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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Final Ratings Information For 'UFC On FOX'

According to Nielsen Media Research's data, Saturday night's fights ended up drawing an overall 2.6/5.

FOX was very impressed with those numbers, going so far as to send out a release, favorably comparing the viewership to Sunday's important NBA game (on ABC).

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Early Ratings Info For Last Night's 'UFC On FOX' Event

2.2/7, according to Nielsen Media Research's fast-national data (first-hour: 2/6; second-hour: 2.5/7), good for nearly four-point-four-million eighteen-to-forty-nine-year-old viewers, easily commanding the night's lead in that demo.

It should be noted that, with the exception of NBC (which aired the U.S. Figure Skating Championship), everyone else was featuring reruns, and CBS still took overall viewership.

Final numbers, which will definitely need adjusting (live broadcasts are more difficult to properly track), are still to come.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Mexican Wrestling Action Figures Recalled By Lee Carter Co. Due To Violation Of Lead Paint Standard

WASHINGTON, Jan. 24, 2012 -- The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of product: Super Luchamania Action Figures

Units: About 7,000 packs

Importer/Distributor: Lee Carter Co., of San Francisco, Calif.

Hazard: The surface paints on the action figures contain excessive levels of lead which is prohibited under federal law.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported

Description: The recalled Mexican wrestling Super Luchamania action figures were sold in packs of 12. The multi-colored action figures are plastic, have plastic capes and measure about four inches tall. "Super Luchamania" is printed on the action figures' packaging.

Sold at: Various Mexican specialty craft stores nationwide from June 2000 through October 2011 for between $12 and $14 per pack.

Manufactured in: Mexico

Remedy: Consumers should immediately take the recalled action figures away from children and return them to Lee Carter Co. for a full refund or credit towards a replacement product.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, consumers should call Lee Carter Co. collect at (415) 824-2004 anytime, or visit the firm's website at www.leecartercompany.com.

Photos available at http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml12/12092.html

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product. Please tell us about your experience with the product on SaferProducts.gov.

Firm's Recall Hotline: (415) 824-2004 collect CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772 CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

SOURCE: U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Mandt Bros. Gets RUFF In The Land Of The Dragon

Company to Develop Groundbreaking Mixed Martial Arts League and Events in China with Exclusive Government-Sanctioned Professional MMA-Rights Holder, Ranik Ultimate Fighting Federation (RUFF)

SHANGHAI, Jan. 19, 2012 -- In the birthplace of kung fu and such action fighting stars as Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan and Jet Li, the still-nascent sport of mixed martial arts (MMA) gained some muscle today when RUFF (Ranik Ultimate Fighting Federation), the first government-sanctioned professional MMA organization in China, announced a strategic partnership with L.A.-based Mandt Bros. Productions. RUFF and Mandt Bros. will collaborate on the creative development of the league and live events, with Mandt Bros. leading all television production, from one-off specials to a potential reality television series.

"This is a huge opportunity to help grow MMA in the most populous country in the world, where martial arts is already popular," offered Neil Mandt. "Mandt Bros. has strong expertise in sports and reality television, with deep relationships with networks, sponsors, athletes and others, and we are thrilled to team with RUFF to bring all of our creative and production skills to China."

In October 2010, after four years working with the Chinese government, RUFF founders and entrepreneurs Joel Resnick and Saul Rajsky secured the exclusive rights to produce and stage live, government-sanctioned, professional MMA events in China. RUFF produced its first two events in late 2011, which garnered television viewership of close to 20 million and 27 million, respectively. They anticipate that their third MMA fight, scheduled to take place in Chongqing on March 24, will reach a TV audience in excess of 60 million people.

Working with RUFF to engage investors, sponsors and other partners in gaining further traction across China, Mandt Bros. will help execute at least a half-dozen MMA events in 2012, which will include the crowning of official Chinese national champions across all weight classes.

For now, says Joel Resnick, it's about developing Chinese fighters for Chinese fans. In the past, he says, "nobody was willing to build the fighters, give them a personality, and make them fan-favorites. It's about showing ordinary kids that they can be the fighter, and you don't have to be the biggest or strongest guy to win."

About Ranik Ultimate Fighting Federation (RUFF)

Headquartered in Shanghai, Ranik Ultimate Fighting Federation (RUFF) has the exclusive rights to produce and stage live MMA events as a sanctioned sport in China, by permission of the General Administration of Sport of China Wushu Administrative Center. Its first two MMA events were produced in late 2011 in Shanghai; a third event is scheduled take place on March 24 in Chongqing. For more information, please visit www.ruffchina.com.

