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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.

Faber announces fight in December will be his last

Mixed Martial Arts legend and long time Ultimate Fighting Championship top ranked star Urijah Faber has announced that his next fight will be the final time he steps foot inside the Octagon.

Faber (33-10, 9-6 UFC)  has been a staple of the promotion’s bantamweight division since it’s inception in 2011. In that time, he’s faced some of the best bantamweights in the sport,  received four title shots, had a storied rivalry with Dominick Cruz, netted four Performance of the Night bonuses and has coached on the Ultimate Fighter twice (seasons 15 and 22). Prior to his UFC run, he was one World Extreme Cagefighting’s most recognizable and prominent fighters, where he held the promotion’s featherweight title. While holding  the belt, his series of fights with Jens Pulver truly helped gain mass recognition to the California based promotion.

Faber’s final fight will be against Brad Pickett on December 17 at UFC on Fox 22 in his hometown Sacramento, CA.

Ode and Farewell to one of the true good guys

“What can I say? I am pretty lucky, I guess.”

These were the words spoken to me by Josh Samman back in 2012. At the time, he was an aspiring UFC star, fighting on the 17th season of the Ultimate Fighter. I was hosting a podcast with good friend and former UFC star Marcus Davis. Both of us had the same aspirations in mind, to reach for that proverbial brass ring so many strive for. While our paths were reaching for a different rung on the proverbial ladder, we quickly found out that we both had similar goals, and as people, even more in common.

Following that first appearance on the previously mentioned podcast, where he served as our TUF 17 correspondent, Josh and I immediately struck up a friendship. We often discussed our history, our demons, our ability to overcome them, and our futures. For him, TUF 17 was just the beginning.  “Titles will be won,” Samman said to me in a separate conversation. “And when they are, you’ll be the one calling them hopefully and both of us will be able to then say we have defeated our demons once and for all.” That was truly Josh. He never looked out for just himself, he was always looking out for others; especially his friends.

As the years passed, I witnessed the highs and lows of Samman’s life and watched him overcome them all.

I applauded loudly for him when I saw him overcome an early barrage of offense to defeat Kevin Casey and earn his first UFC victory on the TUF 17 finale.

I cried for him when I heard news that the love of his life Hailey passed away in 2013. I wept more and said silent prayers for him as he poured his heart out  wondering how he was going to be able to go on without her.

Along with many others, I encouraged him when he said he was going to dedicate everything he ever did to living for her and honoring her.

I cheered perhaps as loud as anyone when he returned from a severe injury that nearly cost him his career, as well as the emotional traumas of the passing of both Hailey and his stepfather  (all three happened in a 17 month span), and picked up a highlight reel knockout win over Eddie Gordon at UFC 181 in one of the greatest finishes you’ll ever see.

All along the way, I often found myself proud to say that my friend was able to overcome the worst life had to offer and flourish, no matter what path of life this world took him on. He did so all without excuses and all without quitting, even when faced with adversity that would have made many of the toughest you’ll ever meet wave the proverbial white towel.  It was why his nickname of Anqa, an Arabian phoenix, was so fitting. If anyone was defined for rising from the ashes to shine again more than Josh Samman, I truly don’t know who they are, or if such a person exists.

Sometimes unfortunately, life is a cold mistress and the only guarantee is that one day, we all will meet our final chapter. Yet, Josh’s death just doesn’t seem right. Like I said in June when my good friend and former MMA Fight Radio cohost Ryan Jimmo was tragically taken from us; there are things in life that will never  make sense and frankly just aren’t fair. This is another prime example. Josh Samman had a bright future ahead of him, one that will be tragically left untapped. 28 years old is entirely too young to say goodbye to a man who gave so much, overcame so much and had so much more yet to give. Yet, this is where we are.

Today, the MMA landscape lost a talented fighter. The world lost a man with an unlimited ceiling. Many more lost a friend. Billy Joel once said “only the good die young.” In the case of Josh Samman, you will find few who were better.

Today, as we all mourn his death, and I reminisce on the many ways he positively impacted me and so many others; while thinking of a proper way to summarize him in a nutshell , the most appropriate way seems to be to share a quote and sentiments he shared on his first appearances on my podcast:  “what can I say? I’m pretty lucky I guess.”

We all were Josh. We all were.

