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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Funk's Corner - Beautiful Ladies Of !BANG! TV

Source - Dory Funk Jr:

Professional Wrestling Comes to Ocala, Florida Saturday October 17 as the Funking Conservatory Wrestling School presents !BANG! TV's Support Your Troops 45, Morbid Power.

The main event will be an all girls battle royal for the Funking Conservatory Women's Championship featuring:

Current Women's Champion from the University of Miami, with a degree in Physical Education and Sports Officiating, "The Claw" Claudia Reiff.

Former body builder, professional tennis player and fitness model from Thunder Bay Ontario Canada and former WWE Diva, Melissa Coates.

A Senior at the University of Arizona working on a degree in Dramatic Writing and Host of !BANG! TV's Studio Sar-Ah, the beautiful Sar-Ah.

From the "Frozen Tundra" and Wasilla Alaska former campaign workers for Sar-Ah Palin and currently working in Ocala, Florida and enrolled at Central Florida Community College, "The Wasilla Wrecking Crew," Charlotte Mahoy and Rachael Moore.

All entrants in the Women's Championship Battle Royal are featured in a photo review by Marti Funk at http://www.dory-funk.com.

The second main event will be a Funking Conservatory World Title Match as Shane Chung defends against Jumbo Elvis Sharp.

Also appearing on the card will be, Dory Funk Jr., Johnny Magnum, Shane Chung, Blain Rage, Damien Steele, Walter, "Killer" Roberts, Hack Meyers, Johnny Romano, Chaos and the Frenchman, Monsieur Richard Bourgeois

Dory Funk Jr. - Trainer of WWE Developmental Talent and Coach of the Funking Conservatory Wrestling School - http://www.dory-funk.com.

Xinhua Sports & Entertainment Limited Expands UFC(R) Distribution, Obtains Mobile And Internet Rights For UFC(R) In China

Source - Xinhua Sports & Entertainment Limited:

BEIJING, Sept. 30 -- Xinhua Sports & Entertainment Limited (Nasdaq: XSEL; "XSEL"), a leading sports and entertainment media company in China, today announced it has signed an additional agreement with Ultimate Fighting Championship(R) (UFC(R)), expanding on its television rights in China to include rights on mobile and internet platforms for 2009.

Ms. Fredy Bush, Chief Executive Officer of XSEL said, "XSEL is delighted to be further expanding its partnership with the UFC, the world's leading mixed martial arts organization, beyond television. With mobile and internet rights, we are excited about the prospect of bringing the excitement of UFC to the over 640 million mobile and internet users in China."

"UFC's ratings on NMTV are amazing, we knew UFC would be a big hit in China, so we are excited that XSEL will expand distribution and make UFC available through the Internet and on mobile devices," said Dana White, UFC President. "Now all of our sports fans in China can get UFC content online, and learn more about their favorite fighters and upcoming UFC events.

"Under the agreement, XSEL will offer a full array of subscription based mobile value-added services to UFC fans in China including streams of UFC weigh-in events, video previews of UFC match-ups, event images, java games, news updates, fighter profiles and images, ringtones, wallpapers and more.

In addition, XSEL will stream UFC events on university campuses to a potential audience of 30 million Chinese students via its university campus portal Koobee. Koobee is a video streaming portal delivering a wealth of sports and entertainment programming to Chinese university students through the exclusive access to the dedicated nationwide university intranet. Recently XSEL has facilitated the introduction of all matches of the full 2009 season of English Premier League on Koobee.

UFC is currently available nationwide in China to over 250,000,000 viewers on NMTV's Fight Weekend, airing 3 hours each Saturday and Sunday. The program airs on Inner Mongolia Satellite Channel, a nationwide free-to-air television station in China, every Saturday and Sunday from 2:00-5:00 pm. Since its launch in April of this year, Fight Weekend has seen its market share increase 103% and a consistent weekly viewership of approximately half a million viewers.

About XSEL

Xinhua Sports & Entertainment Limited ("XSEL"; Nasdaq: XSEL) is a leading sports and entertainment media company in China. Catering to a vast audience of young and upwardly mobile consumers, XSEL is well-positioned in China with its unique content and access. Through its key international partnerships, XSEL is able to offer its target audience the content they demand -premium sports and quality entertainment. Through its Chinese partnerships, XSEL is able to deliver this content across a broad range of platforms, including television, the Internet, mobile phones and other multimedia assets in China. Along with its integrated advertising resources, XSEL offers a total solution empowering clients at every stage of the media process linking advertisers with China's young and upwardly mobile demographic.

Headquartered in Beijing, the company employs more than 1,200 people and has offices and affiliates in major cities throughout China including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Hong Kong. Xinhua Sports & Entertainment Limited shares are listed on the NASDAQ Global Market (NASDAQ:XSEL) . For more information, please visit www.xsel.com

Safe Harbor Statement

This announcement contains forward-looking statements. These statements are made under the "safe harbor" provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements can be identified by terminology such as "will," "expects," "anticipates," "future," "intends," "plans," "believes," "estimates," ''confident'' and similar statements. Among other things, any quotations from management in this announcement contain forward-looking statements. Statements that are not historical facts, including statements about XSEL's beliefs and expectations are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statements. Potential risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, risks outlined in XSEL's filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including its annual report on Form 20-F. All information provided in this press release is as of the date hereof, and XSEL undertakes no duty to update such information

About The Ultimate Fighting Championship(R)

UFC is the largest live pay-per-view provider in the world and the fastest growing main stream sports organization in history. Owned and operated by Zuffa(TM), LLC, and headquartered in Las Vegas, Nev., UFC(R) produces over twelve live pay-per-view events annually that are distributed residentially through North American cable and satellite providers including iNDEMAND Networks, DIRECTV, DISH Network, Avail-TVN Entertainment, BellTV, SaskTel Max(TM), Shaw Pay-Per-View, and Viewers Choice. International distributors include WOWOW in Japan, Premiere Combate and SporTV in Brazil, with worldwide distribution via the Internet on Yahoo.Sports. UFC content is distributed commercially through Joe Hand Promotions in the U.S. and Canadastar in Canada. In addition to its North American distribution, UFC programming is distributed in over 100 countries and territories throughout the world.

Ultimate Fighting Championship(R), Ultimate Fighting(R), UFC(R), The Ultimate Fighter(R), Submission(R), As Real As It Gets(R), Zuffa(R), The Octagon(TM) and the eight-sided competition mat and cage design are registered trademarks, registered service marks, trademarks, trade dress and/or service marks owned exclusively by Zuffa, LLC and licensed to its affiliated entities and other licensees in the United States and other jurisdictions. All other marks referenced herein may be the property of Zuffa, LLC, its affiliates or other respective owners.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

HDNet To Broadcast 'HDNet Fights Presents: MFC 22: Payoff'

Source - HDNet:

Network to feature LIVE coverage from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada - Friday, October 2 at 10:00 p.m. ET

DALLAS, Sept. 29 -- A number of UFC veterans will step into the MFC ring on Friday, October 2 at "HDNet Fights Presents: MFC 22: Payoff" LIVE from the River Cree Resort and Casino. The action airs exclusively throughout North America on HDNet beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET.

One of the best line-ups in the Maximum Fighting Championship's history has been set for "MFC 22: Payoff." In the main event Jason 'The Athlete' MacDonald (21-12) returns to the organization where he began his career, facing The Ultimate Fighter 4 winner, Travis 'The Serial Killer" Lutter (9-5). In the co-main event of the evening, MFC lightweight champion Antonio "Mandingo" McKee (22-3-2) defends his title for the first time against Carlo Prater (24-6-1).

In other action, MFC fan favorite, John 'The Natural' Alessio (25-13) will fight Luigi Fioravanti (15-5) in a welterweight clash and Pete 'The Secret Weapon' Spratt (19-15) goes toe-to-toe with Nathan Gunn (7-0) in a battle of strikers.

The live broadcast will also feature Ryan "The Big Deal" Jimmo (10-1) against the rugged veteran Marvin "The Beastman" Eastman (16-9-1). David Heath (12-5) also takes on Mike Nickels (7-2) in a light heavyweight match up.

About HDNet

HDNet (www.hd.net, twitter.com/hdnet) is the independent network with unique and provocative content that appeals to men of all ages and is delivered in true high definition.

HDNet is the exclusive, high definition home for popular, original programming, including television's only HD news feature programs "HDNet World Report," and the Emmy Award winning "Dan Rather Reports," featuring legendary journalist Dan Rather. Only HDNet goes beyond the headlines to deliver real news that is redefining the way we look at our world. HDNet News is provocative, sometimes controversial and always relevant - telling the important stories of our time in-depth, with attitude and with independence.

HDNet presents championship sports coverage featuring five regular season games from the Premiere Season of the United Football League. HDNet also features the best of Mixed Martial Arts with its Friday night series, "HDNet Fights" (www.hdnetfights.com, twitter.com/hdnetfights). "HDNet Fights" works with leading MMA promoters including DREAM, Sengoku, XFC, M-1, K-1, K-1 Max, MFC, Adrenaline and more. HDNet produces more live Mixed Martial Arts events than any other network and HDNet's "Inside MMA" is the hottest Mixed Martial Arts program on television, giving MMA fans their weekly fix for everything MMA.

HDNet also delivers the world's largest and most diverse concert line-up through the HDNet Concert Series. The HDNet Concert Series features leading artists and bands including Coldplay, Gwen Stefani, John Mayer and more. HDNet also features revealing lifestyle programming featuring "Art Mann Presents," "Vegas Confessions," "Deadline" and "Get Out!" HDNet is also the exclusive high definition home to critically acclaimed and award winning documentaries as part of the InFocus series. "NASA on HDNet" presents all live shuttle launches through 2010.

Only HDNet Movies (www.hdnetmovies.com, twitter.com/hdnetmovies) delivers exclusive Sneak Previews of new movies before they hit theaters. The HDNet Movies Sneak Preview series features top Hollywood stars in critically acclaimed performances including Gwyneth Paltrow, Joaquin Phoenix, Demi Moore, Michael Caine, Tom Hanks, Vera Farmiga, Parker Posey, Brian Cox, Matthew Broderick, Brittany Snow, Eric Bana, John Malkovich, Emily Blunt, Robin Williams, Charlize Theron and Kim Basinger.

Upcoming Sneak Previews include "Ong Bak 2: The Beginning" starring and directed by Tony Jaa.

In addition to being the exclusive home of Sneak Previews, HDNet Movies presents viewers with over one hundred films and an average of twenty-five "HD Premieres" each month. HDNet Movies viewers enjoy the best films from the classics of the 1950s-1970s, to favorite films from the 1980s and 1990s, to recently released theatrical films.

HDNet Movies offers subscribers a premium movie viewing experience in true HD, and more original movies shot entirely in HD than any other network.

