online MMA Referee Training and Certification School.

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WEC moving to pay-per-view in June

Zuffa is the parent company of the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) as well as the WEC (World Extreme Cagefighting). In 2008, Zuffa’s flagship promotion, the UFC, held twelve pay-per-view events. The cost of the pay-per-view is approximately $50. If you are a die-hard UFC fan and order every single event, that is a minimum $600 a year you will spend viewing your favorite sport.

The UFC’s sister promotion, the WEC, began airing its live events on the VERSUS cable channel in June 2007 and that has been their home ever since. Exactly two years later, in June of 2009, the WEC is expected to move its programming to pay-per-view according to owner, Lorenzo Fertitta. The cost of the WEC pay-per-view has not been released.

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“King Mo” one of the rare breed

PRO MMA ( first spoke with King Mo back in November ’08, the day after he defeated Fabio Silva at Sengoku’s Sixth Battle. Mo had only one professional MMA bout under his belt when he fought Silva, on the other hand, Silva had been fighting professionally since 2003 with fifteen fights and eleven wins to his credit. Mo dismantled the veteran via TKO just seconds into round three.

Probably even more impressive was Mo’s first professional fight which was taken on short notice. Mo got the call to go to Japan to fight Travis Wiuff at Sengoku’s Fifth Battle in September 2008.

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PRO MMA adds new ‘Fight Videos’ page

Hello to all our readers from the PRO MMA ( staff! We work hard at PRO MMA ( to deliver to you, the reader, the highest quality and most up-to-date content. We do not always succeed, but it is the goal we strive for every day. We want your experience when you visit the site to be the best possible.

If you are new to the sport of MMA (mixed martial arts), we want there to be enough content to entertain you and give you a good idea what makes this sport so great and if you are one of the old-timers, then we want to provide you with up-to-the-minute news, in-depth articles, opinion, analysis, and quality exclusive interviews to chew on. We also try to provide you with enough variety to keep you occupied with just about as much MMA as you can handle.

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Josh Neer vs. Kurt Pellegrino confirmed for UFC Fight Night 19 on August 5th

PRO MMA ( has learned from Josh Neer’s (25-7-1) manager that a match-up between “The Dentist” and “Batman” Kurt Pellegrino (13-4) has been confirmed for UFC Fight Night 19 on August 5th.

Neer’s last appearance inside the Octagon earned him a $30,000 bonus for ‘Fight of the NIght’ on February 7th at UFC Fight Night 17 when he choked out The Ultimate Fighter season 6 winner, Mac Danzig, via triangle choke in the second round. Neer is 4-4 in the UFC and six of his eight fights in the UFC have been on ‘Fight Night’ cards.

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MMA event in Jacksboro, Tennessee set for March 28 (updated)

Danielle "Big Guns" Kimery
Danielle "Big Guns" Kimery

Bad Boy Promotions, LLC will be promoting an amateur MMA event in Jacksboro, Tennessee on March 28th at the Jacksboro National Guard Armory, 301 Industrial Parkway. Weigh ins will be held March 27th at Woodson’s Mall from 7pm-9pm. Advance tickets are $15 and $20 and $60 for cage side. Tickets at the door will be $25 and $45. This event is sanctioned by the International Sports Combat Federation ( There are a whopping twenty-three fights scheduled to be on the card including a ladies title match between Danielle “Big Guns” Kimery and Heather “Main Event” Martin. For more information on Bad Boy Promotions, LLC or this event check out their website at or call 1-423-784-7032 or email

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