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News, Reviews and Interviews with today’s hottest national and local fighters, including expert analysis of all things MMA: including the UFC, Bellator, Legacy Fighting Alliance, Titan FC. Invicata FC, UCFC, WFF and more.

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UFC on Fox 25 JULY 22, 2017 / NASSAU COLISEUM, LONG ISLAND, NEW YORK

    Jimmie Rivera 20 – 1 – 0  vs Thomas Almeida 21 – 1 – 0

 

UFC Bantamweight bout Rivera vs Almeida

UPER ARENA, SAITAMA, SAITAMA, JAPAN

Tyler King 12 – 5 – 0 vs Amir Aliakbari 6 – 1 – 0

Tyler King Rizin Fight MMA

Randy Steinke  vs Frank Baca- Iron Boy MMA 7 – Sat Aug 12 door open at 5pm @ Celebrity Theater –  also live on Dish Network PPV

Iron Boy MMA 7

LFA 17 Co Headline fight Fri July 21 in his home state North Carolina  – rematch with Dylan Cala (5-1)  vs his only loss: Tony Gravely (9-4)

LFA 17 Cala vs Gravely Fri July 21 - MMA Fight Radio

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WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES
hits theaters everywhere July 14, 2017


WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES

Action/Drama
Release: July 14, 2017
Director: Matt Reeves
Written by: Mark Bomback & Matt Reeves
Producers: Peter Chernin, Dylan Clark, Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver
Cast: Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson, Steve Zahn, Amiah Miller, Karin Konoval, Judy Greer & Terry Notary

SYNOPSIS
In War for the Planet of the Apes, the third chapter of the critically acclaimed blockbuster franchise, Caesar and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel. After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. As the journey finally brings them face to face, Caesar and the Colonel are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both their species and the future of the planet.

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LFA CELEBRATES CINCO DE MAYO IN ARIZONA WITH LFA 11 – FRINCU vs. MADRID

MAIN EVENT:

MATTHEW “THUNDER FROM DOWN UNDER” FRINCU vs.DANIEL “DEMIGOD” MADRID

MIDDLEWEIGHT SHOWDOWN

CO-MAIN EVENT:

JAMES NAKASHIMA vs. LARUE “THE CANNIBAL” BURLEY

WELTERWEIGHT WAR

FRIDAY, MAY 5th LIVE on AXS TV

COMERICA THEATRE in PHOENIX, ARIZONA

 

Tickets are on sale NOW through http://www.comericatheatre.com/

 

HOUSTON, Texas – Legacy Fighting Alliance (LFA) CEO Ed Soares announced today that the LFA will be headed to Arizona for the first time on Cinco de Mayo. This will be the eleventh LFA event to take place after the strategic merger between leading developmental organizationsResurrection Fighting Alliance (RFA) and Legacy Fighting Championship (Legacy FC).

 

The main event of LFA 11 will feature an explosive middleweight battle between two of the most vaunted finishers in the division. The headliner will see dynamic Australian annihilator Matthew “Thunder From Down Under” Frincu clash with surging regional kingpin Daniel “DemiGod” Madrid. LFA 11 – Frincu vs. Madrid takes place Friday, May 5th at the Comerica Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona. The entire main card will be televised live and nationwide on AXS TV at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT.

 

“I am excited to bring the LFA to Arizona on May 5th,” stated Soares. “Arizona fight fans have a guaranteed action-fight with Matthew Frincu vs. Daniel Madrid in the headliner. Frincu looked amazing in his LFA debut and Madrid has been unbeatable in nearly four years. LFA 11 will carry on the long and storied tradition of great combat sporting events that have taken place on Cinco de Mayo weekend.”

LFA 11 Fincu vs Madrid

Tickets for LFA 11 – Frincu vs. Madrid are available for purchase NOW at ComericaTheatre.com. You can also support your favorite fighter by going to CombatTickets.com and choosing their name at check out.

 

Frincu (10-2) looked incredible in his LFA debut at LFA 5 in February. The native of Gold Coast, Australia bludgeoned his opponent Kris Hocum over three rounds in a wildly impressive tour de force of striking brilliance. That night in Colorado in late February, Frincu taught a masterclass on how to effectively utilize range and Muay Thai technique to dismantle a high-level grappler in an MMA fight. Now the talented Australian is looking to duplicate that success as he moves up to middleweight to face Madrid in the LFA 11 headliner.

 

Madrid (13-4) has seen his stock rise over the past four years like the Sonoran Desert heat in the middle of summer. This is due to the fact that “DemiGod” has finished his last six opponents in his last six fights. The well-traveled Madrid has competed in Russia, China, and Hawaii over the course of his impressive career, but will now enjoy the home crowd advantage at LFA 11. He will look to take full advantage of the of his hometown Arizona atmosphere in an effort to pick up his seventh consecutive stoppage victory.

 

The co-main event of LFA 11 will feature the LFA debut of one of the most successful welterweights in RFA history. That would be none other than The MMA LAB standout James Nakashima (6-0). The former NCAA Division I wrestler was the main training partner of eventual Olympic gold medalist and all-time great Jordan Burroughs at the University of Nebraska before making the jump to MMA. All Nakashima has seen since switching from the mats to the cage is gold and he will look to continue that success in the co-main event of LFA 11.

