The hardest-hitting show on television is now available on DVD.
Mixed martial arts fans can now pick up Bodog Fight: The Complete First Series, which hits store shelves today.
“This DVD release marks the next big step in the evolution of Bodog Fight,” says the show’s creator, billionaire entertainment mogul Calvin Ayre.
“MMA is the fastest growing sport in the world today and Bodog Fight is leading the way. Fans have been asking us to make the show available on DVD, so we are absolutely thrilled to be able to make that happen. Enjoy!”
The four-disk set includes the show’s ground-breaking first season, filmed on location in the jungles of Costa Rica, plus the landmark pay-per-view event Bodog Fight USA vs Russia from Vancouver, Canada.
Bodog Fight will crown its first ever women’s world champion, as Tara LaRosa and Kelly Kobold battle it out for the 135-pound belt on a special episode of the hit series Bodog Fight: New Jersey.
The occasion is extra sweet for LaRosa (12-1), who was raised a few miles from Trenton’s Sovereign Bank Arena where the fight takes place.
“I grew up in a small farming community called Woodstown in nearby Salem County,” she says. “So this fight is in my back yard, and all my friends and family will be there. I can’t think of a better storyline than to have them cheering for me as I try to win the women’s title. It’s going to be awesome.”
Like a lot of martial arts fans, 21-year-old Eben “The Big O” Oroz grew up idolizing legendary actor Bruce Lee in movies like Enter The Dragon and Fists of Fury. So much so, he set out to become a professional fighter himself.
“My goal was to try and apply Lee’s Jeet Kune Do system to mixed martial arts fighting,” says the Floridian featherweight (4-1). “But first, I had to learn Jeet Kune Do,” (which translates to “the way of the intercepting fist”).
Enter Sifu instructor Richie Carrion, founder of JKD-Extreme Martial Arts Academy, in West Palm Beach, Florida.
“He started by teaching me one of Lee’s most important combat principles,” says Oroz. “Namely, that simple done right has no counter.”
News and Notes
- We’ve decided to hold off a new MMA on Tap Top 10 until after the events in September.
- Fabricio Werdum has told MMA Weekly that he has joined the Chute Boxe team and has already began training with his new camp:
Werdum stated, “I am very happy with my new training partners and I hope I can get the Chute Boxe spirit and improve my stand up skills. When I first step here, I could see that my training speed wasn’t right. The training here is so much harder, but I am adapting myself and all the coaches and athletes are being like brothers.”
- Former UFC Middleweight Champion Murilo Bustamante has announced that he is reforming the Brazilian Top Team after the depature of the Nogueira brothers and Mario Sperry.
- MMA Weekly is also reporting via sources at BodogFight that the promotion plans to announce a new TV deal when their current contract with ION runs out in February of next year:
Sources at Bodog plan to announce a new U.S. television distribution deal once their current run on ION has ended, although no details were forthcoming at the time of publication.
- The California State Athletic Commission has announced that it will hear the appeal of UFC Lightweight Champion Sean Sherk’s positive test for steroids on October 31st in Los Angeles.
- Staying on the subject of athletic commissions, the Nevada State Athletic Commission has filed a formal complaint against Renato Sobral for his actions at UFC 74. Sobral will be required to meet with the NSAC at a later date to find out whether he may possibly be suspended or fined. $25,000 of his purse is still being withheld.
- Yahoo! Sports has posted their updated MMA Top 10...
- Former UFC Heavyweight Champion Tim Sylvia has landed at Xtreme Couture for a two day training session in preparation for his bout against Brandon Vera at UFC 77.
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The Fight Network is reporting that Mark Weir is actually healthy and still training in preparation for his bout against Paul Daley at Cage Rage 23.
We reported via MMA Weekly last week that Weir was injured during his bout with Nick Thompson at the BodogFight: Vancouver tapings this past weekend but apparently that isn’t the case according to Cage Rage promoters:
Despite numerous mumblings that UFC veteran Mark Weir (18-13) had been replaced for Sept. 22’s Cage Rage 23 “Unbelievable” event at Wembley Arena, promoters have confirmed that the bout is still on. Rumours began to circulate last week that Weir had been injured during his bout against Nick Thompson (33-9-1) during Bodog Fight’s season six tapings and that Ryo Chonan (14-7) had been drafted in to replace him. Weir lost to Bodog Fight Welterweight Champion Thompson via first round TKO stoppage in a non-title bout. Cage Rage has since gone on record to say that Weir is fit, healthy and in training for the bout against Paul Daley (15-6-2).
It’s odd that MMA Weekly would have Daley stating that he was now fighting Chonan because Weir was unable to fight. However the current rumors of Chonan signing with the UFC would make sense if it turns out that Weir actually isn’t injured.
