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April 16, 2014

Glory announces first PPV event, “Last Man Standing”

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , , , — The Fight Nerd @ 3:06 PM


GLORY, the world’s premier kickboxing league, today announced its inaugural Pay-Per-View (PPV) event, GLORY: LAST MAN STANDING, to be broadcast live from the Forum, Presented by Chase, in Inglewood, California on Saturday, June 21st at 10:00 pm ET.

GLORY: LAST MAN STANDING features eight of the word’s best middleweights colliding in a one-night, winner-take-all tournament to determine who will be crowned GLORY Middleweight World Champion. “The GLORY fans tell us they have been waiting for the return of live combative tournaments on a scale they know GLORY understands. We are experienced with these multi-fighter formats overseas and now with the eight man tournament on Pay-Per-View, we will finally bring it to them,” said Andrew Whitaker, GLORY Sports International CEO. “This is a thrill-packed event where the winner will have to fight three times in one adrenalin-fueled night.”

Seven top-ranked middleweight tournament contenders — Joe Schilling (USA), Wayne Barrett (USA), Alex Pereira (BRA), Filip Verlinden (BEL), Bogdan Stoica (ROM), Simon Marcus (CAN), and Melvin Manhoef (NED) — have been confirmed so far, with the final competitor to be announced at a later date.

GLORY has partnered with iN DEMAND, cable’s leading PPV sports and event distributor, to deliver GLORY: LAST MAN STANDING to providers across the U.S. and Caribbean. “We are thrilled to welcome GLORY Kickboxing into our stable of top notch event providers for the cable PPV audience,” said Mark Boccardi, SVP Programming & Business Development, iN DEMAND. “The league has established itself as a world-championship-level events producer, featuring some of the most skilled ring combat athletes in the world. These great fighters, combined with the unique format of ‘GLORY: LAST MAN STANDING’ are sure to deliver a powerful action-packed night on PPV.”

Additional partnerships are pending with other PPV providers throughout North America and will be announced shortly.

GLORY: LAST MAN STANDING (SRP $34.95) will immediately follow GLORY 17 LOS ANGELES, which airs at 8:00 pm ET on SPIKE TV.

For those who wish to attend GLORY 17 LOS ANGELES & GLORY: LAST MAN STANDING in person, tickets will be available for purchase at and, starting on Wednesday, April 16th at 1:00 pm ET. Prices start at $30 and VIP packages, including Forum Club access, are available.

April 15, 2014

“Beyond the Lion’s Den” Book Review

Filed under: Product Reviews — Tags: , , , , , , , — The Fight Nerd @ 1:00 PM

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There were very few names in the early days of no-holds-barred combat that were universal, and Ken Shamrock was one of them. The first King of Pancrase in Japan and inaugural UFC Super Fight Champion, early UFC events were often headlined with Ken, and his name and star power grew when he jumped ship to join the WWF. However, Ken’s story has not been one of pure success, but one marred with all sorts of obstacles, and this is where the story begins in Tuttle Publishing’s “Beyond the Lion’s Den” book.

Co-written by Erich Krauss, who also worked on various instructional books and DVD’s with Randy Couture, Matt Lindland, Anderson Silva, and Lyoto Machida to name a few, Shamrock’s book is the direct sequel to Ken’s first book, Inside the Lion’s Den. Shamrock gives us a succinct recap of the events leading up to where the first book ended, which includes some new stories about fighting in Japan and his incident with the Nasty Boys, and brings us up to speed with his fight at the Ultimate Ultimate 2 and explains why he initially left the UFC, what happened during his time off from MMA and entered the WWF, and how the time on the road led to the birth of many of those problems.

Ultimately, it was the traveling around to pro-wrestle that fed the feud between Ken and Frank, his break-up with his dad, the fall of the Lion’s Den, and Ken’s problems with alcoholism. The book also covers his time in Pride and his fights against Kazuyuki Fujita and Don Frye, and his return to the UFC with his first fight with Tito Ortiz and rematch with Kimo Leopoldo. Since this particular book came out in 2005, we will have to wait for a third book to give us the rest of the story after this, but it was great to read the continuing story of Ken after his first book ended.