Launched in 2001 by Mark Cuban and General Manager Philip Garvin, the HDNet networks are available on AT&T, Charter Communications, Comcast, DIRECTV, DISH Network, Insight, Mediacom, Verizon and more than 40 NCTC cable affiliated companies. To receive HDNet information via email, simply go to www.hd.net/listpage.

Florian, Guida And Machida Also Featured In First Six Produced Under UFC Agreement

Source - Round 5:

MARKHAM, Ontario, Canada, September 29, 2009 – Its landmark marketing partnership freshly in place, Round 5 is pleased to announce the members of the first series of collectible figurines under the UFC brand, a group of six accomplished fighters, as announced today by Barron Lau, Round 5 CEO and co-founder and Damon Lau, president and co-founder. Figurines for stars Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell, Georges “Rush” St. Pierre, “Suga” Rashad Evans, Kenny “KenFlo” Florian, Clay “The Carpenter” Guida and Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida are scheduled to be available at retail and at www.Round5MMA.com early next year.

The six collectibles will be presented in a new UFC-themed packaging that includes action photos of each respective fighter's memorable moments as well as a short biography.

“These six athletes provide a strong, varied base for our first UFC series,” said Damon Lau. “There are established champions like Chuck Liddell and George St. Pierre, popular up-andcomers like Rashad Evans and Kenny Florian and guys like Clay Guida and Lyoto Machida who have loyal, growing followings.”

“We think fans will really connect to these collectibles through their detail and the enhanced packaging,” said Barron Lau. “We want them to feel that by owning a Round 5 figurine, they, in a sense, own a piece of that fighter.”

The issuance of UFC Series 1 signals the discontinuation of the previous Round 5 Series. The remaining inventory from the 17 figurines issued in the previous four Series under that brand will continue to be available while supplies last. Limited editions and other special versions of the UFC Series 1 athletes are also in the planning stages.

“The Limited Editions we have issued have been wildly popular, so we are definitely looking at expanding those offerings,” added Barron Lau.

Liddell, one of the most popular MMA fighters ever, held the UFC light heavyweight belt for two years, using his devastating striking skills to rack up a 21-7 record, including 13 knockouts, against a top-shelf list of opponents since his 1998 debut at UFC 17. He also showed his power by ending all five of his successful title defenses with a KO or TKO.

St. Pierre is often mentioned on the short list of top “pound-for-pound” fighters in MMA, and he's backed up that distinction with wins in his last six bouts, all headliners, to raise his overall mark to 19-2. The UFC welterweight champion proudly represents his native Montreal, Canada.

Evans has shed his underdog status with a series of standout victories, moving to light heavyweight after winning The Ultimate Fighter 2 television series as a heavyweight. Now 13-1-1, successive wins over Michael Bisping, Liddell and Forrest Griffin were surprises to many and earned “Suga” his first title defense earlier this year, a loss to Machida.

Florian is another graduate of The Ultimate Fighter who has fulfilled his promise, springboarding from his strong performance in TUF 1 to post an 11-4 record and headline cards. He has also branched out to the media side of the sport as a weekly host of MMA Live on ESPN and several UFC color commentary stints.

Guida has ridden strong conditioning, action-packed fights and a flashy style to a prolific MMA career, with 35 bouts (25 wins) to his credit. Known as “The Carpenter” for his previous career while he trained and fought for his chance, Guida is a frequent “Fight of the Night” honoree, including his last bout, a split decision defeat in a free-for-all with Diego Sanchez in June.

Machida is also prominent in the “pound-for-pound” discussion, made even more evident by his win over previously-unbeaten Evans at UFC 98 in May, in which “The Dragon's” lightning quick form and powerful striking was on full display. The undefeated (15-0) UFC light heavyweight champion is scheduled to make his first defense against Mauricio “Shogun” Rua on October 24.

Round 5 collectible figures may be purchased at leading North American retailers such as Toys ‘R’ Us, Kmart and Walmart. Other retailers can be found at www.round5mma.com/wheretobuy.php.

About Round 5

Round 5 (www.Round5MMA.com), headquartered in Markham, Ontario, Canada, is the MMA industry’s fastest growing worldwide collectible figure company. Committed to developing intricately detailed figures, Round 5 strives to remain true to the sport of MMA and its personalities.

Results - IWF's Fall Brawl (Sept 26-27, 2009)

Source - Independent Wrestling Federation:

RESULTS:

IWF Fall Brawl Weekend Day 2
Sunday, September 27, 2009 @ IWF Centre, West Paterson, NJ

1. American Champion Franciz w/ Rich Ross defeated Fady the Arabian Bull to retain the title.

2. Mr. Casino Frankie Amantea & Hush Holiday defeated Chachi & Jana.

3. Kevin Knight wrestled Dangerous Dan McGuire w/ Rich Ross to a time-limit draw.

4. Bruising Bookworm Frank Scoleri & German Menace Kraig Stagg defeated Tag Team Champions Stellar Travis Blake & Juicy Justin Corino via count-out.

5. Mad Dawg Jenkins defeated Entrepreneur Evan Schwartz.

6. Heavyweight Champion Hi-Definition Chris Steeler w/ Jennifer defeated Bright Lights Jarrett Foster to retain the title.

IWF Fall Brawl Weekend Day 1
Saturday, September 26, 2009 @ IWF Centre, West Paterson, NJ

1. Fady the Arabian Bull defeated Bruising Bookworm Frank Scoleri.

2. Junior Champion Bright Lights Jarrett Foster defeated Mr. Casino Frankie Amantea & Entrepreneur Evan Schwartz & Hush Holiday.

3. Stellar Travis Blake defeated German Menace Kraig Stagg.

4. American Champion Franciz w/ Damian Adams defeated Kevin Knight via disqualification to retain the title.

5. Jana defeated Desirre.

6. Mad Dawg Jenkins defeated Chachi.

7. Heavyweight Champion Hi-Definition Chris Steeler defeated Jennifer, and wins her services for 30 days.

SmackDown® Makes Television History

Source - World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc.:

STAMFORD, Conn., Sep 29, 2009 -- World Wrestling Entertainment® announced today it will make broadcast television history on October 2, 2009 by commemorating 10 years of Friday Night SmackDown®. A themed episode celebrating a “Decade of SmackDown” will air on MyNetworkTV at 8 PM ET / 7 CT. “Decade of SmackDown” will draw WWE Superstars and Divas from all WWE® shows to commemorate this milestone.

As a pop culture staple, SmackDown:

has aired more than 520 episodes, surpassing The Simpsons, Married With Children, and Law & Order, just to name a few, in total episodes

has been watched more than 2.7 billion times by viewers in the U.S.

is seen in 79 countries internationally and airs in 22 languages

has featured such celebrities as Samuel L. Jackson, Ashton Kutcher, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jimmy Kimmel and Sherri Shepherd

is MyNetworkTV’s most-watched telecast among households and total viewers

SmackDown has been instrumental in the success of each of the networks that have aired the program. The show moved to its current home, MyNetworkTV, in October 2008 and is the number one show on broadcast television on Friday nights among Males 50 and under. Friday Night SmackDown also dominates the P18-49 demographic, can be seen every Friday night at 8 PM ET on MyNetworkTV.

ABOUT WWE

World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc., 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, PG content across all of its platforms including television programming, pay-per-view, digital media and publishing. WWE programming is broadcast in more than 145 countries and 30 languages and reaches more than 500 million homes worldwide. The company is headquartered in Stamford, Conn., with offices in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, London, Shanghai, Sydney, Tokyo and Toronto.

Additional information on World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: WWE) can be found at wwe.com and corporate.wwe.com.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Results - New York Wrestling Connection's "Rampage On 112"

Source - NYWC:

The NYWC Presents: "Rampage on 112"
Saturday September 26, 2009
Elks B.P.O.E Lodge 2138
1141 Route 112
Port Jefferson Station, NY 11729

Joey Braggiol, Maverick, & Bruno Marciano def. Maxwell Belvedere, Dan Eckos, & Papadon

High Society ("Hot Shot" Mike Reed, "Flawless" Blake Morris and "Yours Truly" Alex Reynolds) def. Francis Kipland Stevens & All Money Is Legal

Dickie Rodz & Jamie Van Leamer def. Dirty Rednex

Azrieal def. Benny Martinez

Joey Braggiol, Maverick, & Bruno Marciano def. High Society ("Hot Shot" Mike Reed, "Flawless" Blake Morris and "Yours Truly" Alex Reynolds)

Jethro def. Syther with Crusher and Stockade

NYWC Tag Team Championship Match
Big Time Rush def. Celtic Saints by count out

NYWC Championship Match
King Mega def. Quiet Storm to retain the title

Maverick def. Bruno Marciano & Joey Braggiol to become #1 contender to the NYWC Championship

Maverick defeated 11 other men in a one night tournament to become the #1 contender to King Mega's NYWC Championship. After the match High Society, Dan Eckos and The Celtic Saints attacked Maverick. King Mega then came out and brutally attacked Maverick and hit a "Rikishi Driver" off the second rope through a table. No details on Maverick's condition except that he felt a sharp pain in his neck upon impact and experienced some numbness on the left side of his body temporarily. Please continue to visit NYWCwrestling.com for all the latest information.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Tim Kennedy Chokes Out Zak Cummings; Two-Time Olympian Daniel Cormier Makes Successful MMA Debut At STRIKEFORCE Challengers

Source - Strikeforce:

Woodley, Longacre, and Sefo all winners on SHOWTIME® in Tulsa, Oklahoma

NEW YORK (September 26, 2009) – United States Army veteran and rising middleweight mixed martial arts (MMA) star Tim Kennedy (11-2) dominated a previously unbeaten Zak Cummings (10-1), submitting Cummings with a north-south choke in the second round (2:43) of their STRIKEFORCE Challengers main event battle live on SHOWTIME from Tulsa, Oklahoma’s SpiritBank Event Center on Friday, September 25.

In his highly-anticipated MMA debut, two-time U.S. Olympic wrestling team member Daniel Cormier (1-0) displayed signs of a bright future in the sport, stopping Gary Frazier (0-1) with a ground and pound offensive in the second round (3:39) of battle.

Kennedy, a 29-year-old former sniper for the Seventh Special Forces who recently accepted a position with The Texas National Guard in order to be able to pursue his MMA career more thoroughly, rocked the 25-year-old Cummings early in the first round after the two engaged on their feet.

Kennedy secured a takedown and began to unload with punches from half guard. Cummings rolled out and mounted Kennedy, but Kennedy quickly escaped and went on the offensive again with non-stop punches and regained the mount.

After surviving the first round, Cummings attempted a takedown early in the second stanza, but was caught with a left hand before escaping an attempted standing guillotine choke.

While trying to flee Kennedy’s clutches, Cummings fell to the canvas into a choke hold. Kennedy transitioned to a north-south choke hold and Cummings tapped out.

