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War Gods V to Stream Live on Saturday


Vernon White. Photo courtesy of the International Fight League.

San Diego CA. – Wargods promises to showcase the most exciting match up in the light heavyweight division outside of the UFC with Vernon “Tiger” White versus Lew Polley at the Viejas Casino in Alpine, California May 30th.

However, do not underestimate the lightweight tournament line up. Steve Magdaleno, who trains out of Vladimir Matyushenko’s VMAT camp, steps up and steps in for sparing partner Andy Wang.  Steve is hot off Pancrase Neo-Blood Tournament winning performance.

“He stepped up to face Kit (Cope) who has done nothing but work on his MMA Game including his Jiu Jitsu with the Diaz brothers. Kit is a proven stand up fighter and great wrestler.  He took some losses early, but he was thrown in there against Kenny Florian and Rob McCullough. Kit is a super class athlete who is yet to peak in his MMA career. Steve Magdaleno will be a factor in the future of the lightweight division and with a win that can mean the future is now. A win for Kit means he is now ready to take on the top lightweights in the world.” states Wargods Promoter Marcelo Rivas.

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Yvel Planning to Put Rizzo to Sleep at “Ultimate Chaos”


Gilbert Yvel. Photo by Esther Lin/AllElbows.com.

BILOXI, Miss. – Dutch knockout artist Gilbert “The Hurricane” Yvel has relocated to the United States and plans to put his June 27th opponent, 3-time UFC heavyweight title challenger Pedro “The Rock” Rizzo, to sleep in the “Ultimate Chaos” co-feature live on pay-per-view from the Mississippi Gulf Coast Coliseum in Biloxi, Mississippi.
Former WWE superstar Bobby Lashley (3-0-0) headlines against K1 and PRIDE combat fighting legend Bob “The Beast” Sapp (10-4-1) on “Ultimate Chaos, presented by Prize Fight Promotions and Fight Force International, in association with the Mississippi Gulf Coast Coliseum, Treasure Bay Casino and Budweiser.
Yvel (35-13-1) has stopped 30 of his 35 victims but he has fought only once in the United States, losing this past January to highly-rated heavyweight star Josh Barnett on “Affliction’s – Day of Reckoning.”

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Devela, Rockhold to Collide at Strikeforce Challengers in June


Cory Devela. Photo by Tracy Lee/CombatLifestyle.com.

NEW YORK - Rising stars Cory “The One” Devela (9-2) and Luke Rockhold (4-1) will face off with each other in a middleweight (185 pound) battle at the Strikeforce Challengers mixed martial arts (MMA) event at the ShoWare Center in Kent, Washington on Friday, June 19.

“I feel like a million bucks,” said the 24-year-old Devela, one of the sport’s most promising young talents who hails from Bonney Lake, Washington and is a member of the Dennis “Superman” Hallman led Team Victory that has pioneered a hybrid fighting style dubbed “Cowboy Karate.” “I know he’s mostly a submission guy and I’m strong at that so it should be a great fight.”

Devela notched his best victory to date before a home crowd when he scored a TKO over former UFC star Joe “Diesel” Riggs in the first round of their Strikeforce matchup at Tacoma, Washington’s Tacoma Dome on February 28, 2008. After earning a unanimous decision over his next opponent, however, Devela suffered a setback when he was suddenly stopped by Terry Martin with an overhand punch in the third round of their Strikeforce matchup at the world-famous Playboy Mansion in Beverly Hills, California on September 20, 2008.

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Reyes-Soto to Headline Bellator X in California


Yahir Reyes. Photo courtesy of Bellator Fighting Championships.

Los Angeles, Calif. – Bellator Fighting Championships announced today that the promotion will hold its Featherweight world championship bout at its tenth event in the 12-event series airing exclusively on ESPN Deportes. Bellator X, featuring the headlining title fight at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California on June 5, 2009, is the promotions first world title fight as part of its highly rated series.

Fresh from his win over Estevan Payan at Bellator VI, “knockout of the year” candidate Yahir Reyes will take on Joe “The Hammer” Soto in the first ever Bellator Featherweight world championship bout. At Bellator VI, Soto handed Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu ace and world number nine ranked Wilson Reis his first-ever loss and earned the right to face Reyes for the title and the $100,000 purse.

The Soto vs. Reyes fight will be the first Bellator world championship title match for what has been a very eventful start for the organization. Over the last month of competition, the tournament has produced some of the most memorable and explosive moments in recent MMA history.

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Team USA West Finalizes Roster for M-1 Challenge in Kansas City


Renato Migliaccio. Photo courtesy of White Chocolate Management.

Amsterdam, Holland - After opening its 2009 campaign in the “M-1 Challenge Presented by Affliction” with a 5-0 victory over host country Bulgaria this past March, Team USA East will look to take out its chief competition in Group C and clinch a playoff berth on Friday, June 5 in Kansas City when it takes on Team Finland.

The best-of-five series between USA East and Finland will prove to be USA East’s toughest test of the regular season, as it looks to retain sole possession of first place in Group C.

USA East finds itself heading into its must-win matchup vs. second place Finland having had to change four of its five fighters that played a role in March’s shutout over Bulgaria. However, USA East’s lone returnee, Ryan Gracie black belt Renato Migliaccio (5-0), just happens to be one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in this year’s M-1 Challenge.