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As opposed to Ken’s first book, which was 80% autobiography and maybe 20% techniques, this book is quote the opposite, with over 200 pages of techniques. It’s a very diverse book that covers striking, submissions, takedowns, guard passes, clinch fighting, using the cage fence or wall in a fight, and combination tecniques that many fans will recognize as moves that Ken had done in his own fights. My favorite has to be the sunset flip into the hammer lock (AKA the Northern Lights Suplex into Kimura that Ken did to Matt Hume during the first King of Pancrase tournament). There are also a ton of moves that we have never seen Ken do (dude, he does an omoplata in this book!), but it was refreshing to see this variety of techniques in a book, especially when you do consider that this book is nine years old now.

The techniques are well-written and easy to understand, and surprised me with how detailed they were, as well as with the selection of maneuvers. Krauss was surely a big part of that, and his efforts paid off as he went on to do some amazing books that would come out in the next few years. The team of Shamrock and Krauss was an excellent pairing, and gave us a very complete book about Ken Shamrock and building a complete MMA arsenal.

Overall, I really liked this book, and that is without wearing nostalgia glasses. Sure, the Ken Shamrock we know and love today is a very different one, who has seen better days, but at least is on the mend and working on himself. The Ken from this book is one in progress, working to achieve what he has done today, which to me, was peace of mind. That might be one of the best things about this book, is seeing where he is today and where his journey has taken him. The book itself stands out, and if you are a fan of old school MMA, this is the book for you. Newer fans to the sport might not be as interested, but the techniques will certainly catch your interest.

You can order Beyond the Lion’s Den: The Life, The Fights, The Techniques from for around $22, and is a good value for a good book that is filled with info. I suggest getting the first book as well, since it is only $7 these days, to complete the set. Ken has always been a polarizing part of MMA, and as a fan of the early days of MMA/ NHB fighting, I am happy that I finally got this book in my own library and can add more great stories to my knowledge of the game.

April 11, 2014

GSP has successful knee surgery, unsure about return to Octagon

Filed under: News — Tags: , , — The Fight Nerd @ 12:27 PM


Georges St. Pierre had a successful surgery on his left knee earlier this week in LA, and he does not seem downbeat at all about the upcoming road to rehab to get himself back to normalcy.

According to a report from Canada’s “The Globe and Mail”, the former UFC welterweight champ will not let this operation affect his overall training, but is still not positive about stepping back into the cage.

“I climbed Everest once before and I’m going to climb it again — if I want to,” St-Pierre told The Canadian Press on Thursday. “It’s not a problem for me. . . . Anyway I didn’t plan to come back to competition before 2015.

“And if I want to come back, when I want to come back, I’ll do it again. I’ll have all the tools to do it again. I’m not going to be less strong or less athletic — I’m going to be just better.”

“I’ll have two bionic knees,” he added.

GSP has reconstructive surgery on his left knee back in 2011, which sidelined him for some time, and with this current operation behind him, the former champ expects to resume training in five months, with full sparring in six to seven months.

GSP also told the writer of the original post that if he does ever come back to the UFC, drug-testing better be the best possible format availabe: “It’s not personal to one fighter,” he said. “It’s personal to me. It’s something that has to be done, I believe.”

Quick Betting Guide to “Ultimate Fighter: Nations Finale – Bisping VS Kennedy”

Filed under: Uncategorized — The Fight Nerd @ 12:19 PM


All eyes will be on the Middleweight division of UFC on Wednesday 16th when Michael ‘The Count’ Bisping makes his long-awaited return to the ‘Octagon’ to face Tim Kennedy, with the fight set to headline The Ultimate Fighter Nations Finale.

