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Bellator MMA Results & Fighter Quotes From Tampa, FL

 
Tampa, FL (March 28, 2013)The final results are in for Bellator MMA live from the USF Sundome in Tampa, Florida. The night showcased the Lightweight Tournament Final with David Rickels finishing Saad Awad via TKO in the second round. The event also featured the Light Heavyweight Tournament Final as Emanuel Newton defeated Mikhail Zayats in a unanimous decision. Both winners earned a $100,000 tournament prize and a guaranteed title shot. 
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Light Heavyweight Tournament Final: Emanuel Newton defeats Mikhail Zayats via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).

Emanuel Newton:

Thank you Bjorn, Spike and all of the Bellator staff for being behind me. He is a tough opponent and I went out there and put on my best performance. I know I can get better and I have to get better and I am looking forward to my next fight.

 

 

Mikhail Zayats:

I want to thank everyone who came out today. I want to thank Bjorn and all of my fans in Russia and all over the world. I was a little upset because I had an injury two days ago and I tried to postpone my fight. Newton is a great fighter and I congratulate him on a good fight.

Lightweight Tournament Final: David Rickels defeats Saad Awad via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 5:00
 
David Rickels
My hat is off to Awad, he is a great fighter. I am very happy and really excited. I think I’ve showcased a lot of my skills and I believe I have a lot of the facets of the game. I am really looking forward to seeing who I will fight in the championship and I want that belt around my waist.
Saad Awad
Thank you to everyone for supporting me. It didn’t go my way tonight. I broke my hand in the first round and sorry I had to wrestle for two rounds. I really didn’t want to do that. He caught me in the second round and there is nothing I can do about it, congrats.
 
Welterweight Qualifier Fight: Luis Melo defeats Trey Houston via submission (arm-triangle choke) – R3, 1:09
 
Luis Melo
I would like to thank god for the opportunity and Bellator and Bjorn for believing in my potential and bringing me here. I have been fighting for over 10 years and I am happy to have the opportunity to fight here and represent in my big my debut. I will always come to fight and I will always come to entertain you guys.  
Trey Houston
Thank you for the opportunity. It didn’t go my way tonight. He was a very good opponent and has been doing this longer than I knew what the sport was. I hope I can come back because I am still learning a lot and I am improving quickly.
 
Bantamweight Qualifier Fight:  Rodrigo Lima defeats Ronnie Mann via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Rodrigo Lima
First of all thank you for the opportunity to fight with Bellator. I took the fight in 22 days and I was really focused on that and I put my heart in it. Congrats to Ronnie and the chance to fight against him.
Ronnie Mann
Thank you to Bellator and Bjorn for having me. All I can say is that I have more to offer if I get the opportunity again.
Welterweight Feature Fight: Julien Williams defeats Kenny Moss via submission (guillotine-choke) – Round 1, 3:19
 
Heavyweight Feature Fight: Augusto Sakai defeats Rob Horton via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 4:01
 
Women’s Feature Fight: Jessica Aguilar defeats Patricia Vidonic via decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
 
Featherweight Feature Fight: Joe Taimanglo defeats Ronnie Rogers via submission (north-south choke) – Round 2, 0:33
 
Lightweight Feature Fight: Edson Berto defeats Bruno Carvalho via submission (heel hook) – Round 1, 1:27
 
Catchweight Feature Fight (157 lbs): Tony Fryklund vs. Patrick Cenoble ended in a draw (29-27, 27-29, 28-28)
 
Women’s Feature Fight: Felice Herrig defeats Heather Clark via decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
For more information, visit Bellator.com, follow Bellator on Twitter @BellatorMMA, follow Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney @BjornRebney and check out Bellator on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BellatorMMA    

Bellator MMA Weigh-in Results from USF’s Sundome

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Tampa, F.L. (March 27, 2013) –  The Bellator MMA weigh-ins have been completed from the University of South Florida’s Sundome in preparation for Bellator MMA’s March 28th event, which will showcase the Lightweight and Light Heavyweight Tournament Finals.

Bellator MMA will take place at the USF Sundome on Thursday, March 28th with the first fight taking place at 8 p.m. EST and streaming LIVE on Spike.com. The televised portion of the night will begin at 10 p.m. EST and will air LIVE on Spike TV.

MAIN CARD:

Light Heavyweight Tournament Final: Mikhail Zayats (205.6) vs. Emanuel Newton (204.4)

Lightweight Tournament Final: Saad Awad (155.7) vs. David “Caveman” Rickels (155.8)

Welterweight Qualifier Fight: Luis Melo (169.8) vs. Trey Houston (170.0)

Bantamweight Qualifier Fight:  Rodrigo Lima (135.8) vs. Ronnie Mann (135.7)

 

PRELIMINARY CARD:

Welterweight Feature Fight: Julien Williams (170.0) vs. Kenny Moss (171)

Heavyweight Feature Fight: Augusto Sakai (261.3) vs. Rob Horton (242.2)

Women’s Feature Fight: Patricia Vidonic (115.0) vs. Jessica Aguilar (114.6)

Featherweight Feature Fight: Ronnie Rogers (146) vs. Joe Taimanglo (145.6)

