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May 11, 2014

Eddie Alvarez Removed From Bellator PPV due to concussion, but the show must go on

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Bellator Lightweight Champion Eddie Alvarez has suffered a head injury before his scheduled May 17th Lightweight Title fight with Michael Chandler and has been removed from the fight card. In his place, Lightweight Tournament winner Will Brooks will now face Chandler for the Interim Lightweight World Title. The nights headlined by the Light Heavyweight Tournament Final between MMA icon Rampage Jackson and King Mo, along with Tito Ortiz battling Middleweight World Champion Alexander Shlemenko, all on Pay-Per-View.

“Injuries are part of MMA, but so are great opportunities, as we move forward with an incredible, must see night of fights this Saturday on Pay-Per-View,” Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney said. “This is a great card for MMA fans with huge value highlighted as Rampage Jackson is finally getting the opportunity to battle King Mo for a shot at the World Title, one of the most exciting young phenoms in MMA, Will Brooks getting a title shot against Michael Chandler, and of course Tito Ortiz in a crazy fight against Alexander Shlemenko. I can’t wait for this night of fights on May 17th.”

“This has been a crazy few days with a wide range of emotion, but with Will now in the picture, I know we are going to have fireworks on May 17th,” Chandler said. “I wish Eddie the best, and I’m looking forward to finishing our trilogy, but now I’m focused on the task at hand.”

“I’ve always said I’m ready to fight anyone with hesitation, and now this is my chance to back that up,” Brooks said. “I want that belt around my waist more than anyone, and I’m ready. This is just a great opportunity that I’m ready for. I’m ready to jump into the fire.”

The full fight card for the Bellator Pay-Per-View on May 17th is below:

Bellator Pay-Per-View Fight Card:

Bellator Light Heavyweight Tournament Final: Rampage Jackson (34-11) vs. King Mo (12-3)

Bellator Interim Lightweight World Title Fight: Michael Chandler (12-1) vs. Will Brooks (13-1)
Bellator Light Heavyweight Fight: Alexander Shlemenko (50-7) vs. Tito Ortiz (16-11-1)
Bellator Heavyweight Tournament Final: Blagoi Ivanov (11-0) vs. Alexander Volkov (20-4)

Bellator Welterweight Fight: Rickey Rainey (7-2) vs. Michael Page (5-0)

Bellator Spike TV Fight Card:

Bellator Heavyweight Fight: Cheick Kongo (20-9) vs. Eric Smith (6-1-1)
Bellator Featherweight Fight: Shahbulat Shamhalaev (12-2) vs. Fabricio Guerreiro (19-3)
Bellator Featherweight Fight: Goiti Yamauchi (16-2) vs. Mike Richman (16-4)

Bellator Spike.com Fight Card:

Bellator Featherweight Fight: Zach Underwood (12-5) vs. Austin Lyons (10-3)

Bellator Heavyweight Fight: Justin Frazier (6-1) vs. Mike Wessel (13-7)

Bellator Welterweight Fight: Ben Brewer (6-1) vs. Andy Uhrich (8-4)

Bellator Welterweight Fight: Anthony Lemon (2-3) vs. Codie Shuffield (4-0)

Bellator Bantamweight Fight: Cortez Phelia (2-0) vs. Brain Hall (7-2)

April 28, 2014

Team USA takes on the world at “Beat the Streets 2014″ Times Square Wrestling Meet

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In what has become a rite of spring in New York, Beat the Streets Wrestling, Inc. and USA Wrestling today announced details of this year’s international competition, which returns to Times Square on Wednesday, May 7, this time at a new location, between 42nd and 43rd Streets in Manhattan. Competitors for Team USA and a World All-Star team featuring select wrestlers from across the world will be announced shortly.

“We are excited to be back in Times Square, the center of the universe,” said Jim Fallis, Executive Director of Beat the Streets. “We are very excited about the concept of the USA vs. the World. We are pleased that many of the best wrestlers in the world will be coming to face our American team. Where else should it be than in Times Square?”

