PROFESSIONAL ARMWRESTLING LEAGUE GLOBALLY TELEVISED

PROFESSIONAL ARMWRESTLING LEAGUE
—PAL USA—
LAUNCHES GLOBALLY TELEVISED
‘VENDETTA IN VEGAS’
2015 SERIES JULY 12 AT HARD ROCK

The Professional Armwrestling League (PAL), the worldwide leader in the sport, launches its 2015 American campaign with the nationally and internationally televised “Vendetta in Vegas” card Sunday, July 12, at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nev.

This is the first in a series of regularly scheduled cards in Las Vegas under the PAL USA banner.

“Vendetta in Vegas” will be broadcast nationally on CBS Sports Network on a tape-delay basis and internationally into 56 countries in North America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia.

PAL USA presents the top open division competitors from more than 40 countries in North America, Europe and Asia, both men and women, in weight categories ranging from bantamweight to super heavyweight.
PAL, which held its first event in the United States during 2009, was founded in 2002 by Igor Mazurenko, a legendary wrestler, trainer and promoter in the sport.  PAL has offices in Gdynia, Poland, and Las Vegas.

“Arm wrestling is a sport most everyone has tried at some time during their life,” said Mazurenko.  “But to see these professionals compete, it’s like night and day.  They bring a ferocity that is seen only, say, in my opinion, among linemen in American football.

“Arm wrestling started as a formally organized and structured sport 38 years ago; but in the past decade it has been gaining considerable popularity in the United States, because fans are discovering and appreciating its fast pace, intensity and excitement.,” said Mazurenko.  “This increased popularity is evidenced by the domestic and international television exposure we have secured.”

For almost 20 years, Mazurenko was a prominent and successful professional athlete throughout Europe, excelling in arm wrestling, power lifting and body building.  He competed at the highest level as an arm wrestler for 16 years, and in 2011 won the world championship in the Masters division as a heavyweight at the Professional World Cup in Poland.

Mazurenko also can be considered a renaissance man among sports figures.  In addition to his PAL duties, Mazurenko is:  A licensed acrobatic pilot, working on his PhD thesis, doing cutting- edge training research on arm wrestling, a manufacturer and distributor of sports equipment, an award-winning producer of arm wrestling films, the publisher of an arm wrestling magazine and  vice president of the amateur European Arm Wrestling Federation.

The four-match “Vendetta in Vegas” card July 12 in the Vinyl at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino:

  • Richard Lupkes of Rushmore, Minn. (315 pounds)

vs.
Andrey Pushkar of the Ukraine (243 pounds)

  • Tim Bresnan of Lisbon, Conn. (286 pounds)

vs.
Eugeni Prudnik of the Ukraine (203 pounds)

  • Janusz Zolcinski of Poland (242 pounds)

vs.
Harold Owens II of Carmel, Ind. (240 pounds)

  • Vazgen Saghoyan of Armenia (165 pounds)

vs.
Chris Gobby of Montreal (165 pounds)

Tickets for “Vendetta in Vegas” are priced at $20 for general admission, $50 for reserved and $100 for VIP.

Tickets are available:

At the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino box office daily from to 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.;
By calling AXS 888-929-7849 or by going to AXS.com

The first bout in the Vinyl starts at 3 p.m. with doors opening at 2.

Each match consists of the traditional best-of-six rounds format.  There is a one-minute break between rounds, regardless of how long the previous session lasted.

Most sessions are over within 15 seconds, but some can last up to one minute.  The record for the longest session in international competition is eight minutes, a never-again-approached duration.

Other top world class arm wrestlers who are scheduled to be in action on upcoming “Vendetta in Vegas” cards include Don “Hollywood” Underwood of Independence, Mo.; Krasimir Kostadinov of Bulgaria; and Zoloev Khadzimurat, Arsen Liliev, Alexey Semerenko and Alexey Voeyvoda from Russia.

Not only is arm wrestling competition explosive, it is universal.  Virtually, every American at some time during their life, usually starting at childhood, has engaged in arm wrestling.

But PAL has taken this most basic of activities, refined it and made it one of the fastest-growing sports in the world.  It is under consideration as an exhibition sport in the 2024 Olympic Games.

These are superb athletes who exhibit strength, technique, stamina and will.  It’s what makes this sport so very dynamic.

