Weekly Mixed Martial Arts & Kickboxing News – 05/04/2012
By PDG Staff
The State of Vermont joins the MMA Ranks
The Ultimate Fighting Championship applauds the lawmakers of the state of Vermont following the successful vote of a bill to regulate Mixed Martial Arts, which recently passed through the Vermont Legislature. The “The Green Mountain State” becomes the 46th in the U.S. to approve the fastest-growing sport in the world.
“Vermont’s legislation of the sport of MMA is further evidence of the continued growth and success of our sport in this country,” said UFC Chairman and CEO Lorenzo Fertitta. “We are pleased that fans in Vermont will now have the opportunity to watch a live UFC event in their own backyard, and look forward to making that happen.”
“We are thrilled with the state of Vermont becoming the 46th state to regulate the sport of Mixed Martial Arts,” said Marc Ratner, UFC Senior Vice President of Government and Regulatory Affairs. “We look forward to working with their athletic commission in forming the rules and regulations of this great sport.”
The UFC has led the way in helping the sport of mixed martial arts gain regulation in the U.S. Only New York and Connecticut remain unregulated, while Alaska and Montana lack the necessary regulatory bodies to oversee the sport.
It’s Showtime 56 – Card Finalized
Siam Gym Belgium presents It’s Showtime 56
Saturday, May 12, 2012
De Schelp Event Hall
Said Oudaha vs. Björn Vanbrabant
Wim Beernaert vs. Mathias Vanmarcke
Anthony Cipriotti vs. Tom Vansteenkiste
Yassin Bouanan vs. Kirk Krouba
Kenny van Hondeghem vs. Vincent Gloris
Lorenzo Lootens vs. Thomas Vanneste
Hicham Moujtahid vs. Jessy Petit Jean
Najat Alaoui vs. Hatice Ozyurt
Jason Wilnis vs. Cheick Sidibe
Eric Denis vs. Sonny Dagraed
Salah Edine Kandoussi vs. Sergii Lashchenko
Andrew Tate vs. Sahak Parparyan – It’s Showtime world title (85 Kg max)
Michael Duut vs. Rustemi Kreshnik
Brian Douwes vs. Daniel Ghita
M-1 Challenge XXXII – Malikov vs. Garner Promo
UFC 149: Aldo vs. Kock – Card Updated
UFC 149: Aldo vs. Kock
July 21, 2012
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Jose Aldo vs. Erik Koch (UFC Featherweight Title Bout)
Mauricio “Shogun” Rua vs. Thiago Silva
Michael Bisping vs. Tim Boetsch*
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Cheick Kongo
Mitch Gagnon vs. Bryan Caraway
Ryan Jimmo vs. Anthony Perosh
Court McGee vs. Nick Ring
Mitch Clarke vs. Anton Kuivanen
George Roop vs. Antonio Carvalho
*Moved from UFC 148 to UFC 149.
Raphael “Noodle” Davis Pleads Not Guilty to All Charges
Professional Mixed Martial Arts fighter, Raphael Davis, was arraigned in Los Angeles County Superior Court yesterday, May 1, and pled not guilty to all charges. Mr. Davis was charged with filing false workers’ compensation insurance claims.
Mr. Davis stated, “I emphatically deny all charges against me, and I have never filed a false worker’s compensation claim while working as a firefighter. Further, any injuries received while competing in mixed martial arts had nothing to do with any worker’s compensation claims.
The media has portrayed me in a light that is in complete contradiction to my personal code of ethics. I am a professional athlete, family man, law-abiding citizen, and advocate for my community. These are many reasons I became a firefighter in the first place. I always strive to achieve greatness in my career, as a father and as a husband. I look forward to my day in court and being able to prove my innocence. I believe the facts will speak for themselves at that time.”
UFC 146: Dos Santos vs. Mir – Final Card Announced
UFC 146: Dos Santos vs. Mir
May 26, 2012
MGM Grand Garden Arena
Las Vegas, Nevada
Junior dos Santos vs. Frank Mir (UFC Heavyweight Title Bout)
Cain Velasquez vs. Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva
Roy Nelson vs. Dave Herman
Shane Del Rosario vs. Stipe Miocic
Mark Hunt vs. Stefan Struve
Diego Brandao vs. Darren Elkins
Edson Barboza vs. Jamie Varner
Jason “Mayhem” Miller vs. C.B. Dollaway
Jacob Volkmann vs. Paul Sass
Dan Hardy vs. Duane “Bang” Ludwig
Kyle Kingsbury vs. Glover Teixeira
Mike Brown vs. Daniel Pineda
Cribs & Rides: Josh Koscheck
UFC on FX 4: Maynard vs. Guida – Card Updated
The fists will fly at featherweight this summer, as verbal agreements are in for a bout between Hatsu Hioki and Ricardo Lamas. Hioki has been in the 145-pound title conversation since joining the UFC, and a June win could secure him that shot. The experienced Lamas has finished both of his opponents, one by submission, another by KO, since moving to featherweight.
UFC on FX 4: Maynard vs. Guida
June 22, 2012
Atlantic City, N.J.
Gray Maynard vs. Clay Guida
Hatsu Hioki vs. Ricardo Lamas
Nick Catone vs. Chris Camozzi
Matt Riddle vs. Luis Ramos
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
Sam Stout vs. Spencer Fisher
Curt Menefee, UFC on FOX anchor; Ronda Rousey, Frankie Edgar and Jon Jones Ring the NASDAQ Opening Bell
The stars of mixed martial arts and FOX Sports were out in force in New York on Tuesday, as reigning UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, 2004 Olympian and reigning Strikeforce women’s champion Ronda Rousey, former UFC lightweight king Frankie Edgar and UFC On FOX host Curt Menefee rang the Opening Bell at NASDAQ’s MarketSite in Times Square.
The MMA visited the MarketSite in anticipation of this Saturday’s huge UFC On FOX event at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey, which features a quadruple header of exciting match-ups across four weight classes.
Third UFC on FOX event airs over primetime this Saturday, May 5, from 8pm to 10pm Eastern (5pm to 7pm PT).
In what will be the fastest two-hours of fighting this weekend, UFC On FOX features the lightweight title eliminator between Nate Diaz and Jim Miller, the welterweight battle between Josh Koscheck and Johny Hendricks, a middleweight showdown between Rousimar Palhares and Alan Belcher – plus the potential heavyweight thriller between puncher Pat Barry and Levar Johnson.
Joe Schilling Interview for Cant Stop Crazy – Schilling vs. Marcus 2
WBC Muay Thai Interm World Champion Joe “Stitch Em Up” Schilling breaks his silence! His first time on camera since his last match with Simon Marcus. This interview was filmed in Downtown Los Angeles by Jeff Dojillo for CantStopCrazy.com
UFC 150: Henderson vs. Edgar II – Card Updated
TUF 3 alum Ed “Short Fuse” Herman and former Strikeforce champion Jake Shields have verbally agreed to a middleweight bout this August at UFC 150. The match-up will mark the return to middleweight for Shields, whose four UFC fights to date including a title fight match Georges St-Pierre have taken place at 170 pounds. The former Strikeforce middleweight champion previously notched wins over notables including Dan Henderson at 185 pounds.
UFC 150 – Henderson vs. Edgar II
August 11, 2012
Benson Henderson vs. Frankie Edgar (UFC Lightweight Title Bout)
Luiz Cane vs. Yushin Okami
Jake Shields vs. Ed Herman
Thiago Tavares vs. Dennis Hallman
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