It’s back! Bodog.com Entertainment unleashes its second season of mixed martial arts (MMA) action to fans worldwide in what promises to be an incredible series of fights and behind-the-scenes drama.
On Tuesday, February 13, BodogFight: St. Petersburg premieres the first of eight hard-hitting episodes.
Fans can catch the action online at http://www.bodogfight.com or on ION Television, available in over 90 million homes throughout the United States, at 11PM/10 Central. Click here (http://www.ionline.tv/local.php) for local listings in your area.
Solidifying its position as a stylish mixed martial arts (MMA) brand, BodogFight has enlisted a talented roster of athletes for the next season of its popular reality TV show. Filming is scheduled to begin February 10 in the exotic Central American jungles of Costa Rica.
“We are extremely proud to associate with athletes who are clearly committed to the development of this sport,” says media mogul Calvin Ayre, the founder of Bodog.com Entertainment and creator of the BodogFight reality series. “The BodogFight team has been working around the clock to ensure MMA fans are delivered the best in TV content and fight quality.”
Each weight class features highly anticipated battles with returning BodogFighters, such as Trevor Prangley, Eddie Alvarez, Chael Sonnen, Yves Edwards and Kyacey “Ice Cold” Uscola. First-time appearances of established newcomers will include the likes of Daniel Puder and Sami Aziz.
Bodog.com Entertainment unleashes its second season of mixed martial arts (MMA) action to fans worldwide in what promises to be an incredible series of intense fights and behind-the-scenes drama. On February 13, BodogFight: St. Petersburg premieres the first of eight hard-hitting episodes, culminating with a worldwide pay-per-view spectacular in April. Fans can catch the action online at www.bodogfight.com or on ION Television, available in over 90 million homes throughout the United States.
It has been announced that Jake Shields has signed a contract with Pro Elite Inc. and he will appear on an upcoming Elite XC card.
Shields is a former Shooto World Champion and the reigning ROTR GP World Champion. Shields holds victories over the likes Yushin Okami, Dave Menne, Carlos Condit, Hayato Sakurai and many others.
Along with being scheduled to appearance on Showtime, reports have surfaced stating that Shields will fight Ray Steinbiess on an upcoming season of BodogFight.
News and Notes
- The next WEC show will be March 24th at The Joint in Las Vegas, Nevada.
- PRIDE has added the following bouts to their upcoming show Pride 33: Second Coming:
* Takanori Gomi vs. Nick Diaz
* Hayato Sakurai vs. Mac Danzig
* Kazuo Misaki vs. Frank Trigg
* Kazuhiro Nakamura vs. Travis Wiuff
- Matt Lindland has confirmed through ‘The Fight Network’ that he signed a three-fight deal with BodogFight. All of the fights will take place in the heavyweight division.
- It’s looking like Tito Oritz vs. Forrest Griffin II is a strong possibility for UFC 70 in Manchester.
News and Notes
- Renato “Babalu” Sobral will make his return to the octagon at UFC 68 on March 3rd when he faces Jason Lambert. Sobral last appeared in the octagon at UFC 62 when he suffered a devastating knock out loss to the hands of the UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell.
- Martin Kampmann will be fighting on the upcoming UFC 68 card, his opponent is currently unknown.
- It looks like Matt Lindland will be making his way over to BodogFight to face PRIDE heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko.
- Last night Dana White took part in a special chat for all of the ‘UFC Fight Club’ members. Here is some interesting information that came out of the chat…
Mason: Have you ever considered having a legends type fight on a card, such as Randy vs. Bas Rutten?
Dana White: We always want to put on the fights the fans want to see. I would love to bring Bas back.
rickrock: Would you like to see Wanderlei Silva back in the octagon? Has there been any steps taken to try and sign him?
Dana White: I would love to have Silva in the UFC, it’s always my goal to get the best fighters in the world to fight for us. Hopefully we will see that fight in 2007.
Poundem: Dana, were do you see the UFC in 5 years from now?
Dana White: Poundem, I see us GLOBAL.
tootall2: Do you intend to keep bringing the better - fighters from other organizations, or is there a plan to absorb other organizations, such as Pride - and thanks for bringing excitement back to professional fighting.
Dana White: Totall, it’s my goal to acquire all the best fighters in the world and if things go my way, I will have them all by the end of year.
Poundem: What is your plan for Fedor, or do you have one? Would you like to get him in the UFC?
Dana White: Poundem, I want Fedor and everyone else in the UFC.
DrWu: If you could change one thing about the rules of fighting in the octagon, what would it be and why?
Dana White: I would add knees to the head.
dnkyntz: Could you talk about the rumors regarding Zuffa acquiring Pride?
Dana White: Obviously we are out there acquiring other MMA companies right now and if Pride is for sale, I’m interested.