Three title bouts headline UFC 205 at Madison Square Garden

UFC® BRINGS POWERFUL LINEUP FOR DEBUT IN NEW YORK CITY WITH THREE

WORLD TITLE BOUTS

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(C) EDDIE ALVAREZ vs. (C) CONOR McGREGOR
(C) TYRON WOODLEY vs. (#2) STEPHEN THOMPSON(C) JOANNA JEDRZEJCZYK vs. (#2) KAROLINA KOWALKIEWICZ
TICKETS FOR UFC® 205: ALVAREZ vs. McGREGOR AT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN IN NEW YORK CITY ON SALE FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30  

Las Vegas — For the first time in company history, the Octagon® lands in New York on Saturday, November 12. The historic Madison Square Garden will play host to the highly anticipated event and UFC® is bringing no shortage of star power to celebrate, as UFC® 205: ALVAREZ vs. McGREGOR plays host to three world titles bouts, featuring four current champions, including Eddie Alvarez, Conor McGregor, Tyron Woodley and Joanna Jedrzejczyk.

Philadelphia’s Alvarez (28-4, fighting out of Philadelphia, Penn.) will make a short trip to the “Big Apple” for his first title defense against Irish phenom and featherweight champion McGregor (20-3, fighting out of Dublin, Ireland). Coming off a first round knockout of Rafael Dos Anjos, coupled with his championship caliber wrestling, Alvarez is the complete package. The 32-year-old finisher has 17 wins by knockout and five by submission and is looking to prove that he is the best fighter in the world with a win over one of the most popular and talented athletes in the sport while “The Notorious” one looks to become the first athlete in UFC history to hold belts simultaneously in two different weight classes. Already sitting atop the featherweight division and the No. 4 ranked pound-for-pound fighter in the world, McGregor is no stranger to making history and he hopes to do so once again in New York City.

In the co-main event, the welterweight world title will be on the line as Woodley (16-3, fighting out of St. Louis, Mo.) clashes with No. 2 ranked Thompson (13-1, fighting out of Simpsonville, S.C.). Woodley possesses one-punch knockout power and is coming off a first round finish of former champion Robbie Lawler. A two-time NCAA Div. 1 All-American wrestler, Woodley is one of the most well-rounded athletes in MMA. Thompson is riding a seven-fight winning streak that has seen him finish four of those bouts via knockout. “Wonderboy” is a world champion kickboxer with a perfect 57-0 record, including more than 40 knockouts. Not likely to go the distance, this bout is an early contender for Fight of the Night.

Polish pride will be overflowing when strawweight champion Jedrzejczyk (12-0, fighting out of Olsztyn, Poland) looks for her fourth consecutive title defense against fellow Poland native Kowalkiewicz (10-0, fighting out of Lodz, Poland). Both women sport perfect records and look to leave The Garden with that “0” intact. Jedrzejczyk is widely considered to be amongst the top strikers in MMA, using her crisp, quick punches to keep her opponents at bay. Currently the No. 8-ranked pound-for-pound fighter in the world, the champion may have finally found her match in the striking department. Kowalkiewicz is also a Muay Thai champion and she uses that skillset to pick apart her opponents. With three first round finishes, Kowalkiewicz has finishing power in both her hands and in her jiu-jitsu attack.

Additional bouts:

·       A welterweight showdown between surging contenders Kelvin Gastelum (13-2, fighting out of Los Angeles, Calif.) and Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone (31-7, 1NC, fighting out of Albuquerque, N.M.)

·       Former middleweight champion Chris Weidman (13-1, fighting out of Baldwin, N.Y.) makes his hometown debut against Olympic silver medalist Yoel Romero (11-1, fighting out of Coconut Creek, Fla.)

·       Top-ranked bantamweight Miesha Tate (18-6, fighting out of Las Vegas, Nev.) returns to the Octagon against No. 8 Raquel Pennington (8-6, fighting out of Colorado Springs, Colo.)

·       Former lightweight champion and current No. 2 ranked featherweight Frankie Edgar (19-5-1, fighting out of Toms River, N.J.) collides with knockout artist, No. 7 Jeremy Stephens (25-12, fighting out of San Diego, Calif.)

