Sean Salmon never backs down: PRO MMA exclusive interview

By Denny “The Mad One” Hodge

Sean Salmon has a problem. He can’t say no. He has taken fights on a month’s notice, and even said yes to fights that were only a week away. He has tried to say no, but cannot. If the call comes and someone wants to fight him, or if he learns that there is an event and someone doesn’t have an opponent, he steps up and into the ring for another battle. He’s in that position again tonight as he faces TUF alumnus Josh Haynes in the A Night of Combat II event. Sean has re-focused his career and has won his last 4 of 5 by TKO, and is looking to make some serious noise at 185. PRO MMA spent some time talking with Sean to get his thoughts on fighting on short notice, how he rebounded after the Rashad fight, and facing Josh Haynes tonight.

PRO MMA: Thanks for taking a few minutes to talk with us Sean. How does your training change in the weeks leading up to a fight?
SEAN: I used to go light in the week leading up to the fight, but now I go hard right up to about 3 days before the fight. I do take precautions to not get cut or injured, or to have any accidents in the 2-3 weeks before the fight.

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Dana White speaks on the “Kimbo scandal”

If you haven’t heard by now, EliteXC is under investigation for trying to influence the outcome of the Kimbo Slice vs. Seth Petruzelli fight on CBS. The investigation started following comments made by Petruzelli on a Florida radio show that EliteXC wanted him to keep the fight standing. Petruzelli since then has retracted that statement … Read more

ShoXC Elite Challenger Series Oct.10 – results & play-by-play

by:  Jack Bratcher PRO MMA will be bringing you live results and round by round blow by blow commentary.  The action is taking place at the Horshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana but never fear, you don’t have to pack your bags and travel across the nation to see this event.  You don’t even have to … Read more

Rick Roufus – Turning the Page – PRO MMA Exclusive Interview

by: Cory Brady

Rick Roufus is turning the page in his martial arts career. This former K-1, Kickboxing and Muay Thai champion made the crossover from a striker to a complete mixed martial artist earlier this year and will be heading into his ninth professional mma bout this Saturday night when he faces off with UFC veteran Hector “Sick Dog” Ramirez at The Night of Combat II event in Las Vegas.

This will undoubtedly be the biggest fight of his mixed martial arts career as Roufus will be headlining a card that features notable mixed martial artists Mike Pyle, Jay Hieron, and Brian Gassaway just to name a few. Roufus has been training hard at The Lions Den in Scottsdale, AZ. to prepare himself to put on an exciting show that will have fans and insiders alike buzzing about the sport’s newest force to be reckoned with, Rick “The Jet” Roufus.

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Tonight’s the night! Meet ShoXC fighter Orville Smith

by: Cory Brady

Orville Smith is dealing with the calm before the storm right now. Orville is looking to give the performance of his life on tonight (Oct.10) when he will be in the biggest fight of his young career as he faces off with Matt Jaggers on Showtime’s ShoXC card at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana. At 6-0 and training with a camp that includes UFC veterans Chris Lytle and Jake O’Brien the future is shining bright for Orville. While he knows he’s in the game to one day earn a belt around his waist, Orville is putting that on the back burner for now. He realizes his fight with Jaggers is the first priority and knows it is best to take things one fight at a time.

PRO MMA: How are you feeling right now physically in the hours leading up to your fight?
Orville: I’m feeling pretty good man. Not feeling to bad at all.

PRO MMA: What do you know about your opponent Matt Jaggers and have you had a chance to review his tapes?
Orville: I haven’t seen any video on him. I couldn’t find any. I’ve heard he’s got some good ground and pound and that’s a big part of his game.

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PRO MMA Exclusive: Jay Hieron “Is Ready To Go”

by:  Kelvin Hunt

Jay Hieron is will step back into the MMA spotlight on October 11th as he fights on the A Night of Combat 2 card at The Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.  The former IFL Welterweight Champion hasn’t been able to fight for the past 5 months, and it’s not because he wanted a vacation from the fight game.  PRO MMA had the chance to speak with Hieron before his fight this weekend.  He gave his thoughts on his upcoming fight, Affliction and Golden Boy working together, and who he could possibly fight in the future.

