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Tim Sylvia vs. Paul Buentello featured on “War on the Mainland” PPV slot

July
28

Below you will find a clip featuring  the “War on the Mainland” PPV promo spot. Two-time UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia takes on power punching Paul Buentello in the main event, live from Bren Events Center in Irvine, California.

This promo is produced much better then the last time I saw Tim Sylvia in a PPV promo, which was one of the most God awful things I have ever seen. The below clip shows the video, as well the result of the actual fight between Sylvia and Mercer.

Posted by lvollmer on Wednesday, July 28th, 2010 at 11:16 am
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Update on Ultimate Women’s Challenge

July
23

I received an email from Lyle Howry, the creator and owner of Ultimate Women’s Challenge. Ultimate Women’s challenge is a women’s based reality show set to air on NBC.

It is important to note that while NBC will air the show, the show is not created by NBC. It is only being syndicated by the network. There will be more info regarding this show next week.

Posted by lvollmer on Friday, July 23rd, 2010 at 11:18 am
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A Women’s MMA reality show is coming to NBC

July
22

Looks like NBC is cashing in on the MMA craze. In September they will air a women’s based MMA reality show called Ultimate Women’s Challenge.

The show will be hosted by Bas Rutten and model and Dancing with the Stars competitor Joanna Krupa. I don’t know what link Krupa has to MMA, if any.

The show is set to air in the fall, but it doesn’t look like a time has been set. This info comes from the website:

Ultimate Women Challenge is set to air in 60 million households on NBC and its network affiliates nationwide in 2010. Check your local TV listings.

Here are the participants:

Alexis Davis
Angela Hayes
Angela Magana
Brandi Hainey
Colleen Schneider
Heather Jo Clark
Jessica Aquilar
Julie Kedzie
Karina Hallinan
Kristin Molina
Lacey Schuckman
Martha Benavides
Melissa Steele
Michelle Ould
Michelle Vera
Patricia Vidonic

Hardcore MMA fans might recognize the name Julie Kedzie. She lost a decision to Gina Carano in the EliteXC days. In the promo video below, they feature Felice Herrig, who was a contestant on Oxygen Networks Fight Girls, a women’s based muay thai reality series. She is not listed on the websites roster, however.

Posted by lvollmer on Thursday, July 22nd, 2010 at 11:01 am
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East Coast black belt seminar to beat Cancer coming to Stamford CT

July
20

The below info comes from the gym that I currently train MMA at, C3 Athletics in Stamford, CT. It is a good cause, and a great way to receive some top notch instruction.

“Andre Margutti, a good friend and teammate of ours at Team Yamasaki, has been diagnosed with cancer. Andre came to the US a little more than 10 years ago and has been a great friend to all of us at Team Yamasaki. In addition to being a very upbeat and friendly guy, Andre is a hard worker. He turned 30 this year and recently started up his own construction company. He’s also competed in numerous BJJ competitions, has had a couple of amateur MMA fights, and has also taught capoeira.

Last week, Andre started radiotherapy and he will soon be starting chemotherapy. As you know, the costs for Andre’s treatment will be astronomical.

To help with some of these costs, we’re going to hold seminars at academies in the New England and Mid-Atlantic area of the east coast. All the money raised will go to Andre’s medical costs. In addition to black belts from Team Yamasaki, the following black belts have agreed to help us by teaching and / or opening up their schools to host seminars”


SCHEDULE
All of these locations are open to everyone.
We are asking a minimum donation of $50 to attend.
The seminars will be approximately 3 hours long.
Thanks to everyone for the support. The response was so overwhelming that we were actually unable to accommodate all of the requests to have seminars. There simply weren’t enough weekends and instructors to go around. Maybe we can add some October dates if we get some additional instructors.

August 1
C-3 Athletics – Stamford, Connecticut – 330 Fairfield Avenue

Posted by lvollmer on Tuesday, July 20th, 2010 at 1:40 pm
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Strikeforce Houston pre-sale password

July
13

I just got an email from Strikeforce containing a pre-sale password for the Strikeforce Houston event. If you find yourself in the Houston area jones’n for some Strikeforce tickets, and for some reason you are reading this NY/NJ based MMA blog, this is your lucky day.

Pre-sale info:
EXCLUSIVE PRESALE OPPORTUNITY FOR STRIKEFORCE INSIDERS STARTS TODAY! PURCHASE DURING THE PRESALE AND YOU’LL SAVE $5 OFF EACH TICKET!

As a “Strikeforce Insider”, you can purchase your tickets before they go on sale to the general public – An opportunity to get the best seats in the house! Plus, you’ll save $5 Off each ticket purchased! The exclusive presale opportunity for Strikeforce Houston at Toyota Center will take place today, Tuesday, July 13 at until Thursday, July 15 at 10PM/CT online at Toyotacentertix.com or by phone at 866-4-HOU-TIX.

The exclusive “Strikeforce Insider” presale passcode is: EXPLODE

Click here to purchase online.

Here is how the card is shaping up:

-Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal (7-0; #9 Light Heavyweight) vs. Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante (9-2) ( Strikeforce light heavyweight title match)
-Ronaldo “Jacare” de Souza (12-2; #10 Middleweight)* vs. Tim Kennedy (12-2) (Strikeforce Middleweight title match for the vacant middleweight title)
-Jorge Gurgel (13-6) vs. K.J. Noons (9-2)
-Bobby Lashley vs. TBA

Posted by lvollmer on Tuesday, July 13th, 2010 at 4:15 pm
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Round 5 set to release “Versus” series MMA figurines

July
12

Release below:

MARKHAM, Ontario, Canada, July 12, 2010 – Round 5, a leader in producing mixed martial arts collectible figurines, today released images of several prototypes of its “Versus” line, pairs of distinctly new figures highlighting battle scenes from great UFC matchups.  The prototypes were first seen at the Round 5 booth at the UFC Fan Expo in Las Vegas in May.

