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Thursday, September 29, 2011


DALLAS (September 29, 2011) For the first time, Vitor Belfort will disclose the injury that forced him to pull out of his recent fight vs. Cung Le. Speculation has been rampant but, “Inside MMA” has the real story tomorrow night at 9:00 p.m. ET.

Belfort also tells Kenny Rice and Bas Rutten when he can fight again – and who he wants to fight once he’s ready.

Also on tomorrow night’s show, Rameau Sokoudjou and Ryan Jimmo - who will face each other for the Light Heavyweight Championship at MFC 31 - share some tense and awkward moments on the “Inside MMA” panel, before they head into the cage with Bas to break down the match. It’s the first time two opposing fighters have joined us in the in-studio cage!

Their bout airs LIVE on HDNet next week, Friday, October 7 at 10:00 p.m. ET.

A clip for the show can be found here: http://www.hd.net/blogs/vitor-belforts-injury-and-mfc-31-inside-mma-preview/

Finally, we recap UFC 135 with Dana White and we talk a little Japanese MMA – all tomorrow night on “Inside MMA.”

And, don’t forget, coming up on October 17, “Inside MMA” moves from Friday nights to MONDAY NIGHTS - LIVE!

For more on this and more MMA news, follow “Inside MMA” on Twitter (twitter.com/insidemmahdnet) and Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/HDNetInsideMMA).


Friday, September 16, 2011


Sunday, November 20, 2011
From The Olympic Arena in Moscow, Russia

NEW YORK (September 16, 2011) – Mixed martial arts (MMA) heavyweight legends Fedor ‘The Last Emperor’ Emelianenko (31-4, 1 NC) and Jeff ‘The Snowman’ Monson (42-12) will meet as the headline bout at M-1 Global: Fedor vs. Monson. The event will take place Sunday November 20th from the Olympic Arena in Moscow, Russia with details on broadcast availability announced soon.

“Fedor has been very vocal about wanting to continue his fighting career,” said Evgeni Kogan, Director of Operations for Europe’s leading MMA promotion M-1 GLOBAL. “Fedor vs. Monson is a classic fight that had been in crosshairs for year. All parties have come together to make this fight a reality.”

Regarded as one of MMA’s greatest heavyweight fighters of all time, Emelianenko has been challenged as late, losing his last three bouts after going undefeated for nearly a decade. The losses came at the hands of Fabricio Werdum, Antonio Silva and Dan Henderson. Hungry to compete, ‘The Last Emperor’ still has the drive to battle top competitors. “I cannot wait to compete again. Monson is a great athlete who is skilled in many areas. He is a very worthy opponent,” said Fedor.

Coming of a loss to Daniel Cormier, the 40-year-old Monson is a two-time Abu Dhabi Combat Club Submission Wrestling World Championships gold medalist and considered extremely dangerous on the ground with more than half of his 42 career wins coming by way of submission.

Even though Emelianenko is coming off three straight losses, Monson holds Fedor in high regard; “Fedor is the best heavyweight of all time… It’s an honor to be fighting him.” Asked about what a win would mean, Monson didn’t mince words; “A win would be a highlight to my career. My trainers at American Top Team will prepare me for all possibilities. I’ll be prepared.”

As the hype builds towards the legendary matchup between Fedor and Monson, M-1 Global is already well underway preparations for its October 14th event in Phoenix, Arizona, M-1 Challenge: Guram vs. Garner 2.

The event from the new 5,500 seat Grand Canyon University Arena marks the promotion’s third outing on premium US network SHOWTIME and is headlined with two title fights; Reigning Heavyweight (265 Lbs.) Champion Guram Gugenishvili (11-0) will face relentless power-puncher Kenny ‘Deuce’ Garner (7-3) while BBJ Ace Vinny Magalhaes (8-5) makes his inaugural light heavyweight (205 Lbs.) defense against Mikhail Zayats (14-5).

For information on M-1 Global, go to the official M-1 website, www.M-1Global.com and M-1 Global facebook fan page.

About M-1 Global:

Founded in 1998, M-1 Global (www.M-1Global.com) has established itself in the realm of mixed martial arts (MMA) as the premiere entity for discovering and developing the world’s next-generation of superstar fighters. With offices in St. Petersburg, Amsterdam, New York City, Washington DC, Los Angeles and affiliates in Kuala Lumpur, Seoul, Tokyo and Paris, the M-1 brand has staged over 100 events worldwide including the M-1 Selection and M-1 Challenge events and its co-produced Strikeforce events in the United States. Captivating the live, television and broadband audiences with its superior production values and match-ups, M-1 events boast some of the sport’s top names including Fedor Emelianenko, Andrei Arlovski, Aleksander Emelianenko, Gegard Mousasi, Alistair Overeem, Ben Rothwell, Melvin Manhoef, Roman Zentsov, Stephan Struve and rising stars Shamil Zavurov, Guram Gugenishvili, Alexander Sarnavskiy and Vinny Magalhaes. 2011 marks a breakthrough year with two Selections tournaments across Eastern & Western Europe, North America and Asia and a full calendar of Challenge events fuelled by a talent-rich contention system ranking M-1 Global’s Champions amongst the greatest in the sport.

M-1 Global’s greatest asset is renowned heavyweight fighter, Fedor Emelianenko. With daily coverage on all MMA-related websites in the world, and articles in Time Magazine, LA times and New York Times, Fedor and M-1 Global make a lifetime match serving as the catalyst to grow MMA in the 21st century.


Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Kimbo Slice's Next Fight For "World Title"

No, you didn't misunderstand me. Kimbo Slice, fresh off of a knockout in his only sanctioned boxing bout, is already fighting for a world title on Saturday, October 15, in Grand Island, Nebraska.

His opponent has yet to be named, but if you want more information, visit Heartland Events Center.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Card Update - Bellator Fighting Championships - Saturday, October 15, 2011

Boardwalk Hall
Atlantic City, New Jersey
Live on MTV2 @ 9:00 PM ET
Card subject to change

* Eddie Alvarez vs. Michael Chandler - Lightweight title

Andria Caplan (Daddis Fight Camps), who has several amateur fights at 155, will be making her professional debut. If she's aware of her opponent's identity, or where they'll be placed (on the lineup), she's ahead of me ... Despite current publicity, I believe this will be show 53, not 54.