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“Cage Hero” comic coming in November by TMNT creator Kevin Eastman



Dynamite is proud to announce a collaborative agreement with Surge Licensing, Inc., Ian Parker, and Mark Mastrandrea to develop a comic book series based on the brand new property Cage Hero. The four-issue series will debut this November, released monthly as single-issue comics, both digitally and in print, and collected later into trade format. Cage Hero is an all-ages action-adventure series in the tradition of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Teen Titans, and Karate Kid -- a youth-based Mixed Martial Arts property that inspires health, fitness, skill, and teamwork to become a real hero.

"Dynamite is excited to be bringing this property to the comic book world, and telling its first story with these compelling characters Ian and Kevin have created," says Dynamite CEO and Publisher Nick Barrucci. "Cage Hero taps into the continued rising popularity of Mixed Martial Arts, and we think it will find a great audience with those who are fans of the sport."

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Ronda Rousey wins ESPY Award, takes jabs at Floyd Mayweather



The ESPYs, an ESPN-created awards show to honor the best athletes across all sports, just happened, and there is plenty of big news coming out of that. While most of the stories are around Caitlyn Jenner receiving the Arthur Ashe Courage Award , the one MMA fans seem most interested in is the words that came out of Ronda Rousey.


Rousey was nominated for Best Female Athlete, Best Play, and Best Fighter, making her a pretty valuable commodity in the mainstream sports world (in case you have been living in a jar of mayo for the past five years). Floyd Mayweather, the current WBA, WBC, Ring, and WBO welterweight champ, was also nominated for the Best Fighter award, but it seems that Ronda's accomplishments outshone those of "Money" Mayweather.

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M-1 Global President Vadim Finkelchtein talks about Fedor’s return to MMA



M-1 Global released an interview they conducted with their President, Vadim Finkelchtein, about the announcement that "The Last Emperor" will be coming back to MMA at some point in the near future.

Were you surprised when you heard about Fedor returning to professional fighting?

VF: "Well, yes, I was surprised. I lost hope for his comeback after one or two years of negotiations. I just couldn't do it. One time he asked me not to talk about this anymore. But about a week ago he told me that he might make a comeback. I couldn't believe what I heard. I was happy to hear that, but the real decision he made only a couple of days ago."

Will Fedor continue his work in Russian MMA Union?

VF: "Yes, I'm sure that fighting wouldn't become a distraction from his post of President of MMA Federation."

What did Fedor Emelianenko tell you about his possible match-ups and opponents?

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Melvin Guillard set to make Bellator MMA debut in August



Melvin “The Young Assassin” Guillard’s (32-14-2 2 NC) first bout under the Bellator MMA banner will come in lightweight action against Brandon “Cold Roll” Girtz (11-4) on Friday, Aug. 28 at Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, Calif.

The contest serves as the headlining bout of "Bellator MMA: Guillard vs. Girtz," which airs live on Spike at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT, while preliminary bouts will stream on Spike.com at 7 p.m. ET. Additional bouts will be announced shortly.

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UFC Unveils New Brand Identity… that looks almost identical to original one

As the doors swing open on the 2015 UFC Fan Expo, UFC will unveil a completely transformed visual identity – the first since the mixed martial arts organization was purchased by Zuffa, LLC in 2001. The biggest transformation will be experienced by fans watching UFC 189: MENDES vs. MCGREGOR this Saturday, with the launch of a completely redesigned graphics package.

UFC’s new visual identity, designed in partnership with Hollywood-based branding and marketing agency Troika, celebrates the UFC position as an undeniable force in the world of sport. It further brings to life the UFC brand attributes: premium, electric and lionhearted, while also elevating UFC athletes as larger-than-life heroes.

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Sergei Kharitonov: “I’m the only Russian fighter who defeated Fabricio Werdum”



M-1 Global heavyweight, PRIDE FC and Strikeforce veteran Sergei Kharitonov talks about his fighting career and upcoming rematch with Kenny "Deuce" Garner at M-1 Challenge 59, this Friday (July 3) in Astana, Kazakhstan, via their official press release.

Sergei, how bad did you want this rematch?

SK: "The rematch with Kenny Garner is extremely important fight for me. This fight will be held in Kazakhstan where many of my fans will come to support me. Our last fight in China didn't go as I planned. Kenny is a dangerous fighter, though he is at an advanced age already. I did a lot to prepare myself for this fight and I hope to show a spectacular fight on July 3."

What went wrong at your last fight with "Deuce"?

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UFC Fight Night 70 Preview: Machida vs. Romero

BY CHARLIE BURNS

After Machida lost against Luke Rockhold in April, he seemed that he didn’t want to waste much time before getting back up with the winners. So, after two months The Dragon is now prepared to face a strong and undefeated opponent, Yoel Romero. The event will be taking place on the 27th of June in Hollywood, Florida.

Romero has a wrestling prowess due to which he can be a tough opponent, but Romero is confident about him and claims that he knows how to fight wrestlers even though Romero is probably one of his toughest opponents in his career to which Machida himself has admitted. Nevertheless, he believes he has what it takes, plus he claims to be inspired by Werdum’s last fight where he dominated his opponent in every aspect of the game.

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Holzken VS Daniels headlines GLORY 23 in welterweight title clash



GLORY, the world’s premier kickboxing league, today announced that a welterweight title fight will headline GLORY 23, set to take place on Friday, August 7 at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

Undefeated under the GLORY banner and riding an eight-fight winning streak in the organization, welterweight phenom Nieky "The Natural" Holzken (86-11-0, 45 KOs) will fight for kickboxing's most prestigious title when he takes on human highlight reel Raymond "The Real Deal" Daniels (27-2-0, 17 KOs) in a rematch of their exciting battle at GLORY 19 in February.

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“GIRL FIGHT: A MUAY THAI STORY” DOCUMENTARY PREPARES FOR RELEASE



As I mentioned recently, I have been hard at work for the past two years on a feature-length documentary. While there is no distribution just yet, that is not stopping us from moving ahead with promoting it, as well as seeking to gain a little more funding to help tie up loose ends and get us an advantage as we head towards the finish line.

Here is our official press release (written by me) with all the details about the film, as well as how you can support the film!

New York, May 27, 2015
— Produced and directed by Matthew Kaplowitz, editor of TheFightNerd.com and producer of MMA shows for Spike TV, “Girl Fight: A Muay Thai Story” is a new documentary that follows two women from an all-female kickboxing gym on the Jersey Shore as they prepare for several Muay Thai fights while struggling with obstacles inside the ring and out. For the women of the “Girl Fight” gym, winning means more than just having your arm raised after a match.

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Former WWE Diva Trish Stratus explains how she almost became an MMA fighter



With all the talk of CM Punk stepping into the octagon at some point this year, plenty of other pro wrestlers are being asked about their chances in MMA. We have mostly heard from male wrestlers, but what about the ladies?

In an article with Newsday, the former seven-time WWE Women's Champion, Trish Stratus, explained that there was a time where she considered lacing up the gloves and being locked in the cage.

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