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WEC and Versus Announce “Outside the Cage”

Versus, the network that celebrates real competition in all its forms and the cable television home of World Extreme Cagefighting, today announced details of the network’s fourth live event on December 12. With three world titles on the line as well as the return of a true mixed martial arts legend, this WEC event is not only the biggest and best show of the year, it’s the greatest card in the history of the organization.

The fights will air live on Versus Wednesday, December 12, at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT and will originate from The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The event will be presented in HD where available. 
The telecast’s main event will feature WEC Featherweight Champion “The California Kid” Urjiah Faber (19-1) defending his title against Jeff “Big Frog” Curran (28-8-1), a UFC and PRIDE veteran. “The Rhino” Doug Marshall (6-2) will defend his Light Heavyweight title against Cuban fighter Ariel Gandulla (4-0); Paulo Filho (15-0) puts his undefeated record on the line to defend his WEC Middleweight crown against Chael Sonnen (19-8-1); and former UFC Lightweight Champion Jens “Lil’ Evil” Pulver (7-0) will make his WEC debut at 145 lbs. against rising star Cub Swanson.
The fight on December 12 is the first fight after Versus and WEC announced an extension of the partnership to bring 15 additional live WEC events and 20 WEC Wrekcage episodes—a show that features a mix of the top matches from WEC events never before seen on television and Versus’ best live events—to the network. 
“Three great title fights on the card, led by one of the most popular MMA fighters in Urijah Faber, coupled with the WEC debut of UFC star Jens Pulver is a great way to kick off our recently extended partnership,” said Marc Fein, Senior Vice President of Programming and Production for Versus. “Viewership has increased with each fight since the WEC’s first event on Versus and we are confident that this tremendous line-up of fights will continue that trend.”
To kick start the WEC’s year-end spectacular on December 12 a little early, the network will air WEC Outside the Cage, on Dec. 5 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. WEC Outside the Cage will include interviews, fight clips and behind the scenes footage to preview the WEC live event on Dec. 12.

PFC Announces Three Title Fights for January

There’s no looking back for the Palace Fighting Championship.

After giving the mixed martial arts community one of the very best events in Central California history in October, Christian Printup and the PFC are looking to raise the bar even further for Thursday, January 17th.

Printup, the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino Entertainment Director, confirmed three blockbuster PFC World Title fights for the Jan. card and also confirmed deals with a pair of elite fighters.

Maybe the biggest announcement is that of the PFC Lightweight Championship will be on the line. Interim champ Poppies Martinez (13-3) of Lemoore will tangle with Ultimate Fighting Championship veteran Diego Saraiva (9-6-1) of Atlanta.

“Diego Saraiva is a very exciting fighter. He’s a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt and he likes to bang. Poppies management and his head trainer, Urijah Faber, are excited about this opportunity for Poppies. Poppies has always just fought who was put in front of him and to this day the only fight he has ever asked for was the Cole Escovedo fight,” Printup said. “Saraiva is coming off three losses, but to really good fighters. I believe this fight is a career defining fight for both guys. Both guys are excited to fight each other. This is a great fight for PFC fans. These are the types of competitive match ups that the sport needs.”

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Rob Zombie’s ‘Halloween’ to Sponsor HDNet Fights ‘Reckless Abandon’?

DALLAS, TEXAS—-Mark Cuban’s HDNet Fights has inked a promotional deal with Rob Zombie’s Halloween Unrated to sponsor “Reckless Abandon,” scheduled for December 15th at Dallas’ American Airlines Center. The ten-bout mixed-martial-arts event will feature two of the sports top middleweights, Frank Trigg and Jason “Mayhem” Miller, in separate co-main event fights.
Each fan attending the event will receive Zombie’s Halloween Unrated on DVD.  Halloween is scheduled to be released on DVD to the public on December 19th.

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LaRosa Fights With Heavy Heart Saturday

This Thanksgiving weekend will be a difficult one for Tara LaRosa.

While others stuff themselves with turkey, the Bodog Fight Women’s 135lb Champion will be dieting to lose ten pounds.

Not satisfied with conquering her division, LaRosa has decided to drop to 125lbs and fight Minnesota’s Cody Welchlin (2-1) in a lighter weight class, as Bodog Fight presents Hook N’ Shoot, Saturday, November 24 at the Evansville Coliseum in Evansville, Indiana.

Cutting weight isn’t anything new for LaRosa.

“I’m used to it,” said the Jersey girl. “I’ve missed several Thanksgivings due to fights, but I’m on target and the weight is coming off fine, so I’ll be ready.”

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Shamus Resigns; Larkin Named IFL CEO

NEW YORK - The International Fight League, the world?s number one team-based professional mixed martial arts league, today announced a change in its senior leadership, naming Jay Larkin acting Chief Executive Officer.

Larkin, who had joined the IFL as President and Chief Operating Officer on September 21, 2007, replaces IFL co-founder Gareb Shamus, who resigned his positions as chairman and chief executive officer, effective immediately. Shamus will remain available to the IFL as a consultant.

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Alvarez and Thompson Agree to Rematch

Philadelphia’s Eddie Alvarez and Minnesota’s Nick “The Goat” Thompson have agreed to settle their bitter feud once and for all.

