UFC Fight Pass Adds More Libraries

The world’s largest mixed martial arts fight library is going to get a whole lot bigger in 2015. UFC FIGHT PASS, the UFC’s digital streaming service, has obtained the rights to the fight archives of Cage Rage, Extreme Challenge MMA, the XFO, UCMMA, Hook N Shoot, TKO, King of the Cage and the Pancrase organizations. … Read more

WEC 48 Spotlight: Brad Pickett – ProMMAnow.com exclusive interview

American Top Team bantamweight Brad “One Punch” Pickett (18-4) will make his second World Extreme Cagefighting appearance this weekend as he takes on undefeated newcomer Demetrious Johnson (5-0) at “WEC 48: Aldo vs. Faber” in Sacramento. ProMMAnow.com spoke with Pickett this week to find out what sort of welcome he would like to give Johnson … Read more

ProElite relaunch under management of Stratus Media Group

SANTA BARBARA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Stratus Media Group, Inc. (OTCBB:SMDI – News), a live entertainment company, announced today that Stratus has assumed control over the board of directors and the management of ProElite Inc. (Pink Sheets:PELE – News), an entertainment and media company involved in the promotion of mixed martial arts (MMA). “This acquisition allows Stratus and ProElite to … Read more

Melvin “No Mercy” Manhoef signs with Strikeforce

Melvin Manhoef

DREAM and K-1 powerhouse Melvin “No Mercy” Manhoef has signed a multi-year agreement to compete for world championship mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion STRIKEFORCE.

The 33 year old, who hails from Amsterdam, Netherlands, comes to STRIKEFORCE after reaching the semifinal round of the 2008 DREAM Middleweight (185 pounds) Grand Prix tournament by scoring first round TKOs on Dae Won Kim and legendary champion Kazushi Sakuraba on May 11, 2008 and June 15, 2008 respectfully.

His well-known battle cry “When I fight, I am willing to die” has translated into Manhoef’s explosive style of fighting, one that has helped him earn 22 of his 30 career MMA wins and 27 of his 45 career kickboxing victories by way of  knockout.

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Dream welterweight champ Zaromskis signs with Strikeforce

Photo by: Sherdog - Marius Zaromskis is now part of the Strikeforce stable.
Photo by: Sherdog - Marius "Whitemare" Zaromskis is now part of the Strikeforce stable.

(PRESS RELEASE) – DREAM Welterweight Grand Prix Champion Marius “Whitemare” Zaromskis (13-3) of Lithuania has signed a multi-fight agreement with world championship mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion STRIKEFORCE.

Known for his explosive, highlight reel kicks, the 29-year-old, world-ranked Zaromskis has been his opponents’ worst “Whitemare” the last three years. The 2009 DREAM Welterweight Grand Prix Champion has won five fights in a row and nine of his last 10.

Zaromskis is coming off an utter destruction of Myeon Ho Bae, winning by 0:19, first-round KO on Oct 25. The victory earned Zaromskis the 2009 DREAM Welterweight Grand Prix crown.

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Paul “Semtex” Daley lands four-fight UFC deal (updated)

Former Cage Rage Welterweight Champion Paul “Semtex” Daley (21-8-2) has signed a four-fight deal with the UFC according to Fighters Only.

Daley is an impressive striker with 16 of his 21 wins coming by way of (T)KO. His most recent fight was back in April where he scored a first round TKO over Junior Barata (5-2-1). Daley was originally scheduled to fight on the Aug. 1 “Affliction: Trilogy” card against Jay Hieron.

“Semtex” is a native of Nottingham, England, and although he would fit in perfectly on the UFC’s future U.K. cards, it is believed the UFC wants to use him on their U.S. cards as well.

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Warrior 4 Life – “Professor X” moves forward after UFC release – PRO MMA exclusive interview

Cage Rage veteran Xavier Foupa-Pokam, a.k.a. “Professor X,” made his UFC debut against Denis Kang at UFC 97. Unfortunately for Xavier, the first-time UFC jitters got the better of him and he lost the decision.

Not one to rest on his laurels, and ready to jump right back in there a month later to fill in for the injured James Irvin, Professor X was asked by the company to face Drew McFedries at UFC 98. It was his second chance to show UFC fans what he was made of.

This time the fight did not go to decision. McFedries caught the Professor with a punch early on, he was able to capitalize on it with a flurry, which in turn caused the ref to stop the fight at the 0:37 mark of the opening round. Subsequently, after two fights and one month, “Professor X” was released from the UFC.

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The King Lives! – a PRO MMA exclusive with Elvis Sinosic

by:  Jack Bratcher

I recently had the great honor of speaking to one of the icons and forefathers of modern day mixed martial arts.  His first fight in the UFC took place just after the Zuffa takeover and he remained a staple within that organization for years.  

His last fight was at Cage Rage 24 in December 2007 in England. Following that bout, he took a break from professional competition and his presence has been noticeably missing from the international MMA scene since.  

At 37 years of age he has spent the last year running his gym and imparting his vast wisdom and knowledge to the next generation of mixed martial artists.  However, he made it clear to me that he is not retired and 2009 could very well be the return of the King.

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Cage Rage: Contenders 11 – Nov. 1st in London

The Cage Rage Contenders Series kicks off it’s eleventh event at the Troxy on Saturday, November 1st in London, England. It will also feature the live finale  of the Nuts TV, “Fighting Hurts” Reality Show. The two finalists have one last  week of training before the biggest fight of their lives in front of a … Read more