UFC HALL OF FAME 2015 INDUCTEES ANNOUNCED

CONTRIBUTOR JEFF BLATNICK AND

THE HUGHES VS TRIGG II FIGHT TO BE HONORED AT UFC FAN EXPO ON JULY 11

Las Vegas – The first inductees for the new look UFC Hall of Fame have been announced. Jeff Blatnick – a key personality during the UFC’s formative years – and the April 2005 rematch between Matt Hughes and Frank Trigg will be inducted as in this year’s Contributor and Fight categories, respectively.

The announcements were made moments ago on UFC Tonight, the UFC’s official magazine show on FOX Sports 1. The formal induction will take place at a gala event on Saturday, July 11 at the UFC Fan Expo, during the UFC’s annual International Fight Week.

Jeff Blatnick will be posthumously inducted as a UFC Hall of Fame Contributor, in recognition for his historically significant services to the UFC and the sport of mixed martial arts.

UFC President Dana White said: “Jeff Blatnick is a name that newer fans may not be familiar with, but this guy was a huge part on the UFC’s development in the 1990s. He pushed for greater regulation, unified rules and – because he was an Olympic gold medalist in wrestling – he had credibility with everyone in the sport. It is our honor to recognize his huge contributions to the UFC by inducting him into the UFC Hall of Fame.”

Blatnick’s story is an incredible one. In 1982 he was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma – a form of cancer – and had to undergo life-saving surgery and chemotherapy. Astonishingly, he won the super-heavyweight Greco-Roman wrestling gold medal at the Los Angeles Olympics in Los Angeles less than two years later. He became a national hero and inspiration for cancer patients worldwide.

A decade later, Blatnick caught an early UFC event. He immediately recognized the sport behind the spectacle and joined the organization as lead color commentator from UFC 4 (December 1994) through to UFC 34 (November 2001). In those seven years at Octagonside, Blatnick educated a generation of fight fans on the finer points of grappling and sportsmanship. But, perhaps more importantly, as the Commissioner of the UFC (1998 to 2001) Blatnick is widely credited with coining the term “mixed martial arts” and championing its use to describe the emerging sport.

As Commissioner, Blatnick served as a key member of the group who drew up what would become the Unified Rules of Mixed Martial Arts – the framework for all regulated MMA around the world to this day. In his later years, the New York born Blatnick served as an MMA judge for many different state commissions; in fact Blatnick’s final contribution to the UFC came as a ringside judge at the UFC 152 event, just weeks before he passed away in October 2012.

Lori Blatnick, Jeff’s widow, will accept her late husband’s UFC Hall of Fame induction on his behalf.

She said: “Jeff would have been so honored to be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame. It’s awesome, and it is right that he is recognized. He worked so hard to improve the sport and keep it alive in the 1990s. People in the industry, or have been around the UFC for years, they know what Jeff did behind the scenes but the viewers who watch the fights today probably haven’t heard of him. That’s probably because of Jeff’s character, he was very humble and didn’t like to talk about himself. But it is great he will now be recognized in such a huge way.”

Joining Blatnick in the class of 2015 will be Matt Hughes and Frank Trigg, who will be inducted together for their April 2005 rematch in the newly-minted Fight wing of the UFC Hall of Fame.

Hughes vs Trigg II took place on April 16, 2005, at UFC 52 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. It was a rematch from 2003, where UFC welterweight champion Hughes defeated reigning WFA champion Trigg inside four minutes.

Trigg won two bouts to earn a chance to avenge his loss to Hughes, and the build-up to the rematch saw Trigg goad the champion with a relentless campaign of insults.

UFC President Dana White said: “I’ve said it a million times over the last 10 years, Hughes vs Trigg II is one of my favorite fights ever. In four minutes five seconds, it showed everything that is great about the UFC.”

The full fight can be watched on UFC FIGHT PASS here: http://www.ufc.tv/video/matt-hughes-vs-frank-trigg-ufc-52

Hughes now becomes a two-time UFC Hall of Famer, having already been recognized by the Hall in 2010 for a legendary career which included two reigns as UFC welterweight champion.

Hughes said: “When I got my hand raised, I thought I’d just come through a tough fight. It was only afterwards, when my team were congratulating me on this great win, that I started to realize this wasn’t just another fight. Then Dana called me a few days later telling me it was the best fight he’d ever seen and, in the years since, I get asked about that one rematch with Trigg about as much as I do any big fight I’ve ever been in.”

