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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.

    Thirty two fighters fought last night in Las Vegas for a chance to enter the TUF House on this season's The Ultimate Fighter.  In a format depature, the fighters only had a single five minute round to make the statement that they deserved inclusion on the show.  Al Iaquinta, from Wantagh, Long Island, a talented up and coming fighter who we've profiled here in the past, shined in his bout against Jon Tuck, winning by unanimous decision and moving into the Sweet Sixteen.

    There are a lot of very talented fighters on this season's show, but I think that Iaquinta, out of the Serra-Longo camp, has a very good shot at winning it all.  We'll track his progress right here as he advances throughout the season.

    After his win, Iaquinta said:

    "I worked really hard to get here and I'm happy and relieved to get the victory."

    Here are the complete results of the fights last night.

    What a difference a week makes.  Ben Henderson won the UFC LW championship by decisioning Frankie Edgar on February 26, then a week later he entered a grappling tournament in Arizona, and lost by armbar.  Still, pretty amazing to see Bendo compete just a week after a grueling five round war.  This guy is badass!

    (Thiago Silva)

    Swedish fight Alexander Gustafsson has been tearing up the UFC LHW division recently, and he is often mentioned as a contender for Jon Jones's title. Gustafsson is scheduled to fight next month, and originally his opponent was supposed to Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, aka Lil Nog.  However, Nogueira suffered a knee injury in training, and will be replaced by Thiago Silva.

    This was first reported by the Swedish MMA site StudioMMA.com.

    For Silva, this is a tough comeback fight.  If you recall, Silva was suspended after beating Brandon Vera in January, 2011, due to providing a false urine sample for the post-fight drug test.  His win was changed to a no-contest, and he sat out the rest of the year.  He was supposed to rematch Vera, but that fight was scratched when Vera got hurt, so now he'll replace Lil Nog against Gustafsson.

    This is a great test for the Gustafsson, and if he looks impressive against Silva, he will definitely be in line for a title shot against Jones.  I think Gustafsson has all the tools to succeed in the UFC, and he is one of the very few fighters to tall enough to present some problems for Jones reach-wise.  The Swede is developing very well in the UFC, and it's going to be a great fight next month.

    (Alexander Gustafsson)

    Who knew that Chael Sonnen had a soft side?  The UFC's top trash-talker dropped the tough guy act and nearly cried during his heartfelt apology to Anderson Silva.  This will stir your heartstrings.  Check out the video.

     

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    (Dana White before he started acting like a spoiled brat.)

    Dana White is butthurt and he wants the world to know it.  The UFC president was in talks with Showtime about the network allowing him more input into the Strikeforce production, and things were going so well that White was actually excited about the Tate vs. Rousey fight and might attend the event.  But then he got sat down by Showtime executive Stephen Espinoza, who decided that he didn't need the Baldfather's input and could run things fine by himself, thank you very much.  And suddenly, he lost all interest in the fight--like a kid taking his ball and going home.

    Dana said of the situation:

    “These guys are letting a D-level producer run their organization, and that’s exactly what I told Espinoza.  You want to let a D-level producer run your organization? Go for it brother. Knock yourself out. I’ve got shit to do. I’ve got another job.”

    Which means that Dana White is done with Strikeforce. Because Showtime is done with him.

     

     

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