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Thank You, Axl Rotten (And R.I.P.)

Friday, February 5, 2016

Thank You, Axl Rotten (And R.I.P.)

As most of you already know, yesterday, Axl Rotten was found dead.

At this time, I don't want to judge Axl's personal life, his career choices, or the way he came to pass.

I do, however, want to sincerely thank Axl, because were it not for him, I can't imagine how drastically different my life would be.

To shorten a long story, Axl not only got me started in pro wrestling, he literally made it possible for me to eventually make a living covering the sport.

Axl was a friend and a mentor, and, though I've shown my gratitude to him many times, one more time certainly can't hurt.

Axl, may you find the peace in death that you never seemed to find in life.

Until we meet again.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Under Armour Announces Global Partnership With Dwayne Johnson

Hollywood Powerhouse and Innovative Performance Brand Strike Landmark Deal

BALTIMORE, Jan. 25, 2016 -- Under Armour (NYSE: UA) today announced a global partnership with the dynamic actor, producer and global superstar Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. As part of the long-term partnership, Johnson will work hand-in-hand with the innovative performance brand to create a range of products across footwear, apparel and accessories as well as support Under Armour's Connected Fitness initiatives.

This multi-faceted partnership will include the collaborative development of original content, inspired by the actor's lifestyle, fitness regimen, and philanthropic initiatives. Johnson will play an integral role in the promotion of Under Armour's Connected Fitness platforms including the recently debuted Under Armour HealthBox™ and Record™ application. Additionally, the brand will develop product capsules including footwear, apparel and accessories inspired by the films Johnson is currently working on. The first product capsule will feature a Rock-inspired backpack and duffle bag that will launch on UA.com and be available in select Brand Houses in the next few weeks.

Under Armour will also enroll Johnson to help support and drive awareness around the brand's philanthropic initiative, UA Freedom, developed to inspire, honor and support members of the United States Military, first responders and public safety officials.

Following a career in the WWE that includes seven WWE Championships, Johnson has solidified himself as a worldwide box-office powerhouse, ranking number one on Forbes's Top Grossing Actors of 2013 and being named the Top International Box Office Star for 2015. On the heels of his success in 2015, Johnson will be starring in the highly anticipated Central Intelligence this year and is currently in production of the second season of the critically acclaimed "Ballers" on HBO, for which he received a 2016 People's Choice Award for Favorite Premium Cable TV Actor.

Throughout his successful career, Johnson has remained dedicated to promoting health and fitness, with a continued mission to educate, empower and motivate people around the world through health and physical fitness.

"We wanted to empower as many people as possible to attack their goals, so we partnered with the best innovators in the health and fitness business. Together with Under Armour, we will deliver game changing products to help people get after it and chase greatness," said Johnson.

"Dwayne has been a key partner to the Under Armour brand for many years and a key contributor to sports and entertainment as a whole. We are thrilled to have him officially join the UA Team. His values and commitment to health and fitness directly align with Under Armour's brand mission to make all athletes better and we look forward to working with him for many years to come," said Todd Montesano, Senior Vice President Strategic Partnerships and Entertainment.

Johnson joins Under Armour's all-star roster that includes Stephen Curry, Tom Brady, Cam Newton, Misty Copeland, Jordan Spieth, Lindsey Vonn, Andy Murray and Michael Phelps.

Follow Dwayne on Under Armour's connected Fitness app UA Record™ to check out his workouts and get exclusive training tips and content. You can also follow him @TheRock on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and follow Under Armour on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @UnderArmour.

About Under Armour, Inc.

Under Armour (NYSE: UA), the originator of performance footwear, apparel and equipment, revolutionized how athletes across the world dress. Designed to make all athletes better, the brand's innovative products are sold worldwide to athletes at all levels. The Under Armour Connected Fitness™ platform powers the world's largest digital health and fitness community through a suite of applications: UA Record, MapMyFitness, Endomondo and MyFitnessPal. The Under Armour global headquarters is in Baltimore, Maryland. For further information, please visit the Company's website at www.uabiz.com.

Source: Under Armour, Inc.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Press Release: The World's Craziest & Insanely Violent Men's And Women's Wrestling Is Available On Video On Demand

NEW YORK, Jan. 5, 2016 -- The most fierce violence ever waged in and out of the ring involving wrestling's most ruthless combatants (men and women) is now available for home and mobile viewing. This controversial content is seen on iNDemand Networks, Vubiquity Network, DIRECTV and Shaw Cable Canada.

The rage and depraved behavior is equivalent within the sexes. Whether the executioners are men or women, their cutthroat actions prove they are out for the kill. Laws do not apply to these confrontations as both sexes vow to take any action needed, legal or illegal to come out victorious. Bloodshed, criminal brutality and moral disregard separate those who reign victorious and those who go to the morgue.

Full available viewing schedule includes:

Wrestling's Bloodiest Wars
(iNDemand) Wrestling's Bloodiest Wars: Brutal Massacre
(Vubiquity) 'Wrestling's Bloodiest Wars - Deadly Maniacs
(DIRECTV) 'Wrestling's Bloodiest Wars – Death Wish
(Shaw Cable Canada) 'Wrestling's Bloodiest Wars – Guilty Verdict

Women's Extreme Wrestling
(DIRECTV) Women's Extreme Wrestling: Booty Beating
(DIRECTV) Women's Extreme Wrestling: Locker Room Assault
(iNDemand) Women's Extreme Wrestling: Illicit Violence

Women's Erotic Wrestling
(Shaw Cable Canada & Vubiquity) December 2015 – Women's Erotic: Female Beating

Women's Wrestling Wars
(Shaw Cable Canada & Vubiquity) December 2015 – Women's Wrestling Wars: Booty Attack

Female Wrestling's Violent Brawls
(Vubiquity) Female Wrestling's Most Violent Brawls 26
(iNDemand) Female Wrestling's Most Violent Brawls 23

INdemand affiliates include: Comcast, Time Warner, Cox Cable, RCN, Cablevision, Brighthouse, Mid-Continent and many others.

