It’s official: Fedor Emelianenko & Shinya Aoki to compete in special exhibition April 29 during M-1 Challenge Japan

PRO MMA (promma.info) has just received confirmation from M-1 of the details surrounding a special exhibition match between the WAMMA Heavyweight Champion Fedor Emelianenko and the WAMMA Lightweight Champion Shinya Aoki. 

While WAMMA heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko’s recent two wins over former UFC heavyweight champions Tim Sylvia and Andrei Arlovski have taken place on American soil, he first earned his reputation as being the world’s pound-for-pound best fighter while competing in Japan.

Read more

Please like & share:

Team England set to make M-1 Challenge debut on April 29 in Tokyo, Japan

On Wednesday, April 29 at Differ Ariake in Tokyo, Japan, Team England will make its debut during the 2009 “M-1 Challenge presented by Affliction.”

Leading Team England will be Andy Lillis, the Director of Warrior Promotions. He had this to say, “I think (the M-1 Challenge is a) great concept and I think the British fighters and fans will embrace it with open arms. England has a history of getting behind our national teams and I know the guys are looking forward to fighting in Japan, as they have always wanted to fight out there.”

Read more

Please like & share:

DREAM 8 weigh in results and preview

DREAM 8 will take place Sunday, April 5, at Nippon Gaishi Hall in Nagoya, Japan. The event will feature eight fighters competing in the first round of a welterweight (75.9kg/166.9lbs) tournament, one featherweight tournament match, and five non-tournament bouts.

Headlining the card as part of the welterweight tournament will be fan favorite, Shinya Aoki, taking on one of the sport’s legends, Hayato “Mach” Sakurai. Also part of the welterweight grand prix will be Xtreme Couture’s John Alessio taking on two-time world BJJ champion, Andre Galvao.

Read more

Please like & share:

King Mo at Sengoku 7 post-fight press conference

Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal defeated Ryo Kawamura at SENGOKU: SEVENTH BATTLE in Tokyo Japan on Friday, March 20, 2009 by unanimous decision. In this video from the SENGOKU 7 post-fight press conference, King Mo answers questions for the Japanese media. Mo reveals he had a knee injury going into the fight and also says he … Read more

King Mo dominates at Sengoku: Seventh Battle, now ask him your questions

Our good friend of the site, Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal just won his fourth straight fight as a professional yesterday at Sengoku: Seventh Battle in Tokyo, Japan. King Mo defeated King of Pancrase, Ryo Kawamua by unanimous decision.

Mo repeatedly dumped Kawmura on his head and had numerous takedowns at will. Mo controlled the action on the feet as well as on the ground and dominated the much more experienced Kawamura from start to finish. One judge scored the fight 30-24 in favor of Mo. We provided live updates and round by round descriptions of each fight, including King Mo vs. Ryo Kawamura.

Read more

Please like & share:

Shinichi Kojima vs. Yuki Shoujou headline Shooto’s Tradition 6 on March 20

With the WEC promotion set to add a flyweight division, many of the sport’s fans and pundits have been heading over to the Sherdog.com rankings to see who is on top of the smallest Zufffa recognized division. When they click on the page, the number one ranked fighter is Shinichi Kojima, who has been nicknamed “BJ” due to his similar ground game to MMA’s foremost Vaseline hater.

To the untrained eye he is another divisional kingpin in the mold of Georges St. Pierre, Anderson Silva, or Rashad Evans, but to a more sighted crowd, the Shooto 123lbs. champion is not someone on that level.

Read more

Please like & share:

King Mo arrives in Japan for Sengoku fight

“King Mo” Muhammed Lawal has arrived in Japan for his main event fight at Sengoku’s Seventh Battle this weekend. To get warmed up for his fight King Mo likes to watch some Kung Fu flicks and…Martin. We also get to see some behind the scenes footage of Mo talking with the Japanese media, a little … Read more

Joe Warren, Abel Cullum, Yoshiro Maeda advance in featherweight tournament & Shinya Aoki gets win at DREAM 7

“We dedicate DREAM 7 to the memory of Helio Gracie.” That is how the night began at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan early Sunday morning March 8th. The card includes the opening round of a featherweight tournament as well as some interesting individual match ups. As usual whether in the U.S., Japan, or anywhere in the world, if it is high level MMA,  PRO MMA (promma.info) has the results for you.

Abel Cullum and Joe Warren were the Americans who advanced in the Featherweight Tournament. Warren defeated another American, Chase Beebe. Tournament hopeful, Micah Miller, who is brother to UFC lightweight contender Cole Miller, adorned in long black Under Armor spats, lost a hard fought unanimous decision to Yoshiro Maeda. In one of three non-tournament bouts, WAMMA Lightweight Champion, Shinya Aoki defeated David Gardner by a first round rear naked choke. Full results after the jump…

Read more

Please like & share:

DREAM 7 in-depth preview

Japan’s DREAM promotion returns this Sunday March 8, 2009 at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama Japan. The card will include the opening round of a featherweight tournament as well as some interesting individual match ups. PRO MMA (promma.info) will be providing live real-time round by round results on this event beginning at 1:00am early Sunday morning. The DREAM tournaments are quite long but we here at PRO MMA are committed to bringing our readers the best content possible. Join us right here early Sunday morning and share your comments and opinions on the event as it is happening. Here are the match-ups for DREAM 7:

Read more

Please like & share:

Weight issues with DREAM’s featherweight tournament

When Gary Shaw left MMA many were excited because, well for one reason anyway, he took his ridiculous weight classes with him. No longer would MMA fans have to watch fighters contend for his 160 lb title or even worse the 140 lb title.

As of right now, under the unified rules, there are nine weight classes and the general consensus is that it should stay that way. There was widespread public outcry when “Big” John McCarthy and the Association of Boxing Commissions tried to expand to fourteen last July.

So what does this all have to do with DREAM? When it was first made public that the promotion was organizing a featherweight tournament, the actual weight class had not yet been determined. Even after several of the participants had been named there was no word on the actual weight. Jordan Breen, on his radio show, said that the promotion was trying to appeal to Japanese star Norifumi Yamamoto by making the weight class whatever worked best for him.

Read more

Please like & share: