UFC’s new deal with Reebok brings major change, but will it be a change for the better?

02 Dec 2014 8:55 pm Posted by jmorley

By: December 2, 2014 1:30 pm

Originally posted on mmajunkie.com

It was the secret the UFC couldn’t keep, but also couldn’t reveal. Sponsors are out. Reebok is in. Fighter “uniforms” will soon be the norm.

As for those fun little banners peppered with all manner of personal flair? Those are “going to go away,” UFC Chairman and CEO Lorenzo Fertitta told reporters on a special media conference call.

It’s about to be a brave new world out there in the octagon. Will it be a better one?

That’s the question a lot of fighters and managers (not to mention clothing and equipment companies) are likely asking themselves this morning. The UFC certainly seems excited about it. Fertitta hailed it as “a landmark deal” in which “Reebok and the UFC are essentially changing the sport’s landscape again.”

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KID Yamamoto makes his UFC return on February 28, 2015 against Roman Salazar

26 Nov 2014 3:06 pm Posted by jjwakrat

KID Yamamoto with his father, Sensei Ikuei Yamamoto

KID Yamamoto with his father, Sensei Ikuei Yamamoto

UFC Japan is reporting that verbal agreements have been reached between KID Yamamoto and Roman Salazar to meet at UFC 184 on February 28, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.

Norifumi Yamamoto was briefly linked to a fight with Urijah Faber for the UFC’s most recent return to Japan. Instead, he opened up a curry restaurant and continued on teaching at his gym, Yamamoto Sports Academy.

KID’s time in K-1 and Hero’s launched him into the international spotlight. The stand out wrestler and icon of swagger had mixed results in DREAM and through his career in the UFC, where he has lost his last three fights. After three years away, finally he will be heading back to the Octagon and will face Roman Salazar, a 0-1 UFC vet. Salazar was the twice-defending Bantamweight Champion of WFF.

UFC 184 will be headlined by two massive matches, the Middleweight Championship defense by Chris Weidman against  For more, Check out the post  KID Yamamoto makes his UFC return on February 28, 2015 against Roman Salazar on -MMA in Asia-.

Is There A Crack Forming In Hunt’s Granite Jaw?

20 Nov 2014 8:23 pm Posted by a5pa14p

Originally posted at MMAVALOR.com

At UFC 180 in Mexico City this weekend, Mark Hunt took on Fabricio Werdum for the UFC interim heavyweight championship. Werdum was originally scheduled to face off against Cain Velasquez – the whole point of the event being in Mexico – but an injury to the champion saw him forced off the card.

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Though Hunt had taken the fight at late notice and wouldn’t have been as prepared as he’d have liked, can we extrapolate from the fact that he was stopped by Fabricio Werdum that his famous chin is waning?

It’s hard to decipher when the circumstances weren’t ideal for The Super Samoan, but the odds on Werdum emerging victorious via KO were staggeringly high – the Brazilian was a huge favourite, with betfair.com having him a firm 1/4 on, but not many saw him using his striking arsenal to nail the Sydney native.

Mark Hunt is the fighter that famously took a prime Cro Cop’s shin to the head and continued; he beckoned on hard-hitter Ray Sefo to punch him in the jaw with no protection. Now, however, he’s been knocked out by a middleweight Melvin Manhoef in K-1, and finished by Junior Dos Santos in the UFC.

Adding to that, a BJJ stylist (albeit with improving striking), in Fabricio Werdum did what few thought he was capable of and hurt Hunt with a knee before ending his night with punches.

In a long career against the best fighters in K-1 history, he was stopped inbetween rounds twice but never knocked out. They say your chin leaves you and the forty year old is no spring chicken, but then you look to his recent war with Bigfoot Silva and still have to maintain the faith that he has it.

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Ultimate Beatdown 15 features 6 pro fights, mammoth amateur undercard reflects MMA growth in Malaysia

14 Nov 2014 9:11 am Posted by jjwakrat

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Ultimate Beatdown 15 takes place on November 15, 2014 in Johor Bahru, Malaysia. Six professional bouts make up the main card, white a whopping 16 amateur matches open up Malaysia’s growing MMA community.