·       New York native and former light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans (24-5-1, fighting out of Boca Raton, Fla.) makes his middleweight debut against No. 13 Tim Kennedy (18-5, fighting out of Austin, Texas)

·       Brazilian jiu-jitsu ace, No. 14 Rafael Natal (21-7-1, fighting out of New York, N.Y.) meets heavy-handed Tim Boetsch (19-10, fighting out of Sunbury, Penn.) in the 185-pound division

·       Fan favorite Jim Miller (27-8, 1 NC, fighting out of Sparta, N.J) welcomes Muay Thai expert Thiago Alves (26-10, fighting out of Coconut Creek, Fla.) to the lightweight division

·       Lyman Good (19-3, 1 NC, fighting out of New York, N.Y.) gets a home match when he meets fellow welterweight striker Belal Muhammad (10-1, fighting out of Chicago, Ill.)

·       No. 9 bantamweight Liz Carmouche (9-5, fighting out of San Diego, Calif.)  collides with hot prospect, No. 14 Katlyn Chookagian (8-0, fighting out of Kenilworth, N.J.)

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

Tickets for UFC® 205: ALVAREZ vs. McGREGOR go on sale Friday, September 30 at 10 a.m. ET and are priced at $1,500, $1,000, $800, $600, $450, $250 and $100 (prices do not include applicable service charges and handling fees). Tickets are available for purchase online at www.ticketmaster.com and by phone at (800) 745-3000. Ticket sales are limited to four (4) per person. *Prices subject to change*

UFC Fight Club® members will have the opportunity to purchase tickets Wednesday, September 28 at 10 a.m. ET via the website www.ufcfightclub.com. A special Internet ticket pre-sale will be available to UFC newsletter subscribers Thursday, September 29 starting at 10 a.m. ET. To access this presale, users must register for the UFC newsletter through UFC.com. 

UFC® 205: ALVAREZ vs. McGREGOR will be available live on Pay-Per-View on Saturday, November 12 at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT on UFC.TV, iN DEMAND, DirecTV, DISH Network, Vubiquity, and in Canada on BellTV, Rogers, Shaw Communications, Sasktel, and Canal Indigo for a suggested retail price of $49.99 US/CAN for Standard Definition and $59.99 US/CAN for High-Definition. 

About UFC®

UFC® is a premium global sports brand and the largest pay-per-view event provider in the world. Headquartered in Las Vegas with offices in London, Toronto, Sao Paulo and Singapore, UFC produces more than 40 live events annually that consistently sell out some of the most prestigious arenas around the globe. UFC programming is broadcast in over 156 countries and territories to more than 1.1 billion TV households worldwide in 29 different languages. UFC FIGHT PASS®, a digital subscription service, delivers exclusive live events, thousands of fights on-demand and original content to fans around the world. For more information, visit UFC.com and follow UFC at Facebook.com/UFC, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram: @UFC.

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.

What’s on the minds of the stars of UFC Fight Night Poirier vs. Johnson?

Hidalgo, Texas – As the UFC®  debut in Hidalgo, Texas approaches, here is what the stars of UFC FIGHT NIGHT®: POIRIER vs. JOHNSON had to say leading up to their Saturday night matchups:

Dustin Poirier: “I’m 27 years old, I’ve been in the game, fighting non-stop for nine years, this is my 18th appearance on the big stage and I’ve matured as a person. I’m a father now, I’m comfortable with who I am, not that I didn’t believe in myself before, but now I know. As I get older, I realize that fighting is my life, but I’m not all the way in like I was before. I was lost in it. It’s part of my life, but it’s not who I am. I’m a father, I’m a son, a husband. It’s part of who I am, it’s not who I am.” 

Michael Johnson: “I’m really excited to be here in Hidalgo headlining the first card here. I’m just happy and blessed to be able to fight. My shoulders were really bad after the Diaz fight. It just means the world to be healthy and fighting a great opponent like Dustin. This is pretty much a do-or-die fight for me. I have to go in here and I have to put on a great performance. I can’t walk away with a [loss], it’s just not a question. My plan coming in to this promotion was to leave at the top of this promotion. I’m coming out with the win in this one.” 

Uriah Hall: “It feels good [to be back]. I’ve fought a bunch of places, Australia, Japan and so far I like it here. Last year I fought five times and I trained through seven training camps. I’ve used this time [off] just to chill and see my family. The Anderson fight didn’t happen and I get you have to fight bigger names to get more money, that’s the way MMA is. People forget about the heart, the love, the passion. I’m one of those rare cases, I’m still here. Obviously I want to get back in there. I threw Brunson a bone and he took it.”