The 30-year-old Cormier, the 2001 NCAA national wrestling championship tournament runner-up for Oklahoma State University, stalked Frazier (0-1) from the outset of the card’s first live SHOWTIME televised bout. Frazier, a 21-year-old native of Shawnee, Oklahoma, attempted to run, but Cormier caught up and, in the second round, worked his way to the mount position after slamming Frazier to the canvas.

Cormier hammered Frazier with punches from the mount, prompting Frazier to give up his back. Cormier continued to batter Frazier from top position until the referee stopped the fight due to Frazier’s inability to defend himself any longer.

Another former NCAA Division I wrestling star and one of MMA’s most promising young prospects, 27-year-old Tyron “T-Wood” Woodley (4-0) of St. Louis, Missouri extended his perfect record, submitting Huntington Beach, California’s Zach “The Lisbon Outlaw” Light (6-9) with an arm bar in the second round (3:38) of action.

Woodley asserted himself with his superior athletic ability in the first round, scooping up Light and slamming him to the canvas. Woodley was able to mount Light twice in the round, but Light defended well, not allowing Woodley to create too much space between the fighters.

Woodley scored another slam in the second round and transitioned to an arm bar from which Light tapped out.

Kevin “The Shaman” Jordan (11-8) utilized his MMA experience to take down six-time world kickboxing champion and K-1 legend Ray “Sugarfoot” Sefo (2-0) in the first round of a heavyweight bout. Jordan mounted and rained down on Sefo, still a newcomer to MMA, with punches.

In danger, Sefo repeatedly popped his hips up in an effort to throw Jordan from the mount. Although Sefo was unsuccessful at changing position, he survived the round.

Jordan shot for a takedown after the fighters squared off at the beginning of the second round. On the way in, however, he dropped to the canvas in pain and verbally submitted at the 24 second mark of the round. Jordan is being examined for a possible torn quadriceps of the right knee.

Local rivals and world class kickboxers Thomas Longacre (5-0) and Travis “The Dark Knight” Calanoc (4-1) put on a fireworks show full of rapid exchanges of punches and round kicks on their feet.

Longacre dominated the matchup from punching range early in the first round before Calanoc briefly turned the tides with his own boxing skills.

In the second stanza, Longacre took over with repeated flurries. He continued to find his mark in the third round. After the fight went to the mat, Calanoc maneuvered impressively from his back and attempted an arm bar in the third round, but Longacre escaped and brought the fight back to stand up mode.

In the final 10 seconds of the bout, Longacre and Calanoc swung away at each other relentlessly until the bell sounded.

STRIKEFORCE Challengers is a proving ground for up-and-coming MMA fighters. The series is designed to provide today’s top prospects with the opportunity to step-up their level of competition and demonstrate their ability in a nationally televised event.

Friday's fights will re-air on Wednesday, Sept. 30, at 11 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME 2. The telecast will also be available On Demand beginning Monday, Sept. 28, and running through Oct. 25.

Next Friday, Oct. 2, ShoBox: The New Generation will air live at 11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast from First Council Casino in Newkirk, Okla., Allan Green (28-1, 20 KOs) will be featured in a super middleweight matchup in the main event. The co-feature will pit Antwone Smith (16-1, 8 KOs) against Henry Crawford (22-0-1, 9 KOs) in a welterweight bout. The night will open when Marcus Johnson (17-0, 14 KOs) takes on Victor Villereal (8-3-2, 4 KOs) in a super middleweight bout.

The Super Six World Boxing Classic premiers on SHOWTIME on Saturday, Oct. 17, at 8 p.m. ET/PT as WBC super middleweight titleholder Carl Froch (25-0, 20 KOs) faces Andre Dirrell (18-0, 13 KOs) live from the Trent FM Arena in Nottingham, England and Arthur Abraham (30-0, 24 KOs) meets Jermain Taylor (28-3-1, 17 KOs) on tape-delay from 02 World Arena in Berlin, Germany.

On Saturday, Oct. 31, Joseph "King Kong" Agbeko (27-1, 22 KOs) will defend his IBF bantamweight belt against Yonnhy Perez (19-0, 14 KOs) on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING

STRIKEFORCE Challengers returns Friday, Nov. 6, from the Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif., at 11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast. Lightweights Billy Evangelista (9-0) and Jorge Gurgel (13-5) will face off in the main event of the evening.

Saturday, Nov. 7 STRIKEFORCE will make its CBS television debut when MMA legend Fedor Emelianenko faces and coming heavyweight star Brett Rogers in the highly anticipated main event (8 p.m. ET/PT).

Danish star and current WBA super middleweight world champion Mikkel “Viking Warrior” Kessler will travel to the Bay Area to face the 2004 U.S. Olympic gold medalist and Oakland native Andre “S.O.G.” Ward in the Super Six World Boxing Classic – Group Stage 1 – on Saturday, Nov. 21, at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., live on SHOWTIME at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast).

Defending champion Timothy Bradley (24-0, 11 KOs) will face Lamont Peterson (27-0, 13 KOs ) Saturday, Dec. 12 on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING at 9 p.m. ET/PT for his WBO junior welterweight title.

Complete STRIKEFORCE Challengers Results:

Main Card:

Tim Kennedy def. Zak Cummings – Submission (north south choke) – 2nd Round (2:43)

Ray “Sugarfoot” Sefo def. Kevin “The Shaman” Jordan – Verbal submission (injury) – 2nd Round (:24)

Tyron “T-Wood” Woodley def. Zach “The Lisbon Outlaw” Light – Submission (arm bar) – 2nd Round (3:38)

Thomas Longacre def. Travis “The Dark Knight” Calanoc – Unanimous Decision (3 Rounds) (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Daniel Cormier def. Gary Frazier – TKO (Punches) – 2nd Round (3:39)

Preliminary Card:

Dillon Smith def. Lemont Davis – Submission (rear naked choke) - 1st Round (1:15)

Josh Pulsifer def. Nick Gibbons – Submission (d’arce choke) – 1st Round (1:05)

Kenny Giddens def. Jon Carson – Submission (d’arce choke) – 2nd Round (4:15)

Trey Houston def. Brandon Gaines – Submission (arm triangle choke) – 2nd Round (1:28)

Paul Bradley def. Levi Avera – Unanimous Decision (3 Rounds) (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Jeri Sitzes def. Lacey Schuckman – TKO (Punches) – 3rd Round (2:18)

About STRIKEFORCE

STRIKEFORCE (www.strikeforce.com) is a world-class mixed martial arts cage fight promotion which, on Friday, March 10, 2006, made history with its “Shamrock vs. Gracie” event, the first sanctioned mixed martial arts fight card in California state history. The star-studded extravaganza, which pitted legendary champion Frank Shamrock against Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Cesar Gracie at San Jose’s HP Pavilion, played host to a sold-out, record crowd of 18,265. Since 1995, STRIKEFORCE has been the exclusive provider of martial arts programming for ESPN and, after 12 years of success as a leading, world championship kickboxing promotion, the company unveiled its mixed martial arts series with “Shamrock vs. Gracie.” In May 2008, West Coast Productions, the parent company of STRIKEFORCE, partnered with Silicon Valley Sports & Entertainment (SVS&E), an entity created in 2000 to oversee all business operation aspects of the San Jose Sharks and HP Pavilion at San Jose.

About Showtime Networks Inc.

Showtime Networks Inc. (SNI), a wholly owned subsidiary of CBS Corporation, owns and operates the premium television networks SHOWTIME®, THE MOVIE CHANNEL® and FLIX®, as well as the multiplex channels SHOWTIME 2™, SHOWTIME® SHOWCASE, SHOWTIME EXTREME®, SHOWTIME BEYOND®, SHOWTIME NEXT®, SHOWTIME WOMEN®, SHOWTIME FAMILY ZONE® and THE MOVIE CHANNEL™ XTRA. SNI also offers SHOWTIME HD®, THE MOVIE CHANNEL™ HD, SHOWTIME ON DEMAND® and THE MOVIE CHANNEL™ ON DEMAND. SNI also manages Smithsonian Networks, a joint venture between SNI and the Smithsonian Institution. All SNI feeds provide enhanced sound using Dolby Digital 5.1. SNI markets and distributes sports and entertainment events for exhibition to subscribers on a pay-per-view basis through SHOWTIME PPV®.

Photos - Courtesy of Esther Lin/Strikeforce:


















10_Tim_Kennedy_Victory.jpg - Kennedy, a former sniper for the Seventh Special Forces, submitted Cummings with a north-south choke in the second round.
04_Calanoc_punched_by_Longacre.jpg - Longacre (right) defeated Calanoc via unanimous decision in an all-action bout.

09_Tim_Kennedy_chokes_Zak_Cummings.jpg - United States Army veteran and rising middleweight star Tim Kennedy (left) dominated previously unbeaten Zak Cummings in the main event on Friday.

08_Ray_Sefo_victorious.jpg - Sefo extended his perfect MMA record, and Jordan was examined for a possible torn quadriceps of the right knee following the fight.

07_Sefo_and_Kevin_Jordan_injures_knee.jpg - K-1 legend Ray Sefo (left) won via second round verbal submission over Kevin Jordan Friday night on SHOWTIME.

06_Tyron_Woodley-R_armbars_Zach_Light.jpg - Woodley (left) submitted Light with an arm bar in the second round (3:38) of action.

05_Zach_Light_hit_by_Tyron_Woodley.jpg - Former NCAA Division I wrestling star and one of MMA’s most promising young prospects, Tyron Woodley (right) extended his perfect record with a submission victory over Zach Light.

04_Calanoc_punched_by_Longacre.jpg - Longacre (right) defeated Calanoc via unanimous decision in an all-action bout.

03_Thomas_Longacre_kicks_Travis_Calanoc.jpg - Local rivals and world class kickboxers Thomas Longacre (left) and Travis Calanoc put on a fireworks show for the hometown crowd on Friday night.

02_Gary_Frazier_punched_by_Daniel_Cormier.jpg – Cormier’s (right) power was too much for Frazier Friday at Tulsa, Oklahoma’s SpiritBank Event Center.

01_Frazier_overpowered_by_Cormier.jpg - In his highly-anticipated MMA debut, two-time U.S. Olympic wrestling team member Daniel Cormier (right) scored a second round TKO over Gary Frazier in Friday’s STRIKEFORCE Challenger’s event on SHOWTIME.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Score Media And WWE(R) Partner Again To Bring Canadians Top Rated WWE Programming

Source - Score Media Inc.:

3-year agreement means more high-energy sports entertainment for nation's WWE fans

TORONTO, Sept. 24 - Score Media Inc. (TSX: SCR) and World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: WWE) have partnered once again to give WWE fans a full slate of world-renowned WWE programming.

