Mirko “CroCop” Filipovic out for six months

Mirko ‘CroCop’ Flipovic ended 2008 on a relative high note by defeating the Korean ‘Techno Giant,’ Hong Man Choi at the K-1 Dynamite!! New Year’s Eve extravaganza in Saitama, Japan.

‘CroCop’ won the fight with chopping leg kicks; the last collapsing the massive Korean’s leg causing him to fall to the ground.

As many fans saw, Mirko entered the ring with his classic attire of wrestling shoes but also both knees wrapped in braces. The fight itself was short of any major fireworks and we may now know why.

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Xtreme Fighting Championship signs TV deal

Valencia Entertainment Inc., a subsidiary of ValCom, Inc., has just announced the signing of a three-year license distribution deal with the Xtreme Fighting Championship (XFC) Mixed Martial Arts promotion.

The XFC has been recognized for staging some of the largest live mixed martial arts events in the country. XFC’s last four shows at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa, Florida all drew over ten thousand fans each, setting an international MMA attendance record according to their website.

The plan is to now bring the same type of action-packed show that so many fans are enjoying to network TV. Valencia Entertainment Inc. plans on producing 13 one hour long television episodes, which will be distributed on cable TV worldwide.

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The Iceman wants revenge with Jardine

For a couple months now there have been rumors of former UFC Light Heavyweight champion, Chuck Liddell either taking on UFC Middleweight champion Anderson Silva at UFC 95 in London, with Silva moving up to light heavyweight or Liddell moving up to heavyweight to face Randy Couture for a fourth time, in Germany at UFC 99 in June.

Addressing the rumors, “The Iceman” has made it clear that he is not looking for a fight with Silva or Couture and the organization has not approached him about either fight.

However, there is one fight on Chuck Liddell’s mind; a rematch with Keith Jardine. Liddell has been quoted as saying, “There’s been a few names. We have Jardine listed. We want him in March.”

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Vinny Magalhaes’ future in MMA

It is said that everyone gets their 15 minutes of fame. Some shine, some dont. In the case of Vinny “Pezao” Magalhaes, his 15 minutes could last a bit longer if he works on his standup.

In a TUF Finale post fight interview, Vinny admits that his standup is “horrible”. Vinny is a grappler, that is his bread and butter, but to last in MMA jiu-jitsu alone does not make a champion.

Vinicius ‘Pezao’ Magalhaes is a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and hails from Gracie Humaita in Rio de Janeiro, the school founded by Helio Gracie. To say that Vinny knows his jiu-jitsu is an understatement. He has been heralded as quite possibly the top BJJ practitioner in the world.

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New CroCop video game just in time for X-mas

Looking for that last minute gift for your MMA fan? Well look no further! According to a news release on
24sata.com.hr, a new Cro-Cop PC game, based on Mirko “CroCop” Filipovic, is now available.

CroCop has some very loyal die hard fans and they will be salivating to get into this game and high kick monsters into oblivion. Priced at a mere 49.90 kuna, it is a bargain indeed.

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Talking with Superman: an exclusive PRO MMA interview with Dennis Hallman

Being from the Northwest, I have always been slightly partial to hometown/NW fighters and Dennis Hallman is no exception. Known to many by his nickname, Superman, Dennis is an exciting and very experienced grappler/submission wrestler with an amazing 30 submissions out of 40 wins; 75%!

Hallman may be most well known as the first man ever to defeat Matt Hughes. The first win was a guillotine submission in just :17 seconds and the second win was an armbar in :20 seconds.  

From his amateur Promotion, CageSport, to his year long suspension for steroids, which until now, he has not discussed publicly, Dennis Hallman opens up and gives us a glimpse at Superman.

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TUF Season 9 coaches announced

During a special question and answer session at Fort Bragg, North Carolina on Tuesday, UFC President, Dana White announced that the winner of the UFC 93 matchup of light heavyweights, Dan Henderson and Rich Franklin will be a coach on upcoming season nine of “The Ultimate Fighter” reality show.

Michael “The Count” Bisping, winner of TUF season 3 at Light Heavyweight, had already been previously confirmed as the other coach for season nine.

“The Ultimate Fighter” season 9 will pit U.S.A. and U.K. welterweights and lightweights against one another on opposing teams. Bisping of course will head up the U.K. team and the winner of Franklin vs. Henderson will coach the U.S. team.

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Fight for the Troops bonuses

Everyone who watched the Fight For the Troops would be in agreement with Josh Koshcheck’s winning the $30,000 knockout of the night bonus. The announcement came not long after his devastating two punch knockout of Yoshiyuki Yoshida. Even the commentators, Mike Goldberg and Joe Rogan, immediately stated that they were sure it would get KO of the night honors.

Steve Cantwell was the recipient of the submission of the night $30,000 bonus after his arm-breaking (he literally gave Al-Hassan a two-way elbow) technical submission of Razak Al-Hassan. The hard to watch submission victory came at 4:04 of round 1. Amazingly, the referee, Mario Yamasaki, had to stop the match, as Al-Hassan never tapped, even while his arm was being hyper-extended, thus making the victory and actual technical submission, which goes on Cantwell’s record as a TKO.

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Cris “Cyborg” Santos – Chute Boxe = Champion Factory, PRO MMA Exclusive Interview

Cris “Cyborg” Santos is determined to become the next among a long line of champions that have been produced by the legendary camp that has been greatly respected and feared by many for years, Chute Boxe.

Chute Boxe has produced numerous world champions over the years. Fighters such as Wanderlei Silva, Anderson Sila, and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua are just a few who have called Chute Boxe home at one point or another during each of their impressive careers.

It is this standard of excellence that Cris is looking to carry into ElieXC’s female division. Well known for her top notch muay-thai game and tenacious fighting style, Santos has been carving a path of destruction on her way to title contention and is currently riding a four-fight knockout streak. If she is victorious over Yoko Takahashi on October 4th at CBS EliteXC Saturday Night Fights, Santos will move herself one step closer to achieving the gold she so desires as most expect her to face the winner of the Carano/Kobold showdown.

PRO MMA (http://promma.info) had the opportunity to have a few words with Cris Santos recently and discussed her upcoming fight with Yoko, how she feels she matches up with Gina, and who to look out for coming from the Chute Boxe camp.

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