With his tell-all memoir, Is This Legal?: The Inside Story of the First UFC from the Man Who Created It, receiving universal praise from book fans, sports media, and the MMA community, UFC creator Art Davie is making the rounds to various fight promotion live events throughout the summer. Most notably, Mr. Davie plans on attending the upcoming Bellator MMA 122 event, scheduled for Friday, July 25, at the Pechanga Resort and Casino, in Temecula, CA.

Bellator 122 marks the beginning of a new era for the promotion, as the event will be the first to take place under the new direction of veteran fight promoter Scott Coker, founder and former owner of Strikeforce MMA in San Jose, CA. Bellator MMA announced in June that Coker would take over as CEO of the Viacom-owned fight promotion.

“Scott Coker is an ideal promoter to reboot Bellator. He’s got a ton of experience with his success at Strikeforce to draw on,” said Davie. “Not all fighters who win can be stars. But Bellator has been a talent factory for creating credible new stars in the MMA universe. This new era for Bellator promises to be the most productive yet.”

Mr. Davie’s co-author for Is This Legal?, Sean Wheelock, is best-known for his play-by-play work with Bellator since 2010. Wheelock and Davie started writing the book in 2012, and this will be the first Bellator event to take place since the book’s launch on July 1.

“Sean Wheelock was my anchor in writing IS THIS LEGAL? He’s been a friend and rock-solid supporter of mine for years. I’m very fortunate to have him in my corner,” commented Davie.

In addition to Mr. Wheelock’s involvement in the book, Spike President Kevin Key and Bellator color commentator Jimmy Smith both contributed blurbs to the book.

Is This Legal? is Davie’s tell-all memoir about creating the inaugural UFC over 20 years ago. Taking place on November 12, 1993 in Denver, CO, UFC 1 stands as a revolutionary moment in marital arts and combat sports, when ten men competed in a one-night, style-versus-style martial arts tournament that captured the imagination of 4,000 attending fans and almost 90,000 households across America via pay-per-view TV.

Described as equal parts Abner Doubleday, PT Barnum, and Dr. James Naismith, Davie tells a vivid and fast-moving first-person account of navigating through a world of financial risks, political power-plays, egotistical fighters, family feuds, and numerous powder-keg situations – all to answer the age-old question of who is the world’s best fighter?

Is This Legal? also features a highly improbable cast of characters, including Academy Award nominee John Milius, NFL Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown, action film star Chuck Norris, kickboxing champ Benny ‘The Jet’ Urquidez, Brazilian jiu-jitsu legend Rorion Gracie and pay-per-view TV pioneer Bob Meyrowitz.

Mr. Davie will be available for interviews at Bellator 122, as scheduled in advance through Jay Tan, who will also be in attendance and reachable at (213) 618-0332 / jtan@TanDynasty.com.

For more information on IS THIS LEGAL? The Inside Story of the First UFC from the Man Who Created It, visit www.isthislegalthebook.com. Visit www.ascendbooks.com for more great titles on your favorite teams, coaches, athletes, and celebrities.

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Miranda replaces injured Nemkov vs. Puetz in M-1 Challenge Light Heavyweight title fight
M-1 Challenge 50, Aug. 15 in St. Petersburg, Russia

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Former M-1 Challenge light heavyweight champion Victor Nemkov has pulled out of a rematch against current holder Stephan Puetz (10-1-0, 4 KO/TKO, 3 SUB) in the main event on a special M-1 Global anniversary show, M-1 Challenge 50: Battle on Neva,” outdoors Friday, August 15 in the St. Petersburg city center open area.

Nemkov, who lost a hard-fought decision to Puetz last March in their M-1 Challenge 46 championship match, recently suffered torn ligaments in his hand that will sideline him for several months. Exciting Brazilian light heavyweight Luis Fernando “Hulk” Miranda (12-1-0, 4 KO/TKO, 7 SUB) will now challenge Puetz for the coveted title.