 

The man looking to put the first blemish on Nakashima’s record is a man known for being a wrestler’s kryptonite. That would be Power MMA product LaRue “The Cannibal” Burley (7-2). Burley is the man responsible for handing former NCAA Division I national champion wrestler Bubba Jenkins his first loss in MMA at Bellator 100. He then repeated the feat by handing NCAA Division II national champion wrestler T.J. Hepburn his first loss in MMA at RFA 25. Burley finished Jenkins and Hepburn with a ferocious style that he will undoubtedly look to unleash at LFA 11.

 

The currently announced card is as follows:

 

Main Card (Televised on AXS TV at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT):

 

Main Event | Middleweight Bout (185 lbs)

– Matthew Frincu vs. Daniel Madrid

 

Co-Main Event | Welterweight Bout (170 lbs)

– James Nakashima vs. LaRue Burley

 

Welterweight Bout (170 lbs)

– Kyle Stewart vs. Maycon Mendonça

 

Flyweight Bout (125 lbs)

– Bruno Silva vs. Casey Kenney

 

Bantamweight Bout (135 lbs)

– David Nuzzo vs. Sean O’Malley

 

 

In September 2016, RFA and Legacy FC officials announced that they would be merging to form the premier developmental organization in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) starting in January 2017. Legacy FC and RFA have launched the careers of over 100 athletes that have reached the pinnacle of MMA by competing in the UFC.

 

LFA 11 will serve as the first LFA event to take place in the state of Arizona. Furthermore, it will be the first time the LFA has traveled to “The Grand Canyon State” before or after the merger. The entire main card of LFA 11 will be televised live and nationwide on AXS TV at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT.

 

Please visit LFAfighting.com for bout updates and information. LFA is on Facebook at Legacy Fighting Alliance. LFA is also on Instagram at @LFAfighting and Twitter at @LFAfighting.

 

 

About LFA:

LFA is a professional Mixed Martial Arts promotion that gives rising stars and top contenders the opportunity to prove their talent to fans and leaders in the industry. LFA was formed by the powerhouse merger between RFA and Legacy FC. LFA presents live Mixed Martial Arts events on a monthly basis around the United States including Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Denver, Dallas, and Houston. RFA can be seen live in over 48 million homes nationally through its television deal with AXS TV. Based in Las Vegas, Nevada, RFA is one of the most active and respected MMA organizations in the fastest growing sport in the world. (The Octagon, Ultimate Fighting Championship®, UFC®, and the eight-sided competition mat and cage design are registered trademarks owned exclusively by Zuffa, LLC. All rights reserved).

 

About AXS TV FIGHTS:

AXS TV Fights presents more LIVE mixed martial arts and kickboxing events than any other television network with 45 scheduled LIVE world-class fight cards in 2017. “The Voice” Michael Schiavello and UFC Hall of Famer Pat Miletich call all the action, along with cageside reporter Ron Kruck, as champions, challengers, and top prospects take center stage every Friday night at 9pE/6pP. AXS TV Fights can be found online, on Facebook and on Twitter. AXS TV is widely distributed in the U.S. via AT&T U-verse, Charter, Comcast/Xfinity, DIRECTV, DISH, Sling TV, Suddenlink, Verizon FiOS, and other cable, satellite, telco and streaming providers. The network is also carried in Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.

Curran injury forces reshuffling of Bellator 167 main card; top wrestling prospect Tice to debut

 

 

SANTA MONICA, CALIF.  – An undisclosed injury to Pat Curran, who was originally scheduled to fight John Teixeira (20-1-2), has opened the door for a lightweight main event pitting Patricky Pitbull (16-8) against Derek Campos (17-6) on the second night of a special doubleheader inside WinStar World Casino & Resort in Thackerville, OK., on Saturday, December 3. 

In lieu of the injured former featherweight champion, Teixeira will now face Justin Lawrence (9-3) in main card action. In addition, Bellator MMA is pleased to announce the professional debut of three-time All American wrestling prospect Jarod Trice, who will challenge Brandon Lee (4-1) during the Bellator.com-streamed preliminary card.

The second night of entertainment – “Bellator 167” – features a flyweight bout pitting undefeated budding superstar Ilima-Lei MacFarlane (4-0) against Emily Ducote (4-1), as well as Chidi Njokuani (15-4, 1 NC) versus Andre Fialho (7-0) in three rounds of welterweight action on the Spike-televised main card.

A bantamweight world title rematch pitting current champion Eduardo Dantas (18-4) against Joe Warren (14-5) and a featherweight bout pitting undefeated prospect A.J. McKee (5-0) against Emmanuel Sanchez (13-3) will highlight the first night of excitement at “Bellator 166.” Lastly, a bantamweight bout between Marcos Galvao (17-7-1) and L.C. Davis (23-7) will also be featured on the main card of the doubleheader’s opening night.

Tickets for the unique doubleheader event start at just $45 and can be purchased at the WinStar World Casino & Resort Box Office, as well as Ticketmaster and Bellator.com.

