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UFC Breakdown: Werdum V. Bowne

UFC Breakdown: Werdum V. Bowne

This Saturday, Orlando, Florida will be the place to be for quality MMA as the UFC will commandeer the Amway Center for a night of spectacular fights.  A multitude of bouts will be televised via the Fox television network. The promotion is stout with talented, top-level combatants facing one another in the legendary UFC Octagon.  The entire spectacle is headlined by a heavyweight match that is as luxurious as any matchup could be: two-of-the-top-three heavies in the UFC world are doing battle.  Making the stakes even higher, the victor of the prizefight will face UFC maximum weight legend Cain Velasquez.  The prospects of this main event alone make this a must-see event.
 
The final bout of the promotion will showcase number two ranked UFC heavyweight Fabricio Werdum (17-5-1) taking on the third best UFC heavy Travis Browne (16-1-1).  The contest is scheduled for three rounds.  At first glance, this combat seems simple: jiu-jitsu master Werdum needs to wage a ground war, while Browne, a devastating striker, needs to keep the fight upright in order to get his shot at Velasquez.  This is not incorrect, as each warrior must be able to impose their fighting strengths in order to be in the best position to take the other.  The thing to remember is that both veteran cage contestants are well-schooled and capable of neutralizing the other’s attack.
 
This fight comes down to adjustments mid-bout, where Werdum may be at a disadvantage.  The two-time former Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu world champion is a man of many disciplines and abilities.  Werdum is also schooled in Judo and Muay Thai, holding black belts in each.  His ground game is the centerpiece of his attack but the Brazilian has greatly improved his striking abilities as of late.  Werdum is on a three fight winning streak in which he conquered the likes of Roy Nelson (decision), Mike Russow (stoppage) and submitted Antonio Rodriguez Nogueira.  Although this streak is impressive, none of his three recent conquests compare to the Hawaiian-based American.
     
Browne is also streaking in both wins and knockouts.  The powerful Hawaiian has won his last three contests, all by knockout.  Striking has been the key to Browne’s career, as 12 of his 16 wins have been by knockout. 

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Bellator 117 Television Results: Lima Dominates in Title Win; Pitbull, Amoussou and Held Impress in Victories

Bellator 117 Television Results:  Lima Dominates in Title Win; Pitbull, Amoussou and Held Impress in Victories

Tonight, the Mid-Atlantic Center in Iowa was treated to an awesome night of MMA as Bellator presented a stellar promotional card that was televised on the Spike Television Network.  The event was capped off by a welterweight championship battle between Douglas Lima and Rick Hawn.  The televised undercard featured three exciting matches.  Here are the results:

The telecast opened with a three round lightweight tournament clash between Derick Campos (14-3-0) and Patricky Pitbull (12-5-0).  Both men came out looking to box with Pitbull flashing the faster hands and seemingly heavier blows.  Campos, a native Texan, heated towards the end of the opening rounds as he landed hard shots to the body and head.  The second opened with both men letting the leather fly: Pitbull landed the harder shots, to include a left to chin that deposited Campos on the cage floor.  Pitbull proceeded to ground-and-pound the Texan, leading to the referee halting the assault.  With the win, Patricky Pitbull booked his slot in the lightweight tournament final.          

The action continued with a three round welterweight bout between veterans Karl Amoussou (16-5-0) and David Gomez (16-7-0).  Amoussou shot out of the gate with lighting quick combinations that found their mark on Gomez’s face and body.  Amoussou was able to control the action and land at will as Gomez seemed hesitant to engage his faster adversary.  Amoussou continued vertical dominance as he doubled and tripled his jab, keeping the Mexican-American at bay.  Gomez aggressively attacked in the opening of the second stanza and was able to land but Amoussou was able to take his aggressor to the ground and almost submitted Gomez via heel hook but missed his opportunity. Gomez kept the pressure on and was able to land some serious artillery on Amoussou’s face but Amoussou returned fire and landed his own hard shots.  Both combatants had their moments in the final minute, making it a tough round to score.  Amoussou regained his distance in the final heat and started to land the more telling blows in the first half of the round.  Gomez, appearing exhausted, began to shoot wide blows that occasionally hit flesh but did not seem to have much power left.  In the end, the judges awarded Karl Amoussou a split decision by scores of 29-28 (twice) with the third card (29-28) favoring Gomez.  It was a close match, but ConvictedArtistMagazine.com agreed that Amoussou was the victor.       

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Bellator 117 Main Event Analysis: Rick Hawn Takes on Douglas Lima for the Welterweight Championship

Bellator 117 Main Event Analysis: Rick Hawn Takes on Douglas Lima for the Welterweight Championship

On April 18, 2014, Bellator will invade Iowa with a promotion that vaunts a welterweight championship main event dual between Douglas Lima and Rick Hawn amongst several other intriguing matches.  The televised portion of the card will host four matches that will be aired live on the Spike Television network. Although the bouts bolstered have plenty of potential to excite the masses; the crowning jewel of the night is one that has all of the makings of an instant classic.
 
Rick Hawn (18-2) vs. Douglas Lima (25-5)
 
This championship bout in the welterweight division features former American Olympian and Judoka specialist Rick Hawn (18-2) taking on Brazilian mauler and jiu-jitsu standout Douglas Lima (25-5). Both Hawn and Lima are highly accomplished prizefighters that possess heavy hands and an array of martial arts skills that are sure to make this fight one to remember.
 
This is not the first shot at a title for Hawn.  The American faced and was defeated by Michael Chandler in a lightweight championship contest. Hawn regrouped, moved up in weight and reeled off wins to capture the welterweight tournament crown, earning him the right to this title challenge.  The Judoka technician is a fierce striker with potent fight-ending power and awesome athletic ability.  He is also no slouch on the mat as Hawn can hold his own with most world-class fighters while on the cage floor.  The thing for Hawn is that, against Lima, the American will need to be in top form in order to have a shot at picking up the welterweight strap.

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UFC Televised Fight Results: Kennedy, Cote, Poirier, Laprise, Thodorou, and Noons Pick Up Victories

UFC Televised Fight Results: Kennedy, Cote, Poirier, Laprise, Thodorou, and Noons Pick Up Victories

Quebec City, Canada was treated to a great night of UFC MMA bouts.  The complete promotion held 13 bouts with Fox Sports 1 televising six contests.  It was an exciting night and her is how it went down:

The televised portion of the card opened with a three round featherweight contest between Dustin “The Diamond” Poirier (15-3-0) and Akira Corassani (14-4-1).  Poirier was going for his eighth UFC featherweight victory, making him the most successful fighter in that weight class.  The contest got off to an exciting start as both combatants came out swinging.  The crowd was electrified with both fighters landing solid shots, rocking each other throughout the opening five minutes.  Poirier was able to end things quickly in the second stanza after he followed a left cross with a damaging right uppercut that caught the tip of Corassani’s nose.  Akira recently had his nose operated on and this blow seemed to have caused a break.  The fight was stopped.  With the victory, Poirier became the most victorious featherweight in the promotional outfit’s history.  

Undefeated Canadian welterweights kept things going as Chad “The Disciple” Laprise, hailing from Ontario, faced Olivier Abuin-Mercier (5-0-0), from Quebec, in a three round contest.  Both rookies opened with striking on their minds.  It did not take long for the blood to start flowing as the leather was flying early and often.  Laprise kept Mercier guessing as “The Disciple” utilized lateral movement and often flashed his left jab.  The round was not an easy one to score.  The second was similar to the opening salvo except that Mercier was able to get Laprise to the ground but the Ontario native as able to avoid a guillotine and escaped with minimal damage.  “The Disciple” was, again, able to control the distance and landed key strikes to the head and body.  As the bout headed into the last round, Laprise appeared to be in control and fought with the confidence of a winner.  Mercier was game and, again, attempted to take things to the mat but Laprise was able to escape and kept the fight upright.  Despite the fact that “The Disciple” seemed to be ahead on the cards; Laprise closed the final minute of the fight strong with hard combinations to the head of Mercier.  Laprise took a split decision victory by scores of 29-28 and 30-27 with the long dissenting vote scoring it for Mercier with a score of 29-28.  With the victory, “The Disciple” won the “Ultimate Fighter” contest, officially gaining a contract with the UFC.  

The next bout featured another “Ultimate Fighter” middleweight contest finale as Canadians Sheldon Westcott (9-1-1) and Elias “The Spartan” Theodorou (8-0) met in the cage in a three round clash.  Nervous energy told the initial minute of round one as Westcott and Thedorou came out shaking and juking with very little landing. 

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2014 Boxing and Martial Arts Hall of Fames Awards Banquet Agenda

2014 Boxing and Martial Arts Hall of Fames Awards Banquet Agenda

The El Paso Boxing & The El Paso Martial Arts Hall of Fames Present The 2014 Awards Banquet - Our 21st Anniversary - Saturday, June 14th 2014

6-9 P.M.
Region XIX
6611 Boeing Drive
El Paso, Texas 79925

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UFC on Fox Sport 1: Bisping Takes on Kennedy in Canada

UFC on Fox Sport 1: Bisping Takes on Kennedy in Canada

On April 16, 2014 the Ultimate Fighting Championship brings the show to Quebec City, Canada for the TUF Nations finale.  The complete card will host 13 bouts with the main event highlighting a five round middleweight tilt between top 10 contenders Michael "The Count" Bisping (25-5-0) and Tim Kennedy (17-4-0).  The main event, along with five other bouts, will be televised live on the Fox Sports 1 network.   

 This solidly matched main event brings two combatants together that have qualities that cause the other fighter problems. Bisping, hailing from England, has been out of the cage for about 11 months due to an eye injury.  The past few years have also seen "The Count" trade wins and losses.  While Bisping has lacked consistency, he is a rock star of sorts in the MMA world so any win keeps him relevant.  His counterpart, on the other hand, is on the rise: Kennedy, hailing from Austin, Texas, has won his last two fights after he knocked out Rafael Natal and then beat Roger Gracie by decision.

Based on their strengths, one has to favor Kennedy's ground game as he is the more accomplished floor technician.  The Texan has brute power and his cardio is second-to-none in the division.  This is not to say that Bisping is not a much improved floor combatant; the fact is, making the mat a primary focus in the fight would be a major mistake for the Englishman.

Bisping's advantage lies in his standup game: the Manchester native is a skilled striker and that is his primary methodology while in the cage (54% for his offense consists of striking).  His ground takedown ability has improved over the years but striking is where Bisping has the best shot to win.

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Bellator 116 Results: Ivanov and Volkov to Face Each Other for Title after Picking Up Wins in California

Bellator 116 Results: Ivanov and Volkov to Face Each Other for Title after Picking Up Wins in California

Temecula, California was alive with excitement as Bellator brought their brand of MMA to the Pachanga Resort and Casino.  The event was televised on the Spike Television network.  There was plenty of action for the fans in attendance and those watching via television.

The broadcast opened with a semifinal heavyweight tournament bout as Alexander Volkov (20-4) faced Siala-mou "Mighty Mo" Siliga (6-2) in a three rounds bout.  Former Bellator Heavyweight Champion Alexander Volkov came out using his substantial height and reach advantage, keeping “Mighty Mo” at the end of his kicks.  Siliga was able to bully his way in but Volkov’s strength allowed him to control the shorter Samoan.  The Russian ended the bout with a kick to the head with less than two minutes left in the round.  Referee John McCarthy noted that “Mighty Mo” was out cold and immediately stopped the fight.  With this win, Volkov earned himself another shot at the heavyweight title.

The night continued with another semifinal tournament match in the welterweight division as Nathan Coy (14-4) met Adam McDonough (10-0).  Looking to test the prospect early, Coy’s strategy was obvious as he immediately pressured the inexperienced McDonough.  McDonugh looked calm and was able to sprawl and escape Coy’s takedown attempts.  With less than two minutes left, McDonough foiled another takedown attempt by Coy, landed a quick uppercut, and preceded to ground-and-pound his exposed opponent.  Coy was seriously hurt but was able to hold on to see the end of the round.  This was pointless as McDonough ended quickly in the opening of the second round via a powerful left hook to the chin.  With the win, McDonough literally punched his way to a welterweight title shot.         

