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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XFC 8: REGIONAL CONFLICT (full fight video)

On April 25, 2009 “XFC 8: Regional Conflict” took place in Knoxville, TN at the Thompson-Boling Arena on the University of Tennessee campus. From the comedic heavyweight antics of Johnathan Ivey and the oversized athleticism of Christopher Barnett to the technical groundwork of former UT linebacker Ovince St. Preux and the main event XFC Featherweight Title Fight, this card was full of action. (Event originally aired on HDNet) Be sure to look for Rich Franklin’s brother as referee.
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Part 2 after the jump…

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“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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Jarrod Card earns XFC Featherweight Title, Lashley signs with the XFC, & Barnett impressive in pro debut

Jarrod Card used a relentless attack earning him the right to take home the XFC featherweight belt against the very game Bruce Connors. The main event for “XFC 8: Regional Conflict” did not disappoint, with the fight going the entire five rounds in a bloody war of attrition between the two warriors.

The show between the featherweights truly impressed XFC president John Prisco, who repeatedly called both of his fighters “true warriors” throughout the bout. With the victory, the new XFC Featherweight Champion, Jarrod Card moves to 10-2-1, while Connors (6-1) received his first loss as a pro, after winning six straight to start his MMA career.

On hand to present the featherweight belt to Card was former WWE superstar Bobby Lashley, who had an announcement of his own to make at the event. Lashley confirmed his busy MMA schedule coming up, and announced that he will be fighting for the XFC in September.

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XFC 8: Regional Conflict – live play by play and results

PRO MMA (promma.info) is live and on the scene from the the Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville Tennessee, for XFC 8: Regional Conflict. The main event will be broadcast live on HDNet at 9 PM Eastern.

Former WWE superstar, and recently signed MFC fighter Bobby Lashley will be presenting the XFC Featherweight Title to the winner of the main event fight between Jarrod Card and Bruce Connors.

Also on the card will be Tennessee MMA cult legend Jonathan Ivey taking on Christopher Barnett in a heavyweight showdown, and former University of Tennessee linebacker Ovince St. Preux will be taking on undefeated Ombey Mobley in a light heavyweight bout.

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“XFC 8: Regional Conflict” airs live from Knoxville on HDNet this Saturday, April 25

PRO MMA (promma.info) will be making the trek to Knoxville, Tennessee this weekend in our continuing effort to bring you, our readers, the highest quality MMA coverage possible.

Two months ago, on February 20th, the Xtreme Fighting Championships made MMA history when they came to Knoxville and put on the first ever legally sanctioned professional MMA card in Tennessee history.

On Saturday, April 25th, Xtreme Fighting Championships will make history again as they return to the Volunteer State to hold “XFC 8: Regional Conflict.” It will be the first ever MMA event in Tennessee to be broadcast on HDNet. The action takes place at the Thompson-Boling Arena beginning at 7:00pm ET and the live HDNet broadcast starts at 9:00pm ET.

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Official statement from Xtreme Fighting Championships (XFC) on the Bobby Lashley Rumor

PRO MMA (promma.info) received this official statement today from XFC President, John Prisco, regarding the recent rumor Bobby Lashley was fighting at XFC 8: REGIONAL CONFLICT against Marcus Jones. One MMA website published this rumor, then the copy and pasting began and soon it was being reported all over the internet as the gospel truth.

“It’s come to our attention that a rumor has started circulating that Bobby Lashley will be fighting Marcus Jones at XFC 8: ‘Regional Conflict’ on Saturday, April 25 – a show featuring the fastest-rising young prospects and top emerging superstars from Tennessee, Florida, Kentucky and North Carolina in contender-versus-contender bouts, airing exclusively nationwide on HDNet. That rumor is false, and no such statement was ever issued by the XFC, Bobby Lashley, or Bobby Lashley’s manager.

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Bobby Lashley NOT fighting Marcus Jones at XFC 8 in Knoxville, TN

Despite recent rumors reported at various internet MMA sites, former WWE Champion Bobby Lashley will NOT be fighting former pro football player Marcus Jones at XFC 8: Regional Conflict on April 25th. Lashley is not fighting on the card in Knoxville, Tennessee at all.

Pro MMA Radio host, Larry Pepe contacted PRO MMA (promma.info) with the news today after confirming with Lashley that he will definitely NOT be fighting on that card.  An article written by Pepe today states, the Lashley team is currently weighing all of his options, XFC 8 not being one of them.

Bobby Lashley most recently fought and won by unanimous decision over Jason Guida at March Badness, a hybrid boxing/MMA event in Pensacola, Florida promoted by Roy Jones Jr’s Square Ring Promotions.

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XFC announces first two fights for their first live, nationally televised MMA event

Former UT linebacker, Ovince St. Preux will fight at XFC 8 in Knoxville

PRO MMA (promma.info) has received word from the XFC (Xtreme Fighting Championship) on the first two officially signed fights for their April 25th card, which will be held on the University of Tennessee Campus in Knoxville, Tennessee.

The XFC held the first professional mixed martial arts event in Tennessee history on February 20th, 2009 in Knoxville and now they are returning for another “first.” The April 25th event will be the XFC’s first nationally televised fight card and will broadcast LIVE on HDNet. This is a big step for the XFC promotion as well as MMA in Tennessee.

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