“Bellator 167: Pitbull vs. Campos 2” airs live and free on Saturday on SPIKE at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT., while “Bellator 166: Dantas vs. Warren 2” airs live and free on Friday on SPIKE at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT. Preliminary bouts for both events will stream live on Bellator.com and The Bellator Mobile App.

 The 30-year-old Brazilian star originally caught the promotion’s attention following an electric start to his professional career, as he earned a victory in seven of his first eight fights. Now a 16-fight veteran of Bellator MMA, Freire enters the contest having won six of his last nine bouts, including knockout finishes over division powerhouses Ryan Couture, David Rickels, and most notably Derek Campos in the pair’s first brawl two years ago. The second round victory over Campos marked only the second time in his career that an opponent was able to finish him via knockout. Freire has already put together a stellar 2016 campaign, with wins over Couture and Kevin Souza, as well as a lightweight title shot against Michael Chandler. “Pitbull” will look to further cement his feet atop the division’s elite with a strong performance against the equally-tested veteran Campos.

Prior to an undisclosed injury, Campos was originally set for a rematch with “Pitbull” in Italy at “Bellator 152,” but now the 28-year-old Texan will have his shot at revenge even closer to home base. Hailing from Lubbock, Texas, “The Stallion” comes in having won eight of his last 11 bouts, including knockout victories over Melvin Guillard and Estevan Payan. With a professional record of 3-1 in Thackerville, including a KOTC Junior Welterweight Championship in 2012, Campos has clearly claimed WinStar World Casino & Resort his home away from home. Currently riding a recent string of success, Campos will look to add to his current two-fight winning streak and continue his dominance in OK.

The 29-year-old Teixeira continues to make a name for himself in Bellator MMA’s featherweight division, as he will make his fourth appearance under the promotion’s direction following three consecutive victories. Similar to his opponent, Teixeira also steps into the cage on a recent string of success, having won seven of his last eight bouts, including a trio of first round knockouts. Prior to his days with Bellator MMA, Teixeira began his professional career fighting exclusively in Brazil, posting an undefeated record of 12-0 with one draw. The upcoming bout marks only the fourth time in Teixeira’s nine year career that he will fight outside of his native Brazil. With 14 of his 19 career wins coming by way of knockout or submission, you can be sure to see “Macapa” go for the finishing blow early and often in this mouthwatering matchup.

Following the recent news of an undisclosed injury that forced Pat Curran to withdraw, Lawrence has agreed to fill in to face Teixeira. After beginning his professional career under the direction of Strikeforce, Lawrence has found a home in Bellator MMA’s formidable featherweight division. “The American Kid” has tallied a pair of highlight-reel knockouts since joining the Scott Coker-led promotion last year, including his most recent victory over Isao Kobayashi at “Bellator 157: Dynamite 2.” The emphatic finish was the fifth of his young career and fourth by way of knockout. Dating back to 2013, the 26-year-old striker has won five of his last six contests, three of which came by way of knockout. Hailing from Pacific, Missouri, the former UFC competitor will look to keep the ball rolling against another tough opponent in Teixeira. 

Three-time All American wrestling prospect Jarod Trice will be making his highly anticipated professional debut, following his recent signing with the promotion earlier this year. Trice joins Aaron Pico, Ed Ruth and Tyrell Fortune as a few of the recent signees that make up the new wave of incredibly talented wrestling prospects to flock to Bellator MMA. The Detroit, Michigan native competed at Central Michigan University, where he has also earned a National Title at 120 kg and two Greco Roman National Titles, with one at 120 kg and another at 98 kg. The 27-year-old also saw a great deal of success following an impressive 50-pound weight-loss transformation, something that will surely come in handy in a sport that demands severe weight discipline. 

Fighting out of Clinton, OK., Lee will not have to travel far when he makes his Bellator MMA debut inside WinStar World Casino & Resort in Thackerville, on December 3. The 41-year-old heavyweight has had a great deal of success to date, recording four wins over his five career bouts under the direction of regional promotions. “The Undertaker” has finished his opponent in the opening round of each of his four professional victories, including a brutal knockout in his most recent win earlier this year. Lee will drop down to the 205-pound division for his promotional debut, looking to crash the party that is top prospect Jarod Trice and his widely followed professional debut.

Complete “Bellator 167: Pitbull vs. Campos 2” Main Card:
Lightweight Main Event: Patricky “Pitbull” Freire (16-8) vs. Derek Campos (17-6)

Flyweight Feature Bout: Ilima MacFarlane (4-0) vs. Emily Ducote (4-1)

Welterweight Feature Bout: Chidi Njokuani (15-4, 1 NC) vs. Andre Fialho (7-0)

Featherweight Preliminary Bout: John Teixeira (19-1-2) vs. Justin Lawrence (9-3) 

Updated Preliminary Card:
Light Heavyweight Preliminary Bout: Jarod Trice (Debut) vs. Brandon Lee (4-1)

Welterweight Preliminary Bout: Abdul Razak Al Hassan (5-0) vs. Dakota Cochrane (26-10)

Lightweight Preliiminary Bout: Jonathan Gary (11-6) vs. Aaron Roberson (5-4)

Featherweight Preliminary Bout: Brandon Philips (6-2) Stephen Banaszak (5-5)

Welterweight Preliminary Bout: Justin Patterson (7-1) vs. Codale Ford (11-8)                   

Welterweight Preliminary Bout: Fernando Gonzalez (Debut) vs. Chris Hicks (3-8)

 

Ralek Gracie resumes MMA career, signs with Bellator

SANTA MONICA, Calif. — (October 26, 2016) – Bellator MMA is proud to announce the signing of Ralek Gracie (3-0) to an exclusive multi-fight, multi-year contract.