The UFC event is hosted in Quebec City, Canada and there is more than a few places to visit in the run-up to, and even after the big fight. For those of you fight fanatics that decide to make the journey to see the fight live and enjoy a gamble, then there is more than a few casinos to visit during your stay, such as the Casino de Montreal and Charlevoix.

Alternatively, for those of you who are watching the fight at home or simply wish to stay close to the fight venue, you can still have a flutter from the comfort of your own home. At the 32Red website for example, you’ll find the biggest range of sports bets available making it easy to have a punt on the game. Many people find it all adds to the excitement of watching. Once the game is over, betting fans will also find a variety of casino and slot games available on 32Red which can be played both on tablet and mobile phone.

Casino de Montreal is conveniently linked to Quebec City’s Info and Tourist Centre by shuttle bus, which makes for easy access if you fancy a quick punt just a few hours before the big fight. Charlevoix however, is a 90-minute drive from Quebec City and while that may seem a long way to go when you are only in Quebec City for a short period of time, the stunning visually attractive backdrop and relaxing atmosphere will surely tip the trip in your favour. What better way to round of a weekend full of excitement and suspense than to enjoy a leisurely day away from the hustle and bustle of the city? The fighters would surely welcome such a rest, with both coming into the bout from lengthy spells away from the April as Octagon.

Bisping has been out of action since his remarkable defeat of Adam Belcher last April after it was revealed he had a detached retina in the build up to his home-coming fight against Mark Munoz in Manchester, for the UFC Fight Night 30 event. After the revelation, it was further discovered that the eye injury was sustained long before the build up to the Munoz fight and he had in fact soldiered on through fights with Vitor Belfort and the aforementioned Belcher. The fact the injury almost forced Bisping into premature retirement is a testament not just to the severity of the injury, but the determination of ‘The Count’ to recover and return to the mat.

Kennedy, who has a 17-4 record in mixed martial arts, is also returning to the ring, although his break was due to a recovery period after the defeat of Rafael Natal in late 2013 and not injury related. The victory over Natal saw Kennedy go 2-0 in UFC since his debut last summer and the confidence of winning in those two bouts could prove crucial, as Kennedy looks to upset the odds against a returning Bisping.

Unbeaten Ronaldo Souza, who is currently recovering from an elbow injury that required surgery, will be watching on in anticipation as he recently declared his intentions to challenge the winner of this bout. With the chance to battle the war-hardened Souza, who is 20-3 thus far in his career, now in the offing, it only adds more reason for both fighters to give their all and walk away with the victory next Wednesday.

Also on the main card it will be the welterweight final between Olivier Aubin-Mercier VS Chad Laprise and the middleweight final between Elias Theodorou and Sheldon Westcott. Other matches include Sam Stout VS KJ Noons, Sarah Kaufman VS Leslie Smith, Ryan Jimmo VS Sean O’Connell, George Roop VS Dustin Kimura and Tim Gorman VS Mitch Gagnon.

April 9, 2014

WSOF signs Melvin “The Young Assassin” Guillard

Filed under: News — Tags: , , — The Fight Nerd @ 12:36 AM


World Series of Fighting is happy to announce the addition of exciting striker Melvin “The Young Assassin” Guillard to the company’s lightweight roster.

The UFC veteran signed a multi-fight deal with the promotion and is expected to debut in the World Series of Fighting decagon in July.

“I’m excited to start a new chapter in my career,” said Guillard. “I feel like a brand new fighter with a great opportunity here with World Series of Fighting. I’m looking to prove I’m one of, if not the best lightweight in the world.”

“Melvin is an amazing fighter with an energetic style that has earned him a massive, loyal fan base, ” World Series of Fighting President Ray Sefo said. “He’s a guy that comes to fight every time he enters the cage, and I’m excited to see how he fares in our lightweight division.”

A 31-year-old New Orleans native, Guillard has competed for the UFC for the past six years, picking up 13 wins during that time, including eight victories by knockout. One of the most physically gifted and feared knockout artists in all of the sport, Guillard has been competing professionally since 2002 and boasts nearly 50 professional bouts to his name.

