Matt Mitrione: I don’t really care about going back to the UFC

“Nobody fights like I do. Allot of people fight like other heavyweights but nobody fights like me. The reason I say this is because that it’s not my job to prepare for them. It’s the ‘me’ show: it’s always been about me and it always will be about me as long as I’m fighting.”

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“What they are going to see is a big ass athlete that’s remarkably handsome and articulate. I throw leather. I throw shins. I come to finish every time. Now I have some losses on my record and one of those is probably going to get overturned. I got some losses on my record but I have never had my ass kicked. I have only lost because I have tried so hard to win. Sometimes I make rookie stupid mistakes and I think that was part of the learning curve. It’s a little late in the game to still be making those mistakes but like I said man most people have had 7, 8, 9, 10 fights in their life before they even get to the UFC so I am still kind of learning on the sly and as I go. But I don’t foresee really that happening anymore and I feel like even the Travis Brown fight if he is number 6, or number 5 in the world, and I was whooping Travis’s ass and everyone saw it. I could have easily backed out and said I don’t want to fight anymore even though I felt that was something the referee should have done but I feel I showed I’ve got stones.”

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“I don’t really care about going back to the UFC. I had been in the UFC for 15 fights, including the Struve fight that didn’t happen, I have been in the UFC for 15 fights. I have been there. I understand how they took my money away without my blessings. I understand how they financially deprived my family and how they didn’t care. So I don’t really care. I am not enamored by the letters, I enamored with the paycheck, and my ability to have a viable living without having a boss micromanage me and ask me if I got the TPS reports.”

William Penn Legacy he leaves: “Though self improvement and betterment and time alone to focus on your life, you can always become a better person, no matter how you start or where you start. You can genuinely and truly become a better person through the interactions you have from fighting and training and working. Because it works your inner demons out: It can either get you a couple or work them out. If you try to take the good path, and not even about God, just the be true to yourself kind of path, like the golden rule kind of path, you can really become a better person and learn a lot about yourself.”

Discussing Street the movie Mitrione is in that is available to purchase at Walmart and Amazon: “It’s a cool story. It’s a story about a kid who is just trying to do right. He gets caught up in the situation. You know, I was always told when I was a kid hey look man we don’t care if you get into trouble for standing up for yourself or for somebody else. Alight. Well this kid gets in trouble for standing up for somebody else. He is in a grocery store, convenience store, and some stuff goes south with some Russian debt collectors and he gets wrapped up in the wash with thing, that situation. And he has got to fight his way out of it and pay off some debt that was accrued. It’s just an admirable position people could possibly find themselves in at some point in time for being a good samaritan and it’s a feel good story about redemption and being a better person. There are some familiar faces in it with Triggy and Uriah Hall, myself, and some other dudes. It was a good time. Good time filming the flick.”

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BELLATOR 155 Media Conference Call Highlights

MEDIA CONFERENCE CALL HIGHLIGHTS & DIGITAL VIDEO RECAP FOR ‘BELLATOR 155’

 

CARVALHO AND MANHOEF MEET WITH MIDDLEWEIGHT TITLE ON THE LINE THIS FRIDAY AT ‘BELLATOR 155’ – LIVE AND FREE ON SPIKE

 

 

CONFERENCE CALL HIGHLIGHTS

Bellator President Scott Coker, along with “Bellator 155: Carvalho vs. Manhoef” main and co-main event fighters Rafael Carvalho (12-1), Melvin Manhoef (30-12-1), Pat Curran (21-7) and Georgi Karakhanyan (24-5-1) all joined this afternoon’s official media conference call to promote this Friday’s event.

Scott Coker

“We’re excited to be in Boise, fighting at the Century Link Arena. I think this is a fight town that has been hungry for a big MMA promotion and we’re proud to be the first to do it. We’ve got a great middleweight world title fight between Carvalho and Manhoef… Carvalho is coming off of a big win with a KO over Brandon Halsey and undoubtedly this fight is going to have a bunch of fireworks between both of these guys.”

On the fight between Curran and Karakhanyan…

“I definitely think that this fight has some title implications but we always like to see how the fight pans out…honestly if this is something that’s exciting and a barn burner and if this fight can stand on its own feet, it very well could be.”

