Tom Atencio reaffirms desire to fight Dana White

Vice President of Affliction Entertainment Tom Atencio, the man who has brought Fedor Emelianenko to fight on American soil now twice, is not only a fight promoter, he has also been inside the MMA ring himself. On June 27th, in his second professional MMA bout, the 42-year-old Atencio will face Randy Hedderick on the under card of Lashley vs. Sapp in Biloxi, Mississippi.

Atencio recently made the comments that UFC President Dana White comes off as a “bully” and a “tough guy” and he would be willing to “fight him at any weight.”

In an interview today on TAGG Radio, Atencio responded to questions about him challenging the UFC President to an MMA fight. Atencio had this to say about the situation,

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Bobby Lashley vs Bob Sapp – “Ultimate Chaos” full fight card announced (Tom Atencio to fight)

PRO MMA (http://promma.info) recently learned, from Ricky H. Derouen, President of Fight Force Intl. that his company has partnered with Prize Fight Promotions to present “Ultimate Chaos” in Biloxi, Mississippi. The star studded event will take place on June 27th at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum.

“We are co-promoting the event [along with Prize Fight Promotions]. Our organization has promoted 15 MMA events successfully in the Southeast. We are partnering with Prize Fight to bring the events to the next level.” Said Derouen.

The PPV card’s main event will be the widely reported match of Bobby Lashley going against Bob “The Beast” Sapp. Also on the main card will be former UFC heavyweight champion Pedro “The Rock” Rizzo going up against former Pride veteran Gilbert Yvel. Also on the PPV card is Chris Horodecki vs William Sriyapai and Brett Cooper vs Waachim Spiritwolf, who is a teamate of jiu-jitsu ace Dean “The Boogeyman” Lister.

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“The Snowman’s” next showdown

UFC and Pride FC veteran Jeff “The Snowman” Monson (27-8 MMA) has agreed to fight Darrill Schoonover (7-0 MMA) in a Light Heavyweight superfight for the Xtreme Fight Championship organization out of Austin Texas.

The bout will decide the organization’s Light Heavyweight title and will take place on February 27 at the Austin Travis County Expo Center.

Monson has had problems outside of the ring, with recent charges stemming from spray-painting anarchy related graffiti on a government building, but has been all business inside the ring with wins over big names such as Ricco Rodriguez, Mark Kerr, and Kazuyuki Fujita.

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Historic MMA Rivalries, part 4: UFC vs. Fighters

Throughout history management and labor have always butted heads. When it comes to the UFC and their fighters, they too hold a history of disagreements.

While no UFC contract dispute may come close to having an impact on society like the Homestead Strike, the contract fighters are asked to sign with ZUFFA, LLC are constantly making the news. “Zuffa” is an Italian word meaning “brawl”, however some of the UFC’s biggest and nastiest brawls have actually been outside the Octagon over their now somewhat infamous contracts.

Randy Couture and Jon Fitch’s quarrels with Dana White and the UFC became front page news this year. Tito Ortiz and Dana’s public war of words appeared in MMA discussion forums as much as UFC commentator, Mike Goldberg uses his “Pedro Rizzo 85 mph baseball bat” reference.

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AFFLICTION: BANNED – RESULTS & PLAY-BY-PLAY

by: Jack Bratcher FOX SPORTS NET FIGHTS: PAUL BUENTELLO vs. GARY GOODRIDGE Round 2 – Body kick by Goodridge.  Nice strikes by Buentello.  Leg kick by Goodridge.  Big leg kick again.   Inside kick.  Another kick to the leg.  Another leg kick.  Left hook from Goodridge.  Big exchange of punches by both.  Uppercut by Buentello.  Foot … Read more

Pro MMA Exclusive: Josh Barnett is Coming for Pedro Rizzo

Here is Josh Barnett speaking with Tru from Pro MMA Josh makes the point that he is coming for Pedro Rizzo at Afflicion: Banned on July 19, 2008.  Personally, I’m really looking forward to this fight as well as many of the other fights on the Affliction card.  July 19th could very well go down … Read more

UFC COULD GO TOE-TO-TOE WITH AFFLICTION ON JULY 19TH

by: Jack Bratcher Ok if you had the choice between paying about forty dollars to watch some high-quality MMA fights on pay-per-view from a brand new and unproven, mostly unknown promotion or watching a free high-quality UFC event free on Spike TV what do you think the average person will do? As if Affliction didn’t already have a big enough challenge getting people to buy this pay-per-view, their potential veiwership could really take a beating if the UFC does give … Read more

New Press Release From Affliction 6/11/08

In Association with Roy Englebrecht Events “Affliction Banned” Live on Pay-Per-View 6PM/PT Saturday, July 19, 2008 ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA MAIN EVENT – HEAVYWEIGHTS – PPV FEDOR “The Last Emperor” EMELIANENKO      TIM “Maine-iac” SYLVIA Former PRIDE Heavyweight Champion         Former 2-Time UFC Heavyweight Champion Red Devil Sports Club               Miletich Martial Arts Stary Oskol, Russia                  Bettendorf, Iowa 27-1 (6 KOs, 14 Submissions)            24-4 (16 … Read more