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November 30, 2006

Jerome LeBanner: "I Will Win"

By Monty DiPietro

The K-1 World Grand Prix '06 Final is just two days away, and already the spotlight is focused on the tournament's first bout between Defending WGP Champion Semmy Schilt of Holland and French kickboxer Jerome LeBanner.Jeromelebanner

The man who be this year's Grand Champion must of course dispatch three consecutive opponents on Saturday, but more than a few observers regard the winner of the LeBanner/Schilt fight as the favorite to go on and win it all.

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Lighty, Barry Set To Rematch At Kumate

By Martial Arts Fighting Staff

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Twenty-six year old kickboxing star, Patrick Barry, will move to avenge the loss he suffered a year and a half ago at the hands of fellow K-1 North America heavyweight contender, Scott Lighty, during Shin-Do Kumate XI, a non-K-1 sanctioned kickboxing card, which will take place at St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa, Florida on Friday, December 8th.

On April 30th of last year, Lighty earned a unanimous judges' decision over Barry during K-1's "Battle at Bellagio IV" card that took place at Las Vegas, Nevada's Bellagio Hotel and Casino. Lighty dominated the three-round contest by remaining more active and beating Barry to the punch.

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November 29, 2006

The Basement Breakdown- Icon Sport: Unstoppable

By Collin Welsh

I’d like to welcome you all to the first edition of The Basement Breakdown. After spending the last four years watching, arguing, debating, predicting, and breaking down fights with friends, family, or whoever would listen in my basement, I decided that it was only appropriate to name the column after my time spent on my navy blue couch. Now with that said, lets breakdown this card.

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Icon Sports: Unstoppable is headlined by an intriguing main event as Jason "Mayhem" Miller defends his Icon middleweight title for the very first time against Frank "Twinkle Toes" Trigg. The always exciting, always eccentric Mayhem comes into this fight hot off of a submission win over Robbie Lawler in September. Mayhem has won nine of his last ten fights, with eight of those victories coming by way of submission. His only lose came at the hand of current UFC welterweight champion Georges St.Pierre way back at UFC 52 in April of 2005. Since that fight Miller has won five straight fights with submission wins over Mark Moreno, Falaniko Vitale, Stefan Gamlin, Loduen Sincaid, and as mention earlier Robbie Lawlyer. It was announced just a few days ago that Miller will be joining Team Quest full time from here on out and this will be his first fight with his new team in his corner.

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Schilt Seen as Favorite in K-1 World GP Final

By Monty DiPietro

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The K-1 World Grand Prix Final is the planet's premiere fight sport event, the annual culmination of scores of elimination tournaments held round the world. Hundreds of hopefuls have fallen by the way, outclassed by the eight elite fighters who will go head-to-head this Saturday night at the largest venue in the world's largest city, Tokyo.

The event follows K-1's classic tournament format -- four first-tier bouts advanced a quartet of fighters to the semifinals, the winners there meet in the final. As such, the man who would be Champion will have to dispatch three opponents in a single day.

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International Fight League (IFL) Becomes Publicly Traded Company

By Press Release

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International Fight League, Inc. (OTC.BB: IFLI), the world’s first team-based professional mixed martial arts league, today reached another milestone in its early history, becoming one of a handful of professional sports entities to be traded as a public company. Effective today, the IFL begins trading on the over the counter bulletin board under the symbol “IFLI.”

“This is a landmark day for all fight sports, ranging from Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) to professional boxing,” said IFL CEO Gareb Shamus. “As a publicly traded sports entity, the IFL will be able to help the sport grow beyond its current boundaries and move into the mainstream with both fans and business partners. MMA has seen some significant growth in the last few years, from the emergence of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) on Spike TV to increasing ratings and attendance numbers, and we expect our model to add to that success in this new expanded international sports marketplace.”

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November 28, 2006

Commission Suspends Williamson; Fields To Face J. Williams

By Press Release

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Boxer Jeremy William's opponent, Jamiah Williamson, was suspended yesterday by the CSAC. Icon has immediately cancelled his participation in the Dec 1st event.

Williamson will be replaced Ron "Killing" Fields, an Icon veteran with over 40 fights on his record. Fields has competed against some of the best MMA fighters in the world, including Dennis Kang, Falaniko Vitale, Travis Wiuff, and Jeremy Horn. Although taking the fight on short notice, Fields will provide a much bigger challenge for Williams' MMA debut.

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Exclusive Interview: Jeremy Williams

By Rick Caudle

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Well known as a coach on the reality TV show, The Contender, heavyweight
knockout specialist, Jeremy “Half Man, Half Amazing” Williams, will make his mixed martial arts debut against Jamiah Williamson (2-0) during the ICON Sports card at the Blaisdell Center in Honolulu, Hawaii on Saturday. Arguably the best pure boxer to ever set foot in a MMA event, Williams is ready to prove to the world that, with 35 KO’s under his belt, he is set to take over the sport.

Q. You have such an impressive record as a boxer, what made you decide to go into other fighting competitions such as K-1 and MMA?

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November 27, 2006

Pro Footballer Suits Up For Strikeforce MMA Fight

By Michael Afromowitz

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San Jose Sabrecats lineman and undefeated mixed martial arts super heavyweight contender, Rex Richards (3-0), will attempt to extend his win streak in the cage when he makes his Strikeforce debut during the promotion’s “Triple Threat” world championship fight card being presented by BodogFIGHT at San Jose, California’s HP Pavilion on Friday, December 8th.

The 26 year old Richards, a 6 foot 5 inch, 300 pound monstrous specimen of man, holds a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He will face another giant in 6 foot 8 inch, 290 pound Kyle Leviton (0-1) of San Diego. Also 26 years of age, Leviton is skilled in both kickboxing and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

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Media Buzz: 'Outside The Box'

By Media Buzz

The San Francisco Chronicle takes a deep look at the impact of The UFC

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In the Sunday, November 26th edition of The San Francisco Chronicle, writer Tom Fitzgerald explores the astronimical growth of mixed martial arts, repeatedly pointing to last weekend's UFC card at the Arco Arena in Sacramento, California, as a prime example.

Despite Fitzgerald's handful of less than subtle attempts to sensationalize the level of violence embraced by the sport with comments like "This is a sport that not only condones hitting a man when he's down; it rewards it," the analysis is, for the most part, fair and balanced as the author explores the current mixed martial arts craze amongst young males.

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November 25, 2006

Butterbean And Pair Of Title Fights Highlight Cage Rage

By Martial Arts Fighting Staff

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A heavyweight matchup between Eric “Butterbean” Esch and Rob “Bear” Broughton and a two championship bouts – a middleweight showdown between champion Mark “The Wizard” Weir and Zelg “Little Cro Cop” Galesic and a lightweight battle between champion Vitor “Shaolin” Ribeiro and Daisuke Nakamura – highlight Cage Rage 19. The 12-bout card, billed as a “U.S. vs. U.K.” affair, will take place at Earls Court in London, England on Saturday, December 9th.

Hawaiian brawler, Wesley “Cabbage” Correira will also see action on the card against Tengiz Tedoradze.

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