Hughes added: “I occasionally get invited to speak to servicemen, and I try and speak to them about never giving up when they are in bad situations. The fight I use as an example is the second Trigg fight; I was in a very bad situation, I’d been hit low, I was hurt, rocked, Trigg had my back and he had me in a choke. But I didn’t panic and as long as you don’t panic, you don’t quit on yourself and you have a little time, you can get out of even the worst of situations.”

Trigg said: “This is a great honor. Every great fight has a winner and a loser, but I am very proud that, 10 years on, people still ask me about this fight. I may not have won the UFC title that night, but this goes some way to make up for that.”

The inductees in the Modern Era and Pioneer Era categories will be announced this weekend as part of scheduled UFC 187 programming.

The UFC Hall of Fame 2015 induction ceremony will take place on July 11 as part of the UFC Fan Expo in Las Vegas. Fans with tickets to the UFC Fan Expo will be able to attend the UFC Hall of Fame 2015 event for no additional cost. Tickets to the UFC Fan Expo are available at www.ufcfanexpo.com with two-day passes beginning at $60 online and $65 onsite. One-day passes begin at $35 online and $45 onsite.

To visit the UFC Hall of Fame fight library – which includes the induction speeches for the first 12 UFC Hall of Famers – go to www.ufc.tv/category/ufc-hall-of-fame-library.

For additional information please visit UFC.com, and follow UFC on Twitter @ufc.

MMA Fight Radio Thurs May 21

Travis Browne, Damien Earley, Scott Kent, Gabby Romero and Benjamin Smith

 

MMA Fight Radio airing on  NBC Sports Radio Phoenix 1060 AM Thursdays 6-8pm

 

MMA Fight Radio

 

To listen on your cell phone choose the appropriate link:

To listen via Google Play App  http://tiny.cc/ail3ux

To listen via IPhone App http://tiny.cc/3ll3ux

Via computer just wait for this page to load and listen live

 

MMA Fight Radio  is Arizona’s original expert and best source for MMA. Hosted by Scott Lewis, Jay Pagliaro, Dave Bierstein,  and UFC light heavyweight Ryan Jimmo. With recurring guest co-hosts Efrain Escudero: UFC lightweight and coach of Season 2 TUF Latin America.

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

News, Reviews and Interviews with today’s hottest national and local fighters, including expert analysis of all things MMA: including the UFC, Bellator, 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 187 MAY 23, / MGM GRAND GARDEN ARENA, LAS VEGAS ANDREI ARLOVSKI 23 – 10 – 0 vs TRAVIS BROWNE 17 – 2 – 1

 

Travis Browne Photo
TRAVIS BROWNE

 

Coming off her Duel for Domination win: Gabby Romero

Gabby Ramero

DFDJan15LRG

 

Scott Kent Lion Fight Muay Thai President
Far Left: Scott Kent Lion Fight Muay Thai President

 

Damien Earley  Lions Fight Muay Thai May 22 as well as an interview with Lion Fight Muay Thai  President,  Scott Kent

Damien Earley
Damien Earley

Lion Fight

 

Benjamin Smith  RFA Welterweight Champion

RFA

You may listen via the internet, or phone app or if local on NBC

Sports Radio Phoenix 1060AM

Show hosts include Scott Lewis and Jay Pagliaro along with UFC LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT Ryan “THE BIG DEAL” Jimmo

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

For sponsor / advertising opportunities on MMA FIGHT RADIO SHOW contact Scott Lewis @ cubelewis@gmail.com or 602 770 4480 cell

Listen to Past shows: https://soundcloud.com/mmafightradio

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LAS VEGAS, HOME OF UFC, HOSTS 4th ANNUAL UFC INTERNATIONAL FIGHT WEEK

 

BIGGER AND BETTER THAN EVER

The Ultimate Fighter® Finale now set to cap off UFC International Fight Week in Las Vegas on Sunday, July 12

 

UFC FAN EXPO® reimagined to enhance fan experience and includes: 2015 UFC Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, UFC Reebok Experience, largest slate of live combat sports tournaments and more opportunities than ever to meet UFC Stars

Las Vegas – UFC® announced today that The Ultimate Fighter® Finale, originally scheduled for South Florida, will now cap off the 4th annual UFC International Fight Week (IFW) in Las Vegas, with the event taking place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, July 12, the night after the double title fight mega-card UFC 189: ALDO vs. MCGREGOR, in the same venue. From July 8 through July 12, the UFC will host over a dozen events with more opportunities than ever to meet UFC stars with the newly expanded UFC Fan Expo®. Attracting fans from around the world, UFC International Fight Week has truly become a global celebration of combat sports.

