Shooting guns in Iraq with Mike Swick *VIDEO*

IRAQ – UFC fighter Mike Swick is always on adventure. Just a couple of weeks ago he was hanging out with drug dealers in Africa, and now he’s in Iraq shooting guns with the troops. Specifically, Mike says he was shooting  a Barrett .50 caliber sniper rifle, a 240 machine gun, an old Uzi-type paratrooper … Read more

Iraq War veteran and welterweight standout Steve Carl signs with Bellator Fighting Championships

Steve Carl is Bellator's newest addition.

CHICAGO, Ill. (Dec. 28, 2009) – In the latest addition to its much-heralded Season 2 roster, Bellator Fighting Championships announced Monday the acquisition of emerging MMA star Steve Carl, who will compete in the promotion’s upcoming eight-man welterweight tournament beginning in April.

Carl, 25, a U.S. Army sergeant who served in the Iraq War, took up MMA about five years ago while stationed at Fort Hood, Texas, and has since compiled a professional record of 10-1. His rear naked choke submission of the previously undefeated Ivan Ivanoff at the M-1 Challenge in Bulgaria earlier this year won him international acclaim and drew the attention of matchmakers from all of the top MMA promotions.

“I was getting offers from the UFC and others, but Bellator was just a better opportunity for me,” Carl said. “I’m really excited about the exposure that Bellator’s TV deal will bring me and the chance to fight against some awesome competition.”

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Fabricio Werdum and Jeff Curran are guests this week on HDNet’s “Inside MMA”

Inside MMA airs each Friday night on HDNet. Kruck's corner takes a look at MMA in Iraq tonight.

Episode goes behind-the-scenes to catch soldiers as they train in mixed martial arts – and for war – and dissects past and future fight promotions –
Friday, November 13 at 9:00 p.m. ET

(PRESS RELEASE) – On this Friday’s “Inside MMA” Kenny Rice and Bas Rutten are joined by Fabricio Werdum and Jeff Curran who discuss their fights at last week’s STRIKEFORCE event. Werdum reveals why he wants to be the next man to face Fedor, the panel recaps STRIKEFORCE and looks ahead to UFC 105, including the fight between Randy Couture and Brandon Vera. Werdum also reveals who he will be fighting next.

“Kruck’s Korner” takes an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at the first mixed martial arts event held in an active warzone. The event was a fight for the troops, by the troops which took place in Mosul, Iraq. It was organized to boost morale among the troops stationed in Iraq; a ring was built by the soldiers for their peers who had trained in gyms when not on patrol in the warzone.

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