On if a Bellator bonus structure is going to come to fruition in the future…

“It is something we’re working on but we’re just a little bit different, because we’re a premium TV model so it’s something that has been considered, but right now it’s something that is still just in dialogue.”

 

Rafael Carvalho

“I am excited and really think this could be historical. It’s going to be a lot of strikes and it’s going to be a kickboxing fight with MMA gloves.”

“Every fight you’ve got to show what you got. In this fight, it’s going to be no different [now that I’m a champ]. I’m going to show everything I’ve got and I am always looking forward to the next fight.

 “People recognize me more now and I have gained more respect now as the champion…Winning the belt for the first time is one thing, but the real deal is when you defend the belt and keep the belt. That’s when you become the real champion.

On overcoming challenges of living in Rio…

“There are good people as well as bad but the only thing that is going to dictate your future is you and how hard you work for it. It doesn’t matter where you live or what kind of clothing you wear, if you put your mind into it and are willing to work hard for it.

Melvin Manhoef

“I look forward to making a kickboxing with small gloves. I am prepared for anything so it doesn’t matter what’s going to happen. I am looking forward to being there and doing what I do best, which is the striking, so for me it’s very nice that he wants to do the kickboxing in the cage with me.

Do you feel like people are counting you out heading into this fight?

“I don’t know what people are thinking but it all depends on what me and my team think and the fans who are supporting me think. I feel like the fight is still in me and I showed it at my last fight. I trained real hard for this fight and my goal is to show it again that you cannot count me out… You know my fight style; I do everything to knock people out so I am glad if [Carvalho] wants to make a kick boxing fight out of it.”

What would winning the Bellator title mean to you?

“It means a lot, with all of the hard work and a lot of people writing me off, but I think this is like a new era or new beginning for me and I could become a world champion. I think that being a fighter that’s been in the business so long, it has been an achievement already.”

 

Pat Curran

“I am really excited to step in there on Friday and put on a dominant performance. I have made a lot of changes in my life, in my camp and everything is falling into place right now and I’m excited to showcase that on Friday.”

Do the stakes of this fight change for you as they would for a title?

“I feel like every fight at this point in your career, especially in this division is do-or-die and if you win you’re going to get that much pull-through coming or having the chance to fight for the title again and I feel like over and over George and I have been that much closer to another title shot.”

Georgi Karakhanyan

“I can’t wait for Friday night. I am going out there with nothing to lose, just going 100 percent and fighting my fight and come out with a victory.”

On this being a potential title eliminator and going up against two-time champ Curran…

“I know everybody is talking about the title but to me I don’t think about that, right now I have a good opponent in front of me with Pat Curran, a former champion and I can’t ask for a better opponent than him. I am very excited, I cannot wait and I am ready to put on a great show and I’m for sure coming out with my hands right.”

On coming back from surgery and making adjustments…

“I treat everything the same, I got about five surgeries last year and the last surgery was just a meniscus tear but after that, Bellator took good care of me. They put me in a very good rehab place and I’ve started my training and feel 100 percent.”

DIGITAL RECAP

 

“Bellator 155: Carvalho vs. Manhoef” emanates from CenturyLink Arena in Boise, Idaho airs LIVE and FREE on SPIKE at 9e/8c. In preparation for the event, Bellator’s digital team has put together captivating new content, which you can view by clicking on the images below. Tune in to Bellator’s YouTube page for an inside look and more exclusive footage at what’s still to come.

Champions: Rafael Carvalho – The middleweight champion does NOT listen to the naysayers; he finds a way to win. Jimmy Smith breaks it down.

Foundations: Melvin Manhoef – Melvin Manhoef only knows one way to fight…All in! Either way somebody is going lights out. Jimmy Smith breaks it down.

 

Foundations: Marloes Coenen – Marloes Coenen  is a level above her competition, the MMA Pioneer show it every time she steps into the cage. Jimmy Smith explains.

What to Watch: Carvalho vs. Manhoef – This is for the Middleweight Championship! Rafael Carvalho andMelvin Manhoef will be a battle between masters of two opposing disciplines. Jimmy Smith and Manny Rodriguez break it all down.

 

What to Watch: Held vs. Jansen – Marcin Held is a monster on the mat and Dave Jansen will have to find a way to negate that submission game. Jimmy Smith breaks it down.