Ralek is the third son of Rorion, the nephew of Royce, Rickson, and Royler Gracie and received his black belt from Grand Master Helio Gracie. The Gracie Family is famous for putting Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu on the map around the globe.

At only 22, Ralek made his MMA debut in Japan, where he defeated his opponent, Kastuyori Shibata with a devastating armbar. Nearly a year later, Ralek returned to Japan for his second MMA fight and again was victorious, this time defeating Gahdzhiev Alavutdin with an armbar from the mount. These two bouts led to a highly anticipated matchup with Kazushi Sakuraba, where again the Los Angeles native left “The Land of the Rising Sun” with the victory. That was the last time Ralek would fight under MMA rules, until now.

“I was bred for hand-to-hand combat over generations and I simply can’t ignore that during my physical prime. My destiny is calling me and my opponent is irrelevant, it’s go time,” Gracie said. “It’s crazy to see where fighting has come since my childhood of seeing everything unfold from behind the scenes. Bellator is really stepping up the opportunities fighters have to compete more often and in different countries and I’m excited to join that movement and test my style in this modern MMA era.”

It has yet to be determined which weight class the 31-year-old will participate in, but expect to see him lace up the gloves for Bellator MMA in early 2017.

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 TV, 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.

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.

RFA and Legacy FC merge

RFA MMA AND LEGACY FC TO COMBINE FORCES IN 2017

In the world of mixed martial arts, two promotions have established themselves as the premier organizations for athletes to prove they belong on the sport’s biggest stage.

Now, those two organizations will become one.

Officials from Legacy Fighting Championship and Resurrection Fighting Alliance are happy to announce the two organizations will merge to launch a new promotion: Legacy Fighting Alliance.

“This is an exciting day for everyone involved,” RFA President Ed Soares said. “What our two companies have accomplished individually is remarkable, but the sky is truly the limit when you consider what will come next.

“Our athletes will have an unrivaled platform to compete in front of a nationally televised audience – not to mention in more than 40 countries around the world – and prove they are worthy of a spot at the sport’s highest level. Our existing companies have placed more than 100 fighters in just the UFC and Bellator, alone. Quite simply, for the fighters on our roster, the future is now.”

Legacy Fighting Alliance will officially launch in January 2017, with Soares serving as CEO. Longtime MMA exec Sven Bean will serve as Legacy Fighting Alliance COO.

“With this merger, we have created – without a doubt – the premier developmental league in the sport of MMA,” Bean said. “The team we have assembled brings together so much knowledge and experience at every level. The formation of Legacy Fighting Alliance is a game changer for the industry. I am excited for the future and what it will hold for the organization and its athletes.”

After signing a new multi-year contract, AXS TV will remain the exclusive broadcast home of the new organization, and Legacy Fighting Alliance is currently planning to air 30 shows in 2017.

“Legacy Fighting Alliance just catapulted to the top of the list when you are talking about fights that matter in 2017,” AXS TV Fights CEO Andrew Simon said. “Together, these two organizations bring unrivaled experience and success in identifying athletes that make it to the next level.  Our new long-term deal solidifies our belief in Legacy Fighting Alliance’s mission and to our sport.”

Soares believes the new promotion will further streamline both existing companies’ goals of taking developing athletes and helping them reach their full potential.

“I have no doubt Legacy Fighting Alliance will be the premier destination for fighters hoping to reach a global stage,” Soares said. “In the same way that college football provides athletes a chance to prove they belong in the NFL or AAA baseball allows players to reach the Major Leagues, our organization will give fighters a chance to gain the experience of competing in a top-tier organization, develop a fanbase on national and international TV, and potentially reach the next level of their career.”

While further details will be announced in the coming weeks, current plans call for Legacy Fighting Alliance’s debut show to match up reigning Legacy Fighting Championship title holders with their Resurrection Fighting Alliance counterparts to crown the new promotion’s inaugural champions.

“We believe the merger of Legacy Fighting Championship and Resurrection Fighting Alliance is an exciting and logical progression of the sport,” Legacy FC President Mick Maynard said. “As AAA baseball is to MLB, we will continue to develop the best prospects by providing a proving ground and a stage for the fighters to grow that is unrivaled in the sport. In addition, this merger brings together some of the best minds in the business. It truly is an MMA dream team, and it will continue to build our Legacy in the world of MMA.”

Legacy Fighting Alliance – The Future is Now.

