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NEW YORK (September 21, 2009)–-Former NFL and NCAA football superstar Herschel Walker will enter a new chapter in his career as a professional athlete when he makes his debut as a heavyweight in the world’s fastest growing sport – mixed martial arts (MMA) - as part of a multi-fight contract he has signed with world championship promotion Strikeforce.
The 1982 Heisman Trophy winner and two-time Pro Bowl competitor will begin a 12 week training camp next month at San Jose, California’s American Kickboxing Academy (AKA), which plays home to a host of the world’s greatest fighters, including Strikeforce Lightweight Champion Josh “The Punk” Thomson. The 6 foot 1 inch, 220 pound former running back, who already holds a fifth degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do and boasts additional training in the combat disciplines of Muay Thai and Kenpo, will be trained by AKA co-owner and head trainer Bob Cook.
Las Vegas Nevada, September 21, 2009 – Tuff-N-Uff’s “Future Stars of MMA” card Friday night delivered a night of non stop thrills and action as amateur fighters from all over the country came to test their skills. The crowd was treated to a full display of MMA techniques including stunning submissions and spectacular knock outs.
Two amateur titles fights highlighted the action as featherweight Champion Chris Holdsworth defended his title with a first round TKO of Cameron Ramirez, and Jerry Shapiro claimed the 4 man bantamweight tournament title with a slick submission victory over Maurice Centers. Also on display were Casey Miliken 45 sec submission victory over Rob Isenor, and Stephanie Webber’s dominant performance over Patricia Vidonik.
Kansas City, Kansas—Titan Entertainment announced the full 12-bout lineup Friday morning for its inaugural COMBAT SPORTS CHAMPIONSHIPS via its official website at http://www.CombatSC.com. The debut event is to be held Friday, October 2 and will emanate from the historic Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kansas.
Joining the previously announced grudge co-main event featherweight matchup between UFC veteran Ryan “Are You Ready?” Roberts (Omaha, NE) and blue chip 14-1 prospect Eric Marriott (Lee’s Summit, MO) is a welterweight matchup between local hometown hero Bobby Voelker (Kansas City, MO), 20-6, taking on Brendan Seguin of Detroit Michigan.
Amsterdam, Holland—Officials from CBS announced Thursday that the long-awaited United States return of M-1 Global’s Fedor Emelianenko will take place on Saturday, Nov. 7 at a venue to be determined.
M-1 Global (http://www.M-1Global.com) officials can also confirm that Emelianenko will indeed be taking on undefeated 10-0 top-ten ranked heavyweight Brett Rogers in the main event of the first-ever show to be conducted under a three-fight co-promotion agreement between M-1 Global and Strikeforce.
The CBS Television Network will return to the mixed martial arts (MMA) cage with Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Rogers, to be broadcast Saturday, Nov. 7 (9:00 PM, live ET/delayed PT). Showtime Sports will produce the four-fight event with host Gus Johnson calling the action and MMA legend Frank Shamrock and Mauro Ranallo serving as color analysts.
In 2008, CBS aired the first live MMA fights on network television, with three successful events earning time period-winning ratings in all key young adult and young men demographics. CBS’s most recent broadcast in October 2008 ranked as the night’s highest-rated program on both broadcast and cable in adults 18-34 and men 18-34, topping all other sports programming in those demographics, including the Major League Baseball playoffs and college football.
Amsterdam, Holland - M-1Global.com is quickly becoming one of the leading destinations on the Internet for the streaming of mixed martial arts online. In the month of September alone, http://www.M-1Global.com will offer a free stream featuring M-1 Selection: Ukraine on Sept. 20; the pay-per-view stream of its Sept. 26 M-1 Challenge Playoff Semifinals in Russia (not available in the U.S. or Korea); along with the debut of its brand new free daily feature, “The M-1Global.com Fight of the Day.”
The Sept. 20 M-1 Selection: Ukraine free stream will air at 1:45 p.m. ET and will be available to users all over the world. Featuring a total of 12 fights, M-1 Selection: Ukraine is a new fight series started by M-1 officials to determine which group of Ukraine fighters will qualify to compete in the 2010 M-1 Challenge. Additional information about the card along with a complete bout lineup is available at http://www.M-1Global.com.
Kansas City, Kansas - When Titan Entertainment officials put together a the first-ever fight card for the Combat Sports Championships (http://www.CombatSC.com) for Friday, Oct. 2 at the Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kansas, a planned co-main event between featherweights Eric Marriott (14-1) and Ryan “Are you Ready?” Roberts (8-6) was scheduled simply because it had the makings of an exciting fight.
However, the fight has taken on a greater level of intensity in recent days with a war or words that has spilled out over onto the Internet. Based on recent comments attributed to both fighters, the fight has become a full-fledged grudge match.
Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida will defend his light heavyweight championship under a Silver Star sponsorship in UFC 104 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, October 24, 2009.
Machida (15-0-0) who won the light heavyweight champion title in UFC 98, will represent Silver Star in the octagon with a signature walkout tee as he defends his crown against Mauricio “Shogun” Rua (18-3-0) in the co-feature event.
Boston Mass. September 9, 2009 - World Championship Fighting today announced their full fight card for their September 26th show at the Shriners Auditorium in Wilmington, Mass. The card is stacked with talent from top to bottom, and features 14 Professional fights, and is expected to have several current UFC fighters in attendance. With celebrities like “The King of Queens” Kevin James attending WCF 7, you never know who you may run into at WCF 8!
Amsterdam, Holland - Adversity in sports has a tendency to bring teammates closer together, and for the much-maligned Team England, the hurdles they have faced during the 2009 edition of the “M-1 CHALLENGE PRESENTED BY AFFLICTION” (http://www.M-1Global.com) have made its quintet as thick as thieves.
The adversity Team England has faced has come in the form of constant criticism about its selection of fighters populating its five-man roster in the year-long M-1 Challenge, an International team-based competition modeled after the World Cup.