This year, the UFC Fan Expo is taken to a new level as it takes over the Sands Expo at Venetian/Palazzo, where it will have the largest footprint of any previous Expo ever held in Las Vegas. Delivering over 555,000 square feet of a fully interactive and immersive UFC fan experience, the UFC Fan Expo will also boast one of the largest lineups of combat sports tournaments held under one roof with 4,000 athletes from over 30 countries competing in eight different sports.

Fans attending UFC Fan Expo will have access to the 2015 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, UFC Reebok experience, and truly immerse themselves in the fighter’s life – from having their hands wrapped, to measuring their hand speed and strength against the pros, as well as stepping into the sacred Octagon®.

Beginning May 18, fans can pre-register and join the UFC fan community at www.ufcregister.com to make the most of their UFC International Fight Week experience. They can earn UFC Rewards points and automatically upload UFC activation images and video to their Facebook and Twitter accounts.

UFCFightWeek.com is the official destination for the most current list of scheduled events, with an official UFC International Fight Week App launching late-June in the Apple and Google Play stores.

The following events are currently scheduled for UFC International Fight Week:

 

Wednesday, July 8

·       IMMAF Amateur MMA World Championships at The Flamingo (beginning Monday, July 6)

·       Official UFC 189 Open Workouts

·       UFC Community Day

 

Thursday, July 9

·       IMMAF Amateur MMA World Championships at The Flamingo

·       USJJO Ju-Jitsu National Championships at Harrah’s Las Vegas

·       Liquid pool party at Aria hosted by UFC stars

·       Official UFC 189 press conference at MGM Grand

·       Charity bowling at Brooklyn Bowl with UFC fighters

Friday, July 10

·       UFC Fan Expo (Day I)

o   USBJJF American Jiu Jitsu Championships (Gi and No Gi)

o   WAKO North American Amateur Kickboxing Championship

o   ISKA Vegas Open

o   The Ultimate Wrestling Championships

·       UFC Gym® Fitness Challenge ($35,000 Prize Money)

·       Official UFC 189 Weigh-In at MGM Grand Garden Arena

·       Official UFC 189 UFC Kit Unveil at MGM Grand Garden Arena

·       Meet UFC stars as they takeover downtown Las Vegas

·       UFC presents free concert at Fremont Street Experience

·       USJJO Ju-Jitsu US International Open at Harrah’s Las Vegas

Saturday, July 11

·       UFC Fan Expo (Day II)

o   IMMAF Amateur MMA World Championships Finals

o   USBJJF American Kids Jiu Jitsu Championships

o   WAKO North American Amateur Kickboxing Championship

o   ISKA Vegas Open

o   The Ultimate Wrestling Championships

·       Ulti-man 5k with UFC President Dana White in support of Three Square

·       UFC Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at UFC Fan Expo

·       UFC 189: ALDO vs. MCGREGOR at MGM Grand Garden Arena

·       UFC 189 viewing parties at MGM, Ri Ra Irish Pub, Double Barrel and more

·       Official UFC 189 After Party

Sunday, July 12

·       Bud Light Pool Party at Monte Carlo Resort and Casino

·       The Ultimate Fighter Finale at MGM Grand Garden Arena

Tickets for UFC Fan Expo are currently on sale at www.ufcfanexpo.com with two day passes beginning at $60 online and $65 onsite. One-day passes begin at $35 online and $45 onsite. *Events are subject to change.

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

RFA 26 GETS NEW CO-MAIN EVENT, FULL TELEVISED CARD RELEASED

MAIN EVENT: Ben Smith vs Gilbert Smith

WELTERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP

CO MAIN EVENT:Thiago Alves vs Marcus Edwards

LIGHTWEIGHT SHOWDOWN

LAS VEGAS, Nevada – Resurrection Fighting Alliance (RFA) will feature a new co-main event as the promotion heads back to Colorado next month. RFA 26 – Smith vs. Smith now has a co-headliner pitting two lightweights looking to make a big statement in the Mile High City as Colorado’s own Marcus “Bad Intentions” Edwards battles Brazilian submission ace Thiago “Monstrinho” Alves. The event takes place Friday, June 5th at the 1STBANK Center in Broomfield, Colorado. The entire main card will be televised live and nationwide on AXS TV at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT.

Tickets for RFA 26 – Smith vs. Smith are available for purchase NOW through AltitudeTickets.com. Tickets start at $25.00. A limited number of catered 8-seat cageside VIP tables are available by calling 303-521-0966.