April 7, 2014

Oropeza vs. Koreshkov and Warren VS Dantas for Bantamweight title Finalizes Bellator 118

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , , , , — The Fight Nerd @ 3:42 PM

Bellator MMA returns to Atlantic City’s Revel on Friday, May 2nd live on Spike TV as “The Baddest Man On The Planet” Joe Warren will look to reclaim a Bellator Title when he battles reigning Bellator Bantamweight Champion Eduardo Dantas. The night will also feature the New Jersey return of Sam Oropeza, as he meets Russian phenom Andrey Koreshkov in the Bellator Welterweight Tournament Semifinals.

Originally scheduled to face Koreshkov in Reno on April 4th, Oropeza was given the news that Koreshkov was dealing with flu-like symptoms and his fight would be rescheduled. It was a true blessing in disguise for the Philadelphia native, as “Sammy O” will now face Koreshkov from Atlantic City’s Revel on May 2nd.

“I always say things happen for a reason, and this is one of those moments where everything is coming together,” Oropeza said. “It was frustrating to hear the fight got pushed back after training so hard for this semifinal fight, but when we heard I’d be fighting back in Revel so close to friends and family, things really couldn’t have worked out better. Bellator has taken great care of me, and I can’t wait to put on a show on May 2nd and move onto the finals of this tournament.”

The event will broadcast live at 9 p.m. EST/ 8 p.m. CST on Spike TV. The preliminary card will be streamed live and free on beginning at 7 p.m. EST/ 6 p.m. CST. Tickets for the event are on sale now and can be purchased on and

New Jersey native Kevin Roddy will kick off the portion of the night against Amran Aliyev. With11 submission victories, Roddy is going to look to his ground game to get the victory, but will have to hold off Aliyev who has recorded all finish victories.

After defeating Kenny Foster in his Bellator debut at Bellator 108, Anthony Morrison returns to the cage to fight Julian Lane. Morrison enters the fight riding a two-fight win streak and has won 13 of his 14 professional victories by KO or submission.

At only 21-years-old, Sidney Outlaw steps into the Bellator cage and will face Mike Bannon in a lightweight battle. Looking to maintain his undefeated professional record, Bannon is looking for the finish and is ready to put on an exciting fight for the Revel fans.

After grabbing a submission victory in his professional debut, John Fain will put his skills to the test against Pat Bennett on May 2nd. Both stepping under the bright lights of Bellator for the first time, Bennett is has grabbed two of his four professional victories by first round KO and plans on recording another knockout against Fain.

New Jersey native Lester Caslow returns to the Bellator cage to fight Jay Haas in a featherweight bout. Caslow has on three of his previous four victories, but will have to hold off Hass who has won 10 of his 11 victories by knockout or submission.

At 4-0 Darrion Caldwell is looking to maintain his undefeated career in a battle against Joe Pingitore. After grabbing a submission victory in less than 50 seconds against Lance Surma at Bellator 112, Caldwell is looking to finish his fight with Pingitore just as quick.

Making his Bellator debut, Tim Woods will fight Dante Rivera. Woods has won all of his victories by KO or submission, but will need to stop Rivera who enters the cage on a two-fight win streak.

No stranger to the Bellator card, Jesus Martinez will round of the preliminary card. Known for his quick finishes, Martinez has won four victories by first round finish.

