Vancouver, Canada – What happens when you pair one of the most exciting sports in the world with an international entertainment and TV powerhouse? You get nine weeks of televised sporting prowess, scenic Costa Rican beaches, beautiful Bodog girls and one of the most anticipated pay-per-view events of the year: BodogFight: USA vs. Russia.
Saturday’s BodogFight event - the culmination of nine weeks of mixed martial arts combined with lifestyle and entertainment, all captured on film as part of the BodogFight reality television series - was broadcast live on pay-per-view and on broadband to millions of viewers from around the world. The final event, which pitted USA’s toughest and brightest fighters against the elite Russian Red Devils, took place in the fully-packed Agrodome in beautiful Vancouver, Canada.
In a recent interview with conducted by Elias Cepeda at InsideFighting.com, Jeff Monson, confirmed that he will be fighting Fedor Emelianenko is March.
“It’s a done deal. It looks like I will be fighting Fedor March 3rd in Russia” says Jeff Monson
“My manager approached Bodog about fighting Fedor. We asked the UFC if we could get out of our contract because there was an opportunity to do this. Now we are out of it” he says.
“The UFC can’t lose. If I win they can say ‘here’s this guy who lost to Tim Sylvia, our champion, and he just beat the number one guy in the world’.
“I mean, what were they going to do with me now? Have me fight a few more guys and work towards another title shot? This is a good opportunity for me, and if I win, it would be a quick way back to another title shot in the UFC” says Monson.
At its spectacular pay-per-view event on Saturday, BodogFight recognized Chael Sonnen as the viewer’s choice for favorite fighter. In a strictly fan-based voting contest, Sonnen beat out all other fighters who competed in the first season of the newest mixed martial arts (MMA) program created by billionaire Bodog.com Entertainment Founder Calvin Ayre. For receiving nearly four times the number of votes than his nearest competitor, Sonnen will take home the $50,000 cash prize as the fan’s favorite fighter.
This past weekend 3,500 fans packed into the PNE Agrodome to witness BodogFIGHT: USA vs. Russia. The card featured a super heavyweight battle between Eric Pele and Antonio “Junior” Silva as a headliner.
Coming into the fight, fans expected big things from the heavyweight phenom Antonio Silva as he possessed an unbeaten record of 7-0 with all of his wins coming by TKO in the first round. Many people expected Silva to continue his roll this past weekend but Pele had an answer for that.
Eric Pele, the star from A&E’s hit reality series “Inked” came into the fight in very good shape as he weighed in at 307 lbs when in the past he tipped the scales at over 447 lbs. Pele’s opponent, “Junior” Silva was also in great shape as he weighed in at a fit 297 lbs.
After a short stare down, referee Kevin Dorman, sent both fighters back to their corners to prepare for the beginning of the battle.
The fight started slow as both big men exchanged a few leg kicks. The pace quickly changed though as “Junior” Silva rushed in and forced Pele into the corner. From there Silva was able to tee off and land a vicious combination which had Pele hurt and forced him to run. Pele ended up falling as the two clinched and both combatants became entangled in the ropes so referee Kevin Dorman stepped in and called a halt to the action.
When the fight was restarted both fighters exchanged a few more shots and then “Junior” Silva landed a low kick that caught the cup of Pele forcing the ref to call a time-out. Pele was given time to recover while referee Kevin Dorman went to Silva’s corner to assure him he knew it was an accident.
The fight resumed and both super heavyweights came out with the killer instinct. They got within striking distance and both guys started unloading wild haymakers which had knockout written all over them. Luckily both guys were able to dodge and weave most of the shots. Pele was able to land one hook that looked to wobble the undefeated “Junior” Silva.
Both fighters survived the tough exchange and then for the second time in the fight “Junior” Silva charged in and unloaded a vicious combination of punches and knees that looked to have Pele in trouble. As Pele was covering up avoiding the barrage he decided to rise up and fire off two wild hooks. The second hook glanced off the chin of “Junior” Silva forcing him to crumble to the canvas.
Pele smelt blood as he saw his opponent go down and he quickly pounced. Pele began to tee off on the head of his downed opponent before he landed in Silva’s guard, from there he continued his barrage. Eventually Kevin Dorman had seen enough and he stepped in and stopped the fight.
Afterwards “Junior” Silva was clearly upset as he felt the stoppage was premature. Pele was given the TKO victory at 2:40 of the first round.
After the fight Pele told the guys at Sherdog.com that he had a sense of fear early on in the fight and the initial attack from Silva really woke him up.
“Even when I was dodging his barrage — like I said I was scared — I just had those jitters,” Pele said. “He didn’t really hurt me. It was like, when am I going to let go? I could feel myself holding on.”
“His punches didn’t hurt,” said the King of the Cage champion. “I just needed to wake up.”
Here are the results from BodogFight: USA vs. Russia.