Alves (8-2) is a 28-year-old native of São Paulo, Brazil who holds the rank of black belt in jiu-jitsu. Alves is replacing former RFA title challenger Zach Juusola, who was forced to withdraw from the bout due to injury. The Team Link representative has secured six of his eight career victories via submission since making his professional MMA debut in 2011. Two of those submission wins have come this year and he will look to stay perfect in 2015 as he makes his national television debut at RFA 26.

“I don’t know a lot about Marcus Edwards personally, but this will be a great opportunity for the both of us to show off our skills on national television. I look forward to going to his hometown and doing my job at RFA 26.”

Edwards (9-3) will be celebrating a double-homecoming at RFA 26. The 26-year-old Factory X Muay Thai standout will be returning to fight in his home state of Colorado for the first time since 2013, while also returning to AXS TV, where he fought three times in 2014.

RFA 26 will be headlined by a welterweight title bout as RFA welterweight champion Benjamin Smith (14-2) puts his title on the line against RFA #1 welterweight contender Gilbert Smith (10-4). The main card will also feature a pair of bantamweight bouts. NCAA Division I wrestler Jarred “Shutout” Mercado (12-2) will lock horns with jiu-jitsu black belt Bruno Frazatto (6-2), while Hawaiian knockout artist Boston “Boom Boom” Salmon (3-0) will clash with collegiate wrestler Danny Mainus (3-3). Also on the main card, former RFA middleweight title challenger Andrew “El Dirte” Sanchez (5-2) squares off with Respect FC and SFFN middleweight champion Clinton Williams (5-1) and undefeated heavyweight prospect Brandon Griffin (4-0) battles The MMA Lab destroyer Ashley Gooch (7-4).

170 CHAMPIONSHIP:

Ben Smith vs Gilbert Smith

155 CO-MAIN EVENT:

Thigo Alves vs Marcus Edwards

135 Feature Bout:

Jarred Mercado vs Brun Frazzato

265 Feature Bout:

Brandon Griffin vs Ashley Gooch

185 Feature Bout:

Andrew Sanchez vs Clinton Williams

135 Feature Bout:

Boston Salmon vs Danny Mainus

 RFA

Additional bouts on the RFA 26 undercard will be announced soon. RFA 26 will be the promotion’s sixth event to take place in the state of Colorado. It will be the second time the RFA has visited “The Centennial State” in 2015. The entire main card of RFA 26 – Smith vs. Smith will be televised live and nationwide on AXS TV at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT on Friday, June 5th.

Please visit RFAfighting.com for bout updates and information. RFA is also on Facebook at Facebook.com/RFAfighting, Instagram at @RFAfighting, and Twitter at @RFAfighting.

WORLD SERIES OF FIGHTING RELEASES WOMEN’S CHAMP JESSICA AGUILAR

 

LAS VEGAS (May 18, 2015) –World Series of Fighting (WSOF.com) has released women’s world strawweight (115 pounds) champion Jessica “JAG” Aguilar from her remaining contractual obligations that spanned one additional fight with the world championship Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) promotion, so that she can ideally pursue competition where it is strongest in her weight division.

“We wish Jessica all the best, and hope that she will achieve everything she wants to in her career that is blossoming,” said WSOF President Ray Sefo.  “We sat down with Jessica and her manager and we all agreed that she needs to move on to a place where she can compete against the best 115 pound women in the world.

“We have an incredible and fast-growing roster of world-class athletes at WSOF,” continued Sefo, “but we do not have the best fighters in this particular women’s weight class, so it was time to shake hands and amicably part ways.”

WSOF action returns to NBCSN live on Friday, June 5 at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

In the main event of a world championship doubleheader, reigning WSOF world bantamweight champion Lance Palmer (9-1) of Sacramento, Calif. will put his title on the line for the first time when he collides with Chris Horodecki (21-5-1) of London, Ontario, Canada.

In the world heavyweight championship co-main event, Smealinho “The Prince” Rama (9-1) of Calgary, Alberta, Canada will risk his title for the first time againstBlagoi Ivanov (11-1) of Sofia, Bulgaria.

About “World Series of Fighting” (WSOF)
“World Series of Fighting” (WSOF) is a world wide 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. Follow “World Series of Fighting” on Twitter @MMAWorldSeries and “World Series of Fighting” President Ray Sefo @SugarRaySefo.

 

MMA World Series of Fighting

WSOF 21: Palmer vs. Horodecki Adds Six Preliminary Card Bouts

Including:

Stephen Beaumont vs. Mukai Maromo and

Victor Valimaki vs. Thiago Goncalves

Live on NBCSN from Edmonton, Canada on Friday, June 5

LAS VEGAS (May 18, 2015) – The lineup for World Series of Fighting’s (WSOF.com) world championship doubleheader on Friday, June 5 continues to come together, and six contests featuring some of Canada’s top up-and-coming fighters, not to mention a Brazilian veteran, traveling to hostile territory, have been booked for the evening’s preliminary card.