The third televised bout pitted two Americans as Richard Rainey (6-2) met Andy Murad (6-1) in a three round prizefight.   Rainey came out showing fast hands and quick leg strikes which kept Murad guessing early in the round.  Rainey just seemed to be the better fighter and found range for his right hand which seriously hurt Murad.  Once he was hurt, Rainey moved in and unloaded combination which caused the referee to halt the fight.  It was a good win for Rainey who was making his Bellator debut.

Vladimir Matyushenko (27-7) and Joey Beltran (14-10) kept things going in the Bellator cage.  Matyushenko was looking to go out with a win as the Russian had made it clear that this would be his last MMA fight. Stand and bang was the approach both combatants took as Beltran and Matyushenko let the leather and kicks fly,  both looking for the knockout.

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Nelson Lays Nogueira to Sleep via a Spiteful Knockout

Nelson Lays Nogueira to Sleep via a Spiteful Knockout

UFC Fight Night 39 from Abu Dhabi produced a highlight knockout result in the main event after Roy “Big Country” Nelson (20-9-0) ignited a right-hand to Antonio Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueira (34-8-1).  The end came with less than two minutes left in the first round. The prizefight was scheduled for five heats but few, including Convicted Artist.com, felt that “Minotauro” would last the distance.

Nogueira’s tactical errors of leading with a lazy jab and holding his hands low were ill-advised.   The Brazilian legend drove his jab looking to set something up, but Nelson was able to defend well against the punch.  “Minotauro” often retracted the jab slowing, leaving him exposed for a big counter.  Within the first minute of the contest, Nelson found a home for his powerful right hand which dropped Nogueira.

The faded former Pride and UFC champion was able to get back on his feet but seemed unsure of himself.  Still, Nogueira kept trying to establish distance via a left jab only to find nothing but air.  Nelson continued to cover-up and worked his way inside.
Once there, the American found the Brazilian’s chin again; sending Nogueira to the cage floor.  Experience and pride brought “Minotauro” to his feet but it would be in vain.  Soon after the second knockdown, Nelson detonated a right hand haymaker that ended Nogueira’s night and possibly his career.  The MMA legend was brutally stretched by the punch forcing the referee to call a halt to the fight.     

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UFC Fight Night 39: Nogueira Facing Hard Night against Nelson in Abu Dhabi

UFC Fight Night 39: Nogueira Facing Hard Night against Nelson in Abu Dhabi

UFC Fight Night 39 will take place in Abu Dhabi with the main event featuring Antonio Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueira (34-8-1) locking horns with Roy "Big Country" Nelson (20-9-0).  The prizefight is scheduled for five rounds in the heavyweight division.  Both combatants are ranked within the top 15 of the division.   

"Minotauro" is a 37 year old former champion and veteran of the cage trying to rekindle a career that appears to be past the best days.  In his last contest, Nogueira lost to Fabricio Werdum and has not been consistently victorious in over four years. In facing Nelson, Nogueria needs a flawless fight to have a shot at the win but this still might not be enough for the aged Brazilian at this stage of his career.

 Nelson is a punishing striker with knockout force in his fists and an iron chin to exchange with anyone in the business today.  The American is also a competent grappler that can hold his own in a ground fight. Add the fact that "Big Country" is one of the physically strongest heavies operating in the cage and Nogueria is definitely on the outside looking in.  "Minotauro" does have one thing going for him in this fight: experience.  The Brazilian has been in the cage with many a tough competitor.

 Nogueria is capable of rattling off combinations but it is imperative that he moves out of the way and does not admire his work; 

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Bellator 116: An Analysis of Televised Card

Bellator 116: An Analysis of Televised Card

This coming Friday from Temecula, California, the Bellator promotional outfit will host Bellator 116.  The episode will be televised on the Spike Television network.  The main event of the evening will be the heavyweight tournament semifinal match between Lavar Johnson (18-8-0) taking on Blagoi Ivanov (9-0-0), where the winner will move on to the final match.  The card will also host the other heavyweight semifinal bout as Siala-mou Siliga and Alexander Volkov will be battling to be on the other side of the cage for the tournament title.  Rounding out the televised portion of the event is a welterweight tournament semifinal match between Nathan Coy and Adam McDonough.  Also seeing action are light heavyweights Joey Beltran and Vladimir Matyushenko.Lavar

Johnson V. Blagoi Ivanov:
The Johnson v. Ivanov title is an interesting matchup, pitting a veteran UFC fighter in Johnson against a rising force in the MMA world in Ivanov. Ivanov, a native Bulgarian, is brutally strong and is as impenetrable as a nailed coffin.  Having recently survived a near fatal stabbing incident in his native Bulgaria, Ivanov is looking to make good on his second chance at life and a win over Johnson would certainly be a step in that direction.  As for Johnson, the UFC vet is looking to conquer the Bellator cage.  His striking power is undeniable but struggles when taken to the ground.  The fight breakdown is simple: if Ivanov can avoid a Johnson bomb from detonating on him, he will likely be the winner.  Should Johnson be taken to the ground and unable to setup his standup attack, then the Bulgarian will likely prevail.

Alexander Volkov V. Siala-mou "Mighty Mo" Siliga:
The other semifinal heavyweight tournament bout will also be contested on this card as Alexander Volkov (20-4) will face Siala-mou "Mighty Mo" Siliga (6-2).  Volkov is a former heavyweight titlist looking to get another crack at the trinket.  Volkov, a gangling Russian known for his striking abilities, has his work cut out for him as Mighty Mo is no joke.  The Samoan is a vicious powerhouse that has also showed impressive skills in his ground game.  This unlikely semifinalist has impressed the MMA world with his power and natural abilities.  The Russian's objective is not complicated: Keep the Samoan at bay by striking from a distance.

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Holly Holm Broke Werner’s Will with a Broken Arm

Holly Holm Broke Werner’s Will with a Broken Arm

New Mexico female boxing legend and newly-crowned MMA Legacy Fighting Bantamweight champion Holly Holm continues to add to her mystique as possibly the toughest female fighter in MMA.  Her recent systematic demolition of rugged Brazilian Juliana Werner just became more of a badge of honor after it was recently revealed that Holm accomplished this with a broken left arm.  The Holm’s camp released an X-ray of her left arm showing a "clean" break, which the fighter reports occurred in the first round.  

 This is a setback of sorts for the New Mexico native as she was in the process of trying to secure a high profile fight under the Ultimate Fighting Champion promotional banner, so the break will keep her out of the cage for a few months.  Still, Holm is already a highly accomplished blood sport veteran as many consider her the greatest female boxer of all-time and her credentials in that sport certainly sustain the argument.

Once Holm heals, the whispers of her being a legitimate threat to UFC bantamweight champion and current MMA media darling, Ronda Rousey, are sure to grow into loud screams.  Holm is no joke as she is highly skilled, extremely motivated and fearless in the ring.  A fight with Rousey would be interesting to see. 

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Legacy Fighting Championship 30 Results: Holm Becomes First Female Legacy Bantamweight Champion by Dominating Werner in an Instant Classic

Legacy Fighting Championship 30 Results: Holm Becomes First Female Legacy Bantamweight Champion by Dominating Werner in an Instant Classic

Last night, the legendary Route 66 Hotel and Casino in Albuquerque, New Mexico accommodated the next installment of the Legacy Fighting Championship promotional series.  The event was headlined by legendary New Mexico female boxer Holly Holm (7-0 MMA).  The former world boxing champion, and one of the most successful female fighters in history, was looking to pick up her first MMA title as she faced Juliana Werner (7-3) for the Legacy Bantamweight strap.  The spectacle also featured several undercard bouts and the show was televised on the AXS Television network.  

The main event drew the lively crowd to their feet as hometown girl Holly Holm competed for her first MMA belt taking on Brazilian Juliana Werner.  Werner is an experienced and highly accomplished former multiple Muay Thai and kickboxing champion.  Holm, a former 3 weight division boxing champion, is considered the best female striker in the MMA game.  The title tilt was scheduled for five rounds.  Holm opened with a lot of momentum as she jumped in and out of range, primarily striking with kicks.  Werner seemed uncomfortable as she could not find range.  Holm's boxing experience showed in the second part of the opening stanza as she landed combinations while keeping the Brazilian off balance with lateral movement.   Holm continued to confuse Werner with a mixed attack of leg strikes and punches to the face in the second.  Holm honed in on Werner's body as she blasted the ribs, stomach and liver of the Brazilian.  Werner was tough-as-nails and began to up her aggression.  Holm detonated a left-hand that shattered Werner’s nose, causing a serious nosebleed.  This did not matter as the bruised Brazilian kept advancing, looking to land her leg strikes.  The tone of the fight remained consistent: Holm’s footwork, lateral movement and frenetic striking activity overwhelmed Werner but the former Muay Thai and kickboxing champion was not deterred as she stalked the American, looking to land something big.  After a sustained beating, Holm was finally able to stop Werner via technical knockout in the final round.  With the win, Holm became the first female Legacy Fight Championship bantamweight titlist.  As for Werner, the Brazilian showed her grit as she battled till the bitter end.              

UNDERCARD RESULTS:
The co-main event of the night was an interesting matchup as veteran featherweights Flavio Alvaro (45-10) and Donald Sanchez (29-13) engaged in a three round bout.  Coming into the bout, Sanchez had a 4 fight win streak going and Alvaro had won 15 of his last 16 bouts.  Alvaro asserted himself early but Sanchez, a New Mexico native, was tough and battled as hard as he could.  The contest had plenty of excitement as both Alvaro and Sanchez fought hard.  In the end, Alvaro took a well-deserved unanimous decision by scores of 29-28.   

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Bellator 115 Results: Minakov Retains Title via Unanimous Decision

Bellator 115 Results: Minakov Retains Title via Unanimous Decision

The Reno Events Center in Reno, Nevada was treated to a night at the fights as MMA promoter Bellator hosted a card for the live crowd and those watching on the Spike Television network.  The televised portion of the event featured four bouts, to include a heavyweight title prizefight highlighting two veterans of the sport.  The night held a lot of promise for everyone involved.  

The main event of the evening pitted undefeated Bellator heavyweight champion Vitaly Minakov (13-0-0) taking on former UFC veteran Cheick Kongo (20-8-0).  The contest was scheduled for five rounds.  The opening stave saw the champion lose a point on the cards as Minakov landed two blows below the beltline.  This was a mere setback as the undefeated Russian was able to control the distance and established his dominance throughout the remainder of the fight.  After the final bell sounded, the judges scored it 38-36 in favor of Minakov.  It was a great win over an experienced foe in Kongo.  

UNDERCARD RESULTS:
Also on the card was a middleweight contest showcasing Johnny Cisnero (8-2) locking horns with Mikkel Parlo (11-2).  The bout was scheduled for three rounds.  Cisneros was making his Bellator debut and both men are known for their powerful striking ability.   The majority of the match was spent on the ground with Parlo on top, looking for opportunities to end the fight.  The crowed was restless as Parlo was content with being in control via a full mount but would not take full advantage of his vantage point. After three rounds, the judges scored the bout 30-27, awarding Parol a unanimous decision victory.

Vulkan Oezdemir (10-0) and Kelly Anundson (6-2) met in a light heavyweight fight slated for three rounds.  Both combatants came out aggressive, each looking to impose his will on the other.  Anderson worked feverishly to take Oezdemir to the mat but had difficulty keeping him there.  

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MMA Diet - HIGH Fructose Corn Syrup

MMA Diet - HIGH Fructose Corn Syrup

Combat Sports Training Tips - Avoid High Fructose Syrup

HFCS (High Fructose Corn Syrup) is a dangerous chemical poison. It causes obesity and diabetes. High fructose corn syrup has become a huge public worry. Drinking high-fructose corn syrup ... increases your triglyceride levels and your LDL cholesterol. The body processes high-fructose corn syrup differently than it does old-fashioned cane or beet sugar, which in turn alters your body's natural ability to regulate appetite. It blocks the ability of a chemical called leptin, which is the way your fat tells your brain it's there.