Vubiquity's affiliates include: Charter Communications, Verizon FiOS, and many more.

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SOURCE: Stonecutter Media, Ltd.

Press Release - Finish The Fight With EA SPORTS UFC 2 Starting March 15

New Action-Packed Gameplay Trailer Highlights Big Moments From Recent Title Fights

Fans Who Pre-Order Get Bas Rutten, Kazushi Sakuraba, and a Mystery Fighter*

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Jan 6, 2015 -- Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ:EA) today announced EA SPORTS™ UFC® 2 launches on March 15, 2016 in North America, and March 17, 2016 worldwide. In addition to the announcement, EA released a cinematic trailer for EA SPORTS UFC 2 featuring some of the biggest moments from recent bouts, showcasing authentic gameplay features, and highlighting new character visuals and signature animations. The trailer opens on EA SPORTS UFC 2 cover athlete and UFC® featherweight champion, Conor McGregor showing fans the all-new Knockout Physics System in his championship fight at UFC® 194. From there, fans will see Dynamic Grappling, and Next-Level Submissions while reliving some of the heart-stopping moments from recent fights, and speculating what could happen in upcoming contests. Watch the trailer here.

“Whether fans want to play upcoming cards, recreate the outcome of recent fights, or go back to fight with MMA legends, we’ll help them do that in the most authentic and exciting way ever in an MMA simulation,” said Brian Hayes, Creative Director. “Our first two pre-order fighters, Bas Rutten and Kazushi Sakuraba are perfect additions to what is already the biggest roster ever for an official UFC game. Adding them is huge, and fans are going to go nuts when we reveal who the mystery fighter is. I can’t wait.”

Fans excited to step into the Octagon® can pre-order EA SPORTS UFC 2 and get day one access to two legendary fighters: UFC Hall of Famer and three-time King of Pancrase, Bas Rutten; and Japanese MMA legend, “The Gracie Hunter” Kazushi Sakuraba, with an additional mystery fighter who will be named later.* The deluxe edition of the game also includes up to $60 of UFC Ultimate Team™ Premium Packs**. For pre-order information, visit http://easports.com/UFC/buy.

EA SPORTS UFC 2 is headlined by five brand new game modes including KO Mode and UFC Ultimate Team, a revamped Career Mode that lets fans create female fighters for the first time ever in an official UFC game, and Grapple Assist, an integrated visual tool to help players learn and perfect takedowns, ground game transitions, and submissions. Full feature and mode details can be found at http://easports.com/ufc/features.

* Internet connection and EA Account required. Must be 13+ to create an account. Offer restrictions apply. Please see www.easports.com/ufc/game-and-offer-disclaimers for details.

**ADDED VALUE CALCULATED BASED ON AN UFC ULTIMATE TEAM PACK PRICE OF $2.00 AT GAME LAUNCH. PRICES MAY CHANGE. Offer restrictions apply. Please see www.easports.com/ufc/game-and-offer-disclaimers for details.

EA SPORTS UFC 2 is developed in Burnaby, British Columbia by EA Canada, and will be available on March 15 in North America and March 17 worldwide on Xbox One and PlayStation®4. More information is available on the EA SPORTS UFC website, and in-depth feature details will be announced in the months leading up to launch. Fans should keep an eye on the website, as well as the EA SPORTS UFC Facebook and Twitter pages to make sure they’re always up-to-date on the latest and greatest news.

EA SPORTS™ is one of the leading sports entertainment brands in the world, with top-selling videogame franchises, award-winning interactive technology, fan programs and cross-platform digital experiences. EA SPORTS creates connected experiences that ignite the emotion of sports through videogames, including Madden NFL football, EA SPORTS™ FIFA, NHL® hockey, NBA LIVE basketball, Rory McIlroy PGA TOUR® golf, SSX™ and EA SPORTS UFC®.

For more information about EA SPORTS, including news, video, blogs, forums and game apps, please visit www.easports.com to connect, share and compete.

About Electronic Arts

Electronic Arts (NASDAQ: EA) is a global leader in digital interactive entertainment. The Company delivers games, content and online services for Internet-connected consoles, personal computers, mobile phones and tablets. EA has more than 300 million registered players around the world.

In fiscal year 2015, EA posted GAAP net revenue of $4.5 billion. Headquartered in Redwood City, California, EA is recognized for a portfolio of critically acclaimed, high-quality blockbuster brands such as The Sims™, Madden NFL, EA SPORTS™ FIFA, Battlefield™, Dragon Age™ and Plants vs. Zombies™. More information about EA is available at www.ea.com/news.

EA SPORTS, Ultimate Team, SSX, The Sims, Dragon Age, Plants vs. Zombies and Battlefield are trademarks of Electronic Arts Inc. and its subsidiaries. Ultimate Fighting Championship®, Ultimate Fighting®, UFC®, The Ultimate Fighter®, Octagon Girls®, Submission®, As Real As It Gets®, Zuffa®,The Octagon™ and the eight-sided competition mat and cage design are registered trademarks, trademarks, trade dress or service marks owned exclusively by Zuffa, LLC and affiliated entities in the United States and other jurisdictions. All other marks referenced herein may be the property of Zuffa, LLC or other respective owners. Any use of the preceding copyrighted program, trademarks, trade dress, or other intellectual property owned by Zuffa, LLC is strictly prohibited without the express written consent of Zuffa. All rights are hereby expressly reserved. John Madden, NFL, NHL, NBA, PGA TOUR and FIFA are the property of their respective owners and used with permission. Xbox is a trademark of the Microsoft group of companies. "PlayStation" is a registered trademark of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.

