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April 30, 2007

"Good Ole Boy" Hopes to Stop "Viking"

By Press Release

Much like the Scandinavian pirates who plundered the coasts of Europe from the 8th to 10th centuries, Dan "The Viking" Evensen will be seeking victory at all costs when the hit mixed martial arts series Bodog Fight: Costa Rica Combat continues this Tuesday, May 1 at 11 p.m. / 10 p.m. Central on ION Television.

After winning his first five pro fights, the towering 6-5, 260-pound Norwegian has suffered two straight defeats and needs to beat Jeremiah "Good Ole Boy" Constant in order to get his MMA career back on track.

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Baroni Rocks "The Bone" Radio

By Martial Arts Fighting Staff

Phil Baroni is never at a loss for words, especially when it comes to his June 22nd opponent, Frank Shamrock.

Two weeks ago, "The New York Badass" sounded off about his upcoming, live Showtime Pay Per View showdown with the former UFC middleweight champion during a on-air interview with hosts Lamont and Tonelli at 107.7 FM "The Bone," the number one listened to rock music station in The San Francisco Bay Area of California.

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April 29, 2007

Hawaiian Punch Courtesy Mighty Mo; Hari Wins the Belt

By Monty DiPietro

Hard-hitting American Samoan fighter Mighty Mo turned aside three challengers en route to the tournament victory, while Badr Hari donned the Heavyweight Belt tonight at the first major international K-1 World Grand Prix event of the year. Held at a boisterous Neal Blaisdell center in Honolulu, the thrill-packed evening featured a classic eight-man elimination tournament, four Superfights with major K-1 stars; and, in the Main Event, the inaugural K-1 Heavyweight Title Match.

This year, K-1 introduced a 70kg/154lbs - 100kg/220lbs weight class. To earn the honor of fighting for the Heavyweight Belt, 22 year-old Moroccan bad boy Badr Hari and Asia GP 2007 Champion Yasuke Fujimoto of Japan both won tough qualification bouts this March -- Fujimoto beating compatriot Musashi, Hari dispatching Ruslan Karaev of Russia.

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April 28, 2007

Romulo Scores Big KO To Remain Undefeated

By Michael Afromowitz

"Mr. Classic" Chris Romulo needed a mere 70 seconds to take out Rick Sanita and boost his professional Muay Thai record to 5-0 (4 KO's) during the main event of the World Kickboxing Association (WKA USA) sanctioned "Friday Night Fights" in Manhattan, New York last night.

Cautious in the opening moments of action, the 32-year-old Romulo, a native of Queens, New York, caught a Sanita round kick intended for the body and retaliated with a hard right round kick to the head that put Sanita on the floor. Referee Chris Wagner counted Sanita out.

Since he turned professional after amassing a superb 18-3 record in amateur Muay Thai competition, Romulo has also made it known that he is looking to test his Muay Thai skills in the world of mixed martial arts.

K-1 WGP in Hawaii Press Conference

By Monty DiPietro

Ah, Hawaii! An idyllic archipelago set in azure seas, home of rich traditions, spirited mythologies and brave warrior kings -- a perfect setting for the first major K-1 World Grand Prix international event of 2007. This Saturday night the talent-packed fight card will feature a classic 8-man elimination tournament advancing one combatant to this year's WGP Final Elimination. But there is a whole lot more in store for Honolulu -- Superfights featuring some of the biggest K-1 stars ever; and the Main Event, the inaugural K-1 Heavyweight Title Match.

It will be all guts and glory at the Neal Blaisdell Arena this weekend, but this afternoon, it was sunshine and a little chill time. As the sweet scent of plumeria blossoms and a throng of several hundred fans filled the open-air Ala Moana Center, the warriors-in-waiting took to the stage for a brief press conference, to answer some questions and smile for the cameras.

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April 26, 2007

"Mayhem" Makes WEC Debut

By Martial Arts Fighting Staff

Fan favorite, Jaysun "Mayhem" Miller, will make his debut with World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) when he takes on Hiromitsu Miura at Las Vegas's Hard Rock Hotel and Casino on Saturday, May 12th.

Originally slated to headline the card and defend his lightweight championship against Rich Crunkilton, "Razor" Rob McCullough was forced to withdraw from the fight due to a knee injury. Crunkilton will, instead, square of with Jamie Varner.

With McCullough sidelined, the WEC light heavyweight title will be on the line in the main event when champion Dough "The Rhino" Marshall faces challenger Justin McElfresh.

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Frank Shamrock: "I'm A Trained Killer"

By Martial Arts Fighting Staff

Beginning with this piece, Martial Arts Fighting Online (MAFighting.com) will bring you the most in-depth coverage of the upcoming showdown between former UFC middleweight champion, Frank Shamrock, and UFC and Pride veteran, "The New York Badass" Phil Baroni.

Earlier this week, Shamrock had the opportunity to sound off about his nemesis during an interview on KNBR 680/1050 AM, the ESPN affiliate radio station in California's Bay Area. Shamrock also took the time to discuss a number of other issues including his childhood, the evolution of mixed martial arts, and the Gracie family.

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April 25, 2007

Roufus Takes On "The Panther" At Shin Do Kumate

By Press Release

Six-time world kickboxing champion and former K-1 USA tournament champion, Rick "The Jet" Roufus, will battle John "The Panther" James, in the main event of Shin Do Kumate XII: "The Warriors Quest," which will take place at Jacksonville, Florida's Veterans Memorial Arena on Saturday, May 12th.

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April 24, 2007

IFL Moves June Event To Vegas

By Martial Arts Fighting Staff

The International Fight League (IFL) announced today that it will move its June 16 regular season event from Reno, Nev., to Las Vegas. The event will be held at the Las Vegas Hilton, marking the first time an MMA event will be held at the hotel. Tickets for the event, which range in price from $50 to $200, will go on sale April 28 through the Las Vegas Hilton Box office and Ticketmaster.

"We were presented an opportunity for this breakthrough event in Las Vegas, and we felt it is an opportunity we could not pass up," said IFL CEO and co-founder Gareb Shamus. "Our steady progress throughout our first year of existence (the first IFL event was only held April 29, 2006) has resulted in some great opportunities that we could not have predicted, and this move to work with the Las Vegas Hilton for this event is the latest one. It is a very exciting day for us, our athletes and for all the MMA fans in Nevada."

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April 23, 2007

Kimo Sends Invite To Tito Ortiz

By Press Release

Asks The Huntington Beach Bad Boy To Join New Era Fighting

Despite any contractual obligations that Tito Ortiz may still have with The UFC, Kimo Leopoldo has posed an open invitation to "The Huntington Beach Bad Boy" to join Leopoldo's start-up promotion, New Era Fighting. The letter reads as follows:

Hey, what's up, Tito:

First of all, I want to thank you for getting me a part in the movie, The Dog Problem, produced by James Caan's son, Scott. The fight scene we did was killer, except for the black eye; thanks a lot. We're still homeys, though.

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