"Canadians' passion for the WWE is second to none," says John Levy, Chairman & CEO, Score Media Inc. "In extending our longstanding partnership with the World Wrestling Entertainment, we are giving our viewers more exciting WWE action while offering the nation access to exclusive, top-rated sports entertainment."

The 3-year agreement gives WWE fans more of their desired programming including RAW(R) and SmackDown(R). In addition, The Score will continue to produce and air WWE Experience(TM), a weekly round-up of the latest and greatest in the WWE and will bring viewers the WWE Vintage Collection(TM), a look back at some of the WWE's classic matches, hosted by "Mean" Gene Okerlund and seen in North America only on The Score.

Shane McMahon, Executive Vice President, Global Media for WWE, said "We are delighted to be continuing our partnership with The Score which would not be possible without the dedication of our WWE fans in Canada. The expansion of our programming on The Score with entertaining television such as WWE Vintage Collection along with our established programs of WWE Experience, RAW and SmackDown allows viewers more opportunities to enjoy the action-packed excitement of WWE."

About Score Media Inc.

Score Media is a media company committed to delivering interactive and authentic sports entertainment. Created in 1997 in response to the growing desire for increased participation in the consumption of sports, the Company has now established itself as the home for hardcore sports fans. Score Media's primary asset, The Score Television Network ("The Score"), is a national specialty television service providing sports news, information, highlights and live event programming in more than 6.5 million homes across Canada. Score Media also operates Hardcore Sports Radio, a satellite radio network available across North America on SIRIUS Satellite Radio, and other interactive assets including theScore.com and Score Mobile. Growing from a team of 60 in 1997 to over 220 employees in 2009, Score Media is a revolutionizing interactive media company.

About World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc.

World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc., 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, PG content across all of its platforms including television programming, pay-per-view, digital media and publishing. WWE programming is broadcast in more than 145 countries and 30 languages and reaches more than 500 million homes worldwide. The company is headquartered in Stamford, Conn., with offices in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, London, Shanghai, Sydney, Tokyo and Toronto. Additional information on World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: WWE) can be found at 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, copyrights and logos are the exclusive property of World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. and its subsidiaries. All other trademarks, logos and copyrights are the property of their respective owners.

Forward-Looking Statements: This news 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 the conditions of the markets for live events, broadcast television, cable television, pay-per-view, Internet, feature films, entertainment, professional sports, and licensed merchandise; acceptance of the Company's brands, media and merchandise within those markets; uncertainties relating to litigation; risks associated with producing live events both domestically and internationally; uncertainties associated with international markets; risks relating to maintaining and renewing key agreements, including television distribution agreements; and other risks and factors set forth from time to time in Company filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Actual results could differ materially from those currently expected or anticipated. In addition to these risks and uncertainties, our dividend is based on a number of factors, including our liquidity and historical and projected cash flow, strategic plan, our financial results and condition, contractual and legal restrictions on the payment of dividends and such other factors as our board of directors may consider relevant.

HDNet To Broadcast 'HDNet Fights Presents: FieLDS K-1 World GP 2009 Final 16'

Source - HDNet:

Network to feature LIVE coverage from Seoul, South Korea early Saturday morning, September 26 at 12:30 a.m. PT

DALLAS, Sept. 24 -- HDNet will feature LIVE coverage of "HDNet Fights Presents: FieLDS K-1 World GP 2009 Final 16," at the Olympic Gymnasium Arena in Seoul, South Korea, Saturday, September 26 at 12:30 a.m. PT/3:30 a.m. ET. The event will also be replayed that Saturday evening at 11:00 p.m. ET.

The best 16 strikers in the world will meet in the opening round of this prestigious event. And, in one of the most anticipated first round match-ups, Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion Alistair Overeem will face K-1 Legend and three-time World GP Champion Peter Aerts. Other featured first round fights include Badr Hari vs. Zabit Samedov, Jerome Le Banner vs. Japanese legend MUSASHI, and defending K-1 World GP Champion Remy Bonjaski vs. Melvin Manhoef.

"Let's be clear, this tournament features THE BEST strikers in the world," said Andrew Simon, CEO of HDNet Fights. "If you are a fan of the stand-up game, get ready for the non-stop action that only K-1 and HDNet can deliver!"

In more first round action, K-1 Super Heavyweight Champion Semmy Schilt will also collide with impressive newcomer Daniel Ghita, Ewerton Teixeira takes on Singh Jaideep, Ruslan Karaev faces K-1 Heavyweight Champion KYOTARO, and Errol Zimmerman meets Glaube Feitosa.

The winners will advance to the K-1 World Grand Prix Final on December 5 at the Yokohama Arena in Tokyo, Japan.

About HDNet

HDNet (www.hd.net, twitter.com/hdnet) is the independent network with unique and provocative content that appeals to men of all ages and is delivered in true high definition.

HDNet is the exclusive, high definition home for popular, original programming, including television's only HD news feature programs "HDNet World Report," and the Emmy Award winning "Dan Rather Reports," featuring legendary journalist Dan Rather. Only HDNet goes beyond the headlines to deliver real news that is redefining the way we look at our world. HDNet News is provocative, sometimes controversial and always relevant - telling the important stories of our time in-depth, with attitude and with independence.

HDNet presents championship sports coverage featuring five regular season games from the Premiere Season of the United Football League. HDNet also features the best of Mixed Martial Arts with its Friday night series, "HDNet Fights" (www.hdnetfights.com, twitter.com/hdnetfights). "HDNet Fights" works with leading MMA promoters including DREAM, Sengoku, XFC, M-1, K-1, K-1 Max, MFC, Adrenaline and more. HDNet produces more live Mixed Martial Arts events than any other network and HDNet's "Inside MMA" is the hottest Mixed Martial Arts program on television, giving MMA fans their weekly fix for everything MMA.

HDNet also delivers the world's largest and most diverse concert line-up through the HDNet Concert Series. The HDNet Concert Series features leading artists and bands including Coldplay, Gwen Stefani, John Mayer and more. HDNet also features revealing lifestyle programming featuring "Art Mann Presents," "Vegas Confessions," "Deadline" and "Get Out!" HDNet is also the exclusive high definition home to critically acclaimed and award winning documentaries as part of the InFocus series. "NASA on HDNet" presents all live shuttle launches through 2010.

Only HDNet Movies (www.hdnetmovies.com, twitter.com/hdnetmovies) delivers exclusive Sneak Previews of new movies before they hit theaters. The HDNet Movies Sneak Preview series features top Hollywood stars in critically acclaimed performances including Gwyneth Paltrow, Joaquin Phoenix, Demi Moore, Michael Caine, Tom Hanks, Vera Farmiga, Parker Posey, Brian Cox, Matthew Broderick, Brittany Snow, Eric Bana, John Malkovich, Emily Blunt and Robin Williams.

Upcoming Sneak Previews include "Ong Bak 2: The Beginning" starring and directed by Tony Jaa.

In addition to being the exclusive home of Sneak Previews, HDNet Movies presents viewers with over one hundred films and an average of twenty-five "HD Premieres" each month. HDNet Movies viewers enjoy the best films from the classics of the 1950s-1970s, to favorite films from the 1980s and 1990s, to recently released theatrical films.

HDNet Movies offers subscribers a premium movie viewing experience in true HD, and more original movies shot entirely in HD than any other network.

Launched in 2001 by Mark Cuban and General Manager Philip Garvin, the HDNet networks are available on AT&T, Charter Communications, Comcast, DIRECTV, DISH Network, Insight, Mediacom, Verizon and more than 40 NCTC cable affiliated companies. To receive HDNet information via email, simply go to www.hd.net/listpage.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Spike Presents New Original Online Show 'The Ultimate Fighter: The Aftermath'

Source - Spike TV:

Spike.com Greenlights Digital Series Hosted By Amir Sadollah As Companion To The Most Successful Franchise In Network History "The Ultimate Fighter: The Aftermath" Premieres Tuesday, September 22 On Spike.com

NEW YORK, Sept. 22 -- Spike TV's hit series "The Ultimate Fighter" has propelled mixed martial arts into the American mainstream while becoming the most successful franchise in the network's history. With its tenth iteration having premiered to record ratings, Spike.com will launch the original series "The Ultimate Fighter: The Aftermath." Hosted by Amir Sadollah, the new show will be a video roundtable discussion about the on-air episode that precedes it, with the fighters that competed in an elimination bout on hand to talk about what went on, both inside and outside of the Octagon(TM), during "The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights."

"'The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights' promises to be the show's biggest season yet, and Spike.com has enjoyed great success with its 'Aftermath' franchise," said Jon Slusser, SVP, Spike digital entertainment. "In combining the two, this new show will deliver exclusive content to our audience, and allow Spike viewers and members of our online community to interact with our signature franchise in new ways."

Premiering Tuesday, September 22 on Spike.com, "The Ultimate Fighter: The Aftermath" will allow fans, for the first time in the show's history, to pose their questions about "The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights" directly to the fighters involved. UFC president Dana White will be on hand for the premiere episode, and, over the course of the season, coaches Rashad Evans and Rampage Jackson, as well as the show's entire cast, including Kimbo Slice, Wes Sims, Marcus Jones, and Roy Nelson, will stop by to take part in "The Aftermath."

"Ten seasons in, and 'The Ultimate Fighter' still packs as much of a punch as ever," said Brian J. Diamond, SVP, sports and specials, Spike TV. "We're excited to build on the show's continued on air success and venture into a new platform with 'The Ultimate Fighter: The Aftermath.'"

Spike TV is available in 98.6 million homes and is a division of MTV Networks. A unit of Viacom (NYSE:VIA) (NYSE:VIA.B), MTV Networks is one of the world's leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. Spike TV's Internet address is www.spike.com and for up-to-the-minute and archival press information and photographs, visit Spike TV's press site at www.spike.com/press.

Bonnie Hammer Moves Up In Third-Annual 'Mediaweek 50' (Although No Mention Of WWE Was Made)

In case you don't know (and I didn't), the 'Mediaweek 50' is a ranking of executives, which is based on their performance for the year.

Hammer, (tongue-twister alert) NBC Universal Cable Entertainment's President, placed sixth (she was eleventh, in 2008), for her ability to lead USA Network to its summer average of three-point-six-million viewers in prime-time, and her successful re-branding of the Syfy Network.

Programs 'Royal Pains' and 'Warehouse 13' (whatever they are) were cited in the issue, cover dated September 21, 2009, as was Hammer's involvement with scripts (including those of WWE programming, although that also wasn't mentioned).

Sylvain Grenier On Main Event Radio Interview Recap And Big Event Happening In Montreal "TOW 4"

Source - The Main Event:

Major Wrestling Card coming to Montreal on Friday, September 25th at the Centre Pierre-Charbonneau (3000 Viau Street).

