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Lawler-Rua Media Poll Results

In a sensational main event on a spectacular cage fight card this Saturday, Sept. 15 at Blaisdell Arena on Showtime (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast), talented, exciting Murilo “Ninja” Rua will make his first EliteXC middleweight title defense against hard-hitting, crowd-pleasing ICON Sport titleholder, “Ruthless” Robbie Lawler.

So who is going to triumph in the featured attraction in “Uprising’’—the biggest MMA event in the history of Hawaii and the initial collaboration between Los Angeles-based ProElite’s respected live fight division, EliteXC, and Hawaii-based promoters and former rivals, ICON Sport and ROTR (Rumble On The Rock) and Showtime?

The experts expect what figures to be a hotly contested five round, 5-minute fight to be close. Of the 11 MMA media sorts who participated in an EliteXC/SHOWTIME Prediction Poll, seven picked Rua and four took Lawler. Here’s how they see the evenly matched Rua-Lawler EliteXC title fight:

Scott White, MMAonTap.com, (Lawler): “Lawler has shown improved cardio in his past few fights along with excellent power and striking skills. He will prove to be too much for Ninja on the feet and will score a stoppage via strikes partway through the second.’‘

David M Singer, MMAonTap.com, (Lawler): “Each fighter is coming into this fight on a three-fight winning streak. Lawler’s last couple fights going long give him the recent experience he’ll need in a fight that has the potential to go past round three. Lawler wins by late KO/TKO.’’

John Chandler, MMAonTap.com, (Lawler): “Both Lawler and Rua have a solid chance to win. It is going to come down to the fighter that is able to impose his will on the other. Rua has the obvious advantage on the ground and he would be smart to take the fight there early and often. Lawler sports the better striking ability, but Rua showed in his last fight against Joey Villasenor (Pictures) that his hands are to be feared as well. Ultimately, I think that the temptation to stand and trade with Lawler will be Rua’s downfall. Lawler wins by KO.’’

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IFL Available on DVD September 18

NEW YORK - Warner Home Video (WHV) and the International Fight League (IFL), the world?s number one professional Mixed Martial Arts league, will release ?IFL: Greatest Knockouts & Extreme Action,? chronicling the IFL?s groundbreaking first year and showcasing all the best bouts between IFL stars and teams, on Tuesday, September 18. The DVD will retail for $19.98.

In addition to the DVD, fans will also get an added bonus. The first-ever set of MMA trading cards, produced in conjunction with IFL licensee Topps, will be included in each package.

Included in the DVD are the matchups between Renzo Gracie and Pat Miletich and between Matt Lindland and Carlos Newton, as well as the best bouts from rising IFL stars like Ben Rothwell, Chris Horodecki, Jay Hieron, Benji Radach, Vladimir Matyushenko and others. The DVD also includes a host of features, instruction and behind-the-scenes footage of the IFL?s first full year.

?IFL Greatest Knockouts and Extreme Action? will be available nationwide in a host of retail and online outlets, including Wal-Mart, Amazon.com, Netflix.com, Borders and Best Buy, as well on the IFL store on IFL.tv and on site at IFL events.

Bodog Fight Now Available on DVD

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.

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Healy to Replace McKee in IFL Grand Prix

NEW YORK - Pat Healy of the Nevada Lions will replace Antonio McKee of the Tokyo Sabres in the welterweight division of the 2007 IFL World Grand Prix, the individual all-star competition for the International Fight League, the world?s number one mixed martial arts league. The semifinals will be held on Saturday, Nov. 3 at the Sears Centre in Chicago and the finals will take place on Saturday, Dec. 29 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn.

Healy, who had been the 170-lb. alternate after a fine regular season training under Lions? Head Coach and MMA legend Ken Shamrock, moves into the No. 4 seed and will take on top-seeded Delson Heleno of the New York Pitbulls in the semifinals. Jay Hieron of the Los Angeles Anacondas moves to the No. 2 seed and will compete against the No. 3 seed Mark Miller of the Red Bears.