About UFC®

UFC® is the premier mixed martial arts (MMA) organization and largest pay-per-view event provider in the world. Headquartered in Las Vegas with offices in London, Toronto, Singapore and Sao Paulo, UFC produces more than 40 live events annually that consistently sell out some of the most prestigious arenas around the globe. UFC programming is broadcast in 158 countries and territories to over 1 billion TV households worldwide in 21 different languages. The UFC has a multi-year broadcast agreement with FOX in the U.S., which annually includes four live events broadcast on the FOX network, as well as The Ultimate Fighter® reality television show and thousands of hours of programming on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports 2. In 2014, UFC launched UFC FIGHT PASS®, a digital subscription service that is available throughout the world with exclusive live events, thousands of fights on-demand and original content. The UFC organization also licenses over 100 UFC GYM® locations, and owns UFC.TV® (offering live event broadcasts and video on-demand around the world), UFC FIT® (an in-home fitness and nutrition program), UFC Magazine, and has a videogame franchise with EA SPORTS, UFC Fight Club®, UFC Fan Expo®, UFC branded apparel, DVDs and Blu-rays and Topps Trading Cards. For more information, visit UFC.com and follow UFC at Facebook.com/UFC, Twitter and Instagram: @UFC.

SOURCE: EA Studios

Thursday, December 31, 2015

2016 Is Almost Here! A Time To Reflect ... And To Look Ahead

Sure, I don't post as much as I used to, and I don't even follow pro wrestling and mixed-martial-arts the way that I once did, but they, and this website, will always be a big part of me.

No matter how few of you read this, it's my interest in those sports, and your interest in my interest, that have allowed me to live the extraordinary life that I've been privileged to lead, and I can't thank any of you enough.

Now, we all know that tonight's a party night, and no matter where you are or what you do, please, be safe and have fun.

It's a bit of a cliche, I know, but what I'm really trying to say is, Happy New Year! See you in 2016!

Monday, December 14, 2015

Review Of Owen: Heart Of Gold

May 23, 1999 was the worst day in the history of professional wrestling/sports entertainment. In what many media people called a “Monday Night Wars” tragedy, Owen James Hart fell 75 feet into a wrestling ring in a stunt gone horribly wrong and died soon after. The Hart family literally fell apart (read the books written by his widow Martha and his brother Bret for details) in the aftermath. One thing can be said, modern wrestling superstars were influenced by Owen’s in-ring style & many more will love this history trip called OWEN: HEART OF GOLD.

This DVD release nearly didn’t happen due to Martha Hart suing World Wrestling Entertainment over the use of Owen’s likeness & feeling it was only to make a profit. I am one person who will write here I am happy that WWE did this release as it’s a celebration of Owen Hart’s life and career with amazing stories from the people who knew him including:

Brothers Bret, Bruce, Keith, Ross & Smith, sisters Ellie, Diana, Georgia & Alison plus his niece Nattie, nephew Harry (archive footage) brother-in-law Davey Boy Smith (archived footage) & Jim Neidhart, current & former superstars Lex Luger, Mark Henry, Triple H, Mick Foley, Road Dogg, Ron Simmons, Big Van Vader, Chris Jericho, Jerry Lawler, Edge & Christian, Billy Gunn, Rob Van Dam, Paul Bearer (archive footage), Sami Zayn, Terry Taylor, Beth Phoenix, Daniel Bryan, Kevin Owens, Scott Hall, Tyson Kidd, referee Mike Chioda, Steve Lombardi, Michael Cole, Tony Chimel, Ted DiBiase, Koko B Ware, Jim Ross & Vince McMahon.

The feature covers his growth in Stampede Wrestling to becoming the masked Blue Blazer and returning to partner with Neidhart & Ware. The legendary feud with Bret is outlined in amazing detail (every wrestling training class must watch their WrestleMania 10 battle) along with the Hart Foundation reformation in 1997. The hard part is to watch after the Montreal Screwjob how the “Attitude Era” evolved into what led to his tragic demise. “Owen Tales” are mixed in that will make you laugh yourself out of your chair plus the awe inspiring 2-time Slammy Awards. Martha and the children Athena and Oje are not mentioned by name in the presentation and it’s all for the best. My major problem is the length of the feature, one hour and seven minutes. The CM Punk DVD clocked in over 2 hours yet Owen barely gets one hour? Included in this multi-disc set are 26 additional “Owen Tales”, the individual testimonies from the May 24, 1999 Raw plus 21 wrestling matches.

SOURCE: Alan Wojcik

For information on Alan Wojcik’s wrestling coverage, check out www.Facebook.com/KayfabeWrestlingRadio & www.Twitter.com/MyNameIsWojcik

Mauro Ranallo Joins WWE® As The New Voice Of Smackdown®

STAMFORD, Conn., Dec 14, 2015 -- WWE (NYSE:WWE) today announced that veteran announcer Mauro Ranallo will be the new voice of SmackDown beginning Thursday, January 7 when the show moves to its new home on USA Network at 8 pm ET. Ranallo brings nearly 30 years of broadcasting experience, and is currently the play-by-play announcer for Championship Boxing on Showtime and former lead announcer for the Strikeforce MMA promotion.

Earlier this year, Ranallo called the international feed for the historic Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight. Ranallo is the only sports broadcaster to call every major combat sport on national television, including boxing, kickboxing and MMA, as well as helping to launch New Japan Pro Wrestling on AXS TV.

“Joining WWE has always been a lifelong dream of mine,” said Ranallo. “I am thrilled to add my voice to the SmackDown broadcasts as the show moves to its new home on USA Network.”

With more than 800 original episodes, SmackDown is the second longest-running weekly episodic program in U.S. television history, only behind Monday Night Raw®. Over the past 15 years, SmackDown has been broadcast from 170 different venues, in 148 cities, in seven different countries including the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Iraq, Japan, Italy and Mexico. Now the exclusive cable home to WWE’s flagship programs, USA Network will air SmackDown every Thursday night beginning January 7. USA also airs Monday Night Raw live 52 weeks a year.

Prior to joining Showtime, Ranallo was the voice of the Pride Fighting Championships, and spent six years in Toronto where he hosted Canada’s first TV show dedicated to MMA while also hosting a daily combat sports radio show.

