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January 31, 2007

Breaking News: Strikeforce Sues Shamrock

By Martial Arts Fighting Staff

Lawsuit puts next week's Shamrock-Gracie Showtime fight in jeopardy

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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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January 30, 2007

Media Buzz: Bloomberg Breaks Down IFL Stock

By Martial Arts Fighting Staff

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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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January 26, 2007

K-1 Discusses 2007 Season, Announces New Weight Class

By Monty DiPietro

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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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January 24, 2007

Exclusive Interview: Clay Guida

By Rick Caudle

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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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January 23, 2007

President's Address Postpones "Warrior Nation"

By Martial Arts Fighting Staff

MAfighting.com has learned that the premiere of the third episode of mixed martial arts documentary, Warrior Nation, has been postponed due to President Bush's State of the Union address that will commence at 9 PM Eastern Standard Time tonight. Coverage of the President's speech will overlap with Warrior Nation's MSNBC time slot of 10-11 PM.

Episode three of Warrior Nation, which features Strikeforce fighters Cung Le, Elaina Maxwell, and Gina Carano, will reportedly premiere on Friday night. More information coming soon.

MSNBC's "Warrior Nation" Looks At Strikeforce Tonight

By Martial Arts Fighting Staff

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The third chapter of MSNBC's four-part documentary series, Warrior Nation, will air tonight at 10 PM. Episode three explores the world of Strikeforce including one of the promotion's marquee names - undefeated world San Shou kickboxing champion, Cung Le.

The cameras go behind the scenes and follow Le as he prepares for his third career cage fight and his toughest opponent to date - former The Ultimate Fighter contestant, Jason Von Flue.

In addition, the third episode will follow the footsteps of female fighters Elaina Maxwell and Gina Carano as they get set to do battle for the second time in their careers. The pair initially met in Las Vegas under K-1 rules last year, with Carano winning the bout by way of judges' decision.

January 22, 2007

The Basement Breakdown: Ultimate Fight Night 9

By Collin Welsh

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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.

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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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January 18, 2007

The Basement Breakdown: World Extreme Cagefighting at the Hard Rock in Las Vegas

By Collin Welsh

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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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New Era Fighting Signs Former Porn Star Brink

By Press Release

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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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January 17, 2007

Rizzo Headlines Inaugural Art Of War Card

By Press Release

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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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