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Brian Rogers, aka the Predator, scored what might the knockout of the year last week at Bellator 61.  He wobbled his opponent, Vitor Vianna, with a punch, and then launched a flying knee that put Vianna out cold.  It was a walk away knock out highlight reel moment, and the video, which I have for you after the jump, has already gotten hundreds of thousands of views.

The Predator is definitely on the rise in MMA, something that doesn't surprise long time readers of this site.  We've had our eye on Rogers for a long time, and he is definitely living up to the hype.  Congrats on an amazing KO!

Press release:

India's First MMA Organization

Super Fight League

is proud to announce the following fights for SFL 2:

Todd Duffee V Neil Grove
Paul Kelly V Gabe Ruediger
Alexander Schlemenko V Ikuhisa Minowa (Minowaman)

SUPER FIGHT LEAGUE 2
Chandigarh
Saturday 7th April

. FULL EVENT LIVE & EXCLUSIVE AT YOUTUBE.COM/SFL

(Mumbai, 20th March) Following the sell out success of SFL 1, India's first MMA Organization Super Fight League (SFL) is proud to announce the following fights have been confirmed for SFL 2 taking place on Saturday 7th April: Todd Duffee V Neil Grove, Paul Kelly V Gabe Ruediger and Alexander Schlemenko V Ikuhisa Minowa (Minowaman).

Once again, fans from all over the world can tune in and watch the event live and free on the official SFL YouTube channel: YouTube.com/SFL.

Todd Duffee is a veteran of the UFC and DREAM and still holds the distinction of the fastest ever knock out victory in UFC history when he beat Tim Hague at UFC 102 in 7 seconds. A fearsome striker and talented wrestler, Duffee brings his explosive style to India for the first time and will need all of his skills when he faces UK based South African Neil "Goliath" Grove at Super Fight League 2. A Bellator Season 5 Heavyweight tournament semi finalist and former UCMMA Heavyweight champion, Grove also holds a victory over James "Colossus" Thompson, who beat Bob "The Beast" Sapp at SFL 1. His impressive record features 11 victories, all of which have come via KO or TKO. While nothing is ever certain in MMA, you can bet on fireworks when these two heavy handed fighters meet inside the O-Zone.

 

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Urijah Faber, who fights in the UFC's 135 pound division, is the Sir Edmund Hillary of MMA.  In this photo by the inimitable Tracy Lee, Faber climbs atop two massive meat mountains--because they were there.

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Congratulations to former UFC champion Matt "The Terror" Serra, who was promoted to Brazilian jiu-jitsu 3rd Dan Black Belt by Renzo Gracie.  Matt is well known for his colorful personality and exciting fighting style, and he's always ready to help with charitable causes around Long Island.  He also trains many up and coming fighters, including title contender Chris Weidman.  Well done, Matt Serra!

 

From Bellator.com:

Bossier City, LA. – The Bellator 61 weigh-ins have been completed from Bossier City, Louisiana in preparation for Bellator’s Friday night event at the Horseshoe Riverdome, which features the  quarterfinals of the Bellator Season Six Middleweight Tournament as Maiquel Falcao squares off against Norman Paraisy, Vitor Vianna faces off against Brian Rogers, Vyacheslav Vasilevsky takes on Victor O’Donnell and Giva Santana challenges Bruno Santos.

Bellator 61 will be broadcast LIVE on Friday, March 16 at 8:00 pm ET/7:00 pm CT on MTV2 and in commercial-free HD on EPIX. The undercard will begin at 7:00 pm ET/ 6:00 pm CT and streamed LIVE and FREE around the world on Spike.com.