Men compete in weight divisions of featherweight (up to 139 pounds), lightweight (155), welterweight (172) middleweight (190), heavyweight (210) and super heavyweight (above 210).

Women compete in weight divisions of featherweight (up to 115 pounds), lightweight (126), welterweight (139), middleweight (155) and super middleweight (above 155).

Age groups include Juniors (less than 18 years of age), Senior Juniors (18 through 20), Seniors (21 through 39), Masters (40 through 49), Grand Masters (50 through 59) and Ultra Grand Masters (60 and more).  Open division professionals can be any age from 21 and older.

Men, women and the physically challenged compete in both right and left-arm arm wrestling matches.

Various factors can play a part in one’s success in arm wrestling. Technique and overall arm strength are the two greatest contributing factors to winning an arm wrestling match. Other factors, such as the length of an arm wrestler’s arm, his/her muscle and arm mass/density, hand grip size, wrist endurance/flexibility and reaction time, can add to the advantages of one arm wrestler over another.

Techniques include:

  • The “top roll,” which emphasizes a roll of the wrist as a wrestler brings down the opponent’s wrist, and;
  • The “hook,” in which the wrist turns into a hooked grip after the referee has started the match, and;
  • The “press” or “push,” in which a wrestler forces an opponent’s palm into a face-up position, then, using chest, shoulder, tricep and forearm strength, pushes down the opponent for the pin, and;
  • “Side pressure,” in which a wrestler keeps his wrist locked and, using shoulder rotation, pushes down the opponent for the pin.

Strict rules apply, and fouls can be called and penalties assessed by the referee for various infractions, including: pushing an opponent’s elbow off the elbow pad, a false or premature start and trying to escape a possible arm pin by intentionally breaking the grip with the opponent or purposefully sliding one’s own elbow off the pad.

And, the sport can be hazardous.  Arm wrestling puts enormous torque/twist on the upper arm’s humerus bone to a degree seen in few other sports.  Most bones are not accustomed to being significantly stressed in this direction, and injuries occasionally occur.  Most common is a diagonal break at or below the midpoint between the shoulder and the elbow.

MMA Fight Radio Thurs June 25

Ryan Bader,  Pat Healy, Randy Steinke Tonya Evinger and Angela Magana

 

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, UFC light heavyweight Ryan Jimmo and Dave Bierstein. 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.

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

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 is UFC’s ranked #3 Light Heavyweight and The Ultimate Fighter Season 8 winner.

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Ryan Bader

 

 

Titan FC 34 July 18 Main event Lightweight title fight TITAN FC 34

JULY 18, 2015 / MONTREAL, QUEBEC, CANADA

MIKE RICCI 10 – 4 – 0 vs PAT HEALY 31 – 20 – 0

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Duel for Domination July 11 Crank It Up Promotions (Facebook | Twitter)

Duel for Domination XII

Main Event

Randy Steinke Record: (10-7-1) MMA Lab vs Steven Cervantes Record: (4-0-0) Luttrell MMA

Saturday, July 11, 2015  6:00 pm (first fight)

Randy Steinke  Duel for Domination
Randy Steinke Duel for Domination

Arizona Event Center (480) 779-7716

1300 South Country Club Drive

Mesa, Arizona 85210

Event Hash Tag #DuelForDominationXII

DFDJan15LRG

 

INVICTA FC 13 JULY 09, 2015 / THE COSMOPOLITAN, LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, UNITED STATES

TONYA EVINGER 15 – 5 – 0 vs IRENE ALDANA 5 – 1 – 0

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THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER FINALE AMERICAN TOP TEAM VS. BLACKZILIANS on FOX SPORTS 1

UFC JULY 12, 2015 / MGM GRAND GARDEN ARENA, LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, UNITED STATES

ANGELA MAGANA 11 – 7 – 0 vs MICHELLE WATERSON 12 – 4 – 0

Angela Magana

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

Sports Radio Phoenix 1060AM

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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MMA Fight Radio Thurs June 18

Glenn Robinson, Mike Ricci, Joe Murphy and Josh Rodda

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:

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MMA Fight Radio is Arizona’s original expert and best source for MMA. Hosted by Scott Lewis, UFC light heavyweight Ryan Jimmo and Dave Bierstein. 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.

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

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.

