Weekly Mixed Martial Arts & Kickboxing News – 03/30/2012
By PDG Staff
K-1 Returns with $2 Million in Prize Money for Fighters in 2012
The new “K-1 Production team” has announced the rise of K-1, offering millions of devoted fans and new audiences, an established world-class brand of combat.
A wide array of the world’s best stand up fighters, square off face to face, bringing together their own techniques born from Karate, Kickboxing, Muay Thai, Taekwondo, Savate, San Shou, and other martial arts. Few other sports share the global interest, elaborate the showmanship and the popularity of K-1, along with the deep spirituality and ritualism practiced over centuries by millions of martial artists.
Seven major, worldwide K-1 heavyweight (K-1 World GP) and K-1 middleweight (K-1 World Max) events are planned for 2012, where the world’s top warriors will battle in a survival series of explosive, three-round, single-elimination fights.
* May 27th – K-1 officially rises with a spectacular K-1 Tournament and Celebration at the Palacio Vista Aletre in Madrid, Spain, as we begin the search for the world’s best fighters.
* June-October – Tournaments span the globe with events in the US, Europe and Asia.
* Early September – US Regional Tournament takes place in Los Angeles.
* Later October – The K-1 World GP Final16 takes place in Asia.
* November – The K-1 World Max Final takes place in Asia, with a $300,000 Grand Prize (total prize money for Max: $500,000).
* December – The K-1 World GP Final in New York City, with a One Million Dollar grand prize (total prize money for WGP: $1,500,000).
Since 31st January 2012, K-1 Global Holdings Limited has been working to rebuild the K-1 brand, by bringing together a wide array of world-class fighters, top global venues, sponsors and broadcasters, and assembling a global organization and management team.
UFC on FOX 3: Diaz vs. Miller – Final Card
UFC on FOX 3
May 5, 2012
East Rutherford, New Jersey
Main Card Bouts:
Nate Diaz vs Jim Miller
Johny Hendricks vs. Josh Koscheck
Alan Belcher vs. Rousimar Palhares
Pat Barry vs. Lavar Johnson
Tony Ferguson vs. Thiago Tavares
John Dodson vs. Darren Uyenoyama
John Hathaway vs. Pascal Krauss
Louis Gaudinot vs. John Lineker
Danny Castillo vs. John Cholish
Dennis Bermudez vs. Pablo Garza
Johnny Bedford vs. Nick Denis
Mike Massenzio vs. Karlos Vemola
It’s Showtime Announces New YouTube Channel
It’s Showtime has officially launched their new YouTube channel:
The previous channel will not be updated with new content.
To kick off the new channel, they have uploaded all 6 fights of It’s Showtime 55, including Badr Hari vs. Gokhan Saki, and also a highlight video of the kickboxing career of Badr Hari.
Make sure to subscribe to their new channel, so you don’t miss a thing! It’s Showtime will be uploading interviews, fights, exclusive backstage footage, trailers and more! New videos will only be uploaded to the new channel!
King Mo Lawal – Suspended by the NSAC & Fired by Zuffa
This was definitely a week to week to forget for the former Strikeforce Champion, Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal. First the NSAC voted unanimously to suspend and fine Lawal for a failed drug test following his appearance at Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Jardine despite his pleads that he unknowingly took a “tainted supplement”.
After the verdict Lawal took to his twitter and lashed out at the NSAC for what he considered racial questions during his hearing.
Here is what Lawal had to say:
“I honestly feel like Lundvall was a racist bitch asking me if I can read or speak English, go on somewhere with that [expletive]!!!”
“I shoulda stayed home! Lol. NSAC had they mind made up b4 we got there! Lol. All the research we did and disclosed to em! They ignored!”
Needless to say that his employer Zuffa did not like those comments and they proceeded to fire the former champion. So in addition to being suspended for nine months from the date of the fight, fined 30 percent of an $80,000 fight purse and having to surrender his $15,000 win bonus and his win being changed to a no-contest… He is now unemployed.