What to Watch: Curran vs. Karakhanyan – There is a special energy in the Featherweight division. The competition is stiff and the winner will be in title contention while the loser may be put in the back of a long line of contenders. Jimmy Smith and Manny Rodriguez explain.

 

Rolling With Jimmy – The Bellator Featherweight takes a ride in Jimmy Smith’s 1969 Plymouth Barracuda. He shares how it feels to be in a stacked division and his desire to fight the best in the world.

 

 

FIGHT INFO:           A middleweight championship matchup between Rafael Carvalho (12-1) and Melvin Manhoef (30-12-1) will serve as the evening’s main event of“Bellator 155: Carvalho vs. Manhoef” at CenturyLink Arena in Boise, Idaho, Friday, May 20.

In addition, the main card features two of Bellator MMA’s top featherweights, with Pat “Paddy Mike” Curran (21-7) and Georgi “Insane” Karakhanyan (24-5-1) squaring off in the co-main event. Alexis “Sneaky Zebra” Dufresne (21-4) will make her promotional debut after agreeing to a late addition bout against Dutch submission specialist Marloes “Rumina” Coenen (23-6) in female featherweight action. There will also be multiple heavyweight bouts featured on the main card, with Dan Charles (10-3) taking on undefeated Augusto Sakai (9-0) and Joey Beltran (17-12) facing off against Chase Gormley (12-5).

Tickets for “Bellator 155: Carvalho vs. Manhoef” are going fast and can be purchased at the CenturyLink Arena Box Office or CenturyLinkArenaBoise.com, as well as Bellator.com. The event airs live and free on Spike at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT, while the can’t-misspreliminary card airs live on Bellator.com and The Bellator Mobile App.

 

 

About Bellator MMA:

Bellator MMA is a leading Mixed Martial Arts organization featuring many of the best fighters in the world. Under the direction of veteran fight promoter Scott Coker, Bellator is available to nearly 500 million homes worldwide in over 140 countries. In the United States, Bellator can be seen on Spike, the MMA television leader.  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 Santa Monica, California and owned by entertainment giant Viacom, home to the world’s premier entertainment brands that connect with audiences through compelling content across television, motion picture, online and mobile platforms.

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Street The Movie Sells Out on Walmart.com In Three Days – #1 Seller – Mark Ryan (Black Sails; Transformers) and Beau “Casper” Smart Star in a “Rocky meets Bloodsport” MMA Film!

 

LOS ANGELES, CA – May 2016 – Mark Ryan and Beau “Casper” Smart star in the new fueled MMA movie – Streetwhich sold out online at Walmart.com in three days. More copies are now available online and you can purchase in Walmart stores nationwide as well as on Amazon.com

Street outsold 60 million dollar Hollywood films that were also available online.

Street is a film that should not be missed by any Black Sails, Transformers and MMA fans. Mark Ryan best known as “Quartermaster Gates” in the Starz hit Series Black Sails and the voices of BumblebeeJetfire and Lockdown in the Michael Bay hit movie series, Transformers. Ryan gives an amazing performance as URI a Russian mobster.

It also features MMA icon Frank Trigg, and current fighters Matt MitrioneBellator Light-Heavyweight-Champion Emanuel Newton, former Bellator welterweight title challenger Jay Hieron and one of the most exciting fighters to ever come out of The Ultimate FighterUriah Hall.

Also starring in this action film is professional wrestler and fan favorite former WWE champion John Hennigan.

Street contains some of the best MMA fight scenes of any film ever made. Having a number of well-known, experienced MMA fighters takes the fight scenes to a realistic and powerfully intense level.  Arnold Chon, one of the top fight choreographers in Hollywood as well as a trainer of real MMA fighters, is the man behind the action.

Arnold Chon has worked with Martial Arts legends including Jackie ChanJet LiWesley SnipesJean Claude Van DammeMichael Jai White and Chuck Norris. Even more prevalent to the film, Chon has trained MMA fighters to a championship level in his spare time, both in Bellator and the UFC. Because of his real world experience with MMA fighters, he is regarded as the most knowledgeable coordinator in on-screen MMA fights.