 

 

Glenn Robinson is the CEO of Authentic Sports Management  A professional team of athletes, The Blackzilians was established in 2011 by Glenn Robinson and other founding members Rashad Evans, Jorge Santiago, Gesias Cavalcante and Danillo and Yuri Villefort. The Blackzilians are a world class group of professional athletes who train together at the JACO Hybrid Training Center in Delray Beach, Florida.

http://www.blackzilians.com/

 

RFA 27 July 03, 2015 / CenturyLink Arena, Boise, Idaho, United States

Jesse Brock 19 – 8 – 0 vs Joe Murphy 8 – 2 – 0

 

RFA 27

 

Titan FC 34 July 18 Main event Lightweight title fight TITAN FC 34

JULY 18, 2015 / MONTREAL, QUEBEC, CANADA

MIKE RICCI 10 – 4 – 0 vs PAT HEALY 31 – 20 – 0

Mike Ricci

 

Duel for Domination July 11 Crank It Up Promotions (Facebook | Twitter)

Duel for Domination XII

 Co Main Event Pro Debut Josh Rodda vs John Rozema (2-2-0)

Saturday, July 11, 2015  6:00 pm (first fight)

Arizona Event Center (480) 779-7716

1300 South Country Club Drive

Mesa, Arizona 85210

Event Hash Tag #DuelForDominationXII

Josh Rodda Duel for Domination
Josh Rodda Duel for Domination

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

Sports Radio Phoenix 1060AM

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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Watch UFC 188 Live at the Movie Theater

 

This Saturday at UFC 188, history will be made as the long awaited heavyweight fight between reigning champion Cain Velasquez and interim titleholder Fabricio Werdum will finally take place. Order UFC 188: Velasquez vs Werdum – live on Pay-Per-View this Saturday at 10pm/9c or watch it live on the big screen at a theater near you! Go to fathomevents.com for participating theaters.

http://www.ufc.com/event/UFC188

MMA Fight Radio June 4

Efrain Escudero, Douglas Lima, Angelo Mullen, Estevan Payan and Brian Moore 

 

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:

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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.

 

UFC 188 June 13, 2015 / Mexico City Arena, Mexico City, Federal District, Mexico

Efrain Escudero 23 – 9 – 0 vs Drew Dober 15 – 6 – 0 Efrain Escudero MMA Fight RadioEfrain ElbowEfrain Escudero in studio MMA Fight Radio

We interview Angelo Mullen from Bounded Fist Muay Thai – Event takes place: Jun 13 vs Chris Burgett

Arizona Event Center, LLC.

1300 S Country Club Dr Suite 105, Mesa, Arizona 85210

 

Angelo Mullen vs Chris Burgett Bounded Fist

Douglas Lima defending his Welterweight Title….
Bellator 140 July 17, 2015 / Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Connecticut
Douglas Lima 26 – 5 – 0 vs Andrey Koreshkov 17 – 1 – 0

MMA Fight Radio Dhiego Lima, Douglas Lima and Penny Buffington MMA Fight Radio
Dhiego Lima, Douglas Lima and Penny Buffington

 


Rage in the Cage 178  Sat June 6  Estevan Payan vs Ray Robinson

Rage

From Legends of the Cage Brian  Moore

Legends of the Cage

 

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/mmafightradioDFDJan15LRG

 

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Fight Network Signs Exclusive Multi-Year Programming Deal with World Series of Fighting

Toronto – Fight Network, the world’s premier 24/7 television channel dedicated to complete coverage of combat sports, today announced an exclusive multi-year programming agreement with Las Vegas-based mixed martial arts organization World Series of Fighting (WSOF.com) to broadcast live events and the existing archive in Canada, and globally in over 30 countries across Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

The deal kicks off this weekend with a short tape delay broadcast of WSOF 21: Palmer vs. Horodecki from Edmonton Expo Centre in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Airing June 6 at Midnight ET, the event is headlined by WSOF featherweight champion Lance Palmer defending against Canada’s own Chris Horodecki, while WSOF heavyweight champion Smealinho Rama, another Canadian, defends the coveted title against Bulgarian powerhouse Blagoi Ivanov.

WSOF 21: Palmer vs. Horodecki will repeat on Saturday, June 6 at 4 p.m. ET and Sunday, June 7 at 2 p.m. ET.

WSOF is led by president Ray Sefo, a six-time world kickboxing champion and two-time Hall of Famer. The promotion has staged 20 events to date, featuring internationally renowned superstars such as Andrei Arlovski, Anthony Johnson, David Branch, Rousimar Palhares, Jake Shields, Yushin Okami and Jon Fitch. .

