Preparing for Conflict: The Nick Smiley blog #1

Hello friends, family and fans of the great MMA world! My name is Nick Smiley. For those of you who don’t know who I am, I’m a heavyweight pro from the little town of Ellabell, Georgia, a speck on the map between Savannah and Statesboro. I got my start in combat sports in 2001 through … Read more

XFC signs top heavyweight prospect Scott Barrett

(Tampa, FL) The Xtreme Fighting Championships (XFC) today announced the signing of Scott Barrett. With 11 out of 12 wins coming via TKO Barrett is considered to be one of the top heavyweight free agents in the world and will be the first of many new talents signed by the XFC. “The signing of Scott … Read more

Brian Bowles becomes new WEC Bantamweight Champion with knockout of Miguel Torres

In the main event at Sunday night’s WEC 42 event in Las Vegas, Miguel Torres took on the undefeated, yet much less experienced Brian Bowles.

However, the lack of experience did not prevent Bowles from believing in himself. He said after the fight that most of Torres’ opponents buy too much into his hype.

Bowles appeared to be bigger and stronger and his confidence was noticeable. Torres began the fight with leg kicks but it was not long until he found himself on his back from a takedown. Torres got back to his feet and landed a big right hand that stunned Bowles. Torres then moved in for the attack throwing a flurry, and that is when he got caught.

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Meet Your UFC Rookies: UFC 98-100

Welcome to another edition of “Meet Your UFC Rookies.” This is one of our more popular segments here at PRO MMA© ( that many have imitated and well… a few have duplicated. 

On the next three UFC cards, UFC 98, 99, and 100, there will be five fighters making their UFC debut. There is one rookie at UFC 98 – Tim Hague. UFC 99 has three newbies – Ricky Story, Peter Sobotta, and Todd Duffee. And UFC 100 has one – Yoshihiro Akiyama.

25-year-old Canadian, Tim “The Thrashing Machine” Hague, is a 6’4″ 260-pound heavyweight who has been fighting professionally since 2006. He has a record of 9-1 with his only loss coming by split decision to Miodrag Petkovic in 2007, and he avenged the loss a year later. He is on a four fight win streak and is the current Canadian King of the Cage Heavyweight Champion. Hague has 5(T)KOs, 2 Submissions, and 2 Decision victories. Hague graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Education Degree and is a former school teacher. He will be looking to teach Pat Barry a thing or two when he makes his UFC debut at at UFC 98 in Las Vegas. Tim Hague Highlight Reel

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The case for Kyle Maynard

The debate raged on through the summer of 2007. Should Kyle Maynard, the congenital amputee who became famous as a high school wrestler, be allowed to compete in MMA? On August 15th, 2007, the debate was essentially over as the Georgia Athletic and Entertainment Commission voted unanimously 4-0, to deny the then 21 year-old, a license to compete in amateur MMA.

His story has been well-documented by Larry King, HBO, and even Oprah. It is truly an inspirational story. A child born without knees or elbows always wanted athletics to be a part of his life. Through hard work and dedication he made it happen.

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