Ken Shamrock tests positive for steroids

UFC hall of famer Ken Shamrock has tested positive for norandrosterone, noretiocholanolone and stanozolol, according to the California State Athletic Commission. The results are from a pre-fight drug test administered prior to his February 13th War Gods fight with Ross Clifton.

The failed drug test results in a year long suspension which will run nationwide until February 1st, 2010. The 45 year-old Shamrock, who was slated to face former pro wrestler Bobby Lashley on March 21st, will have a chance to appeal the decision.

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Kevin Randleman signs with Strikeforce (updated)

Kevin “The Monster” Randleman has a new job with STRIKEFORCE. According to a new report, Randleman has signed a contract with the San Jose based MMA promotion and will be competing in their light heavyweight division (186lbs. – 205lbs.).

Randleman, former UFC Heavyweight Champion and PRIDE veteran, last fought at SENGOKU’s Second Battle in May 2008, where he won a unanimous decision against Ryo Kawamura. Prior to that he was a staple in the PRIDE organization in Japan from 2002-2006 and the UFC from 1999-2002.

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Benji Radach ready for April 11 Strikeforce debut – PRO MMA exclusive interview

Benji Radach is set to make his Strikeforce debut where he will do battle with Scott “Hands of Steel” Smith on April 11th. The middleweight bout will air live on Showtime as part of the Shamrock vs. Diaz undercard. Both Radach and Smith are known for putting it all on the line and producing exciting fights and this contest should be no different. Benji is riding high after a very impressive knockout victory in October over Chute Boxe star Murilo “Ninja” Rua.

PRO MMA (promma.info) recently had the chance to catch up with Benji and talk with him about many things including his big victory over “Ninja” Rua, his upcoming battle with Smith, his time in the IFL, his future in Strikeforce, and the possibility of a match up with middleweight champion Cung Le somewhere down the line. Check it out!

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TAPOUT leader believed dead (updated)

A red Ferrari believed to be owned by Charles Lewis, Jr., also known as “Mask”, of the famed MMA apparel company ‘TAPOUT’, was split in half early this morning as it slammed into a light pole that was reportedly knocked into the road by a hit-and-run vehicle. The female passenger in the red Ferrari was taken to the hospital, however the driver, believed to be Lewis, was killed in the accident. PRO MMA (promma.info) will update this story as soon as we can confirm indeed the driver was Charles Lewis, Jr. as is being rumored. The possibility that the driver of the red Ferrari was “Mask” was brought to our attention by sources close to the colorful ‘TAPOUT’ leader.

UPDATE: (2:29pm CST) Sources close to the TAPOUT crew have indeed confirmed that the driver of the red Ferrari was indeed “MASK” (real name, Charles Lewis, Jr.) and that he was killed in the accident. Our hearts and thoughts go out to the family and friends of Charles Lewis, Jr. The MMA world and the world in general will definitely be a less colorful place without him. You will be missed “MASK.”

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Square Ring Promotions brings best of south Florida MMA to North Lauderdale on March 14th

Kenny Moss will fight March 14

On March 21st Roy Jones Jr.’s Square Ring Promotions will be holding their “March Badness” card headlined by Jones Jr. himself taking on Omar Sheika. However, prior to that event, this Saturday, March 14, in North Lauderdale, Florida, Square Ring Promotions will be holding their first MMA event as a sort of tune-up for the “big show” on the 21st. The March 14th event will be an all-MMA card as opposed to the “March Badness” on the 21st which will be a combination MMA/boxing event. PRO MMA (promma.info) received the full fight line-up for this weekend’s card from Square Ring Promotions today: 

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THE INFO episode 14 – PRO MMA podcast

Editor In Chief Jack Bratcher joined Matt De La Rosa and “Fast Eddie” Constantine on this weeks edition of THE INFO. The PRO MMA (promma.info) staff discussed UFC 96, DREAM, the UFC Heavyweight Division and Yves Lavgine. WAMMA’s official women’s rankings became a hot topic of discussion and in turn so did the WAMMA ranking … Read more

Gladiator Challenge: Point Blank photo gallery

PRO MMA (promma.info) was sitting cage side photographing the ten bouts on Gladiator Challenge’s “Point Blank” card in Roseville, California.

The night of fights left the fans in attendance craving more MMA action and PRO MMA snapped shots of the evening’s most captivating events. The house was packed and TKO’s, tap outs, the U.S. Army, a gurney and ring girls caught the eyes of the Placer County Fair Grounds crowd.

There are nearly 200 photos featuring two galleries separated by the entire fight card and other photos from the moment the doors opened until the last fighter left the cage. To view the galleries from “Point Blank” go to the PRO MMA photo gallery.

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Post Fight Interview: Rick Randolph

PRO MMA (promma.info) caught up with new Gladiator Challenge Heavyweight Champion; Rick Randolph immediately following his victory over Steve Walston this past Saturday night at Gladiator Challenge: Point Blank.

Although he may disagree, Randolph showed no fear of Walston’s superior strength advantage, dominating the larger Walston for the entire 3:20 of the first round, en-route to becoming the new heavyweight champion.

PRO MMA: How does it feel to hear, ‘Rick Randolph: Gladiator Challenge Heavyweight Champion’?
RANDOLPH: That’s cool. I didn’t think that I would hear: Heavyweight. I thought it would be Light Heavyweight, but we’ll take it!

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Gladiator Challenge: Point Blank Results

PRO MMA (promma.info) was on hand for Gladiator Challenge’s return to the Placer County Fairgrounds with “Gladiator Challenge: Point Blank” in Roseville, California this past Saturday night.

Many northern California MMA fans packed the house to take in ten bouts and were on their feet for the majority of the card.“Let the Bodies Hit the Floor” was the event’s theme song in every sense of the word, a title changed hands, a leg was broken and only one bout went to the cards.

Stu Snyder vs. Robert ‘Grizzly’ Garcia – Light Heavyweight
Robert Garcia set the tone for the evening by finishing Stu Snyder at 2:28 of the first round. Garcia immediately shot in for a take down and Snyder held of ‘Grizzly’ for a few moments but wound up on his back against the cage. Garcia mixed up his strikes well and passed Snyder’s guard. After nearly two minutes of working from nearly ever top position imaginable, referee Larry Landless ended Garcia’s ground and pound attack.

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