Quebec Athletic Commision does it again

PRO MMA ( has learned from XMMA matchmaker, Joey Benoit, that the Canadian MMA promotion, XMMA, has had to cancel their upcoming May 16th event, “XMMA 8: Challenge Series” due to “technical difficulties” with the Régie des alcools, des courses et des jeux, also known as the Quebec Athletic Commission.

The president of XMMA, Burton Rice, also released the following statement: “The XMMA organization would like to inform everyone that their May 16th 2009 gala at the Palais des Sports in Jonquiere will be cancelled due to an administrative conflict with the Régie des Sports du Québec. XMMA made all attempts in order to save the May 16th 2009 show. However unfortunately, a resolution could not be reached within the allotted time delay.

It must be noted that the cancellation of the May 16th 2009 show will in no way affect any of our future projects. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience that this may have caused our fighters, sponsors and fans. In addition, we would like to thank all of our fighters, sponsors and loyal fans who continue to support Mixed Martial Arts as well as XMMA.”

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Thales Leites steps in for Rousimar Palhares at UFC 101

After a disappointing performance and unanimous decision loss against UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva, Thales Leites will be stepping back into the Octagon at UFC 101.

Leites confirmed today he will be stepping in for the injured Rousimar Palhares to fight Alessio Sakara at UFC 101 on August 8th at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Palhares suffered a fractured tibia and underwent surgery last week in Brazil.

“What is most important is getting back to fighting as soon as possible. I know that I didn’t fight well, that things didn’t go as I wanted against Anderson Silva, so nothing is better than starting again,” Leites told The former number one contender also added, “I know that the expectations will be enormous, because now I need to show that I deserve another shot at the title. But this is good, it will give more motivation.”

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Fedor Emelianenko vs. Josh Barnett close to official for August

According to M1 Global’s official website, the long awaited match-up between WAMMA Heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko and WAMMA number one contender and former UFC Heavyweight champion, Josh Barnett will be signed for Affliction 3, barring any setbacks.

President of M1 Global, Vadim Finkelchtein also confirmed that talks are indeed taking place regarding the Fedor vs. Barnett match and the fight should be signed some time within the next ten days.

Although an official date and venue has not been announced, the third installment of Affliction Entertainment’s MMA promotion is believed to be targeting the Honda Center in Anaheim, California as the venue and some time in early August is the rumored date.

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“Alliance Fights: The Uprising” results

KENT, Wash. – On Saturday, May 2nd, 10th Village Media put on their first professional MMA promotion, “Alliance Fights: The Uprising” at the ShoWare center in Kent, Washington. PRO MMA ( was on hand to witness the first installment of Alliance Fights. Comprised of up-and-coming and top Northwest talent, with fights ending with a mixture … Read more

Bobby Lashley vs Bob Sapp – “Ultimate Chaos” full fight card announced (Tom Atencio to fight)

PRO MMA ( recently learned, from Ricky H. Derouen, President of Fight Force Intl. that his company has partnered with Prize Fight Promotions to present “Ultimate Chaos” in Biloxi, Mississippi. The star studded event will take place on June 27th at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum.

“We are co-promoting the event [along with Prize Fight Promotions]. Our organization has promoted 15 MMA events successfully in the Southeast. We are partnering with Prize Fight to bring the events to the next level.” Said Derouen.

The PPV card’s main event will be the widely reported match of Bobby Lashley going against Bob “The Beast” Sapp. Also on the main card will be former UFC heavyweight champion Pedro “The Rock” Rizzo going up against former Pride veteran Gilbert Yvel. Also on the PPV card is Chris Horodecki vs William Sriyapai and Brett Cooper vs Waachim Spiritwolf, who is a teamate of jiu-jitsu ace Dean “The Boogeyman” Lister.

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Bobby Lashley to fight Bob Sapp

According to a recent update on his page, former WWE star Bobby Lashley has signed an agreement to fight former Pride behemoth, Bob “The Beast” Sapp. The bout is reportedly set to take place on June 27 at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Coliseum in Biloxi, Mississippi, and will be promoted by Prize Fight Promotions.

Lashley, now 2-0 in his young MMA career, most recently won a unanimous decision over Jason Guida, at “March Badness” in Pensacola, Florida. His first fight was a 41 second destructive TKO victory over MMA rookie Joshua Franklin at “Mixed Fighting Alliance: Bad Blood”.

Bob Sapp is a giant, both literally and figuratively, in the Japanese fight scene. The 300 plus pound Sapp has fought in Strikeforce, Pride, and K-l, and has amassed a 10-3-1 record. Sapp was victorious in his last fight over a masked Akihito Tanaka, and has won five of his last six bouts.

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Meet three TUF 10 hopefuls

Hoping to follow in the footsteps of the UFC stars before them and gain a spot on The Ultimate Fighter season 10, 186 middleweight, light heavyweight, and heavyweight fighters from all over the world showed up in Seattle, Washington on April 6th for an open casting call. PRO MMA ( was there to get a first look at the TUF 10 hopefuls.

The tryouts consisted of three phases: grappling, striking, and a personal interview. Following each of the first two phases, the names of the fighters that impressed the judges and made it to the next phase were called out. For the fighters who made the cut to the interview phase, they were told the final decisions would be made in a week or two and those selected to take part in The Ultimate Fighter season 10 would be notified.

From inexperienced to established, run-of-the-mill to out of this world, the makeup of fighters that tried out was anything but monotonous. Some were nervous while others seemed very relaxed and composed. Some made it all the way to the interview phase while many did not get past the grappling round.

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The Ultimate Fighter season 10 tryouts photo gallery

On Monday April 6, 2009, 186 mixed martial arts fighters from around the world gathered at the Marriott Hotel in Seattle, Washington in hopes of impressing UFC matchmaker Joe Silva and Spike TV executives so they could earn the opportunity to appear on the The Ultimate Fighter season ten reality television show. It was The Ultimate Fighter … Read more

PRO MMA live report: The Ultimate Fighter 10 casting call

The Ultimate Fighter reality show has given many young mixed martial artists an otherwise unattainable moment in the worldwide spotlight. It has turned dreams into reality, a chance at a coveted UFC contract, and recognition by fans, other fighters, and promoters. For a few, it is a once in a lifetime opportunity to become the … Read more

Sportfight XXV highlights and results

By: Jeff Howard PRO MMA ( was on-hand at the Spirit Mountain Casino in Grand Ronde, Oregon, for Sportfight XXV: Wild Card on Friday night. The ten fight card was nothing less than action packed, with all ten fights ending by (T)KO or submission. The first three fights were amateur bouts (3×3 min. rds) featuring Team … Read more