Ranallo lives in Los Angeles where he is a social advocate for mental health, an avid hiker and voice artist for commercials, books and film.

About WWE

WWE, a publicly traded company (NYSE: WWE), is an integrated media organization and recognized leader in global entertainment. The company consists of a portfolio of businesses that create and deliver original content 52 weeks a year to a global audience. WWE is committed to family friendly entertainment on its television programming, pay-per-view, digital media and publishing platforms. WWE programming reaches more than 650 million homes worldwide in 25 languages. WWE Network, the first-ever 24/7 over-the-top premium network that includes all live pay-per-views, scheduled programming and a massive video-on-demand library, is currently available in more than 175 countries. The company is headquartered in Stamford, Conn., with offices in New York, Los Angeles, London, Mexico City, Mumbai, Shanghai, Singapore, Dubai, Munich and Tokyo.

Additional information on WWE (NYSE: WWE) can be found at wwe.com and corporate.wwe.com. For information on our global activities, go to http://www.wwe.com/worldwide/

Trademarks: All WWE programming, talent names, images, likenesses, slogans, wrestling moves, trademarks, logos and copyrights are the exclusive property of WWE and its subsidiaries. All other trademarks, logos and copyrights are the property of their respective owners.

Forward-Looking Statements: This press release contains forward-looking statements pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, which are subject to various risks and uncertainties. These risks and uncertainties include, without limitation, risks relating to: WWE Network; major distribution agreements; our need to continue to develop creative and entertaining programs and events; the possibility of a decline in the popularity of our brand of sports entertainment; the continued importance of key performers and the services of Vincent K. McMahon; possible adverse changes in the regulatory atmosphere and related private sector initiatives; the highly competitive, rapidly changing and increasingly fragmented nature of the markets in which we operate and greater financial resources or marketplace presence of many of our competitors; uncertainties associated with international markets; our difficulty or inability to promote and conduct our live events and/or other businesses if we do not comply with applicable regulations; our dependence on our intellectual property rights, our need to protect those rights, and the risks of our infringement of others’ intellectual property rights; the complexity of our rights agreements across distribution mechanisms and geographical areas; potential substantial liability in the event of accidents or injuries occurring during our physically demanding events including, without limitation, claims relating to CTE; large public events as well as travel to and from such events; our feature film business; our expansion into new or complementary businesses and/or strategic investments; our computer systems and online operations; a possible decline in general economic conditions and disruption in financial markets; our accounts receivable; our revolving credit facility; litigation; our potential failure to meet market expectations for our financial performance, which could adversely affect our stock; Vincent K. McMahon exercises control over our affairs, and his interests may conflict with the holders of our Class A common stock; a substantial number of shares are eligible for sale by the McMahons and the sale, or the perception of possible sales, of those shares could lower our stock price; and the relatively small public “float” of our Class A common stock. In addition, our dividend is dependent on a number of factors, including, among other things, our liquidity and historical and projected cash flow, strategic plan (including alternative uses of capital), our financial results and condition, contractual and legal restrictions on the payment of dividends (including under our revolving credit facility), general economic and competitive conditions and such other factors as our Board of Directors may consider relevant. Forward-looking statements made by the Company speak only as of the date made and are subject to change without any obligation on the part of the Company to update or revise them. Undue reliance should not be placed on these statements. For more information about risks and uncertainties associated with the Company’s business, please refer to the “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” and “Risk Factors” sections of the Company’s SEC filings, including, but not limited to, our annual report on Form 10-K and quarterly reports on Form 10-Q.

SOURCE: WWE

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

REY MYSTERIO NAMED COMBATE AMERICAS AMBASSADOR; WILL DEBUT LIVE ON NBC UNIVERSO ON WEDNESDAY, DEC. 16

Former WWE star Konnan to serve as color commentator for live telecast of Combate Americas “Road To The Championship Hollywood”

Live, four-fight NBC UNIVERSO telecast begins at 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT
on Wednesday, Dec. 16

Official fighter weigh-in takes place on Tuesday, Dec. 15 in Burbank, Calif.

NEW YORK – December 9, 2015 – Decorated, former three-time WWE world champion Rey Mysterio has been named ambassador of Combate Americas, the first U.S. Hispanic Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) sports franchise in history founded by Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) co-creator Campbell McLaren, and will debut in his new role at the much-anticipated “Road To The Championship Hollywood,” nine-bout professional fight card live on NBC UNIVERSO, the modern entertainment and sports cable channel for Latinos, on Wednesday, Dec. 16 at 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT.

In addition, former WWF and WCW superstar Konnan, often referred to as the “Mexican Hulk Hogan,” will serve as color commentator alongside play-by-play announcer Ricardo Celis and Andrea Calle, the hostess of the Imagen Award-winning Combate Americas reality television series.

“I am excited to join Combate Americas on NBC UNIVERSO, and look forward to building this incredible MMA sports brand and supporting the extremely talented athletes on its growing roster,” said Mysterio, whose exciting, high-flying style of wrestling helped him earn a total of 21 championships between his stints in the WWE and WCW.

“Combate Americas embraces the great Mexican tradition of Lucha Libre, so we are honored to bring Rey Mysterio, a global icon and one of the premier Hispanic figures in sports entertainment, on board as our ambassador and are confident that he can inspire our fans and fighters,” said McLaren.

Among the collection of rival superstars that Mysterio has defeated during his career are C.M. Punk, Shawn Michaels, and Kurt Angle. During an epic 2006 Royal Rumble Match, he battled for more than one hour, a WWE record for longest time spent in the ring, and dumped the likes of Randy Orton, Rob Van Dam and Triple H on his way to victory of the 30-man elimination contest.

Priced from $40, tickets for “Premier Insurance Services and Aspira Mas Present Combate Americas: Road To The Championship Hollywood,” are on sale at www.HollywoodFightNight.com.