WSOF has also spawned the careers of the next generation of MMA superstars, including reigning bantamweight champion Marlon Moraes, featherweight champion Palmer, undefeated lightweight champion Justin Gaethje and undefeated light heavyweight Tyrone Spong.

The first event scheduled to air live on Fight Network is the blockbuster WSOF 22: Palhares vs. Shields world championship card on Aug. 1, 2015 in Las Vegas, headlined by a showcase of elite grapplers as WSOF welterweight championPalhares defends against former Strikeforce champion and UFC title challengerShields.

Also featured at WSOF 22: Palhares vs. Shields is a bantamweight title bout pitting the champion Moraes against undefeated Brazilian Sheymon Moraes, and a light heavyweight special attraction featuring Spong in the toughest test of his MMA career against heavy-handed veteran Mike Kyle, who makes his third appearance in the WSOF cage.

“WSOF has rapidly become one of the top promotions in North America and we’re thrilled to bring these world-class live events to our viewers,” said Chad Midgley, VP of Content at Fight Network. “Shows feature a great assortment of established names and highly touted prospects, providing a perfect balance of nostalgia for longtime fans while exposing viewers to fresh talent. With regularly scheduled events in Canada, homegrown stars can now be seen nationally across the country.”

“We are thrilled to partner with such a dynamic and robust television platform like Fight Network, and bring our live event programming to the highly passionate combat sports fan base in Canada where we have made a concerted effort to establish WSOF’s footprint,” said WSOF president, six-time world champion and two-time Hall of Famer,Ray Sefo.

For a full listing of Fight Network’s broadcast schedule, please visittv.fightnetwork.com, follow us on Twitter @fightnet, become a fan on Facebook and visit us on Instagram @fightnet.

About Fight Network:

Fight Network (www.fightnetwork.com) is the world’s premier combat sports network dedicated to complete coverage of combat sports, including fights, fighters, fight news and fight lifestyle. The channel is available on Cablevision’s Optimum TV and Texas-based Grande Communications in the U.S., all major carriers in Canada, over 30 countries across Europe, Africa and the Middle East, a programming block on Pursuit Channel (www.pursuitchannel.com), on TSN Radio in Canada via its program “Live Audio Wrestling,” and its programming on Sirius XM Channel 167. Fight Network’s parent company Anthem Sports & Entertainment Corp. launched Fantasy (FNTSY) Sports Network (www.fantasysportsnetwork.com) across North America in March 2014 and also holds a significant ownership interest in Pursuit Channel.

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.

UFC® LAUNCHES ATHLETE MARKETING AND DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

 

 

Program includes first all-encompassing, independently administered, professional sports organization anti-doping policy, to be administered by USADA

 

New partnerships with Fusionetics and EXOS to provide UFC athletes with key tools to improve performance both inside and outside the Octagon®

 

Las Vegas – UFC® announced today the unveiling of its new, ground-breaking Athlete Marketing and Development program, introduced to provide athletes with programs and tools to help them maximize their careers and succeed long-term, both inside and outside the Octagon®. In coordination with key organizations such as the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), Fusionetics, and EXOS, UFC continues to be at the forefront of athlete development, making a significant investment into the sport of mixed martial arts (MMA) and, most importantly, the athletes who step into the Octagon.

 

“Earlier this year, we vowed to take a leadership position on key areas impacting our sport, fighter health and fighter safety,” UFC Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Lorenzo Fertitta said. “After months of hard work, and the addition of Jeff Novitzky, we have taken the opportunity to not only launch an elite anti-doping policy, but to invest, develop and deploy a year-round Athlete Marketing and Development program focused on the preparation, performance and education of our athletes.”

 

As UFC continues to evolve as one of the world’s leading sports organizations, it has engaged USADA to run the first all-encompassing, independently administered, anti-doping policy for a professional sports organization. The policy is a central part of UFC’s expanded efforts to protect the health and safety of its athletes, and to protect their right to compete with natural ability on an even playing field.

 

USADA, universally recognized as a premier anti-doping agency, will act as the independent administrator of the anti-doping policy, beginning July 1, 2015. As the policy ramps up, UFC and USADA will provide athletes with multiple levels of education including: written copies of the policy and accompanying materials, in-person presentations, hands-on demonstration of online and mobile applications, and on-line education courses. Jeff Novitzky, UFC Vice President of Athlete Health and Performance, will spearhead the roll out of the anti-doping policy.