A study suggests that eating a high fructose diet for as little as six weeks may make you stupid. "Our findings illustrate that what you eat affects how you think," study researcher Fernando Gomez-Pinilla, of the University of California, Los Angeles, said in a statement. "Eating a high-fructose diet over the long term alters your brain's ability to learn and remember information.

As if you needed another reminder to stop eating processed foods: a new study has found that foods high in high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) can make you stupid.

1. Significant Risk of Weight Gain & Obesity
HFCS gained fat 300% more quickly than those fed an equal (or slightly larger) dose of fruit-derived sugar.

2. Increased Risk of Developing Type-2 Diabetes
Consumption of high-fructose corn syrup can lead to a huge increase in the likelihood of developing diabetes

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Dan "Hendo" Henderson: One Fight Away from a Title Shot

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Reports from the Ultimate Fighting Championship promotional company have confirmed that Dan Henderson will be facing Daniel Cormier. The winner will be earning a shot at the light heavyweight title currently held by Jon Jones.  The Henderson-Cormier fight is scheduled to take place as the co-main event of UFC 175 which will be headlined by Chris Widman vs. Lyoto Machida.  

Initially slated to face Rapael Cavalcante, Cormier ended up having to face Henderson after the American shocked Mauricio "Shogun" Rua and the MMA world via a wicked right-hand in March. The popularity and shockwave that "Hendo" caused with this improbable victory led the promotional outfit to consider Henderson to be in the mix for a world title shot.  

The road is not easy for Henderson as Cormier is an undefeated fighter coming off of a solid victory over Patrick Cummins.  Daniel is a natural heavyweight and was competing at the higher weight class where he had solidified himself as a contender.  Cormier decided to depart the division as he did not want to face a fellow teammate for the heavyweight title.  Even after this fight occurs, who the champion will be at the time is still unknown.  Jones, who is the current UFC Lightweight Cchampion, will attempt to make the seventh defense of the title when he faces Glover Teixiera on April 29th, as the main event of UFC 172.  

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Bellator 115: Heavyweight: Cheick Kongo Looks to Dethrone Minakov in Nevada

Bellator 115: Heavyweight: Cheick Kongo Looks to Dethrone Minakov in Nevada

On April 4, 2014, the Reno Events Center in Reno, Nevada, will be the site for the next installment of world-class MMA as Bellator will be in town hosting a new fight card.  Amongst the many battles scheduled for the hefty promotion is a heavyweight title tilt as Vitaly Minakov (13-0-0) will defend his Bellator championship against Cheick Kongo (20-8-0).  The bout is set for five rounds and will be televised on the Spike Television network.  

Minakov is a 6’2”, 265 lb. Russian making his fifth appearance in a Bellator cage.  In his first four fights for the promotional outfit, Minakov ended things via technical knockout.  He fought a total of seven rounds and showed devastating force in each fight.  The champion is a mutilating leg striker with an aggressive action style that overwhelms the opposition.  Once his prey is hurt, Minakov is a lights-out finisher: 12 of his 13 fights have concluded via knockout or submission.  Only one previous opponent has survived to hear the final bell toll.   Against Kongo, Minakov will be in with an experienced and dangerous veteran of the sport.  

Cheick Kongo is 10 years senior of the Russian and will need to use all of his veteran’s craftiness in searching for the upset.  Kongo is a product of the famed Wolfslair MMA Academy, owned by MMA legend Quinton “Rampage” Jackson.  A mixed martial artist specialist with an extensive background in kickboxing, Kongo spent seven years competing in the Ultimate Fighting Championship program until his exited the UFC in the early part of 2013.  The Frenchman made his Bellator debut in October 2013, winning by technical knockout.  He fought again in December, claiming a decision victory and earning his shot at Minkov.

The fight itself is a classic clash of experience versus vigor, brute strength against tactical maneuverability, and the always-interesting old lion in competition against the young nomad looking to cement himself as the alpha male.  For Kongo, a defeat would likely be his swansong as the veteran came to Bellator looking for traction in an already faded career. 

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World Series of Fight 9 Results: Palhares Destroys Carl and Moraes Claims Bantamweight Title

World Series of Fight 9 Results: Palhares Destroys Carl and Moraes Claims Bantamweight Title

The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada was alive the site of the World Series of Fight 9.  The card was also televised on the NBCSP network.  The promotion featured many fights including two title fights.  It was a quick night of action and here is how it all went down:

The main event of the evening showcased a five round welterweight title match between reigning champion Steve Carl (21-3) taking on Rousimar Palhares (15-6). Palhares stunned the champion with a quick opening round takedown and ended it fast via an inverted heel hook which caused Carl to immediately tap out.  The win was a big one for Palhares.  As for Carl, the proud warrior will have to wait for a chance to regain his title.   

Undercard Results:

Lightweights Johnny Nunez (4-0) and Ozzy Dugulubgov (5-1) kicked off the televised portion of the night in a fight scheduled for three rounds.  The three rounds went quick and were difficult to score as both combatants had their moments.  There was a lot of ground warfare and no one clearly asserted their dominance.  Nunez picked up a split-decision victory by scores of 30-27 and 29-28 while Dugulubgov had one card in his favor with the score of 29-28.  Nunez remains undefeated. Welterweights kept it going with Josh Burkman (27-10) battling Tyler Stinson (28-9) over three rounds. Burkman made quick work of Stinson as he landed a booming right-hand that dropped Tyler like a sack of bricks.  Burkman landed the finishing blow right before the referee jumped in to stop the bout.  It was a great knockout for the Salt Lake City, Utah resident.

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Bellator 114 Results: Shlemenko Takes Ward via Second Round Submission

Bellator 114 Results: Shlemenko Takes Ward via Second Round Submission

Tonight, the Maverick Center in Salt Lake City, Utah was alive with a rambunctious crowd as Bellator presented a night of MMA televised on Spike Television network.  While there were plenty of undercard bouts, the main event of the evening hosted Russia v. America as middleweight titlist Alexander Shlemenko (47-9-0) put his belt on the line against American Brenna Ward (9-1-0) in a five round match.

The night ended with a five round fight that pitted Bellator Middleweight top dog Alexander "Storm" Shlemenko (47-9-0) defending against Brenna "Irish Bad Boy" Ward (9-1-0). The "Irish Bad Boy" came out swinging and was as aggressive as his prefight vibrato suggested. The first round was paused midway after Ward clearly landed a knee to the Russian’s groin area, directly on the cup.  Shlemenko landed some winging shots but Ward appeared to have landed the more telling blows so it was a difficult round to score.  The second round got underway with more aggression by Ward but it was to be his undoing: the experienced Russian was able to end the American’s hope via a perfect Ten Finger Guillotine submission at three minutes and 38 seconds of the round.  Shlemenko earned his 50th career win and continues his title reign.  Ward will have to regroup and gain more experience prior to taking another shot at a championship.          

QUICK UNDERCARD RECAP:

Middleweight Tournament contestants Kendall "Spider" Grove (19-13) and Brett Cooper (19-9) started off the night with a fight scheduled for three rounds.  Grove took control early as he dominated the first round, almost ending in the closing seconds.  "Spider" maintained control in the second until Cooper landed a solid uppercut followed by an overhand right.  Once Grove was down, Cooper finished him, allowing Cooper to continue in the middleweight tournament. 

 Featherweight Tournament hopefuls vying for the finals kept things going as Will Martinez (9-2-1) took on Des "The Predator" Green (11-2) over three rounds.

Veteran Daniel "The Wessel" Weichel (32-8) and Matt "The Mangler" Bessette

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Jesse “J.T. Money” Taylor: All-American Father/Top MMA Fighter

Jesse “J.T. Money” Taylor: All-American Father/Top MMA Fighter

Being a single parent is truly one of life’s most intense paradoxes: the pride one feels in accomplishing the responsibilities of two people alone combated with the strain and pressure of carrying these duties alone.  Many everyday Americans are faced with this reality and go about their lives doing the best that they can, one day at a time.  As is common knowledge in the MMA world, fighters often do not make enough money from competing in the cage to support themselves, let alone provide for others.  They have to resort to outside employment and obtaining sponsors just to be able to put food on the table and clothes on their children’s backs.

One such patriot is professional MMA fighter Jesse “J.T. Money” Taylor.  The California-based combatant is responsible for his two young boys.   Speaking to ConvictedArtist.com from his home base, Taylor said, “I’m a single dad and I have two beautiful boys.  They keep me on the ball and fighting as I’ve got to support myself and two kids.”  Taylor added, “It’s tough.  Even at my level, it’s still hard to make a good living just from fighting.  You’ve really got to find good sponsors and teach a lot of [martial arts] classes on the side.  [Once] I get to the championship level, I think I’ll be fine.  Things are going well right now, so I really can’t complain.”

Taylor’s attitude and competitive nature are clearly the catalyst for his success in life.  Blessed with athletic prowess for football, baseball, and basketball, Taylor gravitated to wrestling because it was a sport that he struggled to master.  “I was really an athletic and competitive kid by nature,” Taylor voiced, “so I thought I’d pick up wrestling just like the other sports. All my buddies did it and I just wasn’t good at it.  I walked in there and got pinned.  I couldn’t fathom why I wasn’t good at this sport and that drove me because I wanted to excel at [wrestling], so it was nothing but hard work.”  He added, “I was really drawn to the sport because it’s a one-on-one competition; it’s not a team sport.  I really wanted to become the best and hard work got me there.”      

After shining in high school wrestling, Taylor proceeded to experience achievement at the collegiate level.  Once his academic-based wrestling career was over, “J.T. Money” was left with a competition void in his warrior spirit.  Having been a fan of the early MMA movement, the California resident knew that becoming a professional prizefighter was inevitable. 

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Shlemenko V. Ward: Russian Meets America in Bellator Middleweight Title Match

Shlemenko V. Ward: Russian Meets America in Bellator Middleweight Title Match

On March 28, 2014, Salt Lake City, Utah will be the location of the next installment from the Bellator Fighting Championship series.  The featured contest of the night will be a middleweight title clash between challenger Brenna Ward (9-1-0) and reigning titlist Alexander Shlemenko (47-9-0).  The competition is scheduled for five rounds and will be televised on the Spike Television network.

Ward is the last man standing from the Bellator Middleweight Tournament that began in September 2013.  The American rolled off victories against Justin Torrey, Joe Pacheco, and Mikkle Parlo to earn his shot at the belt.  Ward showcased his toughness and durability during the tournament wins and displayed real power: two of his last three wins are by technical knockout with the third being via submission.  He is an aggressive fighter by nature, but this approach has its drawbacks as it leaves Ward exposed to being countered.

Against Ward, Shlemenkowill be making the third defense of the title he captured in February 2013 by defeating Maiquel Falcao. The current champion is not a knockout artist by any stretch of the imagination, but his does have some pop.  Shlemenko relies heavily on abuzz saw approach, attacking from all angles and he is precisely accurate with his shots.  This methodology is sure to keep the powerful Ward confused and unsure of himself: a clear advantage going to the championship.  The Russian is also a capable grappler which can spell serious trouble for the American as Ward has been taken to the mat with ease in recent bouts and has trouble holding his own while on the floor.  This is sure to be something that the experienced Shlemenko will look to exploit.

 The fight seems to shape up to an exciting one, at least on paper. Shlemenko’s experience may be the factor that will carry this battle.  Ward has proven himself resilient and the tough challenger does have strength to go with his fortitude so it is not unreasonable to believe that the American will land a few big shots early, even possibly hurting the Russian in the process.  

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Henderson Shocks “Shogun” via Vicious Knockout

Henderson Shocks “Shogun” via Vicious Knockout

Natal, Brazil was supposed to have been celebrating a victor tonight as their native son, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, had the opportunity to avenge a loss suffered 28 months ago to American U.F.C. legend Dan “Hendo” Henderson.  All of the signs were there that Henderson, now 43 years old, was ready for the taking: “Hendo” had lost his last three contests by becoming a robotic, one-handed rebel who had been getting hit more and more with each passing fight.  Many questioned the validity of this fight but no one, including “Shogun”, questioned Henderson’s heart.  The prizefight was scheduled for five rounds in the light heavyweight division and was televised on the Fox Sports 1 Network.