Lightweight Feature Fight: Bruno Carvalho (155.3) vs. Edson Berto (155.6)

Catchweight Feature Fight(157 lbs.): Tony Fryklund (155.6) vs. Patrick Cenoble (156.2)

Women’s Feature Fight: Heather Clark (115.9) vs. Felice Herrig (115.7)

 

 

For more information, visit Bellator.com, follow Bellator on Twitter @BellatorMMA, follow Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney @BjornRebney and check out Bellator on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BellatorMMA    

THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER EPISODE 10 RESULTS‏

TUF Jones vs Sonnen

 

Kelvin Gastelum and Dylan Andrews reach the final four

 

Series continues next Tuesday on FX at 9 p.m. ET/PT

 

Las Vegas, NevadaThe Ultimate Fighter® returned to FX on Tuesday night with the 10th episode of the season – The Quarterfinals Begin. Four fighters entered the Octagon® hoping to secure a spot in the semi-finals but it was Team Sonnen’s Kelvin Gastelum and Team Jones’ Dylan Andrews who emerged victorious.

 

Gastelum, 5-0 in mixed martial arts, wasted no time showing why he deserved to move on in the competition, downing Collin Hart by TKO at 0:33 of the first round. Following a swift exchange, Gastelum landed on Hat, 4-1-1, with a sharp left hand and finished the fight.

 

Squaring off in the second quarterfinal of the night was Team Sonnen’s top pick – Luke Barnatt, 5-0 – and Team Jones’ last pick – Andrews, 16-4-1. Underestimated early on in the competition, Andrews’ patience and determination paid off as he finally exploded and defeated Barnatt by TKO at 1:58 of the sudden victory round.

 

Also on the show, UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey – who will feature as a coach on the next season of The Ultimate Fighter – and boxing legend Mike Tyson stopped by the TUF gym to surprise the competitors and share some words of wisdom.

 

A full recap is available at ufc.com.

 

Results after episode 10:

 

Team Sonnen – coached by UFC®  light heavyweight Chael Sonnen – (5-5)

Luke Barnatt (1-1, TKO win over Gilbert Smith in episode 2, TKO’d by Dylan Andrews in episode 10)

Uriah Hall (1-0, KO’d Adam Cella in episode 3)

Zak Cummings (0-1, lost a UD to Dylan Andrews in episode 8)

Tor Troeng (0-1, lost to Josh Samman via TKO in episode 6)

Jimmy Quinlan  (1-0, submitted Clint Hester in episode 7)

Kevin Casey (0-2, lost a UD to Collin Hart in episode 4, lost via TKO [failure to answer to bell] to Bubba McDaniel in episode 9)

Kelvin Gastelum (2-0, submitted Bubba McDaniel in episode 5, defeated Collin Hart by KO in episode 10)

 

Team Jones – coached by UFC®  light heavyweight champion Jon Jones – (5-5)

Clint Hester (0-1, submitted by Jimmy Quinlan in episode 7)

Josh Samman (1-0, defeated Tor Troeng by TKO in episode 6)

Bubba McDaniel  (1-1, submitted by Kelvin Gastelum in episode 5, defeated Kevin Casey by TKO [failure to answer to bell] in episode 9)

Gilbert Smith (0-1, TKO’d by Luke Barnatt in episode 2)

Collin Hart  (1-1, defeated Kevin Casey by UD in episode 4, TKO’d by Kelvin Gastelum in episode 10)

Adam Cella (0-1, KO’d by Uriah Hall in episode 3)

Dylan Andrews (2-0, defeated Zak Cummings by UD in episode 8, defeated Luke Barnatt by TKO in episode 10)

 

The series resumes next Tuesday, April 2, on FX at 9 p.m. ET/PT (check local listings for Central and Mountain Time). In that episode – Vicious” – Josh Samman (Team Jones) vs. Jimmy Quinlan (Team Sonnen) and Bubba McDaniel (Team Jones) vs. Uriah Hall (Team Sonnen) face-off in the third and fourth quarterfinal fights. Then, Dana reveals the semifinal match-ups.

 

Tickets for The Ultimate Fighter® Finale are on-sale now. To purchase tickets to the April 13th event at Mandalay Bay Events Center, or for more information, visit the Mandalay Bay Events Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster locations, www.ticketmaster.com, or charge-by-phone at 800.745.3000.

 

For more show information, and your chance to play the TUF Fantasy Tournament, visit ultimatefighter.com and follow us on Twitter @TUFonFX or on Facebook.com/TUF.

MMA Fight Radio Special Guest Thursday April 4 Urijah Faber, Fighting in the Main Event – The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 17 Finale

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MMA Fight Radio special guest Thursday April 4 Urijah Faber, fighting in the main event @ The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 17 Finale at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nevada, on April 13, 2013

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Fight Card for the TUF 17 Finale

Urijah Faber vs. Scott Jorgensen

TUF 17 Middleweight Final

Miesha Tate vs. Cat Zingano

Travis Browne vs. Gabriel Gonzaga

Cole Miller vs. Bart Palaszewski

Justin Lawrence vs. Daniel Pineda

Maximo Blanco vs. Sam Sicilia

 

 

MMA Fight Radio

Arizona’s original MMA Radio Show

Thursdays, 6-7 p.m. on KDUS The Fan AM 1060

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·        MMA Fight Radio (formerly known as “The Octagon) is Arizona’s original MMA Radio Show. It has been successfully broadcasting more than 18 months.