About RFA: RFA is a professional mixed martial arts promotion that gives rising stars and top contenders the opportunity to prove their talent to fans and leaders in the industry. The RFA presents live events on a monthly basis around the United States including Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Denver and Milwaukee. RFA can be seen live in over 43 million homes nationally through its television deal with AXS TV. Based in Las Vegas, Nevada, RFA is one of the most active and respected MMA organizations in the fastest growing sport in the world. (The Octagon, Ultimate Fighting Championship®, UFC®, and the eight-sided competition mat and cage design are registered trademarks owned exclusively by Zuffa, LLC. All rights reserved).

About Legacy Fighting Championship:
Legacy Fighting Championship is one of the largest Mixed Martial Arts promotion companies in the world. The promotion hosts many of the top-ranked fighters in the sport. Based in Houston, Texas, Legacy FC has eight weight divisions and enforces the Unified Rules of Mixed Martial Arts. The promotion is producing 14 live events in 2016. In 2013, Legacy was recognized as one of “Houston’s Fast 100” growing businesses by the Houston Business Journal and has a national television deal with AXS TV. For more information on Legacy Fighting Championship, please visit http://legacyfights.tv.
 
About AXS TV Fights: AXS TV Fights is renowned for its universally recognized Friday Night Mixed Martial Arts and Kickboxing events. As Your Home For MMA, AXS TV utilizes an expansive network of promotions from the United States, Canada, and Europe. And Asia to broadcast more LIVE fights than any other television network. “The Voice” Michael Schiavello and five-time MMA world-champion Pat Miletich provide viewers expert play-by-play, in-depth fighter coverage, and extensive analysis to each fight card. AXS TV broadcasts world-class LIVE fight events from RFA, Lion Fight, Legacy FC, and MFC every Friday night at 7 p.m. PT / 10 p.m. ET.

McKee-Sanchez to square off in Bellator’s return to Oklahoma Dec. 2

 

SANTA MONICA, CALIF. (September 16, 2016) – Bellator MMA will return to WinStar World Casino & Resort in Thackerville, OK., on December 2 with a night of must-see mixed martial arts action, and the first confirmed bout on the Spike-televised portion of the card will feature undefeated prospect A.J. McKee (5-0) taking on Emmanuel “El Matador” Sanchez (13-3).

Tickets for “Bellator MMA in Thackerville” start at just $45 and go on sale this coming Monday, September 19 at 10 a.m. CT. You can purchase tickets at the WinStar World Casino & Resort Box Office, as well as Ticketmaster and Bellator.com.

The event airs live and free on SPIKE at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT, while preliminary bouts will stream live on Bellator.com and The Bellator Mobile App. Additional bouts will be announced in the coming weeks.

Fighting out of Long Beach, Calif., McKee enters this fight following the quickest finish of his budding career, a 32-second guillotine choke submission at “Bellator 160: Henderson vs. Pitbull.” A 5-fight veteran of Bellator MMA, McKee has a knack for finishing fights early and often, spending a grand total of 10:25 inside the cage over the course of his five scraps. Trained by his father, Antonio McKee, the Team Bodyshop product will try to protect his unblemished mark and fufill his goal of becoming the youngest champion in MMA history when he enters the cage on December 9.

“El Matador” will be making his eighth appearance under the Bellator MMA banner, a promotion with which the 26-year-old has had much success to date. A native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he trains at Roufusport, Sanchez is riding a recent string of success, having won nine of his last 11 contests, including three of the past four. Six of Sanchez’s 13 career victories have come by way of knockout or submission, with five of the finishes ending in the opening frame. Since signing with Bellator MMA, “El Matador” has competed against a who’s who of talent, facing names the likes of Pat Curran, Justin Lawrence, Henry Corrales, and Daniel Weichel.

Updated “Bellator MMA in Thackerville” Main Card:

Featherweight Feature Bout: A.J. McKee (5-0) vs. Emmanuel Sanchez (13-3)

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.

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.

Is CM Punk criticism unreasonable?

UFC 203 is now one for the record books. On that fateful evening at Cleveland’s Quicken Loans Arena, the MMA universe saw Stipe Miocic successfully defend his UFC heavyweight championship for the first time; scoring a first round knockout over Alistair Overeem in front of his hometown fans; as well as a dominant performance by Jessica Andrande (who is quickly establishing herself as a very real threat to Joanna Jedrzejczyk) and a rematch between Fabricio Werdum and Travis Browne that can best be defined as unique.

However, with all the highs and lows, shenanigans and standout (or not so standout) performances put forth in “The House LeBron Built,” the bout most being discussed post-mortum is the same that was generating the most buzz heading in, as former World Wrestling Entertainment World Heavyweight Champion and well known name Phil “CM Punk” Brooks made his much talked about and anticipated debut, facing Mickey Gall (2-0).

While many tuned in to the bout, some with baited breath thinking that Punk MIGHT have a shot to prove the naysayers wrong, the fight went almost to a tee as people expected. Within seconds,  Gall had Punk on his back after scoring a takedown that looked (with due respect to Punk) almost effortless. From there, it was “Good Night Irene” for the former WWE champion, as Gall proceeded to spend the duration of the fight pounding away on Punk, who had no defense for Gall’s offensive output, before finally sinking in a fight ending rear naked choke 2:14 into the fight.