Bellator Bantamweight World Title Fight: Eduardo Dantas (16-3) vs. Joe Warren (10-3)
Bellator Welterweight Tournament Semifinals: Andrey Koreshkov (15-1) vs. Sam Oropeza (11-2)
Bantamweight Feature Fight: Marcos Galvao (15-6-1) vs. Thomas Vasquez (7-0)

Welterweight Feature Fight: Liam McGeary (6-0) vs. Mike Mucitelli (6-0)

Welterweight Feature Fight: Tim Woods (6-4) vs. Dante Rivera (15-7)
Welterweight Feature Fight: Jesus Martinez (8-5) vs. Ryan Contaldi (7-7)
Featherweight Feature Fight: Joe Pingitore (4-1-1) vs. Darrion Caldwell (4-0)
Featherweight Feature Fight: Jay Haas (11-13) vs. Lester Caslow (11-9)
Catchweight Feature Fight (151lbs): Julian Lane (6-3-1) vs. Anthony Morrison (18-10)
Heavyweight Feature Fight: Pat Bennett (4-3) vs. John Fain (1-0)
Lightweight Feature Fight: Mike Bannon (5-1) vs. Sidney Outlaw (2-0)
Featherweight Feature Fight: Amran Aliyev (3-2) vs. Kevin Roddy (13-15-1

Bruce Lee enters the octagon in first “EA Sports UFC” Video Game

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , — The Fight Nerd @ 1:08 PM


The UFC and EA announced today that Bruce Lee, “The Father of Mixed Martial Arts”, will make his historic first step into the Octagon in EA SPORTS UFC, launching June 17, 2014. Fans can pre-order today to get instant day-one access to Bruce, or they can complete the game’s career mode at Pro difficulty to unlock him. Players can fight with the legend across four different weight classes and test his legacy against the best of the best in the UFC.

“I am so excited about this opportunity to bring my father back to videogames!” said Shannon Lee, Bruce Lee’s daughter, CEO of Bruce Lee, LLC and Chairperson of the Bruce Lee Foundation. “I’m thrilled that fans can now interact with him in a new way. The EA SPORTS UFC development team has been incredible to work with, and they’ve done a great job capturing the look and feel of my father. I think people will love getting a chance to fulfill a fight fantasy by playing Bruce Lee in the new UFC game.”

“There’s no debate, Bruce Lee is the father of mixed martial arts,” said Dana White, UFC President. “He believed not one style of fighting was the best and that you had to have a little piece of everything to be a complete fighter. He was proven right when the first UFC event took place in 1993.”

“It has always been part of our vision to have Bruce Lee, the most iconic martial artist of all time, in the first ever EA SPORTS UFC,” said Brian Hayes, Creative Director, EA. “The team is very excited and tremendously honored to have the privilege of bringing Bruce Lee to life in our game. We’ve been working closely with the Bruce Lee team to ensure we represent the legend with as much visual and gameplay fidelity as possible.”

Powered by EA SPORTS IGNITE technology, EA SPORTS UFC is built from the ground up exclusively for Gen 4 platforms, EA SPORTS UFC captures the human athleticism, physiology and emotion of the athlete like nothing before it.

A quick guide to online MMA betting

Filed under: Uncategorized — The Fight Nerd @ 10:21 AM


MMA, or Mixed Martial Arts, is becoming an increasingly popular sport for people to bet on. It is fast and furious bringing some excitement to your TV screens. With companies like the UFC growing each year and running more and more live events internationally, there are plenty of chances to make a few bucks from what goes down in the cage.

For the noob to MMA, betting on the sport is not as niche as it once was – top betting brands such as bet365 and William Hill allow players to place bets on it. Similarly to boxing you need to bet on who you think will be the outright winner of the fight. You will be presented with different odds from different sites, so of course the object is to find the best odds possible and shop around. There are odds comparison sites out there where you can see who is offering what, you will often find similar sites for no deposit mobile casino brands which have become hugely popular. To find out more about that, check out this link.

So, here is the best way to get started on betting on the most explosive sport in the world!

Betting Tips

It’s always a good idea to research the fighters before placing your bet. You can get information on their fight history and what their strengths and weaknesses are. It’s important to also analyse the match up and what one competitor may have over the other. Styles make fights, so keep in mind how the way one fighter works in the cage may affect (or be affected by) the way their opponent will move, strike, wrestle, grapple, or whatever else. After which, you need to see what the odds have in store for you.

