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December 16, 2014

MMA Fighters File Class-Action Lawsuit Against UFC, Alleging Illegal Market Monopolization

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , , , , — The Fight Nerd @ 5:57 PM

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Three current and former high-profile Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighters filed a multi-million-dollar class-action lawsuit today against the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) organization, accusing the $2-billion outfit of illegally maintaining monopoly and monoposony power by systematically eliminating competition from rival promoters, artificially suppressing fighters’ earnings from bouts and merchandising and marketing activities through restrictive contracting and other exclusionary practices.
The civil action – Cung Le, et al. v. Zuffa, LLC, d/b/a Ultimate Fighting Championship and UFC– filed todayin the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California in San Jose,seeks treble damages and injunctive relief under the Sherman Antitrust Act stemming from the UFC’s alleged “over-arching, anti-competitive scheme to enhance its monopoly power” in the market for promotion of live Elite Professional MMA bouts, and monopsony powerin the market for live Elite Professional MMA Fighter services in the U.S. Monopsony refers to when there are many “sellers” and few “buyers” in the marketplace.
The lawsuit filed by fighters Cung Le, Nathan Quarry and Jon Fitch,who seek to represent a class of similarly situated current and former UFC professional combatants,allegesthat the plaintiffs are victims of the UFC’s illegal scheme to eliminate its competition in the sport of MMA and suppress compensation for UFC Fighters from bouts and fighteridentities and likenesses.
According to plaintiffs’ counsel Benjamin Brown, of Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC,“The UFC was built on the battered bodies of MMA fighters who have left their blood and sweat in the Octagon.  Those fighters are entitled to the benefits of a competitive market for their talents.”
The lawsuit targets defendants Zuffa LLC, the Las Vegas-based company that conducts business as the UFC. Zuffa isprimarily owned by billionaires Lorenzo and Frank Fertitta, along with the UFC’s front-man, President Dana White.  White has publicly boasted about the success of the UFC’s alleged illegal scheme, allegedly claiming that “there is no competition” because “I am the grim reaper[.]”
The lawsuit claims that the UFC’s alleged anti-competitive acts, in particular its actions over a period of years, have made and maintained the UFC asthe onlyoption for MMA fighters who want to earn a viable living in the profession.
“All UFC Fighters are paid a mere fraction of what they would make in a competitive market,” said Brown.“Rather than earning paydays comparable to boxers – a sport with many natural parallels –MMA fighters go substantially under-compensated despite the punishing nature of their profession.”
Above all, the lawsuit alleges thatthe UFC prevents fighters from working with other MMA promoters, mounting self-promotional efforts of their ownor signing with outside sponsors – monopolistic practices that suppressfighters’ incomes.
According to named plaintiff Cung Le, of San Jose, Calif., an internationally acclaimed MMA combatant, “Because  of the UFC’s coercive practices, competitive market forces have been strangled, future earnings power of the athletes is stripped away, and purses to the fighters are artificially depressed.”
Plaintiffs’ co-counsel and sports law specialist Robert Maysey, of Warner Angle Hallam Jackson & Formanek PLC, added, “As a result of the UFC’s illegal conduct, they have become the only game in town and locked down the entire sport.  It is ironic that the fiercest combat athletes in the world have, until now, been powerless to take on the UFC.”
The lawsuit alleges that the UFC has pursued an aggressive strategy of depriving key inputs to potential rival promoters or merging with them to maintain its monopoly position.  The complaint alleges “exclusionary scheme” to impair and foreclose competition, whereby the UFC deprives potential competitors in the fight promotion market access to elite MMA fighters, premium live event venues and sponsors.
According to plaintiffs’ co-counsel Michael Dell’Angelo, of Berger & Montague, P.C., “the lawsuit alleges that the UFC has engaged in an illegal scheme to eliminate competition from rival MMA promoters by systematically preventing rivals from gaining access to ingredients critical to successful MMA promotions, including by imposing extreme restrictions on UFC Fighters’ ability to fight for rivals during and after their tenure with the UFC.  The UFC also takes the rights to fighters’ names and likenesses in perpetuity.  As a result of the UFC’s scheme, we allege that UFC Fighters are paid fraction of what they would earn in a competitive marketplace.”
The lawsuit alleges that as a result of these and other anti-competitive acts, including the UFC’s acquisition of rival Strikeforce, the UFC has maintained control of more than 90 percent of the revenue derived from live MMA bouts nationwide.
The lawsuit also alleges that the UFC has retaliated against fighters who have worked with or who have announced intentions to work with rival promoters or sponsors by refusing to book their bouts and/or eliminating them from key UFC promotional activities such as advertising campaigns and video games.
“UFC’s threats are taken seriously by fighters because they know that a UFC ban will substantially diminish, if not end, their ability to earn a living at their chosen profession,” said plaintiffs’ co-counsel Joseph Saveri of Saveri Law Firm, Inc. “These MMA professionals deserve the right to take back their careers.”
The plaintiffs are represented by nationally respected antitrust litigation firmsCohen Milstein Sellers and Toll PLLC, Berger & Montague, P.C.,Joseph Saveri Law Firm, Inc. and Warner Angle Hallam Jackson &Formanek PLC.
For more information about Cung Le, et al v. Zuffa, LLC, d/b/a Ultimate Fighting Championship and UFC,visit http://www.cohenmilstein.com/news.php?NewsID=742
- Info Via Press Release, Photo courtesy of Sherdog Twitter