About Mandt Bros. Productions

Brothers Neil and Michael Mandt are partners in the Los Angeles-based production company Mandt Bros. Productions. Between them, they have earned four Emmy Awards, nine Emmy nominations and a Cable Ace Award, among numerous other accolades. Their projects include the critically acclaimed feature film Last Stop for Paul, its TV adaptation "Next Stop for Charlie" (Showtime) and other television projects which have included "Destination Truth" (Syfy), "Jim Rome is Burning" (ESPN), "Ice Brigade" (Food Network), "Strangers in Danger" (Fuel TV) and "The Car Show" (Speed Network).

SOURCE: Mandt Bros. Productions

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Card Update - Bellator Fighting Championships 60

The Venue at Horseshoe Casino
Hammond, Indiana
Friday, March 9, 2012
Live on MTV2 @ 9:00 PM ET
Lineup subject to change

* Sean McCorkle vs. Richard White - heavyweights
* Shamar Bailey vs. Josh Shockley - lightweights

* Pat Curran vs. Joe Warren - Featherweight title
* Marlon Sandro vs. Roberto Vargas - featherweight tournament
* Ronnie Mann vs. Wagnney Fabiano - featherweight tournament
* Alexandre Bezerra vs. Genair da Silva - featherweight tournament
* Jeremy Spoon vs. Daniel Straus - featherweight tournament

More to come, including the addition of fights and confirmation, not only of start time, but whether or not this is truly the season's opener, as I presently understand it to be.


- John Alessio vs. Ryan Healy confirmed for lightweight match-up
- Tickets on sale January 24th

TORONTO, January 18th, 2012 – Score Media Inc. (TSX: SCR) today announces that The Score Fighting Series (SFS) will be returning to Hamilton, Ontario, Canada for another night of incredible MMA action on Friday, March 16th at the Hamilton Place Theatre. A marquee match-up between John Alessio (33-14) and “Diamond” Ryan Healy (19-9-1) has been confirmed for the card.

Score Fighting Series veterans Rich Clementi, Josh Hill, Alex Ricci, Shane Campbell and Lyndon Whitlock are all slated to be in action. Opponents for all of them are awaiting approval by the Ontario Athletic Commission and will be announced shortly.

Alessio is a Vancouver native and trains out of Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas. Nicknamed “The Natural,” he has competed in the WEC, UFC and PRIDE with 10 of his 33 career victories coming by KO and 15 via submission. He recently dropped to the lightweight division where he scored a win over Luiz Firmino in November.

Healy is a WEC veteran and a member of Team Quest where he trains with MMA legend Matt Lindland and UFC star Chael Sonnen. Like his twin brother and fellow scrapper Pat, Healy has a dominant ground game but prefers to use utilize his wrestling to keep the fight standing.

The match-up was originally supposed to take place in December but was postponed when Healy suffered an injury during training. Alessio has been vocal in praising his opponent and looks forward to fighting again in Canada. "Ryan is a tough guy with good boxing skills and he’s well conditioned with no quit,” says Alessio. “This is a great fight for me to showcase all my skills, I feel like I’m better everywhere and I’m coming to finish!"

Tickets, priced from $30, go on sale on Tuesday, January 24th at the Copps Coliseum box office and online at www.ticketmaster.ca.

About Score Media Inc.

Score Media is a media company committed to delivering interactive and authentic sports entertainment. Score Media’s primary asset, theScore Television Network (“theScore”), is a national specialty television service providing sports news, information, highlights and live event programming in more than 6.8 million homes across Canada. The Company’s digital media assets include theScore.com and the industry leading mobile sports applications ScoreMobile, ScoreMobile FC and SportsTap which reach over three million unique users per month. Growing from a team of 60 in 1997 to over 290 employees in 2012, Score Media is a revolutionizing interactive media company.

About The Score Fighting Series

The Score Fighting Series is a mixed martial arts promotion operated by Score Fighting Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Score Media Inc. The Score Fighting Series (SFS) features fighters from North America and beyond with the focus on showcasing both established veterans and the sport’s best young athletes. The Series can currently be seen across Canada on theScore on Thursdays at 4pm ET and Saturdays at 1pm ET. Individual fights are also available in the MMA section on theScore.com.

SOURCE: Score Fighting Series

Friday, January 13, 2012

StreetMade Has Teamed Up With Acclaimed Filmmaker Bobby Razak To Present: The History Of Mixed Martial Arts

New MMA apparel company StreetMade teams up with popular filmmaker Bobby Razak to present an exciting new film about the history of Mixed Martial Arts.

