MIGUEL TORRES WEC 51 INTERVIEW

July 13, 2010 by  

Ray Flores talks with Miguel Torres about his upcoming battle with Charlie Valencia at WEC 51 on September 30th at the 1st Bank Center in Broomfield, Colorado. That fight will be the co-main event on the card with featherweight champion Jose Aldo and Manny Gamburyan to fight for the title as the main event.

KIMBO SLICE, WORLD’S STRONGEST MAN COMING TO CHICAGO

July 13, 2010 by  

The MMA promotion Moosin is bringing some big fighters — in both name and size — right here to Chicago according to MMA Fighting. The event is scheduled to take place on October 9th at a venue that has yet to be determined.

Moosin wants to match up Tim Sylvia against Hong Man Choi and Kimbo Slice against world’s strongest man Mariusz Pudzianowski. Moosin executive Corey Fischer told MMA Fighting, “I would say the Kimbo-Pudzianowski fight is the furthest from being finished, but we’re trying to work on it and make it happen.” With Chicago’s huge Polish population, Pudzianowski against anyone would be a huge draw here. But pitting him against the former Elite XC and UFC fighter Kimbo makes it sensational.

Sylvia is coming off a win against Pudzianowski at the first Moosin event in May, “God of Martial Arts”. Slice hasn’t fought since losing by TKO to Matt Mitrione at UFC 113. He was cut by the UFC after that loss. Hong Man Choi is most famous for having fought Jose Canseco, as well as being submitted by Fedor Emelianenko on New Year’s Eve in 2007. He last fought in October of 2009, losing to Ikuhisa Minowa. He holds a 2-4 MMA record, with other losses to Badr Hari and Cro Cop.


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FELICE HERRIG MUAY THAI SEMINAR

July 12, 2010 by  

Felice Herrig is giving a Muay Thai clinic in August at MBD Martial Arts in Des Plaines.  The Lil’ Bulldog is most known for starring in the reality show “Fight Girls” and training under renowned trainer Master Toddy.  In the show’s finale she fought in Thailand and defeated her opponent.

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RASHAD EVANS TALKS TRAINING WITH MIGUEL TORRES

July 12, 2010 by  

Local ring announcer and MMA play by play man Ray Flores talked with Rashad Evans during a break in training with Miguel Torres at Torres Martial Arts in Hammond, Indiana. Rashad talks about training with Miguel, beating Rampage and his upcoming title fight with Shogun Rua.


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BELLATOR RETURNS TO CHICAGO THEATRE

July 9, 2010 by  

Chicago/LA based Bellator Fighting Championships is gearing of for its third season of Mixed Martial Arts Action.

Bellator 25 will mark the Chicago landmark’s second-ever mixed martial arts event the first being Bellator 14 which took place on April 15, 2010.  The Bellator 25 card will feature two quarterfinal fights in both the Season 3 Heavyweight and Women’s World Championship tournaments.

Damian “The Polish Pitbull” Grabowski will make his U.S. debut in a quarterfinal heavyweight world championship tournament fight against knock-out artist Scott Barrett.

Grabowski, who was considered one of the top heavyweight free agents in the world before signing with Bellator, boasts a perfect 13-0 pro record. The Polish Pitbull has not only finished each of his opponents by TKO or submission, but not one of his opponents has yet to see the third round of a fight. His spectacular tenacity was on full display in April 2009, when he competed in a one-night, 16-man heavyweight tournament in an Austrian promotion that featured no-time-limit bouts. Grabowski dismantled each of his four opponents, winning the tournament with his longest fight lasting only 3:48 into the second frame. In his most recent fight last month Grabowski TKO’d the highly regarded heavyweight Michal Kita in the first round.

Barrett, who owns a four-fight win streak coming into the tournament, fought earlier this year at Bellator 19 where he knocked out formerly undefeated Ty Lee just 2:25 into Round 1.

Bellator 25 will also include an opening-round fight in Bellator’s World Championship Women’s Tournament featuring Zoila “The Warrior Princess” Frausto and the world’s No. 6-ranked flyweight, undefeated Jessica Pene.

Frausto was added to the tournament after she shocked the MMA world recently at Bellator 23 with her stunning KO of the world’s top-ranked and heavily favored Rosi Sexton.  Sexton was subsequently forced out of the tournament due to a 60-day medical suspension from the Kentucky Boxing and Wrestling Authority. Pene debuted for Bellator in May 2009 with a first round TKO against Tammie Schneider at Bellator 5.  Her unblemished record also features a submission victory over fellow tournament participant and No. 8 world ranked 115 pounder, Angela Magana.

In other action, Aisling Daly, the best female mixed martial artist in Ireland and the world’s No. 3-ranked 125 lbs. woman, will drop down to 115 lbs. to face 13-5 submission ace and No. 3-ranked flyweight Lisa Ward in the opening round of the World Championship Women’s Tournament.  The 22-year-old Daly will make her U.S. MMA debut backed by a pristine 9-0 record, while Ward enters the fight with one win already coming under the Bellator banner.  Just two weeks ago at Bellator 22, she dismantled Stephanie Frausto with a slick rear naked choke 2:01 into the first round.

The Bellator Season 3 Heavyweight and Women’s World Championship tournaments begin Aug. 12 and will once again be televised LIVE in primetime every Thursday night on FOX Sports Net and during special weekend highlight shows on NBC, Telemundo and the cable network mun2.

For more information, visit Bellator.com, follow Bellator on Twitter @BellatorMMA or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Bellator.

Tickets are priced at $100, $75, $50, and $35, and go on sale at Ticketmaster.com beginning this Saturday, July 10th, at noon.


