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Tuff-N-Uff Returns March 26 With Three Titles on the Line

Las Vegas’ top amateur mixed martial arts promotion, Tuff-N-Uff, returns to the Orleans Hotel & Casino on Friday, March 26, and the organization’s latest fight card features a trio of championship fights.

One of the most famous bloodlines in MMA will be featured in the evening’s main event as Ryan Couture, son of UFC Hall-of-Famer Randy Couture, headlines the card against Sean Bollinger with Tuff-N-Uff’s vacant 155-pound title on the line.

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HDNet to Debut New MMA Series “Fighting Words With Mike Straka”

Straka’s first guest UFC president Dana White. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

DALLAS—HDNet announced today that it will add the new, original series “Fighting Words with Mike Straka,” to its Friday night lineup. The 30-minute one-on-one weekly interview program will feature revealing conversations with the top stars in mixed martial arts.  “Fighting Words with Mike Straka” is scheduled to debut on Friday, March 26 at 8:30 p.m. ET.  The premiere episode will feature a rare, 30-minute interview with one of the most influential people in Mixed Martial Arts - UFC President Dana White.

In the following weeks, host Mike Straka will present unique insights into the sport’s most interesting personalities including King Mo, Gegard Mousasi, Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos, Matt Hughes, Frank Shamrock and Bobby Lashley.

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Toby Imada Returns to Bellator For Season 2 Tournament

Toby Imada during his bout with Jorge Masvidal. Photo property of Bellator.

CHICAGO, Ill. – Toby Imada, whose jaw-dropping “Submission of the Year” helped put Bellator Fighting Championships on the map during its debut season, will return to the promotion for its upcoming Season 2 lightweight tournament.

Imada’s remarkable submission, an inverted triangle choke of the heavily favored Jorge Masvidal at Bellator V, became an overnight YouTube sensation (more than 650,000 people have watched it online to date) and took home honors for “Submission of the Year” from the 2009 World MMA Awards and virtually every major MMA news site.

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Bellator Selects Kansas Native Tyler Stinson at Open Tryout

KANSAS CITY – Tyler Stinson, a 24-year-old native of Winfield, Kan., was the unanimous winner of an open tryout sponsored by Bellator Fighting Championships on Saturday, earning him a chance to fight in Bellator’s upcoming nationally-televised event at the Kansas City Power & Light District on April 29th.

Stinson was one of 72 fighters from as far away as New York, California, Texas and Arizona to travel to Lenexa, Kan., for the tryout, which was judged by Bellator founder and CEO Bjorn Rebney and a panel of other top Bellator talent executives. Participants included former veterans of the WEC, IFL and other top promotions.

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Bellator Signs Two New Lightweights

An undefeated fighter from Cincinnati and a police officer from Scandinavia are the latest additions to Bellator Fighting Championships’ upcoming Season 2 lightweight tournament.

The two fighters — Janne Tulirinta (12-3) and Chad Hinton (6-0) — join Ferrid Kheder, Mike Ricci and Carey Vanier in the nationally televised tournament, which begins April 8th.  The last three 155 lbs. fighters will be announced later this month.

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Hollett Knocks Off Lofton in HeatXC 4 Main Event

Roger Hollett showed he is on his way back to the form that made him the MFC light heavyweight champion with an impressive performance at Heat XC 4: Hysteria.

Before a sold-out crowd at the River Cree Resort and Casino, Hollett (11-3) submitted fellow heavy hitter Aron Lofton with an armbar at 3:02 of Round 1 in the night’s main event. Lofton (7-3) arguably had the edge in the early exchange of strikes and put Hollett on his back with a strong takedown but “The Hulk” positioned himself perfectly to apply the fight-finishing submission.

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Bellator Season 2 and 3 to Air on Fox Sports Net, NBC and Telemundo

CHICAGO - Bellator Fighting Championships will broadcast its second and third seasons on FOX Sports Net, NBC and Telemundo through a unique and landscape-altering alliance. Bellator’s first-of-its-kind, tournament-based mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion will be available nationwide for 24 weeks in 2010 to 112 million homes through NBC, 82 million homes through FOX Sports Net (FSN) and its regional sports network affiliates, as well as to 62 million homes through Telemundo.

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Lutter Tops MacDonald at MFC 22

Travis Lutter. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Travis “The Serial Killer” Lutter stole the thunder from the return homegrown star Jason “The Athlete” MacDonald as he scored a unanimous decision victory in the main event of the Maximum Fighting Championship’s MFC 22: Payoff.

Lutter (10-5) used a dominating display of jiu-jitsu over the first two rounds to pull ahead before surviving a desperate ground-and-pound attack from MacDonald (21-13) in Round 3. All three judges scored the fight 29-28 for Lutter. The fight went down before an amped-up, sold-out crowd at the River Cree Resort and Casino just outside Edmonton, Alberta, and aired live on HDNet Fights.

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Spike Announces “TUF 10: The Aftermath”

NEW YORK – Spike TV’s hit series “The Ultimate Fighter” has propelled mixed martial arts into the American mainstream while becoming the most successful franchise in the network’s history. With its tenth iteration having premiered to record ratings, will launch the original series “The Ultimate Fighter: The Aftermath.”

Hosted by Amir Sadollah, the new show will be a video roundtable discussion about the on-air episode that precedes it, with the fighters that competed in an elimination bout on hand to talk about what went on, both inside and outside of the Octagon, during “The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights”.

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Maximum Fighting Championship Press Conference for MFC 22: Payoff

The Maximum Fighting Championship will introduce the key competitors in the stacked lineup for its most power-packed fight cards ever as the organization invites the media to attend the official press conference for MFC 22: Payoff.

The press conference will take place on Monday, September 28 at 3 p.m. at Centre Bar inside the River Cree Resort and Casino.

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