?“Antonio made a decision regarding competition for another organization that was unacceptable based on his contract with the IFL,”? said Kurt Otto, IFL co-founder and commissioner. ?“We feel that in the best interests of the league, these actions preclude him from competing on the IFL World Grand Prix card. We are pleased that an outstanding athlete such as Pat Healy is prepared to step into the very competitive 170-lb. division.?”

McKee, who had qualified as the No. 2 seed, posted an unbeaten (3-0) regular season, helping the Sabres a 3-0 mark and berth in the IFL World Championship, where he defeated Heleno by decision on August 2 in the Sabres? 3-2 defeat on August 2 in New Jersey.

Bodog Women’s Champion to be Crowned Tonight

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.”

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Thomson to Face Lynn at Strikeforce

Former UFC and Pride Fighting Championship prodigy, Josh “The Punk” Thomson (34-2 (1 NC), will vie to extend his win streak to five consecutive bouts when he faces International Fight League (IFL) veteran, Adam Lynn (11-7 (1 No Contest), in a lightweight (155 lb. limit) contest during the Strikeforce mixed martial arts mega-event at The Playboy Mansion in Beverly Hills, California on Saturday, September 29th.

The 28-year-old Thomson’s appearance, his second of 2007, will come three months after his flawless effort against fellow contender Nick “The Ghost” Gonzalez during Strikeforce’s “Shamrock vs. Baroni” live Showtime Pay Per View card. Thomson quickly took the fight with Gonzalez to the mat and, at the 1:42 mark of the first round, forced Gonzalez to tap out from a rear naked choke.

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ProElite Acquires Cage Rage

Sensational news for Mixed Martial Arts fans in the United Kingdom. Cage Rage, Britain’s original MMA brand and leader since 2002, is about to get bigger – and better.

ProElite, Inc., an entertainment and media company dedicated to producing world-class MMA events, today announced the acquisition of Cage Rage Championships (CRC), Britain’s premier MMA organization.

The formal announcement of the new partnership was made by Gary Shaw, President of EliteXC, the respected live fight division of Los Angeles, Calif.-based ProElite.

“This is an exciting day for all of our organizations, but the biggest winners will be fans in the U.K.,’’ Shaw said. “In a short span of eight months, EliteXC has already got the well-deserved reputation for staging sensational fights with the world’s top fighters.

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Oroz Featured Tonight on BodogFight

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.”

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Babalu Issues Statement

To My Family, Friends, Fans and Sponsors:

Since UFC 74, I have wanted to speak publicly about my fight with David Heath. I waited to do so, however, out of respect for the Nevada State Athletic Commission, Zuffa, Inc. and Dana White. After all, it is their efforts that have legitimized Mixed Martial Arts in the sports world and I realize that my conduct has unintentionally hindered those efforts. For that, among other things, I am deeply sorry.

I have been fighting professionally since 1998. Prior to my fight with David Heath, my professional record was twenty-seven wins with seven losses. Fourteen of my victories came by way of submission. Not once was I ever accused of holding a choke or submission too long. If anything, there has always been and continues to be a great camaraderie between my opponents and I after the fight.

Being a professional mixed martial artist is more than a career to me. It is my livelihood and my way of life. Consequently, I am deeply sorry for any embarrassment that has been brought upon the sport, other mixed martial artists (especially David Heath), my Academy and most importantly, my family.

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Showtime, EliteXC Presents Biggest MMA Event in Hawaiian History

NEW YORK – In less than seven months, ProElite’s respected live fight division, EliteXC, has gained the reputation for delivering consistently competitive, thrilling and memorable live Mixed Martial Arts events that showcase the world’s top fighters.

Under the watchful eye of Live Events President, Gary Shaw, EliteXC and SHOWTIME already have produced many significant accomplishments and has made MMA history on a couple of occasions; the most noteworthy of which: EliteXC is the first and only MMA organization on premium television.

On Saturday, Sept. 15, at Oahu, Hawaii, EliteXC will establish another first when it presents the most significant MMA event in Hawaiian history and the initial collaboration between EliteXC and Hawaii-based promoters and former rivals, ICON Sport and ROTR (Rumble On The Rock). The remarkable event will feature an explosive five-fight telecast airing live on SHOWTIME at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) followed by four fights streaming live at the premier mixed martial arts social networking and entertainment site, ProElite.com.

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