UCMMA 'The Ultimate Challenge'

Coming to FIGHT NOW TV

More International mixed-martial-arts action slated for 2012

(Press release)

HOBOKEN, New Jersey (February 20 , 2012) - United Kingdom-based 'Ultimate Challenge Mixed Martial Arts' is coming to FIGHT NOW TV TM - America's only 24-hour combat sports and entertainment channel - throughout 2012. A deal was announced today by both principals.

UCMMA co-founder Dave O'Donnell was a driving force behind the first wave of MMA growth in the U.K. with Cage Rage which featured many current and past stars, including Anderson Silva, Vitor Belfort, Michael Bisping, Paul Daley, Ian Freeman, Matt Lindland, Melvin Manhoef, Antonio Silva, Renato 'Babalu' Sobral, just to name a few.

Dave O'Donnell and his new team are now building on that rich tradition of showcasing great talent and discovering future stars with its UCMMA "The Ultimate Challenge" brand.

"We are very excited that we can feature UCMMA events on our channel," commented Mike Garrow, GM and co-founder of FIGHT NOW TV. "The quality of fights UCMMA puts on is excellent, making it a perfect fit with our mission to deliver MMA action, not only from the United States, but around the globe."

FIGHT NOW TV viewers will be able to watch the two most recent UCMMA events in their entirety, Feb. 22 & 23, as part of FIGHT NOW TV's "Every Night a Different FIGHT" programming block, starting at 10pm ET.

The next UCMMA 27 event is set to take place April 7 from The Troxy Theatre in London, England.

(Press release)

LITTLE FALLS, NJ – February 21, 2012 – Worldwide Mixed Martial Arts Sports, Inc. (WMMA) confirmed today that Sean “Big Sexy” McCorkle and Brian Heden will headline its inaugural charitable event, WMMA: McCorkle vs. Heden, Fighting for a Better World. The event will take place on March 31, 2012 at the 12,500-seat Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas, and will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) and the U.S. Army Wounded Warrior Program (AW2).

According to William McFarlane, President of WMMA, “The super heavyweight clash between McCorkle and Heden is sure to bring fireworks to El Paso as well as leave fans watching at home wanting more. By having two veterans of the sport at the top of this card benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project and the U.S. Army Wounded Warrior Program, it highlights our commitment to quality competition, respect for the sport, and promise to the local community and our real heroes.”

Sean “Big Sexy” McCorkle (14-2), a UFC veteran, is looking to continue his winning ways after winning his last five fights.   One of McCorkle’s most notable wins was in front of his hometown in Indianapolis when he defeated K-1 and Pride veteran Mark Hunt at UFC 119.

With the UFC back in Japan, it's time to take to reminisce about the old days, all the way back to UFC 29, held in Tokyo in December of 2000.  This event was the last to be promoted by SEG before Zuffa took over.  Tito Ortiz and Pat Miletich defended their titles, Matt Hughes lost in 20 seconds to Dennis Hallman, Matt Lindland made his UFC debut, and Chuck Liddell fought Jeff Monson, and a local ring announcer was used in place of Bruce Buffer.  Ah , the good old days!

One of the funny moments was when Tito Ortiz explained how he lost his belt.  Hey, it's only about 500 bucks!

This video comes courtesy of DOJO.tv, who is sitting on tons of great archival stuff.  Check it out.

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We are back!  The Warrior's Cup Muay Thai Challenge returns with a great show on March 3rd, 2011 at the Rahway Rec Center in Rahway, NJ.  The Warrior's Cup is New Jersey's premier muay Thai promotion, and if you haven't been to one their live events, do yourself a favor and get over to the Rahway Rec Center on March 3.  Once again I will be hosting the show from inside the squared circle, where fighters will leave everything they have in the ring.  Muay Thai is a major weapon in many MMA fighters' arsenals, and these MT fighters bring it every time.  Click on the poster for ticket info, or check out the Warrior's Cup website.  This is  mauy Thai!

For those who can't make it to the arena, check out all the action live on GoFightLive.

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Anthony "Showtime" Pettis called out Joe Lauzon and got his wish.  He'll be fighting Joe in Japan at UFC 144, and we'll see if it's a case of being careful of what you wish for.  Lauzon is a very well rounded fighter, and he's got a great ground game, but Pettis feels that his ground game is good too, and that he has the tools to beat Creepy Joe.  Here's his video interview from Japan.

Ben Henderson knows that Frankie Edgar is a very well rounded fighter and has great fundamentals, and that he's facing the toughest fighter of his career.  Henderson, a former WEC champion, will be getting his first crack at the UFC LW belt at UFC 144, and he says he'll have to match Frankie fundamental for fundamental if he's going to succeed.  Here's his video interview from Japan:

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The Japanese love their MMA, and someone put together an outstanding "manga" video ahead of the UFC in Japan show.  This is classic stuff.  Also, check out this neat Japanese newspaper article announcing the UFC's return to Japan.

Here is the video:

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Both Fedor Emelianenko and Todd Duffee have made mention of a "big announcement" coming soon, so naturally the speculation is that Fedor will be fighting Duffee in the near future.  Todd Duffee was dubbed my many as the "next big thing" when he entered the UFC after going 5-0 with 5 knockouts in his MMA career.  In his first UFC fight, he needed just 7 seconds to knock out Tim Hague.  However, his second UFC fight, against Mike Russow, derailed the hype train as Duffee was knocked out in the third round.

Shockingly, he was cut from the UFC after this fight, not because of the loss, but because he somehow managed to piss off Dana White.  Dana was never explicit in what prompted him to fire Duffee, saying only that it seemed "he doesn't want to be in the UFC, he doesn't like being in the UFC."

That was news to Duffee, who said he had no idea why he was released.  Anyway, Todd signed with Dream and in his first fight he faced Alistair Overeem.  This fight was another very quick first round KO, but Duffee was on the wrong side of it.  The bout took place on New Year's Eve in 2010, and Duffee has not fought since.

Fedor is riding a two fight win streak, his latest being a KO victory of Japanese judo Gold-medalist Satoshi Ishii back in December.  A fight between him and Duffee would be an explosive contest, as both me like to stand and bang. Nothing is confirmed yet, but we'll be keeping on eye on this story as it develops.

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Somewhere out there Evander Holyfield is cringing, and Mike Tyson is smiling, at this video.  A fighter lands an elbow on his opponent's ear, causing the ear--or a big chunk thereof--to pop off the guy's head.  Can you hear me now?  Didn't think so!

Video is after the jump.  Click at your own risk.

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