Bamboo Nutra Brings Bellator Light Heavyweight Champion Emanuel Newton and MMA Super Star Cheick Kongo To Children’s Hospital Of Orange County

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Global health supplement and lifestyle company Bamboo Nutra has once again teamed with Bellator MMA for their “Champions Challenge” campaign by visiting the Children’s Hospital Of Orange County with MMA stars Emmanuel Newton and Cheick Kongo, Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney, and acclaimed humanitarian Rex Crain. Bamboo Nutra and Bellator recently launched a nationwide community outreach program called the “Champions Challenge” that has the two companies visiting schools and hospitals with a key message to young people to become a champion in their everyday lives while doing something each day to help others in their lives.

This latest “Champions Challenge” visit took place Monday, April 14th with visits to young people at the Children’s Hospital of Orange County.

“Today was just an incredible day here at the Children’s Hospital of Orange County,” Crain said. “To see the smiles of these kids’ faces is really a special sight. The parents are excited, the hospital staff is excited, and in the midst of the struggle and setbacks these families are dealing with, if we can offer just a few minutes of positivity, it’s a homerun for everyone involved.”

“It’s a privilege to be able to spend time with the kids at the Children’s Hospital of Orange County,” Rebney said. “When you walk into that room with Champions like Emanuel Newton and Cheick Kongo and you see faces light up, it puts everything in perspective. This is a spectacular program that Bamboo Nutra’s created and a key example of the altruism that great companies can exhibit.

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M-1 Challenge 47 Results and Photo Gallery

by Staff on April 5, 2014

Marat Gafurov retains M-1 featherweight title with decision over American Lee Morrison

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M-1 Challenge Featherweight Champion Marat Gafurov (9-0-0) retained his title and remained undefeated, winning a five-round decision over invading American challenger Lee “American Bulldog” Morrison (13-4-0) in tonight’s M-1 Challenge 47 main event at Orenburgzhye Sport Hall in Orenburg, Russia.

Living boxing legend and future of Hall of Famer Roy Jones Jr. was a special guest.

This marked the second successful title defense for Gafurov, a jiu-jitsu specialist from Russia, who originally captured the crown in 2013.

In a much anticipated heavyweight rematch, Frenchman Shaban Ka (7-3-1) stopped Americanfighting icon Jeff “The Snowman” Monson (49-17-1) in the opening round. The two had previously fought to a draw in 2011.

Undefeated Polish heavyweight Marcin “Tybur” Tybura (10-0-0) recorded a win by third round technical knockout, maintaining his No. 1 contender position, over Croatian Maro “Gladiator” Perak (23-4-1).

Slovanian lightweight Ivan “Buki” Buchinger (26-4-0) gained revenge against Russian veteran Sergey Golyaev (23-11-0), choking his tough opponent into a first-round submission Buchinger has won 14 of his last 17 fights but Golyaev needed only 21 seconds in their first match to become the first to knockout Buchinger.

Welterweight Julien “J-Smoove” Williams (5-1-0) was the only American fighter to register a victory at M-1 Challenge 47 with the first knockout of his professional career in his M-1 Global debut coming in the first round against previously unbeaten Russian Rasul Abdulaev (3-1-0).

Polish lightweight prospect Kamil Maron (5-1-0) took a three-round unanimous decision from Russian Georgy Fursov (2-2-0, 1 KO/TKO), Brazilian light heavyweight Luis Fernando “Hulk” Miranda (12-1-0) ruined Ukrainian National MMA champion Vasily Babich’s (7-1-0) perfect pro record by way of an opening round guillotine choke, and Said Maadziev (1-1-0) won his first pro fight against Murad Mirzabekov (1-1-0) in a battle of Russian featherweights.

M-1 Challenge 47 Full Results

(Winners listed first each fight)

MARAT GAFUROV (9-0-0, 1 KO/TKO, 5 SUB), Champion, Dagestan, Russia
LEE MORRISON (13-4-0, 4 KO/TKO, 4 SUB), Challenger, Okanogan, Washington, USA
(Gufaurov retains M-1 Challenge featherweight title)

CHABAN KA (7-3-1, 1 KO/TKO, 5 SUB), Villeneuve-d’ Ascq, France
JEFF MONSON (49-18-1, 3 KO/TKO, 29 SUB), Miami, Florida, USA

Marcin TYBURA (10-0-0, 4 KO/TKO, 4 SUB), Lodz, Poland
MARIO PEREK (23-34-1, 12 KO/TKO, 7 SUB), Dubrovnik, Croatia

LUIS FERNANDO MIRANDA (12-0-1, 4 KO/TKO), 7 SUB), Rio Grande, Rio Grande Do Sol, Brazil
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VASILY BABICH (9-3-0, 3 KO/TKO, 5 SUB), Yeupatoria, Ukraine