The opening round saw little action as both Rua and Henderson were cautious.  Neither man made an effort to exert their dominance as both mostly circled each other, shooting the occasional shot with little success.  With less than 30 seconds left in the round, Rua countered “Hendo” with a right-left combination to the head that sent the aging combatant down to the mat.  “Shogun” proceeded to ground and pound but Henderson, using his vast experience, was able to come to his feet and maintain his wits.  The referee looked closely but found no credible reason to call a halt to the contest so “Hendo” survived the round.  

The second stave mirrored the first as both men hesitated to fully engage.  The caveat became clear: “Shogun” was carefully looking to strike with combinations while “Hendo” waited patiently to land his lethal right-hand.  There was little to choose from due to the lulls in the action but the round was finally defined by a vicious uppercut by Rua that shook Henderson’s legs and sent him to the ground.  Henderson, again relying on his veteran’s guile, took everything in stride and was able to take the fight into the next round.
The third continued the combat’s slow progress.  Appearing in control of the tempo and distance, Rua cautiously stalked Henderson.  “Hendo’s” inactivity was clearly leading him to fall far behind on the cards and it seemed that “Shogun” was coasting his way to victory.  

And then it happened.
At the 3 minute and 38 second mark of the round, “Hendo” detonated a venomous right-hand that smashed Rua’s grill, distorting the Brazilian’s facial features instantly and sending him to the canvas.  

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How To Become a MMA Fighter

How To Become a MMA Fighter

Becoming a MMA fighter is straight forward and difficult. Begin by finding a place to learn how to fight. Do not look for the fanciest gym in town. Instead look for a gym where other local MMA fighters are already training at. This will help you train and spar with MMA fighters who are actually entering the ring or cage to compete. Remember that champions have come out of backyard gyms and garages from around the world. Find a gym that teaches a combination of different martial arts including boxing and jiu jitsu.

Once you begin training in mixed martial arts, remember to focus on speed, power, agility, stamina and flexibility. Depending on your current diet, keep in mind that that most fighters are on a strict diet. Both during training and preperation for their upcoming fight. Power, stamina and and flexibility is always important to improve on.

A fighter's punching and kicking skills are constantly tested by their sparring partners and opponents in competition. The basics to MMA falls into three main categories: ground game, stand-up, and clinch ability. It is important to find trainers who specialize in each individual discipline. You will quickly learn just how important a trainer is.

Stand-up fighting focuses on punching, kicking, elbowing, and kneeing. Footwork training is very important in stanp-up because it helps the fighter dodge an opponent’s attacks. Stand-up fighting including boxing, kickboxing, muay thai, karate, kendo, kung-fu. Generally, MMA fighters have stand-up knowledge of boxing, kickboxing, and muay thai. Practicing kickboxing is one of the most effective ways to learn stand-up. Clinch fighting is the second integral part of the MMA fighter basics. Clinch fighting reduces the success of the opponent’s landed punches, kicks, knees, and elbows.

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21st Century El Paso Boxing Hall of Fame & The El Paso Martial Arts Hall of Fame Nomination Form

21st Century El Paso Boxing Hall of Fame & The El Paso Martial Arts Hall of Fame Nomination Form

For 2014 and henceforth, Whether it is a member of the Board of Directors making a nomination or of the public submissions for same, official contact by a board member must be made to ensure that the proposed nominee actually accepts being nominated and is duly voted to that position by the Board of Directors.

I. Conditions for Induction Into The El Paso Boxing Hall of Fame are:

(1)Boxer’s, amateur, professional or both who have outstanding career  
Records; may have served honorably in the armed services of The United States of America and are or have been an asset to their community. Preferably the inductee will have 15-30 years of experience and related military or community service.
(2) Officials in amateur and professional boxing
(3) Media, including newspapers, television, radio, sportswriters, publishers,  writer’s or the internet.
(4) Outstanding supporters for at least a decade.
(5) Every so often it is critical to nominate an outstanding individual for a
      “Lifetime Achievement Award.” Be alert for qualifiers.
(6) Annual awards will be presented to boxers, trainers, and to officials or
        media who have accomplished  some measure of excellence for the
        particular year. We especially want to consider a top female amateur
        boxer and a top professional female boxer for an  annual award as well as
        a top male amateur boxer and a top male professional boxer.
(7) Inductee’s to the Boxing Hall of Fame should not exceed five (5) per year

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Master Bae Han Martial Arts Inductee

Master Bae Han Martial Arts Inductee

Master Han has engaged in the martial arts for or forty-two years. Born September 15th, 1948 in Kyodong, South Korea, he was the eldest of nine children.  As a young man growing up in a place of intense conflict with North Korea, Master Han had to be prepared to serve his country at any given moment. Prior to being called to duty he studied and became proficient in the martial arts, especially under Grand Master Jae OK Myong . Not long thereafter, he was in the ROK Army as a KATSUA soldier.  As such, he was called upon to teach American soldiers various martial arts. While imparting martial arts knowledge and skills to the American soldiers. Master Han developed a close camaraderie with many of his students and dreamed of coming to the United States of America for opportunity and citizenship in a democratic country.

Master Han’s dream came to fruition in 1976.  Not long after his arrival he first took his martial arts skills to Alabama.  In 1978 he found a position in El Paso, Texas, and also was fortunate of the unexpected, meeting and marrying the charming and lovely Joyce Han in 1980. That union produced five children, Jennifer, Abraham, Israel, and the twins, Stephanie and Heather Han. And thus was the beginning of the El Paso Han Dynasty.

Setting up his dojo, Han’s Oriental Martial Arts, in Northeast El Paso, he became known as the ‘Go to’ martial arts instructor for students seeking to excel in the martial arts. He teaches respect, discipline, loyalty and for one to strive to be the best they can be under the most difficult circumstances or in seeking success in life. And that philosophy has endured for thirty-four years, for his students and his children.Over the past two decades, Master Han has witnessed a phenomenal growth of dedicated students. More importantly, his offspring have brought state, national and worldwide acclaim for their championship ventures in various martial arts and boxing. 

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Alberto “Beto” Romo - Boxer -Wrestler

Alberto “Beto” Romo - Boxer -Wrestler

Alberto Romo was born in Azusa California on April 8, 1923.  Shortly thereafter his family moved to Mexico. As he became of age, the young energetic and astute Beto came to the realization that America was the land of opportunity. He journeyed back to his motherland, knowing very well that a world war was raging, and enlisted in the United States Army.  After his honorable discharge in 1942, he relocated to El Paso and worked for Phelps Dodge Refinery from1944 until his retirement in 1977. He and his dear wife, Minnie, raised three wonderful children Bobby, Charlie and Marylou. Their entire lives were dedicated to their family.

During Beto’s tenure at the refinery, he served in numerous capacities. His greatest accomplishment however, among many, was campaigning for workers’ rights that until the present time are enjoyed by current company employees. As a vigorous and naturally athletic gifted lad, he took up the sports of bodybuilding and wrestling. He mastered the art of Olympic-style wrestling and then ventured into the rugged arena of professional “Lucha Libre”. His career spanned over 20 years competing throughout the Southwest and Mexico. Beto’s skillful performances and engaging personality brought him national recognition in Mexico. He was featured on the cover of Box y Lucha Magazine, equivalent to the United States  Ring Magazine, as “El Tigre Tejano, Campion sin Corona” or “Texas Tiger, Champion without a Crown.”  The full feature article chronicled his career in the ring and referred to him as “Una Estrella” in the Lucha Libre world.

Alberto worked full time in a laborious occupation and still did daily strenuous workouts at the gymnasium. He also had to nurture his young growing family. Beto made it a priority to contribute his time, effort and expertise to serve the El Paso community. He organized Lucha Libre functions at the Mine and Mill Hall for the benefit of union members and their families. One of his favored projects was joining forces with Saul Kleinfield to organize and coordinate the ‘Little Boy Blue Program’ for orphaned children from the El Paso and surrounding areas. The event was held on Father’s Day. Children were treated to a tour of the zoo than bused to the Judging Arena for lunch and to enjoy a highly entertaining afternoon of Lucha Libre with the Texas Tiger as the main event.

 

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Performance Enhancing Drugs, Etc. Humans/Horses

Performance Enhancing Drugs, Etc. Humans/Horses

After reading the list below of drug enhancements by boxers, it is easy to understand why some trainers do not expose more youth to competitive boxing. I decided over a decade ago  not to put clean youth against  possible body enhancement or PED’s by opponents. It is a shocking shame that these violations in boxing and most  other sports has led to a Culture of Drug Champions. What is more troubling is that the general public seems to just root for their favorite in spite of possible performance enhancers.
 
This era is chock full  of athletes that cheat…and why not? Many of them go on to fame and riches that would never pass their way if they had stayed natural. Lance Armstrong has been shot-gunned from the Get-Go for his PEDS. Yet, cycling goes on with most riders doing some sort of enhancement and few, if any, called out like Lance and their careers demolished. So, is there an answer? Not at all unless guidelines are okayed for everyone to cheat and make the playing field, ring, octagon, or what have you, more equal for each competitor.
 
In days gone by, It was mostly the horses that were doped.  Millionaire and billionaire owners hired top medical teams to dope their horses and gain an advantage in a sport famous for the Triple Crown. During the 30’s and 40’s many were caught but the punishment was slight. Since the 50’s and up to now, most doped horses are not testing positive. In brief, the medical teams that prepare and mask the drugs are so efficient now that seldom is one caught. It is, like boxing ,MMA, Football, Basketball, Track and Field, Cycling, hockey, and swimming, in order to have winners, drug enhancement or combinations of same is the answer. As the future proceeds, so too will the drugs and better masking agents.

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K-OZ Bragging Rights 6 Results

K-OZ Bragging Rights 6 Results

(PRESS RELEASE) – Perth, Australia (July 31, 2013)
The cold rainy weather on Saturday July 27th didn't stop Perth, WA fans from attending Bragging Rights 6 at Kingsway Indoor Stadium.  K-OZ Entertainment had a weaker than usual fight card due to unforeseen fighter injuries from both the main event and co-main event. The fights still excited the crowd with only 2 out of 9 fights going to decision, 2 by KO and 5 Submissions. Bragging Rights 6 was held in a boxing ring for the first time because of a recent Western Australia ban on the use of a cage in mixed martial arts.
 
Ringside commentary  by Jesse “JT Money” Taylor , Steven Kennedy, and Soa “The Hulk” Palelei added to the excitement of the event as it streamed live on Sherdog.com.  UFC memorabilia was auctioned during intermission.  Special guest “Suga” Rashad Evans was in attendance to watch the fights and sign autographs as fans enjoyed a live music performance by Virgin Records recording artist Che’Nelle, with her brand new single “Its Happening Again”.
 
In the main event Joe Muir out maneuvered his last minute replacement Brogan Anderson of New Zealand by avoiding all takedown attempts from the submission specialist. With only seconds left in the first round Muir controlled the match with a series of strikes to get the TKO win. Muir was originally matched with K-OZ Light Heavyweight Champion Sam ‘Striker’ Brown. Unfortunately, Brown was forced to withdraw from the bout due to and injury from a torn ligament in his elbow during training camp.
 
After capturing the K-OZ Interim Light Heavyweight Title, Joe Muir agreed to fight Brown.  The two light heavyweights exchanged a few friendly words and the fight will take place at Bragging Rights 7. K-OZ director Grady ‘Scott’ Stewart announced that the winner will most likely face former UFC top contender Keith Jardine at Bragging Rights 8. Jardine’s management and K-OZ Entertainment are currently in talks to set up the super fight somewhere in Australia.
 

 

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K-OZ Bragging Rights 6 Photo Gallery

K-OZ Bragging Rights 6 Photo Gallery

July 27th at Kingsway Indoor Stadium – Madeley, WA 6065. K-OZ Entertainmentbrought another entertaining night of nonstop championship fights back to Perth.