·        Broadcast partners have included Prosource.Net, Chop N Wok, Mike’s Hard Lemonade, Kona Brewing Company, Orange Theory Fitness, Fitness Works, LA Boxing, Kaizen MMA and DelaFit.

·        MMA Fight Radio reaches your key demographic: young, active, fitness-oriented men.

·        MMA Fight Radio reaches 28,000 monthly cum audience.

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Mixed martial arts (MMA), a sport combining boxing and martial arts, is big business!!!

·        MMA, including UFC, Bellator & Strikeforce, is the world’s fastest growing sport.

·        In the past decade, MMA has enjoyed remarkable commercial success.

·        MMA is attracting young, well-established, high-tech consumers.

·        MMA fans have sound financials. They are 15 percent more likely than the average American adult to have a household income of $75k+ and 10 percent more likely to own a second home.

·        An estimated 28.1 million Americans took part in some form of martial arts  in 2011.

·        A typical UFC pay-per-view broadcast reaches 16 million people; a Fox UFC broadcast averages 5 million viewers; Website ufc.com reaches over 317K Americans per month.

·        MMA fans trend young:

Ages           %

18-29          36%

30-39          31%

40-49          24%

50-59           6%

60-69           3%

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DUEL FOR DOMINATION MMA!!

Saturday, March 30, 2013 at 8pm MMA AT IT’S FINEST! Duel for Domination was started back in 2011 with one goal in mind. To put on top MMA shows and treat the combatants with the care and respect they deserve. We host our events out of the Arizona Event Center, a world class venue that has a capacity of over 4000 people located in Mesa, Arizona, the countries 35 largest city.
All of our events are sanctioned and officiated by the Arizona Boxing and MMA Commission.
Get tickets here www.duelfordomination.com

 

 

Tuff-N-Uff “Mayhem In Mesquite” Results & Video‏

Marina Shafir vs Danielle Mack video 
Spectacular Head-Kick Knockout video

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Kari Lichtenwalner Record: 3-5-0 Team: Xtreme Couture MMA.tv FACEBOOK Kristi Lopez Record: 3-1-0 Team: 10th Planet Hollywood FACEBOOK
Winner: Kristi Lopez
155lb/165lb Title Defense
Lenon Ford Record: 3-1-0 Team: 10th Plannet Corona/ Dominant Breed Boxing FACEBOOK Shane Johnson Record: 6-2-1 Team: The Nomin8ed Crew FACEBOOK
Winner: Shane Johnson
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Danielle Mack Record: 0-3-0 Team: Sweet Science MMA.tv FACEBOOK Marina Shafir Record: 3-0-0 Team: GFC/Gracie Barra FACEBOOK
Winner: Marina Shafir
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Ghoststar Original Record: 0-1-0 Team: Ghoststar Original Pirate David Sands Record: 1-2-0 Team: Sweet Science Boxing & MMA FACEBOOK
Winner: David Sands
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Andrew Yeverino  Record: 0-1-0 Team: KO MMA Ryan Renaud Record: 1-0-0 Team: Drysdale MMA.tv
Winner: Ryan Renaud
170lbs
Fred Bulletts Record: 3-2-0 Team: IMA Richie Martinez Record: 3-0-1 Team: 10th Planet Vista/ Dominant Breed Boxing
Winner: Richie Martinez
170lbs
Sam Edwards Record: 0-1-0 Team: Team Fusion AJ Williams Record: 2-0-0 Team: Syndicate MMA
Winner: AJ Williams
135lbs
Adam Aquaviva Record: 2-1-0 Team: Syndicate MMA FACEBOOK George Perez Record: 0-1-0 Team: KO MMA
Winner: Adam Aquaviva
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Javier Guzman Record: 1-4-0 Team: Xtreme Couture William Schroeder  Record: 0-1-0 Team: KO MMA
Winner: Javier Guzman
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Brandon Scheider Record: 1-1-0 Team: Mix It Jermaine McDermott Record: 1-0-0 Team:  MMA.tv
Winner: Jermaine McDermot

Bellator MMA Results and Fighter Quotes From Lewiston, Maine

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Lewiston, ME (March 22, 2013)The final results are in for the Bellator MMA event live from The Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston, Maine.  The night was headlined with Dave Jansen defeating Marcin Held to win the Lightweight Tournament Finals, a tournament prize of $100,000 and a guaranteed title shot against current Bellator Lightweight Champion Michael Chandler.

Lightweight Tournament Final Fight: Dave Jansen defeats Marcin Held via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

 

Dave Jansen:

“Thanks Bjorn and the entire Bellator staff. I have nothing but gratitude for Marcin. He’s phenomenal and getting to train to fight against him was a tough puzzle to put together, but it really improved my game.”

 

I want to keep the momentum going and I’m looking forward to fighting Michael Chandler and what a unique puzzle he is as a fighter.”