The “Versus” series includes collectibles representing the following bouts:  Quinton “Rampage” Jackson vs. Wanderlei Silva (UFC 92), 12-27-2008; Forrest Griffin vs. Jackson (“The Ultimate Fighter 7”); Frank Mir vs. Brock Lesnar  (UFC 100), 7-11-2008; and Tito Ortiz vs. Chuck Liddell (UFC 66), 12-30-2006.

The “Versus” line, scheduled to hit Toys“R”Us stores in the fall and other retailers later in the year, will be accompanied by an Octagon segment display.

Round 5 UFC “Ultimate Collector” Series 1 and 2 are now available at leading retailers across North America.  A list can be found at www.Round5MMA.com.

Posted by lvollmer on Monday, July 12th, 2010 at 10:37 am
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Bad news, no vuvuzelas at UFC 116

June
30

Press release below

Las Vegas, NV (USA) – As the world prepares for the greatest heavyweight title fight of the past two decades, the Ultimate Fighting Championship® made a stunning announcement today that will undoubtedly have a global impact. UFC President Dana White confirmed that vuvuzelas, pesky noise makers used infamously by South African fans at this year’s World Cup, have been banned at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas this Saturday.

Thus, when UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar enters the cage to battle interim beltholder Shane Carwin in the most important heavyweight fight since the Ali era, fans will have to rely on their voices, hands, and feet to root on their favorite athlete.

“This decision was pretty simple for me,” White said. “Vuvuzelas make the most horrific sound I’ve ever heard. I’d rather let Brock punch me in the face than hear 15,000 people blow on those things. This is the biggest heavyweight fight we’ve ever done. We’ll make enough noise this weekend when Brock and Shane finally step inside the Octagon.”

Posted by lvollmer on Wednesday, June 30th, 2010 at 11:32 am
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BJ Penn promotes STRIKEFORCE: Fedor vs. Werdum on UFC website

June
24

That’s not really the case, but it will seem that way to the average UFC fan.

The UFC has a widget on their homepage that displays the latest tweets from UFC fighters. If you look closely, you will see a tweet from BJ Penn that links to a photo gallery promoting this weekend’s Strikeforce card:

MMA NEWS “Image Gallery: Strikeforce Fedor vs. Werdum Media Workout” on BJPENN.COM: http://ning.it/bmzDe0

Here is how this happens. BJ Penn has a blog on his website, bjpenn.com . His blog contains a lot of press releases, and some of those press releases come from the UFC’s competition. I am sure BJ could care less about a STRIKEFORCE press release, but will have them posted in an effort to get more MMA related content on his website. This type of content will  drive more traffic and create a higher page rank in search engines. In order to get more attention to his blog, BJ Penn links his blog RSS feed to his twitter account. What does that mean? Every time he creates a blog post, his twitter account will automatically be updated with a link to the blog and all 46,956 (as of 6/24/2010) of his followers have direct access to the blog URL.

Because the UFC promotes UFC fighter twitter accounts on their homepage, BJ Penn’s tweets will appear on UFC.com , and, inadvertently, the UFC and BJ Penn help promote this weekends STRIKEFORCE card.

Gotta love the world of social media!

Posted by lvollmer on Thursday, June 24th, 2010 at 3:53 pm
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Looks like Jens Pulver will fight again

June
17

Jens just posted this on his twitter account .

for anyone who care i am gonna fight again aug 14th

No other details at this time.  I don’t see any major MMA organizations with fight cards on August 14th. A little research shows that Cage Rage is putting on a show August 14th, so I would bet that is where Pulver will end up.

Posted by lvollmer on Thursday, June 17th, 2010 at 3:13 pm
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Ignorance still prevalent in New York Government regarding the legalization of MMA

June
17

A bill to regulate mixed martial arts has passed the New York State Senate and will go to the Assembly next. You can find more info about the Senate passage in a story on LoHud.com.

What I found in that article is continued ignorance from New York  government regarding mixed martial arts.

“We’re not teaching young people how to be adults,” said Sen. William Larkin, R-New Windsor, Orange County. “We’re teaching young people how to be hoodlums. Look what they do on this show: pound one another, kick one another.”

“I don’t think there is anything sporting about Ultimate Fighting,” Savino said. “It is barbarism portrayed on television for people so that they can watch it and be entertained.”

First off, there is no such thing as “Ultimate Fighting”. What Diane Savino is trying to reference in her quote is a sport called Mixed Martial Arts. I find it humorous that these government officials have so little information going into an important vote like this.

As far as there being “no sport” in mixed martial arts, that is ludicrous. Teaching young people to be hoodlums? Really?

I challenge these uninformed Senators to go to any MMA  gym, strap on a pair of boxing gloves and shin pads, and throw some punch kick combinations. Then hit the mats and learn how to apply an arm bar, follow that up with one hundred double leg take downs, maybe a few sprawls. After that workout, tell me how you feel about MMA not being a “sport”. You would realize the discipline it takes to successfully execute these maneuvers, and I don’t see how that would teach anyone to be a “hoodlum”.  Training mixed martial arts teaches you discipline, an acquired character trait that carries over into every aspect of life.

Anyway, the Assembly vote is important. I will be keeping a close eye on this, and hopefully the MMA bill passes there as well.

Posted by lvollmer on Thursday, June 17th, 2010 at 10:25 am
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