K-OZ Entertainment would like to thank it's is sponsors ConvictedArtist.com, Jaco, DogBoxer, The Paddo, Verve Chiropractic, Fadez Barbershop, Lost City Tattoo,  Rollin 99ers, Prodigy Pools & Spas, The Arena MMA, Bust-A-Move Party Bus, Rent-A-Pole.com.au, Caged Inc, FightMag, Expert Online Dating, Total Martial Arts Centre, Muscle Mass Therapy, The Doll House.

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K-OZ Bragging Rights 6 Official Fight Card

K-OZ Bragging Rights 6 Official Fight Card

Perth, Australia, July 26, 2013 – K-OZ Entertainment Bragging Rights 6 fight card and weigh-in photos.

Bragging Rights 6

Fighter Details

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Cage Ban forces K-OZ Bragging Rights 6 to be held in a Boxing Ring

Cage Ban forces K-OZ Bragging Rights 6 to be held in a Boxing Ring

After successfully promoting 5 MMA cage fight events within a year with no major injuries, Western Australia sports minister Terry Waldron still insists on keeping a ban on the use of a cage in Western Australia.  The ban on using a cage in mixed martial arts fighting will be enforced for the first time at Bragging Rights 6 on July 27th. The traditional boxing ring will have to be used despite countless attempts by Australia’s leading MMA organization to appeal the WA Sports Minister’s decision.
 
WA Sports Minister Terry Waldron stated “The Government did not believe it was in the community’s interest to endorse and encourage participation in ‘cage’ fighting”, despite the Professional Combat Sports Commission recommending the octagon-shaped enclosure be retained.
 
Australasia fighters, which includes fighters from Australia, New Zealand, New Guinea and neighboring islands in the Pacific Ocean will all be affected by the recent cage ban.  American fighters will also be affected because K-OZ matches up Australasia fighters with American Fighters.  Jesse “JT’ Money” Taylor, Ashe Bowman, Dave Mazzeny,  David “Hollywood” Hullet and Briggs Foreman are all Americans who have have competed K-OZ cards.  K-OZ Welterweight Champion  Jesse “JT” Money Taylor of San Diego, CA recently stated “This changes the whole dynamic of the sport”.
 
Australasia has a hot bed of undiscovered MMA talent and K-OZ helps showcase these talents. Fighters across the region rely on the Australian MMA organization to help take their careers to the next level. After obtaining the K-OZ Heavyweight Championship Title, Soa “The Hulk” Palelei recently signed a contract to fight again for the UFC. K-OZ Welterweight Champion Jesse “JT Money” Taylor will be fighting for the World Series of Fighting in an upcoming title eliminator match. The K-OZ & WSOF contract allows Taylor to defend his K-OZ Welterweight Title and continue to fight for WSOF. Bragging Rights 6 will deliver six World Title Fights; three professional title bouts and three amateur title bouts all happening on July 27th at 6:00PM at Kingsway Indoor Stadium – Madeley, WA 6065

Fight fans from across the world will have free access to Bragging Rights 6 Championship fights live and on demand on Sherdog.com.

K-OZ Entertainment is sponsored by ConvictedArtist.com, Jaco, DogBoxer, The Paddo, Verve Chiropractic, Fadez Barbershop, Lost City Tattoo, Prodigy Pools & Spas, The Arena MMA, Bust-A-Move Party Bus, Rent-A-Pole.com.au, Caged Inc, FightMag, Expert Online Dating, Total Martial Arts Centre, Muscle Mass Therapy.

 

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Sherdog.com and K-OZ Entertainment Announce Agreement to Promote & Stream Live MMA Fights

Sherdog.com and K-OZ Entertainment Announce Agreement to Promote & Stream Live MMA Fights

(PRESS RELEASE) – Perth, Australia, July 8, 2013 – K-OZ Entertainment, Australia’s leading Mixed Martial Arts Organization, brings another entertaining night of nonstop championship fights back to Perth.  Bragging Rights 6, will deliver six World Title Fights; three professional title bouts and three amateur title bouts all happening on July 27th at 6:00PM at Kingsway Indoor Stadium – Madeley, WA 6065.

 Fans from across the world will have free access to Bragging Rights 6 Championship fights live and on demand on the number one site for MMA in the world; Sherdog.com. Bragging Rights 6 advertising and promotion July 18th on Sherdog.com.  The Bragging Rights 6 advertisements will appear throughout Sherdog All Access. A fight countdown clock, homepage takeover, Sherdog Radio Network, and Video on Demand are all included in the agreement.

Marketing & PR Manager Steven Arredondo said: “We are extremely excited about the agreement with Sherdog.com. UFC quality style fights available for the world to enjoy for free! This promotes the fighters and sponsors nationally and internationally. K-OZ fighters and sponsors now have an excellent platform to showcase their talent, product, and or service to the world”.

In a little over 12 months, K-OZ has reached new heights by successfully delivering 5 world-class MMA events. The organization has grown to become Australia’s premier mixed martial arts promotion, breaking Australian attendance records for MMA events, apart only from the UFC.  K-OZ Entertainment built its business model with a focus on matching up U.S. and Australia’s top MMA fighters. The organization prides itself on its selection of high quality domestic & international fighters. Some of the current and former fighters include The Ultimate Fighter contestants Jesse JT Money Taylor, Kendall Grove, and Xavier “X-Man” Lucas. Title Holders include Heavy Weight Champion Soa "The Hulk" Palelei, Light Heavyweight Champion Sam "Striker" Brown, Middle Weight Champion Jessy "JT Money" Taylor, Welterweight Champion Dave "Hollywood" Hulett, and Light Weight Champion Joel Oliver.

 

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UFC Superstar 'Suga' Rashad Evans to Host Bragging Rights 6

UFC Superstar 'Suga' Rashad Evans to Host Bragging Rights 6

On Saturday July 27, K-Oz Entertainment will convert Kingsway Indoor Stadium to a showcase of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) talent for the flagship series Bragging Rights. The event will host 11 fights as the 22 fighters compete for three world titles and three national titles.

Cementing its reputation as Australia’s premier MMA promotions and management company, K-Oz Entertainment owned by Grady Stewart continues to deliver its promise of bringing the most celebrated MMA athletes to Perth by hosting UFC Superstar, ‘Suga’ Rashad Evans.

Rashad Evans is currently ranked as the #3 Light Heavyweight in the world by Sherdog.com, the ESPN-affiliated website providing quality MMA coverage and ranking UFC fighters.

Evans got back in form for the UFC 161 headliner, as he claimed a split decision over Dan Henderson in Winnipeg, Canada. The victory haltered the first two-fight losing steak of Evans’ career and put the former champion in position for another meaningful bout near the top of the light heavyweight division.

 

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MMA AND BOXING, LESSONS LEARNED?

MMA AND BOXING, LESSONS LEARNED?

When the MMA explosion first took root about 10 years ago, there were many predictions as to how it would play out.  Some of them were just outright predictions for the sport's future, in and of itself.  Others related the sport to boxing, and how it would fair against it, below it, or joined forces with it.  In the last ten years, we've seen many attempts to pair the two, to divide the two, and most of all, to compare the two.  There are many lessons the powerful could learn from one sport as it translates to the other, but rarely are the good lessons (in the fan's minds anyway) the ones that are learned.

The UFC has been the entity to stand the immediate test of time.  That was the first major concern from most fighting sport fans.  We'd seen this before.  The kung fu explosion of the early 70's, the karate explosion of the 80's, and the kickboxing boom in the early 90's.  Many predicted that MMA would go the way of the other "fighting fads", and never match boxing in dollars or star-making potential.  The UFC made great strides and laid a foundation for what would work.  One recognizable name brand with most of the top fighters, along with a farm system to bring up talent.  A network deal, and a PPV presence would also be essential.  They also targeted exactly what the name suggests, all martial artists who knew two or more disciplines could have success in the cage.

As time has passed, however, boxing promoters have only gleaned most of the negatives associated with this format.  They do not make it easy with networks or a farm system (although there are attempts at this practice), instead they have learned the lesson of exclusivity... the one thing many MMA fans wish Dana White and the UFC would relax on.  Ronda Rousey and Fedor were made stars outside of UFC, and it cost a pretty penny to include them.  This lack of exclusivity was one of the best things about boxing... Don King could make millions off fighters that were not his... co-promotions were the rule, not the exception.  However, with the recent Top Rank and Golden Boy feud, it seems Dana White's loss is no one else's gain.

 

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Pioneer Martial Arts Promoter Hilary Sandoval

Pioneer Martial Arts Promoter Hilary Sandoval

The “Greatest Show on Earth” for El Paso, Texas was Hilary and Tony Sandoval’s “Battlestar Karatica.” As teenagers, Hilary and Tony would enter the dynamic sport of kickboxing as promoters, managers, mentors, and even coaches. From those early beginnings in the 1970’s to a mature and older businessman who now owns AB Karate and a Blackbelt holder in Kempo Karate, it has been a sensational career for Hilary beginning with the brothers bringing El Paso, Texas  its first world championship in any combat sport. That event unfolded at the El Paso Civic Center when their fighter, Clifton ‘Magic’ Thomas, won the PKA World Super Lightweight title over undefeated Gordon Franks on August 9th, 1980 by TKO in the 3rd round. That stunning victory was a shot heard round the martial arts world. Contenders and their managers figured that it must have been a fluke victory what with Cliff a 20 - 1 underdog and managed by inexperienced teenagers. Consequently, they lined up in droves to challenge the upstart kids. ‘Great’ thought Hilary, he had an ace in the hole to prepare Cliff for any and all challenges; one Demetrius Havanas.

 Hilary, only sixteen, had met ‘The Great Greek’ at the United States Martial Arts Championships in Dallas, Texas. Hilary vowed to be a promoter right then and though clueless about doing same, ramped up his business knowledge with aid from genius like young brother Tony (age 13). And only three months after graduating from Coronado High School, Hilary and thirteen year old Tony, brought the legendary Greek to El Paso to fight in the main event along with two young kickboxers beginning their career under the brothers, Joe Soto and Cliff ‘Magic’ Thomas. The event was a tremendous success and over the next two decades ‘Battlestar Karatica’ would put El Paso, Texas on the nation and world map with Cliff alone amassing seven world titles in five different weight divisions. Joe Soto was a star too and was ranked second in the PKA. Often, The Greek and another world contender, Ishmael Robles, would be on board as coaches and sparring partners for Champion Thomas who would become a fight TV celebrity under deadly devastating circumstances.

 

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Renshi Sensei Benny Benavides - Jiu Jitsu & Grappling Champion

Renshi Sensei Benny Benavides - Jiu Jitsu & Grappling Champion

Benny Benavides was born in Los Angeles, California in 1961 but became a Texan when his family moved to El Paso, Texas when he was a seven year old. He enjoyed rough sports and took up Kenpo Karate with a coach Galarza at Hawkins Elementary School. He also engaged in Judo at Ft. Bliss from the sixth grade on to his latter teens at Jefferson High School. Somehow he found the time to be a boxing pupil of the renowned boxer and trainer, Jake Martinez.  He also studied Aikito under Doshu Edward Wilkes.

Benny’s boxing career was short lived as he discovered wrestling at Jefferson. He was immediately an astute learner and captained the B Team as a freshman. He also traveled to Colorado for the National Junior Olympic Championships and raced through the competition to win a gold medal. It was a first ever for an El Pasoan.

As a sophomore he wrestled the city’s best and claimed his first district championship. The state took notice and ranked him number one. At the state championships his youthful exploits while not in the gym came to the fore and his slight distractions, if you will, were enough to leave state with a fourth place medal. However, he finished the season with a 27-2 record. Benny say’s his teenage blues discouraged him from wrestling as he continued at Jefferson until his graduation in 1980. In 1981 he joined the United States Army. He was stationed at Ft, Bliss where he became team captain of the All Army Wrestling Team in 1982. After an unbeaten year he was then sent to Turkey and within the blink of an eye became the first American to become a European wrestling coach. He also wrestled as the team took on powerhouse national programs from Russia, Greece, Italy, Germany, and Turkey. His accomplishments during his European leadership, 1983-1985, included eight gold and two silver medals.