December 14, 2014

Shocking MMA upsets in 2014

Filed under: Uncategorized — The Fight Nerd @ 3:34 PM

We all love a good underdog story, but sometimes, it’s the guys that are lower than underdogs that pull off a miracle. Here is a list of a few of the most shocking upsets in MMA this year that qualify as those underdog and worse stories. If you have any that I missed, feel free to throw them in the comments since this is only a short list and not a totally comprehensive one. So think about these the next time you try to place a bet online with SuperCasino or anywhere else you throw your money down for a “sure thing”, because this list proves that there is no such thing as easy money:

TJ Dillashaw VS Renan Barao – UFC 173

This one is still making some people scratch their heads. How did a last-minute replacement who was not even the UFC’s first choice end up defeating one of the winningest athletes in current MMA history?

Dillashaw was originally scheduled to fight Takeya Mizugaki at UFC 173 in May, but the fates had other plans, as instead Dillashaw got his chance for the Bantamweight title. Originally, Raphael Assuncao was going to meet Barao, but that was scrapped due to a rib injury, leaving the champion without a challenge. Instead, the 9-2 runner-up from TUF 14 took on the 32-1 Brazilian for the title in a match that no one could have predicted the outcome.

From the moment the bell rung, Dillashaw swarmed Barao and overwhelmed him en route to a fifth round TKO victory to win the title. Commentator Joe Rogan celebrated with Dillashaw after he won the belt, saying, “That was the greatest performance I have ever seen in my life!… You surpassed all expectations tonight with this performance. This was just … stunning…. This was incredible…. T.J., this is one of the finest performances I have ever seen!”

The two were set for a rematch at UFC 177, but Barao had to pull out due to issues with his weight cut, and instead Dillashaw decimated Joe Soto, beating him by knockout. Barao is set to make his comeback later this week at UFC Fight Night 58, but he will have some ways to go before he can get his rematch.

Will Brooks VS Michael Chandler – Bellator 120

In a similar fashion to Dillashaw’s title win, Will Brooks also had some serendipitous luck on the way to getting his chance at Bellator gold.

Until he fought Brooks, Bellator lightweight champ Michael Chandler had only suffered one loss in 13 fights, and that one loss was to Eddie Alvarez. This event was going to Bellator’s big inaugural pay-per-view, but suffered all sorts of bumps in the road (this being their second attempt at making a PPV). Originally headlined by the rubber match to end the trilogy between Michael Chandler and Eddie Alvarez for the lightweight title, Alvarez was forced out due to an injury, and Brooks instead stepped in to face off against Chandler for the interim title.