 

Marcin Held:

“Thank you to Dave. It was a really good fight. In the second round I tried to submit Dave and I lost all my power. I almost couldn’t move and I had no power left, which wasn’t good for me.”

 

“Dave is really good and it was pleasure for me to fight against him. I would like to say good luck in your next fight with Michael Chandler.”

 

Heavyweight Feature Fight: Ryan Martinez defeats Travis Wiuff via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 18 seconds

 

Ryan Martinez:

“Thanks Bjorn and Bellator for having me back. I was anxious to get back in the cage. Taking this fight, many people thought it was stupid, but I saw it as a window of opportunity. At this level you don’t get to cherry pick your fights and who you go against. We are fighters and that’s how we live.”

 

Welterweight Feature Fight: Marcus Davis vs. Waachiim Spiritwolf was declared a no-contest (illegal groin shot)

 

Marcus Davis:

“I want to thank everyone and I absolutely love this state and the people from here. To get the welcoming that I got when I came in the cage was overwhelming and I was swept away. I’ve never heard a crowd like that in this state- ever.”

 

“It was upsetting that I was unable to showcase my skills to the people of Maine and Bellator and I will continue to represent this company and MMA the best I can.”

 

Middleweight Feature Fight: Dave Vitkay defeats Dan Miragliotta via technical submission (guillotine-choke) – Round 1, 18 seconds

 

Welterweight Feature Fight:  Michael Page defeats Ryan Sanders via TKO – Round 1, 11 seconds

 

Middleweight Feature Fight: Jason Butcher defeats Jack Hermansson via submission (triangle-choke) – Round 1, 2:24

 

Light Heavyweight Feature Fight: Mike Mucitelli defeats Brent Dillingham via submission (armbar) Round 1, 2:48

 

Middleweight Feature Fight: Joe Pacheco defeats Pierre Pierry vis submission (keylock) – Round 1, 1:54

 

Featherweight Feature Fight: Vince Murdock defeats Jon Raio via TKO (strikes) –Round 3, 4:01

 

Lightweight Feature Fight: Jon Lemke defeats Jesse Erickson with a TKO (punches and knees) – Round 1, 2:50

 

For more information, visit Bellator.com, follow Bellator on Twitter @BellatorMMA, follow Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney @BjornRebney and check out Bellator on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BellatorMMA    

MMA Draft Spotlight with Trigg Generates Publicity for Amateur Martial Artists

MMA DraftMMADraft.com Generates Publicity for Amateur Martial Artists through Shows like ‘MMA Draft Spotlight with Trigg’ 

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (March 21, 2013) – Urijah Faber and Phil Davis recently announce the official launch of MMADraft.com, a promotional platform specifically designed to generate opportunities for up-and-coming amateur martial artists. In addition to providing a high-profile platform for amateurs to market themselves, the MMA Draft team actively generates publicity for their athletes through shows like ‘MMA Draft Spotlight with Trigg’ and ‘The Great Debate’ Radio Show, hosted by Damon Martin. Registered MMA Draft athletes of all ages have the opportunity to earn their place in the spotlight.

 

 

 

 

Every week MMA Draft features a stand out amateur athlete on their show ‘MMA Draft Spotlight’, hosted by Frank Trigg. The video interviews are featured on MMADraft.com, YouTube, and on Frank Trigg’s iPhone and Android phone App ‘Trigg MMA’. Only MMA Draft gives up-and-coming amateurs the chance to be interviewed by one of MMA’s most recognized personalities, and according to Trigg, he is very happy to do it.

 

 

 

 

“I’m very excited to be a part of MMA Draft,” stated Trigg. “It allows me to draw attention to talented amateur MMA athletes that deserve to get noticed. The show is a great way for amateurs to set themselves apart from the competition. The more interviews they do as they prepare to go pro, the better. It is a great way to get their name out there.”

 

 

 

 

Urijah Faber had this to say about Trigg’s involvement with MMA Draft, “I’ve always been a fan of Frank Trigg as a fighter, and over the years I have become a fan of his journalism and commentary as well. We are very happy to have him on the MMA Draft team.  He shares our passion for the sport and genuinely cares about the future of MMA.”

 

 

 

 

MMA Draft also has the support of well-known and respected MMA journalist and radio show host, Damon Martin. Martin has agreed to showcase standout amateur MMA Draft fighters on his radio show ‘The Great Debate’.  Martin, who interviews some of MMA’s biggest stars on the show, will include one lucky MMA Draft amateur fighter in the line-up each week. (amateur must be 18yrs or older to be chosen)

 

 

 

 

Phil Davis had this to add, “Frank Trigg and Damon Martin are well-known and respected in the industry, Frank as a fighter and commentator and Damon as a journalist and radio host. They both have the ability to pierce the periphery and grab a hold of the essence that makes each competitor special.  For amateurs, media opportunities like this are priceless.”

 

 

 

 

The MMA Draft team utilizes their many resources in the professional world of MMA to give back to their athletes. ‘Spotlight with Trigg’ and ‘The Great Debate’ are just two examples. How do MMA Draft amateurs get chosen for opportunities like this? The more photos, videos and activity that they have on their MMA Draft profile, the more likely they are to get chosen.