Buakaw Training at his New Gym
UFC on FX 4 – Card Updates
UFC on FX 4
June 22, 2012
Atlantic City, N.J.
Gray Maynard vs. Clay Guida
Rick Story vs. Rich Attonito
Dan Miller vs. Ricardo Funch
Brian Ebersole vs. T.J. Waldburger
Steven Siler vs. Jim Hettes
Ross Pearson vs. Cub Swanson
Nick Catone vs. Chris Camozzi
Matt Riddle vs. Luis Ramos
Mairbek Taisumov vs. Marat Gafurov added to M-1 Challenge 32
Classic “striker vs. grappler” rivalry is scheduled for May 17 in Moscow: fast-handed and unbelievably experienced for his age, MMA-Spirit team member Mairbek Taisumov (17-3) will take on national grappling champion Marat Gafurov (4-0) from Dagestan, Russia.
If you are looking for a spectacular fight, any of Taisumov’s fights is sure bet for you. He is only 23, but he has already got 20 professional fights in his resume, only one of them went to judge decision. Mairbek fought on seven M-1 tournaments and lost only once: in the best M-1 fight of 2010, Mairbek was absolutely dominant in the second round against Belorussian striker Artiom Damkovsky, but eventually he lost in the third round due to doctor stoppage.
This defeat made Taisumov even stronger and more dedicated to his trainings, so he won five next fights in a row, all by finishes. There is no doubt, this guy has everything to be in world’s Top-10 lightweight rankings.
Grappling expert, world pancration champion and the master of sport in international class in hand-to-hand combat Marat Gafurov is going to be one of the toughest tests in rising MMA-Spirit star’s career. Even the smallest mistake from an opponent on the ground is enough for Marat to finish any fight.
After years of victories on pancration, hand-to-hand combat and grappling tournament Marat Gafurov emerged on the big MMA scene in 2010. After a couple of successful fights in regional promotion and on M-1 Ukraine tournament, he got his chance to fight on M-1 Challenge in Ufa last November.
Marat wanted this fight very much, so he even agreed to fight in welterweight class, though he is natural lightweight. After convincing victory against tough Sheikh-Magomed Arapkhanov he moved down to lightweight and took on Czhech grappling wunderkind David Kozma in one of the most entertaining fights on M-1 Challenge 31 tournament. Kozma fought very well and deserved the respect of Russian fans, but he was forced to tap in the second round.
This fight is going to be sure candidate for “fight of the night” honors that every MMA fan has to watch. What is better, Taisumov’s fast hands and legs or Gafurov’s great submission skills? You will find it out on May 17 in Moscow!
M-1 Challenge 32
May 17, 2012
Crocus City Arena
Alexander Emelianenko vs. TBA
Daniel Weichel vs. Yuri Ivlev (lightweight title bout)
Mairbek Taisumov vs. Marat Gafurov
UFC 145: Jones vs. Evans – Now a Six-Fight Main Card; Miguel Torres vs. Michael McDonald added to Main Card
One of the most anticipated UFC events of the year just got better. Emanating live from the Phillips Arena in Atlanta, GA, on April 21, UFC 145 will now be a special six-fight Pay-Per-View event.
The bantamweight collision between Miguel Torres and Michael McDonald – a classic crossroads fight, pitting a former world bantamweight champion against a 21-year-old young gun – will now be featured on the PPV portion of the card.
“Fighting on Pay-Per-View is special to me,” said Torres. “I would watch the big boxing cards with my father as a kid, and my father would well up with pride and emotion when guys like Julio Cesar Chavez fought. I’d never seen my father show so much emotion and I am proud to become an extension of that great Mexican fighting legacy in the UFC.”
McDonald said: “I think Miguel Torres is definitely the most significant opponent I’ve ever faced on a business perspective. Now it’s my chance to prove to myself that I can do what I think I can do on a huge Pay-Per-View event.”