“I purchased Street on Walmart.com after watching the trailer. This is the BEST MMA fight film I have ever seen. The fights are very realistic and the storyline is great. This is a movie you will want to own and watch over and over again,” Bob Santino.

Street is produced by Lyle Howry of Wedding Day, starring David Koechner(You Can’t Have It),Armand Assante (American Gangster)NFL star Rob Gronkowski  and Joanna Krupa (Planet of the Apes (2001), Dancing with the Stars, Poland’s Next Top Model).

A film by writer and producer Jeffrey Ross, best known for award winning film, Lost and Found Family, andShadow Conspiracy starring Charlie Sheen. Director Bradford May is an Emmy Award Winner whose sensitive and dramatic style of lighting and graceful manner of directing actors has made him one of Hollywood’s most prolific talents.

“This film will be applauded by MMA enthusiasts while at the same time appealing to those who enjoy a good love story blended with action, and of course those who are inspired by come-from-behind underdog movies like Rocky, Warrior, Southpaw and other films of that genre. I am thrilled that fans will have the opportunity to purchase this movie at Walmart,” added Producer Lyle Howry from Skinfly Entertainment.


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Bellator 155: Carvalho vs. Manhoef Fight Card and Info

Bellator MMA Middleweight World Title Fight: Rafael Carvalho (12-1) vs. Melvin Manhoef (30-12-1)

Bellator MMA Featherweight Co-Main Event: Pat Curran (21-7) vs. Georgi Karakhanyan (24-5-1)

Bellator MMA Heavyweight Feature Bout: Dan Charles (10-3) vs. Augusto Sakai (9-0)

Bellator MMA Featherweight Bout: Marloes Coenen (23-6) vs. Alexis Dufresne (5-2)

Bellator MMA Heavyweight Feature Bout: Joey Beltran (17-12) vs. Chase Gormley (12-5)

Preliminary Card

Bellator MMA Lightweight Preliminary Bout: Dave Jansen (20-3) vs. Marcin Held (21-4)

Bellator MMA Bantamweight Preliminary Bout: Joe Hamilton (3-0) vs. Tyler Freeland (3-0)

Bellator MMA Flyweight Preliminary Bout: Veta Arteaga (1-0) vs. Jackie Vandenburgh (0-1)

Bellator MMA Featherweight Preliminary Bout: Vince Morales (3-1) vs. Hamilton Ash (3-1)

Bellator MMA Bantamweight Preliminary Bout: Brendon Raftery (4-2) vs. Casey Johnson (4-0)

Bellator MMA Lightweight Preliminary Bout: Scott Thometz (9-5) vs. Josh Tyler (7-3)

Bellator MMA Middleweight Preliminary Bout: Sean Powers (9-5) vs. Will Noland (15-6)

Bellator MMA Bantamweight Preliminary Bout: Ricky Steele (5-0) vs. Erick Cronkhite (2-1)

Bellator MMA Bantamweight Preliminary Bout: Jesse Brock (21-8) vs. Olly Bradstreet (39-12)

 

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About Spike:

Spike is available in 98.7 million homes and is a division of Viacom Media Networks.  A unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), Viacom Media Networks is one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms.  Spike’s Internet address is www.spike.com and for up-to-the-minute and archival press information and photographs, visit Spike’s press site at http://www.spike.com/press.  Follow us on Twitter @spiketvpr for the latest in breaking news updates, behind-the-scenes information and photos.

TICKETS AND INFO FOR UFC FIGHT NIGHT®: HOLM vs. SHEVCHENKO AT UNITED CENTER ON SALE FRIDAY, MAY 20

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(#1) HOLLY HOLM vs. (#9) VALENTINA SHEVCHENKO

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(#6) EDSON BARBOZA vs. GILBERT MELENDEZ

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Las Vegas – Elite strikers converges on the Windy City as UFC® returns to Chicago for UFC FIGHT NIGHT®: HOLM vs. SHEVCHENKO live on FOX from the United Center. In the main event, Holly Holm, who shocked the world in knocking out the seemingly invincible Ronda Rousey, takes on world class kickboxer and No. 9 women’s bantamweight Valentina Shevchenko. The co-main event will feature two of the most dangerous light heavyweights in the world as No. 2 Anthony “Rumble” Johnson and No. 3 Glover Teixeira collide in a bout that holds major title implications.