Derek Brunson: “[This fight] is personal; I really don’t like him. Just him running his mouth, being arrogant, being cocky – I joke and I play around, but I feel that he really believes what he says; I really don’t like that. I’m doing this for the fans too. For anyone to beat me in a fight, they’re going to have to get lucky. I’m well-rounded, fast and explosive. I work hard. I’m not saying they can’t get lucky, but they’ll have to get lucky. That’s all Uriah Hall has to rely on, to get lucky.”

For more information or current fight news, visit www.ufc.com.  All bouts live and subject to change. 

Visit the UFC® Press Portal for information and content to support your UFC coverage.

UFC FIGHT NIGHT®: POIRIER vs. JOHNSON will air live on FS1 at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT on Saturday, Sept. 17, with the prelims kicking off the evening on FS1 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and on UFC FIGHT PASS® at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT.

About UFC®

UFC® is a premium global sports brand and the largest pay-per-view event provider in the world. Headquartered in Las Vegas with offices in London, Toronto, Sao Paulo and Singapore, UFC produces more than 40 live events annually that consistently sell out some of the most prestigious arenas around the globe. UFC programming is broadcast in over 156 countries and territories to more than 1.1 billion TV households worldwide in 29 different languages. UFC FIGHT PASS®, a digital subscription service, delivers exclusive live events, thousands of fights on-demand and original content to fans around the world. For more information, visit UFC.com and follow UFC at Facebook.com/UFC, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram: @UFC

The Journey of The MMA Lab

Written by MMA Fight Radio Host Jay Pagliaro

Photo’s by Bill Merritt MMA Fight Radio Photographer

Since opening their doors in 2007, The MMA Lab’s journey has taken them from upstart gym in Glendale, Arizona to one of the top teams in the sport and home of one of Mixed Martial Arts’ top fighters.

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Coach John Crouch The MMA Lab

Behind every great team is a great coach, and for the MMA Lab, their Vince Lombardi is John Crouch. The first degree black belt under MMA pioneer Royce Gracie joined The Lab upon its opening in 2007 to teach Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and MMA. The fit proved to be a perfect one, as Crouch has used his expertise to grow the team into one of the sport’s best.

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One fighter who has seen results of Couch’s expertise is mutli-promotion bantamweight champion Braden Goodwin. After cutting his teeth with Universal MMA in Mesa, Goodwin (6-5) recently joined The Lab where he quickly noticed the positive effects of Crouch’s coaching.

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“There are many things that make him (Crouch) an elite coach,” Goodwin said. “He has such knowledge of the game. He’s a smart man who has been doing this a long time and has a black belt under the Gracies. He’s been able to coach many fighters to the UFC and to championships.”

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While winning is obviously of importance to Crouch, he states the secret to his success is building family based mentality which gives his fighters the opportunity to maximize their fullest potential.

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“We just try to have a family. That’s important to me.” Crouch said. “(Seattle Seahawks head coach) Pete Carroll talks about not winning but giving people opportunities to excel. Obviously we go into every fight wanting to win. However if the fighter is given these opportunities, we won’t have to talk about our amount of wins; we will be able to show with our efforts regardless.”

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Goodwin also stated that the atmosphere of the Lab and Crouch’s genuine caring nature truly stands out to him and drives him more.

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“What really stands out is, I can tell John really cares about me and the other fighters here, Goodwin said “I can tell that he genuinely wants to see us all succeed. It makes me want to fight that much harder.”

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What makes The Lab also stand out is their openness and willingness to treat everyone like an extended member of the family, regardless of whether they are a high level fighter, amateur, novice or someone just looking to reach their peak fitness potential. According to Crouch, making people feel wanted is a key element to their success along with the success of the other gyms.

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“If you can make people feel good about themselves and welcomed, that will get people not only joining the gym but remaining part of it,” Crouch said. “People universally like to feel good and accommodated too. We try to do so for all our members.”

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With their success and standing solidified in Glendale, the team decided to plant roots in the East Valley; recently opening a branch of The Lab in Scottsdale, with long time coach Shane Dalton overseeing operations.

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“Shane Dalton has been involved with us since day 1,” Crouch said he has seen this from the inside out. He’s really excited to do this.”

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Crouch states that while the gym may not be fight team oriented per say, Dalton’s impact in the growth of The Lab and putting the best interests of those who train with him ahead of himself will lead to the same virtues at the Glendale location imposed in Scottsdale.

