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WORLDWIDE MIXED MARTIAL ARTS SPORTS, INC. AMAZES EL PASO, TX CROWD WITH DAVID VS. GOLAITH MAIN EVENT

Pay-Per-View event McCorkle vs. Heden: Fighting for a Better World official results

(Press release)

LITTLE FALLS, NJ – March 31, 2012 – Worldwide Mixed Martial Arts Sports, Inc. (WMMA) took a giant leap towards revolutionizing the sport of mixed martial arts (MMA) on Saturday, March 31st with their first pay-per-view (PPV) event at the Don Haskins Center located on the beautiful campus of the University of Texas El Paso.

The David vs. Goliath story of Sean “Big Sexy” McCorkle vs. the hard-hitting Brian Heden captured the hearts of many when Heden overcame all odds to walk out of the Don Haskins Center as the victor. With his upper lip split in half, Heden toppled the giant by scoring a TKO victory in the second round. During the second round, Heden found himself with his back on the mat being overpowered by the larger McCorkle, however Heden’s heart proved to be much larger as he quickly flipped his position to land McCorkle’s back on the mat. With McCorkle’s left arm trapped, Heden unleashed a furious barrage of hammer fists until the referee called a stoppage to the bout due to excessive strikes, leaving the fans of El Paso on their feet.

The four-fight undercard, streamed live and free of charge through WMMA’s website, provided the fireworks early on as it featured two knockouts, a TKO, and a guillotine choke – all in the first round.

In their first ever event and PPV broadcast to over 175 countries, WMMA entertained the entire El Paso, TX community. The PPV broadcast showcased six bouts that supplied the electricity to the Don Haskins Center.

During the event, WMMA handed over a check in the amount of $25,000 to the Wounded Warrior Project.

Official results after the jump.

Dana White recently made some disparaging remarks about soccer, calling it a sport that requires very little talent.  The comments, which were basically Dana attention-whoring, caused an uproar and many fans expressed how idiotic the UFC president seems every time he opens his mouth.  White's anti-soccer tirade caught the attention of soccer star Jimmy Conrad, who released a video challenging Dana to a soccer match.  This probably made Dana quiver in delight, because once again the focus is on him.  He'll probably respond to this challenge in the near future, and I will post what he says on here.

What's so dumb about this whole thing is that Dana should be the last guy to disparage other sports.  The UFC got a lot of bad press when Brock Lesnar came over from the WWE, and despite never having fought MMA in his life, needed just three fights before challenging for and winning the UFC heavyweight title.  The same comments Dana made about soccer were made about the UFC then, but Dana didn't find it quite so amusing.

Here's Conrad's challenge video:

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(Dana White: Soccer sucks yuh yuh)

When the Jon Jones vs. Rashad Evans fight was made, Greg Jackson hinted that he might sit the fight out and watch it from the sidelines. This was because of his long relationship with Evans, who left the camp after Jones became part of Team Jackson.  Despite Jackson's statements, I always believed he'd be in Jones's corner for the fight, and now he says that he will indeed corner the UFC LHW champion, but that it won't be fun.

Jackson explained his decision to corner Jones on The MMA Hour, where he said:

"I felt I had kind of a duty to the team.What I mean by that is Jon Jones is on the team, Rashad has left the team and has made it pretty clear he’s not coming back. My personal feeling, if I wanted to be a little selfish, I would say, 'I don’t want to deal with any of it. I don’t want to be there at all.' But it has to mean something to be on a team. It has to mean something, and I felt I had a duty to do that, because Jon’s on the team, so it’s my responsibility to corner him. Even though it’s a really hard decision, I decided to go with it."

He went on to say that cornering Jones against a guy he "loves" is a tough thing to do:

"It’s not fun," he said of the situation. "I wouldn’t call it weird, it’s just not fun. I love Jon to death, but I love Rashad, too. And so it’s not a position I enjoy at all. It’s not something I like, but it something I think I have to do."

Jackson is a great strategist, so whether he corners Jones or not, you can bet that Bones will have a gameplan designed around what Jackson knows about Evans.  Still, this fight is likely to be Jones's toughest test yet.  Evans knows things about Jones from training with him, so this fight should be a doozy.

 

New interview with Chuck Liddell in which he talks about who he thinks will win the big Jon Jones vs. Rashad Evans fight.  He also talks about how retired life is treating him, the state of MMA judging and his respect for referees.  Good stuff from the legendary Iceman.

Former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar has returned to his WWE roots.  After his loss to Alistair Overeem, Lesnar decided that he'd had enough of MMA and has now moved back to professional wrestling.  Last night, at WWE Raw, he went into the ring and F5'd John Cena, which made the place go berserk.  Brock is back, baby!  Here's the video of his triumphant return.

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(Ms. Dana White: You're Fired!)

What happened to Dana White?  For years he pretended to be a tough guy, shooting from the hip, immune to political correctness, and never afraid to speak his mind.  But now, it seems that he is undergoing a transformation, or more accurately a pussification, because every time a UFC fighter says something not politically correct, Dana fires the guy.