No one expected Brooks to not only outstrike Chandler, but also outwrestle him for five rounds, winning the split decision in one of the best fights of the year. Chandler claimed he had a back injury heading into the fight and that affected his performance, but that may be questionable as the two had their rematch at Bellator 131 where Brooks had a much more convincing performance against Chandler, winning by TKO.

Bobby Green VS Josh Thomson – UFC on Fox 12

A former Strikeforce lightweight champion, Thomson had been a serious contender for the UFC LW title for some time, and was working his way back toward the higher rankings in the division when he was scheduled to face Michael Johnson at UFC on Fox 12. Johnson was injured, as seems to be a trend on this list, and Bobby Green stepped in to replace him on two weeks notice.

Green was a perennial underdog, but we should probably stop treating him as one after his win over Thomson. The fight was a tough one to call, but Green earned the split-decision win in the biggest fight of his career, and while he might not be in the running for a shot at the belt yet, it was hard not to take more notice of him after that performance. Unfortunately for Green, his next fight was a loss to Edson Barboza, but hey, at the time it was a huge deal and reminds you that anything can happen in the octagon (trademark pending Mike Goldberg).

Rafael Dos Anjos VS Benson Henderson – UFC Fight Night 49

In his fifth title UFC lightweight title defense, Henderson lost his belt to Anthony Pettis at UFC 164 in 2013. Bendo wanted his belt back, and racked up two wins to get back into title contention. That is, until he had to face Rafael Dos Anjos at UFC Fight Night 49.

Much like Chandler, Bendo had lost only once since 2007, and that loss was to Pettis. With a 21-3 record at that point, Bendo had a tough opponent in Dos Anjos, who had a record slightly larger than Henderson at 21-7. Bendo had been on a tear, and this event was expected to be his shot at making a big statement. While the event did make a statement, it was Dos Anjos who knocked out Bendo at 2:31 in the first round to let everyone know that he was legit, and may very well be on the way to his own title shot in 2015.

Joe Warren VS Eduardo Dantas – Bellator 128

The self-proclaimed “Baddest Man on the Planet” was already a former featherweight champion in Bellator when he decided to drop a weight class and fight in the bantamweight division. This may have been a smart move, as he ran through the Season 9 tournament and won the interim title against Rafael Silva at Bellator 118, replacing the true champ, Eduardo Dantas, who had suffered a hand injury.

At Bellator 128, Dantas returned to the cage to defend his proper belt against Warren’s interim title, in a match that many expected to be a repeat of Pat Curran’s performance against Warren (just hopefully not as brutal). Warren outworked Dantas through five rounds to win the belt from a man 10 years younger and who had never suffered a single loss in the Bellator cage. Warren is now officially the first and currently only fighter to hold Bellator belts in two different weight classes, and an inspiration to older fighters who want to grab that brass ring, or in this case a gold belt, before it gets too late.

Robbie Lawler VS Johny Hendricks – UFC 181

Lawler has not had an easy time in 2014. “Ruthless” had a shot at the welterweight title back at the start of the year, and lost to Hendricks in a very close and controversial fight at UFC 171. Lawler fought two more times to earn his chance at the gold again while Hendricks recovered from an injury.

Throughout his career, Lawler was tagged as a guy that had the potential to make it big, but as his career went on, he seemed to fall behind. Lawler had not held a title since 2009 during his time in Elite XC, and shuffled through weight classes for years that added up to an uneven record for the former Miletich protege. Now training at American Top Team, Lawler has seemed to have found his stride, and once he returned to the UFC in 2013 began showing new signs of life. At UFC 181, the fire was lit and the trigger was pulled, and Lawler came out on top and finally won the belt that so many fans predicted he would have won years ago against one of the toughest welterweights in the UFC.