Raiderbeast:Before leaving tonight, can you tell us if another big Pride fighter will show up in the UFC anytime soon?
Dana White: Count on it!!
For the folks back home, the 5-7 Fisher was going to the relatively big city of Bettendorf, Iowa to train in some sport he called mixed martial arts. He might as well have told them he was going to be the star in a high-wire trapeze act, because that probably got more recognition from mainstream America in 2002.
But fast forward to 2006, and Fisher has not only carved out a niche for himself in MMA, currently the fastest growing sport in the world, but he’s one of the featured fighters on a Spike TV fight card on January 25th and his face is plastered on the event’s poster. So when he visits family in Cashiers, things have changed a bit for him.
“They love it,” said Fisher. “They keep up with it, and when I go back home they say, ‘hey, I saw you on TV the other day,’ and it’s a big deal to them. It’s nice to know that I have fans. Before I made it on TV, I’d go back home and people would say ‘what are you doing now?’ I’d tell them and they’d go ‘Oh jeez,’ and it was kind of a joke until they saw it on TV and they saw that there were real punches and real kicks and now there’s a respect that goes along with it.”
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Both Matt Lindland and BodogFight have announced that Lindland has agreed in principle to face Pride Heavyweight Champion Fedor Emelianenko on April 6th at Bodog’s event in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Fedor was originally supposed to take on Jeff Monson at Bodog’s show in March but contract talks never went anywhere and we reported that the fight was officially cancelled yesterday.
American Top Team has stated however that Monson may still fight Fedor’s brother, Aleksander Emelianenko at the event instead.
Lindland is expected to sign an official contract with Bodog later tonight and says that he will come up from 185 lbs and weigh-in at about 210 lbs for the fight in April.
I’ll be sure to give an update whenever more information becomes available…
What do MMA fans get when a new recreation vehicle is crossed with exclusive sponsors, an incredible road trip, stops at amazing events and training sessions with some of the world’s greatest fighters? The BodogFight-sponsored Tapout Magazine Crew Roadshow.
From January 6-April 15, BodogFight, the emerging force within mixed martial arts (MMA), will be the exclusive sponsor of the T.M.C Roadshow as it travels throughout the United States bringing fans an inside look at the world’s fastest growing spectator sport and searching for athletes to appear in the upcoming feature movie, Never Submit.
BodogFight, the mixed martial arts (MMA) reality television phenomenon and brainchild of digital entertainment mogul Calvin Ayre, will be the official Presenting Sponsor for “Turning Point”, a 10-bout Sportfight mega-card set for Saturday, January 6, at the Rose Garden in Portland, Oregon.
“We are extremely excited about this opportunity to work with Randy Couture and Matt Lindland,” says Calvin Ayre, the founder of Bodog.com Entertainment who recently returned from the filming of BodogFight: St. Petersburg. “Randy is an MMA legend and role model for the sport while Matt is an Olympic silver medalist who understands the commitment required to become one of the world’s top competitors. Since combining their athletic and coaching qualities together, it’s no wonder that Team Quest is producing a distinguished list of incredible fighters.”
Here is the cast of fighters expected to appear on BodogFight: St. Petersburg.
Cain Velasquez (USA) vs. Jeremiah Constant (USA)
Roman Zentsov (Russia) vs. Kristof Midoux (France)
Josh “Buffalohead” Curran (USA) vs. Roy Nelson (USA)
Lee Sang Su (Korea) vs. Jarno Nurminen (Finland)
Steve Steinbess (USA) vs. Jeff Ford (USA)
Bill Mahood (Canada) vs. Khalil Ibrahim (Palestine)
Derrick Noble (USA) vs. Jake Ellenberger (USA)
Diego Gonzalez (Sweden) vs. Matt Thorpe (UK)
Yves Edwards vs. Mike Brown - USA
“Tornado Song” Song Un Sik (Korea) vs. Kultar Gill (Canada)
Kyacey Uscola(USA) vs. Joseph Baize (USA)
Rumen Dimitrov (Bulgaria) vs. Piotr Jakakalzynski (Sweden)
Jorge Masvidal (USA) vs. Steve Berger (USA)
Tyler Jackson (Canada) vs. Petar Stoichkov (Bulgaria)
(125 lbs)- Rosie Sexton (UK) vs. Karina Damm (Brazil)
(135 lbs)- Julie Kedzie (USA) vs. Amanda Buckner (USA)
Both ‘The World Team’ and ‘The USA’ team will begin with 16 fighters and in the end they will each have 8 fighters after a series of elimination fights. In the end the final eight will clash on the March 3rd pay-per-view which is expected to be headlined by a bout between heavyweight superstar Fedor Emelianenko and Jeff Monson.
Phil Baroni traveled to Russia to accompany his teammate Cain Velasquez. Baroni stated there is a chance you could see him fight on the March 3rd pay-per-view.