"TOW 4" SEPTEMBER 25TH @ 7:30PM
http://www.towlutte.com

LA RESISTANCE (SYLVAIN GRENIER AND ROB CONWAY) VS PIERRE-CARL OULETTE W/ A MYSTERY PARTNER

SIMON DEAN (Yes, that Simon Dean a.k.a. Nova) ISSUES AN OPEN CHALLENGE

TNA's MATT MORGAN VS FRANKY THE MOBSTER

HONKY TONK MAN VS JAY PHENOMENON

TRIBUTE PRESENTATION TO PAT PATTERSON FOR HIS 50 YEARS IN THE BUSINESS

SAMSON VS THE PROPHET

AND MORE!

PLUS - RYAN RIDER JOINS MARC BLONDIN FOR LIVE ENGLISH COMMENTARY FOR THE DVD RELEASE!

Tickets are $40, $30, $20, and $5.

Sylvain Grenier joined Ryan Rider on the Main Event radio show this past Sunday on CJLO 1690am in Montreal to talk about the TOW 4 event. The full interview audio can be downloaded at our show website at http://www.maineventradio.com. Here are some highlights of the interview...

Comments on the TOW Event: The first three events of mine were phenomenally successful which is why we're doing this one and another one in March. We're also working on a pilot for French TV show in Montreal. Pat [Patterson] paved the way for us and is still the right-hand man of Vince McMahon. It's such an honor to have him on our show. We're going to have a little tribute to him. My good friend Simon Dean is flying in from the United States to show the Canadians how to do it the American way with the "Simon System." The big giant Matt Morgan from TNA. Honky Tonk Man and Jay Phenomenon - two singers, very different styles. Honky's been the man for so many years, what a great guy. With tickets starting at $5, it's a steal!

Rene Dupree: Rene has never been too organized in his life. Nothing has changed - I even stepped on my own pride and called him for my last show...I hope things are doing well for him but I don't think we will ever work together again."

Whether there is any interest from WWE to bring him back: I talked with them at Breaking Point, I had a good conversation with the people in charge, and it's a matter of time until we could talk some more. I have a lot of things going on in Montreal though - I'm on RDS, I'm on TV every week, I have my own promotion now, I have my wrestling school happening. So I'm really busy but if WWE needs me I'll be there for them. I brought one of my students and they really liked him and offered him a contract.

On Working with Ring of Honor in April: I pulled out all my hairs. It was totally different. They go 100 miles an hour, I was not brought up this way. I learned to tell a story and entertain people and I don't think it's possible over there. They don't draw any money, they have a different product and it's hard, impossible, to compete with a product like WWE. They tried to go on a league of their own and I don't think it's attracting a new audience because it's not entertaining. They need some more characters, some more mic skills, and some storylines. Everybody can do a brainbuster. Why you're doing it, how you're doing it, what time, it makes the difference. I think they're missing the boat.

How his skills have improved since leaving World Wrestling Entertainment: I was just talking with Chris Jericho at the Pay-Per-View, and I said man I did my career backwards. I did my first match in front of 20,000 people and my last match was in front of 250 people. And he said, Sly, if you can entertain 20 people than you can entertain 20,000. So I did a year in Montreal, now I'm going to be wrestling in New Brunswick, autograph signings in the States, and I'm going to be wrestling more in the states. Without TV time limits on the indy circuit, I was able to do whatever I want. I was able try stuff - sometimes it worked, sometimes it didn't. So now if I go back to the WWE, I'll be ready for the new challenge.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Memphis Wrestling @ Alabama State Fair In Birmingham (Pelham) AL

Source - Dave Wills:

Memphis Wrestling @ Alabama State Fair
Fair Show - Birmingham (Pelham), AL
9-19-09 Attendance was a handful. Maybe 50-100.
It rained all day so turn out was very light.

Johnny Dotson d. Bones
Derrick King d. Mr. Hughes (with Dave Wills)- DQ
AR Fox d. Tat2
Kevin White d. Humongus (with Veronica Fairchild)
Kevin White won $1,000 battle royal by eliminating Mr. Hughes.

White told Corey Macklin that he was going to donate the money to some Memphis Charities. Hughes asked White to put the money on the line and wrestle him for 5 more minutes. White said he was smarter than than that and then punched Hughes manager and left to send fans home happy.

FOOTBALL LEGEND HERSCHEL WALKER SIGNS WITH STRIKEFORCE MMA

Source - Strikeforce:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NEW YORK (September 21, 2009)–-Former NFL and NCAA football superstar Herschel Walker will enter a new chapter in his career as a professional athlete when he makes his debut as a heavyweight in the world’s fastest growing sport – mixed martial arts (MMA) - as part of a multi-fight contract he has signed with world championship promotion STRIKEFORCE.

The 1982 Heisman Trophy winner and two-time Pro Bowl competitor will begin a 12 week training camp next month at San Jose, California’s American Kickboxing Academy (AKA), which plays home to a host of the world’s greatest fighters, including STRIKEFORCE Lightweight Champion Josh “The Punk” Thomson. The 6 foot 1 inch, 220 pound former running back, who already holds a fifth degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do and boasts additional training in the combat disciplines of Muay Thai and Kenpo, will be trained by AKA co-owner and head trainer Bob Cook.

“I’ve been training for several years. I would play college football games on Saturday and then compete in martial arts tournaments on Sunday after church I’m now looking forward to opening up another chapter in my life and to competing in MMA,” said Walker, who recently was a contestant on the second hit season of Donald Trump’s Celebrity Apprentice reality series on NBC.

“I flew to LA last month to watch Herschel train and was surprised to see his advanced wrestling and striking abilities,” said STRIKEFORCE Founder and CEO Scott Coker, a martial arts promoter of over 25 years. “He’s got work ahead of him, but he’s committed to training at one of the most notable gyms in the sport of MMA so it will be very interesting to watch him progress.”

Walker, a 1999 College Hall of Fame inductee who was also selected to Sports Illustrated’s NCAA All-Century Team that year, has never been one to shy away from the road less traveled.

Following his junior year at the University of Georgia where he had set the NCAA freshman rushing record en route to an undefeated season and Sugar Bowl championship victory over Notre Dame, Walker, a born-again Christian, astonished the sports world by withdrawing from school to play professional ball in the newly formed United States Football League (USFL) rather than wait to enter the NFL draft after the graduation of his collegiate class, a rule maintained by the world’s largest professional football league at the time.

While the vast majority of football players typically follow an intensive weight room regimen, Walker relied on bodyweight exercise, conditioning, and calisthenics while maintaining very little body fat.

Walker was eventually drafted in 1985 by The Dallas Cowboys and established himself as a premiere running back in the league. In 1986, he was the driving force behind a historic trade that sent in to The Minnesota Vikings in exchange for five players and six draft picks.

In 12 NFL seasons with four different teams, he became the only player to gain 4,000 yards three different ways – rushing, receiving, and kickoff returns. He is one of six players to exceed 60 touchdowns rushing and 20 touchdowns receiving and is the only player in NFL history to register a 90 plus yard reception, a 90 plus yard run, and a 90 plus yard kickoff return, all in one season (1994).

Off the gridiron, Walker has achieved a handful of feats, including a seventh place finish in the 1992 Winter Olympics two-man bobsled competition. He also nearly made the Olympic sprint relay team.

Now 47 years of age, Walker, a native of Wrightsville, Georgia, will look to conquer a whole new world. It is a challenge he is extremely optimistic about.

“I will go in there and test myself against any 20 year old,” said Walker. “I know there will be naysayers and I’m fine with that. I want to prove to people who sit on a couch and don’t do anything but criticize other people that, if you’re a true athlete or martial artist, you’re not old until you can’t get up and walk around anymore. MMA fighters are said to be some of the best athletes in the world, my plan at the age of 47 is to show the world I am still one of the best athletes as well”

STRIKEFORCE in March 2009 signed a multi-year agreement to stage live MMA events on the premium cable television network. Last week, STRIKEFORCE announced that it would make its live, primetime debut on CBS with its “Fedor vs. Rogers” mega-fight that it will co-promote with M-1 Global on Saturday, November 7.

About STRIKEFORCE

STRIKEFORCE (www.strikeforce.com) is a world-class mixed martial arts cage fight promotion which, on Friday, March 10, 2006, made history with its “Shamrock vs. Gracie” event, the first sanctioned mixed martial arts fight card in California state history. The star-studded extravaganza, which pitted legendary champion Frank Shamrock against Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Cesar Gracie at San Jose’s HP Pavilion, played host to a sold-out, record crowd of 18,265. Since 1995, STRIKEFORCE has been the exclusive provider of martial arts programming for ESPN and, after 12 years of success as a leading, world championship kickboxing promotion, the company unveiled its mixed martial arts series with “Shamrock vs. Gracie.” In May 2008, West Coast Productions, the parent company of STRIKEFORCE, partnered with Silicon Valley Sports & Entertainment (SVS&E), an entity created in 2000 to oversee all business operation aspects of the San Jose Sharks and HP Pavilion at San Jose.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Former Pro Wrestling Referee, Turned Evangelical Minister, Authors Book On Surviving Child Abuse And The Destructive Temptations Of The Pro ...

Former Pro Wrestling Referee, Turned Evangelical Minister, Authors Book On Surviving Child Abuse And The Destructive Temptations Of The Pro Wrestling Industry

Source - T.R. Hicks Enterprises, LLC:

San Tan Valley, AZ, September 20, 2009 -- In his life, Tim Hicks has done a lot of things that most people would consider to be out of the ordinary. Most notable, perhaps, is the twenty-five years he spent as a referee, manager and promoter in the professional wrestling field. These days, he has added two new endeavors to his resume – Evangelical Minister and Author.

Recently, Mr. Hicks authored a book entitled “Walking With My Savior: A Personal Testimony.” In the book, he shares the trials and struggles of starting life as an abused child and dealing with the emotional scars that abuse left behind. Mr. Hicks relates stories of poor self-esteem that led to such great loneliness and despair that it almost cost him his life on several occasions. Mr. Hicks thanks his faith and some good friends for the fact that he is alive today.

In the book, he also takes the reader “behind the curtain” in the professional wrestling business and talks about the temptations he faced there – temptations that have killed many of his friends and peers at a very early age - and how his faith helped him to avoid many of the destructive pitfalls.

According to Mr. Hicks, the purpose of the book is to help others to know that it is possible to overcome emotional scars and to develop a positive self-image, no matter the circumstances. Throughout the book, Mr. Hicks shows that God was with him throughout his life, even when he felt he was all alone.

Although the book is not meant to be a true autobiography, it does contain a lot of autobiographical information including some very touching and heart-wrenching stories of Mr. Hicks’ abusive childhood and a peek into the inner workings of the professional wrestling business.

“Walking With My Savior: A Personal Testimony” is available online from www.trhpublishing.com and from www.amazon.com.

About Tim Hicks:

Tim Hicks is 42 years old and is a retired professional wrestling manager, promoter and referee. These days, he is also an ordained evangelical Christian minister and the owner of T.R. Hicks Enterprises, LLC. He currently lives in San Tan Valley, Arizona with his wife Cindy and their son Kevin.