Top Beat the Streets wrestlers will showcase their skills in exhibition matches beginning at 4 p.m. Then it’s Team USA vs. the World at 5:30 p.m., followed by the Beat the Streets Award Gala at 7:30 p.m. at Best Buy Theater (1515 Broadway).

The USA vs. the World dual requires a ticket for reserved seating in Times Square, but is an outdoor event. Pedestrians and non-ticket holders are encouraged to watch. Admission tickets may be bought in advance at www.btsny.org or 212.245.6570. A ticket is required for the Gala. More details are available at http://www.btsny.org/gala/2014-gala.

The world-class competition has twice before been held in Times Square. Last year the event moved to historic Grand Central Terminal, where it was also a huge success. Dubbed “The Rumble on the Rails,” it featured dual meets between Team USA, Russia and Iran and was an important part of the international Keep Olympic Wrestling effort, which resulted in wrestling retaining its status on the Olympic Games program.

This will be the fifth straight year in which a major international-style wrestling competition will be hosted as part of the Beat the Streets Gala activities. In 2010, an all-star challenge featuring top U.S. wrestlers was held on the USS Intrepid, an aircraft carrier docked on the west side of Manhattan. In 2011, the United States defeated World champion Russia, 5-2, the first sports event ever held in historic Times Square. In 2012, another U.S. vs. Russia dual meet was held in Times Square, along with the U.S. Olympic Team Wrestle-off for the 60 kg/132 lbs. position on the U.S. Olympic Team in men’s freestyle. All of these events have been great showcases for international wrestling and have received major media coverage.

Tentative Beat The Streets Wrestling Schedule
At New York, May 7, 2014

4:00 p.m. – Beat the Streets Exhibition Matches in Times Square at 43rd Street
5:30 p.m. – World Class Wrestling: Team USA vs. The World in Times Square at 43rd Street
7:30 p.m. – Gala Celebration at Best Buy Theater at 1515 Broadway

April 23, 2014

Paul “Semtex” Daley signs with K-1 to return to kickboxing

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There is life after Bellator, as international MMA and Kickboxing superstar Paul “Semtex” Daley has signed with K-1. Paul Daley has fought all over the world against some of the best in both Mixed Martial Arts and Kickboxing. Starting with his first fight for K-1 in July, will be calling K-1 his new home.

Paul Daley will be making his K-1 debut this July in Thailand at the K-1 World MAX Finals event, fighting in a special 80kg feature bout. K-1 Global’s Nenad “Ned” Kuruc spoke of the historic signing; “We are very excited to have Paul Daley joining K-1. Over the past year we’ve been searching for the greatest talents in the world and signing an explosive talent like Paul Daley shows our commitment to that. Paul Daley is quite possibly the most explosive fighter in the world, period!”

Paul Daley spoke about his recent signing with K-1, after weeks of dropping hints on social media; “K-1, ‘THE’ K-1. What an honour it is for me to be part of such a great legacy and I hope that I can be part of the journey to re-establish the powerhouse brand that K-1 is capable of being. I’m going to fight hard, always look for the knockouts, entertain and aspire to be the champion, I ask for all my supporters from MMA to join me on my kickboxing journey.”

April 16, 2014

Glory announces first PPV event, “Last Man Standing”

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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 ticketmaster.com and fabulousforum.com, starting on Wednesday, April 16th at 1:00 pm ET. Prices start at $30 and VIP packages, including Forum Club access, are available.

April 11, 2014

GSP has successful knee surgery, unsure about return to Octagon

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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.”

April 9, 2014

WSOF signs Melvin “The Young Assassin” Guillard

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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

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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 Spike.com beginning at 7 p.m. EST/ 6 p.m. CST. Tickets for the event are on sale now and can be purchased on Ticketmaster.com and Bellator.com.

