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.


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


Monday, November 16, 2015



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 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 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 and for up-to-the-minute and archival press information and photographs, visit Spike's press site at Follow us on Twitter @spiketvpr for the latest in breaking news updates, behind-the-scenes information and photos.


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

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

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 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

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 and follow UFC at, 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:


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:

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:

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:

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 Enters 'The Octagon' With RFA 29 Sponsorship 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 --, 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 brand in the Octagon at the RFA 29 – USA vs. Brazil fights this weekend," said Sean Coffman of "This event gives 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 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, 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® 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, 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 dealer, please visit or call (866) 401-9778.


Monday, August 17, 2015

Jon Stewart Has Retired…What’s Next?

STAMFORD, Conn., August 17, 2015 – After 16 epic years as host of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Jon Stewart has announced his retirement plans. What will Stewart do next? A trip to Disney? A run for President? A one-way trip to Mars? No, Stewart is set to host WWE’s SummerSlam® on Sunday, August 23 at 7pm ET live on WWE Network.

Stewart, a longtime WWE fan, appeared earlier this year in WWE storylines in an on-going feud with WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins®. After Stewart taunted Rollins in an online video, Rollins appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart where he challenged Stewart to appear on Monday Night Raw to settle their score. Click here to see a clip of Stewart and Rollins facing-off on March 2, 2015 at Monday Night Raw. Most recently, Rollins appeared in a look-back segment during Stewart’s final few days on The Daily Show.

Stewart stepped down from his post as host of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart on Thursday, August 6. During his tenure, Stewart welcomed a wide array of high profile guests including, President Barack Obama, former President Jimmy Carter, Clint Eastwood, Halle Berry, Ben Affleck, Jon Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen, Derek Jeter, Shaquille O’Neal, Bill Gates and many more.

This year SummerSlam has been extended to a four-hour broadcast plus a one-hour pre-show beginning at 6pm ET on WWE Network. Emanating live from a sold-out Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY, SummerSlam will feature WWE Superstars Undertaker® and Brock Lesnar® in a rematch of their historic WrestleMania 30 bout where Lesnar ended Undertaker’s undefeated streak.

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 35 languages. WWE Network, the first-ever 24/7 over-the-top premium network that includes all 12 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 and For information on our global activities, go to


Tuesday, August 11, 2015


SANTA MONICA (August 11, 2015) – Bellator MMA is proud to announce the signing of Josh “The Punk” Thomson (20-8, 1 NC) to an exclusive multi-year, multi-fight contract. At 36-years-young, the former Strikeforce Lightweight World Champion remains one of the top 155-pounders in the sport, having competed in top organizations including UFC and Pride.

Residing in San Jose, Calif. and training at the renowned American Kickboxing Academy alongside some of the sports very best, Thomson earned his Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt under Dave Camarillo. In addition to his formidable ground game, Thomson’s striking pedigree is on-point as well, earning a “Knockout of the Night” award for his output in his fight against Nate Diaz in 2013. It’s also worth being said that “The Punk” holds a record of 3-0 in professional kickboxing.

“I had the pleasure of working with Josh in Strikeforce and I look forward to continuing this relationship in Bellator MMA. Josh is a world-class mixed martial artist and we are very happy to be adding him to our roster of some of the best lightweights in the world,” said the promotion’s president, Scott Coker. “Bellator remains fully committed to building its roster by signing top free agents like Thomson, as well as grooming up-and-coming blue-chip stars. We have some amazing matchups in mind for “The Punk” that we hope to be announcing in the weeks to come.”

“I’m over here reading this UFC reporter saying that they’ve declined to re-sign me when the truth of the matter is that they’ve been trying to re-sign me for my last two fights. I declined and instead chose to fight out my contract and test the free agency market with Bellator. At that point, Bellator made me an offer that the UFC was unable to match given their relationships with FOX and Reebok. It’s a done deal, I’m back working with Coker, and I couldn’t be more excited to get back to an organization that is trending upwards with fighter-friendly contracts. Any intelligent fighter is going to go where the money is, and for me the money was at Bellator.”

“The Punk” joins a prominent list of athletes that have recently signed with Bellator over the past year including: Phil Davis, Josh Koscheck, Melvin Guillard, Ed Ruth, Aaron Pico, Lorenzo Hood, Ewerton Teixeira, Gleristone Santos, amongst others.

