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Fight Network Presents Cage Warriors 66 & Enfusion LIVE Doubleheader Saturday, March 22, at 4 p.m. ET

Toronto – Fight Network, the world’s premier 24/7 television channel dedicated to complete coverage of combat sports, presents a live European doubleheader this Saturday, March 22, beginning at 4 p.m. ET with a live broadcast of Cage Warriors 66 from Ballerup Arena in Copenhagen, Denmark, immediately followed by Enfusion Live from Dublin, Ireland at approximately 6 p.m. ET. A vacant ... Read More »

UFC INTERNATIONAL FIGHT WEEK™ RETURNS TO LAS VEGAS JULY 1-6 WITH BIGGEST PLANS YET, SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE AND ALL THINGS UFC

Las Vegas – The Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) and Las Vegas are teaming up for the third annual UFC International Fight Week™ July 1-6, 2014. The weeklong celebration for fans around the world returns with its biggest plans yet and something for everyone including entertainment, dining, arts, charitable events, shopping and, of course, all things UFC. The event will also ... Read More »

WORLD SERIES OF FIGHTING 9 CONFERENCE CALL HIGHLIGHTS

LAS VEGAS (March 18, 2014) – World Series of Fighting hosted a media conference call on Tuesday with “World Series of Fighting 9: Carl vs. Palhares” headliners Steve Carl and Rousimar Palhares, as well as main-card competitors Marlon Moraes, Josh Rettinghouse, Josh Burkman and Tyler Stinson. Joining the fighters on the call was WSOF President Ray Sefo and WSOF Executive ... Read More »

THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER® 20 TRYOUTS OPEN TO STRAWWEIGHT WOMEN

Las Vegas, Nevada – In the aftermath of the Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) organization’s 20th anniversary, the UFC is kicking off its next two decades with a fresh twist on its storied reality television series, The Ultimate Fighter®. For the first time ever, the series’ 20th season will feature an all women cast in the UFC’s newest weight division and ... Read More »

Watch World Series of Fighting on March 29, Download and Play in WSOF/Shout TV Game To Win a $10,000 Ducati Monster Street Bike

LAS VEGAS, (March 18, 2014) – On March 29, when World Series of Fighting welterweight champion Steve Carl and challenger Rousimar Palhares headline World Series of Fighting 9, live on NBCSN, fans will find out who is the better fighter, but who is the smartest World Series of Fighting fan? For the first time ever, that question will be answered ... Read More »

THE UFC® RETURNS TO CINCINNATI ON SATURDAY, MAY 10 WITH WELTERWEIGHT CLASH AS OHIO’S MATT BROWN TAKES ON ERICK SILVA

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Las Vegas, Nevada – For the first time since UFC 77 in 2007, the Ultimate Fighting Championship® is bringing the Octagon® back to Cincinnati on Saturday, May 10 at U.S. Bank Arena. In the evening’s main event, Ohio’s own Matt Brown takes on Erick Silva in a five-round main event bout featuring two of the UFC’s most exciting welterweights. Having ... Read More »

Stephan Puetz upsets Defending Champ Viktor Nemkov In M-1 light heavyweight title fight

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (March 14, 2014) – German challenger Stephan Puetz (9-3-0) captured the M-1 Challenge light heavyweight title tonight, upsetting defending champion Viktor Nemkov (19-5-0) by split decision in a highly entertaining and competitive M-1 Challenge 46 main event, at Yubileyny Sports Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia. Puetz came on strong in the second-half of the fight, overcoming a ... Read More »

WEIGHTS FROM TWIN RIVER

LINCOLN, R.I. (March 13th, 2014) – Listed below are the final weights for all of the participants for “CES MMA XXII,” live mixed martial arts scheduled for Friday, March 14th, 2014 at Twin River Casino in Lincoln, R.I. The first bout is scheduled for 7 p.m. LUIS FELIX Johnston, R.I. 10-7, 3 KOs 156 DREW FICKETT Tucson, Ariz. 42-20, 3 ... Read More »

Fight Network Presents ONE FC 14: War of Nations LIVE this Friday, March 14, at 7 a.m. ET

Toronto – Fight Network, the world’s premier 24/7 television channel dedicated to complete coverage of combat sports, presents a live broadcast of ONE Fighting Championship 14: War of Nations mixed martial arts action from Stadium Negara in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysiathis Friday, March 14, at 7 a.m. ET. Fight Network’s live broadcast will be re-aired on Saturday night, March 15, at ... Read More »

Johnston braces for heavyweight title bout

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (March 12th, 2014) — When heavyweight John Johnston made his professional mixed martial arts debut three years ago at the age of 40 with only a few Muay Thai fights under his belt, competing for a title was the last thing on this mind. “It was one of those things I always thought about,” he said, “but never ... Read More »

M-1 Global Light Heavyweight title fight Victor Nemkov vs. Stephan Puetz Headlines ‘M-1 Challenge 46

