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March 29, 2007

The Basement Breakdown: Icon Sport "Epic"

By Collin Welsh

The weather is getting nicer and life just keeps getting busier and busier. The world of mixed martial arts is no different. 2007 is already a historical year and could be the year that is remembered as the year that changed everything. Already 2007 has provided many momentous events and it is only March. Pride being sold to the Fertitta brothers could end up being the biggest move in mixed martial arts history, but only time will tell. The alliances among Strikeforce, K-1, Cage Rage, and Pro Elite that are popping up because of the Feritta’s purchase will also provide great bouts for the fans and further push the sport to new heights.

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March 28, 2007

Former NFL Player Battles TUF Veteran 'Noah'

By Press Release

Former Green Bay Packers running back, Herbert "Whisper" Goodman, will shoot for his third consecutive mixed martial arts victory when he faces The Ultimate Fighter season three cast member, Noah Inhofer, in a light heavyweight contest during the next installment of Gladiators Fighting on Saturday, April 7th at Green Bay, Wisconsin's K1 Convention Center.

Goodman, who played sparingly over the two years he was with the Packers (2000-02), is looking to make a name for himself as one of Gladiators Fighting's top Light Heavyweight MMA fighters.

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FEG, Pro Elite, and Showtime Announce K-1 Mega-Card In LA

By Press Release

Saturday, June 2, 2007; One-Hour SHOWTIME Telecast Will Precede PPV Event

FEG (Fighting Entertainment Group), ProElite and SHOWTIME Networks Tuesday formally announced a gigantic mixed martial arts fight card Saturday, June 2, 2007, at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

The initial three bouts of the live card will be shown on SHOWTIME during a one-hour telecast that begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. On Feb. 10, 2007, SHOWTIME aired the first-ever MMA fight card carried live on premium television.

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March 16, 2007

K-1 Champ Williams Signs With Strikeforce

By Michael Afromowitz

Former K-1 USA tournament champion, Carter Williams, became the latest addition to the growing roster of mixed martial arts mega-promotion, Strikeforce. The 26-year-old heavyweight knockout artist will make his debut during Strikeforce's upcoming card that will be headlined by the long-awaited showdown between former UFC middleweight champion, Frank Shamrock, and Pride slugger, "The New York Badass" Phil Baroni.

Williams, who fights out of Modesto, California, became an overnight star when, as an 18 to 1 underdog, he defeated three straight opponents to capture the K-1 North America tournament championship on May 2, 2003. His upset victory over defending champion Michael "The Black Sniper" McDonald, which Williams earned by way of a majority judges decision, paved the way for the young Muay Thai stylist to defeat Yusuke Fujimoto and six-time world kickboxing champion, Rick "The Jet" Roufus, respectively.

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March 15, 2007

Tokoro, Mighty Mo Dominate Hero's '07 Nagoya

By Monty DiPietro

Middleweight Japanese mixed martial arts sensation Hideo Tokoro confirmed his status as an elite Hero's fighter by submitting Kazuya Yasuhiro in the Main Event tonight at the Hero's 2007 in Nagoya. In other action, K-1 star Mighty Mo destroyed Min So Kim, and 38 year-old Sakuraba showed he still has what it takes by dispatching challenger Yuri "Playboy" Kyselov.

It was just two years ago that K-1's governing body the Fight Entertainment Group (FEG) organized its first Hero's event at the Saitama Arena. The hugely successful mixed martial arts fight production is going global this year, with full details on Hero's entry into the United States expected within weeks.

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March 11, 2007

Hero's 2007 in Nagoya Press Conference

By Monty DiPietro

It was just two years ago that K-1's governing body the Fight Entertainment Group (FEG) organized its first Hero's event at the Saitama Arena. Now, the hugely successful mixed martial arts fight presentation is going global. In a press conference today at the Westin Nagoya Castle Hotel, Hero's supervisor Akira Maeda and FEG Event Producer Sadaharu Tanikawa promised a "surprising announcement" on Hero's and the United States within weeks. Also upcoming is Maeda's first child (a boy) and tomorrow's Hero's in Nagoya -- the fightsport's first event of the year.