!BANG! TV Report - Funking Conservatory Webisode - Blue Ribbon Award Presentation

Source - Dory Funk Jr.:

During Dory Funk Jr.'s presentation of the !BANG! TV Blue Ribbon Award for Outstanding Performance in a Webisode to accepting athletes, "The Claw," Claudia Reiff and "The Wasilla Wrecking Crew," Rachael Moore and Charlotte Mahoy all are rudely interrupted by Funking Conservatory World Champion, Shane Chung who snatches the microphone from Funk's hand.

In a rare expression of temper, Coach Funk orders Shane Chung off the set.

Jumbo Elvis Sharp, who has been observing this conflagration from the sidelines assumes this is all a "work" and accuses The Claw and the Wasilla Wrecking Crew of "Fraternization" and trying to "Kay Fabe" him.

Jumbo Elvis' interruption of the Blue Ribbon Presentation fans the fire of emotion in three ladies who are not the kind to mess with resulting in a physical attack on Jumbo Elvis, the big man from Memphis, Texas.

All this and much more is now on !BANG! TV at http://www.dory-funk.com.

The next !BANG! TV Taping to the Funking Conservatory Saturday October 17, Support Your Troops 45, "Morbid Power" will be headlined by a Five Girl Battle Royal.

Ticket prices are $10 purchased in advance and $15 at the door. Tickets to Support Your Troops 45, "Morbid Power" are now available online at http://www.dory-funk.com or you can also pick up advance tickets at Pardee Moving and Self Storage in Ocala, Florida.

All five girls featured in the main event can be seen in action on !BANG! TV's outrageous Webisode - Femme Fatales Gone Wild and in a photo special (Beautiful Women of !BANG! TV) on our website at http://www.dory-funk.com.

Also appearing Saturday October 17 on Support Your Troops 45, "Morbid Power" will be Dory Funk Jr., Johnny Magnum, Shane Chung, Blain Rage, Hack Meyers, Walter "Killer" Roberts, Jumbo Elvis Sharp, Damien Steele, Johnny Romano the Frenchman, Monsieur Richard Bourgeois and more.

If you would like to become a professional wrestler and be trained by Dory Funk Jr., call now 352-895-4658 or visit http://www.dory-funk.com.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Cole Escovedo Gets An Opponent For November 6

Four-days ago, I provided an updated lineup for the year's last edition of ShoMMA's Challenger series.

At that time, Cole Escovedo was without an opponent.

That is no longer the case, and Escovedo will be facing Anthony Figueroa, in a bantamweight (not featherweight, as I'd mistakenly mentioned) contest.

!BANG! TV Report - Five Girl Battle Royal Headlines Next !BANG! TV Taping

Source - Dory Funk Jr.:

The next !BANG! TV Taping Support Your Troops 45, "Morbid Power" will be headlined by a Five Girl Battle Royal.

The Women's Champion, "The Claw" Claudia Reiff, Sar-Ah, Host of !BANG! TV's Studio Sar-Ah, The Wasilla Wrecking Crew, Charlotte Mahoy and Rachael Moore of Wasilla Alaska and Body Builder, Tennis Champion and WWE and WCW performer Melissa Coates will all square off in the Main Event Saturday Night October 17th at the !BANG! TV Sound Stage in Ocala, Florida.

Ticket prices are $10 purchased in advance and $15 at the door. Tickets to Support Your Troops 45, Morbid Power are now available online at http://www.dory-funk.com or you can pick up advance tickets at Pardee Moving and Self Storage in Ocala, Florida.

All five girls featured in the main event can be seen in action on !BANG! TV (Outrageous Webisode - Femme Fatales Gone Wild) and in a photo special (Beautiful Women of !BANG! TV) on our website at http://www.dory-funk.com.

Also appearing on Support Your Troops 45, Morbid Power will be Dory Funk Jr., Johnny Magnum, Shane Chung, Hack Meyers, Walter "Killer" Roberts, Jumbo Elvis Sharp, Damien Steele, Johnny Romano and the Frenchman, Monsieur Richard Bourgeois and more.

If you would like to become a professional wrestler and be trained by Dory Funk Jr., call now 352-895-4658 or visit http://www.dory-funk.com.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

M-1 GLOBAL OFFICIALS CONFIRM FEDOR EMELIANENKO'S NOV. 7 FIGHT VS. BRETT ROGERS IN THE RETURN OF MMA TO PRIME TIME TELEVISION

Source - M-1 Global:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -

Amsterdam, Holland -- Officials from CBS announced Thursday that the long-awaited United States return of M-1 Global's Fedor Emelianenko will take place on Saturday, Nov. 7 at a venue to be determined.

M-1 Global (www.M-1Global.com) officials can also confirm that Emelianenko will indeed be taking on undefeated 10-0 top-ten ranked heavyweight Brett Rogers in the main event of the first-ever show to be conducted under a three-fight co-promotion agreement between M-1 Global and Strikeforce.

"We are extremely proud to be working with Scott Coker, Strikeforce, CBS, and SHOWTIME, in what we consider to be a true co-promotional relationship," said President and Founding M-1 Global owner Vadim Finkelchtein. "To be able to bring exposure to the M-1 name in front of such a large American viewing audience on national television is a tremendous achievement for M-1 Global."

The Nov. 7 event will mark the first time a Russian-born mixed martial artist has headlined an MMA event on prime time network television in the U.S. And Emelianenko will be making his U.S. debut against a fighter in Rogers who will go down in history along with Jon Murphy as being the first two fighters ever to compete in a MMA contest on prime time television.

"Brett Rogers knocked out Mr. Murphy in just 1:01 of round 1 in his CBS debut in 2008, so we know he will be a very dangerous and prepared opponent," remarked Finkelchtein. "However, we are always looking for new challenges and Brett Rogers presents a great one for Fedor.

"When we looked at the fan polls in the U.S. this past August, the fight American fans wanted to see most for Fedor was Brett Rogers so it is with great pleasure that we are able to work with Strikeforce and CBS in bringing this fight to the American public at no cost."

Emelianenko is known by many media pundits as just not being the the top heavyweight in the world, but also the top pound-for-pound fighter on the planet. Having already built up a strong fanbase in America, it is anticipated that exposure on network television will propel his stardom to new levels. However, the Stary Oskol native's network TV debut will take place against a 6'5'', 265 pound heavyweight who has stopped all of his opponents inside of two rounds.

"I have a tremendous amount of respect for Brett Rogers," said Emelianenko. "He has worked his way from the bottom to the top and his recent win over Andrei Arlovski is very impressive and made him a top-ten heavyweight from the perspective of many people, including me."

Emelianenko is also looking forward to competing on U.S. soil for the first time since his devastating first round knockout victory over Arlovski -- former UFC heavyweight champion -- back in January of this year.

"Of course, after not being able to compete as scheduled in August I am happy for the opportunity to be competing in front of Americans. I have been training hard for this fight and hope to put on a performance that the fans will find satisfactory."

The first-ever co-promotion between M-1 Global and Strikeforce will serve as the first look at Emelianenko for many casual American sports fans. It will be their opportunity to watch the last reigning heavyweight champion of the what was at one time was considered the premier mixed martial arts organization in the world, the Japan-based PRIDE Fighting Championships.

Additionally, Emelianenko also holds the distinction of being the first-ever World Alliance of Mixed Martial Arts heavyweight champion and is the proud owner of victories over five former UFC heavyweight champions (Kevin Randleman, Mark Coleman, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Tim Sylvia, and Arlovski).

With an impressive record of 30-1, Emelianenko's lone loss was a controversial defeat suffered in December of 2000 against Tsuyoshi Koshaka. For Emelianenko, the bout against against the former UFC veteran took place in just his fifth-ever fight and was stopped due to a cut from what many considered to be an illegal blow deliver by Koshaka. In the minds of many, Fedor has never truly been defeated.

In addition to his remarkable accomplishment in mixed martial arts, Emelianenko is also a national hero in his home country of Russia. In addition to having served as a member of the Russian Army, he is also a 12-time Russian, European, and World Champion in Combat Sambo, the national martial art of Russia, and also carried the Olympic Torch leading up to the '08 Beijing Games.

Emelianenko also is part-owner with Mr. Finkelchtein of the M-1 Global promotion, a mixed martial arts company that has been in existence for over 10 years and has introduced the sport of MMA to countries all over the world.

M-1 Global currently produces the M-1 Challenge, a year-long, team-based competition featuring 16 teams from all over the world competing for the coveted M-1 Challenge Championship Cup. Referred to by many as the "World Cup of Mixed Martial Arts," one of the 16 teams is Emelianenko's own Team Russian Imperial, which won the 2008 M-1 Challenge Championship Cup in Holland earlier this year.

The M-1 Challenge is televised in over 80 countries and can be seen weekly in the U.S. every Friday at 8 p.m. ET on HDNet. The semifinals of the current season are scheduled to take place Sept. 26 in Rostov, Russia and will feature two teams from the U.S., one from England, as well as one from Russia. The event will be carried live via Internet pay-per-view on both M-1's English language web site www.M-1Global.com and Russian-language site www.Mixfight.ru.

ABOUT M-1 GLOBAL AND THE "M-1 CHALLENGE PRESENTED BY AFFLICTION:"

M-1 Global (www.M-1Global.com) has been one of the leading Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) organizations in the world for over a decade. International MMA stars who have fought under the M-1 banner have included Fedor Emelianenko, Gegard Mousasi, Karl Amoussou, Andrei Arlovski, Aleksander Emelianenko, Daisuke Nakamura, Keith Jardine, Alistair Overeem, Yushin Okami, Ben Rothwell, Mike Pyle, Melvin Manhoef, Roman Zenstov, Denis Kang, Martin Kampmann, Amar Suloev, and Chalid Arrab, to name a few.

Billed as the "World Cup of Mixed Martial Arts," the M-1 Challenge is a full season of MMA events sponsored by partner Affliction that showcases some of the best up and coming MMA fighters in the world. Broadcast to over 80 countries around the world, including HDNet in the United States, the M-1 Challenge pits teams of five fighters representing their respective countries against each other for international bragging rights and the title of M-1 Challenge Champions.

The "M-1 Challenge Presented by Affliction" affords MMA prospects all over the world an opportunity to test their skills, gain valuable experience at the international level, and become future stars in the sport of MMA. Fighters who succeed on the M-1 Challenge's international breeding ground will earn the opportunity to participate in major MMA events presented by M-1 Global and their promotional partners such as Strikeforce.

UFC Heavyweights Are A Ratings Knockout On Spike TV!