The full six-fight card now reads:
Lightweight Bout: Mark Bocek vs. Matt Wiman
Featherweight Bout: Mark Hominick vs. Eddie Yagin
Bantamweight Bout: Miguel Torres vs. Michael McDonald
Heavyweight Bout: Brendan Schaub vs. Ben Rothwell
Welterweight Bout: Rory MacDonald vs. Che Mills
UFC Light Heavyweight Title: Jon Jones vs. Rashad Evans
Fight Code Returns April 14th in Minsk, Belarus
One FC 3: War of the Lions – LIVE & FREE on YouTube
One Fighting Championship on Monday announced that One FC: War of the Lions on March 31 will stream in its entirety for free on the One FC YouTube channel.
“As a gift of appreciation to all MMA fans around the world, I have decided to make the broadcast of the entire fight card for One FC: War of the Lions on March 31 completely free-of-charge in HD quality on our YouTube channel,” stated Victor Cui, One FC’s CEO.
“I want the world to see that Asian MMA is back bigger and better than ever! One Fighting Championship is Asia’s largest MMA organization with the biggest pan-Asian media broadcast to a potential 500 million viewers across 24 countries. We are here to lead the way in Asia!
“Tatsuya Kawajiri, Eduard Folayang, Eddie Ng, Kevin Belingon, Zorobabel Moreira, Masakazu Imanari, Ole Laursen, Melvin Manhoef, Yuya Shirai, Yoshiyuki Nakanishi and the rest of the fighters on the card will set Asia on fire on March 31.
“For this event, we are anticipating record attendance for One FC. We are expecting a sold-out show.”
MMA fans from anywhere in the world* can catch the action via live streaming free-of-charge on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/ONEFCmma.
Live streaming commences:
8:00 PM – Kuala Lumpur
1:00 PM – London
8:00 AM – New York City
5:00 AM – San Francisco
* Free live streaming is geo-blocked in Singapore and Japan.
Cage Warriors FC Signs MMA Legend Jens Pulver
The Cage Warriors roster continues to expand, with the organization pleased to announce that it has secured the services of former UFC lightweight champion Jens Pulver.
Pulver has signed a deal which will see him fight exclusively for CWFC outside of the USA. The 37-year-old will also travel to Cage Warriors events to host seminars and meet-and-greet sessions with fans.
A native of Washington, Pulver (25-16-1) was the UFC’s first lightweight champion having defeated Caol Uno to take the title in February 2001. He successfully defended the belt against both Dennis Hallman and BJ Penn.
Pulver was a coach on Season 5 of The Ultimate Fighter and also has a wealth of experience on other top promotions such as Pride FC and WEC.
“Jens Pulver is a legend in the sport and we’re delighted to have him on board,” said Cage Warriors director Graham Boylan.
“He can bring a lot to Cage Warriors as an organization, both in and out of the cage, and the fact that a guy of this stature wants to be associated with Cage Warriors gives people an indication of our standing at this moment in time.”
Pulver, who will debut for the organization at Cage Warriors 47 in Dublin on June 2, said: “I am very excited to work with Graham and to be a part of the international dominance that is Cage Warriors.
“I look forward to the fights and the appearances in the international venues. I plan to show the rest of the world why I was world champion and why I will be again.”
John Wayne Parr vs. Jordan Tai – June 23, 2012
Carlos Condit and BJ Penn Complete the Line-up for The MMA Show Live
It has been confirmed through their official websites and Facebook pages that current UFC Interim Welterweight Champion Carlos Condit and former two time UFC champion and MMA legend BJ Penn complete the lineup for Europe’s biggest ever MMA fan expo, The MMA Show Live, being held May 12 – 13 at The NEC in Birmingham.