He will continue to fight in the lightweight division which is deep starting with: kingpin Will Brooks, down to other fighters like Michael Chandler, Marcin Held, Dave Rickels, Patricky “Pitbull” Freire and Dave Jansen.

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 TV, 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 and for up-to-the-minute and archival press information and photographs, visit Spike's press site at Follow us on Twitter @spiketvpr for the latest in breaking news updates, behind-the-scenes information and photos.

SOURCE: Bellator MMA

Monday, August 10, 2015

THE MASKED SAINT Sets January 8, 2016 For North American Theatrical Debut



NASHVILLE, Tenn., Aug. 10, 2015 -- Ridgerock Entertainment Group and P23 Entertainment Inc. announce the January 8, 2016 theatrical release of THE MASKED SAINT through Freestyle Releasing. A family-friendly action film inspired by true events, THE MASKED SAINT is the first of many faith-based films that will be produced by Ridgerock Entertainment Group's newly formed "Ridgerock Faith" division.

"We are extremely excited to be releasing THE MASKED SAINT through Ridgerock Faith," said Gary Granstaff, vice president at Ridgerock Entertainment Group and an executive producer on the film. "This film has something everyone can enjoy. It's an action-packed movie, but it also has a very heartfelt and compelling storyline with some incredible performances. We think audiences are going to love it!"

Starring Brett Granstaff (Vice) as Christopher 'The Saint' Samuels, THE MASKED SAINT follows the journey of former professional wrestler, Chris Samuels (Granstaff) who retires from the ring to settle down as a small town pastor. When Samuels witnesses rampant problems in the community, he decides to moonlight as a masked vigilante fighting the injustice. While facing crises at home and at the church, Samuels must evade the police and somehow reconcile his secret, violent identity with his calling as a pastor. Inspired by the life of Pastor Chris Whaley, THE MASKED SAINT is based on the book of the same name by Whaley.

"We are excited about working with the filmmakers of THE MASKED SAINT and the marketing team they have put together," said Mark Borde, co-president of Freestyle Releasing. "A true story fueled by courage and perseverance, we hope moviegoers will be inspired and encouraged."

Winner for Best Picture at the 2015 International Christian Film Festival, THE MASKED SAINT is written by Scott Crowell and Brett Granstaff, directed by Warren P. Sonoda, produced by Cliff McDowell, co-produced by David Anselmo and executive produced by Gary Granstaff and Joe Sisto. The movie also stars Lara Jean Chorostecki (Hannibal), Oscar and Emmy nominee Diahann Carroll ("Grey's Anatomy," White Collar) who won a Golden Globe for her performance in "Julia," Patrick McKenna ("The Red Green Show"), James Preston Rogers (Pixels) and the late WWE Hall of Famer Roddy Piper in his last confirmed theatrical release.

"Everyone at Ridgerock Entertainment Group is devastated by the news of the recent passing of wrestling legend and THE MASKED SAINT actor Roddy Piper," said Gary Granstaff. "We send our deepest and heartfelt condolences, thoughts and prayers to his family, friends and fans. He will truly be missed."

Upcoming opening major market cities include New York, Los Angeles, Dallas and Washington D.C., among others. For more information about THE MASKED SAINT, please visit:

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About Ridgerock Entertainment Group

Ridgerock Entertainment Group is an independent production company founded in 2005 with a passion to create and develop major independent films with great commercial success. Projects are developed as co-productions with co-financing partners. For more information, please visit

About P23 Entertainment, Inc.

P23 Entertainment Inc. is a family and faith-based film production company, located in Toronto Canada, which aims to communicate family values through productions of the highest cinematic quality. Founded by award winning producer, Cliff McDowell, P23 produces and distributes both animation and live action feature films that are family friendly and entertaining. For more information, please visit

About Freestyle Releasing

Founded in 2004, Freestyle is one of the top service theatrical distributors with unique capabilities in distribution, sales service, marketing, and varied national and international output deals. Freestyle handles both wide and limited release patterns that range from 2500 screens to exclusive engagements. They have offices in Los Angeles, New York, Dallas, and Jacksonville. For more information, please visit

SOURCE: Ridgerock Entertainment Group


LOS ANGELES, CALIF. (August 10, 2015) – Decorated world boxing champion Amir Khan has stepped into the Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) business as a new owner and promoter of world championship MMA sports franchise Super Fight League.