Suffice to say, criticism has poured down on Punk in droves. While not fully critical of his performance, no words may have been more telling than that of Dana White, who said if Punk wants to continue fighting, his next fight “probably shouldn’t be in the UFC.” Another notable voice, UFC commentator Joe Rogan, was a little more expansive in his thoughts shortly following the conclusion of the fights. In his post event recap, Rogan stated he admired Punk for taking a swing for the fences, however followed this by using the term “delusional” to define Punk’s UFC aspirations, compared his fight to why you don’t see brown belts compete with white belts in jiu-jitsu tournaments, stated what we saw was “unfair” and advised him to fight as an amateur if he wishes to continue in the sport.

While the words of Rogan are certainly not off course, nothing he said isn’t what has been repeated over and over since December 2014, when the Punk signing was first announced. Many questioned and heavily criticized the signing, expressing belief that Punk’s place wasn’t in the Octagon, but instead in a local promotion working his way up the ranks, in hopes of perhaps eventually getting his crack in “the big leagues.”

Let me be straight forward here. I respect CM Punk. I respect the fact that he took a stab at his dream of fighting for the UFC. I respect the fact that he made the sacrifices that needed to be made, including daily trips from Chicago to Milwaukee (which on paper looks close, but only is so for those who have never drove in Chicago traffic) and the time he put forth with a top notch camp (Roufussport). I respect him battling through injuries, which included ones so severe he needed back surgery to repair it, and not throwing in the towel. He also won a big battle that is hardly easy by  making weight for his fight. For these, despite what people online and other journalists say, he DOES deserve credit and respect. That isn’t the guy wanting a consolation prize or a participation trophy. It’s him EARNING the respect for DOING it when so many wouldn’t and giving his best to step in the often unforgiving confines of the Octagon and the spotlight.  However with that said, the CM Punk fight proves yet another valuable lesson. The days of the UFC barely having enough warm bodies to put forth a quality event died a LONG time ago. The sport has evolved to such levels (thanks to the efforts of many to raise mainstream awareness) that even the fighters that are just getting their feet wet in what they could be capable of are levels higher than the commoner; the one just getting started. While Gall is still very much a pup in the grand scheme of things in Mixed Martial Arts, he’s also one who has over a decade of training, a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and a blue belt in Muay Thai. This isn’t someone who just rolled out of bed and decided to go to the fights, only to find himself thrust into the action.  As for Rogan’s comments about fighting in the amateur ranks, unfortunately once you’ve danced in the professional ranks, there is no going back. Where Punk goes from here is anyone’s guess. Perhaps he takes another stab at MMA elsewhere. Perhaps he decides he has had enough and rides off into the sunset.  Regardless of his next step, for anyone to say he wasn’t ready for the UFC and should have taken the path most traveled in MMA is both pointing out the obvious and publicly admonishing  someone for NOT taking said path, even though that path was avoided by little fault of his own.

Reality is this. CM Punk being thrown right into the fire in his maiden MMA journey is akin to a kid who is just learning the basic nuances of baseball being put into live action at Wrigley Field against the Cubs. While Mickey Gall may not yet be a Cy Young Award caliber pitcher (for comparisons sake), he also has the years of playing time under his belt to have earned his shot in the bigs. Whether he becomes the next Stephen Strasburg or David Price is to be determined. However, at UFC 203 in Cleveland, Gall showed he was had more than enough baseball acumen to strike CM Punk out in three straight pitches.

All this poses my ultimate question. Is CM Punk really deserving of the adverse criticism he is getting? The only thing he was guilty of is saying yes to both the opportunity of a lifetime for him, and a big time payday with major mainstream exposure. Not one of us would have said no to an offer like this, regardless of how ready we may or may not have been. If anything, Punk showed what should already be known: the UFC isn’t for the every man. The athletes who fight inside the Octagon are some of the best in the world and if you aren’t up to snuff, regardless of your background, your stay will be an abbreviated one. There is a reason why so many have come and gone over the last 20+ years; some never to be heard from in the sport again after their UFC careers went south. It takes a special talent to fight in that cage and/or many years of training to reach that point. While Punk may eventually prove he COULD have been there, once he was thrust in to the spotlight, there is no turning back and we may never know what could have been.  What we do know is that his time of training wasn’t nearly enough for him to be ready for the shark infested waters of the UFC, and it showed. However criticizing the man for taking the big opportunity presented to him is akin to putting a kid in a room full of pens, no toys and no entertainment, then blaming him for writing on the wall.

Fitch-Shields, Copeland-Rama and Okami-Bradley headline World Series of Fighting’s return to Colorado

WORLD SERIES OF FIGHTING:
JON FITCH-JAKE SHIELDS
WELTERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP SHOWDOWN SET FOR
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 12 IN LOVELAND, COLORADO
LIVE ON NBCSN

Plus:
Josh Copeland vs. Smealinho Rama in heavyweight battle 
Paul Bradley vs. Yushin Okami in welterweight collisionTickets for WSOF34 on sale Friday, Sept. 16

LAS VEGAS (September 13, 2016) – World Series of Fighting (www.WSOF.com) officially announced today the highly-anticipated welterweight (170 pounds) title fight between reigning world champion Jon Fitch (28-7-1, 1 NC) and number one contender and fellow decorated superstar Jake Shields (31-8-1) for Saturday, Nov. 12 at the Budweiser Events Center in Loveland, Colo., live on NBCSN at 10:30 p.m. ET/7:30 p.m. PT.

