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Countdown to Shamrock vs Baroni Premieres Tuesday, June 12 on Showtime

LOS ANGELES – Exclusive access, never-before-seen footage and explosive rivalries all define “Countdown To Shamrock vs. Baroni,” a 30-minute magazine show set to premier on Showtime on Tuesday, June 12 at 8:30 p.m. ET /PT.  “Countdown” explores the highly anticipated world championship mixed martial arts showdown between former UFC middleweight king, Frank Shamrock, and UFC and Pride Fighting Championship veteran, “The New York Badass” Phil Baroni.

The 14-match mega fight card will take place at the HP Pavilion in San Jose , Calif. on Friday, June 22, and will feature Shamrock vs. Baroni in the main event with up to five other matches airing live on Showtime PPV ( 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT ). As many as five undercard bouts will be streamed live at ProElite.com while a few bouts will be reserved for those in attendance at the “Shark Tank.”

“Countdown” will take you inside the training camps for an exclusive look at the first-degree grudge match between the crafty and versatile legend Shamrock and the power-punching and edgy New Yorker with a bad attitude Baroni.  At stake for both fighters are the coveted Strikeforce Middleweight World Title and their respective reputations. The pair has engaged in a veritable war of words since long before this match had been officially announced. 

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Tim Persey Tests Positive For Methamphetamine

Sherdog.com is reporting K-1 heavyweight Tim “Big Perm” Persey tested positive for methamphetamine following his loss to Jonathan Wiezorek.

Heavyweight Tim Persey of Irvine, Calif., tested positive for methamphetamine following his stoppage loss to Jonathan Wiezorek last Saturday, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The CSAC has handed Persey a $1,000 fine along with a six-month suspension. Persey will be given 60 days to appeal the fine and suspension.

Here is a blurb about methamphetamine from Wikipedia:

Methamphetamine is a potent central nervous system stimulant which affects neurochemical mechanisms responsible for regulating heart rate, body temperature, blood pressure, appetite, attention, mood and responses associated with alertness or alarm conditions. The acute effects of the drug closely resemble the physiological and psychological effects of an epinephrine-provoked fight-or-flight response, including increased heart rate and blood pressure, vasoconstriction (constriction of the arterial walls), bronchodilation, and hyperglycemia (increased blood sugar). Users experience an increase in focus, increased mental alertness, and the elimination of fatigue, as well as a decrease in appetite.

Users must also take caution and avoid being showered by cold water, riding high-speed roller coasters, consuming caffeine powered drinks, or exercising and weight lifting, as these actions can trigger hypertension, nervousness, extreme rapid heartbeat, dilated heartbeat, or sudden death.

K-1 Dynamite!! USA Fighter Salaries

The official fighter salaries from K-1 Dynamite!! USA via MMA Weekly:

Brock Lesnar: $500,000
Royce Gracie: $300,000
Johnnie Morton: $100,000
Melvin Manhoef: $50,000
Jonathan Wiezorek: $40,000
Gesias Calvancanti: $36,000
Min Soo Kim: $30,000
Kazushi Sakuraba: $30,000
Mo Siliga: $30,000
Ruben Villareal: $30,000
Nam Phan: $29,500
Jake Shields: $24,000
Dong Sik Yoon: $20,000
Tim Persey: $20,000
Hideo Tokoro: $15,000
Katsuhiko Nagata: $15,000
Brad Pickett: $8,000
Bernard Ackah: $5,000
Ido Pariente: $2,500
Isaiah Hill: $2,500

Shamrock-Baroni Quotes

MMA legend and former UFC middleweight champion Frank Shamrock and foul-mouthed, trash-talking, knockout-artist Phil “The New York Bad Ass” Baroni clash for the vacant Strikeforce middleweight (185-pound) championship in the main event of a spectacular MMA cage fight card on Friday, June 22, at the HP Pavilion at San Jose, Calif.

If Baroni can fight half as tough as he talks, Shamrock could be in for a long night.

In a second world title fight on a Strikeforce-EliteXC cage fight card that will be produced and distributed live by SHOWTIME® PPV (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT), Joey “Dream Smasher” Villasenor and Murilo “Ninja” Rua will clash for the vacant EliteXC middleweight title.

Other scheduled PPV fights include: EliteXC’s Charles “Krazy Horse” Bennett vs. Victor “Joe Boxer” Valenzuela, lightweights; Strikeforce’s Cung Le vs. Tony “The Freak” Fryklund, middleweights and Carter “The Beast” Williams vs. Paul “The Headhunter” Buentello, heavyweights.

Before the PPV telecast, six exciting undercard fights will be streamed live at ProElite.com, a respected, rapidly growing Internet destination for the MMA community. First fight is at 7:40 p.m.
ET/4:40 p.m.