Khan, a former, two-time world champion, will join a new, blue-chip ownership and management team dedicated to expanding the former India-based Super Fight League’s footprint in The U.S., beginning with a television distribution agreement that the company expects to announce soon.

“I am extremely excited about this new venture and chapter in my career that will allow me to utilize my experience and relationships in the fight world to further the mission of, what I believe, is a company that has tremendous growth potential in the MMA and sports entertainment space,” said Khan, who will also continue his career in boxing where he has won his last five bouts, and holds an outstanding career record of 31-3, with 19 of his victories having come by way of (T)KO.

“Under the management of our new team of veterans from both the MMA and media industries,” continued Khan, “Super Fight League will unveil a new platform as well as an unprecedented new format for MMA competition in 2016 and, in doing so, will provide a potentially career-changing opportunity to hundreds of professional athletes in this great sport.”

Joining Khan at the helm of the franchise is new Super Fight League CEO and business tycoon Bill Dosanjh; digital media executive George Chung, whose expertise lies in international (Europe, Asia, Latin America, India and The Middle East) content aggregation and monetization; and Brian Halquist a Seattle, Wash.-based veteran promoter of over 140 live combat sports events who, among other feats, was a partner in the “STRIKEFORCE at the Dome” fight card that set a new record for live gate receipts for a combat sports event in the state of Washington on Feb. 23, 2008.

Super Fight League was founded in 2012 and has since produced 41 live events, including 5 in the U.S., and generated dozens of millions of views of its video content through a strategic, digital partnership with YouTube.

The promotion has been a home to a number of MMA champions and other superstars, including Olympic Judo medalist Satoshi Ishii, Trevor Prangley, Todd Duffee, Jeff Monson and Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou. The next Super Fight League live event in the U.S. will be announced soon.

About Super Fight League

Super Fight League (www.superfightleague) is a world championship Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) sports franchise that was founded in 2012, and has since produced 41 live events in India, Dubai and the U.S., and showcased its product to tens of millions of fans through content partnerships with YouTube and STAR Sports Network in Asia. The company is dedicated to placing competitors from around the world in fiercely competitive matchups held inside its circular cage.

About Amir Khan

Amir Khan is an athlete, businessman and humanitarian. A former two-time world champion, having won the WBA and WBC and IBF Light Welterweight titles. He currently holds the WBC Silver Welterweight title and has fought at three weight classes lightweight, light welterweight and welterweight.

Khan is the youngest British Olympic boxing medalist winner silver at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games at the age of 17. He is also one of the youngest British World champions of all time winning the WBA Light Welterweight title at age 22. His professional record stands at 31-3 with 19 wins coming by way of knock out.

His charity worked has been noted by press and royalty with his contributions both monetary and personal time. Noted groups include NSPCC, Pakistan Earthquake Relief, BGC Charity Day, Spinal Muscular Atrophy, Unicef and OxFam Aide. The Amir Khan Foundation has built orphanages around the world, beginning with Gambia Africa.

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Monday, June 29, 2015

Programming Alert: Wednesday, July 1

For what must be, like, the thousandth time, Ronda Rousey will be a guest on ABC's 'Jimmy Kimmel Live,' which airs at 11:35 PM ET.

Free tickets are still available, just by clicking here, so don't ever say I haven't done anything for ya.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Bellator MMA Is Giving Away Prizes, Including A Trip To See Kimbo-Shamrock!

What could be better than free? Just click below to enter.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Interesting Tidbit: 2016 Grammys Set To Air Against Raw

CBS has announced that next year's Grammy Awards will air on Monday, February 15, a first in its nearly sixty-year history. The move, which (for now) is only temporary, is simply an effort to better position the program during a three-day weekend, which will include Valentine's Day and President's Day. This year's show pulled in roughly twenty-five-million viewers, and if that's any indication of what to expect in 2016, I expect WWE to take quite a significant hit.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Cheap-Plug Alert!

Shane Helms recently chatted with Journey Of A Frontman's Alex Obert, as part of Obert's 'Sit-Down Series.'

Topics discussed include Omega Championship Wrestling's 'Chaos In Cameron 2' card, which takes place on May 2, and features Matt & Jeff Hardy, and Ricky Steamboat. Click the flyer for more details.