The new additions include lightweights Stephen “Big Bad” Beaumont (7-2) vs.Mukai “The Afrikan Assassin” Maromo (8-4), light heavyweights Victor “The Finnisher” Valimaki (18-9) vs. Thiago Goncalves (17-4), welterweightsMark “Sweet Dreams” Drummond (7-2) vs. Michael “The Messenger” Hill (7-3), lightweights Garret “Nasty” Nybakken (7-7) vs. Nick “The Savage” Hrabec (3-1), middleweights Marcus “The Loudmouth Assassin” Hicks (20-24) vs. Matt “The Riotmaker” Baker (12-7) and lightweights Mike “The Storm” Scarcello (7-3-1) vs. Dan “Daniel San” Lariviere (4-2).

Headlined by a world featherweight (145 pounds) championship showdown between reigning kingpin Lance Palmer (9-1) and Canadian challenger and battle-tested veteran Chris “The Polish Hammer” Horodecki (21-5-1), WSOF 21: Palmer vs. Horodecki will also feature a much-anticipated contest between WSOF World Heavyweight Champion Smealinho “The Prince” Rama (9-1), who will put his coveted title on the line against Bulgarian standout Blagoi Ivanov (11-1).

The night’s main card airs live on NBCSN, beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT, while preliminary bouts stream live on WSOF.com.

Tickets for the event, which start at just $56, are currently on sale at Ticketmaster.com.

Stephen Beaumont, a Hayabusa Training Centre fighter from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, makes his WSOF debut. Six on Beaumont’s nine professional fights have ended in the opening round. He now meets cross-town rival Maromo and fellow WSOF newcomer Mukai Maromo, who was born in Zimbabwe but now trains at Edmonton’s Complete Fitness and Martial Arts.

A true veteran of the sport with 14 years of experience, Victor Valimaki hails from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, and trains at UFC Gym Sherwood Park. Valimaki has shown well-rounded skills in his career, earning six of his career wins by knockout and another seven by submission. He now faces 34-year-old veteran Thiago Goncalves of Maceio, Alagoas, Brazil. With 11 years of professional experience, Goncalves has built an impressive career mark fighting around the globe and is now part of the fast-rising Pitbull Brothers fight team.

Mark Drummond hails from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and trains at Complete Fitness and Martial Arts. After losing in his professional debut in 2010, Drummond has since gone 7-1 in his past eight appearances, including a February knockout over Spencer Jebb at WSOF 18. Meanwhile, Michael Hill fights under the WSOF banner for the third time after previously banking a decision win over Ryan Dickson and a TKO of Richard Arsenault.

Garret Nybakken of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, looks for his first WSOF victory after falling short in his promotional debut in February against Dan Lariviere. He faces fellow Edmonton-based fighter Nick Hrabec, who looks to make a positive impact in his promotional debut.

Marcus Hicks, of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, is undefeated under the WSOF banner, racking up first-round submission victories over Graham Park and Markhaile Wedderburn. Meanwhile, Matt Baker – a Team Nogueira fighter from Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada – has become a mainstay on the WSOF schedule, making his sixth appearance for the promotion.

Mike Scarcello, a Hayabusa Training Centre fighter out of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, brings a four-fighting winning streak to the cage. He now meets Dan Lariviere of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, who is 3-1 in his past four fights, including a February win over Garret Nybakken at February’s WSOF 18 event.

MAIN CARD

World Featherweight Championship:
(Champion) Lance Palmer (9-1) vs. (Challenger) Chris Horodecki (21-5-1)

World Heavyweight Championship:
(Champion) Smealinho Rama (9-1) vs. (Challenger) Blagoi Ivanov (11-1)

PRELIMINARY CARD

Stephen Beaumont (7-2) vs. Mukai Maromo (8-4)
Victor Valimaki (18-9) vs. Thiago Goncalves (17-4)
Mark Drummond (7-2) vs. Michael Hill (7-3)
Garret Nybakken (7-7) vs. Nick Hrabec (3-1)
Marcus Hicks (20-24) vs. Matt Baker (12-7)
Mike Scarcello (7-3-1) vs. Dan Lariviere (4-2)

About “World Series of Fighting” (WSOF)
“World Series of Fighting” (WSOF) is a world wide 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. Follow “World Series of Fighting” on Twitter @MMAWorldSeries and “World Series of Fighting” President Ray Sefo @SugarRaySefo.