Miranda 300x200 Miranda replaces injured Nemkov vs. Puetz in M 1 Challenge 50 Aug. 15 in Russia

Luis Fernando Miranda (gold and black trunks) connects with straight right

A black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Miranda is the Monster Black Combat and King of Combat champion back home in Brazil.

“The fight against Nemkov is not going to happen on August 15th and I wish him a quick recovery,” Puetz said. “I will focus on Miranda and my objective hasn’t changed a bit. I want to keep my belt and bring it back to Germany.

“I am not upset (with the change of opponent) at all. It would have been bad if I didn’t have an opponent at all. It is great M-1 came up with an immediate replacement. I believe Miranda is a worthy opponent and a big challenge, too. The change of opponent hasn’t changed by training at all.”

The co-feature showcases two dangerous Polish heavyweights, M-1 Challenge champion Damian “Polish Pitbull” Grabowski (19-1-0, 6 KO/TKO, 6 SUB) and undefeated No. 1 contender Marcin “Tybur” Tybura (10-0-0, 4 KO/TKO, 4 SUB).

Scheduled to fight on the undercard in Super Fights is Slovenian featherweight Ivan “Buki” Buchinger (26-4-0, 6 KO/TKO, 16 SUB) vs. Russian veteran Mikhail Malyutin (26-12-0, 5 KO/TKO, 8 SUB), Spanish welterweight Daniel “The Gladiator” Tabera (17-5-3, 4 KO/TKO, 6 SUB) vs. unbeaten Russian prospect Ilya Doderkin (5-0-0, 5 SUB), Germany’s Saba Bolaghi (1-0-0, 1 SUB) vs. Russian lightweight Zulfikar Usmanov 6-3-0, 1 KO/TKO, 4 SUB), and Polish featherweight Kamil Maron (5-1-0, 0 KO/SUB, 2 SUB) vs. Russia’s Nikita Chistyakov (1-1-0, 1 SUB).

The M-1 Challenge series has traditionally introduced a new wave of potential MMA stars, showcasing elite athletes from Russia and across Europe. M-1 Global is the No. 1 European MMA organization, as well as one of the oldest in the world, dating back to 1998. Superstar Fedor Emelianenko, considered by many to be the greatest fighter in MMA history, has been the face of M-1 Global around the combat sports world for the past decade.

All fights and fighters are subject to change.

Go to www.M-1Global.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pages/M-1-Global/145250878842244 for more information about M-1 Global and M-1 Challenge 50.

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Recap of 2014 WMMAA Congress

by Staff on July 21, 2014

wmma logo Recap of 2014 WMMAA CongressEighteen different countries were represented at the annual World MMA Association (WMMAA) Congress held July 3-5 in Amsterdam.

Confirmation of WMMAA President Vadim Finkelchtein, also the president of M-1 Global, was the largest MMA group in Russia and Europe, was unanimously passed. WMMAA’s honorary president is legendary Fedor Emelianenko, considered by many to be the greatest MMA fighter of all-time.Vadim Finkelchtein Recap of 2014 WMMAA Congress

The first day was dedicated to the discussion of multiple hot topics pertaining to statutes, amendment of the rules, places, dates and conditions for the next major international championship under the WMMAA auspices. Every country got an opportunity to speak about any matter regarding WMMAA’s functioning.

Members proceeded the following day with democratic voting about various topics ranging from the strategic selection of committee members to the possibility of more stringent restriction (the number of professional bouts) for the athletes allowed to take part in the WMMAA amateur competition.

On several occasions WMMA Vice President Joel Bouzou spoke ethnic conduct, underpinning the difference between moral and ethics, and suggested improvement of WMMAA rules of combat by adding an alinea concerning ethics and respect. This addition might soon be heard clearly by fans when the referees start reminding the fighters about this intangible side of battle moments before their bout commences.