The full results for Bellator 61 are below:

MAIN CARD:

Middleweight Tournament Quarterfinal Fight: Maiquel Falcao (186 lbs) vs. Norman Paraisy (186 lbs)

Middleweight Tournament Quarterfinal Fight: Vitor Vianna (185.6 lbs) vs. Brian Rogers (186 lbs)

Middleweight Tournament Quarterfinal Fight: Vyacheslav Vasilevsky (185.6 lbs) vs. Victor O’Donnell (186 lbs)

Middleweight Tournament Quarterfinal Fight: Giva Santana (186 lbs) vs. Bruno Santos (185.2 lbs)

UNDERCARD:

Catchweight Feature Fight(165 lbs):  Josh Quayhagen (164.2 lbs) vs. Brent Taylor (165.2 lbs)

Middleweight Feature Fight:  Trey Houston (185 lbs) vs. Jeremiah Riggs (185.8 lbs)

Welterweight Feature Fight: Eric Scallan (170.4 lbs) vs. Derrick Krantz (170.4 lbs)

Catchweight Feature Fight(140 lbs): Jeremy Myers (141 lbs) vs. Jason Sampson (134 lbs)

For more information, visit Bellator.com; follow Bellator on Twitter @BellatorMMA or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Bellator.


WMMA: McCORKLE VS. HEDEN, FIGHTING FOR A BETTER WORLD TO BE BROADCAST LIVE ON PAY-PER-VIEW REACHING OVER 175 COUNTRIES

Live from the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas – Tickets on Sale Now

 

LITTLE FALLS, NJ – March 14, 2012 – Worldwide Mixed Martial Arts, Inc. (WMMA) announcespartnerships with six different providers that will carry WMMA’s inaugural charitable event live from the Don Haskins Center from El Paso, TX.

For fans in the United States, the event will be live on pay-per-view (PPV) iN DEMAND, DISH Network and Avail-TVN. Canadian fans will have access through Bell Canada and Astral/Viewer’s Choice. Viewers with access to the above-mentioned channels will be able to purchase the event, enjoy a great night of professional fights and support a good cause. The main event is available on PPV for $29.95.

Fans are encouraged to enjoy the special countdown show leading up to the live PPV broadcast for a unique behind the scenes look just prior to the main card. The countdown show begins at 6:30 pm MDT with the live PPV event starting at 7 pm MDT.

In addition to our PPV partners, WMMA has partnered with the Armed Forces Network (AFN) to reach the approximately one million service members and their families deployed in 175 countries around the world.

“We are excited to offer this event through major pay-per-view partners and the Armed Forces Network,” said William McFarlane, President of WMMA. “Giving our fans the ability to view this landmark event while supporting Wounded Warriors is central to what WMMA is all about. With several former and active duty military on the fight card, we are extremely excited that AFN will broadcast our event live to over 175 military installations worldwide. We would like to thank each of our broadcast partners and look forward to continuing to provide world class programming to their viewers.”

McCorkle vs. Heden: Fighting For A Better World

Main Card:

  1. Sean McCorkle vs. Brian Heden (Super Heavyweight)
  2. Thomas Denny vs. Karo Parisyan (170lbs)
  3. Lyle Beerbohm vs. Derrick Noble (170lbs)
  4. Drew Fickett vs. Kevin Knabjian (155lbs)
  5. Jamaine Facey vs. Willie Parks (170lbs)
  6. Rodney Wallace vs. Derrick Mehmen (205lbs)

Under Card:

  1. Darrill Schoonover vs. Paul Buentello (265lbs)
  2. Frank Gomez vs. Chris Gruetzemacher (145lbs)
  3. Deutsch Pu’u vs. Esteves Jones (265lbs)
  4. Lionel Lanham vs. Brad Peterson (185lbs)
  • TORONTO, March 15th, 2012 – The weigh-ins and talking are over and now it’s time for the real action. The Score Fighting Series (SFS) weigh-ins is finalized ahead of Friday night’s event at the Hamilton Place Theatre in Hamilton, ON.
  • Every fighter made weight except lightweight Jason Meisel, who came in more than 12 ounces over the 156lb allowance. Meisel will now surrender 20 per cent of his fight purse to opponent Mike Sledzion.

    In related news, the scheduled bout between welterweights Ryan Dickson vs. Brandon Johnson has had to be removed from the card after Johnson failed to pass his pre-fight medicals.

    All 10 fights will stream live and free online around the world Friday starting at 7:30 p.m. ET on theScore.com.

