Bellator Fighting Championships signs former NYU wrestling star Shad Lierley

CHICAGO, Ill. (February 18, 2010) – Bellator Fighting Championships put yet another piece in place for its upcoming Season 2 featherweight tournament today with the signing of 5-2 Shad Lierley, a former International Fight League (IFL) standout and elite-level college wrestler. The 29-year-old Lierley—who was a top college wrestler while earning his bachelor’s degree in … Read more

MMA superstar and former U.S. Olympic wrestler Dan Henderson signs with Strikeforce

Dan Henderson signs with Strikeforce

NEW YORK (December 7, 2009)-Four-time mixed martial arts (MMA) world champion and two-time United States Olympic wrestler Dan Henderson will enter a new chapter in his legendary career after signing a multi-fight agreement with world championship MMA promotion STRIKEFORCE.

Henderson, the only fighter in history to simultaneously hold two titles in two different weight classes – the welterweight (183 pounds) and light heavyweight (205 pounds) crowns – with a major MMA promotion – PRIDE Fighting Championships – will enter the STRIKEFORCE cage after earning “Knockout of the Night” honors with his stunning second round (3:20) KO of Michael “The Count” Bisping at UFC 100 in Las Vegas, Nevada on July 11, 2009.

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Matt Hamill: An Ace Up His Sleeve?

By: Kelvin Hunt

In a few weeks UFC 88 will be upon us, and a interesting fight that many have forgotten about is Matt Hamill vs. Rich Franklin.  This will be Franklin’s first fight at LHW since a TKO win over Ken Shamrock in 2005.  Hamill is coming off a TKO win over Tim Boetsch in April of this year.  This is an interesting fight for a couple of reasons, so let’s take a look at how each fighter matches up going into this fight.

  • Franklin likes to stand and trade, but is versed on the ground as well.  Whereas Hamill is a very good wrestler with a standup game that has improved leaps and bounds since being on The Ultimate Fighter.
  • Hamill has a very good chin and incredible strength.  Franklin has a good chin as well and good striking but doesn’t have that one punch KO ability (save the Quarry fight).
  • Hamill’s biggest question mark is his stamina, whereas there is no question about Franklin’s ability to go the distance.

    Read moreMatt Hamill: An Ace Up His Sleeve?

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PRO MMA FIGHTER SPOTLIGHT: JUSTIN WREN

by: Jack Bratcher Justin Wren is an up-and-coming Heavyweight MMA Fighter from Texas.  He’s an intimidating figure with outstanding wrestling credentials.  Justin trains with The Ultimate Fighter winner, Travis Lutter, among others.  From the first time I saw some of Justin’s Youtube wrestling videos and heard that he was now entering into the MMA world, I knew that this would be a guy we would one day hear about.  Justin has been paying his dues the old-fashioned … Read more