New Jersey native Kevin Roddy will kick off the Spike.com 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.

MAIN CARD:
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)

PRELIMINARY CARD:
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

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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.

March 30, 2014

The Return of UFC International Fight Week

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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.

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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 sportsbettingsites.tv 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.

March 14, 2014

Strikezone holds “Strikers’ Cup 11″ in New Jersey on March 15

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With a stacked amateur card in place, Strikezone Promotions Muay Thai event, “The Strikers’ Cup’s 11″ will hit Voorhees, New Jersey tomorrow night!

The 13 intriguing contests will feature athletes from eleven of the tri-state’s top Muay Thai and MMA gyms and take place on Saturday, March 15, 2014, at the Flyers Skate Zone (601 Laurel Oak Rd, Voorhees, NJ 08043). The sanctioned bouts are set to begin at 8:00 p.m. (ET). Celebrated fight broadcaster GoFightLive will cover all the action on their website gfl.tv.

“We’re thrilled to host another fantastic night of Muay Thai kickboxing as we promote this great combat sport,” Derek Riddick, New Jersey fight promoter and owner of Strikezone Promotions, had to say about the event. “This is going to a very exciting event for both seasoned and new amateur fighters looking to hone their skills under the pressures of a crowd.”

Riddick added, “We’ve got many fighters, male and female, making their debuts, and for them and their fans the excitement and anticipation rivals any world championship battle. Plus, there’s really no “feeling out” round in the amateurs, so the intensity and non-stop action goes from start to finish. With the added spice from Strikers’ Cup regulars from Daddis, Tiger Schulmann, Five Points, Girl Fight and Strikezone, we’re pleased to add Square Circle NY to the mix. All told, I think we’ve put together a fight card that is going to deliver an entertaining evening.”

A large portion of the gate proceeds will benefit two great charities — “Autism Speaks” and “The American Cancer Society” — thereby making this event not only a platform to showcase these fighters, but also a path to aiding those in need.

The complete fight card is below:

• Lightweight (over 130 to 135 lbs.) Emily Back, AMA Fight Club vs. Diana Zhivanaj, TSMMA

• Lightweight (over 130 to 135 lbs.) Jonathan Nieves, Square Circle New York vs. Lizandro Zhinin, Daddis Fight

• Lt Heavyweight (178 Limit) Josh O’Reilly, NJMA vs. Tunde Lapido, TSMMA

• Welterweight (over 140 to 147 lbs.) Jimmy Cavalucci, Daddis Fight Camps vs. Juan Vidas, TSMMA

• Light Heavyweight (over 168 to 175 lbs.) James Peay, Five Points Academy vs. Angel Rodriques, TSMMA

• Heavyweight (over 210 lbs. to 235 lbs.) Ralph Arias,TSMMA vs. Jaalas Moura, Ironbound Fight Club

• Welterweight (over 140 to 147 lbs.) Anthony Kluska, Daddis Fight Camps vs. Justin Musliga, TSMMA

• Flyweight (up to 112 lbs.) Hazel Donguitis, Girl Fight MMA vs. Antje Schoeman, Square Circle New York

• Middleweight (over 154 to 161 lbs.) Bobby Malcolm, Daddis Fight Camps vs. Damien Bailey, TSMMA

• Featherweight (over 122 to 126 lbs.) Manuel Seguero, TSMMA vs. Sam Santiago, Square Circle New York

• Super Middleweight (over 161 to 168 lbs.) Andy Seqovia, TSMMA vs. Linwood Lewis, UFC Gym Cherry Hill

• Lt Heavyweight (178 Limit) Saidi Mohamed, Camp Undefeated vs. Kenny Klotz, Strikezone MMA

• Lightweight (over 140 to 147 lbs.) Carl Gaeta, Five Points Academy vs. Danny Ramirez, TSMMA

For ticket information contact Derek Riddick of Strikezone at 856-439-9663.

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