Priced from $20, tickets for “WSOF34: Fitch vs. Shields” go on sale on Friday, Sept. 16 at the Budweiser Events Center box office, BudweiserEventsCenter.com, or by phone at 1-877-544-TIXX.

“This is a fight between two of the sport’s most seasoned and accomplished competitors, and a matchup that has been building for quite some time, so we are excited to see it finally come to fruition in the decagon cage, and to crown the better man that night, our world welterweight champion,” said World Series of Fighting President Ray Sefo.

In addition to the main event, World Series of Fighting announced a featured heavyweight attraction pitting Josh “Cuddly Bear” Copeland (13-4) against former champion Smealinho “The Prince” Rama (9-2), as well as the promotional debut of battle-tested Paul Bradley (23-6), who will take on former top 10 world-ranked Yushin “Thunder” Okami (32-10) in a welterweight affair.

Additional matchups for “WSOF34: Fitch vs. Shields” will be announced soon.

Jon Fitch vs. Jake Shields

The 6-foot, 38-year-old Fitch of Las Vegas, Nev. via Fort Wayne, Ind. will put his title on the line for the second time since seizing the vacant belt on October 17, 2015, when he earned a unanimous decision over Yushin Okami.

Fitch, who has faced and defeated some of the best rival welterweight fighters of his era to cement his legacy in the sport, risked his World Series of Fighting title for the first time on April 2, defeating Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Joao Zeferino by way of unanimous decision.

Fighting out of San Francisco, Calif., the 6-foot, 37-year-old Shields will seek his fourth major world championship.  The Cesar Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt held both the Shooto and EliteXC welterweight straps as well as the Strikeforce middleweight crown.

Like Fitch, Shields has provided fight fans with a host of memories, including his unforgettable, upset unanimous decision defeat of future Hall of Famer Dan Henderson on April 17, 2010.  Shields also boasts a split decision win over reigning UFC champion Tyron Woodley as well as a split decision victory over UFC superstar Demian Maia.

Josh Copeland vs. Smealinho Rama

The 6-foot-1, 33-year-old Copeland is coming off what was perhaps the grittiest performance of his four-year professional career in his bid for the World Series of Fighting heavyweight title against reigning champion Blagoy Ivanov.  Copeland stood toe-to-toe and held his own against the Sambo champion, but was left on the losing end of a unanimous decision after five competitive rounds of action.

Copeland, who has notched 7 of his 12 professional victories by way of (T)KO or submission, earned his place in the world title fight by taking a unanimous decision from Mike “300” Hayes at WSOF29 on March 12.

The 6-foot-1, 24-year-old Rama of Calgary, Alberta, Canada made history on October 11, 2014, becoming the first-ever World Series of Fighting heavyweight champion by scoring a devastating, 51-second TKO (punches) on Derrick “Caveman” Mehman at WSOF14.

Rama, who also holds a unanimous decision win over Steve Mocco in the World Series of Fighting decagon cage, surrendered the heavyweight title after being submitted (guillotine choke) by Ivanov in the third round (1:17) of their bout on June 5, 2015.

Paul Bradley vs. Yushin Okami

One of World Series of Fighting’s recent, high-profile acquisitions, the 5-foot-9, 33-year-old Bradley of San Diego, Calif. signed with the league after decimating previously unbeaten Chris Honeycutt by way of TKO (punches) in just 40 seconds in the Bellator MMA cage on January 29, 2016.

A former, two-time All-American wrestling star for NCAA Division I University of Iowa, Bradley placed as high as fourth in the national championships before turning to MMA in 2006 where he has since faced off with elite competition in the UFC and Strikeforce.

Similar to his opponent, the 6-foot-2, 35-year-old Okami of Kanagawa, Japan has scrapped with top-level, world ranked competition to earn his place in the decagon cage.

Since the loss to Fitch, Okami, a veteran of the UFC as well as PRIDE, has since reeled off two consecutive victories in his home country – a second round (4:23) TKO (corner stoppage) of Ryuta Sakurai in Tokyo on February 27, and a first round (2:06) submission (rear-naked choke) of Shingo Suzuki on July 24.

ABOUT WORLD SERIES OF FIGHTING

“World Series of Fighting” (WSOF) is a worldwide premier, professional Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fight promotion partnered with NBC, NBCSN and international media distribution giant, IMG.  Established in 2012 and headquartered in Las Vegas with satellite offices in New York City and Boston, the company is dedicated to delivering an incredible experience for sports fans by producing action-packed, live fights between elite athletes from around the world.  With 32 events under its belt, the company will have produced 10 live events in 8 different U.S. markets in 2016, including 4 live dates between October 7 and December 31, when it heads to The Theatre at Madison Square Garden in New York City for the first time in history.  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.