 

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Dog Boxer™ -Zalemark Holding Company Reports Definitive Licensing Agreement with Dog Boxer™ Brand

Dog Boxer™ -Zalemark Holding Company Reports Definitive Licensing Agreement with Dog Boxer™ Brand

LOS ANGELES, CA--(May 24, 2013) -  Zalemark Holding Company, Inc. ( PINKSHEETS : ZMRK) announces its newest alliance with a definitive licensing agreement for the design, distribution and marketing of the worldwide fan-based brand, "Dog Boxer™" new line of jewelry. This brand is the brainchild of long time visionary, Lance Foreman of Dog Boxer Management. Lance states, "Now my brand is perfected and with the collaboration of the Zalemark team, we will launch my new trademarked products to the fan-based supporters worldwide and it is sure to be the next big brand to have." Ernest Martel, CEO of Zalemark, explains, "Lance is an amazing and focused talent who has the determination to make his vision come true. He has created his own style in the world of MMA sport fighting and now a trend-setting product line. We are excited to be a part of this remarkable opportunity that will surely turn heads in the fashion world."
 
About Dog Boxer™ - Lance Foreman, entrepreneur and creator of the Dog Boxer™ Brand, has over 25 years of experience in the concepts of combat competition from matchmaking and promotional events to training, cornering and fighting. With roots back in the Eastside Boxing gym in Salinas, California, Lance has traveled the globe matchmaking and cornering the MMA elite, including UFC Hall of Famer Ken Shamrock. He has promoted national and international events in the U.S., Australia, Mexico and South Africa. Lance states, "Dog Boxer™ is an iconic brand symbolizing the courage of the American Pitbull -- the meekness and courage of the breed is what we strive to teach our fighters -- to be meek out of the cage and ferocious inside the cage. Dog Boxing is a structured blend of Mexican boxing and Thai boxing." In 2011, Dog Boxer™ opened their new expansive Athletic Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. From here, Lance aggressively promotes the brand, houses the Dog Boxer™ MMA Team and showcases this popular style of fighting. 

 

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The El Paso Boxing/Martial Arts Hall of Fame - 2013 Night of Champions

The El Paso Boxing/Martial Arts Hall of Fame - 2013 Night of Champions

El Paso's most recognized boxers and martial artists were honored for their outstanding accomplishments, extraordinary excellence, and devotion to the community at this year’s 2013 El Paso Boxing & Martial Arts Hall of Fames 20th Anniversary Celebration. Several regional, national and world champion inductees took the stage and inspired a large audience with heartwarming stories about their careers in boxing and martial arts.

Performance awards were handed to those who have exemplified athletic talent for their respective sport in 2012. El Paso’s deep history of high-level boxing and martial arts was recognized and celebrated once again.

The El Paso Boxing & Martial Arts Hall Of Fame was established in 1993 by Thomas W. McKay as a means to preserve and honor the blood sweat and tears of the boxing & martial arts community for their powerful contributions. Inductees and awardees included boxers, martial artists, trainers, promoters, managers, sports writers and supporters. The Hall’s consistency in honoring boxer and martial artist would ultimately merge the gap and diminish any rivalries between the two fiercely disciplined and competitive groups.

The event took place on Saturday April 27th, 2013 at the Region XIX at 6611 Boeing St. in El Paso, Texas. Family and friends filled the sold out venue in support of this year’s inductees and performance award winners. The award banquet agenda began with meeting, greeting and socializing. Dinner was served as guests enjoyed a historical boxing & martial arts slide show dedicated to this year’s inductees.

 

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The El Paso Martial Arts Hall of Fame

The El Paso Martial Arts Hall of Fame

The El Paso Martial Arts Hall of Fame

Present Their 2013 Awards Banquet
Our Twentieth Anniversary
April 27th, 2013 6-9 P.M.
Region XIX – 6611 Boeing Dr.
El Paso, Texas 79925
Special Guests: Ernie Reyes Jr. of Karate, Martial Arts, TV  and Movie Fame
Jesse Valdez, 6-time National Boxing Champion. Olympic Medalist and Creator of Boxercise

Inductees: Matthew Aguilar, Clarence Beckmon,  Alberto Romo, Luis Maldonado, Jerry Martinez, Sam Vasquez, Jose Garibay, Hilary Sandoval, Nico Perez plus legends Jake Martinez, Alex Guerrero, Manny Ortega, and 1st ever Lifetime Achievment Award to Ladislao Vicencio. Performance awards include WBA champion, Austin Trout, Jennifer Han, Abie Han, Louie Burke, Zachary Prieto, Rocky Burke, Ernest Hewitt and many more.

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K-OZ Middleweight Championship - Jesse Taylor vs. Kendall Grove

K-OZ Middleweight Championship - Jesse Taylor vs. Kendall Grove

Bragging Rights V kicks off on Saturday February 23rd at the W.A. Italian Club in Perth, Western Australia. What is being described as “Serious unfinished business that can put these guys back in the UFC.”  Ultimate Fighter finalist (Season 7) Jesse  “JT Money” Taylor (24-9) returns to defend the K-Oz Middleweight Title belt against Ultimate Fighter finalist (Season 3) Kendall “Da Spyder” Grove (17-11).

Taylor won his entry, preliminary, quarterfinal and semi-final matches in the Ultimate Fighter Season 7. And then became infamous for being the only fighter to ever be removed from the finals due to events that occurred after filming was completed.

Grove, also a graduate of The Ultimate Fighter series, competed on TUF series 3. Grove won a preliminary victory against Ross Pointon by rear naked choke and in the semi-finals defeated Kalib Starnes by submission after a rib injury sustained by Starnes during the fight caused him to verbally submit. He defeated Ed Herman in the finals by unanimous decision in the series finale, winning a six-figure contract.

Although Taylor holds notable victories over Tom Watson, Chris Camozzi, Murilo Bustamante, and Denis Kang. On his matchup against Grove, Taylor confirms that “he has wanted this fight for a long time”.  Taylor has fought for other top promotions such as: Ultimate Fighting Championship, Strikeforce, DREAM, Maximum Fighting Championship, Impact FC and Cage Warriors Fighting Championship and returns to Perth, Western Australia to defend the K-Oz Middleweight Title belt. K-Oz Entertainment Promoter, Grady Stewart describes Taylor as “a strong motivated beast with a craving to get his shot in the UFC and Kendall is in his way”.

 

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NOT WITHOUT A FIGHT! presented by Convicted Artist

NOT WITHOUT A FIGHT! presented by Convicted Artist

 

Through the collective efforts of Ron Yacovetti, Steven Arredondo, and Caree Gracie Slegers along with the mixed martial arts  & comedy community a difference was made.
'Not Without a Fight', a non-profit standup comedy show focused on the benefit of pancreatic cancer patient Dominick Sendayen.

The funny comedy show was presented by Convicted Artist, hosted by MMA personality Ron Yacovetti and MMA Heat TV Show executive producer Karyn Bryant at the Normandie Casino’s Theater.  The comical event began with the passionate acoustical performance of Justine Abigail Abellera who preformed live.

'Not Without a Fight', was headlined by our very own ConvictedArtist.com lead writer and TRU-TV's  ‘World’s Dumbest’ comedian Chris Strait. Other headliners included the very funny Adam Hunter, Sam Tripoli , Ian Harris, Charles Allen, Buddy Lewis, and Aldo Juliano. MMA trainer Ian Harris, the creator of Fight Science was there to support the event by performing on stage while providing a generous donation to the cause.

 

 

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El Paso Boxing & Martial Arts Hall of Fame Photo Gallery

El Paso Boxing & Martial Arts Hall of Fame Photo Gallery

The El Paso Boxing & Martial Arts Hall of Fame Banquet took place on Saturday June 9th from 7:00PM to 11:00PM at the El Paso Multipurpose Center at 9031 Viscount El Paso, Texas. Three world champions and the all-star cast of inductees attended. The banquet included an evening of camaraderie, dinner, slide show, film and photography of the southwest’s finest warriors and citizens. Along with a flag ceremony from the Young Marines and a resounding rendition of our National Anthem by 14-year-old Jennifer Lopez who is stricken by leukemia.

Taichi Hayashi, was voted the best martial arts instructor for 2011. Male martial artist of the year whent to Tatsuo Goya, head instructor at El Paso Jiu Jitsu. Fourteen-year old Danamaris Bacquier, took honors as the best amateur female martial artist in 2011 because of victory at the Tae Kwon Do National Championships. Jennifer Han’s father, Master Bae H. Han of the Han Dynasty in Northeast El Paso was inducted into the Martial Arts Hall of Fame. Martial arts instructor, Master Tim Meeks was inducted and posthumously, Jiu-Jitsu Master James Butler was inducted as was Benny Benavides into the Martial Arts Hall of Fame.

The 2011 awards for outstanding performances include WBA World Light Middleweight Champion Austin Trout from Las Cruces, New Mexico. Trout has defended his title twice and is the halls choice for professional boxer of the year. His renowned trainer, Louie Burke, was voted the top boxing coach of the year.  Burke’s legendary training resume and boxing career were rewarded by his recent induction into the California Boxing Hall of Fame in Los Angeles. The boxing amateur of the year award will go to the 2011 El Paso Regional Golden Gloves Champion, Josh Enriquez. A Legend Award will be given to the late Sammy Burke of Las Cruces, New Mexico as will seven-time world kick boxing champion, Cliff ‘Magic’ Thomas.

 

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Bragging Rights III - “WA’s own Rage in the Cage”

Bragging Rights III - “WA’s own Rage in the Cage”
MMA fans have been spoiled this year with K-OZ Entertainment bringing some of the world’s best fighters to Perth with the Bragging Rights series. Grady Stewart, Founder of K-OZ Entertainment said of what the company is aiming to achieve, “The Bragging Rights series is about promoting not only WA talent but Australian talent in the international arena. We are building our brand in a way that hasn’t been done before in WA, by matching quality fights, engaging and educating the fans and establishing a presence with international partners such as DogBoxer, FightLabs and WAR tape.”

“Bragging Rights 2: Battle in the Trenches” was a defining moment for Stewart and the company. In the first ever-televised MMA event out of WA, the rest of Australia got a preview of what WA is all about when fighters from Australia and New Zealand competed against the biggest talent out of the US. Entertainment on the night was just as diverse as the card with the first ever Aboriginal performed Welcome to Country by local Barry McGuire and family, the ever popular Haka, a rare performance of the Australian national anthem sung by Angelica Brown (daughter of Lucas “Big Daddy” Brown) and the increasingly popular SxyMMA ring girl auction.

Proof of what K-OZ Entertainment can do for local fighters, co-main event Steve “The Steamrolla” Kennedy (FFC) was hailed as the new K-OZ Entertainment Light Heavyweight (94kg) titleholder. Kennedy took on Sam Brown (Strikeforce NZ) in what was deemed “Fight of the Night” by fans. Kennedy will be a key highlight next Friday and said of the impending fight night, “It’s all about putting on a show and sending a message to all the other fighters. Whoever’s watching shouldn’t blink.”

The main event of the night will pit Kris Kemps (Eclipse MMA) against Joel Oliver (Strike Gym) for the K-OZ Entertainment Lightweight (70kg) Title Belt. Kemps is known as an all around threat with an 8-1 record. Oliver, not to be outdone has a 6-1 record, recently competed in the Australian jiu-jitsu nationals and is looking to showcase his skills.

 

 

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El Paso Martial Arts Hall of Fame Inducts Cliff "Majic" Thomas

El Paso Martial Arts Hall of Fame Inducts Cliff

Cliff “Magic” Thomas was born with a hole in his heart the size of a silver dollar. His parents, Frank Sr. and Katie Mae Thomas were informed after an operation that left him with 142 stitches across his chest in the form of a cross that if they were careful with the lad he might live to age fourteen. He was not allowed to participate in contact sports at Bel Air High School in El Paso, Texas until his senior year. Then he was only allowed to compete in track and field. However, he yearned for some type of combat sport. So he decided he would try karate in 1972 and hooked up with trainer Robert Nava in El Paso, Texas. He was only fourteen and didn’t have the money for lessons. Nava let him clean the gym and do other errands to pay for his training.