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“You will get great training, friendly and family based atmosphere and have great time,” Crouch said. “Shane is all about building a great student base, while helping people get in shape and better their lives.”

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Crouch also was quick to dismiss putting a branch of The Lab in the East Valley, which is home of another two of MMA’s top gyms, Power MMA and Fight Ready, adds additional competition.

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“Arizona has been a MMA hot bed from the get go,” Crouch said. “Don Frye, Mark Kerr, Drew Fickett: We have had some real pioneers in this state.  It is an amazing community and was one before I got here. I feel like while there are several great gym owners all with similar plans in mind, we are not rivals. We have 17 million people in Phoenix. If we can get a large number of them in, we have all done our job. We want to win but are all working for the same thing.”

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For more information about the MMA Lab, including class schedules, visit their website at http://www.mmalab.com/

Rory MacDonald’s Career Gamble

Written by: Shawn Dallas Hall MMA Fight Radio Co- Host, Beat Writer and Certified MMA Judge

On Saturday the 18th of June we get the chance to see one of the best match-ups in Welterweight History, when #1 Rory “Red King” MacDonald (18-3) heads into the biggest fight of his life against the streaking and freakishly talented #2 Stephan “Wonderboy” Thompson (12-1). For us die-hards we all expected to see this match-up but assumed it would be when one of these two was wearing UFC gold.

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As exciting and interesting as it would be with a belt on the line and all the pageantry that goes along with it, the circumstances and landscape changing possibilities surrounding this fight may just make it even more interesting. Rory, a 12 fight UFC vet, former title challenger, and only 26yrs old, has decided to decline the new contract offered by the UFC and fight out his last fight and test free agency. With several other big name aging fighters having received very big contracts for their services, Rory, with a good performance, win or loss is poised to field some large front loaded lucrative deals from bidders like; Bellator, OneFC, and WSOF (to name a few). So, as long as Rory can avoid becoming another edit in Wonderboys’ highlight reel, he is poised to be the next top 10 guy to force the UFC to open the checkbook. But, there’s more to this story.

 

Let’s examine the options; Rory wins in dominate fashion KO, Sub, TKO, or 50-45 landslide. The UFC then has very little options but to resign him for a much larger sum than previously offered with back-end money and guarantees. With the Canadian market dwindling after the retirement of GSP the UFC has desperately been trying to fill the void with Rory, Cote, Theodorou, etc. Rory being the #1 WW with wins over Current Title contender Tyron Woodley and the streaking Damian Maia as well as coming off the fight of 2015 with the current champ the UFC has to see Rory as irreplaceable and in turn pay him as such.  If Rory losses no matter the method things could change in a hurry.

 

Rumblings say Scott Coker (Bellator CEO) will talk Viacom into opening their pocketbooks like never before. Spike would love a boost in the Canadian market which Rory would most certainly bring and a McDonald vs Koreshkov fight would be big business for Spike. This makes the possibility of a top 5 WW contender jumping ship very likely.

 

That is unless UFC again opens the checkbook. The question is; are the UFC execs willing to take that risk? Since Rory has lost to current WW titleholder twice and in this exercise lost to the next title challenger is it worth paying champions money to someone who will need at least 2 or 3 wins before having another opportunity at being the next Canadian champ? Especially when you try and calculate the damage Rory has taken over his last few fights. Do they evaluate him having a shorter cage life than most 26yr olds?

 

Any way around it the UFC has interest in resigning him but will they value him as much as Bellator does and will they be willing to match what I’m expecting to be a very hefty Bellator offer with the option of opening a new revenue source in sponsorships? Either way Rory seems to come out ahead and the UFC will be left with a very difficult decision on Rory. Whatever happens on Saturday night I will be watching this story closely as it will sure to have a lasting impact on mma and other fighters decisions to test free agency.

 

 

 

 

MMA Fight Radio Thurs March 31

Guests:  Jay Hieron, Joe Gigliotti, Joey Miolla, Nolan Hyland,  Matthew Lopez  and  Andres Ponce

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

 

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.

Connecting listeners to MMA events and fighters with contests, prizes, ticket giveaways and more!

MMA AT IT’S FINEST

      • MMA Fight Radio reaches 28,000 monthly cumulative audience.
      • NBC Sports Radio Phoenix 1060 AM is one of the top sports stations in the Valley with a reach of 4 million people.

