Championship kickboxing comes to HDNet this May with “It’s Showtime”

DALLAS (May 13, 2011) Today, HDNet announces a long term deal with “It’s Showtime,” Europe’s leading kickboxing promotion provided by Fighting Spirit, the international fight sport programming distributor. “It’s Showtime” will make its HDNet debut with “HDNet Fights: It’s Showtime Lyon” on Friday, May 20 at 11:00 p.m. ET – immediately following the network’s broadcast … Read more

M-1 Challenge XXIII: Guram vs. Grishin kicks off 2011

Moscow, Russia (January 3, 2011) – Kicking off the new year, M-1 Global announces its first event of 2011; on March 5th, from the Crocus City Arena in Moscow Russia, M-1 Challenge XXIII: Guram vs. Grishin will see the current heavyweight champ, Guram Gugenishvili, defend his title for the first time against 2010 Selections Eastern … Read more

Opponents named for Pudzianowski and Khalidov at KSW 13

Mariusz Pudzianowski’s opponent for KSW 13 In his MMA debut Mariusz Pudzianowski needed only forty-four seconds to dispatch his opponent. His second fight won’t be that easy as his next foe is much more experienced and demanding. On May 7, at KSW 13, The World’s Strongest Man will face Deep Megaton Champion Yusuke Kawaguchi. The Japanese … Read more

Strikeforce goes global

Shine International Closes Deals across Europe, Australia and Latin America LOS ANGELES, February 2, 2010 – Shine International has expanded the STRIKEFORCE brand internationally, selling more than 70 hours of STRIKEFORCE’s mixed martial arts (MMA) programming in six markets across Europe, Australia and Latin America. Virgin Media Television’s Bravo in the UK, Turner in Latin … Read more

XFC poised for global expansion – first stop Germany

Florida MMA promotion Xtreme Fighting Championships (XFC) is looking to broaden their horizons by taking their show international. On Dec. 12, 2009, the XFC will hold an event in Berlin, Germany. Following in the footsteps of the UFC in June, the show will mark only the second American based MMA promotion ever to visit Germany.

The Dec. 12 event will feature some of Germany’s own rising MMA talent as well as fighters from the U.S. XFC President John Prisco spoke about the event. “This is an exciting opportunity to showcase the athleticism and skill of XFC fighters internationally,” said Prisco. 

“It will inspire a greater appreciation and awareness of Germany’s local up-and-coming fighters, and simultaneously expose the future American MMA legends abroad. These fighters will be branded in a global market with opportunities solely limited by the way they present themselves in and out of the cage,” Prisco explained.

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European Open Jiu-Jitsu Championship 2009 set for Jan. 30-31 & Feb. 1

In recent years the Old Continent has become a strong center for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu outside of Brazil. Countries like Sweden, France, England, Portugal, Spain and Finland have many academies and ever growing teams. In order to unite European practitioners in one place to officially organize and develop the sport of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in the continent, IBJJF and CBJJ created the European Championship of Jiu-Jitsu.

The first edition of the event was held in 2004 in the historical city of Lisbon, Portugal. Since then the tournament has grown and become stronger, establishing itself as the most important BJJ event in Europe and attracting competitors of all ages and belts. Such prestige has turned the event into a sure stop for black belt superstars like Roger Gracie, Ronaldo Jacare and Mario Reis, among many others.

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Pro Kumite in Bracknell, U.K. on Nov. 1

Pro Kumite is a new fight promotion in the UK, concentrating on MMA events all over Europe. The first show is going to be held on November 1st at the Bracknell Leisure Centre on Bagshot Road, Bracknell, RG12 9SE.

According to their website, Pro Kumite has negotiated the first UK fighter insurance policy that is given FREE of charge to every fighter. The policy covers most risks for a whole year. As well as being insured during the fight the policy covers aspects like training, traveling and much more.

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Tough is not Enough: Bob Schrijber is back.

Tough is not Enough took place yesterday at the Ahoy event center in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. There were a total of 23 fights, both amateurs and professional (K-1 and MMA). The results are listed below.

1. Stefan Struve VS Ralf Wonnink ( MMA +95 kg)
Team Schreiber 2 x 5 minuten Team Hardcore
Winner: Stefan Struve via armbar round 1

2. Brian Douwes VS Stipan Radic (K-1 rules +95 kg)
Top Team Beverwijk 3 x 3 minuten Team Hardcore
Winner:Brian Douwes via decision round 3

3. Najat Hasnouni-Alaoui VS Jorina Baars (K-1 rules -65 kg)
Universal Gym Belgie 3 x 3 minuten Team Hardcore
Winner: Jorina Baars via decision round 3

4. Moise Rimbon VS Hans Stringer (MMA +95 kg)
Team Crocop 2 x 5 minuten Team Beast of the East
Winner: Hans Stringer via triangle choke round 1

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