New Mixed Martial Arts League, Led by Industry Veterans, Enters Billion-Dollar Industry

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LOS ANGELES, Nov 19, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Bellator Fighting Championships, a new mixed martial arts (MMA) league, officially launched operations today, marking the entry of a new player in the billion-dollar MMA industry. To air on ESPN Deportes beginning April 2009, Bellator’s first-of-its-kind business model is a significant step forward for the fight industry, as the only nationally televised league to apply an objective format to crowning champions and awarding purses today.

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Cage Fest: Xtreme Evolution Nov. 15 results – Tommy Speers throws in the towel


Cage Fest: Xtreme Evolution took place on November 15th, 2008 in Hampton Roads, Virginia. The main event featured The Ultimate Fighter season six runner-up, Tommy Speer taking on Beau Baker, a former college wrestler who was undefeated at 5-0 coming into the bout.

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M-1 releases statement about Brock Lesnar

Oh man, one cool thing about this sport is there is ALWAYS something going on. It’s almost like a soap opera at times.  Fedor Emelianenko’s management company, M-1 released a statement on Tuesday claiming the long-talked about fight between Randy Couture and Fedor Emelianenko has now “lost its luster” due to Randy losing to Brock Lesnar at UFC 91.

Most people would agree with that. In fact, PRO MMA even agrees with that since we already have an article up about that very subject.

In an effort to stifle any bright ideas the UFC might have about labeling Brock Lesnar as the best heavyweight in the world, M-1 is issuing a challenge to have Brock Lesnar fight Fedor in a “superfight.”  M-1 proposes that the UFC will try to say Lesnar is the number one heavyweight in the world much like they have tried to use a “marketing campaign” claiming Anderson Silva is the number one pound-for-pound fighter in the world.

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Chael Sonnen got his belt

Sonnen punches Filho at the belt

by:  Jack Bratcher

Chael Sonnen revealed to host Larry Pepe last night on Pro MMA Radio that he had indeed received the WEC Middleweight Belt from Paulo Filho following his defeat of the overinflated Filho at WEC 36 on November 5th.  

Originally scheduled as a WEC Middleweight Title Fight, Filho could not make the 185 lb. weight limit and therefore according to the rules the bout could not be a title fight.  

If you wondered why Paulo Filho looked flat during the fight (understatement of the year) the answer most certainly lies in his problems trying to make weight.

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Kim Couture interview – Pro MMA Radio exclusive

Kim Couture prepares for fourth fight of the year

Female professional mixed martial arts fighter, Kim “Sugar Free Couture”, spoke with our good friend Larry Pepe over at Pro MMA Radio Monday evening. Kim had a lot to say about her husband, Randy Couture’s performance at UFC 91 against Brock Lesnar, her upcoming fight on November 21st with Lina Kvokov (0-1), and legal issues with former Affliction executive, Todd Beard.

Kim starts out by revealing how she got her nickname “Sugar Free”. She explains that the guys at Xtreme Couture started calling her “Sugar Free” because she’s blunt, always speaks her mind and doesn’t “sugar coat” anything.

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Japanese MMA – Jewels 1 Results

Saori Ishioka wins at "Jewels"
Saori Ishioka wins at Jewels

JEWELS is an all female MMA promotion that was born out of the death of the “Smackgirl” promotion.  Smackgirl began in 2001 and held over 50 MMA and grappling events before running into money problems earlier this year. 

Along with Valkyrie, there are now two organizations trying to fill the gap for female mma in Japan.  JEWELS’ first event was held on November 16 in Shinjuku Face, Tokyo. 

Fight Card results:
Yuko Oya defeated Shinsaka Ozawi via Submission (armbar) in Rd. 1
Rina Tomita defeated Miki Miki via Submission (armbar) in Rd. 1
Shiho Shiho defeated Mayu Mayu via KO (punches) in Rd. 1
Shisuka Sugiyama defeated Harumi Harumi via Submission (RNC) in Rd. 1
Kikuyo Ishikawa defeated Sumie Yamada via Submission (Triangle Choke) in Rd. 1

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Casting Call for Female MMA Fighters

Could you be the next Gina Carano?

There is a new untitled reality show in the works and they are casting female MMA fighters. The show has reportedly already received interest from a major cable network.

You don’t have to be a pro mixed martial arts fighter but you need to be a “reasonably” well trained female fighter who has had a few amateur fights.

They are looking for attractive female MMA fighters between the ages of 18 and 28 to interview for a TV pilot.

It could be a good opportunity for exposure and the concept was created by a successful casting director and executive producer who has worked for MTV, G4, Fox Reality, and more.

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Interim CSAC Leaders Named

PRO MMA reported that Armando Garcia, the California State Athletic Commission’s Executive Officer, had announced his intentions to resign from his position.

The CSAC meeting where the commission would formally accept Garcia’s resignation happened earlier today in Los Angeles, California.

Dean Lohuis and William Douglas will serve as the operations and administrative leads until a replacement is found.

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Paulo Filho Cut From Contract

MMAWeekly.com has reported that Paulo Filho has been released from his contract and will not move into the UFC.

The news comes off the heels of him not making weight for his scheduled WEC Middleweight Title defense at WEC 36 against Chael Sonnen.

Not making weight combined with one of the worst performances in recent memory seemed to be enough to warrant a release from his Zuffa contract.

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Fedor Emelianenko vs. Blagoi Ivanov at Sambo World Championship 2008

Here is Fedor Emelianenko at the 2008 Sambo World Championship in St. Petersburg, Russia which took place November 13-17. Fedor has long been regarded as the number one heavyweight MMA fighter in the world and some even regard him as the number one pound for pound fighter in the world. However, he had to settle … Read more