Main Card Professional Bouts

Aden Baron (1-1) and Lito Adiwang (3-1) head up the main event. Baron trained with Phuket Top Team and now teaches at Kuala Lumpur’s Max Combat. Adiwang is also a Malaysian transplant, teaching at MuayFit, having come from a successful career in URCC in the Philippines. Adiwang’s only loss came at the hands of ranker Roy Doliguez. This is a good match up to decide where their careers are heading as they both contribute to Malaysia’s growing MMA community.

Teh Kah Wei (1-2) of Transform Gym will see his first fight in more than two years, following a loss to the warhorse Will Chope. He will look to show off his reinvented game against Sanjivan Padwal of Evolution MMA India who owns two wins in UB already, both by way of KO. It has been difficult for India’s Evolution to get MMA fights, and UB is doing a good job to put the strong reps from that county on the map.

Allen Chong of Alpha MMA will be recognizable internationally as a competitor on UFC’s TUF China, and recognizable throughout Southeast Asia as a grappling madman and finalist from MIMMA Season 1. Taking up the challenge of welcoming him to professional MMA will be Hyper MMA’s Arnel Lomibao, a product of PXC’s amateur expansion in the Philippines.

Julius Lim of Max Combat will make his third trip into the cage against George Mascardo of REPS Fitness. Both will be looking to set their records into the win column.

Keith Alden of Evolve MMA will see his third fight in UB as he puts his unbeaten streak on the line against Team SC’s Mohamad Ashraf Bin Shafi. Shafi has fought twice for Rebel FC, winning once as an amateur and losing his pro debut in a scrappy match with Suman Mokhtarian.

Opening the pro main card will be Dragon Muay Thai’s Nigel Choong versus Azman Azman. While it’s Azman’s pro debut, they both have short records so anything goes.

Amateur Bouts

Siao Kah Bao of Monarchy MMA has two amateur wins to his credit, one in UB and one from another Malaysian promotion, F-3 Championship. He will face Impact MMA’s Henry Yeo who is making his MMA debut.

Muhammad Farid Arif of The Combatives also has two wins on his record, from F-3 Championship 7 and 8, and he will put his undefeated record on the line against Muayfit’s Hui Keng Fai, a Malaysian Invasian Season 2 semifinalist with a record of 2-2.

Evolve MMA’s Asraf Asuir drew on the last UB card, now he’ll face Evolution MMA India’s Krishan Gupta in his awaited MMA debut.

Niker Tan Sian Kai of 3S MMA Gym came in as the underdog but knocked out his opponent in the opening fight for MIMMA Season 2 Contenders. He will face Johor Boxing Gym’s Adli Hafidz who lost in the quarterfinals of MIMMA Season 2, but owned two wins on his way up the ladder.

Evolve MMA’s Shaun Tay will make his debut against Tung Lun Ping from Headhunter Muay Thai who has one amateur win under his belt.

Ultimate Beatdown 15
November 15, 2014
Rooftop “Level 8″ Plaza Sentosa
Johor Bahru, Malaysia

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ONE FC 23 in Manila adds Folayang vs Nastyukhin, Catalan vs Sor Amnuaysirichoke, Julaton vs Abbas

13 Nov 2014 5:32 am Posted by jjwakrat

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Originally Posted on MMA-in-Asia.com

ONE FC 23 takes place in Manilla, Philippines on December 5, 2014. Four more bouts have been added to the event, including three well-known Filipinos, Eduard Folayang, Rene Catalan, Ana Julaton and Jujeath Nagaowa.

Folayang, a staple and legend on the Philippines MMA scene, will make his second appearance this year against ONE FC newcomer Timofey Nastyukhin. Folayang’s striking and durability has racked him up a record of 4-2 in ONE FC with notable victories over ROAD FC Lightewight Champ Kwon A-Sol and Japanese stalwart Kotetsu Boku.

Nastyukhinis a relative unknown with a pancration background and a record of all finishes. His jump into the international spotlight came from his last bout in Absolute Championship Berkut 9, the same card that launched new ONE FC Middleweight Champion Igor Svirid into the promotion.

Wushu gold medalist Rene Catalan will have his third shot in ONE FC and will be hoping for better luck than his first loss and second No Contest, but it will be a tough hill to climb against impressive Muay Thai champion Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke who is 3-0.