December 9, 2014

J & D’s Bacon Scented Pillowcase Product Review

Filed under: Product Reviews — Tags: — The Fight Nerd @ 10:42 AM

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You may be asking yourself, “Self, why is there a pillowcase review on this website? And why is there a pillowcase that smells like bacon?” These are important questions to ask yourself, and I hope to allay those fears by saying, “What’s wrong with you that you are questioning a pillowcase that smells like bacon?” Seriously.

Created by two guys who used the money they won from sending in a video to “America’s Funniest Home Videos”, J & D’s food is the dream of a pair of visionaries that wanted the world to have more bacon in their lives. Beginning with a business in bacon salts (which we will talk about another day), Justin and Dave started making more bacon-related food products, including Bacon popcorn, Baconnaise, Bacon Ranch Dressing and Bacon Croutons. Since then, they expanded even further into bacon lip balm, bacon-flavored envelopes (FINALLY), and even bacon shaving cream. Their newest innovation is the bacon-scented pillowcase. America, we have a winner.

Nothing is better than waking up to the smell of bacon, except a few things that are NSFW, but making bacon can be a hassle. What if you could have that aroma whenever you wanted without leaving your bed? Enter the bacon scented pillowcase. Fitting the average sized pillow just fine, the product description is exactly what you get. “Sweet bacony dreams” is very accurate, since this smells exactly like freshly smoked & cured pork belly. It’s a surprisingly natural and not too artificial scent, and is quite pleasing. Think of it like meaty aromatherapy.

The design on the pillowcase is exactly what you want in a bacon-scented pillow. Fields of bacon sizzling on a griddle, with a dreamy font reminding your brain to have thoughts of long layers of fatty pig dancing in your head as you sleep. The pillow is not necessarily the most comfy compared to the average bed spread, feeling a bit coarser than most but still usable. After a few washings, it should loosen up and be a little better. However, considering how much you might drool on this from breathing in that wonderful scent it might be better that this is made from a more durable fabric.

The bacon-riffic odor should last six to 12 months, depending on a number of factors. I did wash the pillowcase once after I got this to see how the scent fared, and it did just fine, so if you take care of this, it should last the estimated survival rate. The question is, can you handle that smell every night when you go to sleep without getting hungry? Probably not.

You can pick this up at www.BaconMakesTheMan.com and at www.Store.BaconSalt.com for around $12.99, and is worth it as a fun novelty gift that you can sleep with, and how many other novelty gifts can claim that? The scent is strong but not nauseatingly overpowering, and while you may not want to sleep on it all the time, it works nicely on a couch, both to rest on and as an air freshener. At the end of the day, it’s a sturdy pillowcase that reeks of bacon, and that is a good thing.

December 3, 2014

James Bond and Hand-to-Hand Combat

Filed under: Nerd Stuff — Tags: — The Fight Nerd @ 8:45 PM

BY SIMON ARMSTRONG

James Bond, in his original literary from, was hardly the master of hand-to-hand combat he would become onscreen. Whilst he was capable of hitting any target with a pistol, could seduce any woman at will and was quick to retort with a witty one-liner, Bond was never the expert fighter he became, to be portrayed as, as the film series moved on.

The Bond films, which began as stylish cold-war thrillers with occasional splashes of action, soon became known for their elaborate action sequences and high-intensity stunts. From “Goldeneye’s” vertigo inducing opening sequence to the “Live and Let Die” crocodile assault course, the Bond series has combined innovative and heart pounding set-pieces with flashes of camp humor. However it is when the Bond films began to attempt to portray Martial Arts that this paramount film series somewhat faltered.

Whilst later entries, particularly those of Daniel Craig, offered more authentic and respectful combat scenes, older entries in the series, such as those with Roger Moore, often relied on tired stereotypes and fantastical embellishments to portray the martial-arts and their masters. For example, “The Man With The Golden Gun”‘s both racially offensive and inaccurate portray of Kung-Fu.