Please be aware before opening this post that it contains a good amount of foul language…

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K-1 Dynamite!! USA Breaks North American Attendance Record

The California State Athletic Commission released a detailed report concerning the attendance numbers involving last Saturday’s K-1 Dynamite!! USA at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Here are the numbers:

- 42,757 were in attendance at the event, setting a new attendance record as the most watched live MMA event in North America. UFC 68 was the previous owner of the record with 19,079 packed into the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.

- 3,674 tickets were sold through Ticketmaster and the stadium box office.

- 39,083 tickets were handled by FEG, the company that promoted the fight.

- 75,332 tickets were printed and 13,600 were given away.

- The event brought in a paid gate of $2,545,590.

WEC 28 Draws 0.4 Rating

The WEC’s debut broadcast on Versus this past Sunday night brought in an overall rating of 0.4 and averaged 416,000 total viewers throughout the show according to MMA Weekly.

The broadcast did very well at least on it’s own channel as it drew close to the same rating as two games of this year’s Stanley Cup Finals that aired on Versus.

Elite XC’s premiere on Showtime back in February only drew 365,000 views compared to the 416,000 that the WEC brought in. However Showtime is only available in 15 million households in the US compared to Versus which is shown in about 70 million.

K-1 Dynamite!! USA Weigh-In Results

Here are the official weigh-in results for tomorrow night’s K-1 Dynamite!! USA event…

Main Card (PPV):

Brock Lesnar (265) vs Min Soo Kim (255)
Royce Gracie (188) vs Kazushi Sakuraba (187)
Mighty Mo Siliga (292) vs Ruben Villareal (270)
Melvin Manhoef (192) vs Yoon Dong Sik (190)
Johnnie Morton (213) vs Bernard Ackah (207)

Undercard (Showtime):

Jake Shields (170) vs Ido Pariente (168)
Jonathan Wiezorek (265) vs Tim Persey (265)
Gesias Calvancanti (158) vs Nam Phan (155)

Dark Bouts (Not Televised):

Hideo Tokoro (153) vs Brad Pickett (154)
Katsuhiko Nagata (156) vs Isaiah Hill (156)

Ex-Hippie Kid Jake Shields Set To Rock ‘N Roll On ‘‘Dynamite USA’’ On June 2

LOS ANGELES – Jake Shields was bred to be a beast in the ring. The life-long vegetarian always has lived a lifestyle that has provided him with the type of brute strength, determination and tremendous heart required to be a successful Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter.

So far, Shields has met with nothing but enormous success. 

Raised in a remote area in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of Northern California, Shields has been wrestling competitively since he was nine years old. When he was just five, Shields would climb over neighboring mountains to visit his nearest friends an hour away.  Now, he is ready to take on a new obstacle: the ranks of the MMA welterweight division as he prepares to fight Ido Pariente on Saturday, June 2, 2007, at the LA Coliseum.

Shields will make his SHOWTIME debut for ProElite/EliteXC during a one-hour telecast on SHOWTIME that begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. The pay-per-view portion of the June 2 mega event, entitled “ProElite presents Dynamite!! USA,” will immediately follow (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT) and feature up to six bouts. It will be produced and distributed live by SHOWTIME® PPV.

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Green Means Go: K-1 Granted License by CSAC

The California State Athletic Commission granted FEG, K-1’s parent company, a temporary promotional license earlier today. What does that mean? Contrary to rumors that the show was on the brink of being cancelled, K-1 Dynamite!! USA will be held as scheduled…

From MMA Weekly:

California State Athletic Commision’s newly minted Executive Director, Armando Garcia, released word that Fighting Entertainment Group (FEG) had been granted a temporary promoter’s license.

As the parent company of the K-1 organization, FEG’s license ensures that the June 2nd event, held at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, will take place without interference from the CSAC. Though the card has been dealt several blows, including the denial of a fight license to co-main event fighter Hong Man-Choi, the American and Japanese wings of the promotion are undoubtedly breathing easier.

CSAC executive director Armando Garcia commented on Kazushi Sakuraba and the status of his participation in the event. Garcia stated that Sakuraba is still required to undergo an additional slew of tests from doctors and the final decision on whether or not he will be able to fight won’t be made until sometime next week.

Johnnie Morton, Mighty Mo Quotes

Johnnie Morton and Mighty Mo will be featured performers on “Softbank presents Dynamite!! USA in association with ProElite” on Saturday, June 2, at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

Morton, who will make his MMA debut against Bernard Ackah, and Mo, who meets Mu Bae Choi, will fight in two of the fights that will be produced and distributed live by SHOWTIME® Pay-Per-View (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT).

The SHOWTIME® PPV fights will be preceded by a one-hour telecast on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT) that will feature some of ProElite’s EliteXC top performers such as Antonio “Big Foot” Silva and Jake Shields. 

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