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (March 10, 2014) – Red-hot Russian light heavyweight champion Victor Nemkov (19-4-0, 3 KO/TKO, 9 SUB) defends his M-1 Global title this Friday against German challenger Stephan Puetz (9-1-0, 4 KO/TKO, 3 SUB), headlining M-1 Challenge 46, at Yubileyny Sports Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia. Stary Oskol-native Nemkov rides a nine-fight win streak into M-1 Challenge 46, ... Read More »

Felix: “This fight is everything to me”

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (March 10th, 2014) — Forget everything you think you know about Luis Felix. After years of treating mixed martial arts like a hobby, the Providence-based lightweight is ready to go “all in” as he prepares for the toughest test of his career Friday night at Twin River Casino. “No more excuses,” said Felix (10-7, 3 KOs), who’ll face ... Read More »

GLORY 14 Zagreb LIVE Saturday, March 8 at 4 p.m. ET on Fight Network

Toronto – Fight Network, the world’s premier 24/7 television channel dedicated to complete coverage of combat sports, presents a live broadcast of GLORY 14 Zagreb, the world’s premier kickboxing action, on Saturday, March 8, beginning at 4 p.m. ET. Emanating from Zagreb, Croatia’s Arena Zagreb, GLORY 14 Zagreb is headlined by world-renowned heavyweight Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic (22-7-0, 12 KOs) ... Read More »

UFC FIGHT PASS™ GOES GLOBAL THE DIGITAL SUBSCRIPTION SERVICE NOW AVAILABLE IN 178 COUNTRIES AND TERRITORIES FROM CANADA TO THE UK, FROM GERMANY TO JAPAN

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Las Vegas, Nevada – The Ultimate Fighting Championship® organization announced that UFC FIGHT PASS™, the UFC’s new digital subscription service, is now available around the world. Following a hugely successful initial launch in the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand in December, fans in 178 countries and territories across the globe will now be able to enjoy UFC FIGHT PASS’s ... Read More »

UFC vet Egan looking to get back on track

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (March 5th, 2014) — Tom Egan was just a wide-eyed, 20-year-old novice with an ear-to-ear grin when he fought for the Ultimate Fighting Championships in his native Ireland four years ago, unaware of the pressure he was about to face. “I had literally just put on a pair of gloves for the first time less than two years ... Read More »

Promoter John ‘The Quietman’ Ruiz’ Announces first new AFO show ‘The Battle Series: AFO Redemption’

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MEDFORD, Mass. (March 4, 2014) – Promoter John “The Quietman” Ruiz, former two-time World Boxing Association heavyweight champion, announced today that the new American Fighting Championship (AFO) will promote a Pro-Am mixed-martial-arts show Saturday night, April 26 at Tyngsboro Sports Center in Tyngsboro, Massachusetts. The new AFO’s inaugural event under Ruiz’ ownership tentatively calls for professional fights, in addition to ... Read More »

Top-ranked middleweight Yushin Okami vs. Svetlozar Savov added to World Series of Fighting 9′s star-studded lineup

LAS VEGAS (March 4, 2014) – Perennially top-ranked middleweight Yushin “Thunder” Okami (29-8) makes his World Series of Fighting debut on March 29, as he battles Svetlozar Savov (12-4) on the NBCSN-broadcast main card of “World Series of Fighting 9: Carl vs. Palhares.” Additionally, a featherweight matchup between Brenson Hansen (5-2) and Boostayre “Bullit” Nefarios (2-1) has also been added ... Read More »

Felix, Johnston return March 14th

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (March 3rd, 2014) — “CES MMA XXII” will be a judgment night of sorts for two of the region’s brightest stars as they prepare for a challenge unlike any other. Hard-hitting heavyweight John Johnston will put his undefeated record on the line against a former Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC) contender for CES’ vacant title and lightweight Luis Felix ... Read More »

Smoldarev earns heavyweight title shot Khamanaev rolls to non-title fight win

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (February 28, 2014) – Undefeated Estonian heavyweight Denis Smoldarev (6-0-0) earned a M-1 Global title fight shot by defeating Ante “Walking Trouble” Delija (8-2-0) in tonight’s main event, headlining M-1 Challenge 45, at Atmosphere Hall in St. Petersburg, Russia. Known as “The Brock Lesnar of Estonia,” the 6′ 5″, 266 ½ pound Smoldarev is now positioned to ... Read More »

UFC® ANNOUNCES THAT LYOTO MACHIDA WILL FIGHT CHAMPION CHRIS WEIDMAN AT UFC 173

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Las Vegas, Nev. – The Ultimate Fighting Championship® announced tonight that former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida will face off against UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman in the main event of UFC 173 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday, May 24. In light of today’s unexpected ruling issued by the Nevada State ... Read More »

UFC SUPPORTS TODAY’S RULING BY NEVADA STATE ATHLETIC COMMISSION

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Las Vegas, Nev. – UFC President Dana White issued a statement regarding the decision made today by the Nevada State Athletic Commission: “The Ultimate Fighting Championship fully supports the decision made today by the Nevada State Athletic Commission regarding the immediate termination of therapeutic use exemptions (TUE) for testosterone replacement therapy (TRT). We believe our athletes should compete based on ... Read More »