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M-1 Challenge Returns to Kansas City in June


Gegard Mousasi. Photo courtesy of Fighting and Entertainment Group.

M-1 CHALLENGE TO RETURN TO KANSAS CITY ON JUNE 5 WHEN TEAM USA EAST TAKES ON TEAM FINLAND

Amsterdam, Holland - The fifth edition of the 2009 “M-1 Challenge Presented by Affliction” is scheduled to emanate from Memorial Hall in Kansas City, KS on Friday, June 5. The event will be headlined by a challenge bout featuring Team USA East (1-0).

Team USA East will look to retain sole possession of first place in Group C when it takes on Team Finland (1-0). While USA East and Finland both are undefeated, USA East leads by the slimmest of margins as it holds a one fight advantage in the first tie-breaker category of individual fight record.

In addition to the headline challenge fight between USA East and Finland, two additional two matchups between England vs. France and Turkey vs. the World Team, which will be coached by former DREAM middleweight champion Gegard Mousasi, are also scheduled.

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Prangley, Lashley Victorious at “Hard Knocks”


Trevor Prangley. Photo by Jon Swenson. Used with permission.

Veteran Trevor Prangley outlasted defending champion Emanuel Newton to take a five-round unanimous decision and the MFC world light heavyweight championship at MFC 21: Hard Knocks Friday night at the River Cree Resort and Casino just outside Edmonton, Alberta.

After a weathering an early storm and appearing to be out of gas, Prangley (20-5) picked up the pace after three rounds and began to wear down Newton (11-4-1) with crisper strikes and kicks. By the time the fifth round came around, both of Newton’s eyes were half-closed due to precise shots and the effects of well-placed bodyshots from punches, knees, and kicks had taken their toll on Newton.

The fight’s most compelling moment came with one second remaining in the fifth round as Prangley clipped Newton with a punch combo and then connected point-blank with a crushing high kick that caught Newton square on the chin. Both fighters went down in a heap – Newton from the blast and Prangley from a bruised foot – as referee “Big” John McCarthy jumped in with the horn blowing. The sold-out crowd at The Venue at River Cree gave both fighters a standing ovation for their impressive performances.

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Aina Grabs DQ Win Over Evangelista at Strikeforce Challengers Debut

Billy Evangelista (right) was disqualified for kneeing Mike Aina in the head when Aina was down in the main event on the premiere Friday of Strikeforce Challengers on Showtime. Photo by Daisy Rosas/Strikeforce.

CONTROVERSIAL BLOW DISQUALIFIES BILLY EVANGELISTA FROM MAIN EVENT MATCHUP WITH MIKE AINA, UNBEATEN SARAH KAUFMAN OUTPOINTS MIESHA TATE

FRESNO, Calif. –  Previously unbeaten hometown favorite Billy Evangelista lost by disputed, controversial second-round disqualification to Mike Aina Friday in the main event of the inaugural Strikeforce Challengers telecast on Showtime.
At the finish, neither fighter was satisfied with the outcome at the Save Mart Center.
Evangelista (9-1), of Fresno, was disqualified for “intentionally” kneeing Aina (12-6-1), of Hilo, Hawaii, in the head while the Hawaiian fighter was down. The rule is a fighter can knee a downed opponent to the body, but not the head.

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HDNet to Air DREAM.9 Live on May 26


Gegard Mousasi. Photo courtesy of Fighting and Entertainment Group.

HDNet will broadcast exclusive coverage of “HDNet Fights Presents: OLYMPIA DREAM 9 Featherweight Grand Prix, 2nd Round 2009,” early Tuesday morning, May 26, at 12:00 a.m. PT LIVE from the esteemed Yokohama Arena in Kanagawa, Japan.

MMA fans can catch former MLB slugger Jose Canseco who will be making his mixed martial arts debut in the open weight competition entitled the “Super Hulk” Tournament vs. 7-foot-2 and 330-plus pound Hong-Man Choi from Korea.

Gegard Mousasi, Mark Hunt, and Bob Sapp will also compete in first round action in the “Super Hulk” tournament. DREAM 9 will also feature the second round of its Featherweight Grand Prix including a highly anticipated bout between Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto and Joe Warren, plus Jason “Mayhem” Miller meets Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza for the vacant DREAM Middleweight Title.

Villasenor vs. “Cyborg” Santos to Headline Strikeforce Challengers in June


Joey Villasenor. Photo by Esther Lin/ProElite.

NEW YORK — Middleweight (185 pound) wrecking machines “Smokin” Joey Villasenor (26-6) and Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos (16-12) will face off in the main event of a Strikeforce Challengers mixed martial arts (MMA) card at the all-new ShoWare Center in Kent, Washington on Friday, June 19. 

Also enlisted for the card, thus far, are lightweight (155 pound) fan-favorite Jorge Gurgel (12-5), wrestling ace Dennis “Superman” Hallman (40-12-2), and Hallman protégé Cory “The One” Devela (9-2).

The live Showtime telecast of the event will begin at 11 p.m. ET/PT (tape delayed on the west coast) and will include up to five bouts.

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