All fighters will weigh-in for the event on Tuesday, Dec. 15, beginning at 5 p.m. PT at The Marriott, located at 2500 N. Hollywood Way in Burbank, Calif. All 18 fighters competing on the nine-bout card will weigh in for their respective bouts.

In the bantamweight (135 pounds) main event of the live, four-fight telecast on NBC Universo, 23-year-old sensation John “Sexy Mexy” Castaneda (8-2) of Mankato, Minn., fresh off his victory at the inaugural “Combate Americas: Road To The Championship” event in Las Vegas, Nev. on September 17, will square off with fellow striking sensation Federico “Kiko” Lopez (10-5) of Murrieta, Calif.

Castaneda is looking for his fourth consecutive win while Lopez is seeking his sixth straight win.

In the bantamweight co-main event, Combate Americas reality television series star and power puncher Ricky “El Gallero” Palacios (5-1), of Mission, Texas will square off with dangerous scrapper Anthony Paredes (3-2) of Murrieta, Calif.

In a featured women’s atomweight (105 pounds) attraction on the live telecast, 21-year-old Kyra “Mogwai” Batara (3-3) will collide with fellow Las Vegas resident “Lightning Liz McCarthy (2-3).

The live NBC UNIVERSO telecast will kick off with a featherweight (145 pounds) matchup between Urijah Faber protégé and prolific finisher Erick Sanchez (5-2) of Sacramento, Calif. and fellow rising star “Ruthless” Rudy Morales (3-3) of Las Vegas.

Doors at Florentine Gardens open at 5 p.m. PT for the event, and the first of five preliminary bouts will begin at 6 p.m.

ABOUT COMBATE AMERICAS

Combate Americas, LLC. is the first U.S. Hispanic Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) sports franchise in history, designed to build Latino fighting champions and serve Hispanic fans, one of the world's most avid groups of prize fighting enthusiasts. The Combate Americas franchise includes reality TV programming, live events and mobile programming. The company's CEO, Campbell McLaren, is universally recognized as the co-founder/co-creator of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). New York Magazine described McLaren as "the marketing genius behind the UFC" and Yahoo! Sports proclaimed that he "knows more about the sport than just about anyone in it today." With an unprecedented product and a blue-chip ownership and management team, Combate Americas is poised to break new ground and bring about a new era in world championship level MMA competition.

About NBC UNIVERSO

NBC UNIVERSO (www.nbcuniverso.com) is a modern entertainment and sports cable channel for Latinos, bringing the world’s top sports franchises and edgy programming to more than 40 million households in the U.S. As one of the most widely available modern cable channels for U.S. Latinos, NBC UNIVERSO delivers a thrilling mix of exclusive sports action – including FIFA World Cup™, Liga MX, Premier League, NASCAR Mexico Series, NFL and The 2016 Rio Olympics – along with signature series, blockbuster movies, music, must-see live events and strategic acquisitions, on TV, online and mobile devices. NBC UNIVERSO is part of NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises, a division of NBCUniversal (www.nbcuniversal.com), one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation (www.comcastcorporation.com). To find the NBC UNIVERSO channel number in your area, please visit www.nbcuniverso.com/encuentralo.

SOURCE: Witz End Communications

Saturday, November 21, 2015

"Golden Boy" Ric Flair?

If you've ever wanted to save 74% on a (toy) WWE belt signed by Ric Flair, you've got your (limited) chance.

Insider Sports Deals has exactly one left.

I'll admit, I don't understand why anyone would want a Ric Flair autograph on a title he never held, but, that aside, this does seem like a pretty good deal. Oh, and despite their description, it does read, "Nature Boy," and not, "Golden Boy."

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Press Release: Everything You Didn't Know About New UFC Champ Holly Holm And Her Crushing Defeat Of Ronda Rousey On A Special Edition Of AXS TV'S 'INSIDE MMA' This Friday, Nov. 20 At 11:30pE/8:30pP

'INSIDE MMA' Reports from Holm's Hometown to Explore the New Champ's Rise to Fame, Showcases Exclusive Fight Footage and Welcomes Guests Who Know Her Best to Discuss Holm's Historic Upset of Ronda Rousey

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 17, 2015 -- New UFC champion Holly Holm stunned the sports world Saturday night when she knocked out undefeated six-time defending bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey in the second round at UFC 193. Holm's amazing performance has launched her to international stardom, and AXS TV—the network where Holm rose to prominence in the MMA world as Legacy Fighting Championship's first ever women's titlist—will dedicate this Friday's episode of INSIDE MMA to introducing the world to the newly crowned UFC champion through exclusive interviews with Holm and those who know her best, expert analysis of her fight plan, and devastating knockouts from Legacy that were remarkably similar to the result this past Saturday night.

"INSIDE MMA SPECIAL EDITION: HOLLY HOLM" airs live this Friday, Nov. 20 an hour early at 11:30pE/8:30pP, with series hosts Kenny Rice and UFC Hall of Famer Bas Rutten. The show will look back at some of Holm's greatest interviews from her numerous appearances on INSIDE MMA and expects to welcome Legacy President Mick Maynard, who had the vision to sign Holm in 2013, and more guests to be announced.

Rutten, a former UFC title holder himself, will provide expert analysis on how Holm pulled off one of the biggest upsets in combat sports history. Then, AXS TV FIGHTS commentators UFC Hall of Famer Pat Miletich and "The Voice" Michael Schiavello, will join the show to share their unique insight of the champion, after having called all of Holm's fights with Legacy, such as her thrilling head kick KO of Allana Jones at Legacy 21 and her dominant fifth round TKO victory over Juliana Werner to win her first MMA title at Legacy 30 in 2014.

INSIDE MMA correspondent Ron Kruck will report from Holm's home town of Albuquerque, New Mexico, to capture the city's response to the victory, including reactions from her teammates and training partners at Jackson-Wink MMA Academy.