Whilst the film intended to feed-off the success of Hong Kong Martial Arts movies within the US, its odd sumo wrestling sequence and silted portrayal of Hai Fat is a misfire on every level. Indeed, it wasn’t until “Casino Royale” that the James Bond series got Martial Arts right.

With modern casino’s quickly losing business to accessible, pacey and authentic online versions such as SuperCasino, it is admirable the “Casino Royale” – in the 2006 Bond entry of the same name – tries so hard to make itself stand out against the virtual competition. Surly femme-fatales, poisonous cocktails and machete yielding henchmen are just some of the features you won’t find online. Not to mention you may find a suave secret-agent utilizing concepts of reality-based combat systems – such as Krav Maga and Kapap – as he fends off numerous henchmen.

The Daniel Craig era was heavily influenced by the Bourne Franchise, which had come to prominence in the former series absence. The Bourne franchised portrayed more authentic fight sequences which were based on training actually given to servicemen. Gone were the slick one-and-done chops and punches of Sean Connery or Roger Moore, Bond was now an agent who actually had to work for his victories.

“Casino Royale”, the first of Craig’s Bond films, was keen to continue this more realistic portrayal of close-range combat. The film’s use of reality-based systems of combat is evident in sequences where Bond intelligently, but also institutionally, utilises everything within range to assist him during a fight. Whether it be grabbing shoes or chucking vases, Craig’s Bond does not pass-up any opportunity – no matter how unsightly or brutal – to gain the upper-hand. Others trait of reality-based systems including using the forearms to protect one’s self whilst approaching a target and using joint-locks as a way to quickly disarm opponents, both of which Bond does during Casino Royale‘s runtime.

 

December 1, 2014

Jean-Claude Van Damme officially in “Kickboxer” reboot

Filed under: Nerd Stuff — Tags: , — The Fight Nerd @ 4:20 PM

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Ted Field from Radar Films, has announced that Jean-Claude Van-Damme (JCVD) joined the KICKBOXER cast, taking over the role of Master Chow replacing Tony Jaa.

The remake of the 1989 cult classic, “Kickboxer”, started production this week. The film is shooting in New Orleans, Louisiana and Thailand. The film is produced by Ted Field of Radar Films, Dimitri Logothetis and Nick Celozzi. Mike Weber and Peter Meyer will executive produce.

“We are so excited to have Kickboxer roll into production and to have JCVD in the role of Master Chow, passing the torch to Alain, to have him lead the franchise to a new generation ” said Field. “Audiences better get ready for this incredible reboot. The action is going to be non-stop with never-before seen stunts. Simply put, Kickboxer will kick-ass!”

The high-octane remake of the film also stars WWE superstar Dave Bautista (GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY), former UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre (CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER), and introduces Alain Moussi (X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST) to lead this franchise back into action.

KICKBOXER follows Kurt Sloan (Moussi), a talented martial artist who travels to Thailand where he must learn the secrets of the kickboxer to avenge his brother’s death at the hands of Tong Po (Bautista).

“OSMMA Review” Awards, Volume 1: Official Announcement

Filed under: Features — Tags: , — The Fight Nerd @ 4:12 PM

It’s time for the greatest MMA awards that ever existed for fans of the old school days of the sport!

As the video above explains, we are formally announcing the start of our first volume of Old School MMA Review Awards, where fans like you get to decide who wins in this all-out battle for bare-knuckle supremacy. This debut edition of our award show will feature the best and worst no-holds-barred moments from the events that we have looked at on the show. In other words, things from UFC 1 in 1993, and ending with the Ultimate Ultimate 1996. Future awards that we do will include more moments, to make this the most comprehensive (yet still overall meaningless) award event possible.

Zane and I have already decided on a dozen categories which will have around five nominations each (although a few will include six or more), and you can have a sneak peek.

Stay tuned for the first poll, and feel free to make guesses now in the comments as to who you hope to see win the golden Andy Anderson! May the odds be ever in your favor.