 

 

 

 

Amateur martial artists of all ages and skill levels are encouraged to create a profile on http://www.MMADraft.com.  The site is FREE to join and participating amateur athletes can upload photos and videos, document notable career achievements and more! The MMA Draft database also stores event results from Pankration, Submission Grappling, Wrestling and other sports that may lead to a career in martial arts.

 

The MMA Draft website also offers a variety of resourcesto parents, prospects and amateur MMA fans, from educational content to amateur event information.  For more information, please visit http://www.MMADraft.com.

 

 

 

 

About MMA Draft:

 

MMA Draft (www.MMADraft.com) was created for martial artists by martial artists to generate opportunities and exposure for combat sports athletes at the amateur level.  It is the most comprehensive “Amateur” promotional platform of its kind and was formed by Urijah Faber and Phil Davis, accomplished MMA pros that know exactly what it takes to make it in the competitive world of mixed martial arts. MMADraft.com provides amateur fighters with a high-profile platform to showcase their skills, interactive forums to build a fan following, tips from industry pros and other valuable career resources. MMADraft.com is also a go-to source for managers, sponsors and promoters looking for talent.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Additionally, MMADraft.com offers a variety of resources to parents, prospects, and fans of amateur combat sports. Resources include educational information, event info and more! MMA Draft executives are also working closely with key promotions, organizations and websites to become a central database for amateur events, seminars and results. Amateur martial arts athletes of ALL ages and skill levels are encouraged to create a profile on http://www.MMADraft.com. It is FREE to join and THE place to be if you’re a skilled amateur martial artist.

 

 

 

 

About FrankTrigg:

 

UFC veteran Frank Trigg is a mixed martial arts fighter, color commentator, television personality, radio host, and MMA spokesman. Trigg has fought for some of the most prestigious fight promotions in the world, including Ultimate Fighting Championship, PRIDE Fighting Championships, Rumble on the Rock, Icon Sport and World Fighting Alliance. As a Color Commentator, Trigg has called the fight action for many notable MMA promotions, including the Sungoku Raiden Championships (SRC), Xtreme Fighting Championships (XFC), Legacy Fighting Championships, Dream Fighting Championships in Japan, and many others.

DUEL FOR DOMINATION MMA March 30 Mesa, Arizona

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DUEL FOR DOMINATION MMA!!

Saturday, March 30, 2013 at 8pm MMA AT IT’S FINEST! Duel for Domination was started back in 2011 with one goal in mind. To put on top MMA shows and treat the combatants with the care and respect they deserve. We host our events out of the Arizona Event Center, a world class venue that has a capacity of over 4000 people located in Mesa, Arizona, the country’s 35 largest city. All of our events are sanctioned and officiated by the Arizona Boxing and MMA Commission.

Get tickets here www.duelfordomination.com starting at only 10.00!

Statement From UFC Fighter Alex Caceres Regarding his Positive Drug Test and Suspension

AlexCaceras_HeadshotStatement from Alex Caceres regarding his positive drug test and suspension:

“I accept  full responsibility for my actions and the consequences from those  actions. I apologize to all that I have disappointed, including the UFC, my family, coaches, training partners and fans. I accept the sanctions  from the UFC and I look forward to completing the necessary steps to  getting back in the octagon following the suspension and assuring that this never happens again.”

 

Bellator MMA Weigh-In Results

 

 

bellatorbannerLewiston, Maine – The Bellator MMA weigh-ins have been completed from The Baxter Lounge at The Androscoggin Colisee in preparation for Bellator MMA’s March 21st event, which will showcase the Lightweight Tournament Final.

 

Bellator MMA will take place at The Androscoggin Colisee on Thursday, March 21st with the first fight taking place at 7:30 p.m. EST and streaming LIVE on Spike.com. The televised portion of the night will begin at 10 p.m. EST and will air LIVE on Spike TV.

The full results from the Bellator MMA weigh-in are below:

MAIN CARD:

Lightweight Tournament Final Fight: Marcin Held (155.9) vs. Dave Jensen (155.8)

Heavyweight Feature Fight: Ryan Martinez (257.4) vs. Travis Wiuff (254.1)

Welterweight Feature Fight: Waachiim Spiritwolf (170.6) vs. Marcus Davis (170.5)

 

PRELIMINARY CARD:

Middleweight Feature Fight: Dave Vitkay (185.4) vs. Jesse Peterson (185.6)

Featherweight Feature Fight: Vince Murdock (145.9) vs. John Raio (145.7)

Light Heavyweight Feature Fight: Brent Dillingham (205.7) vs. Mike Mucitelli (204.7)

Middleweight Feature Fight: Pierre Pierry (185.4) vs. Joe Pacheco (185.8)

Welterweight Feature Fight: Ryan Sanders (170.5) vs. Michael Page (170.6)

Middleweight Feature Fight: Jason Butcher (185.4) vs. Jack Hermansson (186)

Lightweight Feature Fight: Jesse Erickson (155.8) vs. Jon Lemke (155.4)

 

For more information, visit Bellator.com, follow Bllator on Twitter @BellatorMMA, follow Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney @BjornRebney and check out Bellator on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Bellator

 