INSIDE MMA will also talk to "Vegas" Dave Oancea on what prompted his $20,000 bet on Holm that was reportedly cashed for $240,000.

INSIDE MMA, the longest running and only independent MMA news show on television, first featured Holm on the series as she rose through Legacy Fighting Championship's ranks to win the promotion's inaugural women's bantamweight title before signing with the UFC and has closely followed her career ever since. Through numerous features and interviews, as well as her highlight-reel knockouts from AXS TV FIGHTS' coverage of her fights, Holm has been a long-time friend of INSIDE MMA, even exclusively sharing her first response after hearing the news she would fight Rousey. AXS TV is also planning a special edition of AXS TV FIGHTS replaying all of Holm's fights on the network that led to her meteoric rise.

INSIDE MMA kicks off live Friday night immediately following AXS TV FIGHTS: LION FIGHT 26 at 9pE/6pP, where champion Tetsuya Yamato defends his world title against British phenom Greg Wooton in the main event live from the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut.

ABOUT AXS TV FIGHTS

AXS TV Fights presents more LIVE mixed martial arts and kickboxing events than any other television network with 40+ LIVE world-class fight cards each year. "The Voice" Michael Schiavello and UFC Hall of Famer Pat Miletich call all the action as champions, challengers, and top prospects take center stage every Friday night at 10pE/7pP. AXS TV Fights can be found online, on Facebook and on Twitter. AXS TV is widely distributed in the U.S. via AT&T U-verse, Charter, Comcast/Xfinity, DIRECTV, DISH, Suddenlink, Verizon FiOS, and other cable, satellite and telco providers. The network is also carried in Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean

SOURCE: AXS TV

Monday, November 16, 2015

Press Release: JOSH KOSCHECK MAKES BELLATOR MMA DEBUT AGAINST MATT SECOR IN MAIN EVENT OF BELLATOR 148 ON JANUARY 29

PAUL DALEY LOOKS TO CONTINUE WINNING WAYS AGAINST ANDY UHRICH IN CO-HEADLINER

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (November 16, 2015) – The highly anticipated Bellator MMA debut of Josh Koscheck (17-10) will take place in his home town of Fresno, Calif. on January 29 at “Bellator 148: Koscheck vs. Secor.” The popular welterweight will look to make a splash of an entrance against a streaking Matt Secor (7-2).

Bellator officials also announced an additional welterweight attraction between British slugger Paul “Semtex” Daley (37-13-2) and Andy Uhrich (11-5) will serve as the co-main event.

The “Bellator 148: Koscheck vs. Secor” event takes place January 29 at Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif. and airs live on Spike at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT, while preliminary bouts will stream on Spike.com at 5 p.m. PT. Tickets for the event start at only $25 and go on sale at the Save Mart Center Box Office, as well as Ticketmaster and Bellator.com this Tuesday at 10 a.m. PT.

One of the most recognizable faces in all of mixed martial arts, “Kos” feels re-invigorated since signing with the Scott Coker-led promotion and has plans for an active 2016. With bouts against some of the most prominent names in the sport already on his resume, the 37-year-old hopes to be involved in big fights under the bright lights that only Bellator MMA and Spike can bring to the table.

Koscheck’s first test in his new promotion will come in the way of Secor, a competitor who has rallied off three-straight victories, most recently an impressive Achilles lock against Jeremie Holloway at “Bellator 144: Halsey vs. Carvalho” in October. Submissions are a specialty of the New York native, with six of seven wins coming by way of tapout.

Since returning to the Bellator MMA fray, Daley has been on an absolute tear, winning two fights in as many tries. Now, the prominent British fighter has his eyes set on a welterweight title run, and would definitely enjoy a future opportunity to avenge a controversial loss against a familiar foe in Koscheck.

Standing opposite of Daley will be Uhrich, a Strikeforce veteran who has seen mixed success under the Bellator MMA banner. Most recently, “Stunner” has put together three consecutive victories and returns to the California-based promotion with the hope of derailing Daley’s championship hopes.

About Bellator MMA:

Bellator MMA is a leading Mixed Martial Arts organization featuring many of the best fighters in the world. Under the direction of veteran fight promoter Scott Coker, Bellator is available to nearly 500 million homes worldwide in over 140 countries. In the United States, Bellator can be seen on Spike, the MMA television leader. Bellator MMA is comprised of an executive team that includes top industry professionals in television production, live event orchestration, fighter development/relations, venue procurement, sponsorship creation/development, international licensing, marketing, advertising, publicity and commission relations. Bellator is based in Santa Monica, California and owned by entertainment giant Viacom, home to the world's premier entertainment brands that connect with audiences through compelling content across television, motion picture, online and mobile platforms.

About Spike:

Spike is available in 98.7 million homes and is a division of Viacom Media Networks. A unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), Viacom Media Networks is one of the world's leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. Spike's Internet address is www.spike.com and for up-to-the-minute and archival press information and photographs, visit Spike's press site at http://www.spike.com/press. Follow us on Twitter @spiketvpr for the latest in breaking news updates, behind-the-scenes information and photos.

SOURCE: BZA PR

Friday, November 13, 2015

Press Release: Ronda Rousey Featured On The Cover Of EA SPORTS UFC 2 Out Spring 2016

EA SPORTS Reveals Full Set of Innovative Features, All-New Game Modes, and Game-Changing Visuals So Fans Can Finish the Fight

REDWOOD CITY, Calif.-- Nov 13, 2015 --Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ:EA) today announced EA SPORTS™ UFC® 2 will launch this Spring, featuring UFC® bantamweight champion “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey as the game’s global lead cover athlete. Rousey, the undefeated UFC champion (12-0), is the most dominant and recognized fighter in the world. Hear what Rousey thinks about the cover and get a first look of the champ in the virtual Octagon® here.

“EA Sports is a cultural barometer to know what’s going on in sports at the moment,” said Rousey. “As a gamer myself, it’s pretty surreal to be on the cover of the game and to have a woman on the cover of a UFC game shows a lot of progress. I’m really happy to be involved with it.”