How Do the Odds Work?

Generally there is what is known as the “money line”. If a fighter has a negative number next to their name this means that they are the favourite to win. If a fighter has a positive number next to them, then they are the least likely to win. For example, at the upcoming TUF Nations Finale, Michael Bisping opened at -165, while Tim Kennedy opened at + 125, meaning Kennedy is the underdog in this fight while Bisping is favored to pick up the victory.

When is the Best Time to Bet?

Just like with most sports betting the odds will change depending on the number of people betting on each fighter. If you want to bet on the fighter that isn’t the favourite, it’s probably the best idea to do that as close as you can to the fight to get the best odds possible. If you want to bet on the fighter that has been deemed most likely to win, you should do this as soon as you can.

Where to Bet?

You can either go directly to the sportsbook sites, or else you can visit comparison sites. It’s always a good idea to look out for brands who offer no deposit bonuses as you can often bag yourself a free bet which is great for those of you who are just starting out. High welcome bonuses are also something that should be on your radar to get a little bang for your buck.

There we have it folks, you should now be able to make a Mixed Martial Arts bet and be able to come out on top. Start analysing those fighters and look for the best odds you can.

April 5, 2014

“M-1 Challenge 47″ Quick Results

Filed under: Event Results — Tags: , , — The Fight Nerd @ 3:37 PM

M-1 Challenge Featherweight Champion Marat Gafurov (9-0-0) retained his title and remained undefeated, winning a five-round decision over invading American challenger Lee “American Bulldog” Morrison (13-4-0) in tonight’s M-1 Challenge 47 main event at Orenburgzhye Sport Hall in Orenburg, Russia.

Living boxing legend and future of Hall of Famer Roy Jones Jr. was a special guest.

This marked the second successful title defense for Gafurov, a jiu-jitsu specialist from Russia, who originally captured the crown in 2013.

In a much anticipated heavyweight rematch, Frenchman Shaban Ka (7-3-1) stopped Americanfighting icon Jeff “The Snowman” Monson (49-17-1) in the opening round. The two had previously fought to a draw in 2011.

Undefeated Polish heavyweight Marcin “Tybur” Tybura (10-0-0) recorded a win by third round technical knockout, maintaining his No. 1 contender position, over Croatian Maro “Gladiator” Perak (23-4-1).

Slovanian lightweight Ivan “Buki” Buchinger (26-4-0) gained revenge against Russian veteran Sergey Golyaev (23-11-0), choking his tough opponent into a first-round submission Buchinger has won 14 of his last 17 fights but Golyaev needed only 21 seconds in their first match to become the first to knockout Buchinger.

Welterweight Julien “J-Smoove” Williams (5-1-0) was the only American fighter to register a victory at M-1 Challenge 47 with the first knockout of his professional career in his M-1 Global debut coming in the first round against previously unbeaten Russian Rasul Abdulaev (3-1-0).

Polish lightweight prospect Kamil Maron (5-1-0) took a three-round unanimous decision from Russian Georgy Fursov (2-2-0, 1 KO/TKO), Brazilian light heavyweight Luis Fernando “Hulk” Miranda (12-1-0) ruined Ukrainian National MMA champion Vasily Babich’s (7-1-0) perfect pro record by way of an opening round guillotine choke, and Said Maadziev (1-1-0) won his first pro fight against Murad Mirzabekov (1-1-0) in a battle of Russian featherweights.