Miguel Torres quoted a joke from a TV show on his Twitter account and got fired for it.  Dana White made the judgement call that Torres was over the line, and although the joke made it past TV censors, it didn't make it past White, who was obviously deeply shaken and disturbed by the offhand remark.  Fortunately for Torres and fans, Lorenzo Ferttitta apparently overruled Dana and had White hire Torres back.

Now King Mo is feeling the wrath of the new pussified Dana White.  He just got canned for some remarks about a member of the NSAC, in which he called her a "bitch."  I am not excusing King Mo for that language, it was a dumb thing to say.  However, Dana becoming upset enough to fire him for the remark is absurd and hypocritical.  Remember Dana's rant against Loretta Hunt, one of MMA's top journalists?  He called her a "bitch" and other epitaphs, and even used the word "faggot" in his rant.  But now he is shocked and dismayed when fighters use the same language?

Actually, some fighters can use that language and are safe from Dana's newfound sensibilites.  Forrest Griffin joked about rape, Phil Davis joked about pedophilia, etc, but they are still with the UFC.  Dana's selective outrage is outrageous and unfair.

Here's the background on the King Mo Lawal situation:  King Mo tested positive for steroids after his fight with Lorenzo Larkin.  His win was overturned and he was suspended for 9 months by the NSAC, and fined 39000 dollars.  This prompted Mo to lash out on his Twitter account, and he hinted at racism from one of the NSAC members, a female, whom he called a "bitch."

Like I said, it was a dumb thing to do, and he should be reprimanded for it.  Firing him is over the line, however.  Nothing Mo said was worse than what other fighters have said in the past--and nowhere near as bad as what Dana says.

But Dana has shown, especially since the Fox deal, that unless you are one of his pet fighters, you need to walk on eggshells around him, because he is just itching to assert his authority.  In my opinion he feels emasculated in many ways by the Fox deal, and in response he is going overboard in trying to look like the decision-maker.  He is trying way too hard to make every situation about him, at the expense of his own company--and it's backfiring in a big way.

Case in point is his statement about soccer.  He dissed the most popular sport in the world, at the same time that the UFC is trying to expand its base around the world.  That's not the way to win friends and influence people, and it's no wonder that America's mainstream press treats the UFC president as a joke--because he acts like one.

The firing of Torres and King Mo are indicative of a man who feels powerless and needs to assert his authority in order to feel good about himself.  I hear that Dana even fired his chef recently, and for no apparent reason.  Again, it's about flexing those phony muscles.

But like I said, it's backfiring and it's beginning to hurt the UFC brand, in my opinion.  Lorenzo needs to reign this guy in before he totally destroys what the UFC has worked so hard to achieve.  Dana is certainly a big part of the UFC's success, but his micro-management, foul mouth, and irrational behavior lately might just be undoing all that he's done.  It's time the Baldfather took a long vacation, because the stress seems to be getting to him.  Or maybe he just needs to grow up.

Just days after lamenting about the world becoming "pussified," Dana fires King Mo because Mo said "bitch."  Ironic?  No, moronic is more like it.  And unacceptable.  Lorenzo, please sit this guy down.  Again.

Cyborg

Cris Cyborg's career and legacy took a massive hit when she was busted for steroids after her last fight, a brutal KO over Japanese fighter Hiroko Yamanaka last December.  Cyborg's win was changed to a NC and now her career is up in the air.  After the positive test, she had apologized, and said that she unknowingly took the drug, which was given to her by a member of her camp.

Now Cyborg has released another video, in which she reiterates her inadvertent steroid use and basically issues a public service announce raising awareness about steroids.  Here it is:

Nick Catone, one of New Jersey's finest fighters, is set to take on Chris Camozzi at the UFC on FX 4 show on June 22 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.  Catone is on a two fight win streak, but he hasn't fought since March, 2011, due to a tear of his achilles.  But he's back and now, and this should be a great comeback for him.

I see Nick all over the place at New Jersey MMA events.  He is a great trainer and has a stable of excellent fighters that he's developing.  It will be great to see him back in action in June.

MMA Diehards first broke the story confirming his fight with Camozzi.

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Press release:

MFC welterweight title challenger Ryan McGillivray was named co-winner of the Edmonton Combat Sports Commission’s MMA Fighter of the Year award at the organization’s annual gala on March 20.

“The Kid” was most gracious in accepting the award, in particular thanking his family for their continual support. McGillivray’s father Kevin is his main trainer, and the duo own Legends Training Centre in Edmonton, Alberta.

McGillivray (12-5-1) will take on Nathan “Soul Force” Coy (10-4) for the MFC’s 170-pound division championship on Friday, May 4 at the Mayfield Conference Centre in Edmonton. The main event highlights an action-packed card that will air live on HDNet Fights beginning at 10 p.m. ET/8 p.m. MT/7 p.m. PT (check local listings for channel designation).

McGillivray jumped into the spotlight in 2011, appearing on Season 13 of the TUF reality series and advancing to the quarter-finals of the tournament while representing Team Dos Santos. The 25-year-old returned to the Maximum Fighting Championship for MFC 32: Bitter Rivals, and scored a stunning third-round submission victory over Diego Bautista to earn his shot at the title.

Edmonton’s MMA Fighter of the Year award was originally handed out in 2006 to former MFC talent Jason “The Athlete” MacDonald.

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