The two mixed martial arts fighters will clash Saturday, November 24 as Bodog Fight presents Hook N’ Shoot at the Evansville Coliseum in Evansville, Indiana.

This will mark their second meeting this year, after Thompson knocked out Alvarez last April at Bodog Fight: Clash of the Nations in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Vowing to avenge his only loss and regain the Bodog Fight Welterweight Title Belt, Alvarez (11-1) says he has extra incentive to whoop Thompson (39-8-1) following an altercation between the two.

“Nick got drunk after our fight and said some things he shouldn’t have,” said Alvarez. “He made some remarks about my son, Eddie Jr., and I plan to make him pay.”

However, with Alvarez again giving up both weight and reach advantage to “The Goat”, the explosive striker admits he will have to adjust his game plan this time around.

“I made some fundamental mistakes against Nick, and credit to him, he took full advantage. That won’t happen this time. I still believe I am a better fighter than he is and I plan to prove it this time.”

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IFL Forms Video Sharing Partnership With Youtube and Google

NEW YORK - The International Fight League (OTC.BB: IFLI), the world?s number one team-based professional mixed martial arts league, and YouTube, the world?s leading video sharing Website, today announced a video sharing partnership designed to expose IFL content to a larger worldwide audience. It is the first partnership YouTube has formed in the sport of mixed martial arts, and follows the path of similar partnerships with the NBA, NHL, CBS and EA Sports among others.

?We are very excited to be able to add YouTube and Google Ads as our partners,? said IFL co-founder and CEO Gareb Shamus. ?Compelling content is key to success, and this partnership gives us the opportunity to expose our athletes, coaches and events to a much larger audience than ever before with compelling content we know this demo loves to view.?

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Five Title Fights at IFL Grand Prix Finals

The International Fight League today announced several additions to the card for the 2007 IFL World Grand Prix finals, the individual all-star competition for the world?s number one mixed martial arts league. Five Championship bouts, believed to be unprecedented in North America, will take place on Saturday, December 29, at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn.

Headlining the upgraded card will be the much anticipated rematch between undefeated (11-0) star Chris ?The Polish Hammer? Horodecki and former NYU wrestling standout Shad Lierley. The two met in June in Everett, Washington, with Horodecki pulling out a thrilling split decision in what many considered the MMA fight of the year to date.

Lierley is moving into the lightweight spot created when undefeated Brazilian Wagnney Fabiano (5-0) was moved to the new featherweight class where he will fight in 2008. Fabiano will not go untested, meeting another undefeated rising star, L.C. Davis of Pat Miletich?s Silverbacks.

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Lottery to Decide Strikeforce Matchups

A lottery ball drawing, which will take place immediately following the fighter weigh-ins at the HP Pavilion’s The Grill restaurant on Thursday, the eve of Strikeforce’s mixed martial arts mega-card, will determine the tournament brackets for Friday’s historic, four-man middleweight (185 lb. limit) tournament.

Tournament competitors Trevor Prangley (16-4), Falaniko “Niko” Vitale (24-7), Yuki Sasaki (21-13-1), and Jorge Santiago (14-7) will each draw one of four balls, numbered “1” through “4,” and, then, one by one, choose which location in the single-elimination tournament draw they wish to occupy.  The first choice will be given to the fighter who draws the ball numbered 1, the second choice to the fighter who draws ball number 2, and so forth.

Each tournament bout will consist of two, five-minute rounds.  The victor of the first-ever sanctioned mixed martial arts tournament in the state of California will potentially be awarded the opportunity to challenge Strikeforce World Middleweight Champion, Frank Shamrock.

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Noons Upsets Diaz to Win Title at EliteXC

On a night when Kimbo Slice made his eagerly awaited professional Mixed Martial Arts debut, KJ Noons stole the show with a shocking first-round TKO over heavily-favored Nick Diaz to capture the EliteXC lightweight world championship Saturday on Showtime

The event, which took place at The American Bank Center Arena, was presented by Gary Shaw Productions, LLC, and aired on Showtime at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).

In other televised bouts, world-ranked Jake Shields, who signed a long term deal with EliteXC late Friday, earned his ninth win a row with a hard-fought first round submission (rear naked choke) over Mike Pyle, come backing super heavyweight sensation Antonio “Big Foot” Silva won his first fight in nine months via an opening-round submission (rear naked choke) over Jonathan Wiezorek and Kyle Noke, the bodyguard of the late “Crocodile Hunter,” Steve Irwin, took his EliteXC debut with a second-round TKO over “Dr.’’ Seth Kleinbeck due to orbital cut.

With the exception of Diaz-Noons, which was scheduled for five, 5-minute rounds, the fights were three, 5-minute rounds.

“This was a terrific show for EliteXC, Showtime, and the fans in attendance,’’ Shaw said. “It is unfortunate that the Noons-Diaz fight had to be stopped, but fans need to understand that doctors stop fights for the health and safety of the fighters.

“KJ was simply outstanding. He is the No. 1 lightweight in the world. He beat the guy who was considered the best lightweight, so he is No. 1. Kimbo showed that he is going to be a superstar. I believe we’ve got the best heavyweight in the world in Silva and the best welterweight in the world in Shields. They are going to be world champions. Noke was impressive against a tough fighter.

“All and all, it was a great night.’’

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