Below are the categories that you will be able to vote on at Bloodyelbow.com:

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Thanks to June M. Williams for our Awards graphics.

November 29, 2014

Ronda Rousey comments on being rapped about by Eminem

Filed under: News — Tags: , , — The Fight Nerd @ 3:43 PM

As we reported earlier, Rousey got name-dropped into the title track of Slim Shady’s newest album, “Shady XV”, which is a two-disc set that is one-half new songs, and one-half greatest hits. To promote Rousey’s next fight against Cat Zingano, which is still some time away at UFC 184, she appeared on the Jimmy Kimmel show, where the host asked her about being rapped about (see video below):

“He’s an artist and art isn’t meant to be nice; it’s meant to make you feel something,” Rousey told Kimmel during the interview. “I like being called a slaughterhouse in a blouse. I think that’s cool. I’m not perfect, but parts of me are pretty awesome and I think if Eminem took the ass Pepsi Challenge, he would totally pick me as his favorite.” Eminem has made no comments yet as to whether this was a diss or a compliment, but Rousey seems cool with it, although she did later add that it was an honor to be part of the song, much like he would be honored to be armbarred by her.

November 26, 2014

Eminem raps about Ronda Rousey in latest song

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , — The Fight Nerd @ 3:36 PM

Rap legend Eminem released his newest album titled “Shady XV” and as usual, is getting some controversy around it. This 2-disc CD set contains a first disc with new songs from his ‘Shady’ label, while the second features greatest hits from the label, and both discs feature the sounds that made Eminem the memorable man that he became, for better or worse. I am not much of an Eminem fan, but when I heard he mentioned a certain MMA fighter, I had to give it a listen.

In the title track, Eminem talks about UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey in a way that some see as an insult (while most are just confused). Eminem rapped:

I got a Magic Johnson
It’s like a Magic Wand allows me to not let a blonde arouse me
If Ronda Rousey was on the couch with the condoms out
Holding a thousand Magnums at once to pounce me
I’ll laugh in response to how she dances and flaunts it around me
Her flat little badonkadonk is bouncing around
And all I see is Paulie Malignaggi, she’s slaughterhouse in a blouse

I am no rap music expert, but from what I can gather, this was meant not as an insult but possibly as a compliment to Rousey. “Slaughterhouse” might be a reference to the hip-hop group by the same name that is under Shady Records and are also featured on the second disc of this set, so perhaps he is saying she is as good as they are? Beats me, I just report it.

Via BJPenn.com

November 22, 2014

ONE FC to crown first featherweight champ at “ONE FC: Dynasty of Champions”

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — The Fight Nerd @ 6:54 PM

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Asia’s largest mixed martial arts organization with a 90% market share, ONE Fighting Championship (ONE FC), has announced that ONE FC: DYNASTY OF CHAMPIONS is set to take place at the The Gymnasium of National Olympic Sports Centre in Beijing on 19 December. Top Chinese bantamweights will collide as former pan pacific champion Ji Xian faces the undefeated Song Ya Dong. Top lightweight contenders Vincent Latoel and Adrian Pang will clash in the co-main event. Also, a four-man, one-night featherweight tournament will be held and a champion will be crowned on the same night. The featherweights competing for the honor will be He Nan Nan, Li Gen, Li Kai Wen and Wang Ya Wei.

CEO of ONE Fighting Championship, Victor Cui, stated, “ONE FC is set to become the first major mixed martial arts organization to make inroads into mainland China. We will launch a 10-city tour with a huge event in Beijing as a sign of things to come! China is a hotbed for mixed martial arts talent and I will not be surprised to see a ONE FC World Champion from China in the near future. The path to glory begins at ONE FC: DYNASTY OF CHAMPIONS! Get ready for a night of world-class mixed martial arts action as ONE FC is live from China for the first time!”