Fight Network Presents Cage Warriors 65 LIVE this Saturday, March 1 at 4 p.m. ET

Toronto – Fight Network, the world’s premier 24/7 television channel dedicated to complete coverage of combat sports, presents a live broadcast of Cage Warriors 65 from Dublin, Ireland, this Saturday, March 1 at 4 p.m. ET, marking the promotion’s second event of 2014. Fight Network’s live HD broadcast of Cage Warriors 65 will be aired nationwide in Canada, as well ... Read More »

M-1 Challenge 45 OFFICIAL WEIGHTS

MAIN EVENT – HEAVYWEIGHTS – 3 X 5 DENIS SMOLDAREV (5-0-0), Estonia 266 ½ lbs. ANTE “Walking Trouble” DELIJA (8-1-0), Croatia 247 lbs. Ante Delija (L) – Denis Smoldarev (R) CO-FEATURE – LIGHTWEIGHTS – 3 X 5 MUSA KHAMANAEV (13-3-0), Russia 155 lbs. VLADIMIR NIKOLAEV (10-1-0), Ukraine 154 ½ lbs. Musa Khamanaev (L) – Vladimir Nikolaev (R) LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHTS – ... Read More »

Rocktagon XXXI Will Take Promotion to New Heights When It Returns to Texas Next Month

Las Vegas – February 27, 2014 Rocktagon MMA is prepared to soar to new heights, and it all begins with the star-studded Rocktagon XXXI fight card slated for March 29 in El Paso, Texas. Fans in El Paso have already enjoyed three memorable Rocktagon fight cards, but the bar is being set even higher with Rocktagon XXXI “Rock-n-Rage,” beginning with ... Read More »

“World Series of Fight Canada: Ford vs. Powell” debuts Friday on NBCSN

LAS VEGAS – World Series of Fighting Canada’s first fight card of 2014 airs this Friday, Feb. 28, at 9:30 p.m. ET / 6:30 p.m. PT on NBCSN. The two-hour broadcast features six action-packed contests from “World Series of Fight Canada: Ford vs. Powell,” including Ryan Ford vs. Joel Powell for the World Series of Fighting Canada welterweight title, Steve ... Read More »

M-1 Challenge 45 FACT SHEET

MAIN EVENT – HEAVYWEIGHTS (206+ lbs.) – 3 X 5 DENIS SMOLDAREV (5-0-0), Estonia vs. ANTE “Walking Trouble” DELIJA (8-1-0), Croatia LIGHTWEIGHTS (155 lbs.) – 3 X 5 MUSA KHAMANAEV (13-3-0), Russia vs. VLADIMIR NIKOLAEV (10-1-0), Ukraine LIGHTWEIGHTS (155 lbs.) – 3 X 5 NIKO PUHAKKA (28-14-0), Finland vs. MAXIM DIVNICH (7-0-0), Russia WELTERWEIGHTS (170 lbs.) – 3 X 5 ... Read More »

UFC GYM® NAMES HANNIBAL MYERS AS PRESIDENT

Santa Ana, CA – UFC GYM® has appointed Hannibal Myers as the President of its franchise division, effective immediately. Last January, UFC GYM announced the acquisition of LA Boxing, converting over 80 locations in the last 12 months and growing to 100 locations worldwide currently. Myers will play an integral role in developing the overall franchise strategy for UFC GYM ... Read More »

MELENDEZ AGREES TO NEW CONTRACT; WILL COACH OPPOSITE PETTIS ON SEASON 20 OF THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER®

Las Vegas, Nev. – The Ultimate Fighting Championship® announced tonight that No. 2 ranked lightweight contender Gilbert Melendez has agreed to a new contract with the organization. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Melendez will now coach against UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis on season 20 of The Ultimate Fighter®. The two will then meet for the UFC lightweight ... Read More »

FORMER UFC TITLE CHALLENGER DAN HARDY TO SERVE AS COLOR COMMENTATOR FOR SIX EXCLUSIVE LIVE EVENTS

Las Vegas, Nev. – Dan “The Outlaw” Hardy – the popular and charismatic former UFC® welterweight title contender – will serve as the color commentator for six UFC Fight Night events to be screened exclusively on UFC FIGHT PASS™, the Ultimate Fighting Championship® organization announced on Friday. Known for his punching power, punk rock Mohawk hairstyle and quick wit, Hardy ... Read More »

MGM RESORTS INTERNATIONAL’S M LIFE TEAMS UP WITH ULTIMATE FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIP®

Las Vegas, Nev. – MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) has teamed up with the Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) to bring unparalleled VIP experiences and offers to members of M life, MGM Resorts’ loyalty rewards program. M life members will have unmatched access to UFC including parties, fighter meet-and-greets, discounted merchandise and more. “Our relationship with MGM Resorts International brings M ... Read More »