About Bellator MMA

Bellator MMA is the world’s largest tournament based Mixed Martial Arts organization. Televised to nearly 500 Million homes worldwide in over 107 countries, Bellator’s majority owner is entertainment giant Viacom.  In the United States, Bellator can be seen on Spike TV, the MMA television leader. With over 150 world-class athletes under contract, Bellator is home to many of the sport’s top mixed martial artists. Bellator’s founder & CEO, Bjorn Rebney, is an experienced fighting sports and entertainment executive with a deep commitment to the purity and integrity of the sport of MMA and its athletes.  Bellator’s core philosophy is that title shots should be earned, not given. This belief gave rise to Bellator’s real sport, tournament-based format, which gives Bellator’s tournaments a true playoff feel that keeps the sport true and distances itself from the subjective side of fighting sports found in organizations that utilize a matchmaking/casting formula.  Bellator MMA is comprised of an executive team that includes top industry professionals in television production, live event orchestration, fighter development/relations, venue procurement, sponsorship creation/development, international licensing, marketing, advertising, publicity and commission relations.  Bellator is based in Newport Beach, California.

UFC Fan to Win Motorcycle and VIP Experience at the Harley-Davidson Hometown Throwdown

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One Fan to Win Motorcycle and VIP Experience at the Harley-Davidson Hometown Throwdown during Harley’s 110th Anniversary at UFC® 164 in Milwaukee

 

MILWAUKEE (March 20, 2013) – To celebrate 110 years of freedom, Harley-Davidson Motor Company is riding again with the Ultimate Fighting Championship®.

 

The UFC and Harley-Davidson first teamed up five years ago to forge a unique partnership between these two heavyweight brands.

 

“It’s been an amazing ride with the UFC,” said Dino Bernacchi, Harley-Davidson Marketing Director. “In this – Harley-Davidson’s 110th Anniversary year – we’re upping the ante and putting one lucky fan in the center of the action as only Harley and the UFC can.”

 

In 2013, the centerpiece of the partnership will be the Harley-Davidson Hometown Throwdown event on Harley’s home turf, Milwaukee, during the iconic brand’s 110th Anniversary Celebration over Labor Day Weekend.

 

One grand prize winner will score a customized Street Bob motorcycle and receive a VIP trip to the Harley-Davidson Hometown Throwdown. Additionally, the winner will make an appearance in the Octagon® during the Harley-Davidson Hometown Throwdown event at UFC® 164 at the Bradley Center on August 31, as his or her custom designed 110th anniversary logo will be painted in the Octagon®.

 

“The UFC is excited to team with Harley-Davidson again and play such a pivotal role in Harley’s 110th Anniversary celebration during UFC® 164,” said Dana White, UFC President. “The UFC and its fighters are proud to be members of the Harley-Davidson family.”

 

Fans can enter for their chance to win by going www.harley-davidson.com/UFC. On the site, fans can create their own 110th Anniversary graphic and share why their image is worthy of the Octagon® and the VIP prize package.

 

About the Harley-Davidson 110th Anniversary

The Harley-Davidson 110th Anniversary is a year-long, global celebration connecting millions of Harley-Davidson fans across the globe united by a common bond and shared passion for freedom, self-expression and epic adventure. Included in the official 110th Anniversary calendar are 12 different 110th Anniversary experiences that Harley-Davidson will bring to existing motorcycle events in global markets throughout September 2013. The events span 11 countries on six continents and will be capped by two main celebration events in Rome, Italy, in June 2013 and Milwaukee during Labor Day weekend.

 

Harley-Davidson fans are invited to learn more about the 110th Anniversary and join the celebration online where they can share videos, images and experiences on Facebook, Twitter with the hashtag #HD110, and at www.h-d.com/110.

 

About Harley-Davidson Motor Company

Harley-Davidson Motor Company produces heavyweight custom, cruiser and touring motorcycles and offers a complete line of Harley-Davidson motorcycle parts, accessories, riding gear and apparel, and general merchandise. For more information, visit Harley-Davidson’s website at www.harley-davidson.com.

 

About Ultimate Fighting Championship®

Universally recognized for its action-packed, can’t-miss events that have sold out some of the biggest arenas and stadiums across the globe, the UFC® is the world’s premier mixed martial arts (MMA) organization. Owned and operated by Zuffa, LLC, headquartered in Las Vegas and with offices in London, Toronto and Beijing, UFC produces more than 30 live events annually and is the largest pay-per-view event provider in the world. In 2012, the UFC burst into the mainstream with a landmark seven-year broadcast agreement with FOX Sports Media Group. The agreement includes four live events broadcast on the FOX network annually, with additional fight cards and thousands of hours of programming broadcast on FOX properties FX and FUEL TV. This also includes the longest-running sports reality show on television, The Ultimate Fighter®, which airs on FX.

 

Bellator MMA Weigh-Ins Wednesday, March 20 5pm EST From Lewiston, Maine will be Streamed Online at Bellator.com

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Bellator MMA Hosts Weigh-Ins Wednesday, March 20th at 5:00pm EST From Lewiston, Maine 

Weigh-Ins will be streamed online at Bellator.com

Lewiston, Maine. (March 20, 2013) — The weigh-in and pre-fight press conference for Bellator MMA will take place Wednesday at 5:00 P.M. EST at the Baxter Lounge at Androscoggin Colisee, located at 190 Birch St. Lewiston, ME 04240. Bellator MMA will take place from The Androscoggin Bank Colisee on Thursday, March 21st with the first fight taking place at 8 p.m. EST and streaming LIVE on Spike.com. The televised portion of the night will begin at 10 p.m. EST and will air LIVE on Spike TV.