Ji “The Executioner” Xian has made a reputation for himself as one of the top mixed martial artists in Asia. With a background in Sanda, Ji proved that he is one to watch out for in the MMA scene when he went undefeated in his first eight fights, winning a title in another promotion. He is now set to test himself against the best mixed martial artists in his division and will begin his quest for the ONE FC championship with a bout against Song Ya Dong.

Song Ya Dong is one of the brightest prospects in the world of MMA. He has already won four professional mixed martial arts bouts before his 20th birthday and is one of the most highly touted mixed martial artists to ever emerge from China. He will face his biggest test to date in compatriot Ji Xian. Song is best known for his takedowns and will make good use of them against fellow grappler Ji Xian.

Adrian Pang is one of the top lightweights in the world. A veteran of 30 fights, Pang was previously a champion in another promotion and will now make his ONE FC debut with his sights set on capturing the prestigious ONE FC Lightweight World Championship.

In his first four bouts with the promotion, Vincent Latoel has established himself as one of the most exciting mixed martial artists on the ONE FC roster. Latoel began his career as a Dutch kickboxer but has developed an all-action style that has proven to excite audiences. Latoel will be a tough litmus test for Pang as both fighters look to prove they are ready to contend for the title.

He Nan Nan is a former bodybuilder who has become a well-rounded mixed martial artist. He is proficient in wrestling and boasts devastating knockout power in both his fists. Originally from Shanxi Province, he now fights out of Beijing.

Li Kai Wen is a freestyle wrestler who currently trains at Tianjin alongside other top Chinese mixed martial artists. He will face He Nan Nan in the Beijing Featherweight Tournament semi-finals. Li Kai Wen has already faced He Nan Nan once in a grappling bout and defeated him via submission. He Nan Nan is determined to claim victory in the mixed martial arts realm while Li is out to prove he is the better fighter.

Li Gen is a Sanda fighter from Beijing. He is also highly adept at Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and his team has been crowned the best in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for the past two years. One of the top prospects to come out of the country, Li Gen wants to stake his claim as the best featherweight in the country by overcoming all competition.

Wang Ya Wei is a wrestler originally from Hubei province. Considered one of the top wrestlers in the country, he then moved to Thailand where he trained in Muay Thai for an extended period of time. He has since competed in regional competitions, winning his last bout by a nifty suplex and strikes sequence. Li Gen will face Wang Ya Wei in the semi-final bracket of the competition.

November 19, 2014

Bellator 131 ranks as most-watched MMA event of 2014 & Bellator MMA show ever

Filed under: News — The Fight Nerd @ 6:57 PM

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Bellator 131 knocked out the competition on Saturday, November 15 with record ratings for the emerging MMA franchise under new president Scott Coker. The Bellator 131 main event between Tito Ortiz and Stephan Bonnar (11:50pm-12:16am) drew 1.8 million viewers, peaking at 2 million, making it the most-watched and highest­rated MMA fight on cable in 2014.

The Ortiz-Bonnar fight ranks as 2nd highest-rated MMA fight telecast in all of television with Men 18-34 and Men 18-49, including broadcast, in 2014. Also, Ortiz-Bonnar ranked #2 in its timeslot in all of cable with Men 18-34 and Men 18-49.

“Bellator 131 was an incredible event that had something for everybody, and I’m thrilled to see our efforts were so well-received by our fans,² said Coker. ³I’m very proud of our entire Bellator and Spike family for all of the hard work they put resulting in these record-breaking ratings. The most exciting thing for me is the knowledge that that we are just getting started, and I can’t wait for everyone to see what we have in store for the future.”

Bellator 131 ratings breakdown:

Bellator 131 ­ Ortiz vs. Bonnar ­ 11:50p – 1.8 million viewers

Bellator 131 ­ 10:11p – 1.3 million viewers

Bellator 131 ­ 9p – 994,000 viewers

Overall, the entire fight card delivered (9:00-12:16) delivered 1,241,299 viewers, a record for Bellator MMA on Spike TV. Bellator 131 was a knockout with social media as well ­ as it was the most tweeted Bellator event in Spike history.

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