Full results:

(Winners listed first each fight)


MARAT GAFUROV (9-0-0, 1 KO/TKO, 5 SUB), Champion, Dagestan, Russia


LEE MORRISON (13-4-0, 4 KO/TKO, 4 SUB), Challenger, Okanogan, Washington, USA

(Gufaurov retains M-1 Challenge featherweight title)


CHABAN KA (7-3-1, 1 KO/TKO, 5 SUB), Villeneuve-d’ Ascq, France


JEFF MONSON (49-18-1, 3 KO/TKO, 29 SUB), Miami, Florida, USA

Marcin TYBURA (10-0-0, 4 KO/TKO, 4 SUB), Lodz, Poland


MARIO PEREK (23-34-1, 12 KO/TKO, 7 SUB), Dubrovnik, Croatia


LUIS FERNANDO MIRANDA (12-0-1, 4 KO/TKO), 7 SUB), Rio Grande, Rio Grande Do Sol, Brazil

WSUB1 (Guillotine Choke)

VASILY BABICH (9-3-0, 3 KO/TKO, 5 SUB), Yeupatoria, Ukraine


JULIEN WILLIAMS (5-1-0, 1 KO/TKO, 4 SUB), Orlando, Florida, USA


RASUL ABDULAEV (3-1-0, 1 KO/TKO, 0 SUB), Kolpino, Russia

ALEXEI KUNCHENKO (3-0-0, 1 KO/TKO, 2 SUB), Tyumen, Russia

WSUB3 (Verbal)

ANATOLY SAFRONEV (19-21-0, 3 KO/TKO, 8 SUB), Kharkiv, Ukraine


IVAN BUCHINGER (26-4-0, 6 KO/TKO, 16 SUB), Gabcikovo, Slovania

WSUB1 (Rear Naked Choke)

SERGEY GOLYAEV (23-11-0, 6 KO/TKO, 12 SUB), St. Petersburg, Russia


KAMIL MARON (5-1-0, 0 KO/TKO, 3 SUB), Tarnov, Poland


GEORGY FUROV (2-2-0, 1 KO/TKO, 0 SUB), Orenburg, Russia

SAID MAADZIEV (1-1-0, 1 SUB)), St. Petersburg, Russia

WSUB1 (Arm Bar)

MURAD MIRZABEKOV (1-1-0, 0 KO/TKO, 0 SUB), Orenburg, Russia

March 30, 2014

The Return of UFC International Fight Week

Filed under: News — The Fight Nerd @ 1:14 PM


It’s the news that UFC sport fans have been waiting for – that’s right, UFC International Fight Week will be returning this year to Sin City Las Vegas. Taking place from July 1st-6th, the third annual event will see not only ultimate fighting champions but a whole other host of events over the week, from arts, dining and shopping to charity events.


Competition is likely to be hot over the course of the week, and with the Vegas location, betting will be on everybody’s minds, with the UFC comparison at being no exception. The hotly anticipated event will see some of Vegas’ most renowned gambling havens playing host to the fighting, including the luxurious Mandalay Bay hotel, which has held UFC events in the past such as the UFC 170 card.

Hot new events for UFC International Fight Week

This year will also feature, for the first time ever, two huge fight cards in one weekend – the UFC 175 and the Ultimate Fighter 19 Finale. As Las Vegas is home of UFC, the city will also be holding a number of themed events over the course of the week, with exclusive access to UFC stars and celebrities.

Other hot favorites, that will be returning to Vegas for the UFC International Fight Week, include live performances from Las Vegas’ hottest talents, plus the chance to interact with fighters. That’s not forgetting of course the chance to party with the Octagon Girls, who will be making their babelicious way into a pool party during the week.

The UFC Fan Expo

There’ll be more than just fighting to this year – the UFC Fan Expo promises super fans the chance to watch all important weigh-ins, plus a free concert, grappling and martial arts tournaments and youth and adult activities.

Members of UFC Fight Club can enjoy VIP access to select events, as well as a range of other discounts on the biggest fights. This year’s UFC International Fight Week promises to be bigger than ever, with previous years having taken in more than $146 million for the city of Las Vegas. Rossi Ralenkotter, president of the Las Vegas Visitors Convention and Visitors Authority, said of the event: “UFC International Fight Week provides fans with unprecedented access to UFC stars and no destination matches the passion and energy like Las Vegas.”

With fighting, entertainment and hot competition, UFC International Fight Week guarantees to be a week to remember.

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