In 1976, after only four years of karate training, Cliff earned his Black Belt. He was soon winning trophies at non-full-contact karate events and longed for full contact kickboxing. He signed up with Hilary and Tony Sandoval. Realizing they had a prize student, the Sandoval brothers hooked him up with the grand master of kickboxing, Demitrius Havanas, of Dallas, Texas. They also landed another top-ranked trainer in Ishmael Robles. Soon thereafter, it was noticed that Cliff needed stand up boxing skills. The late and renowned El Paso boxing trainer, Rocky Galarza, was next on board. Over his championship career, other karate trainers would include Joe Soto and Rick Reyna. Rocky brought boxing coach Tom McKay on board and the Sandoval’s would, over the years, employ boxing coaches Ralph Ruiz and George Villa to enhance Cliff’s boxing capabilities.

The Sandoval’s created a dream team, the perfect fit for the ‘Magic Man.’ Learning fast, furious and skillfully from his select team, Cliff would demonstrate over the next twenty five years that he was not only capable of beating the best, he beat them with authority. His first championship was as a 20-1 underdog against Minnesota’s undefeated PKA World Champion, Gordon Franks. El Paso was so fortunate that the Sandoval’s arranged to have the fight in the Sun City. On ESPN in 1980, Cliff came fit and ready and exploded his dynamic tools all over Franks, bloodied him early and knocked him out in the third round. It was amazingly, El Paso’s first world championship in any sport. It was a ‘Magical’ time in El Paso and the after-fight party lingered well into the next morning. Cliff was our hero and the next question was, “How long would his reign last?”

 

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“Bragging Rights II – Battle in the Trenches” - MMA Showdown on Eve of Anzac Day

“Bragging Rights II – Battle in the Trenches” - MMA Showdown on Eve of Anzac Day

PERTH, Western Australia (10 April 2012) – Following on from the huge success of Bragging Rights I which established Perth based fighter, Soa “The Hulk” Palelei, as the K-OZ Super Heavyweight Title Holder, K-OZ Entertainment promises to raise the stakes even higher with Bragging Rights II – Battle of the Trenches. MMA fans and local businesses are lining up to be part of the first ever televised WA Cage Fight to be replayed on Foxtel.

Bragging Rights II will be held on the eve of Anzac Day, Tuesday 24th April, at the WA Italian Club. The event will showcase the best fighters from Australia, New Zealand and the USA. Paying homage to the sacrifices made by troops defending these countries, fans will witness the intensity and passion of competition in a hand-to-hand combat fest.

Headlining this history-making event is Xavier “The X-Man” Lucas. Lucas, a former Special Forces recruit, grew up in Durban, South Africa but now calls Perth, Australia home. Representing Australia, with an impressive record of 10-2-1, Lucas is regarded as the best pound for pound fighter in this country.

Proof of this well deserved reputation is the fact that nine fighters refused to step into the cage with this unassuming fighter. That is, until word reached Las Vegas and Strikeforce fighter, David “Hollywood” Hulett agreed to the challenge. Representing the US, Hulett sports an imposing record of 19-10-0. The main event will face off against each other for the inaugural K-OZ Welterweight Title belt.

 

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K-OZ Entertainment Bragging Rights Fight Videos

K-OZ Entertainment Bragging Rights Fight Videos

KOZ Entertainment January 21st “Bragging Rights” in Perth, Australia Full Fight Videos

 

Soa Hulk Palelei ( Australia ) wins by R1 TKO vs Henry Miller ( USA )

Rob Powdrill ( Australia ) wins by R1 TKO vs Ashe Bowman ( USA )

Dave Mazany ( USA ) wins by R1 TKO Tapout vs Steven Kennedy ( Australia )

Jack Johns wins by R1 TKO vs Paul Newman

Sharn Maharaj ( Australia ) wins by R2 rear naked choke vs Paul Tozer

 

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K-OZ Entertainment Bragging Rights 2

K-OZ Entertainment Bragging Rights 2

K-Oz Entertainment will be holding its second professional Mixed Martial Arts Event on Tuesday April 24th, 2012 in Perth, Australia. Bragging Rights 2 will showcase elite American, Australian, and New Zealand MMA fighters. Promoted by Grady "Scott" Stewart originially from El Paso, Texas.  For more information visit www.k-ozentertainment.com.au

 

Main Event

* Xavier "XMAN" Lucas (AUS) 11-2-1 VS TBA Final negotiations are in the works
* Dave " The Pain Train" Mazany (USA) 8-4 K-OZ 84kg Title holder VS Forest Godwin (NZ) 4-1
* Rob "Powerdrill" Powdrill (AUS) 4-2 VS Cole Davids (NZ) 6-0
* Steve "The Steam Rolla" Kennedy (AUS) 11-4 VS Sam "Striker" Brown     (NZ) 10-4
* Shantaram "Gods Gift" Maharaja (AUS) 4-1 VS Mark Aberlerdo (NZ) 6-0
* Joel Oliver (AUS) 3-1 VS Jack Becker (AUS) 3-0
* Briggs Foreman (USA) DEBUT VS Scott Noras (AUS) DEBUT

 

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AUSSIES TAKE ON AMERICANS IN MMA SHOWDOWN “BRAGGING RIGHTS”

AUSSIES TAKE ON AMERICANS IN MMA SHOWDOWN “BRAGGING RIGHTS”
In Australia MMA is still in its infancy, but emerging as the style of choice for fight fans. On Saturday, January 21st Perth locals and visitors will have the opportunity to witness the first of many showdowns between the Americans and Aussies when the “Bragging Rights” series is launched.  The K-OZ Entertainment MMA debut main event will feature Soa “The Hulk” Palelei vs Henry Miller from the states.  Dave Mazany from Wanderlei’s Fight Team will be challenging Steve Kennedy for the middle weight strap.  Grady Stewart – Managing Director for K-OZ is bringing over DogBoxer, a Las Vegas based MMA fight team and mgmt company with 3 fighters in tow - Dave Mazany as well as Ashe Bowman a long time Lion’s Den fighter and Briggs Foreman an up and coming DogBoxer product.  “It’s been great working with Scott and I’m excited to send over DogBoxer guys and work with K-OZ”, John Miklos Moomey (DogBoxer rep)..” The fight card will also feature some of the best Perth has to offer by way of MMA veterans and emerging talent including Co-Main Event Steve “The Steamrolla” Kennedy, his brother Peter Kennedy, Rob “The Power Drill” Powdrill, Sharn Maharaj, Jack Johns, Paul Newman, Steve Wong, Blake Luovegoode, Yumi Isazuki, Uros Ljoboja and Mark Maskiell.  “Bragging Rights will be the testing ground for fighters who want to propel themselves into the big leagues but only time will tell who has what it takes to succeed. I’ll be developing the local Perth talent by bringing American fighters to test their metal and be a true international MMA promotion” asserted Stewart. “I’ve never prepared like this, it’s an awesome opportunity to beat up an American for a belt in my hometown with all my friends watching.  People are gonna sit up and take notice when I’m done with this one”, said Co-Main Event Kennedy.

 

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King of the Cage - ALL IN

King of the Cage - ALL IN
King of the Cage, Inc and Magnaflow Exhaust products presents, “ALL IN”. Saturday, April 21st at Gold Country Casino in Oroville California. Northern California will again play host to another extraordinary professional MMA fight card. Jaime “El Cucui” Jara 32-10 representing Team Carnage who holds several championships in small promotions is a seasoned veteran, dynamic striker, elite wrestler with great submissions and a non-stop aggressive style. which should play out well for him as he moves into the nationally televised MMA circuit. His opponent Josh “The Happa Kid” McDonald 9-5 training out of Fairtex, is equally aggressive with his striking and with his strong ground defense and submissions, will be choosing to keep this fight standing for that explosive end to the evening.

Returning to King of the Cage is Zak Bucia representing Dragon House; Zak is a very tough striker with impressive ground defense which will be sorely needed to go against Aaron Hedrick; a protégé of Josh Hinkle. Aaron is a tribal member affiliated with Gold Country Casino and also brings his A game to a fight. He is a great stand up fighter with aggressive ground play as his submissions are lethal. Also returning to the King of the Cage is the impressive Kawika “The Kahuna” Morton. Coming off his November win against Mike Gonzalez, Kawika will be facing the very tough Angel De Anda from Last Stand fight team. Angel is known for his KO power and with Kawika’s hopes of keeping this on the feet, should make this an explosive event for both of them. The remainder of the card is just as impressive as Bill Widler out of Team Quest will be against Team Alpha Male’s, Mark Matthews. Also returning is Matt Muramotto, who defeated Charles “Krazy Horse” Bennett at the July 23rd 2011 event held at Gold Country Casino. His opponent this time is a Team Alpha Male fighter Andre “Dre Duke” Fili. JR Hinkle, steps up to King of the Cage fighting a seasoned pro with 5 fights out of Dragon House, CJ Hagerty.

 

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Fedor Emelianenko vs. Jeff Monson

Fedor Emelianenko vs. Jeff Monson
Fedor "The Last Emperor" Emelianenko (31-4-0, 8 KOs, 16 Submissions), takes on wrestling and Brazilian jui jitsu specialist Jeff "The Snowman" Monson(43-12-0, 2 KOs, 27 Submissions) in this Sunday's (Nov. 20) "M-1 Global: Fedor vs. Monson" Mixed Martial Arts Pay-Per-View headline event, live from Olympic Arena in Moscow, Russia.

"Fedor vs. Monson," presented by M-1 Global, is being distributed in the United States by Integrated Sports Media for live viewing at 7:30 AM/ET - 4:30 AM/PT on both cable and satellite pay-per-view via iN Demand, DIRECTV, DISH Network and Avail-TVN, for a suggested retail price of only $29.95. Check listings for same-day replays.

Fedor, who is fighting at home in Russia for the first time in four years, is coming off of three straight losses in the United States to Dan Henderson, Antonio Silva and Fabricio Werdum. He's fighting Monson because that's who he is, not for his already secure legacy in MMA history.

"I'm really happy to be fighting in Russia because most of my fights have been overseas," Fedor recently said from training camp in Holland. "The only time I've fought in Russia was four years ago in St. Petersburg. I feel good and I'm looking forward to this fight.

 

 

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Ken Shamrock vs. James "Lights Out" Toney

Ken Shamrock vs. James
UFC Hall-of-Famer, Ken Shamrock and Boxing champion, James "Lights Out" Toney formally announced their MMA matchup on Saturday. The two met with the press, exchanged words, and quickly got into a verbal altercation.

The date and venue is not finalized yet but it is rumored to take place in El Paso, Texas. The MMA matchup will be contested at eight rounds and 3-minutes each. Both fighters are only allowed to stay on the ground for 30 seconds before they get stood back up.
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MMA Roast Comedy Show Photo Gallery

MMA Roast Comedy Show Photo Gallery

SATURDAY JUNE 18TH 2011 MMA ROAST COMEDY SHOW AND STRIKEFORCE GRAND PRIX HEAVYWEIGHT TOURNAMENT VIEWING PARTY!

MMA Roast / MMA Roasted ist a Tribute to mixed martial arts living legends, MMA Roast is the first Mixed Martial Arts Stand Up Comedy Show. Admirable professional fighters are honored by appearing on stage with top comedians and roasted with comedic jokes, praise, outrageous stories, as well as heartwarming accomplishments.

Saturday June 18th MMA Roast Comedy Show and Strikeforce Grand Prix Heavyweight Viewing Party Photo Gallery.

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Superman Killer - Tony "Kryptonite" Lopez

Superman Killer - Tony

 Kryptonite.  According to Wikipedia, "the word kryptonite has become synonymous with an Achilles' heel -the one weakness of an otherwise invulnerable hero."  So Clark Kent, if your reading this, and decide to step in the cage, I would have your manager strategically avoid ever fighting Tony "Kryptonite" Lopez.  Honestly though, with a record like Tonys', it might be a good idea to stay away anyway.