All participants from Thursday night’s event will be on hand, including MMA veteran and Maine native Marcus Davis and the Bellator debut of Kickboxing World Champion, Michael Page.

Eric Prindle vs. Brett Rogers was originally scheduled to appear on the card, but Prindle was removed from the event after suffering an injury that forced the heavyweight off the card.

 

The event will be emceed by Bellator cage announcer Michael C. Williams and Bellator color commentator Jimmy Smith.

As always the weigh-in is open to both the public and media.

MAIN CARD:

Lightweight Tournament Final Fight: Marcin Held vs. Dave Jensen

Heavyweight Feature Fight: Ryan Martinez vs. Travis Wiuff

Welterweight Feature Fight: Waachiim Spiritwolf vs. Marcus Davis

 

PRELIMINARY CARD:

Middleweight Feature Fight: Dave Vitkay vs. Jesse Peterson

Featherweight Feature Fight: Vince Murdock vs. John Raio

Light Heavyweight Feature Fight: Brent Dillingham vs. Mike Mucitelli

Middleweight Feature Fight: Pierre Pierry vs. Joe Pacheco

Welterweight Feature Fight: Ryan Sanders vs. Michael Page

Middleweight Feature Fight: Jason Butcher vs. Jack Hermansson

Lightweight Feature Fight: Jesse Erickson vs. Jon Lemke

 

For more information, visit Bellator.com, follow Bllator on Twitter @BellatorMMA, follow Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney @BjornRebney and check out Bellator on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Bellator

 

 

THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER EPISODE NINE RESULTS

 

TUF Jones vs SonnenTeam Jones and Team Sonnen tied after preliminary fights as Bubba McDaniel wins Wild Card bout

 

Series continues next Tuesday on FX at 9 p.m. ET/PT

 

Las Vegas, NevadaThe Ultimate Fighter® returned to FX on Tuesday night with the ninth episode of the season – “The Wild Card”.  For the first time since season 13, the Wild Card fight was re-introduced, providing an opportunity for fighters who have lost in the preliminary fights to get back in the competition. Bubba McDaniel, representing Team Jones, defeated Kevin Casey, representing Team Sonnen, by TKO in a shocking fashion.

 

Following two intense grappling rounds in the Octagon®,  Casey, 5-1 in mixed martial arts, was unable to answer the bell for the sudden victory round, giving McDaniel, 20-6, the win and a shot at the quarterfinals. The loss marked only the third time in TUF history that a fighter has failed to answer the bell. Previously Jamie Yager (Season 11 – QF) didn’t answer the bell against Josh Bryant and David Faulkner (Season 9 – Preliminary round) didn’t answer the bell against Frank Lester.

 

A full recap is available at ufc.com.

 

Results after episode eight:

 

Team Sonnen – coached by UFC®  light heavyweight Chael Sonnen – (4-4)

Luke Barnatt (1-0, TKO win over Gilbert Smith in episode 2)

Uriah Hall (1-0, KO’d Adam Cella in episode 3)

Zak Cummings (0-1, lost a UD to Dylan Andrews in episode 8)

Tor Troeng (0-1, lost to Josh Samman via TKO in episode 6)

Jimmy Quinlan (1-0, submitted Clint Hester in episode 7)

Kevin Casey (0-2, lost a UD to Collin Hart in episode 4, lost via TKO [failure to answer to bell] to Bubba McDaniel in episode 9)

Kelvin Gastelum (1-0, submitted Bubba McDaniel in episode 5)

 

Team Jones – coached by UFC®  light heavyweight champion Jon Jones – (4-4)

Clint Hester (0-1, submitted by Jimmy Quinlan in episode 7)

Josh Samman (1-0, defeated Tor Troeng by TKO in episode 6)

Bubba McDaniel (1-1, submitted by Kelvin Gastelum in episode 5, defeated Kevin Casey by TKO [failure to answer to bell] in episode 9)

Gilbert Smith (0-1, TKO’d by Luke Barnatt in episode 2)

Collin Hart (1-0, defeated Kevin Casey by UD in episode 4)

Adam Cella (0-1, KO’d by Uriah Hall in episode 3)

Dylan Andrews (1-0, defeated Zak Cummings by UD in episode 8)

 

After speaking to all the quarterfinalists one-by-one, Ultimate Fighting Championship®  President Dana White selected the quarterfinal match-ups:

Collin Hart (Team Jones) vs. Kelvin Gastelum (Team Sonnen)

Dylan Andrews (Team Jones) vs. Luke Barnatt (Team Sonnen)

Josh Samman (Team Jones) vs. Jimmy Quinlan (Team Sonnen)

Bubba McDaniel (Team Jones) vs. Uriah Hall (Team Sonnen)

 

The series resumes next Tuesday, March 26, on FX at 9 p.m. ET/PT (check local listings for Central and Mountain Time). In that episode – “The Quarterfinals Begin” – A fighter gets a surprise visit from world champion Ronda Rousey as he prepares for his quarterfinal showdown. Then, with boxing legend Mike Tyson in attendance, Hart faces-off against Gastelum and Andrews meets Barnatt, trying to secure a spot in the final four.

