Lawsuit puts next week's Shamrock-Gracie Showtime fight in jeopardy
Late last week, rumors about the possibility of a court battle between Strikeforce and Frank Shamrock began flying around on nearly every internet message forum. Martial Arts Fighting Online has confirmed that the California-based mixed martial arts fight promotion has, in fact, filed a lawsuit against Shamrock in an attempt to enforce what it maintains is an exclusive contract to promote the former UFC middleweight champion's next bout.
According to documents filed with the Superior Court of California in the county of Santa Clara, West Coast Productions, the parent company of Strikeforce, received a temporary restraining order against Shamrock, whose real name is Frank Alisio Juarez III, last Monday, January 23rd after it filed a complaint stating that Shamrock had breached his contract with the promotion by agreeing to fight Renzo Gracie in the main event of February 10th's Showtime network-televised mixed martial arts fight card.
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Mixed martial arts is on Wall Street's radar. Not surprising considering the sport's first public company has been making waves in downtown New York City.
John Dorman, an analyst for leading online financial service data provider, Bloomberg.com, recently took an in-depth look at the International Fight League (IFL), and the company's stock price (Nasdaq symbol IFLI) that has risen an astonishing 64 percent this year - a pretty amazing feat considering the company's book value (assets minus liabilities) as of September 30th was -$960K and its total assets amounted to a mere $10K.
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K-1 announced today it will launch its World Grand Prix 2007 season with an All-Star event in Yokohama. The fightsport organization also outlined plans to create a new weight class, as well as a program to kickstart the development of young Japanese fighters.
Joining K-1 Event Producer Sadaharu Tanikawa in the Imperial Hotel press conference were a couple of K-1's Japanese stars -- Musashi and Yusuke Fujimoto. These fighters will face one another at this year's first World GP event, set for Yokohama Arena on March 4. Headlining the talent-rich card is a bout between defending WGP Champ Sammy Schilt and Ray Sefo of New Zealand. In other action, Korean giant Hong-Man Choi will step in against American Mighty Mo; Ruslan Karaev of Russia will tango with Dutchman Badr Hari; Chalid "Die Faust" of Germany will take on Japanese tough guy Hiromi Amada; and French kickboxer Cyril Abidi will test Japanese fighter Mitsugu Noda.
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Rising star Clay “The Carpenter” Guida (21-6) will take on Vale Tudo stylist and UFC veteran Din “Dinyero” Thomas (21-7) in his second UFC appearance at Ultimate Fight Night 8 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida on Thursday.
Two days before the showdown with Thomas, Guida took some time to talk about the the splash he made in 2006, his “accidental” entry into the sport, and his goals for 2007.
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The Ultimate Fighting Championship presents Ultimate Fight Night 9 live on Spike TV from the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, in Florida. The UFC kicks off 2007 with an interesting card that could have a larger impact on the upcoming year, than expected. The fight card includes the UFC debut of Heath Herring, The Ultimate Fighter season two winner Rashad Evans, as well as Nathan Marquardt, Hermes Franca, and Spencer Fisher all stepping into the octagon.
Hermes Franca vs. Spencer Fisher
This match is not the main event to be featured live on Spike TV, but it should be. The winner of this fight will find themselves matched up with the UFC lightweight champion, Sean Sherk sometime this summer. Sherk, who is recovering from shoulder surgery has not defended his title since winning it at UFC 64.
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The Basement Breakdown has moved itself to the great state of Virginia for the next few months. Virginia is not exactly a mixed martial arts hotbed, but is a state where the sport is sanctioned. Alright, enough about the VA. This is a big weekend for the WEC. As the newest acquisition to Zuffa’s growing dynasty, the new WEC will be a real player in the world of mma if it is able to reach Zuffa’s lofty goals. This first show under new management features top notch fighters like Urijah Faber, Rob McCullough, Carlos Condit, and John Alessio. The card also features big time up and comers like muay thai fighter Kit Cope, Joe Pearson, Rich Crunkilton, and Logan Clark.
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Ex-porn star Aaron Brink has signed a promotional contract to fight for New Era Fighting (NEF), the emerging mix martial arts organization featuring combat fighting legend Kimo Leopoldo, NEF president Ron Kort announced today.
Brink is NEF’s first signed fighter since Kimo but, as Kort noted, numerous signings will be announced in the coming weeks as NEF prepares for its inaugural show, tentatively scheduled for May 11 in southern California.
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Former UFC Heavyweight Contender and Brazilian Jui Jitsu legend, Pedro “The Rock” Rizzo, is set to challenge former UFC Heavyweight Contender, Justin “The Hammer” Eilers, in the main event when ART OF WAR, Undisputed Arena Fighting Championships premiers at Dallas’ American Airline Center on Friday, March 9th.
Rizzo (14-7...Rio De Janeiro, Brazil) and Eilers (14-5-1...Boise, Idaho) are set to battle for the newly formed IFA (International Fighters Association) World Heavyweight Championship. Their championship bout will be one of ten (10) exciting Mixed Martial Arts fights on the card that will feature eleven Americans and nine International fighters.
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