Following coaching stint on The Ultimate Fighter, Tom Blackledge set to return to M-1 Challenge

Amsterdam, Holland – When Team England submitted their roster for the June 6 best-of-five M-1 Challenge ( matchup vs. France, light heavyweight Tom Blackledge was a noticeable absentee.

Following a successful M-1 debut this past April in Japan in which Blackledge submitted Tatsuya Mizuno with a rear naked choke at 3:22 of round 1, Blackledge emerged as one of England’s team leaders.

At the time, Team England indicated that Blackledge had been scratched due to injury. However, reports have surfaced that the Wolfslair Academy product was busy assisting teammate and close friend Quinton “Rampage” Jackson as a coach during the recent taping of Spike TV’s hit reality show, The Ultimate Fighter.

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THE INFO episode 26: featuring MMA Junkie Radio’s Gorgeous George

After going on nearly a one month hiatus, Matt De La Rosa and “Fast” Eddie Constantine returned to the PRO MMA ( air waves for an hour and a half long edition of THE INFO. The boys from the Bay were joined by MMA Junkie Radio’s Gorgeous George. Matt and Eddie talked to George about … Read more

A look at Natasha Wicks – UFC’s newest Octagon girl

We realize this is not breaking news however, we have been so busy bringing you real MMA news we never got the chance to tell you about show you Natasha Wicks, the newest addition to UFC’s Octagon girls.

Basically, MAXIM Magazine had a contest with thousands of entries, they had a final cut down to 39 girls, and Natasha Wicks became the grand prize winner. The Las Vegas native is said to be all natural with no plastic surgery whatsoever. Her Octagon debut is expected to be at UFC 101 in Philadelphia.

Let us know what you think about Natasha and how she, as the only non-brunette, compares to Edith, Logan, and Arianny. Also, let us know if you think the UFC really needs four Octagon girls? Photo gallery after the jump…

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INSIDE MMA – 7-24-09

Bas and Kenny are back this week with a guest panel that includes husband and wife MMA fight team Brandon and Kerry Vera, along with heavyweight prospect Chase Gormley. Kruck’s Corner focuses on the upcoming epic women’s bout between Gina Carano and Cris Santos.

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CCFC-11 ‘Rush’ Photo Gallery

PRO MMA’s ( Matt De La Rosa snapped photos up against the cage at CCFC-11 ‘Rush’ this past Saturday in San Francisco, Calif., at the famous Kezar Pavilion. There are close to 200 photos from an evening that featured ten bouts, including two title fights. To view all the photos from the night of fights be sure to check out the official PRO MMA photo gallery. A hand full of the evenings shots can be viewed after the jump….

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Photo of the Day

I came across this photo while walking around Chicago the other night. It appears as if Affliction was planning on marketing their third card as The United States versus The Soviet Union. This raises some problems. If Josh Barnett is truly replaced by Vitor Belfort, as most insiders believe, the whole America takes on the … Read more

CCFC-11 ‘Rush’ Recap and Results

PRO MMA’s ( Matt De La Rosa was on hand for this past weekend’s Cage Combat Fighting Championship-11 ‘Rush‘ at Kezar Pavilion to take in some MMA action in a cold and damp summer evening in San Francisco, California. The evening boasted two title fights, one female attraction and teased the headlining Middleweight title bout for CCFC’s next card in October.

The evening started off with Bantamweight action between Matt Sanchez and Scott Weems. Sanchez stuffed an early take down attempt by Weems up against the cage and successfully maneuvered the fight down to the ground in a dominant top position. After peppering Weem’s head with shots from behind, Sanchez positioned himself for an Anaconda attempt. Sanchez than switched from the Anaconda to a beautiful Guillotine and locked in the submission at the 1:12 mark of the first round.

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Topps “Blown away” by success of UFC Round 1 trading cards, Brock Lesnar and TUF 9 autograph cards coming in Round 2

Topp’s director of product development, Clay Luraschi, recently talked with Tracy Hackler at about the trading card industry, and dropped big news as it relates to the very popular line of UFC sports trading cards.

Luraschi and Topps knew they were on to something big when they partnered with the UFC for Round 1, but didn’t know exactly how big the impact would be once the product dropped.

“We knew we wanted to put out a solid product,” said Luraschi, “and we worked very closely with the UFC in doing that.”

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Remembering the still alive Kimo Leopoldo

Although PRO MMA ( correctly did not publish any news articles about Kimo Leopoldo’s death, several other media outlets did. This included not only some media sites, but also heavy duty news depots like NY Daily News, Orange County Register, TMZ, and Huffington Post. Considering the main stream media storm, it was pretty convincing, but of course the UFC veteran was alive the whole time. This morning he even had a press conference to prove to the media that he was still alive. Despite the fact that Kimo is still with us, PRO MMA ( takes a look back at some of the career highlights on the first man to make Royce Gracie seem human. Videos after the jump…

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