ABOUT NBCSN
NBCSN, part of the NBC Sports Group, is dedicated to serving passionate sports fans. Now in more than 85 million homes, the Emmy Award-winning network is the cable television home of the Summer and Winter Olympics, National Hockey League (NHL) – including two games of the Stanley Cup Final — Premier League, Formula One, IndyCar, Tour de France, the 34th America’s Cup, and beginning in 2015, NASCAR. In addition, NBCSN features college football, college basketball, college hockey, cycling, outdoor programming, horse racing surrounding the Triple Crown  and Breeders’ Cup, Fight Night boxing, Ironman, the Dew Tour and USA Sevens Rugby. The network is also home to original programs such as Costas TonightNFL Turning Point, Pro Football Talk, The Dan Patrick Show, and NASCAR America. NBCSN is distributed via cable systems and satellite operators throughout the United States.

UFC FIGHT NIGHT®: MACHIDA vs. ROMERO

FORMER UFC® CHAMPION LYOTO MACHIDA AND CUBAN OLYMPIAN YOEL ROMERO TO MEET IN SOUTH FLORIDA ON SATURDAY, JUNE 27

 

Plus:

RICK STORY (#11) vs. ERICK SILVA

THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER® BRAZIL FINALS

TICKETS FOR UFC FIGHT NIGHT®: MACHIDA vs. ROMERO

AT HARD ROCK LIVE AT SEMINOLE HARD ROCK HOTEL & CASINO

ON SALE MONDAY, MAY 18

 

Las Vegas – Former UFC® light heavyweight champion and current fifth-ranked middleweight contender Lyoto Machida makes a quick return to the Octagon® to meet No. 6 Yoel Romero in the main event of UFC FIGHT NIGHT®: MACHIDA vs. ROMERO on Saturday, June 27 at Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla.

Machida (22-6, fighting out of Los Angeles, Calif. by way of Belem, Brazil), a black belt in both karate and Brazilian jiu-jitsu, has nine knockouts and two submission victories to his credit, and has defeated former champions Dan Henderson, Randy Couture, Tito Ortiz, Shogun Rua and Rashad Evans. One of the most unorthodox and dangerous strikers the sport has ever seen, “The Dragon” will be a step up in competition for Olympic silver medalist Romero (9-1, fighting out of Coconut Creek, Fla. by way of Pinar del Rio, Cuba). Coming off a third-round knockout victory over Tim Kennedy at UFC 178, Romero welcomes the former champ to his current hometown of Coconut Creek, with hopes that an impressive win will get him one step closer to a shot at the middleweight world title.

Also, in the co-main event, 11th-ranked welterweight Rick Story (18-8, fighting out of Glendale, Ariz.) will meet one of the division’s brightest prospects inErick Silva (18-5, 1 NC, fighting out of Vila Velha, Espirito Santo, Brazil). The 30-year-old “Horror” Story looks to make it three consecutive wins as he continues to climb the 170-pound ladder. Silva, who has 11 first-round finishes to his name, also hopes to string together a three-fight win streak for the first time in his UFC career.

In addition, the finals of The Ultimate Fighter® Brazil will highlight the main card with new talent in both the bantamweight and lightweight divisions. The fourth installment of the Brazilian version of the show was coached by UFC legends Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.

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

UFC FIGHT NIGHT®: MIR vs. DUFFEE

HEAVYWEIGHTS COLLIDE AS UFC®

RETURNS TO SAN DIEGO ON JULY 15

Plus:

(#11) BOBBY GREEN vs. (#13) AL IAQUINTA

 (#9) JOSH THOMSON vs. (#12) TONY FERGUSON

 

TICKETS FOR UFC FIGHT NIGHT®: MIR vs. DUFFEE

AT VALLEY VIEW CASINO CENTER

ON SALE FRIDAY, MAY 15

 

Las Vegas – UFC® will once again bring an action-packed card to Southern California when two of the heavyweight division’s toughest fighters, former two-time heavyweight champion Frank Mir and knockout artist Todd Duffee, collide. The heavy hitters meet at the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego on Wednesday, July 15, the promotion’s first visit to San Diego since August 2010.