Tony "Kryptonite" Lopez has one of the most impressive career records to date.  One of his most notable accomplishments came when he went for an outstanding sixteen win stretch, which lasted just over two years. That was then when Tony earned himself the nickname “Kryptonite”.   He stomped on the King of the Cage series by successfully defending his Heavyweight title three times and his Light Heavyweight title four times.  Kryptonite is one of few to ever hold champion titles in two weight classes at the same time.  

Mixed Martial Arts is a life style for Tony, he takes every aspect in and out of the cage very seriously.  He prides himself on discipline and respect for the sport.  With that being said, "Kryptonite" is going to take the Pepsi challenge of MMA next month.  As most fighters would train a full year to do four fights, Tony "Kryptonite" Lopez is gearing up to do that in the single month of July.  Ricco Rodriguez and Gilbert Yuel will be just two of the four trying to take down the Superman Killer hosted by HDNET.

 

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Cliff ‘Magic’ Thomas - El Paso: Have You Forgotten?

Cliff ‘Magic’ Thomas - El Paso: Have You Forgotten?

7-Time World Champion Kickboxer
PKA/KICK

Cliff “Magic” Thomas was born with a hole in his heart the size of a silver dollar. His parents were informed after an operation that left him with 142 stitches across his chest in the form of a cross that if they were careful with the lad he might live to age fourteen. He was not allowed to participate in contact sports at Bel Air High School in El Paso, Texas. In his senior year, he was allowed to compete in track and field. Still alive, Cliff decided he would try karate in 1972 and hooked up with trainer Robert Nava in El Paso, Texas. He was only fourteen and didn’t have the money for lessons. Nava let him clean the gym and do other errands to pay for his training. Four years later, in 1976, Cliff earned his Black Belt.  He was soon winning trophies at non-full-contact karate events and longed for full contact kickboxing. His manager Hilary Sandoval, and promoter, Tony Sandoval, hooked him up with the grand master of kickboxing, Demitrius Havanas of Dallas, Texas. They also landed another top-ranked trainer in Ishmael Robles. Soon thereafter, it was noticed that Cliff needed stand up boxing skills. The late and renowned El Paso boxing trainer, Rocky Galarza, was next on board.

 

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Nick Diaz Will Pursue MMA Career

Nick Diaz Will Pursue MMA Career

Northern California, May 23, 2011 - Mixed Martial Arts Champion, Nick Diaz will continue pursuing his Mixed Martial Arts career instead of professional boxing as it has been deemed that it be in Nick's best interest to focus on his primary combat sport and profession.

Team Diaz had contemplated transitioning over to the boxing world in a legitimate attempt to pursue a high-level boxing career. These discussions began in 2009 with long-time boxing promoter, Don Chargin and proceeded up until recent times. Never before in the history of both sports had a pound-for-pound MMA combatant in his prime had the desire or been contractually free to attempt to transition over to boxing.

The landscape of Mixed-Martial Arts moves at a rapid pace and while Diaz's chance to make history, becoming the first true cross-over MMA star to enter the boxing ring, an opportunity arose for Nick to make a different sort of history in his primary field of fighting.


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Betting on MMA Online

Betting on MMA Online

Fans of MMA have benefited from the sports explosion in popularity in recent years as it has burst out of the shadows and become a mainstream sport. Hundreds of dedicated websites have sprung up that brings fans breaking news, interviews with top fighters, videos from past events, and forums where they can discuss upcoming fights and other topics. MMA’s growing popularity has also had a nice effect for fans that enjoy betting on sports, as now nearly every major sportsbooks offer lines on UFC events, giving fans the chance to not just bet on their favorite fighter but also play online slots and other games.

MMA fights have proven very popular with bettors, in part due to the unpredictable nature of the sport and the chance for a big payday when an underdog wins -- something that’s much more common with MMA than boxing or other similar sports. In the past fans were lucky to be able to bet on the headline fights at UFC events but that’s completely changed, with major sportsbooks now offering all of the fights on most UFC cards, even the earlier bouts versus lesser known fighters.

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Cops vs. Cons In Mixed Martial Arts Event

Cops vs. Cons In Mixed Martial Arts Event

Cage vs. Cons a new MMA promotion based out of Southern California held its first event at the Los Angeles Sports Arena. Bringing live professional MMA, hip-hop, and a tattoo expo to the area. The event started at 11:00 A.M. with hip hop performances by Too Short, E-40, The Dogg Pound and many other popular hip hop groups. Tommy "Tiny" Lister, known as Deebo from the movie Friday along with Danny Trejo hosted the event. This fight included 10 professional MMA fights between police officers, firefighters, and former military against ex-convicts.

The main event of the night was a bout between Los Angeles police officer Ismael Gonzalez and ex-con Rick Slaton. Gonzales knocked out Slaton at 4:36 in the first round. The co-main event was a welterweight matchup between Joe Nicholas and Jason Meaders. Joe Nicholas won by KO at 0:47 seconds of round three.

Lateff Williams vs. Ralph Aau  / Winner: Lateff Williams via unanimous decision victory.
Vincent Alaalatoa vs. Benjamin Martin / Winner: Vincent Alaalatoa via TKO at 1:13 of round one.
Joseph Calvitta vs. Anthony Medavitt / Anthony Medavitt via TKO at 3:32 of round two.
Shane Kruchten vs. Brandon Anderson / Winner: Shane Kruchten via kimura at 1:59 of round one.
Preston Scharf vs. Daniel McWilliams. / Winner: Scharf via TKO victory at the 2:35 mark of round one.
Jessie Cannon vs. Corey Dennis / Winner: Corey Dennis TKO 2:30 of round one.
Matthew Gonzalez vs. Sal Farnetti / Winner: Matthew Gonzalez via TKO 1:57 of round one.
Hector Pena vs. Anthony Tesam / Winner: Hector Pena 1:58 Round 1 via guillotine choke.

 

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Open Letter From Nick Moghaddam

Open Letter From Nick Moghaddam
Week one was spent training at the world famous Greg Jackson mma camp in Albuquerque New Mexico. The journey was not without some adventure when my US Airways flight had to make an emergency landing in Phoenix, AZ.

Once in Albuquerque I met up with up with training partner tom Kong Watson; it was Tom that invited me to train at Jackson’s MMA for my May 21 bout vs. john Griggs.  From the start the training was phenomenal.  I was staying at Damacio Page’s house. I  trained with current UFC star Brian Stann for the week.  Our training consisted of 5 hours of training a day. starting with bikram yoga every morning  at  5am then to Jackson’s for mma practice followed by a 44pm hand/thaid pad session for 30 minutes followed by no-g i jiu-jitsu training.

It was interesting to see Greg Jackson’s protocol on his Jiu-Jitsu witch was way different than what I have learned my entire life from Master Allan Goes whereas Jackson’s Jiu-Jitsu is designed for mma , although Allan’s bjj was for mma as well,  Allan Goes’ style  was mostly just great from off his back in the open guard, all Jacksons Jiu-Jitsu was more modern and fits the criteria of the American judging system way better I thought in many aspects, as in scoring points for an mma fight, Allan’s bjj was better for old school Pride days where the judging system was different and the rounds were longer.  Jacksons techniques I felt were designed to put you back on your feet  and to sweep and get off your back which was completely opposite and contradictory to my style.

 

 

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Jeff Lacy vs. Nick Diaz

Jeff Lacy vs. Nick Diaz

May 6, 2011 - The hottest fighter in the mixed martial arts landscape right now is Stocktons own, Nick Diaz. He is currently riding an 11-fight win streak and has been mentioned as a potential super-fight candidate to face-off against UFC welterweight champion George St. Pierre at the end of 2011.

Due to the structuring of Diaz's contract with MMA outfit, Strikeforce, he is in a unique position where he can contractually pursue a professional boxing career in addition to his mixed-martial arts title reign.

While rumors of opponents such as former champions Fernando Vargas and Roy Jones Jr. have been floated around, neither mans team have yet solidified a contract with the young champion.

A few moments ago, former IBF super-middleweight champion & devastating knockout artist, Jeff "Left Hook" Lacy, officially signed on the dotted line to square off against Diaz in the Fall of 2011. Lacy possesses the type of dangerous punching power in both hands that can end the double digit win streak of the rugged Northern California champion.

 

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Reign Training Center 1st Year Anniversary

Reign Training Center 1st Year Anniversary

LAKE FOREST, Calif. (March 22, 2011) --  Mixed Martial Arts superstars Mark Munoz, a top ten middleweight contender who is slated to compete against Demian Maia at UFC 131, Urijah Faber, the current #6 bantam weight contender in the world and next in line for the title, Fabricio Werdum, the heavyweight who handed Fedor his first loss ever and is widely recognized as having some of the best Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in the heavyweight class, and Jake Ellenberger, Joseph Benavidez and many others will be in attendance for the Saturday, March 26 anniversary of Reign, a training center developed by Munoz for professional and amateur athletes.   A full slate of activities, including autograph signings, food and martial arts demonstrations for the whole family, and raffles will take place between 12p.m. – 3 p.m.  “The concept behind Reign is to educate individuals to acquire the discipline needed to attain their goals – whether that is someone looking to learn self defense, maintain good physical fitness, or is currently involved in athletics and is looking to further their skills,” explained Munoz, the former NCAA and high school national wrestling champion who currently competes in the middleweight division of the UFC and holds a 10-2 record in MMA competitions.  “What my friends Urijah, Joseph, Jake and Fabricio bring to this event is the opportunity for guests to talk one on one with these athletes about how they’ve trained to handle their challenges and to see them in action.   Combined with other stunts and performances, I can guarantee everyone in the family will have fun and walk away with some information they can apply in their lives,” Munoz added.

 

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Georges St. Pierre 'Rush To The Top'

Georges St. Pierre 'Rush To The Top'

Integrated Sports Media (ISM), the undisputed distri-bution champion of mixed martial arts and boxing fights in North America, announced to-day that it will present a one-hour special featuring Georges “Rush” St. Pierre’s six non-UFC fights, including his first five and rarely seen 2002 debut, prior to him developing into the Pound-for-Pound King of MMA. “George St. Pierre: Rush To The Top” will be exclusively distributed in the United States by ISM, premiering in April for viewing on both cable and satellite pay-per-view on the follow-ing dates: DirecTV and DISH Network (April 1), Avail-TVN (Apr. 11) and iN DEMAND (Apr. 12), as well as via Video On Demand, for only $9.95. Check listings for replays through the entire month of April and into May. “We’re thrilled and privileged to bring this unique footage of St. Pierre, the No. 1 ranked welterweight in the world and reigning UFC champion in the 170-pound division, to MMA fans in the United States,” ISM president Doug Jacobs said. “This exciting six-fight pack-age is where it all started for one of the greatest MMA fighters of all-time.” St. Pierre, who sports an amazing 21-2-0 career record (8 KOs, 5 submissions), started learning Kyokushin karate from his father at the age of seven in order to defend himself from a school bully. He later studied Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ), wrestling and boxing.

 

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UFC Fight for the Troops 2 Results

UFC Fight for the Troops 2 Results

Melvin Guillard vs. Evan Dunham - In the main event Evan Dunham scored an early takedown, but Melvin Guillard quickly got up and put his striking skills to work, knocking Dunham down then finishing him off with an assault of knees and punches that quickly ended the fight. Now Guillard (27-8-2) is on a four-straight winning streak since joining legendary trainer Greg Jackson.

Co-Main Event - Ultimate Fighter Season 10 contestant and former NFL Lineman Matt Mitrione remains unbeaten with a first-round TKO of Tim Hague. Mitrione landed a series of unanswered blows knocking the King of the Cage Vet down twice before finishing the fight. Pat Barry and Matt Wiman began the main card with decision wins. Mark Hominick stopped George Roop in the opening round, earning him a shot with Jose Aldo.

UFC Fight for the Troops 2 Main Card Results

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