During the final day of the WMMAA Congress the main points of voting, unanimously passed, included adapting the statutes discussed during the previous day, amending rules as previously discussed, next elections into Governing body, Executive board and the heads of the WMMAA Continents took place, and voting for non-open Continental Championships (non-open championships were voted for unanimously effective of Jan 1, 2015).

It was voted for by majority to hold one World Championship each year, November was chosen unanimously to become the month for the future World Championships.

Since the continental championships were chosen to become accessible strictly for the residents of the continents in question, the WMMAA Congress decided to launch a series of tournaments with an open geography where other nations are allowed to participate as well.

Voting for the date when the previous rule (closed championships) comes into effect resulted in a majority in favor of Jan. 1, 2015, rather than autumn of 2014.

Last but not least was the subject of Universal implementation of the SportsID system. Countries that have not implemented this system nor allow their local athletes register themselves to get SportsID members cards will not be allowed to take part in the future international championships.

For more information about WMMAA, please visit www.WMMA.org.

ABOUT WMMAA:
Its goal is to be the official world governing body for Mixed Martial Arts. A non-profit organization founded in 2012, WMMAA is on a mission to develop a standardized and regulated organization, including competition, training, officiating, testing and growth when necessary. More than 400 countries have been granted WMMAA membership.

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fight network enfusion 20 e1405112515119 Fight Network presents Enfusion 20 live on Saturday, July 12
Fight Network, the world’s premier 24/7 television channel dedicated to complete coverage of combat sports, presents a live broadcast of Enfusion 20 from Mallorca, Spain this Saturday, July 12, at 2:30 p.m. ET, featuring some of Europe’s top kickboxing prospects.

Enfusion 20 will be aired live on Cablevision’s Optimum TV in the U.S. and nationwide in Canada.

The Enfusion female 54 kg world championship will be up for grabs as Morocco’s Iman Ghablou takes on England’s Iman Barlow.

In other featured bouts, Damian Garcia and Loren Jorge throw down in a clash of Spanish standouts, German Christian Brorhilker battles Dutchman Wendell Roche, Spain’s Kike Bonnin faces Germany’s Olli Koch, Spain’s Antonio Gomez takes on Portuguese prospect Ricardo Luiz, plus Spain’s Ruben Barnabe kicks off the festivities against Frenchman Thomas Alisier.

For a full listing of Fight Network’s broadcast schedule, please visit tv.fightnetwork.com and follow on Twitter @fightnet, become a fan on Facebook and visit us on Instagram @fightnet.

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M-1 Challenge Light Heavyweight & Heavyweight title fights Puetz vs. Nemkov II, Grabowski vs. Tybura M-1 Challenge 50, Aug. 15 in St. Petersburg, Russia

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A pair of M-1 Challenge title fights highlight a special M-1 Global anniversary show, M-1 Challenge 50: Battle on the Neva,” outdoors Friday, August 15 in the St. Petersburg city center open area, Mitinskaya emb 6, near the famous panoramic ship-restaurant, “Flying Dutchman.” (see photo above)

M-1 Global is coming off a record-setting M-1 Challenge 49: Battle in the Mountains in Ingushetia last month, at which a Russian record was set for highest attendance of any event held above sea level (1500+-meters) with 23,255 fans.

M-1 Challenge 50 will be headlined by a much-anticipated rematch between M-1 Challenge light heavyweight champion Stephan Puetz (10-1-0, 4 KO/TKO, 3 SUB), of Germany, and former champion Viktor Nemkov (19-5-0, 3 KO/TKO, 9 SUB).
The co-feature showcase a pair of Polish heavyweights, M-1 Challenge champion Damian “Polish Pitbull” Grabowski (19-1-0, 6 KO/TKO, 6 SUB) and undefeated No. 1 contender Marcin “Tybur” Tybura (10-0-0, 4 KO/TKO, 4 SUB).