 

UFC and USADA will release the finalized policy to the athletes, the media and the public by mid-June.

 

Fusionetics, developed under the leadership of Dr. Micheal A. Clark and a group of scientists, sports medicine professionals, coaches, athletes and business leaders, is a system that was designed and is utilized in the world of professional sports to help athletes improve their performance, speed up their recovery and avoid future injury. The newly announced partnership will allow UFC athletes to access Fusionetics facilities and interact with their staff, providing individualized digital plans that can be utilized on the athletes’ tablets and phones.

 

EXOS, the leaders in training, nutrition and physical therapy for elite athletes, have worked with some of the best professional athletes in sport and will now begin working closely with UFC athletes. The goal is to help UFC athletes maximize performance and minimize injury risk. During the last week of May, middleweight Luke Rockhold, former light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans and newly signed middleweight CM Punk became the first UFC athletes to take part in a full week of training at the EXOS facilities in Phoenix learning innovative ways to train, plan and prepare for competition. Phase two of the program will include sending additional athletes to the EXOS facilities, as well as deploying a mobile EXOS team to some of the top gyms in the sport.

 

Lastly, on June 1 and 2, UFC gathered nearly fifty up-an-coming athletes for its Athlete Summit to unveil the new anti-doping policy and deploy its new Athlete Marketing and Development program. The two-day summit offered classes featuring experts in financial planning, nutrition, and health and wellness, press and social media training, and allowed for personal interaction with all three organizations: USADA, Fusionetics and EXOS.

 

This new program, and future initiatives to be developed under its umbrella, reflects UFC’s absolute on-going commitment to the health and well-being of its contracted athletes.

 

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

 

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About UFC

UFC® is the premier mixed martial arts (MMA) organization and largest pay-per-view event provider in the world. Headquartered in Las Vegas with offices in London, Toronto, Singapore and Sao Paulo, 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 134 countries and territories to over 700 million TV households worldwide in 21 different languages. The UFC has a multi-year broadcast agreement with FOX in the U.S., which annually includes four live events broadcast on the FOX network, as well as The Ultimate Fighter® reality television show and thousands of hours of programming on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports 2. In 2014, UFC launched UFC FIGHT PASS™, a digital subscription service with exclusive live events, thousands of fights on-demand and original content. The UFC organization also licenses over 100 UFC GYM® locations, and owns UFC.TV® (offering live event broadcasts and video on-demand around the world), UFC FIT® (an in-home fitness and nutrition program), UFC Magazine, and has a videogame franchise with EA SPORTSUFC Fight Club®UFC Fan Expo®UFC branded apparel, DVDs and Blu-rays and Topps Trading Cards. For more information, visit UFC.com and follow UFC at Facebook.com/UFCTwitter and Instagram: @UFC.

INCA KOLA to unveil custom ORANGE COUNTY CHOPPER at RFA 26

 

Friday, June 5th at RFA 26
in Broomfield, Colorado
WinThisChopper.com sweepstakes to support
Easter Seals New York’s Veterans Count
 

LAS VEGAS, Nevada – Resurrection Fighting Alliance (RFA) and Inca Kola USA announced today that the debut of an Orange County Choppers (OCC) custom-built motorcycle designed for Inca Kola will debut at RFA 26 – Smith vs. Smith this Friday, June 5th. The chopper will be the awarded to a lucky winner entered in Inca Kola’s sweepstakes WinThisChopper.com. The proceeds from the sweepstakes will benefit Easter Seals New York’s Veterans Count and educational programs.

RFA president Ed Soares shared his thoughts on the promotion.
RFA
“RFA is proud to have had such a long relationship with Inca Kola,” stated Soares. “We are honored to host the debut of Orange County Choppers custom-built Inca Kola motorcycle at RFA 26 in Colorado. The WinThisChopper.com sweepstakes is a great way to raise awareness and funds for Easter Seals New York’s Veterans Count and educational programs.”
Orange County Choppers co-founder Paul Teutul, Sr. shared similar sentiments.
“The entire team at Orange County Choppers is honored to be working with Inca Kola to raise awareness and donations for Easter Seals and Veterans Count,” stated Teutul Sr.
Inca Kola has been a longtime sponsor of the RFA dating back to RFA 7 in March 2013, which took place at the same venue that Friday night’s festivities are set to take place. “The Golden Kola” has become a very prominent brand seen at live RFA events and nationwide through the RFA’s television deal with AXS TV. Inca Kola’s COO Randy Berman sees the WinThisChopper.com sweepstakes as a way to parlay Inca Kola and the RFA’s relationship and bring nationwide awareness to a great cause that will culminate this fall when a winner of the Orange County Choppers custom-built Inca Kola motorcycle is announced.