Indianapolis, IN, Jan 13, 2012 -- Bobby Razak is an accomplished sports filmmaker responsible for the well known Tapout and Dethrone Royalty Commercials. His highly renowned MMA film, “Rites of Passage” was featured in the Sundance and the Berlin Film Festival gaining worldwide exposure. His newest film is another MMA picture that details the sport’s wild history. The History of Mixed Martial Arts powered by StreetMade is a film that delves deep into the history of a sport that is quickly emerging as one of the worlds most popular. This film after years of preparation is set to come out this month for special screenings.

“I am extremely excited to be working with StreetMade. They are a great new company and I look forward to seeing where this relationship can go.” – Bobby Razak

StreetMade is an MMA company that represents the hard working class of human beings in all walks of life. The mission statement of: “Just Outwork ‘Em” needs to explanation. StreetMade is an MMA apparel line with an interactive side that brings them deep into the sport. StreetMade currently sponsors professional fighters; Matt Mitrione, Shamar Bailey, and Johnny Rees. The team has recently joined forces with Matt Mitrione in the opening of Integrated Fighting Academy in Indianapolis.

StreetMade will also be screening the film in the Indianapolis area.

“Bobby Razak is a prominent filmmaker that represents our sport honorably, and he is a great example of what hard work can accomplish.” – StreetMade

SOURCE: StreetMade

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

ProElite Fight Card Launches Stratus Media Group’s 2012 Live Event Calendar

International Draw Extends Strategic Reach for MMA Fight Division

LOS ANGELES, Jan 11, 2012 -- Stratus Media Group, Inc. (SMDI:OTCBB) launches its 2012 live event calendar with an action packed MMA fight card on January 21 when “ProElite presents: Da Spyder vs. Minowaman” at the Neal Blaisdell Center in Honolulu, beginning at 2:00 P.M. local time. The ProElite (PK.PELE) main fight card will be televised live on HDNet at 10:00 P.M. EST. Tickets are on sale at the Blaisdell Center box office, all Ticketmaster locations (800) 745-3000, Ticketmaster online (www.ticketmaster.com) and www.ProElite.com.

“Our fight card features a strong international flair that showcases a made for TV event with an impact on MMA world rankings, and fosters our commitment to world-class live entertainment,” said Paul Feller, President and CEO of Stratus Media Group (www.stratusmediagroup.com) and Chairman of ProElite.

The fight’s main event features the rugged Hawiian Kendall “Da Spyder” Grove (13-9) taking on the long-awaited North American debut of Japanese and international fan favorite Ikuhisa “Minowaman” Minowa (51-32-8). The co-main event features Olympic silver medalist and #9 world-ranked Sara McMann (4-0) against #5 ranked Hitomi “Girlfight Monster” Akano (18-8), also from Japan.

The semi-finals of ProElite’s Heavyweight Grand Prix will also be contested at the Honolulu event. The first match pits hard-nosed Ryan Martinez (6-1) against headhunter Cody Griffin (5-2), while the second match sees heavy hitting Jake “The Honey Bear” Heun (2-1) take on 6-foot-5, Richard “The Black Eagle” Odoms (6-0). The winners of the respective bouts will square off in early Spring to determine the ProElite Heavyweight Grand Prix Champion.

“The unique and strategic blend of our live event portfolio kicks off 2012 in Hawaii, but extends through Europe and pan-globally with a robust calendar of events within our motorsports, action sports, film and music platforms that connect advertisers, brands and fans with their passions and aspirations,” added Feller. “The Stratus 2012 event schedule offers unparalleled access for fans at a time when the global appetite for quality entertainment continues to accelerate. We’re eager to announce our comprehensive event schedule in the coming weeks.”

Details and updates for all Stratus Media Group events are available at www.stratusmediagroup.com.


Founded in 2006, ProElite has been a major global force in the world of mixed martial arts (MMA). ProElite, based in Los Angeles, California, continues its legacy to hold key domestic and international live MMA events. The company owns U.K. based MMA brand Cage Rage and is a significant stakeholder in Spirit MC in South Korea. ProElite signed a broadcast deal with HD NET in October 2011 to broadcast fights live in the highest quality video for consumers and fans. ProElite also holds the distinction of having produced one of the two highest-rated televised broadcasts of a live major network MMA event. (www.proelite.com)


Headquartered in Santa Barbara, CA, with offices in Los Angeles, California; New York City, NY; Geneva, Switzerland; and Perugia, Italy, Stratus Media Group, Inc. (SMDI) is an owner, operator, developer, producer, and marketer of live entertainment events. In addition, the company owns Stratus White, a new standard in personal lifestyle and card services for the global affluent. Available by invitation only, Stratus White is a discreet, elite member & partner community providing exclusive and unparalleled service and access across the luxury product & travel, social, sporting, cultural and philanthropic areas of life, including events and experiences.



Forward-Looking Statements

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SOURCE: Stratus Media Group