Filipina boxing champion Ana Julaton will make her third fight in a year when she attempts to bounce back from a loss to Ann Osman. Her match will be against Egyptian Walaa Abbas, the teammate of her first foe, Aya Saber. Abbas is making her MMA debut.

Finally, another Filipina boxing champ Jujeath Nagaowa will face Khun Khmer fighter Tharoth Sam in what should be a fun and active battle, as both are new in their careers and as yet undefeated.

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Zhang Lipeng to face Chris Wade at UFC in Boston on January 18th

02 Nov 2014 6:53 pm Posted by jjwakrat

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UFC’s Zhang Lipeng

TUF China winner Zhang Lipeng will take his first fight beyond his country as he’s verbally agreed to face Chris Wade at UFC Fight Night in Boston, USA on January 18, 2015.

The event will be headlined by former title holders Ben Henderson and Eddie Alvarez facing off.

Zhang won the TUF welterweight tournament when he defeated fellow Chinese stand out Wang Sai earlier in March in Macau. The decision win wasn’t so much controversial as it was lackluster, but Zhang came back in fashion at the next Macau event. There, in August, he faced Brendan O’Reilly and went a full three rounds, only this time Zhang pulled a dominant game of back takes and ground and pound for the decisive victory.

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(한국어) Ahead of ROAD FC 19, Lee Dool-Hee talks about his lonely life in MMA, “Crying Fist” TV show

7:23 am Posted by jjwakrat

ROAD FC's Lee Dool HeeOriginally Posted at MMA-in-Asia

ROAD FC’s Lee Dool Hee

At ROAD FC 19, Lee Dool-Hee makes his return to the cage on November 9, 2014 in the main event against UFC veteran Riki Fukuda. Having been out due to injuries for about a year and a half, the South Korean slugger is back and ready to put on a show for his fans.

Lee is known for being matched against the toughest opponents and never backing down during the fight. Currently, he is preparing for his match-up against one of the better known and well-respected fighters coming out of Japan in Fukuda.

Lee’s road has not been an easy one. In this interview, he talks about his last fight, experiences of being on a television show, and thoughts on his upcoming opponent.

Asia MMA: What is your background in MMA, ad how did you get where you are today?
이둘희씨에 대해서 간단한 소개 부탁드릴께요. 성장과정이랑, 파이터가 된 후 어떤 스승님 아래 훈련하셨어요? 지금 현재 대표하는 운동장이 있으신가요?

Lee: There is a Korean saying that ‘3 years as a school dog’ “서당개3년” – seodangs are traditional schools in Korea – and this saying means that even the dog learns after 3 years. This is exactly my case. Basic drills, no movement, no foundation, a 1980s style fighter. I properly learned MMA after I met coach Jae Hoon Lee from Daegu, a grateful teacher who led me into the world of MMA. Now, I have opened my own gym in which I teach as a coach. It is called Bros Gym and it is located in Chung-Jangro, Gwangju.
한국말에 ‘서당개삼년’이란 말이 있다. 옛날시대에 공부를 가르치던 서당이란게 있는게 그 서당에서 키우는 개로 3년을 있어도 배우는게 있다는 말인데 내가 딱 그런식이다. 기본 드릴도. 움직임도 없는 근본없는 1980년대 스타일파이터 대구mma 의 이재훈관장님을 만나 제대로 종합격투기를 배우기 시작했으며, 내게 입문의 길을 열어주신 고마운 스승님이다. 지금은 내가 스스로 오픈한 체육관에 관장으로써 제자들을 키우고있다. 광주 충장로에 위치한 ‘bros gym’이다.

Asia MMA: What was your first MMA experience like? What got you to become a fighter?
최초로 MMA를 접했을 때에 그 경험이나 느낌에 대해서 말씀해주세요! 파이터의 길을 걷게 된 계기가 무엇인지 궁금합니다.