“We are really proud of our partnership with all of the vendors that have participated in this project including Orange County Choppers, Resurrection Fighting Alliance, and AXS TV,” Berman explained. “We are certain that their participation will make this promotion for Easter Seals Veterans Count a huge success.”

RFA 26 – Smith vs. Smith takes place this Friday, June 5th at the 1STBANK Center in Broomfield, Colorado. The main card will feature six professional fights televised live and nationwide on AXS TV at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT.
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 Bruno 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
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.
MMA Fight Radio interviews:

DILLASHAW AND BARAO COLLIDE IN LONG-AWAITED CHAMPIONSHIP REMATCH

 

Plus:

(#2) MIESHA TATE vs. (#5) JESSICA EYE

(#7) EDSON BARBOZA vs. (#8) MYLES JURY

TICKETS FOR UFC FIGHT NIGHT®: DILLASHAW vs. BARAO 2

AT UNITED CENTER

ON SALE FRIDAY, JUNE 5

Las Vegas – In one of the most highly anticipated rematches in recent memory, UFC® bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw will meet former champ Renan Barao when the Octagon® returns to United Center in Chicago on Saturday, July 25. UFC FIGHT NIGHT®: DILLASHAW vs. BARAO 2 marks the seventh UFC championship title bout to air on FOX.

After pulling off one of the biggest upsets in the history of the sport by dethroning then-champ Barao at UFC 173, Dillashaw (12-2, fighting out of Sacramento, Calif.) will put the 135-pound strap on the line against the very man he took it from. Barao (35-2, 1 NC, fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), whose record includes eight wins by knockout and 15 by submission, looks to reclaim the title he held for almost two years. With more than 30 finishes between them, this championship rematch could be one of the best fights of the year.

Also, No. 2 women’s bantamweight Miesha Tate (16-5, fighting out of Las Vegas, Nev.) will clash with fifth-ranked Jessica Eye (11-2, 1 NC, fighting out of Cleveland, Ohio). With both women’s eyes set on a shot at champion Ronda Rousey’s title, Tate and Eye will be in a high-stakes battle. As the only woman to take Rousey out of the first round of competition, Tate hopes a dominant performance over Eye will secure a trilogy matchup against the champ. For Eye, she looks to earn her first shot at the world title; something she feels is already rightfully hers.

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In addition, the main card will feature a classic striker vs. grappler matchup as No. 7 lightweight contender Edson Barboza (15-3, fighting out of Nova Fridurgo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) meets eighth-ranked Myles Jury (15-1, fighting out of San Diego, Calif.). Barboza’s elite striking has earned him victories over veterans Bobby Green and Evan Dunham, while Jury is known for his slick jiu-jitsu submissions and finishing prowess.

Additional bouts include:

· Fan favorite Joe Lauzon (24-11, fighting out of Bridgewater, Mass.) meets Japan’s Takanori Gomi (35-10, 1 NC, fighting out of Tokyo, Japan) in a lightweight showdown.

· Former WEC® bantamweight champion Eddie Wineland (21-10-1, fighting out of Chesterton, Ind.) takes on No. 10 bantamweight Bryan Caraway (19-8, fighting out of Las Vegas, Nev.).

· No. 15 light heavyweight contender Gian Villante (13-5, fighting out of Bellmore, N.Y.) welcomes Tom Lawlor (9-5, 1 NC, fighting out of Providence, R.I.) back to the Octagon.

· In a battle of lightweight strikers, Daron Cruickshank (16-6, 1 NC, fighting out of Detroit, Mich.) clashes with James Krause (21-7, fighting out of Lee’s Summit, Mo.).

· The Ultimate Fighter® Season 13 finalist Ramsey Nijem (10-4, fighting out of San Francisco, Calif.) takes on submission specialist Erik Koch (14-4, fighting out of Milwaukee, Wisc.) in a 155-pound bout.