About The Ranch, Larimer County Fairgrounds and Events Complex
The Ranch, Larimer County Fairgrounds and Events Complex, located in Loveland, Colorado, opened in 2003 and is owned and operated by Larimer County. The Ranch consists of the Budweiser Events Center, the Ranch-Way Feeds Indoor Arena and Livestock Pavilions, the First National Bank Exhibition Halls, and the Thomas M. McKee 4-H Youth & Community Building. The Ranch hosts more than 2,000 events annually and is home to the Larimer County Fair and PRCA Rodeo. For more information, visit www.TREventComplex.com.

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Gallagher- Kirill added to Bellator’s Israel debut card

JAMES ‘THE STRABANIMAL’ GALLAGHER-KIRILL MEDVEDOVSKY BOUT ADDED TO BELLATOR MMA EVENT IN ISRAEL ON NOVEMBER 10 


SANTA MONICA, CALIF
– A featherweight contest between budding Irish star James Gallagher (4-0) and Kirill Medvedovsky (6-1) has been added to the main card of the promotion’s first ever card at Menora Mivtachim Arena in Tel Aviv on November 10.

The fights join a main event that features a Welterweight World Title bout between current title holder Andrey Koreshkov (19-1) and the man who he took it from over a year ago, Douglas Lima (27-6). In addition, one of the newest members of the Bellator MMA family, Noad Lahat (9-2), will challenge fellow featherweight Scott Cleve (15-5) in the evening’s co-main event. Additional fights will be announced in coming weeks.

The event will air in America on SPIKE Friday, November 11 at 9 p.m. ET / 8 p.m. CT. Bellator has partnered with Ananey Communications, an Israeli television conglomerate boasting 14 channels, several of which showcase Viacom content including the EGO and EGO TOTAL channels which have broadcast Bellator in Israel since 2012.

Tickets for the event are on sale now and can be purchased at Bellator.com or Eventim.co.il/mma.

A native of Northern Ireland, the undefeated Gallagher will make his second appearance since joining the Scott Coker-led promotion earlier this year. In a unanimous decision victory, Gallagher discarded of opponent Mike Cutting at “Bellator 158: Daley vs. Lima,” paving the way for a potentially bright future for the 19-year-old featherweight prospect. The win was the fourth of his professional career and first to go past the opening frame, being that the previous three victories all came by way of first round submission. Fighting out of the highly-acclaimed gym SBG Ireland, Gallagher has begun his career training alongside well-known teammate Conor McGregor, as he continues to grow and learn from one of the game’s best.

Born on November 14, the recently signed 23-year-old Medvedovsky hopes to unwrap an early birthday present inside Menora Mivtachim Arena. The Netanya, Israel native enters his bout with a record of 6-1, with one knockout and a pair of submission finishes. Coming off of back-to-back first round victories, Medvedovsky hopes to make quick work of his younger opponent Gallagher and give his hometown fans exactly what they came to see.

“Bellator MMA in Tel Aviv” Main Card:

Welterweight World Title Main Event: Andrey Koreshkov (19-1) vs. Douglas Lima (27-6)

Featherweight Feature Co-Main Event: Noad Lahat (9-2) vs. Scott Cleve (15-5)

Bantamweight Feature Bout: James Gallagher (4-0) vs. Kirill Medvedovsky (6-1)

Preliminary Card:

Welterweight Feature Bout: Joaquin Buckley (6-0) vs. Jackie Gosh (6-0)

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.

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.

About Ananey Communications:

Founded in 1996 by Udi Miron, Ananey Communications Group is the leading multi-channel TV firm in Israel. With 14 TV channels including 2 male skewing channels (EGO and EGO TOTAL, which broadcast Bellator MMA), 4 original lifestyle channels and exclusive representation and operation of the VIACOM brands in Israel (MTV, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon & Nick Junior), Ananey channels reach a total of 76% of all Israeli households.

MMA Fight Radio Thurs July 21

Guests: Joseph Benavides, Alex Caceres , Melvin Guillard, Jamall Emmers 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, our host “Broadway” Jay Pagliaro,  co-hosts: UFC Fighter Joe GigliottiShawn “Dallas” Hall an MMA Judge and Ricky Neel with recurring guest co-host MMA Fighter Efrain Escudero.   Airing on NBC Sports Radio Phoenix 1060AM

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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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 RFA 41 JULY 29, 2016 / COWBOYS DANCEHALL, SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS

Jamall Emmers 9 – 3 – 0 vs Rivaldo Junior 15 – 5 – 2

RFA 41

 Bellator 159 JULY 22, 2016 / KANSAS STAR ARENA, MULVANE, KANSAS

Melvin Guillard 32 – 16 – 2 vs David Rickels 17 – 4 – 0

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Alex Caceres UFC Fight Night 92 AUGUST 06, 2016 / VIVINT SMART HOME ARENA, SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH

Alex Caceres 12 – 8 – 0 vs Yair Rodriguez 8 – 1 – 0

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UFC Fight Night 92 AUGUST 06, 2016 / VIVINT SMART HOME ARENA, SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH

Dennis Bermudez 15 – 5 – 0 vs Rony Mariano Bezerra 14 – 5 – 0

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TITAN FC 40 AUGUST 05, 2016 / BANKUNITED CENTER, CORAL GABLES, FL

Jose Torres 2 – 0 – 0 vs Abdiel Velazquez 7 – 2 – 0

Titan 40 Jose Torres

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