 

Jay Hieron    @Jayhieron “Action-Actor & retired MMA world champion”  Jay Hieron is known for his work on The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014), The Heat (2013) and Man on a Ledge (2012)

Jay Hieron

 

Joe Gigliotti and Joe Miolla in studio guests

RFA 37 APRIL 15, 2016 / SANFORD PENTAGON, SIOUX FALLS, SOUTH DAKOTA

Matthew Lopez 7 – 0 – 0 vs Eli Finn 5 – 1 – 0

CO-MAIN EVENT: LEANDRO “PITBULL” HIGO 15 – 2 – 0 vs.  JOEY “THE BEAST” MIOLLA 8 – 1 – 0 and…

Joseph Gigliotti 6 – 0 – 0 vs JOHN POPPIE7 – 2 – 0

http://rfafighting.com/rfa-37-viana-vs-clark-full-card-announce

Joey Miolla and Joe Gigliotti
Joey Miolla and Joe Gigliotti – Power MMA

RFA 37

Adidas Matthew Lopez
Adidas MMA – Matthew Lopez
Matthew Lopez RFA
Matthew Lopez RFA

 

Andres Ponce–  WSOF 30 APRIL 02, 2016 / HARD ROCK HOTEL AND CASINO, LAS VEGAS, NEVADA Andres Ponce 2 – 2 – 0 vs Adam Acquaviva 4 – 2 – 0

UR Fights March 20 2016 MMA Fight Radio - Photos by Bill MerrittAndres Ponce Win

 

Nolan Hyland –  MMA Fighter, matchmaker for Duel for Domination April 23 show and on Steve Austin’s Broken Skull-Challenge Sunday at 5 PM http://www.cmt.com/shows/steve-austins-broken-skull-challenge/

Watch Party: Dave and Busters Tempe Marketplace

2000 E Rio Salado Pkwy, Tempe, Arizona 85281

“We have a private lounge set aside for our party that seats about 80 people! Join me as we watch my episode of “Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge”… I go head to head with 7 other tough competitors. It’s gonna be a great time… see you there!”

Nolan Hyland WFF

DUEL 4 DOMINATION & BOUNDED FIST  MUAY THAI

April 23, 2016
Mesa, AZ

Arizona Event Center 

Duel for Domination and Bounded Fist April 23 2016

Steve Austin's Broken Skull Challenge

 

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MMA Fight Radio Thurs March 17

Guests:  Ross Pearson UFC exclusive, Bellator latest Matt Mitrione, WSOF lightweight champion Justin Gaethje and  Art Davie UFC Co Founder

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

 

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.

Connecting listeners to MMA events and fighters with contests, prizes, ticket giveaways and more!

MMA AT IT’S FINEST

      • MMA Fight Radio reaches 28,000 monthly cumulative audience.
      • NBC Sports Radio Phoenix 1060 AM is one of the top sports stations in the Valley with a reach of 4 million people.

UFC Fight Night 85

MARCH 19, 2016 / BRISBANE ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE, BRISBANE, QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA

Ross Pearson 18 – 10 – 0 vs Chad Laprise 10 – 1 – 0

Neil Magny 17 – 4 – 0 vs Hector Lombard 34 – 4 – 1

http://www.ufc.com/

UFC Fight Night Hunt vs Mir
UFC Fight Night Hunt vs Mir

Previously our interview with Neil Magny below:

AND STILL!!!!….. WSOF lightweight champion Justin Gaethje

He has been since WSOF 8 January 18, 2014, with 5 Title defenses so far.

Gaethje vs Palomino 2GAETHJE-VS.-PALOMINO-II Phoenix
WSOF lightweight champion Justin Gaethje

Newly signed Bellator Fighter Matt Mitrione

John Moraga n Matt Mitrione MMA Fight Radio
John Moraga n Matt Mitrione MMA Fight Radio

 

Big John has started a campaign to get him (Art Davie) in the UFC Hall of Fame. Davie is a Business man as well as the executive Creator & Co-Founder of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. http://isthislegalthebook.com/

Art Davie Co Founder UFC
Art Davie Co Founder UFC
DUEL 4 DOMINATION & BOUNDED FIST

Duel for Domination and Bounded Fist April 23 2016

April 23, 2016
Mesa, AZ

Arizona Event Center

Stripper-fest: FREE March 26, 2016

The Arizona Event Center
Mesa, AZ

STIPPERFEST

 

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