A former three-division world champion in boxing, Holm (10-1, fighting out of Albuquerque, N.M.) is widely considered to be the best striker in her division. The former UFC champ has finished seven of her 10 professional fights by knockout, including the aforementioned second-round knockout of Rousey that earned her Performance of the Night honors. Shevchenko (12-2, fighting out of Lima, Peru) possesses lethal striking as well and is a 17-time World Muay Thai and K-1 champion. With the skillset to match Holm on the feet, the 28-year-old also has five submissions to her credit, giving Shevchenko the ability to finish the fight both on the feet or the ground.

In the co-main event, one of the most feared strikers in the entire sport, Johnson (21-5, fighting out of Boca Raton, Fla.) hopes to solidify his spot as next in line for a shot at the winner of the light heavyweight championship bout between Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones, taking place at UFC 200 on July 9. Since returning to the UFC in 2014, “Rumble” is 5-1 with four knockouts, three in the first round. With equally terrifying power in his hands, Teixeira (25-4, fighting out of Danbury, Conn.) is also likely one knockout away from a shot at the 205-pound title. The Brazilian is on a three-fight winning streak that includes two knockouts and a submission, and he’s also a jiu-jitsu black belt with six submission victories to accompany his 16 career knockouts.

In addition, No. 6 lightweight and one of the flashiest knockout artists in the game, Edson Barboza (17-4, fighting out of Nova Friburgo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) welcomes former title challenger Gilbert Melendez (22-5, fighting out of San Francisco, Calif.) back to the Octagon. Brazil’s Barboza has recorded some of the most impressive knockouts in MMA history, including a spinning heel kick knockout of Terry Etim in 2012 that is widely considered the best of all-time. A champion in almost every promotion he’s fought in, Melendez is a black belt in jiu-jitsu under Cesar Gracie who also happens to have 11 knockouts to go with his slick ground game. The winner of this early “Fight of the Night” contender will take a huge step forward in the stacked lightweight title picture.

Additional bouts include:

·         Hard-hitting heavyweights Francis Ngannou (7-1, fighting out of Paris, France) and Bojan Mihajlovic (10-3, fighting out of Novi Sad, Serbia) collide.

·         Welterweight contender Ryan LaFlare (12-1, fighting out of Farmingdale, N.Y.) meets Sambo expert Alexander Yakovlev (23-6-1, fighting out of Fairfield, N.J.).

·         UFC veterans, No. 13 Frankie Saenz (11-3, fighting out of Scottsdale, Ariz.) and No. 15 Eddie Wineland (21-11-1, fighting out of Chesterton, Ind.) battle at 135-pounds.

·         Welterweight striking sensation Alex “Cowboy” Oliveira (13-3-1, 1 NC, fighting out of Tres Rios, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) meets national Tae Kwon Do champion James Moontasri (9-3, fighting out of Los Angeles, Calif.)

·         Chicago area native Felice Herrig (10-6, fighting out of Crystal Lake, Ill.) meets rising strawweight prospect Kailin Curran (4-2, fighting out of Ewa Beach, Hawaii).

·         No. 11 featherweight contender Darren Elkins (20-5, fighting out of Portage, Ind.) faces crafty finisher Godofredo Pepey (13-3, fighting out of Fortaleza, Ceara, Brazil).

·         Submission specialist Tony Martin (10-3, fighting out of Boston, Mass.) meets jiu jitsu black belt Michel Prazeres (19-2, fighting out of Belem, Para, Brazil) in the 155-pound division.

·         Knockout artists Hector Urbina (25-9, fighting out of Muncie, Ind.) and George Sullivan (17-5, 1 NC, fighting out of Belmar, N.J.) meet in a welterweight duel.

·         Brazilian jiu-jitsu ace Luis Henrique (8-2, 1 NC, fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) welcomes undefeated Dmitry Smolyakov (8-0, fighting out of Kaliningrad, Russia) to the heavyweight division.

For the latest information on additional bouts for this event, please visit www.ufc.com. All bouts live and subject to change.