The M-1 Challenge series has traditionally introduced a new wave of potential MMA stars, showcasing elite athletes from Russia and across Europe. M-1 Global is the No. 1 European MMA organization, as well as one of the oldest in the world, dating back to 1998. Superstar Fedor Emelianenko, considered by many to be the greatest fighter in MMA history, has been the face of M-1 Global around the combat sports world for the past decade.

“It’s an anniversary tournament (M-1 Challenge 50) that means a lot to all of us,” M-1 Global CEO and Founder Vadim Finkelstein said. “We are really proud and happy to have made MMA so popular among fans. This tournament, as usual, will be organized at the very highest level. We have support from the St. Petersburg state and this event is on the list of the most important sporting events in St. Petersburg. It features two title fights, heavyweight and light heavyweight, and both are expected to be spectacular. We also have other fights of tremendous interest for all MMA fans. During the fights every attending fan will enjoy a fantastic view of St. Petersburg’s well known sites: Neva River embankment, Rostral Columns, and Winter Palace.”

Last March at M-1 Challenge 46, Puetz won a hard fought five-round unanimous decision over Nemkov to capture the coveted M-1 challenge light heavyweight title in an exciting fight from start to finish, setting the stage for this rematch.

Puetz was recognized as one of the best German light heavyweights in a very competitive European division with a perfect record in Germany’s No. 1 promotion, Respect FC. He proved himself as a legitimate world-class fighter by coming to Russia and defeating the defending champion, Nemkov, in his own backyard.

Nemkov is a ‘Master of Sport’ in Sambo, as well as a brown belt in Judo. Nemkov, who was the 2011 World Combat Sambo Championship gold-medal winner, lives in Stary Oskol, Russia, where he trains with the aforementioned Emeliandenko’s legendary coaches, Mikhail Voronov and Alexander Mitchkov.

The 6′ 1″, 240-pound Grabowski has won six consecutive fights, highlighted by his M-1 Challenge heavyweight title-winning performance November 14, 2013 against Kenny Garner, who Grabowski went to the ground with in the third round, putting the tough American to sleep with a choke hold.

Tybura burst onto the M-1 Challenge scene in 2013, punching his way to a first-round win by submission against Chaban Ka in the semifinals of the 2013 M-1 Grand Prix, followed by an impressive win in the tournament final versus dangerous Konstantin Gluhov, who was chocked into a first-round submission. His Grand Prix championship earned the 6′ 3″, 240-pound Tybura a title shot against Grabowski, originally scheduled March 14 but postponed until August 14 due to a neck injury suffered by Grabowski. Rather than stay inactive waiting to fight Grabowski, Tybura fought the best available heavyweight, Marco Perak, and stopped the Croatian in the third round by technical knockout (punches).

Scheduled to fight on the undercard in Super Fights is exciting Brazilian light heavyweight Luis Fernando “Hulk” Miranda (12-0-1, 4 KO/TKO, 7 SUB) vs. Russian favorite Arthur Astakhov (7-2-0, 4 KO/TKO, 3 SUB), Slovenian featherweight Ivan “Buki” Buchinger (26-4-0, 6 KO/TKO, 16 SUB) vs. Russian veteran Mikhail Malyutin (26-12-0, 5 KO/TKO, 8 SUB), Spanish welterweight Daniel “The Gladiator” Tabera (17-5-3, 4 KO/TKO, 6 SUB) vs. unbeaten Russian prospect Ilya Doderkin (5-0-0, 5 SUB).

All fights and fighters are subject to change.

Go to www.M-1Global.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pages/M-1-Global/145250878842244 for more information about M-1 Global and M-1 Challenge 50.
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VICE Presents “Bare Knuckle”

by Staff on July 2, 2014

vice bare knuckle e1404337500819 VICE Presents Bare KnuckleVICE today presents Bare Knuckle, the latest in VICE’s award-winning Rule Britannia series. Hosted by VICE’s Clive Martin, the documentary gets rare access to Britain’s bare knuckle boxing scene and the men that have come to define it.