Lee: It was simple. I liked to fight and I was good at studying. I fought a lot, and curiosity led me to fight in the ring, and I won. I felt a sudden rush of happiness and sense of achievement, something I could not feel when I got into (street) fights. After that, I was hooked. I believe there is no elegance in saying “I used to be pretty big ten years ago”, while not doing much now. I live as a fighter to truly be such a person ten years later.
간단했다. 힘겨루기를 좋아했고 공부도 곧잘했었다. 싸움도 많이했었고, 호기심으로 링에 선 처음 그리고 거기서의 승리. 싸움에서 느낄 수 없었던 행복감과 성취감을 느낄 수 있었다. 그때부터 난 여기에 빠져들었다. 아무것도 안하고 10년이 지나 “내가 과거엔 잘나갔었다” 란 말은 볼품없다. 난 10년후에도 잘나가고 멋진 사람이 되기위해 파이터로써 살고있다.

“I felt a sudden rush of happiness and sense of achievement… After that, I was hooked.”

Asia MMA: You have fought some tough opponents in the past, who is your toughest fight to date?
여러 강한 파이터를 상대하셨는데요, 역대 가장 강했거나 힘들었던 상대가 누구였습니까?

Lee: I would say it was Kawamura last year. He had power and speed beyond that of a normal middleweight and he was very skilled. After 3 rounds I was wasted. It was a difficult fight for my ability. I was barely able to win after I gave it my all.
작년에 카와무라 선수가 아니었을까? 중량급답지않은 타격실력과 스피드가 있었고 또한 노련했다. 3라운드끝나고 그냥 주저앉아 버렸다. 내 기량가지고는 힘든 시합이었다. 내 기량 이상을 쏟아내고서야 간신히 이길 수 있었다.

Asia MMA: You have been absent from competition for over a year now, what are your reasons for the long layoff?
년동안 활동을 하지 않으셨는데 그 이유를 알 수 있을까요?

Lee: I have had too many injuries, my left knee, right shoulder and right hand. I tried to ignore my injuries and went into rehab to recover but I thought it would take too much time and be painful. So I’m back even though I’m in the middle of my rehab.
왼쪽무릎 오른쪽어깨 오른주먹 등 큰 부상들이 너무 많았다. 아무렇지도 않은척 하면서 꾸준히 재활을 하고 완벽한 몸을 만드려했으나 그러면 너무 오래 걸리고 힘들것만 같았다. 그래서 부상회복중에 시합하기 위해 돌아왔다.

Asia MMA: Presently, you are in preparations for your fight. Where do you have most of your training camp? Who are your coaches? What type of sparring partners do you have?
지금 현재 경기 준비 중이신데 훈련은 주로 어디서 하세요? 코치 분들은누구인지 알 수 있을까요? 스파링 파트너가 있다면 혹시 누구랑 같이 하세요?

Lee: I currently own a gym in Gwangju which is where I usually train. I am my own coach. So it does get lonely. Of course, I have a lot of people helping me but having to schedule my own training is the hardest. So, these days I train with Busan’s Team MAD. I am very thankful to a great coach Yang Sung-Hoon, Kim Dong-Hyun, Bae Myung-Ho and to all those strong fighters who have helped me in my training.
훈련은 주로 현재는 내가 체육관을 운영하고있는 광주에서 하고있다. 내가 선수이고 코치이며 감독이다. 좀 외롭다. 물론 도와주시는 분들은 많이있다. 혼자서 훈련스케줄을 짜는게 가장 고되고 힘들다. 그래서 요새는 부산 팀 매드로 자주 훈련을 가고있다. 양성훈 감독님처럼 훌륭한 감독님과 김동현선수, 배명호선수, 여러 강한 선수가 즐비해서 많은 도움이 되주고있다. 감사한다.

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Vuyisile Colossa’s new IMPI FC 1 heralds MMA back to Hong Kong on October 31st

30 Oct 2014 4:20 pm Posted by jjwakrat

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Hong Kong finally sees a professional MMA event hit the city on Halloween night as Vuyisile Colossa’s IMPI FC hosts its first event at the Southorn Stadium.

Colossa, a professional MMA and Muay Thai fighter, successfully launched three seasons of an amateur White Collar MMA promotion before venturing into the pro MMA realm. IMPI FC will eventually hold events on both sides of the world on two different continents as Colossa hopes to develop MMA in his birthplace of South Africa, to his adopted home of Hong Kong.

IMPI FC 1 will throw a few kickboxing matches in with the MMA, to give the Muay Thai hungry Hong Kongers something to relate to. Diego Nunes will be participating in one of these matches. However, the meat of the card will be the MMA, populated with locally-based and training fighters getting much needed experience in their own region.