- Rob Velek def. Tim Smith - TKO (Strikes)
- Michael Patt def. Martin Malkhasyan - Decision (Split)
- Erik Oganov def. Keith Wisniewski - Decision (Split)
- Vladimir Zenin def. Nick Agallar - KO (Punches)
- Nick Thompson def. Ansar Chalangov - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
- Tara Larosa def. Julia Berezekova - Submission (Armbar)
- Chael Sonnen def. Alexey Oleinik - Decision (Unanimous)
- Mario Rinaldi def. Sergey Kaznovsky - Decision (Unanimous)
- Trevor Prangley def. Andrei Semenov - Decision (Unanimous)
- Eric Pele def. Antonio Silva - TKO (Strikes)
- Roger Gracie def. Ron Waterman - Submission (Armbar)
- Eddie Alvarez def. Aaron Riley - KO
- Todd Gouwenberg def. Ron Faircloth - KO
Sherdog.com is reporting that BodogFight has landed a deal that will allow PRIDE heavyweight ace Fedor Emelianenko to fight on the upcoming BodogFight card in St. Petersburg, Russia, on March 3.
Fedor’s opponent on the card is expected to be former UFC heavyweight contender Jeff Monson. Also Aleksander Emelianenko is expected to fight Antonio Silva, should the Brazilian heavyweight defeat Eric Pele Saturday.
Fedor has one fight remaining on his PRIDE contract which will take place against Mark Hunt on New Year’s Eve.
BodogFight, the newest mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion created by Bodog.com Entertainment Founder Calvin Ayre, showcases former WWE superstar Ron “H2O” Waterman in the headline Superfight at Vancouver’s PNE Agrodome on Saturday, December 2. The Superfight against Roger Gracie will mark the culmination of a star-studded pay-per-view spectacle that will stamp Vancouver, Canada as an elite MMA destination alongside Tokyo and Las Vegas.
“Ron Waterman is a highly skilled fighter and a role model,” says Calvin Ayre, whose recent television productions include Bodog Salutes the Troops and Calvin Ayre Wild Card Poker, which aired on the mainstream channels, Spike TV and Fox Sports Network. “BodogFight is proud to have Ron on our debut pay-per-view program as he brings a champion’s presence into the ring.”
Delivering fight fans the most intense mixed martial arts (MMA) entertainment around, BodogFight, has secured the world’s top combatants for BodogFight: St. Petersburg. Scheduled for filming through mid-December in St. Petersburg, Russia, Season II of the groundbreaking smash-hit series will culminate in March 2007 with BodogFight’s second live pay-per-view event.
“MMA fans worldwide are eagerly anticipating BodogFight’s next television production,” says Bodog.com Entertainment Founder and billionaire media mogul Calvin Ayre, whose digital empire includes Bodog Music, the international record label responsible for BodogFight’s incredible soundtrack. “As BodogFight takes the sport further into mainstream media, we are unrelenting in our commitment to produce the world’s finest MMA attractions. Fans and fighters are reaping the reward of phenomenal events and associating with the most recognizable brand in digital entertainment.”
The American competitors who earn victories in St. Petersburg will whittle the field from 16 to the elite eight who will forge Team USA. Fans around the world await the battle between American lightweights Mike Brown and veteran Yves Edwards, whose striking accuracy has awed observers for years. Another highlight will be the bout featuring Season 1 standout “Ice Cold” Kyacey Uscola, who made it clear he’ll take on whoever dares step in front of him for his second bout in the BodogFight series. The middleweight brawler has a heavy-handed, lights-out fighting style that always means intense action in the ring. His opponent is yet to be named.
Roger Gracie of the famed Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Gracie family makes his mixed martial arts (MMA) debut against ex-WWE superstar Ron Waterman at BodogFight’s spectacular pay-per-view event at Vancouver’s PNE Agrodome on Saturday, December 2. This headline Superfight will stamp Vancouver as an elite MMA destination city alongside Tokyo and Las Vegas.
“Bringing Roger Gracie and his family’s tradition to Vancouver marks a new era in sports entertainment,” says Bodog.com Entertainment Founder Calvin Ayre, whose company recently announced plans for international expansion into the European and Asian markets. “MMA is one of the world’s fastest growing spectator sports and BodogFight is holding its promise to deliver fans incredible matchups.”
Here is the full line-up for the upcoming BodogFight 1: USA vs. Russia card.
Trevor Prangley vs. Andrei Semenov
Mario Rinaldi vs. Sergei Kaznovsky
Chael Sonnen vs. Alexei Olyinek
Nick Agallar vs. Vladimir Zenin
Nick Thompson vs. Ansar Chalangov
Tara LaRosa vs. Julia Berezekova
Keith Wisniewski vs. Eric Oganov
Mike Patt vs. Martin Malhosyan
Rob Velek vs. Dave Pogson
Todd Gouwenberg vs. Ron Faircloth
Roger Gracie vs. Ron Waterman
Eric Pele vs. Antonio Silva
MFC Welterweight Championship: Eddie Alvarez vs. Aaron Riley
Also be sure to make you’re way over to BodogFight.com where you can enter yourself into a $10,000 contest.
Each fan who votes is also eligible to win a mixed martial arts prize package, which includes a five-day trip to Los Angeles, fight lessons and up to $10,000 in cash.