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MMA meets Nickelodeon

August
13

I never thought I would use those two words in the same sentence.

Anyway, there is some show called ‘iCarly’ on the Nickelodeon network, and they produced a childrens movie with a mixed martial arts theme .

My friend Germain wrote a pretty good description about the movie, so I won’t get into it here. You can find his story here. It’s worth checking out.

Posted by lvollmer on Thursday, August 13th, 2009 at 5:31 pm |
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Fedor Emelianenko will be in the EA Sports MMA video game

July
29

Accorsing to Gamespot.com Fedor Emelianenko will be in the new mixed martial arts game produced by EA Sports.

EA has also acquired Renato Sobral and Gegard Mousasi to appear as fighters in the game. While these are big names to the hardcore MMA fan, EA sports is going to have a hard time competing with the UFC video game that was released earlier in the year.

Dana White will not allow any fighters on his active roster to appear in the game, and for pretty good reason. Apparently EA Sports shunned him when White approached the company with the video game idea.

“But let me tell you what–I’ve been in the trenches for almost 10 years, and I’ve been dealing with all these businesses, and EA was one of them. EA Sports told us, ‘You’re not a real sport. We wouldn’t touch this thing. We want nothing to do with this.'” , said White.

In order to add some appeal to the video game, I have come up with a list of potential characters that might draw the attention of not only the hardcore MMA fan, but the casual fan as well.

Chuck Rydell – A fictional light heavyweight legend of the MMA world, known for his brutal one punch knockout power.

Carnage Jackson – A wrestler turned boxer known for his antics inside and outside the ring. He’d also compete in the light heavyweight division.

Ryoto Lachida – This fictional fighter would be touted as the most “elusive” fighter in the game. While most of the fighters would be labeled as kickboxers, wrestlers, or BJJ experts, Ryoto would be known for his Karate.

Andersen “The Tarantula” Salva – A muay thai/BJJ expert who has endured success in both the middleweight and light heavyweight divisions.

“The Enigma” JD Benn – An MMA champion whose BJJ and boxing are on another level. JD is another character who has tasted success outside of his weight class.

Just a few off of the top of my head.

Posted by lvollmer on Wednesday, July 29th, 2009 at 5:39 pm |
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New York MMA Expo is this Sunday in Long Island

July
28

There is an MMA expo in the Long Island Area on Sunday, August 2nd. The purpose of the expo is to try to get mixed martial arts legalized in New York State. New York is one of the few states that has still not legalized sanctioned MMA competition.

The expo is at the Marriott in Uniondale, Long Island.

101 James Doolittle Boulevard
Uniondale, New York 11553 USA
Phone:  1-516-794-3800

Click here for the fan expo website

Pro fighters Andrei Arlovski, Clay Guida, Jens Pulver, Tim Kennedy, Sean Sherk, Jamie Varner, and  Orlando Rivera will be in attendance.

Posted by lvollmer on Tuesday, July 28th, 2009 at 5:03 pm |
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TMZ.com reports UFC veteran Kimo Leopoldo has died

July
21

If they weren’t the first media outlet to confirm the Michael Jackson death I would probably be a bit more skeptical, but TMZ.com is reporting that Kimo Leopoldo has died at age 41.

Kimo was 10-7-1 in his MMA career.

Posted by lvollmer on Tuesday, July 21st, 2009 at 2:23 pm |
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Betting lines and analysis for UFC 99

June
12

UFC 99 airs tomorrow from Cologne, Germany.

UFC 99 Main Card Bouts:

-Wanderlei Silva vs. Rich Franklin
-Cheick Kongo vs. Cain Velasquez
-Ben Saunders vs. Mike Swick
-Dan Hardy vs. Marcus Davis
-Caol Uno vs. Spencer Fisher
-Mustapha Al-Turk vs. Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic

UFC 99 Preliminary Bouts:

-Justin Buchholz vs. Terry Etim
-Dale Hartt vs. Dennis Siver
-Paul Taylor vs. Peter Sobotta
-Roli Delgado vs. Paul Kelly
-Stefan Struve vs. Denis Stojnic
-Rick Story vs. John Hathaway

Here are some notable  betting odds; I got these from bodoglife.com

Cain Velasquez -155
Cheick Kongo +150

Analysis: A little strange to see the UFC veteran Cheick Kongo the underdog in this fight, but he did take the bout on short notice and Cain Velasquez is steam rolling through the heavyweight competition. Kongo is hungry for a win because he feels a win would put him directly in line for a heavyweight title shot.

