WAMMA announces strategic partnership with Brand Asset Digital

NEW YORK (August 20th, 2009) — The World Alliance of Mixed Martial Arts (WAMMA) today announces a new strategic partnership with Brand Asset Digital, the distributed technologies company. The association between the two groups will help WAMMA incorporate new sponsorships into traditional and electronic platforms.

“We believe our combined efforts will help bring new sponsors into the MMA arena,” says WAMMA CEO Dave Szady. “It will also help advance WAMMA’s mission of promoting the integrity, legitimacy and prosperity of MMA.”

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Pat Miletich and Sam Caplan announce their resignations from the World Alliance of Mixed Martial Arts (WAMMA)

After serving in prominent positions with the World Alliance of Mixed Martial Arts since its inception 20 months ago, Pat Miletich and Sam Caplan have jointly announced their resignations from the MMA sanctioning body, effective immediately.

Miletich, the first-ever UFC welterweight champion and a world class mixed martial arts trainer, had been serving as the company’s Vice President of Fighter Relations. Additionally, he had recently made multiple appearances on ESPN.com’s weekly MMA show “MMA Live” on behalf of WAMMA.

“Throughout my entire time with WAMMA, I’ve been sincere in my belief that the sport needs undisputed champions in every major weight class,” Miletich began. “To this day, I still feel that way and still believe in WAMMA’s basic principles. However, I no longer believe that WAMMA’s execution is where it needs to be in order for it to meet its full potential. Based on that and a growing difference of opinion with WAMMA’s board of directors, I made the decision that it is time to move on.”

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Fedor Emelianenko vs. Josh Barnett close to official for August

According to M1 Global’s official website, the long awaited match-up between WAMMA Heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko and WAMMA number one contender and former UFC Heavyweight champion, Josh Barnett will be signed for Affliction 3, barring any setbacks.

President of M1 Global, Vadim Finkelchtein also confirmed that talks are indeed taking place regarding the Fedor vs. Barnett match and the fight should be signed some time within the next ten days.

Although an official date and venue has not been announced, the third installment of Affliction Entertainment’s MMA promotion is believed to be targeting the Honda Center in Anaheim, California as the venue and some time in early August is the rumored date.

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Fedor Emelianenko vs. Shinya Aoki (video)

It is not every day you get to see a Heavyweight champion fight a Lightweight champion in MMA. Yet, some how last week M-1 was able to put this match-up together between Fedor Emelianenko and Shinya Aoki as an exhibition bout during “M-1 Challenge: Japan.” Isn’t the lighter person supposed to be faster? Just imagine … Read more

It’s official: Fedor Emelianenko & Shinya Aoki to compete in special exhibition April 29 during M-1 Challenge Japan

PRO MMA (promma.info) has just received confirmation from M-1 of the details surrounding a special exhibition match between the WAMMA Heavyweight Champion Fedor Emelianenko and the WAMMA Lightweight Champion Shinya Aoki. 

While WAMMA heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko’s recent two wins over former UFC heavyweight champions Tim Sylvia and Andrei Arlovski have taken place on American soil, he first earned his reputation as being the world’s pound-for-pound best fighter while competing in Japan.

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WAMMA’s first shot at female rankings raise eyebrows

Elite XC did a lot of things wrong. The list of failures has been chronicled so many times that even interviews with wannabes like $kala seem pointless and unwanted now. However, the now deceased promotion did do one thing right. They stepped forward and promoted women’s MMA like no other show had ever done before. Of course, Gina Carano, “the face of women’s MMA,” had a lot to do with it as well.

Now, the World Alliance of MMA, or WAMMA for short, is trying to take the next step for women’s MMA and put out rankings. For their inaugural rankings, the committee listed a top ten for 145 lbs, 135 lbs, and 125 lbs, which they call featherweight, super bantamweight, and bantamweight respectively.

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THE INFO episode 14 – PRO MMA podcast

Editor In Chief Jack Bratcher joined Matt De La Rosa and “Fast Eddie” Constantine on this weeks edition of THE INFO. The PRO MMA (promma.info) staff discussed UFC 96, DREAM, the UFC Heavyweight Division and Yves Lavgine. WAMMA’s official women’s rankings became a hot topic of discussion and in turn so did the WAMMA ranking … Read more

Carano, Santos, LaRosa, and Fuji all debut as number one ranked fighters in WAMMA’s inaugural female rankings

Gina Carano & Cris Santos tied at #1 spot
Gina Carano & Cris Santos tied as #1 featherweights

PRO MMA (promma.info) was notified earlier this week from the World Alliance of Mixed Martial Arts of their first-ever rankings for female mixed martial artists. As female mixed martial arts gains more notoriety and popularity, the more important the rankings become. Also, the fact that Zuffa and the UFC do not have female fighters, means the WAMMA female title-holders will have even more legitimacy than their male counterparts. Here is the official statement PRO MMA (promma.info) received this week from WAMMA:

Orlando, Florida – The World Alliance of Mixed Martial Arts (WAMMA) made history on Thursday morning when it released the first-ever major rankings poll for female mixed martial artists.

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King Mo, “I’d love to fight in Affliction”

PRO MMA (http://promma.info) caught up with undefeated Light Heavyweight prospect Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal shortly after the Affliction M-1 Global: Day of Reckoning card. The Team Quest affiliate was in attendance for Affliction’s sophomore effort and gave his thoughts on a few bouts.

“King Mo” (3-0) weighed in on the WAMMA heavyweight title bout between Fedor Emelianenko and Andrei Arlovski and believed Arlovski had been performing well in the fight up until a Emelianenko right hand.

“Andrei Arlovski had a great game plan and was doing a great job boxing. It would have been better if he would have stuck to the outside. Arlovski did a great job moving and he made a mistake when he went for that knee, a terrible mistake, but hindsight is twenty-twenty. He had him backing up and it was the perfect time to throw the knee.”

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