· Lightweight takedown artist Rustam Khabilov (17-3, fighting out of Albuquerque, N.M. by way of Dagestan, Russia) meets Brazilian jiu-jitsu ace Danny Castillo (17-8, fighting out of Sacramento, Calif.).

· In a middleweight battle, jiu-jitsu specialists Zak Cummings (17-4, fighting out of Kansas City, Mo.) and Antonio Braga Neto (9-2, 1 NC, fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) square off.

· Looking to make it four consecutive victories, Illinois’ own Kenny Robertson (15-3, fighting out of Washington, Ill.) squares off against welterweight veteran Ben Saunders (18-6-2, fighting out of Orlando, Fla.).

· Jessamyn Duke (3-2, 1 NC, fighting out of Glendale, Calif.) of ‘The Four Horsewomen’, a quartet of fighters led by UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey, meets Elizabeth Phillips (4-3, fighting out of Spokane, Wash.) in a women’s 135-pound scrap.

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

WSOF 21: “PALMER VS. HORODECKI airs on NBCSN June 5

WSOF 21:  “PALMER VS. HORODECKI”
BOUT ORDER SET FOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP DOUBLEHEADER
LIVE ON NBCSN ON FRIDAY, JUNE 5
FROM EDMONTON, CANADA

LAS VEGAS (June 1 2015) – The order of bouts is official for World Series of Fighting’s (WSOF.com) much-anticipated, 11-fight Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) world championship doubleheader, live on NBCSN from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada on Friday, June 5.

“We are excited to return to Edmonton with a tremendous lineup of fights, including two world championship bouts and a host of matchups featuring some of the sport’s top rising stars and newly discovered talent,” said WSOF President, six-time world champion and two-time Hall of Famer Ray Sefo.  “It is going to be yet another memorable night of action in the decagon cage for WSOF and the entire sport of MMA.”

The WSOF 21: “Palmer vs. Horodecki” three-fight preliminary card will kick off at 7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT (5:30 p.m. local time), and stream live on an embeddable video player on WSOF.com.  The four-fight, live NBCSN televised main card will begin at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT (7 p.m. local time).

Immediately after the conclusion of the main event, the action will continue with a four-bout postliminary card, beginning at 11:05 p.m. ET/8:05 p.m. PT (9:05 p.m. local time), live on WSOF.com.

WSOF 21: “Palmer vs. Horodecki” will be headlined by a WSOF world featherweight (145 pounds) championship showdown between reigning kingpin Lance Palmer (9-1) and battle-tested veteran Chris “The Polish Hammer” Horodecki (21-5-1).  In the co-main event, WSOF World Heavyweight Champion Smealinho “The Prince” Rama (9-1) will risk his crown for the first time against Bulgarian standout Blagoi Ivanov (11-1).

Priced from $56, tickets for WSOF 21: “Palmer vs. Horodecki,” which takes place at the Edmonton Expo Centre, are on sale at Ticketmaster.com.

PRELIMINARY CARD

Bout # 1, Bantamweight (135 pounds) : Michael Hay (1-1) vs. Louie Grover (1-2)
Bout # 2, Lightweight (155 pounds): Mike Scarcello (7-3-1) vs. Dan Lariviere (4-2)
Bout # 3, Middleweight (185 pounds): Marcus Hicks (20-24) vs. Matt Baker (12-7)

MAIN CARD

Bout # 4, Featherweight (145 pounds) Bout:
Hakeem Dawodu (4-0) vs. Chuka Willis (4-0)

Bout # 5, Welterweight (170 pounds) Swing Bout:
Mark Drummond (7-2) vs. Michael Hill (7-3)

Bout # 6, World Heavyweight Championship Co-Main Event:
(Champion) Smealinho Rama (9-1) vs. (Challenger) Blagoi Ivanov (11-1)

Bout # 7, World Featherweight Championship Main Event:
(Champion) Lance Palmer (9-1) vs. (Challenger) Chris Horodecki (21-5-1)

POSTLIMINARY CARD

Bout # 8, Lightweight: Roger Alves (2-1) vs. Danny Doig (2-2)
Bout # 9, Lightweight: Garrett Nybakken (7-7) vs. Nick Hrabec (3-1)
Bout # 10, Lightweight: Tim Smith (14-8) vs. Spencer Rohovie (9-7)
Bout # 11, Catchweight (165 pounds): Stephen Beaumont (7-2) vs. Jose Rodriguez (7-2)

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.