Source - Spike TV:

RECORD VIEWERSHIP FOR PREMIERE OF "THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER: HEAVYWEIGHTS" Draws More Young Men Than Anything On Television On Wednesday, September 16 Including "The Jay Leno Show" And "America's Got Talent" Season Finale

NEW YORK, Sept. 17 -- While the ratings for most television series erode over time, "The Ultimate Fighter" on Spike TV continues to defy the norm. Illustrating the ever-growing popularity of the UFC and its stable of stars, the premiere of the tenth season of Spike TV's "The Ultimate Fighter" on Wednesday, September 16 (10:00pm-11:00pm ET/PT) was not only the most watched episode in the series history, but also in network history for an original.*

The series, featuring the best up-and-coming mixed martial arts heavyweights, including YouTube sensation Kimbo Slice, garnered 4.1 million viewers, besting the previous "The Ultimate Fighter" high of 2.8 million viewers for the finale of season three in 2006.

The show debut also garnered 3.2 million Persons 18-49, demonstrating a substantial amount of co-viewing between men and women.

"The intriguing cast of 'The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights' has true mass appeal, and the numbers show that this sport is not just for a niche audience anymore," said Kevin Kay, Spike TV President.

The Spike TV telecast bested all competition on television in the advertiser-coveted demographics of Men 18-34, M18-49, M18-24, M25-34 including the highly-promoted network originals "The Jay Leno Show," "America's Got Talent" season finale, "Glee," "So You Think You Can Dance" and the premiere of "Beautiful Life."

Overall, the record-breaking Spike TV telecast drew a 5.3 rating (1.5 million) in Men 18-34, a 4.3 in M18-49 (2.4 million), a 2.9 household rating and 4.1 million total viewers.

"The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights" features former UFC light heavyweight champions "Suga" Rashad Evans and Quinton "Rampage" Jackson as coaches and is the only installment in the show's history to include only the heavyweight weight class (206+ lbs). The cast includes a list of notable athletes with impressive and diverse pedigrees including four former NFL players, UFC veterans, a former IFL heavyweight champ, and a highly-publicized former EliteXC fighter, Kimbo Slice, who gained prominence through his non-sanctioned bouts on YouTube.

*previous record for a Spike TV original episode is 3.4 million for "The Joe Schmo Show" season finale in 2003.

Spike TV is available in 98.6 million homes and is a division of MTV Networks. A unit of Viacom (NYSE:VIA) (NYSE:VIA.B), MTV Networks is one of the world's leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. Spike TV's Internet address is www.spike.com and for up-to-the-minute and archival press information and photographs, visit Spike TV's press site at http://www.spike.com/press.

MMA RETURNS TO PRIMETIME ON CBS WITH “STRIKEFORCE: FEDOR VS. ROGERS” LIVE ON SATURDAY, NOV. 7

Source - CBS Television Network:

September 17, 2009

Fedor, the #1 Ranked MMA Heavyweight in the World, To Be Seen for the First Time by Broadcast Television Audience

The CBS Television Network will return to the mixed martial arts (MMA) cage with STRIKEFORCE: FEDOR VS. ROGERS, to be broadcast Saturday, Nov. 7 (9:00 PM, live ET/delayed PT). SHOWTIME Sports® will produce the four-fight event with host Gus Johnson calling the action and MMA legend Frank Shamrock and Mauro Ranallo serving as color analysts.

In 2008, CBS aired the first live MMA fights on network television, with three successful events earning time period-winning ratings in all key young adult and young men demographics. CBS’s most recent broadcast in October 2008 ranked as the night's highest-rated program on both broadcast and cable in adults 18-34 and men 18-34, topping all other sports programming in those demographics, including the Major League Baseball playoffs and college football.

On Nov. 7, the world’s Number One-ranked MMA heavyweight fighter, Fedor Emelianenko of Russia, will face undefeated American Brett Rogers of Minnesota in the marquee match up. The fight marks the first bout for the highly coveted Emelianenko since his promotional company M-1 Global signed an agreement with STRIKEFORCE to co-promote major events.

"There's no question this is a sport that is fast becoming a force in popularity and as a business," said Kelly Kahl, Senior Executive Vice President, Prime Time, CBS Television. "We're excited to be the platform that will enable millions more to see the athlete regarded as the very best in his sport. The Number One heavyweight on the most-watched network has a very nice ring to it."

Simply referred to as "Fedor" by fans around the world, the 6-foot, 235-pound Russian is one of the most dominant fighters in the sport. He is a master of the Russian military combat system Sambo and boasts a record of 30 wins, one loss, no draws with 16 wins by submission, seven knockouts and seven decisions. The 28-year-old Rogers (10-0) is a massive physical specimen standing 6-feet, 5-inches tall and weighing 265 pounds. He possesses two of the heaviest hands in the sport of MMA, an attribute that has helped him knock out all 10 of his professional opponents.

"It is an honor to have the opportunity to bring the STRIKEFORCE brand to CBS," said Scott Coker, Founder and CEO of STRIKEFORCE. "We are looking forward to bringing MMA back to the network and to having the world’s No. 1 heavyweight—Fedor—compete for the first time on live network television against one of America's most promising young, undefeated stars—Brett Rogers."

STRIKEFORCE has experienced significant growth since it launched its first MMA promotion on March 10, 2006. After signing a landmark deal to air live events on SHOWTIME® earlier this year, STRIKEFORCE earned the premium network its highest MMA rating ever on August 15 with Carano vs. Cyborg. Shortly before the live telecast, the main event principals—Gina Carano and Cris “Cyborg” Santos—were the most searched terms on Yahoo! and Google, while the fight was the most discussed subject on Twitter.

About STRIKEFORCE

STRIKEFORCE (www.strikeforce.com) is a world-class mixed martial arts cage fight promotion which, on Friday, March 10, 2006, made history with its “Shamrock vs. Gracie” event, the first sanctioned mixed martial arts fight card in California state history. The star-studded extravaganza, which pitted legendary champion Frank Shamrock against Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Cesar Gracie at San Jose’s HP Pavilion, played host to a sold out, record crowd of 18,265. Since 1995, STRIKEFORCE has been the exclusive provider of martial arts programming for ESPN and, after 12 years of success as a leading, world championship kickboxing promotion, the company unveiled its mixed martial arts series with “Shamrock vs. Gracie.” In May 2008, West Coast Productions, the parent company of STRIKEFORCE, partnered with Silicon Valley Sports & Entertainment (SVS&E), an entity created in 2000 to oversee all business operation aspects of the San Jose Sharks and HP Pavilion at San Jose.

About M-1 Global

M-1 Global (www.m-1global.com) has been one of the leading Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) organizations in the world for over a decade. M-1 has promoted over 150 shows worldwide since 1995. Billed as the “World Cup of Mixed Martial Arts,” the M-1 Challenge is a full season of MMA events that showcases some of the best up and coming MMA fighters in the world. Broadcast to over 90 countries around the world, including HDNet in the United States, the M-1 Challenge pits teams of five fighters representing their respective countries against each other for international bragging rights and the title of M-1 Challenge Champions. Fighters who succeed on the M-1 Challenge’s international breeding ground will earn the opportunity to participate in major MMA events presented by M-1 Global and their promotional partners such as STRIKEFORCE.

Programming Alert: Linda Hogan (And Whatever Her Young-Ass Boyfriend's Name Is) To Be Featured On Tonight's Edition Of 'Showbiz Tonight'

CNN is billing this as the couple's first on-screen interview, which appears to have more than a small amount of train-wreck potential, and airs at 11 PM ET/PT.

I might just have to tune in.

Mixed-Martial-Arts Returns To CBS!

Not surprisingly, it's Strikeforce, and it'll be their card on Saturday, November 7 (which, as of yet, doesn't have a venue, but will feature a Fedor Ememlianenko-Brett Rogers main event).

Cris Santos, the promotion's sole women's champion, will probably also fight.

Stay tuned.

HDNET TO BROADCAST "HDNET FIGHTS PRESENTS: ADRENALINE MMA IV"

Source - HDNet:

Network to feature LIVE coverage of Sylvia vs. Riley - Friday, September 18 at 10:00 p.m. ET

DALLAS (September 17, 2009) HDNet will feature LIVE coverage of "HDNet Fights Presents: Adrenaline MMA IV," from the Mid-American Center in Council Bluffs, Iowa on Friday, September 18 at 10:00 p.m. ET.

In the main event of the evening former UFC heavyweight Champion Tim "The Maine-iac" Sylvia (24-6, with 16 (T)KOs & 2 SUBs) squares off with rising prospect Jason Riley (6-1 with 3 (T)KOs & 2 SUBs) in the heavyweight division. Sylvia, formerly regarded as one of the best fighters in the world is looking to resurrect his career after some devastating losses.

Sylvia recently told HDNet's INSIDE MMA that Riley is, "...obviously out to make a statement. He wants to use me as a stepping stone. That's why he's taking the fight. I'm not going to let that happen." Riley enters the fight coming off two consecutive first round knockout victories and is looking to solidify himself as a heavyweight prospect.

"I would expect fireworks as some big names need some big wins - we will find out if they still have what it takes," said Andrew Simon, CEO of HDNet Fights. "Adrenaline MMA IV continues our commitment to be THE home of MMA as we give fans the opportunity to watch Tim Sylvia and Houston Alexander LIVE on HDNet."

In the co-main event of the evening, Houston 'The Assassin' Alexander (8-4 with 5 (T)KOs and 1 SUB) meets journeyman Sherman "The Tank" Pendergarst (11-14 with 2 (T)KOs and 8 SUBs) in a light heavyweight special attraction. Alexander, one of the most exciting strikers in the world, is looking to snap a losing streak after starting his career 8-1. A native of nearby Omaha, Nebraska, he'll have extra motivation as he fights in front of his hometown fans.

The LIVE broadcast will also feature Chad Reiner (19-8) vs. Forrest Pets (13-7), Alonzo Martinez (23-10) vs. Ryan Williams (10-4), Jeremy Lang (15-1) vs. Matt Delanoit (13-6), Joe Vedepo (9-2) vs. Webster Farris (1-0), and Jimmy Seipel (1-0) vs. Bob Tuttle (1-0).

About HDNet

HDNet (www.hd.net, twitter.com/hdnet) is the independent network with unique and provocative content that appeals to men of all ages and is delivered in true high definition.

HDNet is the exclusive, high definition home for popular, original programming, including television's only HD news feature programs "HDNet World Report," and the Emmy Award winning "Dan Rather Reports," featuring legendary journalist Dan Rather. Only HDNet goes beyond the headlines to deliver real news that is redefining the way we look at our world. HDNet News is provocative, sometimes controversial and always relevant - telling the important stories of our time in-depth, with attitude and with independence.