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CHICAGO’S LOUIS TAYLOR TO FACE JOE RIGGS

July 9, 2010 by  

Chicago’s Louis Taylor is headed to the main event. Taylor got the call to take on Joe “Diesel” Riggs to headline a stacked STRIKEFORCE Challengers event from Dodge Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona. Taylor will be fighting Riggs in front of Diesel’s home crowd, and they’ll do it at a catch weight of 182 pounds in the main event on Friday, Aug. 13, LIVE on SHOWTIME at 10 p.m. here in Chicago.

Taylor is 6-1 and has rattled off two consecutive knockout wins since his first career loss to Nate Moore on the undercard of the STRIKEFORCE and M-1 GLOBAL: Fedor vs. Rogers event here in Hoffman Estates last November.

The 5-foot-11 Taylor has scored knockouts in four of his six consecutive victories and has only gone to the judges scorecards once in his professional career.
The event, STRIKEFORCE’s first in the state of Arizona, will also feature a four-woman single elimination welterweight (135 pound) tournament comprised of four female prospects to be announced soon. The tournament will be completed over the course of the evening’s fight card.

The winner of the tournament will likely face the champion of the July 23 STRIKEFORCE Women’s Welterweight Title fight between undefeated, defending champ Sarah Kaufman and challenger Roxanne Modafferi in Everett, Wash., LIVE on SHOWTIME.

Riggs holds notable victories over STRIKEFORCE Welterweight champ Nick Diaz, Kendall Grove, Chris Lytle and “The N.Y. Badass” Phil Baroni. He is coming off a controversial unanimous decision loss to streaking, former world champ Jay Hieron at STRIKEFORCE: Miami on Jan. 30, 2010.


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BRING THE WEC BACK TO CHICAGO

July 9, 2010 by  

This summer, AMP Energy is giving mixed martial arts fans the opportunity to decide where a World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) event will take place – and giving two lucky fans a chance to win an all-expense-paid trip to the fighter, wherever it is. AMP Energy, the WEC, Hess and Maverik convenience stores, and Versus TV are partnering on the Hometown Takedown, a contest that gives 30 cities the chance to host a WEC event in December. The voting is open and runs through July 31, and the winning city will be announced on August 18.

Fans can vote online at AMPEnergy.com/WEC or text their zip code to a secret number available only at Hess and Maverik locations.

“AMP Energy is giving consumers the authority to tell a major sport where an event will take place, and I’m not sure that’s ever been done before,” said Pat Santangelo, assistant marketing manager, AMP Energy. “We know how passionate WEC fans are, so we partnered with the WEC, Hess, Maverik and Versus on this collaborative effort that is sure to make serious noise this year. We want fans to be a part of the process.”

Fans who don’t live near the winning city still have the opportunity to attend the fight by visiting participating Hess and Maverik stores. One winner will represent Hess and one lucky fan will represent Maverik. For complete contest details and a Leader Board update, log onto www.AMPEnergy.com/WEC.

CHICAGO BJJ COACH HELPS KEY BROCK LESNAR’S SUCCESS

July 7, 2010 by  

There’s a Chicago area connection to the success of reigning UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar: Brazilian Jiu Jitsu world champion Rodrigo “Comprido” Medeiros.  Comprido coaches BJJ at FloMMA in Northwest Suburban Palatine.

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CELEBRATING THE FOURTH, MMA STYLE

July 4, 2010 by  

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Looking at the famous 4s in MMA history…

UFC 4: Revenge of the Warriors

UFC 4 UFC 4 was an 8-man tourney back in 1994. No weight classes or weight limits. No time limits, rounds or judges. Royce Gracie beat Dan Severn with a triangle choke to win the tourney. Gracie had to get by local fighter Keith Hackney (Hackney’s Combat Academy) in the semis to get to Severn.

WEC 4: Rumble Under the Sun

kurt pellegrino WEC 4 took place in Connecticut in 2002. Jeremy Horn won the main event by subbing Aaron Brink in the 1st round. Kurt Pellegrino (pictured) beat Mac Danzig for the WEC Lightweight Title. Mike Swick won in just his 3rd professional fight, as did local fighter Jeff Curran, who beat Bao Quach by decision.

Pride FC 4

Pride FC 4 Pride FC 4 was held back in 1998 at the Tokyo Dome in Japan. “The Smashing Machine” Mark Kerr remained undefeated with his 10th straight win, a TKO of Hugo Duarte. Marco Ruas’ corner threw in the towel in his bout, giving Alexander Otsuka his first professional win. Igor Vovchanchyn KO’d Gary Goodridge, and Rickson Gracie beat Nobuhiko Takada by an armbar near the end of the first round.

King of the Cage 4: Gladiators

King of the Cage King of the Cage 4: Gladiators was held in June of 2000. Co-creator of KOTC Tedd Williams won via keylock in round 1. Marvin Eastman defeated Quinton “Rampage” Jackson by unanimous decision. Duane “Bang” Ludwig beat up Shad Smith, whose corner called it quits for him in round 1. And the late Jeremy Williams needed less than one minute to win by armbar.

Strikeforce: Triple Threat

Gina Carano Triple Threat was the fourth MMA event held by Strikeforce. Gina Carano beat Elaina Maxwell for her 3rd straight win as a pro. Ruben Villareal’s corner stopped his fight against Paul Buentello in round 2. Cung Le beat Jason Von Flue by TKO after a huge knee opened up a gash over Von Flue’s left eye. Bobby Southworth won the Strikeforce LHW belt by beating Vernon White via unanimous decision.

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