Fighters on the card who will be known to MMA fans include a lightweight match between Donald Tong and Kenny Yeung. Tong has fought in Malaysian FC and Dare, while Yeung was a regular in Legend FC.

The event is being sanctioned and overseen by the newly-formed Hong Kong China Mixed Martial Arts Association, which aims to grow the sport of MMA regionally through ensuring safe practices, the integrity of the sport, and the livelihood of the participants.

IMPI FC 1
October 31, 2014
Southorn Stadium
Hong Kong, China

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Mourad Ennaceri vs. Sean Stolarczyk

#11 – MMA – Middleweight
Nosherwan “Nosh” Khanzada vs. Ederson Cristian Macedo

#10 – MMA – Lightweight
Donald Tong vs. Kenny Leung

#9 – Kickboxing – 61 kg
Alvin Cooney vs. Tang Chak Ming

#8 – MMA – Welterweight
Bernard Fung vs. Yannick Tchieguen

#7 – Kickboxing – 70kg
Lee Tsun Yin, Jeremy vs. Diego Nunes

#6 – Kickboxing – 70kg
Shinji Ichinose vs. Champ Fairtex

#5 – Kickboxing – 70kg
Anson Chak Kom Ho vs. Thiele Dustin

#4 – MMA – Bantamweight
Sze-To Wa Hin vs. Max Leali

#3 – Kickboxing – 56.7kg
Sebe d’Almanda Remedios vs. Man Wong

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Roberto Miguel Medalla vs. Micheal John Dacuno

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Tomoaki Katsuba vs. Chow wan choi

The China Issue: Contending Dragon, Fighting Tiger

28 Oct 2014 7:38 am Posted by jmorley

by Michael Job

Originally posted on Fight Sport Asia

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The growth of MMA in China is seen as a ‘no brainer’ as MMA promotions around the world line up to compete for the hearts and minds of the Chinese people. The landscape is no picnic though. Fight Sport Asia looks at what it will take for the sport to flourish in the home of traditional martial arts.

It would be wrong to frame the debate about MMA as a homecoming, because martial arts and fighting have many different influences. The influence of martial arts in China is wide ranging and is part of the genetic code of the culture and forms of MMA have long existed like Sanda competitions.

In a 2012 interview Joel Resnik of RUFF China said ‘a lot of parents would rather that their kids do MMA than play basketball’. This reflects the view of Mike Haskamp, the former promoter of Legend FC who currently works as Director of Strategy for NBA Asia. In a 2013 interview he stated that although basketball and the NBA are very popular it is not part of Chinese cultural legacy:

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M-1 Challenge 53 in Beijing delayed to November 25, Satoshi Ishii out due to injury

4:06 am Posted by jjwakrat

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M-1 Challenge takes place for the first time in China in Beijing on November 25, 2014. Main event fighter Satoshi Ishii is out due to injury. A replacement for Sergei Kharitonov is being sought.

Russian paratrooper Sergei Kharitonov and Olympic judo gold medalist Satoshi Ishii were set meet in the main event of M-1′s first mainland China event “Battle in the Celestial Empire”, the first card of a ten-year deal for M-1 to produce events in China. Ishii has broken a rib and will be replaced by a yet to be agreed upon opponent.

M-1 President Vadim Finkelchtein made the announcement today. The delay of the event to November 25th has been attributed to the holding of the APEC Summit during the week of the previously scheduled date.

Several matches still remain unannounced, and it is expected that Chinese athletes will fill more than a few of them. Finkelchtein “promised to showcase some of the best Chinese MMA fighters at M-1 Challenge 53″,

“MMA in China is still in its infancy but the fan base is already present and it’s quite soild. I believe the event will be a success.”

Yao Honggang is the first announced, one of China’s most well-known fighters, and he will face Nikita Chistyakov, an impressive young striker.

M-1 will hold one show per year in China, starting with Challenge 53. It will be broadcast live in Russia and live streamed worldwide.

M-1 Challenge 53
November 25, 2014
Wukesong Arena
Beijing, China

Streamed live on https://m1-player.fuugo.tv/main/

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