We will continue to follow this story…
With 44 professional fights to his credit, 30-year-old Yves Edwards (Pictures) is well known to most mixed martial arts fans. The Bahamas-born Texan has been ranked among the world’s top lightweights since the turn of the century.
Edwards’ impressive record (31-12-1) has suffered a few blemishes of late, however, with a disappointing TKO loss (doctor stoppage) to Joe Stevenson (Pictures) in July 2006, followed by a defeat to Mike Brown, who won a unanimous decision in Bodog Fight: St. Petersburg.
Looking to get back to his winning ways, Edwards takes on Florida’s Jorge “Gamebred” Masvidal (10-2) on an all new episode of Bodog Fight: New Jersey this Tuesday, August 28 at 11 p.m. / 10 p.m. Central on ION television and in Canada on The Fight Network.
With a growing legion of loyal fight fans in Canada, Bodog Fight and Score Media Inc. (TSX: SCR) are pleased to announce that the hardest hitting mixed martial arts show on television will now be available in Canada on The Score Television Network.
The Score is a national specialty television service providing sports, news, information, highlights and live event programming, and is available across Canada in over 6.2 million homes.
“We are thrilled to be partnering up with The Score,” said Calvin Ayre, the billionaire founder of Bodog Entertainment. “As a Canadian myself, I know first hand how passionate the country’s fight fans are, so I am especially pleased to be able to bring them Bodog Fight from coast to coast.”
Friday, August 24th
Andrew Pedersen def. Scott Lincoln – TKO (Ref Stoppage)
Rosi Sexton def. Julia Berezekova - Submission (Armbar)
Darren Elkins def. Atsuhiro Tsuboi – Submission (Choke)
Julie Kedzie def. Kelly Kobold - Decision (Unanimous)
Dan Evensen def. Dominic Richard - TKO (Strikes)
Alexander Shlemenko def. Scott Henz - KO (Spinning Backfist)
Diego Gonzales def. Steve Berger - Decision (Unanimous)
Rodrigo Damm def. Ryan Bow - TKO (Strikes)
Megumi Fuji def. Lisa Ward – Submission (Armbar)
Chris Wilson def. Ray Steinbeiss – Submission (Armbar)
Brad Morris def. Kristof Midoux -TKO (Couldn’t Answer the Bell)
Nick Thompson def. Mark Weir - TKO (Ref Stoppage)
Saturday, August 25th
Carina Damm def. Jessica Aguilar - Decision (Unanimous)
Koji Oishi def. Chris Ade - KO
Steve Steinbeiss def. Antony Rea – TKO (Ref Stoppage)
Sami Aziz def. Hiroyuki Abe - TKO (Ref Stoppage)
Matteus Lahdesmaki def. Chad George - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Molly Helsel def. Tama Chan - Submission
Per Eklund def. Rafael Dias - Decision (Unanimous)
Eben Oroz def. DJ Taiki vs. Oroz - Decision (Majority)
Todd Gouwenberg def. Constantin Gluhov - Decision (Unanimous)
Dan Hornbuckle def. Piotr Jakaczynski - KO (Kick)
Gegard Mousasi def. Kyacey Uscola – TKO (Ref Stoppage)
Mark Weir has been forced to pull out of his scheduled bout against Paul Daley at Cage Rage 23 after sustaining an injury in his fight against Nick Thompson at the BodogFight: Vancouver tapings. Replacing Weir on September 23 will be Ryo Chonan according to MMA Weekly.
Daley stated that although he wanted to fight Weir, he can’t turn down Chonan as a replacement:
“Dave O’Donnell called me earlier today and said that Weir was unable to make the fight and asked if I fancied the fight against Ryo Chonan,” said Daley. “Of course I was disappointed to not be fighting Weir, but as it stands, Ryo is an excellent name for me and I am definitely up for that one.”
Daley also confirmed that the bout will still be for the Cage Rage World Welterweight Title.
After crossing the frozen tundra of St. Petersburg, Russia, and storming the beaches of Costa Rica, the hardest-hitting show on TV is infiltrating the home of The Sopranos and Goodfellas ... and you better not fuggedaboutit!
Bodog Fight: New Jersey marks the mixed martial arts series debut on American soil. Filmed in Trenton, the show features two championship fights, with Trevor Prangley taking on Japanese superstar Yuki Kondo for the middleweight belt and Tara LaRosa squaring off against Kelly Kobold for the women’s 135lb title.
The first episode premieres in more than 90 million U.S. homes this Tuesday, August 21st at 11 p.m. / 10 p.m. Central on ION television and in Canada on The Fight Network, offering viewers a look at one of the sport’s fastest rising stars.