    The Score Fighting Series Weigh-In Results

    Main Card:

    • John Alessio (155.6) vs. Ryan Healy (155)
    • Josh Hill (135.4) vs. Eric Wilson (134.8)
    • Forrest Petz (169) vs. Sergey Juskevic (168.8)
    • Alex Ricci (155.8) vs. Iraj Hadin (155.6)
    • Shane Campbell (155.4) vs. Derek Boyle (155.4)
    • Lyndon Whitlock (145.4) vs. Corey Houston (145.2)

     

    Undercard:

    • Jason Meisel (156.8) vs. Mike Sledzion (156)
    • Elias Theodorou (185) vs. Erik Herbert (185.6)
    • Adam Assenza (155.6) vs. John Roche (153.6)
    • Craig Hudson (260.6) vs. John McPherson (250.4)

    About Score Media Inc.
    Score Media is a media company committed to delivering interactive and authentic sports entertainment. Score Media’s primary asset, theScore Television Network (“theScore”), is a national specialty television service providing sports news, information, highlights and live event programming in more than 6.8 million homes across Canada. The Company’s digital media assets include theScore.com and the industry leading mobile sports applications ScoreMobile, ScoreMobile FC and SportsTap which reach over three million unique users per month. Growing from a team of 60 in 1997 to over 290 employees in 2012, Score Media is a revolutionizing interactive media company.

    About The Score Fighting Series
    The Score Fighting Series is a mixed martial arts promotion operated by Score Fighting Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Score Media Inc. The Score Fighting Series (SFS) features fighters from North America and beyond with the focus on showcasing both established veterans and the sport’s best young athletes. The Series can currently be seen across Canada on theScore on Thursdays at 4pm ET and Saturdays at 1pm ET. Individual fights are also available in the MMA section on theScore.com.

    Hitman Dan Diaz, founder of Hitman Fight Gear has filed a lawsuit against TapouT clothing in the Superior Court of California in Orange County.  Diaz alleges a whole slew of wrongdoing from TapouT and specifically Dan Caldwell aka Punkass of the TapouT crew.  The official complaint is very long and written in legalize, and you can read it here:  Dan Diaz Official Complaint.

    To sum up (thanks to Rob Maysey for putting it in simple terms), the gist of the lawsuit is this:

    TapOut execs artificially reduced the true sales price of TapOut by taking disguised payments to themselves personally that weren't included in the purchase price for TapOut;

    TapOut artificially increased the costs of goods sold--for 2 reasons:

    1. To reduce the amount of royalties payable to third party licensees (i.e. fighters); and

    2. To obtain "kickback" payments from vendors to themselves personally, in the form of expensive gifts, cash payments, and the like.

    This would serve the purpose of showing TapOut on the "books" as much less profitable than it actually was, since a select few were diverting TapOut revenues to themselves, personally.

    The UFC principles, Dana, Lorenzo and Frank--had/have an ownership interest in Tapout--allegedly at least 11%.

    The UFC principles were instrumental in TapOut obtaining a TV show.

    Interestingly, this lawsuit has gotten almost no attention from the MMA media, probably because of the possible ownership of the TapouT by the UFC.  But if these allegations are true, the bottom line is that TapouT basically stole money from fighters, because those fighters did not get all the money they'd earned due to machinations by TapouT.  That's pretty pathetic, and the story deserves far more attention that it has received.

    I'll be keeping on eye on this developing story and will keep you all updated.

    Rampage Jackson has never been one to mince words. He has not been happy with his recent opponents in the UFC because he feels all the guys he is given to fight are wrestlers who want to "hump" him. Which is why he feels that UFC matchmaker Joe Silva "needs to be slapped in the face."

    This bold statement from the colorful MMA legend came during a phone conversation with HDNet's Bas Rutten. You can really feel Rampage's frustration during the call, which I have for you after the jump. Rampage likes to bang, and he likes opponents that feel the same way, but the fact is that wrestlers are dominating the UFC, which sometimes makes for less than exciting fights. The Rashad Evans vs. Phil Davis "grapplefuck" is a good example.

    In the conversation with Bas, Rampage also talks openly and honestly about his use of testosterone. He'd made a statement previously that he was on TRT, but Dana White later said that Rampage had backed off the statement. In the Bas interview, Rampage says that he is not backing off, and is on TRT.

    Very wide ranging and interesting interview with one of the sports most exciting fighters. Check it out.

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