The former two-time UFC heavyweight champion, Mir (17-9, fighting out of Las Vegas, Nev.) is coming off a devastating first-round finish of Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva in Brazil on Feb. 22, and has one of the most feared ground attacks in UFC history. Holding the record for most wins in the UFC heavyweight division (15), Mir’s resume includes victories over some of the world’s best in Minotauro Nogueira, Roy Nelson, Mirko Cro Cop and former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar. Getting the fight to the ground will be key for Mir in this classic grappler vs. striker matchup as all of Duffee’s wins have come by way of knockout. Duffee (9-2, fighting out of Boca Raton, Fla.) owns the fastest knockout in UFC heavyweight history (:07 second KO over Tim Hague at UFC 102), and is coming off an impressive first-round finish over Anthony Hamilton at UFC 181 last December.

In addition, one of the sport’s fastest rising stars, No. 13 lightweight contender Al Iaquinta (12-3-1, fighting out of Wantagh, N.Y.) will meet hard-hitting, 11th-ranked Bobby Green (23-6, fighting out of Fontana, Calif.). With 24 finishes between the two, fans can expect an action-packed battle in a Fight of the Night contender.

Plus, former STRIKEFORCE® lightweight champion and ninth-ranked Josh Thomson (20-7, 1 NC, fighting out of San Jose, Calif.) makes his return to the Octagon® against The Ultimate Fighter Season 13 winner, No. 12 Tony Ferguson (19-3, fighting out of Ventura, Calif.). Currently riding a five-fight winning streak, Ferguson takes a big step up in competition as he makes his ascent to the top of one of the UFC’s most talent-rich divisions.

Also scheduled for the card:

·         In a battle of explosive strikers, Alan Jouban (11-3, fighting out of Los Angeles, Calif.) takes on Matt Dwyer (8-2, fighting out of Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada) in a welterweight clash.

·         13th-ranked women’s bantamweight contender Jessica Andrade (12-4, fighting out of Niteroi, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) meets The Ultimate Fighter Season 18 contestant Sarah Moras (4-2, fighting out of Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada).

·         Coming off a first-round knockout victory, The Ultimate Fighter Season 15 veteran Sam Sicilia (14-5, fighting out of Spokane, Wash.) returns to the Octagon to face Doo Ho Choi (12-1, fighting out of Gumi, South Korea) in a featherweight scrap.

·         Boise State wrestling standout Scott Jorgensen (15-10, fighting out of Boise, Idaho) makes his return to the bantamweight division when he meets highly decorated judoka Manny Gamburyan (17-9, 1 NC, fighting out of Hollywood, Calif.), a training partner of UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey.

·         Looking for a fourth straight victory, lightweight Kevin Lee (10-1, fighting out of Las Vegas, Nev.) meets two-time U.S. Tae Kwon Do national championJames Moontasri (8-2, fighting out of Los Angeles, Calif.).

·         It will be Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Igor Araujo (25-7, fighting out of Albuquerque, N.M.) vs. Southern California native Sean Strickland (15-1, fighting out of Corona, Calif.) in a 170-pound duel.

·         Plus, welterweights Andrew Craig (9-3, fighting out of Houston, Texas) and Edgar Garcia (14-4, fighting out of Yuma, Ariz.) collide.

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

Tickets for UFC FIGHT NIGHT®: MIR vs. DUFFEE on sale Friday, May 15 at 10 a.m. PT and are priced at $189, $129, $94, $79 and $54. Tickets are available for purchase at www.axs.com. Ticket sales are limited to eight (8) per person. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call (888) 929-7849. Tickets are also available at the Valley View Casino 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 13 at 10 a.m. PT via the websitewww.ufcfightclub.com. A special Internet ticket pre-sale will be available to UFC newsletter subscribers Thursday, May 14 starting at 10 a.m. PT. To access this presale, users must register for the UFC newsletter through UFC.com.

 

UFC FIGHT NIGHT®: MIR vs. DUFFEE will air live on FOX Sports 1 at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT on Wednesday, July 15, with the prelims kicking off the evening on FOX Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.

MMA Fight Radio Thurs May 7

Andrei Arlovski, Ryan Bader, Fabian Parra, Steele McCall and Kyle Stewart

 

MMA Fight Radio airing on  NBC Sports Radio Phoenix 1060 AM Thursdays 6-8pm

 



MMA Fight Radio

 

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MMA Fight Radio  is Arizona’s original expert and best source for MMA. Hosted by Scott Lewis, Jay Pagliaro, Dave Bierstein,  and UFC light heavyweight Ryan Jimmo. With recurring guest co-hosts Efrain Escudero: UFC lightweight and coach of Season 2 TUF Latin America.

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

News, Reviews and Interviews with today’s hottest national and local fighters, including expert analysis of all things MMA: including the UFC, Bellator, 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.