EA SPORTS UFC 2 takes the franchise’s stunning character likeness and animation to another level, adds an all-new Knockout Physics System and authentic gameplay features, and introduces the biggest ever roster of real-world fighters in a MMA game who will step back into the Octagon on Xbox One and PlayStation®4.

“Like any champion fighter going into their next fight, we listened to our corner – in our case, the fans – and took a detailed look at everything we can do to take the fight game to a whole new level,” said Creative Director Brian Hayes. “We’re doing that by introducing innovative gameplay features, delivering a game mode for every fighter regardless of their style of play, and adding helpful tools so fans can master MMA, all while producing the jaw-dropping visuals that fans expect.”

EA SPORTS UFC 2 is headlined by five brand new game modes including KO Mode and UFC Ultimate Team, a revamped Career Mode that lets fans create female fighters for the first time ever in a UFC game, and Grapple Assist, an integrated visual tool to help players learn and perfect takedowns, ground game transitions, and submissions. Full feature and mode details can be found at http://easports.com/ufc/features.

Rousey will defend her title tomorrow in the Octagon at UFC® 193: ROUSEY vs. HOLM at Etihad Stadium, to mark the first UFC event in Melbourne, Australia. This event will also make UFC history as the first time two women’s world title bouts will headline a PPV event.

For pre-order information, visit http://easports.com/UFC/buy

EA SPORTS UFC 2 is developed in Burnaby, British Columbia by EA Canada. More information is available on the EA SPORTS UFC website, and in-depth feature details will be announced in the months leading up to launch. Fans should keep an eye on the website, as well as the EA SPORTS UFC Facebook and Twitter pages to make sure they’re always up-to-date on the latest and greatest news.

EA SPORTS™ is one of the leading sports entertainment brands in the world, with top-selling videogame franchises, award-winning interactive technology, fan programs and cross-platform digital experiences. EA SPORTS creates connected experiences that ignite the emotion of sports through videogames, including Madden NFL football, EA SPORTS™ FIFA, NHL® hockey, NBA LIVE basketball, Rory McIlroy PGA TOUR® golf, SSX™ and EA SPORTS UFC®.

For more information about EA SPORTS, including news, video, blogs, forums and game apps, please visit www.easports.com to connect, share and compete.

About Electronic Arts

Electronic Arts (NASDAQ: EA) is a global leader in digital interactive entertainment. The Company delivers games, content and online services for Internet-connected consoles, personal computers, mobile phones and tablets. EA has more than 300 million registered players around the world.

In fiscal year 2015, EA posted GAAP net revenue of $4.5 billion. Headquartered in Redwood City, California, EA is recognized for a portfolio of critically acclaimed, high-quality blockbuster brands such as The Sims™, Madden NFL, EA SPORTS™ FIFA, Battlefield™, Dragon Age™ and Plants vs. Zombies™. More information about EA is available at www.ea.com/news.

EA SPORTS, The Sims, Dragon Age, Plants vs. Zombies and Battlefield are trademarks of Electronic Arts Inc. and its subsidiaries. Ultimate Fighting Championship®, Ultimate Fighting®, UFC®, The Ultimate Fighter®, Octagon Girls®, Submission®, As Real As It Gets®, Zuffa®,The Octagon™ and the eight-sided competition mat and cage design are registered trademarks, trademarks, trade dress or service marks owned exclusively by Zuffa, LLC and affiliated entities in the United States and other jurisdictions. All other marks referenced herein may be the property of Zuffa, LLC or other respective owners. Any use of the preceding copyrighted program, trademarks, trade dress, or other intellectual property owned by Zuffa, LLC is strictly prohibited without the express written consent of Zuffa. All rights are hereby expressly reserved. John Madden, NFL and FIFA are the property of their respective owners and used with permission. Xbox is a trademarks of the Microsoft group of companies. "PlayStation" is a registered trademark of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.

About UFC®

UFC® is the premier mixed martial arts (MMA) organization and largest pay-per-view event provider in the world. Headquartered in Las Vegas with offices in London, Toronto, Singapore and Sao Paulo, UFC produces more than 40 live events annually that consistently sell out some of the most prestigious arenas around the globe. UFC programming is broadcast in 158 countries and territories to over 1 billion TV households worldwide in 21 different languages. The UFC has a multi-year broadcast agreement with FOX in the U.S., which annually includes four live events broadcast on the FOX network, as well as The Ultimate Fighter® reality television show and thousands of hours of programming on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports 2. In 2014, UFC launched UFC FIGHT PASS®, a digital subscription service that is available throughout the world with exclusive live events, thousands of fights on-demand and original content. The UFC organization also licenses over 100 UFC GYM® locations, and owns UFC.TV® (offering live event broadcasts and video on-demand around the world), UFC FIT® (an in-home fitness and nutrition program), UFC Magazine, and has a videogame franchise with EA SPORTS, UFC Fight Club®, UFC Fan Expo®, UFC branded apparel, DVDs and Blu-rays and Topps Trading Cards. For more information, visit UFC.com and follow UFC at Facebook.com/UFC, Twitter and Instagram: @UFC.

SOURCE: EA Studios

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Cheap-Plug Alert! An Update On Daniel Puder

The following comes courtesy of My Life My Power Entertainment:

FIGHTING FOR OUR FUTURE, LIVE PRO WRESTLING EVENT

Professional Wrestlers Compete at Event to Fund Anti-Bullying Efforts

Miami, FL (November 4th, 2015) – On November 14th 2015 at 5:00 P.M., My Life My Power Entertainment is hosting a Live Pro Wrestling Event in Miami, Florida at Miami Jackson Senior High School! An exciting collaboration for the event involves the support from another non-profit, Step into my Sole, who will be donating over $200,000 worth of Saucony shoes in which every student and teacher who attends the event will receive a pair! Partners for the event include Ronin Pro Wrestling, United Teachers of Dade (UTD), The Florida Education Association (FEA), and PTA/PTSA with Miami-Dade County Council. The event will benefit Puder’s 501(c)3 non-profit organization, My Life My Power World, Inc., whose mission is to enhance the well being of at-risk youth by addressing the bullying crisis and providing mentorship-based programs to schools around the nation.

