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M-1 Selection Americas event takes place tomorrow night at Ballys in Atlantic City.  I am ring announcing the event and I'm very happy to see many of the East Coast's finest talent on the card.

The show will be broadcast LIVE and FREE on Sherdog.com tomorrow night beginning at 7PM sharp.  It will also be show live throughout Europe and Russia.

The tournament is a single elimination type.  Lose once and you are gone.  There are several regions involved world wide and the winner will have earned it.   Keep on eye out for more details.  See you at the show!

 

M-1 Global's Apy Echteld, who also manages Gegard Mousasi, on Fedor fighting Overeem and Brock Lesnar.  He mentions Overeem physique and says testing will be required.

Saw my good friend Jon Jones at UFC 111 and he took time out for this video interview.  We discuss technique and his future. Enjoy.

M-1 Selection continues in Atlantic City, NJ on April 3rd.  Your truly will be doing the ring announcing, and many of my good buds are on the card.  Check out this fact sheet from Bob Treiger.

 

WHO: MAIN EVENT

LIGHTWEIGHTS (155 lbs.) – 3 X 5

RENATO MIGLIACCIO JOHN SALGADO

Renzo Gracie Jiu-Jitsu                                           Team Ross-Zocchi

Greenwich, Connecticut by way of Brazil                  New York, New York

6-0-0, 4 Submissions                                            3-2-1, 2 Submissions

CO-MAIN EVENT

FLYWEIGHTS (135 LBS) – 3 X 5

SEDICO HONORIO                                                          JOSH RAVE

Daddis MMA                                                        Elite Professional/Disorderly Conduct

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania                                      Sioux Falls, Nebraska

5-1-0, 2 (T)KOs, 2 Submissions                              18-6-0, 3 (T)KO, 11 Submissions

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We were fortunate enough to catch-up with rising Korean Top Team star Chan Sung Jung to ask him a few questions about his MMA fight career, the Sengoku featherweight tournament, and his thoughts on signing with the WEC.

Chan Sung Jung also reveals how he earned the colorful epithet "The Korean Zombie", and what the fans should expect in his first stateside fight versus scrapper Cub Swanson at WEC 48 on April 24th.

We've compiled a collection of some of Chan Sung Jung's fights here if you care to watch them.

 

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The bar for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in the sport of mixed martial arts has just been raised.

Braulio Estima, the man who recently tapped out heralded grapplers such as Andre Galvao, Xande Ribeiro, and Marcelo Garcia, will make his MMA debut in the Shine Fight Promotion's May 15th "Worlds Collide: Mayorga vs. Thomas" event.

We had an opportunity to connect with Braulio and ask him some questions about his grappling history, his first MMA opponent, what weight-class he'll be targeting, and how he is preparing for the leap into full-contact fighting.

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Former UFC lightweight contender Roger "El Matador" Huerta today confirmed rumors that he had signed with Bellator FC.

The thing that Bellator has that no one else has is the tournament format. If I win, I continue to fight. I need to fight. This tournament is perfect for me. We get to control our own destiny.

 

There are some things in MMA that just will not die.

Although, since one of the very few things that MMA fans can agree upon is that most would like to see M-1 Global part-owner and represented fighter Fedor Emelianenko finish his career in the UFC against their talented heavyweights, the news that M-1 Global CEO Vadim Finkelstein "would like to cooperate with the UFC" is something that deserves to be on life-support.

Despite the dissonant set of stipulations that both sides insist upon, which has twice resulted in failed negotiations, the sparks that could ignite the grand entrance of "The Last Emperor" in the octagon continue to fly.  When asked about this possibility in an interview with FiveKnuckles, Finkelstein once again dangles the carrot that the M-1 organization may pursue a relationship with the UFC once Fedor's contract in Strikeforce is up.

Cyrille_Diabate_UFC

I was able to catch up with Cyrille "The Snake" Diabate to ask him a few questions about his upcoming octagon debut on May 29th's UFC 114 event versus Luis "Banha" Cane.

For ayone unfamiliar with Cyrille, he always puts on a great show and is a pleasure to watch.  I enjoy seeing tall fighters take advantage of their extra reach with crisp and polished striking, and Diabate has a pterodactyle-like wingspan at 6'6", and puts those extra inches to good use.  Unless someone can point out a taller fighter of relevance at 205 pounds, Cyrille very well  may be the tallest light-heavyweight around.

Although it's still far ahead on the horizon, UFC 114 on May 29th is taking shape quite nicely.  Also expected for the show is the highly anticipated pairing of Rampage vs. Rashad as the headliner, with Forrest vs. Lil' Nog, Diego Sanchez vs. John Hathaway, the return of Todd Duffee, and Diabate-Cane rounding out the card.

I've also embedded a highlight reel of Cyrille Diabate at the end of the article.  Thanks to Ken Pavia and Julian Gregorio of www.MMAagents.com for their help with the interview.

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