HDNet presents championship sports coverage featuring five regular season games from the Premiere Season of the United Football League. HDNet also features the best of Mixed Martial Arts with its Friday night series, "HDNet Fights" (www.hdnetfights.com, twitter.com/hdnetfights). "HDNet Fights" works with leading MMA promoters including DREAM, Sengoku, XFC, M-1, K-1, K-1 Max, MFC, Adrenaline and more. HDNet produces more live Mixed Martial Arts events than any other network and HDNet's "Inside MMA" is the hottest Mixed Martial Arts program on television, giving MMA fans their weekly fix for everything MMA.

HDNet also delivers the world's largest and most diverse concert line-up through the HDNet Concert Series. The HDNet Concert Series features leading artists and bands including Coldplay, Gwen Stefani, John Mayer and more. HDNet also features revealing lifestyle programming featuring "Art Mann Presents," "Vegas Confessions," "Deadline" and "Get Out!" HDNet is also the exclusive high definition home to critically acclaimed and award winning documentaries as part of the InFocus series. "NASA on HDNet" presents all live shuttle launches through 2010.

Only HDNet Movies (www.hdnetmovies.com, twitter.com/hdnetmovies) delivers exclusive Sneak Previews of new movies before they hit theaters. The HDNet Movies Sneak Preview series features top Hollywood stars in critically acclaimed performances including Gwyneth Paltrow, Joaquin Phoenix, Demi Moore, Michael Caine, Tom Hanks, Vera Farmiga, Parker Posey, Brian Cox, Matthew Broderick, Brittany Snow, Eric Bana, John Malkovich, Emily Blunt and Robin Williams.

Upcoming Sneak Previews include "Ong Bak 2: The Beginning" starring and directed by Tony Jaa.

In addition to being the exclusive home of Sneak Previews, HDNet Movies presents viewers with over one hundred films and an average of twenty-five "HD Premieres" each month. HDNet Movies viewers enjoy the best films from the classics of the 1950s-1970s, to favorite films from the 1980s and 1990s, to recently released theatrical films.

HDNet Movies offers subscribers a premium movie viewing experience in true HD, and more original movies shot entirely in HD than any other network.

Launched in 2001 by Mark Cuban and General Manager Philip Garvin, the HDNet networks are available on AT&T, Charter Communications, Comcast, DIRECTV, DISH Network, Insight, Mediacom, Verizon and more than 40 NCTC cable affiliated companies. To receive HDNet information via email, simply go to www.hd.net/listpage.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

WWE®’s Linda McMahon Resigns To Run For U.S. Senate

Source - World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc.:

STAMFORD, Conn., Sep 16, 2009 -- World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. today announced that Linda McMahon has stepped down as Chief Executive Officer after announcing her candidacy for the United States Senate, representing the state of Connecticut. Vince McMahon assumes the duties of Chief Executive Officer in addition to his current position as WWE® Chairman. McMahon will be supported by the seasoned executive management team already in place and led by Chief Operating Officer and board member, Donna Goldsmith.

About WWE

World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc., 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, PG content across all of its platforms including television programming, pay-per-view, digital media and publishing. WWE programming is broadcast in more than 145 countries and 30 languages and reaches more than 500 million homes worldwide. The company is headquartered in Stamford, Conn., with offices in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, London, Shanghai, Tokyo, Toronto and Sydney. Additional information on World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. can be found at corporate.wwe.com.

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

Forward-Looking Statements: This news 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 the conditions of the markets for live events, broadcast television, cable television, pay-per-view, Internet, feature films, entertainment, professional sports, and licensed merchandise; acceptance of the Company's brands, media and merchandise within those markets; uncertainties relating to litigation; risks associated with producing live events both domestically and internationally; uncertainties associated with international markets; risks relating to maintaining and renewing key agreements, including television distribution agreements; and other risks and factors set forth from time to time in Company filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Actual results could differ materially from those currently expected or anticipated. In addition to these risks and uncertainties, our dividend is based on a number of factors, including our liquidity and historical and projected cash flow, strategic plan, our financial results and condition, contractual and legal restrictions on the payment of dividends and such other factors as our board of directors may consider relevant.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

W1: HIGH VOLTAGE - NEWTON VS. CARTER - OCT 10 IN GATINEAU!

Source - W1 MMA:



On Saturday October 10th, W1 MMA returns with its most explosive event yet as THE SCORE presents W1: HIGH VOLTAGE, live from Robert Guertin Arena in Gatineau.

The event will feature a main event that fight fans have asked for as CARLOS 'THE RONIN'‚ NEWTON makes his much anticipated W1 return against 'MR. INTERNATIONAL' SHONIE CARTER for the W1 Welterweight Title. The legendary Newton made his Warrior-1 debut at W1: INCEPTION and won via TKO against Nabil Khatib. Now he is back facing another MMA legend in 'Mr. International' Shonie Carter. Newton was the first ever Canadian UFC Welterweight Champion and Carter was a former WEC Welterweight Champion and one of the most electrifying fighters in MMA history. Their experience levels are unparalleled as between them; they have fought in every major organization and against almost every major competitor. They both want to add the W1 gold to their collection of championships.

In the co-main event, more gold will be on the line this time for the vacant W1 Bantamweight Title. Undefeated REMI 'Bam Bam’ MORVAN from the Ottawa Academy of Martial Arts will be facing former TKO Bantamweight Champion Adrian ‘The Bully’ Wooley. Arguably the two top bantamweights in Canada have been waiting for this fight for a long time and it is finally going to happen at W1: HIGH VOLTAGE.

Also on the card is a virtual who’s who in the Canadian MMA scene as Nabil “the Thrill” Khatib, Mark “Boots” Holst, “The Pimp Daddy” Sean Pierson and Bruno “Le Commando” Hosier are also scheduled to appear. W1 also presents a special gift for our loyal fans in a special performance by Canadian Rock sensation the Rehab Dolls! Also expected to attend are some special MMA celebrities... look for announcements shortly!

GET YOUR TICKETS NOW…. BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE!!

Tickets @ Ticketmaster: http://www.ticketmaster.ca/Warrior-One-Mma-W1-High-Voltage-tickets/artist/1355407

W1 Homepage: http://www.w1mma.com

W1 SHOPPING CART UP NOW!

W1 MMA, Canada's leader in Mixed Martial Arts is proud to announce that its shopping cart is up and running on their website at www.w1mma.com

For the first time ever you can buy

· Exclusive W1 Apparel and Training Gear …

· Limited Edition signed memorabilia from your favorite W1 and UFC stars …

· Order tickets to W1 events and W1 sponsored tournaments …

· Order special hotel and bus tour packages for upcoming events …

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· Enter exclusive W-1 contests …

· And much, much more…

Payment is easy as you can use either credit card or paypal to pay for your purchases.

W1: HIGH VOLTAGE – FIGHTCARD
Date: OCTOBER 10TH, 2009
Venue: ROBERT GUERTIN ARENA
Location: GATINEAU, QUEBEC

MAIN EVENT – W1 Welterweight Title
“Mr. International” Shonie Carter (Chicago) vs. Carlos ‘The Ronin’ Newton (Warrior MMA, Newmarket)

CO-MAIN EVENT – W1 Bantamweight Title
Adrian ‘The Bully’ Wooley (Ruffneck/Tapstar, Toronto) vs. Remi ‘Bam Bam’ Morvan (OAMA, Ottawa)

TBA vs. Sean ‘The Pimp’ Pierson (Ruffneck/Tapstar, Toronto)

Marc Ferland (Team Ontario, Cambridge) vs. Hosier ‘Le Commando’ Bruno (Black Angels, Montreal)

Mike ‘Hurricane’ Hong (BAMA, Burlington) vs. Tom ‘The Bomb’ Waters (Warrior MMA, Newmarket)

Chris Vorano (Barrie) vs. Nabil ‘The Thrill’ Khatib (Team Bushido/BTT Canada, Ottawa)

Mitch Gagnon (Team Shredder, Sudbury) vs. Mark ‘Boots’ Holst (OAMA, Ottawa)

Tommy Pariseau (Team Legion, Victoriaville) vs. John ‘Haggis Basher’ Fraser (Supreme Martial Arts, Sarnia)

Vito Attanasi (Team Borelands, Georgetown) vs. Mustafa ‘Mufasa’ Khalil (Ronin MMA, Ottawa)

Jason Barker (Warrior MMA, Newmarket) vs. Luc Nadeau (Team Shredder, Sudbury)

Tim Chessel (Team Pathless, North Bay) vs. Chris Myra (Team Rux, Pembrooke)

Dave de Lorenzi (Toronto) vs. Nick Castiglia (OAMA, Ottawa)

TBA vs. Misha Cirkunov (Xtreme Couture/Tapstar, Toronto)

From Ric: Sho-nay!!!

Monday, September 14, 2009

Fleshlight To Offer Exclusive Interactive MMA Event On Demand

Source - Fleshlight Inc.:

Event to feature former UFC champ Ricco Rodriguez, interactive broadcast, lube wrestling and commentary from Paul "The Headhunter" Buentello.

Autstin, TX, September 18, 2009 -- ILF LLC, makers of the #1 selling male sex toy in the world has partnered with King of Kombat 7 to offer an exclusive Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) event available on-demand starting September 21st, hosted on FleshlightFights.com.

The event features former UFC Champion Ricco Rodriguez battling HDNet veteran Justin Howard, as well as the highly anticipated title bout between Elite XC and Strikeforce veteran Nick "The Ghost" Gonazalez and Dustin "The Beast" Neace. This classic matchup of striker vs. grappler is a battle of the champions, with Gonzalez
holding the 155lb belt, and Dustin the 145lb belt respectively.

The broadcast includes 8 more exciting, action packed fights, all available with full interactive control wherein the viewer can choose from 4 different camera angles, and chat live with other viewers. "This platform represents the future of watching mixed martial arts. Whether you want to sit back and watch the floor director's edit, or control your own viewing, you have full control of the broadcast," commented Steve Shubin, CEO.

In addition to the exciting MMA action, during the broadcast will be a 4 girl submission lube wrestling tournament, sponsored by Fleshlube™ and featuring some of the hottest models in Austin. Announcing the tournament as well as the event will be former UFC Champion and Affliction veteran Paul the "Headhunter" Buentello.

The event is on sale for $5.95 on FleshlightFights.com, but those who order before September 21st will receive $10 in FleshBucks usable toward any purchase on Fleshlight.com. In addition, huge discounts on some of the most popular and newest Fleshlight® products will be available exclusively during the broadcast.

About Fleshlight:

Founded in 1995, Fleshlight® (ILF Inc) is the exclusive manufacturer of the #1 selling male sex toy in the world, the Fleshlight®. The Fleshlight® is aptly named because of the patented Real Feel Superskin™ flesh-like sleeve housed in the discreet and durable outer shell designed to look like an ordinary flashlight. With over 2 million units sold, Fleshlight® continues to challenge the perceptions and stigmas surrounding male sexuality and masturbation, in hopes that doing so can promote the free-thinking approaches necessary to deal with the sexually rooted challenges of disease, unwanted pregnancy, and abuse that affect our society at large.