Watch it on VICE.com: http://www.vice.com/rule-britannia/bare-knuckle-590

In Bare Knuckle, Clive Martin finds a community of white and blue collar working men – from laborers to IT technicians – who are all obsessed with the anarchic and archaic glory of bare knuckle boxing; fenced in by hay bales and throwing unprotected punches until their opponent is bloody and unconscious.

This legal but ungoverned sport has enjoyed a surge in popularity in recent years thanks to the work of promoter Andy Topliffe, whose B-Bad promotions outfit aims to bring legitimacy to this forgotten sport with a slew of crowd-pleasing bare-knuckle matches.

The jewel in his crown is orchestrating the first UK vs US bare knuckle fight in over 150 years, between Jason “The Machine Gun” Young and James “Gypsy Boy” McCrory, a charming Geordie traveller whose match preparations consist almost solely of drinking up to twenty five pints of Guinness a day to meet his required match weight.

At 32 and with 200 fights under his belt, James is a relative youngster on the scene compared to Seth Jones, a drug-smuggler turned lawyer, fighting men half his age in North Wales. VICE explores the mental strain of a life dedicated to fighting when Clive meets James Lambert, an undefeated fighter turned life-coach, who is now so disgusted by his violent past he refuses even to bare his fists anymore.

Bare Knuckle uncovers a subculture of honor, pride and violence, and with Young Vs McCrory becoming the biggest event the scene has known since it went underground in the 19th Century, Clive investigates whether violence is a cause or effect for angry young men.

Bare Knuckle is the latest in the award-winning Rule Britannia series, a strand of distinctive documentaries from VICE that offers unflinching, honest and powerful insights into Britain’s untold stories. Watch more episodes from the series here: http://www.vice.com/rule-britannia
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UFC 175 Weidman vs Machida Fight Network e1404259656326 Fight Network to Air Extensive UFC 175 Fight Week Coverage
Fight Network, the world’s premier 24/7 television channel dedicated to complete coverage of combat sports, will broadcast extensive UFC 175: Weidman vs. Machida and The Ultimate Fighter 19 Finale fight week coverage, including live weigh-ins, press conferences and exclusive pre and post-fight interviews on the scene from Las Vegas.

Fight Network’s live coverage will be broadcast on Cablevision’s Optimum TV in the U.S., nationwide in Canada, as well as internationally as part of Fight Network’s expansion on ZON in Portugal, Telenet in Belgium, D-Smart in Turkey, ZAP in Angola and Mozambique, and OSN across the Middle East and North Africa.

Premiering on Wednesday, July 2, at 7 p.m. ET, Fight News Now: MMA Edition will break down the UFC’s doubleheader in Las Vegas, including previews, features, predictions and much more.

Additional fight week coverage will be featured throughout the week during Fight News Now Extra, highlighting the official media day, UFC Fan Expo festivities and pre-fight interviews.

On Friday, July 4, at 7 p.m. ET, Fight Network will air a live broadcast of the official weigh-ins for UFC 175: Weidman vs. Machida, as all the fighters tip the scales ahead of their fights on Saturday night. Weigh-ins will include original commentary and analysis from Fight Network’s studios.

The live weigh-ins for The Ultimate Fighter 19 Finale take place on Saturday, July 5 at 4 p.m. with headliners B.J. Penn and Frankie Edgar weighing in for Sunday’s trilogy bout.

Immediately following Saturday’s pay-per-view broadcast of UFC 175, Fight Network will broadcast a live post-show that includes the official post-fight press conference, interviews from the winners, fight highlights and analysis.

Finally, on Monday, July 7, at 7 p.m. ET, the premiere of 5 Rounds will showcase a full recap of both cards, including a look ahead to what the future has in store for the winners and losers.

For a full listing of Fight Network’s broadcast schedule, please visit tv.fightnetwork.com and follow on Twitter @fightnet, become a fan on Facebook and visit us on Instagram @fightnet.