ProMMA.info exclusive interview – Joey “The Mexicutioner” Beltran

ProMMA.info recently had the pleasure of speaking to one of the main event fighters from last weekend’s 5150 / XFL “New Year’s Revolution” card, Joey “The Mexicutioner” Beltran (10-3). Current 5150 Heavyweight Champion, Beltran defended his title against Houston “The Assassin” Alexander (9-6), who was coming off a much publicized decision loss to Kimbo Slice at The Ultimate Fighter 10 Finale in December.

The Mexicutioner¬†absolutely dominated Alexander and proved once again The Assassin can’t whack anyone off his back. After nearly two rounds of battering, the referee had seen enough, stopped the fight, and awarded Beltran the TKO victory.

Beltran shared with us his thoughts on the fight, and although it was an important win, why he was not getting overly excited about it. He also had some advice for The Assassin, talked about what is next, who his “dream fight” would be, and more. Enjoy.

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Former Olympian, Judo master Ferrid Kheder signs with Bellator

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CHICAGO, Ill. (January 21, 2010) Bellator Fighting Championships put yet another piece in place for its second season today with the announcement that Judo master and former Olympian Ferrid “Hurricane” Kheder will compete in the promotion’s upcoming lightweight tournament.

Kheder, who placed seventh in the Judo competition at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, has quickly compiled a solid 16-5 MMA record since giving up Judo to fight full-time in the cage just three years ago. His transition to MMA was put into overdrive in 2008 when he began training under the famed Shawn Tompkins. Since the two teamed up, Kheder has won 11 of his 12 fights.

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Breaking News: Brock Lesnar miraculously cured, will face winner of Carwin vs. Mir

UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar (4-1), accompanied by UFC President Dana White, appeared on ESPN SportsCenter this morning, giving his first interview since being sidelined last fall with diverticulitis.

Lesnar explained the details surrounding his illness, how he was first diagnosed with mononucleosis, then later, up in Canada, they realized he actually had diverticulitis, and diverticulosis. In short, the champ had a hole in his stomach.

The doctors said he would have to have a surgery that would end his career, and would result in him having to wear a colostomy bag. The only other choice was, if he could somehow heal himself naturally.

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ProMMA.info exclusive interview – Chris “The Professional” Davis

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One of the most stacked regional MMA events in a long time took place this past weekend in Tulsa, Okla. with the 5150 / XFL co-promoted “New Year’s Revolution”. Several UFC veterans and rising MMA talent came together to entertain the live fans and the online pay-per-view audience.

One of the rising prospects on the card was Chris “The Professional” Davis (7-2), a light heavyweight fighting out of Tuscaloosa, Ala. Chris had been scheduled to fight Jason Lambert, but after Lambert withdrew at the last minute, Chris actually ended up fighting ProMMA.info‘s own “The Human Cock Fighter Blog” author, Brian Imes, and walked away with a first round TKO victory.

We have to give props to Brian for taking the fight on such short notice, but Chris remained the consummate¬†“Professional” and tended to his business. In an effort to highlight another up-and-coming fighter from the South, and to learn more about the dude who beat up on our buddy, we spoke to Chris “The Professional” Davis this week to get the lowdown.

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Breaking News Exclusive: Chad Corvin signs contract with the UFC

Chad Corvin is the newest addition to the UFC's heavyweight division
Chad Corvin is the newest addition to the UFC's heavyweight division.

Speaking exclusively to ProMMA.info, Chad Corvin has announced that he has signed a contract to fight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. A heavyweight fighting out of Elizabethtown, Kentucky and training with Etown Beatdown, Chad has compiled a professional record of five wins with no losses, with all of his victories but one coming by way of stoppage in under two minutes of the first round.

Although Corvin hasn’t fought in almost a year, he has still garnered attention in the MMA world, most recently in the form of a YouTube video (embedded below), “The Ultimate Fighter Alternate Heavyweights Part 1”, posted by an MMA enthusiast that listed the top 10 prospects the UFC could have used on season 10 of The Ultimate Fighter – Corvin was ranked number one, ahead of the likes of Bobby Lashley (#2) and Roger Gracie (#3).

Chad had this to say about his new opportunity:

It’s an honor. It’s what everybody hopes for in our line of work, like a minor league baseball player being called up to the majors. I’d like to match up with somebody in the same position as me, new in the UFC, new to the program, and just work my way up. I’m at the bottom right now, so I’ll start at the bottom and go up. It came as a surprise. I was on YouTube and put my name in [the search box] so I could watch one of my fight videos and I saw something new (The Ultimate Fighter Alternate Heavyweights Part 1 mentioned above) and saw I was number one on the list. Josh [Johnson] contacted me a few days later and told me there were a couple contract offers. It was a big surprise because I’m just an average guy working for a living.

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ProMMA.info Fighter of 2009: Jose Aldo

2009 could really be considered the year of the featherweights. The WEC really put the weight division on the map, and both major Japanese promotions, Sengoku and Dream, held featherweight tournaments.

It is only fitting that the ProMMA.info Fighter of 2009 be someone who is now considered the king of that very weight class. In case you slept through the whole year, that king is Jose Aldo.

Aldo started his WEC career in 2008. He scored two impressive victories over Jonathan Brookins and former Shooto world champion Alexandre Franca Nogueira. In 2009, he went 4-0 and capped off the year by dominating the seemingly unbeatable Mike Thomas Brown and winning the WEC crown in the process.

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Coach’s blog – Things I’ve seen over the years

When you travel to fight shows as much as I do, you see a lot of crazy stuff. One time, I was at a fight show in Ky. when I saw an overweight, out of shape fighter stick his head out of the ring and empty the contents of his stomach on a judge that was sitting ringside.

I and most of the people at the show laughed our asses off. I think the only two people not laughing were the fighter who was disqualified for puking and the judge who was covered in vomit.

This isn’t the only time I’ve seen this. My friend Ray Elbe posted a video of himself on YouTube where he is in a grappling match and he puked on his opponents head. Here is the video of Ray’s match http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F7qTY1c0zd0

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