Affliction: Day of Reckoning Press Conference news and notes

PRO MMA was in attendance for Affliction: Day of Reckoning’s final press conference at the House of Blues on Sunset Boulevard, Wednesday afternoon. After the official statements had been made by Affliction V.P. Tom Atencio and Golden Boy promoter, Oscar De La Hoya and the stare downs were over, PRO MMA went to work.

While a bulging disc has forced Chris Horodecki out of his bout with UFC veteran, Dan Lauzon, PRO MMA spoke with Horodecki moments after the press conference ended. Horodecki was upbeat and very confident heading into the bout.

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Fedor: Road to Reckoning – Tuesday

Here’s the second episode of Fedor: Road to Reckoning. The video starts out with Fedor Emelianenko and the gang opening NASDAQ. We get to meet Fedor’s number one fan (and oldest). Fedor’s demeanor never changes as he goes through all the day’s promotional events, hanging out with Trump, etc. He’s like a little boy with … Read more

AFFLICTION M-1 “DAY OF RECKONING” fighters gather in Hollywood on Wednesday for final press conference

Los Angeles, CA (Jan 21, 2009) – WAMMA Heavyweight Champion Fedor Emelianenko and former UFC Heavyweight Championship Andrei Arlovski, along with Affliction Entertainment, M-1 Global and Golden Boy Promotions gathered at the House of Blues today in Hollywood, Calif., for the final press conference and spoke about this Saturday’s Affliction M-1 “Day of Reckoning” pay-per-view event.

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UFC Heavyweight Profile: Shane Carwin – PRO MMA exclusive interview (part 1)

“This is the age of the super-heavyweight,” Joe Rogan said on a recent broadcast. It is true. With guys like Brock Lesnar and Shane Carwin competing in the UFC, the lighter heavyweights are at an extreme disadvantage. 

Many great athletes have come through the ranks of the UFC Heavyweight division but there has never been one quite like Shane Carwin. A two-sport star in college on the brink of an NFL career moved down the path of MMA as fate would have it. A National Champion wrestler who began in MMA by helping others train found out that he enjoyed the competition himself. 

Three years and ten fights later Shane Carwin is 10-0 and not a single person has been able to survive a whole round. He’s just as big or bigger than Lesnar, just as strong or stronger, just as athletic and has way more MMA experience. Shane Carwin could very well be the next UFC Heavyweight Champion. In part one of this exclusive two-part interview, Shane Carwin talks with PRO MMA (http://promma.info) about his upcoming fight with Gabriel Gonzaga, how he juggles two careers with a family, and much more.

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MMA’s top fighter starts the day for the world’s top businessmen (with video)

In what could possibly be one of the most ingenious marketing strategies in the history of MMA, Russian Heavyweight Champion Fedor Emelianenko—who will fight top-ranked heavyweight Andre Arlovski this Saturday, Jan. 24th, in the main event of Affliction M-1 “Day of Reckoning” at Honda Center in Anaheim, CA and live on Pay-Per-View, were in New York Tuesday morning to take part in the Opening Bell Honors at NASDAQ in anticipation of his heavyweight MMA showdown.

The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc. is the world’s largest exchange company. NASDAQ OMX offers capital raising solutions to companies around the globe and is number one in worldwide listings with over 3,900 companies representing $5.5 trillion in total market value.

Make no mistake, it was Donald Trump’s involvement that was able to put Fedor and Affliction in front of the world’s top business leaders on Tuesday morning. Michael Cohen, Executive Vice President and Special Counsel to Donald J. Trump confirmed with PRO MMA (http://promma.info) today, “Who else other than Donald Trump could pull something like this off?”

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AFFLICTION: DAY OF RECKONING goes off this Saturday, Jan. 24

Affliction returns to Anaheim, California this Saturday, January 24th for “Day of Reckoning” featuring perhaps the most anticipated bout in MMA history as current World Alliance of Mixed Martial Arts (WAMMA) Heavyweight Champion Fedor Emelianenko defends his belt against former UFC Heavyweight Champion Andrei Arlovski.

Also on the card at heavyweight is Josh “Babyface Assassin” Barnett who takes on Gilbert Yvel. In a light-heavyweight match, current Strikeforce Champion Renato “Babalu” Sobral takes on Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou. Matt Lindland will face former UFC Light-Heavyweight Champion Vitor Belfort at middleweight.

Headlining the undercard, which will be broadcast on HDNet Fights, the last IFL Light-Heavyweight Champion Vladimir Matyushenko will take on PRIDE veteran Antonio Rogerio Nogueira. The main card will air on Pay-Per-View starting at 9pm ET/6pm PT. Here’s the full fight card:

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Arianny Celeste turns over a new leaf

If you’ve been following the career of Arianny Celeste closely, you are bound to have noticed the change in her demeanor over time. In her early days with the UFC she looked very stoic and blank with little show of personality. Over the past year especially there’s been a blossoming of sorts. Her smile has become more genuine and there seems to be more life now behind those eyes. It’s almost as if she has learned to “own” her sexy. Finally we’ve gotten some good pics here of this more “mature” Arianny.

More Arianny pics after the jump…

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Fedor Emelianenko arrives in New York

The cameras shadow heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko in New York on Monday as he prepares for his fight with Andrei Arlovski on January 24th.

A couple of thoughts on this video after the jump…

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Finally it is going to happen

The biggest feud since Tito Ortiz and Ken Shamrock has to be the long storied feud between Matt Hughes and Matt Serra. With injuries seemingly now in the past, the two rivals will finally meet most likely on May 23 at UFC 98 in Las Vegas.

In a recent interview with TAGG Radio (www.taggradio.com) Matt Serra talked to the guys about his upcoming fight with Matt Hughes, his stint on “The Ultimate Fighter” and his predictions for the upcoming fight between George St. Pierre and B.J. Penn.

Serra, who has been out due to injury since last April has been dying to get back in the cage but has been waiting for his shot at Hughes. “I would like to get a little more action than that, but uh ya know you just play with the cards you’re dealt ya know what I mean,” Serra said. “Ya know I’m getting the fight I wanted. He is getting the fight he wanted and his wife wanted. Ya don’t forget her ya know.”

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SSF INVITATIONAL: NEW ORDER SSF 6 on Jan. 24 in Ft. Campbell, KY

On Saturday, January 24th, Froggy’s Fight Night will host The SSF INVITATIONAL: NEW ORDER SSF 6 in Ft. Campbell, Kentucky. Seventeen bouts are scheduled for the card. Doors open at 6:00pm, fights start at 8:00pm. For more information or directions call 931-561-0917 or visit www.mmaclarksville.com.

205 Shawn Carter vs Anthony Furhman
155 Michael Skinner vs Matt Choat
145 Michael Barry vs Ian Mathis
145 Joel Grice vs Jarrett Weston
240 Jerry Forbes vs John Choat
155 Barry “Reco” Reaves vs Shane Pilkington
170 Colton Riley vs Ricky Musgrave
170 Nick Mosca vs Chris Taylor
155 Michael Chatmeyer vs Charles Costello
185 Matthew Sean Hogan vs Jeremy Baker
155 William Main vs Marcus Mitchell
170 Joey Ramsey vs Doug Sams
155 Chris Brewer vs Thomas Olive
240 Carlton Little vs Lorenz Larkin
145 Chris Scholly vs David Oliver
170 Josh “Hollywood” Lester vs Dustin West
145 Kris Perry vs Steve Durr

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