 

Ryan Bader UFC’s #5 Ranked LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT & Power MMA Co-owner

Ryan Bader

 

Victory Fighting Championship Dakota Cochrane vs. Steele McCall VFC Fight Night 2 at Harrah’s Stir Cove June 6th Council Bluffs, Iowa

 

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GLORY WORLD SERIES – In association with Veteran Operation Wellness (VOW), GLORY will host its second armed forces exhibition bout featuring Devin Goodale of the US Navy competing against US Marine Corps veteran Kyle Stewart at middleweight.

Watch Glory World Series here: http://mmafightradio.com/2015/04/29/glory-superfight-series-21-live-feed/

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Duel for Domination 11

Purchase tickets: https://www.purplepass.com/#u11622/Arizona_Event_Center.html

Sat,  May 9 at the Arizona Event Center http://arizonaeventcenter.com/

1300 S Country Club Dr #105, Mesa, AZ 85210

Fabian Parra Duel for DominationFabian Parra
Fabian Parra

 

Pro Debut Mohammed Bourakna Record: (0-0-0) Gracie Barra vs Fabian Parra Record: (0-0-0) MMA Lab  Duel for Domination this Sat May 9 go to purplepass.com  and use the code courtesy of Discount Cab: DISCOUNT all caps to buy one get one free ticket to @Duel4Domination May 9 show. Also Discount Cab Glendale is offering discounted rides to and from the event.

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UFC 187 MAY 23, / MGM GRAND GARDEN ARENA, LAS VEGAS ANDREI ARLOVSKI 23 – 10 – 0 vs TRAVIS BROWNE 17 – 2 – 1

Travis Browne vs Andrei Arlovski

 

You may listen via the internet, or phone app or if local on NBC

Sports Radio Phoenix 1060AM

Show hosts include Scott Lewis and Jay Pagliaro along with UFC LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT Ryan “THE BIG DEAL” Jimmo

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

For sponsor / advertising opportunities on MMA FIGHT RADIO SHOW contact Scott Lewis @ cubelewis@gmail.com or 602 770 4480 cell

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1st in the 12-year history UFC Hall of Fame Inducting Entire Class

UFC® HALL OF FAME TO INDUCT CLASS OF 2015 AT UFC FAN EXPO, JULY 11

UFC Hall of Fame will consist of four distinct categories, with inductees in each scheduled for a special presentation at UFC Fan Expo 2015

Las Vegas – For the first time in the 12-year history of the UFC® Hall of Fame, an entire class of legendary fighters and contributors will be inducted into distinct Hall of Fame categories at a special induction event, scheduled for July 11 at UFC Fan Expo 2015.

UFC® today announced that after 12 years and with 12 inductees already enshrined, the UFC Hall of Fame is evolving into a unique four-category system, enabling UFC, media and fans to celebrate and commemorate the greatest achievements in the organization’s history in a well-defined historical context.

The four new UFC Hall of Fame categories are:

Modern era wing: commemorating fighters who made their pro MMA debut in the modern era

Pioneers era wing: commemorating fighters who made their pro MMA debut in the pioneers era

Contributors wing: commemorating significant contributions outside of active competition

Fight wing: commemorating the greatest and most important bouts in the sport’s history

The UFC Hall of Fame Class of 2015 will feature a new member in each of these new categories. The Class of 2015 will be announced in the coming weeks. The existing Hall of Famers – already inducted over the last 12 years – will be retrospectively inaugurated into the most fitting of these four categories.

For further details on the new UFC Hall of Fame format visit: http://www.ufc.com/news/UFC-HALL-OF-FAME-2015-MEDIA-FAQs

UFC President Dana White said: “The UFC Hall of Fame has an important job – it not only celebrates greatness but it helps pass stories of the greatest athletes and fights in UFC history on to the next generation of fight fans. We’re looking forward to announcing the class of 2015 and what is going to be a great induction event on July 11.”

The UFC Hall of Fame 2015 induction ceremony will take place on July 11 as part of the UFC Fan Expo in Las Vegas. Fans with tickets to the UFC Fan Expo will be able to attend the UFC Hall of Fame 2015 event for no additional cost. Tickets to the UFC Fan Expo are available at www.ufcfanexpo.com with two-day passes beginning at $60 online and $65 onsite. One-day passes begin at $35 online and $45 onsite.

There are also preliminary plans for a physical UFC Hall of Fame to be constructed in the UFC’s home city of Las Vegas.

To visit the UFC Hall of Fame fight library – which includes the induction speeches for the first 12 UFC Hall of Famers – go to www.ufc.tv/category/ufc-hall-of-fame-library.

For additional information please visit UFC.com, and follow UFC on Twitter @ufc.