 

Tickets for The Ultimate Fighter® Finale are on-sale now. To purchase tickets to the April 13th event at Mandalay Bay Events Center, or for more information, visit the Mandalay Bay Events Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster locations, www.ticketmaster.com, or charge-by-phone at 800.745.3000

 

For more show information, and your chance to play the TUF Fantasy Tournament, visit ultimatefighter.com and follow us on Twitter @TUFonFX or on Facebook.com/TUF.

For the First Time Ever TRYOUTS for The Ultimate Fighter WILL BE Open to Male and Female FIGHTERS

 

ufcBantamweights (135lbs) invited to try out for season 18 on April 15

 

Winner of Miesha Tate vs. Cat Zingano at The Ultimate Fighter® Finale on April 13 will coach Season 18 against Champion Ronda Rousey

 

Las Vegas, Nevada – The Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) organization will be hosting a casting call for the next US edition of its long-running reality series, The Ultimate Fighter®, on Monday April 15, 2013, in Las Vegas. For the first time ever in the history of the series, Season 18 will feature male and female bantamweight (135lbs) fighters.
All TUF 18 candidates must be at least 21 years old, have the legal ability to live & work in the United States, and have a minimum of three professional Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fights – holding a winning record (with verifiable records). Applications, which should be completed and brought to the tryouts, can be found online at http://www.ufc.com/TUF18. Tryout details are provided below:

 

Where:

Palace Station Hotel, 2411 West Sahara Avenue, Las Vegas, Nevada 89102

Tryouts will be held in the Grand Ballroom

 

When:

Monday April 15, 2013*

Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. PT

 

Fighters will be required to grapple & hit pads. Please bring appropriate gear.

 

*Applicants will be notified at the end of the tryouts if they have been selected to continue on in the casting process. If selected, applicants must be prepared to stay in Las Vegas until April 19.

The Ultimate Fighter, which debuted in 2005, has launched the careers of more than 100 UFC fighters and has produced past champions such as Rashad Evans, Forrest Griffin, Michael Bisping and Matt Serra. Bantamweights were most recently featured on The Ultimate Fighter 14, where John Dodson emerged as season winner.  

 

TUF 18 is expected to debut in the fall of 2013.

 

Tickets for season 17’s The Ultimate Fighter® Finale are on-sale now. To purchase tickets to the April 13th event at Mandalay Bay Events Center, or for more information, visit the Mandalay Bay Events Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster locations, www.ticketmaster.com, or charge-by-phone at 800.745.3000.

 

Catch all new episodes of this season of The Ultimate Fighter at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

The Ultimate Fighter : Ronda Rousey, will coach opposite the winner, and eventual title contender, of a fight between Miesha Tate and Cat Zingano

History will be made on SEASON 18 OF

The Ultimate Fighter® as women make their debut in the reality series

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UFC champion Ronda Rousey to coach opposite winner of Miesha Tate vs. Cat Zingano bout, which takes place at The Ultimate Fighter Finale

on April 13

 

Male and female bantamweights (135lbs) invited to try-out for season 18 on April 15

 

Las Vegas, Nevada – In a move set to make history, The Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) announced Saturday evening that it will feature women as coaches on the 18th season of The Ultimate Fighter®, its long-running reality series. Newly minted UFC bantamweight champion, Ronda Rousey, will coach opposite the winner, and eventual title contender, of a fight between Miesha Tate and Cat Zingano set for The Ultimate Fighter Finale on April 13 in Las Vegas, Nev.

UFC President Dana White’s announcement

 

Earlier this year, the UFC announced Rousey as the first-ever female fighter signed to the organization. She cemented her position as UFC champion and baddest woman on the planet with an impressive win against Liz Carmouche at UFC® 157 in Anaheim, Calif.

 

On April 13, former Strikeforce bantamweight women’s champion Miesha Tate will square-off against highly touted, undefeated contender Cat Zingano in the second women’s bout in UFC history. The winner will ultimately join Rousey as coach to the newest class of bantamweights – living and training together – vying for the title of The Ultimate Fighter and a six–figure contract with the UFC. 

Tryouts for season 18 of The Ultimate Fighter will take place on Monday, April 15 in Las Vegas, Nev. All TUF 18 candidates must be at least 21 years old, have the legal ability to live & work in the United States, and have a minimum of three professional Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fights – holding a winning record (with verifiable records).

 

Tryout details will be released on Monday, March 18. TUF 18 is expected to debut in the fall of 2013.

 

Meanwhile, tickets for season 17’s The Ultimate Fighter® Finale are on-sale now. To purchase tickets to the April 13th event at Mandalay Bay Events Center, or for more information, visit the Mandalay Bay Events Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster locations, www.ticketmaster.com, or charge-by-phone at 800.745.3000.

 

Catch all new episodes of this season of The Ultimate Fighter 17 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

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