PRO MMA: Hey Jay, how’s it going man?  Thanks for taking the time to speak with us as we know you are completing the final preparations for your fight this weekend.  How are you feeling physically and mentally?
Jay: Thanks man everything is good right now.  I’m in great shape physically and my mind is clear.  It’s been a long time man and I’m ready to go.

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Return of “The Monster” Kevin Randleman – TLOS exclusive

Former UFC Heavyweight Champion and recipient of the “Knockout of the Year” Award back in 2004 from Sportsbook.com for his KO of Mirko CroCop, the legend, Kevin “The Monster” Randleman stopped by to have a word with those wild and crazy guys from The Lights Out Show on Tuesday.

The Lights Out Show (www.thelightsoutshow.com), one of the most popular and most downloaded MMA radio shows/podcasts in the world, is a content-partner of PRO MMA (www.promma.info).

Randleman fought at PRIDE 32 back in 2006 where he lost to Shogun Rua by kneebar in Rd.1, then we didn’t hear from Randleman for a couple of years until he reappeared at Sengoku back in May of this year where he faced Ryo Kawamura and pulled of a unanimous decision victory. It’s good to know the 37 year-old “Monster” still has his heart in the game and here’s some of what had to say:

Randleman has been out of action mainly due to injuries. He has been battling a string of injuries including a torn ligament in his shoulder and a leg injury. According to Randleman, he even finished most of his last fight with the use of only one arm, hence the fight going to decision.

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A Night of Combat II – Oct. 11 in Vegas (video)

Somehow Kim Couture (KC Concepts) was able to pull off what Affliction was not; an MMA event in Las Vegas at the Thomas & Mack Center. This Saturday, Oct. 11 a host of Xtreme Couture fighters will be showcasing their skills against some of the toughest talent the sport has to offer. In this video … Read more

Kalib Starnes returns to action against Kala “Kolohe” Hose in Hawaii

by: Jack Bratcher

UFC veteran and TUF 3 cast member, Kalib Starnes will be stepping back into the MMA ring on November 15 where he will be fighting the Icon Middleweight Champion, Kala “Kolohe” Hose in Hawaii on the Destiny MMA organization’s main event.

Starnes’ last fight in the UFC was back in April of this year when he fought Nate Quarry at UFC 83 in one of the most “interesting” fights in MMA history. Starnes’ technique and gameplan frustrated Quarry to the point he started coming at Starnes with one arm outstretched and one hand covering his face in a mocking gesture. Quarry was able to pull off a unanimous decision despite the unorthodox styles shown by both fighters.

Starnes’ opponent on November 15th will be the pride of Hawaii, Kala Hose, whose most notable win was against Phil Baroni back in March in an Icon Sport Middleweight Title fight where he TKO’d the New York Badass early in the fifth round and won the vacant title. Hose’s most recent fight was in August where he defended his Icon belt against Rolando Dominique in a second round TKO victory.

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New Lion’s Den MMA training facility to open in Connecticut

Ken Shamrock’s World Renowned Lion’s Den Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) Training Facility to Open in Connecticut

The Most Comprehensive MMA Training Facility of its Kind in Connecticut

Middletown, CT. – October 9, 2008 – Ken Shamrock’s Lion’s Den Middletown, Connecticut’s premier 16,000 square foot Mixed Martial Arts training and fitness center, will be celebrating its grand opening the weekend of November 1st. This impressive multi-level state-of-the-art facility has over 14,000 square feet of training space, with top of the line cardio and weight training equipment, over 60 hanging bags for conditioning, two professional boxing rings, a full size competition hexagon for mixed martial arts and two large areas of mat space for grappling and striking, which includes a 1,200 square foot caged in mat area. In addition, Lion’s Den Middletown has unrivaled amenities, such as full locker rooms, a phenomenal pro-shop stacked with name brand training gear and MMA apparel, a juice bar and lounge area in which to re-fuel, as well as a convenient in-house internet café.

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