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Tickets for UFC FIGHT NIGHT®: HOLM vs. SHEVCHENKO on sale Friday, May 20 at 10 a.m. CT and are priced at $225, $125, $100, $90, $75 and $50. Tickets are available for purchase at www.ticketmaster.com. Ticket sales are limited to eight (8) per person. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets are also available at United Center box office. Ticket prices do not include applicable service charges.

UFC Fight Club® members will have the opportunity to purchase tickets to this event Wednesday, May 18 at 10 a.m. CT via the websitewww.ufcfightclub.com. A special Internet ticket pre-sale will be available to UFC newsletter subscribers Thursday, May 19 starting at 10 a.m. CT. To access this presale, users must register for the UFC newsletter through UFC.com.

 

UFC FIGHT NIGHT®: HOLM vs. SHEVCHENKO will air live on FOX at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on Saturday, July 23, with the prelims kicking off the evening on FOX at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT.

UFC Fan Expo® will take place from Friday, July 8 through Sunday, July 10 at the Las Vegas Convention Center as part of the 5th Annual UFC International Fight Week™. Tickets for UFC Fan Expo will be offered in various packages, with three-day passes beginning at $75 online. Two-day passes begin at $65, while one-day passes are $45. Fans can also purchase VIP elite packages for $300 or VIP ultimate packages for $3,000. *Events are subject to change.

To purchase tickets, please visit UFCTICKETS. For additional information, please visit UFC.com and follow UFC Fight Week on Twitter @UFCFightWeek.

WORLD SERIES OF FIGHTING LAUNCHES ‘WHO’S THE TOUGHEST?’ TO SUPPORT MILITARY VETERAN MMA FIGHTERS

First two veteran recruits to face off at WSOF35, live on NBCSN
 on Saturday, Nov. 12
LAS VEGAS (May 17, 2016) – World Series of Fighting (www.WSOF.com) announced today that it is launching a groundbreaking program designed to support and further the athletic careers of military veterans who actively compete, or are seeking to compete, in the sport of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA).

“WSOF: Who’s The Toughest?” will include a dedicated recruitment program that will see World Series of Fighting President and six-time world championRay Sefo and his staff visit MMA gyms, beginning with a location in San Diego, Calif. next month, in order to evaluate the pool of competitors with veteran status.

The first two recruits from the program will square off with each other live on NBCSN at WSOF35, which will take place at a location to be announced, on Saturday, Nov. 12, one day after Veterans Day.

“We are looking forward to embarking on this venture that will allow us to give back to our armed forces that serve our country and protect our freedom,” said Sefo.

“As one of the major leagues in the sport of MMA with a national television platform in NBC and NBCSN, we have the ability to offer a potentially life-changing opportunity to fighters who are ready to make the jump, and we intend to leverage our position in the industry to benefit any veterans that show promise,” said World Series of Fighting CEO Carlos Silva.

In January, World Series of Fighting placed its first military veteran – Caros “The Future” Fodor – in action.  Fodor, who joined the U.S. Marine Corps just six days after his high school graduation, was sent to Kuwait for the Iraq invasion after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, and eventually earned the rank of sergeant before completing his military stint in 2007.

Fodor will be back in action on Saturday, July 30, when he faces his adopted brother Phoenix Jones, aka Ben Fodor, at WSOF32, live on NBCSN from XFINITY Arena in Everett, Wash., beginning at 10:30 p.m. ET/7:30 p.m. PT.

About World Series of Fighting (WSOF)
“World Series of Fighting” (WSOF) is a worldwide premier professional Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fight promotion dedicated to delivering the best action-packed fights for fight fans by producing the best possible match-ups between elite fighters from around the world. For more information please visit WSOF.com and follow “World Series of Fighting” on Twitter @MMAWorldSeries.  WSOF and World Series of Fighting are registered trademarks of MMAWC, LLC.

WORLD SERIES OF FIGHTING SIGNS HEAVY HITTERS SHAWN JORDAN AND LORENZO HOOD

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Hood to Make Promotional Debut at WSOF31: Ivanov vs. Copeland
on Friday, June 17, live on NBCSN
LAS VEGAS (April 28, 2016) – World Series of Fighting (www.WSOF.com) announced today that it has signed heavyweight knockout artists Shawn Jordan (18-7) and Lorenzo “The Dream Killer” Hood (9-3) to exclusive, multi-fight agreements.