The event is family friendly and provides attendees with an up-close and personal experience with pro-wrestlers that will have you saying “WOW!” Fans attending the event are not only treated to high-flying maneuvers and body-slams from nationally known wrestling stars, but fans get to personally shake the hands with the wrestlers and get a photo and autograph at the pre-show and red-carpet! These world class athletes have competed in football stadiums and on pay-per-view but love the up close and personal atmosphere of what My Life My Power Entertainment’s events provide to the community! The highlight of the event will be a "Super 3 on 3 Match", in which UTD President, Fed Ingram, Undefeated Mixed Martial Arts Fighter and WWE’s Tough Enough Champion, Daniel Puder, and LtCol USMC, Major Mark will be taking on anyone who is up for the challenge!

“United Teachers of Dade is excited to be a partner of an event where entertainers and athletes can inspire the youth within our District! This event aligns with UTD’s mission to educate students, empower members, and unite families! I personally have seen the difference that Daniel Puder’s My Life My Power Program has in the lives of our youth with my own son as a testimony of its continuing success!” - Fed Ingram, UTD President

“PTA has worked closely with Daniel Puder and My Life My Power to create an event that can cater to our parents, teachers and students. Through this family friendly event, we look forward to helping raise funds so that we can bring Puder’s life changing My Life My Power Curriculum to the schools in South Florida.” - Joseph Gebara, PTA President

Tickets are available online at: www.MLMPENT.eventbee.com

Date: Saturday, November 14th, 2015

Time: 5:00 P.M. - 9:00 P.M.

Location: Miami Jackson Senior High School (Free Parking)

Address: 1751 NW 36th Street, Miami, Florida 33142

Recent news article about the upcoming event: http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/fighting/article41614245.html

About My Life My Power World, Inc. and Founder, Daniel Puder:

My Life My Power World, Inc. is a national anti-bullying and youth development non-profit organization that was founded in 2010 by undefeated Mixed Martial Arts fighter and WWE’s Tough Enough Champion, Daniel Puder. As a young adult, Puder struggled with being overweight and suffered from severe learning disabilities, which led to bullying by his peers throughout the majority of his schooling. After learning of kids who had committed suicide as a result of similar bullying, he felt a personal connection to the issue and created MLMP to encourage positive change in the mindset of today’s youth. For more information, please visit: www.MyLifeMyPower.org

Friday, October 23, 2015

Zuffa Shows It Knows EXACTLY Where Its Bread Is Buttered

In a move that came completely out of left field, those wacky and unpredictable folks in the UFC have officially announced the reinstatement of Jon Jones (formally putting to an end persistent rumors that Jones was willing to masquerade as The Midnight Rider or The Yellow Dog just to get a title shot).

According to the promotion, Jones will have "significant expectations" placed on his future conduct, which one can only assume will be stricter than those placed on his previous conduct (although one can never really tell).

Daniel Who?

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Programming Alert: Wednesday, September 30

Former NFL'er and sort-of-current MMA'er, Herschel Walker, will be a guest on tomorrow's edition of 'The Dum Ass Club,' a live, one-hour podcast (1 PM - 2PM ET), hosted by Rick Fairless.

If you want to catch it, you'll need to sign up, but membership is free, and if you have a comment or question, here's where you can leave them.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Carsforsale.com Enters 'The Octagon' With RFA 29 Sponsorship

Carsforsale.com will serve as the center ring sponsor of the Resurrection Fighting Alliance - USA vs. Brazil event in Sioux Falls, SD

SIOUX FALLS, S.D., Aug. 18, 2015 -- Carsforsale.com, one of the Internet's largest online automotive inventory websites, announced their latest sponsorship today as the center ring sponsor of the Resurrection Fighting Alliance – USA vs. Brazil event at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, SD on Friday, August 21, 2015.

"We are thrilled to have the Carsforsale.com brand in the Octagon at the RFA 29 – USA vs. Brazil fights this weekend," said Sean Coffman of Carsforsale.com. "This event gives Carsforsale.com the opportunity to reach a new market and support a great organization."

This premier event will feature Ricky Musgrave and Raoni Barcelos competing for the vacant RFA Featherweight Title and other top MMA prospects from both the US and Brazil. Honorary coaches at the event will be the current UFC Welterweight Champion Robbie Lawler for Team USA and former UFC Light-Heavyweight Champion Lyoto Machida for Team Brazil.

As one of the largest automotive inventory websites, this sponsorship allows Carsforsale.com to increase brand awareness and inventory exposure to the millions of vehicles listed from over 20,000 dealerships nationwide. While supporting a full product suite of auto dealership marketing solutions, Carsforsale.com offers consumers an easy and feature-rich shopping experience when searching for new and used vehicles online.

The RFA 29 – USA vs. Brazil main card will air on AXS TV the evening of Friday, August 21, 2015.

About Resurrection Fighting Alliance:

RFA is a professional mixed martial arts promotion that gives rising stars and top contenders the opportunity to prove their talent to fans and leaders in the industry. Based in Las Vegas, Nevada and televised nationwide via AXS TV, RFA is one of the most active and respected MMA promotions in the country.

About Carsforsale.com:

Carsforsale.com® offers a fast and efficient solution to connect buyers with sellers of automotive vehicles. Founded in 1999, privately-owned, and headquartered in Sioux Falls, SD, Carsforsale.com continually develops tools and website features that give millions of unique monthly visitors the insight needed when searching for the perfect vehicle. For more information or to become a Carsforsale.com dealer, please visit Carsforsale.com or call (866) 401-9778.

SOURCE: Carsforsale.com