Kongo has steadily improved, and will be Velasquez’ toughest test to date.
If you like betting the underdog, this is a pretty good fight to drop a few bucks on.

Mike Swick -205
Ben Saunders +165

Analysis: No surprises here. Swick, the more experienced of the two fighters, is favored. This fight has fight of the night potential, as both guys are explosive and fast and are hungry for the knockout. In these types of fights, anything can happen, so , again, if you like to bet on the underdog…

Marcus Davis -215
Dan Hardy +175

Analysis: I love a good grudge match. This will be a stand up war, as both of these guys are predominately stand up fighters and really want to knock the other guy out. I wouldn’t bet against Marcus Davis. I think he is going to be a little too much for Hardy to handle.

Mirko Cro Cop -500
Mostapha Al Turk +300

Analysis: This fight has upset of the night written all over. Cro Cop has claimed he has rededicated himself to fighting and wants to make a run at the UFC heavyweight title. He has also faced very sub par competition since leaving the UFC. Mirko has virtually no ground game what so ever, and Mustapha likes to ground and pound his opponents.

I’d love to see a vicious old school Cro Cop knockout, but who knows.

NOTE: As i was typing this analysis, bodog just changed the odds on this fight significantly. Mirko is now at -375 and Mustapha Al Turk is at +285. Every 1 dollar spent on Mustapha will pay out 2.85.

Rich Franklin -150
Wanderlei Silva +120

Analysis: After losing 4 of his last 5, It’s no surprise Wanderlei is the underdog here. Still, he is Wanderlei Silva and has the ability to knock your head into the 28th row at any given time. I am really anxious to see this fight. The +120 isn’t enticing enough for me to drop serious dough on Wanderlei.

Posted by lvollmer on Friday, June 12th, 2009 at 2:13 pm |
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Want to be an MMA ring girl?

June
9

Here is your chance. The WCF is having ring girl tryouts. Information is below. Check out their site for further information.

WCF Ring Girl Tryouts
Sunday, June 14th  @ 12 PM
WCF RING CARD GIRL COMPETITION
Open to Public
Kelly’s House of Harley-Davidson, Inc.
1 Chelmsford Road
North Billerica, MA 01862
www.kellysh-d.com

Posted by lvollmer on Tuesday, June 9th, 2009 at 10:47 am |
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Bellator Fighting Championship announces featherweight tournament

May
22

Los Angeles, Calif. – May 21, 2009 – Bellator Fighting Championships announced today that the promotion will hold its Featherweight world championship bout at its tenth event in the 12-event series airing exclusively on ESPN Deportes. Bellator X, featuring the headlining title fight at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California on June 5, 2009, is the promotions first world title fight as part of its highly rated series.  Fresh from his win over Estevan Payan at Bellator VI, “knockout of the year” candidate Yahir Reyes will take on Joe “The Hammer” Soto in the first ever Bellator Featherweight world championship bout.  At Bellator VI, Soto handed Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu ace and world number nine ranked Wilson Reis his first-ever loss and earned the right to face Reyes for the title and the $100,000 purse.  The Soto vs. Reyes fight will be the first Bellator world championship title match for what has been a very eventful start for the organization. Over the last month of competition, the tournament has produced some of the most memorable and explosive moments in recent MMA history.

Bellator X will also feature several highly competitive non-tournament fights spanning various weight classes. The night promises to be action-packed and will air exclusively on ESPN Deportes on Saturday, June 6, concluding the first ever Bellator Featherweight tournament.

“The last time both of these tournament finalists entered the cage they shocked the world by upsetting favored opponents and in Yahir’s fight, he shocked the world with a magical KO; that’s one of the best we’ve seen in recent memory,” said Bellator Fighting Championships CEO Bjorn Rebney.  “In our Featherweight division, our tournament format has proven that if you give great fighters a chance to control their own destiny, they can craft a reality that would have been totally unexpected in a matched world title fight.  Yahir and Joe have both taken this tournament by the throat and made it submit to their tremendous will and heart.  This should be a great, great final.”