JULIEN WILLIAMS (5-1-0, 1 KO/TKO, 4 SUB), Orlando, Florida, USA
RASUL ABDULAEV (3-1-0, 1 KO/TKO, 0 SUB), Kolpino, Russia

ALEXEI KUNCHENKO (3-0-0, 1 KO/TKO, 2 SUB), Tyumen, Russia
WSUB3 (Verbal)
ANATOLY SAFRONEV (19-21-0, 3 KO/TKO, 8 SUB), Kharkiv, Ukraine

IVAN BUCHINGER (26-4-0, 6 KO/TKO, 16 SUB), Gabcikovo, Slovania
WSUB1 (Rear Naked Choke)
SERGEY GOLYAEV (23-11-0, 6 KO/TKO, 12 SUB), St. Petersburg, Russia

KAMIL MARON (5-1-0, 0 KO/TKO, 3 SUB), Tarnov, Poland
GEORGY FUROV (2-2-0, 1 KO/TKO, 0 SUB), Orenburg, Russia

SAID MAADZIEV (1-1-0, 1 SUB)), St. Petersburg, Russia
WSUB1 (Arm Bar)
MURAD MIRZABEKOV (1-1-0, 0 KO/TKO, 0 SUB), Orenburg, Russia

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AFO MMA Pro-Am Show Postponed

by Staff on April 5, 2014

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Promoter John “The Quietman” Ruiz, former two-time World Boxing Association heavyweight champion, has announced the postponement of the new American Fighting Championship’s (AFO) inaugural Pro-Am mixed-martial-arts show that was scheduled on Saturday night, April 26 at Tyngsboro Sports Center in Tyngsboro, Massachusetts.

AFO’s launching of “The Battle Series: AFO Redemption” amateur tournament, which will feature some of New England’s top fighters in various weight classes, was to highlighted the Apr. 26th show.

The postponement was due to a variety of reasons, primarily the late addition of a major sponsor willing to make a substantial financial investment in the show and tournament, as well as providing a custom made trophy to be awarded to the gym producing the most winners in the tournament.

“We didn’t want to rush and promote our first show just for the sake of doing it,” Ruiz explained. “We just ran out of time. We had a lot of fighters contact us to fight in our tournament, but the new sponsor wants more gyms competing against each other to establish bragging rights to go along with a sizable cash award and trophy. It’s very important for all us associated with AFO to make sure our first show is of high quality, featuring entertaining, competitive fights. We couldn’t insure that for April 26th and had to make a difficult decision to postpone that event.”

Another reason for the delay in the new AFO’s inaugural event is a USO trip to Afghanistan that Ruiz is involved in that which was originally supposed to happen in February but was recently rescheduled to happen later this month. Ruiz committed himself to the trip and he would have been away for the final few weeks of preparation for the Apr. 26 show.

“It’s a good news, bad news situation,” Ruiz continued. “We are disappointed having to postpone our first show, but we have a title sponsor behind us and that’s going to help a lot. We apologize for any inconveniences this postponement is for fighters, trainers and fans alike. Our staff will have sufficient time to recruit fighters for the tournament, as well as further develop relationships with MMA gyms and fighters throughout New England. We are looking at several venues and television options for this summer and will make a formal announcement about the exact date when everything has been finalized.”

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4-Time Olympian Joel Bouzou New Vice President of WMMAA MMA working for Peace

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(L-R) – WMMAA president Vadim Finkelchtein, WMMAA vice-president Joel Bouzou and WMMAA honorary president Fedor Emelianenko

Four-time French Olympian Joel Bouzou, president and founder of Peace and Sports (, has been appointed Vice President of World Mixed Martial Arts Association (WMMAA).

Bouzou captured a gold medal at the 1987 World Championship Modern Pentathlon, in addition to representing France in 1980, 1984, 1988 and 1994 Olympic Games, winning a Bronze Medal in 1984 as a team member.

Peace and Sports is a neutral international organization based in Monaco, under the patronage of Prince Albert II, founded in 2007 to promote the use of sport to foster dialogue and reconciliation everywhere it’s needed.

WMMAA’s 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.

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

Bouzou’s start in MMA was through an introduction by his wife to Finkelchtein. “Interest in collaboration was mutual,” Bouzou explained. “Vadim does very much for the development of MMA in the whole world and is interested in popularization of this sport. I see enormous peacemaking potential in mixed martial arts. We had a conversation during which we found the points of contiguity and drew up a plan of our collaboration. Both is us – Vadim and I – analyzed carefully all pros and cons. And as a result we decided that collaboration has to take place.

“The first important steps for MMA development have already been done. The national MMA federations already exist in many countries. Tutors, seminars and master classes are being conducted all over the world. Fighters are excellent role models for our society. There are two fighters, two opponents. Each of them has his own story. One is a winner, the other is a loser. But they respect each other. If there is no opponent there is no fight. And you can be a hero, real winner and a good fighter, only if you are a good opponent. To respect the rules and your opponent is important here. It unites sportsmen and it is an example for society.”