Twenty-two fighters will square off in eleven bouts, all fought under Hero's Rules. Today they shared their pre-fight thoughts with the media.

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March 09, 2007

UFC's Rory Singer To Headline Atlanta Fight Night

By Martial Arts Fighting Staff

UFC Fighter Rory Singer is set to headline Wild Bill's Fight Night on Friday, April 13.

Singer starred on the hit tv show The Ultimate Fighter on Spike TV and has won two of his last three fights for the UFC. He has won "Submission of the Night" and "Fight of the Night" in two of his UFC appearances.

Approximately 14 fights will take place on the card. Doors will open at 6:30 PM and the fights will begin at 8:30. Wild Bill's (www.wildbillstlanta.com) was recently listed as the No. 2 Country Venue in The United States by the Country Music Association.

March 08, 2007

The Basement Breakdown: News, Rumors, and Reactions

By Collin Welsh

"Randy Couture is my hero"

Randycouture_1UFC 68 was arguably the greatest night in the history of the UFC. Randy Couture demolished and dominated the much larger and younger heavyweight champion, Tim Sylvia. The performance was something that even days later still feels like a dream. I had picked Couture to win the title, but I was beyond nervous as he entered the area to the very appropriate Aerosmith song "Back in the Saddle Again". Memories of Couture being knocked out by Liddell, having his eye-socket crushed by Ricco Rodriguez, and being stopped by Josh Barnett kept dancing around my head as Bruce Buffer belted out the introductions. I never expected Couture to start off the fight the way he did and I doubt he could have dreamed up a better scenario. Couture dropped Sylvia with a vicious combination that was punctuated by a big right hand that landed flush on the 6'8 champion’s chin. I leaped out of my seat and would not be able to return to the sofa till the belt was around Couture’s waist. Sylvia was lucky to survive the big right hand and from that moment on Couture dominated Sylvia in a way that no one other than Couture and his training camp believed he could do. Randy Couture’s performance was perfect and his story is truly something that is only seen in the movies.

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Combat Sports Challenge Features World Muay Thai TItle Fight

By Press Release

The Combat Sports Challenge 19, MMA and Muay Thai Fight Show at the Showplace in Richmond, VA will feature Chris Ngimbi of Holland vs Shawn Campbell of Canada for the World Kickboxing Association’s (WKA) WORLD PROFESSIONAL THAIBOXING TITLE (Super Welterweight -70kg/-154lb) on March 24, 2007. Chris “The African Warrior” Ngimbi hails from Team Calmaro in Holland and boasts over 30 professional career wins. He won WKA Intercontinental Title by beating Thailand’s Khunpon in Guilty Boxing’s Pride and Glory MMA and Boxing event in Atlanta, GA. Ngimbi has continued to mount win after win in Holland and throughout Europe. Most wins come in a most devastating fashion, via head kicks and flying knees. His opponent Shane “Shaolin” Campbell from Iron Tiger Muay Thai in Canada has had a prolific career fighting North America and Thailand. Campbell holds multiple titles in various organizations including the WKA North American Title which he captured by knocking the incumbent champion to the canvas three times in the first round causing the referee to step in and stop the match. Both fighters have an exciting, hold-nothing-back fighting style, which features lots of head kicks and knees. This main event promises plenty of action from opening to closing bell.

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March 04, 2007

Schilt Captures K-1 Super Heavyweight Belt in Yokohama

By Monty DiPietro

Defending K-1 World Grand Prix Champion Sammy Schilt of Holland KO'd veteran slugger Ray Sefo of New Zealand tonight to become the first fighter to wear the new K-1 Super Heavyweight Title Belt. Schilt further distinguished himself as the first K-1 fighter to ever knock Sefo out.

With a star-studded card featuring established and up-and-coming fighters alike, the event kicked off K-1's15th season with thrilling fights and a couple of dramatic upsets.

The Fight Entertainment Group (FEG), which governs K-1, debuted two new weight classes here -- the Super Heavyweight division for fighters over 100kg/220lbs; and a corresponding Heavyweight class to accommodate fighters from 70kg/154lbs - 100kg, that is, between the existing World Max and new Super Heavyweight classes.

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