Featherweight World Championship Bout:
145 lbs. – Joe Soto (6-0) vs. Yahir Reyes (14-5)

Non-tournament Bouts:
185 lbs. – Bryan Baker (9-1) vs. Matt Horwich (22-12-1)
145 lbs. – Wilson Reis (7-1) vs. Roberto Vargas (6-0)
155 lbs. – Saad Awad (7-2)   vs. Diego Garijo (3-1)
185 lbs. – Gary Padilla (9-4) vs.  Jaime Fletcher (8-5)
205 lbs. – Lamar Jiles (2-2) vs. Nick Moghaddam (3-3)
155 lbs. – Phil Brown (2-1) vs. Israel Giron (9-1)
170 lbs. – Jesse Juarez (10-5) vs. Blas Avena (5-3)

For more information about Bellator Fighting Championships, visit www.bellator.com http://www.bellator.com . For the Spanish language version of the website, visit Espanol.Bellator.com http://espanol.bellator.com . Please contact your local cable provider to learn more about viewing Bellator Fighting Championships on ESPN Deportes.

About Bellator Fighting Championships
Bellator Fighting Championships is a Mixed Martial Arts promotional company with offices in Los Angeles and Chicago. Bellator’s founders, Bjorn Rebney and Brad Epstein, are experienced fighting sports and entertainment professionals with a deep commitment to the purity and integrity of the sport of MMA and its athletes.  Bellator Fighting Championships’ executive team is comprised of top industry professionals in the areas of live event production (including Rob Beiner, winner of 12 Emmy awards for sports programming), fighter relations, venue procurement, sponsorship creation/development, international licensing, marketing, advertising, publicity and commission relations.

Posted by lvollmer on Friday, May 22nd, 2009 at 11:48 am |
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Lots of MMA action in New Jersey this weekend

April
8

There are two mixed martial arts events in New Jersey this weekend:

Friday, April 10, 2009 

“AMATEUR MIXED MARTIAL ARTS”

ESSEX COUNTY COLLEGE

Newark, New Jersey USA

  

KARRIEM ABDALLAH PRODUCTIONS’ “AMATEUR MIXED MARTIAL ARTS” RETURNS TO NEWARK ON APRIL 10, 2009

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From the Promoter – Karriem Abdallah Productions LLC presents “AMATEUR MIXED MARTIAL ARTS” as it returns to Essex County College in Newark, New Jersey on Friday, April 10, 2009. Essex County College is located at 303 University Avenue. This will be the second time Karriem Abdallah Productions will be holding an Amateur MMA event. After the success of the first event, this event is expected to offer highly competitive and high level action.

“Mixed Martial Arts is the fastest growing sport”, according to Promoter Abdallah. He went on to say “The fast and explosive bouts have taken off like a rocket. Because of its viewing ability on TV and Pay Per View, this sport of combat is here to stay and it’s growing throughout the world.”

Karriem Abdallah, a Martial Art instructor himself, plans to be part of this growing sport. In addition to holding Amateur MMA events, Promoter Abdallah has also held a Professional MMA event at Essex County College. This will be the third of many Cage fights, amateur and professional, that will be promoted in Newark, New Jersey. As Promoter Abdallah says, “Newark, New Jersey is fast becoming ‘the Mecca of MMA’.

Tickets and additional information is available by calling KA Productions at 973-623-6419, or by visiting the event website at www.KAPMMA.com. The doors open at 7:00 pm and the first bout is scheduled to begin at 8:00 pm.

Posted by lvollmer on Wednesday, April 8th, 2009 at 11:00 am |
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I am on “vacation”

March
20

I will be out all next week, so I won’t be posting anything on my blog.

I’ll be back Monday, March 29.

– LVJ

Posted by lvollmer on Friday, March 20th, 2009 at 3:56 pm |
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Tito Ortiz and Jenna Jameson are parents to twin boys

March
17

Tito Ortiz’ long time girlfriend, Jenna Jameson, gave birth to twin boys early Monday morning. Both boys are reported to be healthy, according to Jameson’s rep.

I find it quite amusing that Ortiz’ sons were born so close to St. Patrick’s Day, seeing as he has made a career of trash talking and demolishing Ken Shamrock in the MMA world.

Posted by lvollmer on Tuesday, March 17th, 2009 at 12:52 pm |
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