They join a star studded lineup that includes the likes of Dan Henderson, Rashad Evans, Michael Bisping and Jake Shields, giving fans access to more top level UFC and MMA talent than any MMA show of its kind ever to be held in Europe.
Liam Fisher, the organizer of The MMA Show Live, stated “We promised a current UFC champion and a former UFC champion and we delivered! How often do you get the chance to meet and train with a legend like BJ Penn or a UFC champion like Carlos Condit? As we’re all such huge MMA fans, we’ve done everything we can to make this a show all about the fans and I think we’ve done exactly that. This show is made for the fans, by the fans! ”
The full schedule for the weekend was also announced on their official website www.themmashowlive.com which includes a PRIDE Retrospective on the main stage with Dan Henderson, Frank Trigg, Mark Coleman and Sokoudjou, and an Ultimate Fighter Retrospective with former TUF coach BJ Penn and TUF alums Matt Mitrione and Chris Leben.
Invicta Fighting Championships to Stream LIVE & FREE
Invicta Fighting Championships will stream its inaugural all-women’s professional Mixed Martial Arts event live in its entirety, free of charge to a worldwide audience on the promotion’s website, InvictaFC.com, from Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kan. on Saturday, April 28.
“Since we announced the formation of Invicta, we’ve received tremendous support and interest from fight fans around the world who are eager to watch some of the best fighters in the women’s field of MMA compete in our first event,” said Invicta President and Co-Founder Shannon Knapp.
“The live stream,” continued Knapp, “is the best way to give fans, no matter where they are located, the opportunity to participate and take in the action as it unfolds and, at the same time, establish the forthcoming Invicta website as an online destination for women’s MMA content.”
The live stream on InvictaFC.com will begin at 8 p.m. EST/5 p.m. PST with the event’s five-bout preliminary card and continue with the seven-bout main card.
The first-ever Invicta Fighting Championships event will be headlined by a long-awaited featherweight (145 pounds) rematch between superstar Marloes Coenen (19-5) of The Netherlands and Romy Ruyssen (5-1) of France.
In the co-main event, two 29-year-old submission specialists – Jessica Penne (8-1) of Laguna Hills, Calif. and Lisa Ellis-Ward (14-7) of Lacey, Wash.- will square off with one another at strawweight (105 pounds).
Fan of the Month Feature Added to Trigg MMA App for iPhone and Android
TRIGGZ Inc and Jebs Apps, LLC have announced an update to their favorite MMA insider’s app! MMA fighter and commentator Frank Trigg and Jebs Apps, LLC are proud to announce that a new fan feature has been added to the official ‘Trigg MMA’ App. The mobile phone application, available for the Android and iPhone, allows fans to get a sneak peek into the life of MMA fighter and commentator Frank Trigg.
According to Frank Trigg, “I’m happy that my phone app has been so well received by the fans and I’m very excited about the new feature that has been created exclusively for them. The new “Fan of the Month” feature is included with the purchase of the lifetime app membership. The more that a fan interacts with me on my Facebook fan page and Twitter, the better their chances are of being chosen as fan of the month.”
With the ‘Trigg MMA’ App fans can follow Trigg’s weekly playlist to see what he’s working out to, read his bio, check out his fight stats, and gain quick access to his Twitter and blog feeds. Fans can also find out when and where Trigg will be next with the ‘calendar of events’ feature. …And that’s not all!
Subscribers can also view fan photos, submit their own photos (which may be featured in the app), AND have fun with the five different “face off” green screens. The different green screens allow fans to insert their own photo to create fun face-off poses with Trigg!
The final section of the ‘Trigg MMA’ app gives subscribers access to exclusive videos (Cooking with Trigg, Training Tips, Fight Predictions and more!) This content cannot be found anywhere else and is only available through an in-app subscription ($1.99/month or $4.99/lifetime.) Lifetime subscribers will receive bonus ‘Triggism’ audio content (only accessible in the Lifetime subscription section of the App.).
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