Hood of Chicago, Ill. has been tabbed to make his promotional debut against an opponent to be announced soon, at the WSOF31: Ivanov vs. Copeland world heavyweight championship event at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Conn. on Friday, June 17, live on NBCSN at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.

“We are thrilled to welcome Shawn Jordan and Lorenzo Hood to our ever-growing roster of world-class athletes, and look forward to seeing both of them compete in our heavyweight division soon,” said World Series of Fighting President Ray Sefo.

Fighting out of Albuquerque, N.M., the 6-foot, 30-year-old Jordan is coming off a 4-year, 10 fight stint with the UFC, during which he compiled an overall record of 6-4, notching all of his wins, including a vicious, first round (:59) decimation of Pat “HD” Barry on June 15, 2013, by way of (T)KO.

A two-time veteran of the now-defunct Strikeforce, and a four-time veteran of Bellator action, Jordan has earned 14 of his 18 career victories by way of (T)KO, and another 3 via submission.

The 6-foot-3, 27-year-old Hood, a former professional football player turned MMA wrecking machine, has earned all 9 of his professional career victories to date by way of (T)KO inside the first round of action.

After an aggressive debut year in 2009 in which he competed 7 times and amassed a near-perfect record of 6-1, Hood walked away from the fight world for a span of 5 years to play defensive lineman in the Arena Football League and Canadian Football League, eventually returning to the cage in 2014.

About World Series of Fighting (WSOF)
“World Series of Fighting” (WSOF) is a worldwide premier professional Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fight promotion dedicated to delivering the best action-packed fights for fight fans by producing the best possible match-ups between elite fighters from around the world. For more information please visit WSOF.com and follow “World Series of Fighting” on Twitter @MMAWorldSeries.  WSOF and World Series of Fighting are registered trademarks of MMAWC, LLC.

MMA Fight Radio Thurs April 28

Guests:  Heather Clark, Cody Mckenzie,  Jeff Aronson and Jose Torres

MMA Fight Radio airs live Thurs nights 6-8 pm Here in Phoenix / East Coast 9-11 pm / Pacific Time 6-8 pm

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MMA FIGHT RADIO Arizona’s original expert source for MMA, with our host “Broadway” Jay Pagliaro and co-hosts: Bellator MMA Fighter Dan “The Man” Charles, UFC Fighter Efrain Escudero, along with Shawn “Dallas” Hall an MMA Judge

Produced by Penny Buffington. Sponsored by the Arizona Event Center.

Joshua Boyd: Las Vegas Correspondent
Paal Eide: East Coast Correspondent w/ wife Yadlynd as photographer

MMA Fight Radio Main Photographers include Bill Merritt, Eddie Buffington, Penny Buffington

News, Reviews and Interviews with today’s hottest national and local fighters, including expert analysis of all things MMA: including the UFC, Bellator, WSOF, Titan FC. Invicata FC, RFA,  Duel for Domination, Bounded Fist Muay Thai and more.

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MMA AT IT’S FINEST

      • MMA Fight Radio reaches 28,000 monthly cumulative audience.
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Heather Clark  – UFC Fight Night 87

MAY 08, 2016 / AHOY ROTTERDAM, ROTTERDAM, SOUTH HOLLAND, NETHERLANDS

Heather Clark 7 – 4 – 0 vs Karolina Kowalkiewicz 8 – 0 – 0

Heather Joe Clark
Heather Joe Clark


Cody Mckenzie – TUF Alum. UFC vet – grappling tournament end of April a pro boxing fight and a mma fight in May

Venator FC 3 MAY 21, 2016 / PALASESTO, MILAN, ITALY

Cody McKenzie 15 – 9 – 0 vs Daniele Scatizzi 7 – 2 – 0

Cody McKenzie

 

 

Jeff Aronson – Titan FC CEO

Jeff Aronson center Titan FC CEO
Jeff Aronson center Titan FC CEO

 

Titan FC 38

APRIL 30, 2016 / MICCOSUKEE CASINO, MIAMI, FL.

 Jose Torres 1 – 0 – 0 Reynaldo Walter Duarte 8 – 8 – 0

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Mesa, AZ

Arizona Event Center 

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