Last October, WMMAA hosted the inaugural World MMA Championships held in St. Petersburg, Russia, which made history as amateur MMA fighters from all over the world competed for national pride in front of an audience of millions via television and internet broadcasts. The second annual World MMA Championships is scheduled to be held this September in Minsk, Belarus.

“I’m sure one of the basic tasks for us is to increase the interest of MMA in government,” Bouzou continued. “For this purpose it is necessary to develop master classes, seminars and conferences. Also, we will conduct different social programs in partnership with the Peace and Sports organization. Presenting MMA through collaboration with Peace and Sports, we will show to governments and society that mixed martial arts can be a very useful type of sport which can help with the solution of social problems.

Bouzou 150x150 Four time Olympian Joel Bouzou new VP of WMMAA “I consider it is important to carry MMA’s philosophy to the people. It is the philosophy of respect to the opponent and following rules. It is not just a show. It is a prime example that even irreconcilable rivals can unite for a general aim.

“The social side of sport – education, developing programs, competitions, popularization of sport among children and youth – is important to the state. If government is sure MMA can play an important role for society, that fighters can become excellent examples for people, they will support development of this sport. Fights, tournaments, and shows are spectacular and exciting, but it goes more to business. My goal is to show that MMA also has a strong social side.”

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A recent WMMAA meeting. Seated far left, V.P. Joel Bouzou, and far center, President Vadim Finkelshtein

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American fighters invade Russia, Lee Morrison & Jeff Monson featured Apr. 4 on ‘M-1 Challenge 47′

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American fighters Lee “American Bulldog” Morrision (13-3-0, 4 KO/TKO, 4 SUB) and Jeff “The Snowman” Monson (49-17-1, 3 KO/TKO, 29 SUB) will be featured April 4 on M-1 Challenge 47: Battle in the Heart of the Continent, airing free worldwide on, live from Orenburgzhe Sport Hall in Orenburgh, Russia.

Morrison challenges unbeaten M-1 Challenge featherweight champion Marat Gafurov (8-0-0, 1 KO/TKO, 5 SUB) in the main event, while Monson takes on French heavyweight Chaban Ka (6-3-1, 0 KO/TKO, 5 SUB) in a rematch of their 2011 fight that ended in a draw.

Morrison, fighting out of Okanogon, Washington, is unbeaten in his last eight fights, dating back nearly three years. The 28-year-old was a collegiate wrestler at North Dakota College and Menio College in California. He was 8-0 as an amateur MMA fighter before turning pro in 2007. Morrison made his M-1 Global debut in his last fight (Oct. 20, 2013), winning a hard fought split decision over Mikhail Malyutin at M-1 Challenge 42, earning Fight of the Night honors, as well as the No. 1 contender position for Morrison.

The 29-year-old Gafurov is a jiu-jitsu world champion from Russia. He won the inaugural M-1 Challenge featherweight championship Nov. 15, 2013, choking Vugar Bahshiev into a submission at M-1 Challenge 35. In his first and only title defense to date, Gaforov stopped Yuri Ivlev by way of punches in the second round, last November at M-1 Challenge 41.

Monson was a standout wrestler in college at Oregon State and Illinois. He went on to become the two-time ADCC Submission Wrestling and No Gi Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Champion. The 43-year-old veteran has fought in Russia three times (3-3-0), including a loss by decision to the great Fedor Emelianenko, as well as a win by submission north-south choke) over Fedor’s younger brother, Aleksander Emelianenko.

The 6′ 2″ Ka has split a pair of Russian fights, losing by first-round submission (strikes) to Marcin Tybura in 2013 at M-1 Challenge 41, after winning his M-1 Global debut earlier that year to Alexei Kudin by first-round submission (choke) at M-1 Challenge 38.

M-1 Challenge 47 will also be broadcast live on Russia 2, the terrestrial channel, throughout Russia and the Commonwealth of Individual States (CIS), as well as across the Middle East on Abu Dhabi Sports Channels.

Providing chief support on the undercard in a Special Heavyweight Attraction is a potential show-stealing clash between two of the most exciting European heavyweights, undefeated Marcin “Tybur” Tybura (9-0-0, 3 KO/TKO, 4 SUB) and dangerous Maro “Gladiator” Perak (23-3-1, 12 KO/TKO, 7 SUB). Tybura was scheduled to challenge M-1 Challenge champion and fellow Polish heavyweight, Damian Grabowski, at M-1 Challenge 46. Grabowski, however, had to withdraw due to a neck injury and Tybura was rescheduled to fight Apr. 4. The high-regarded Perak, fighting out of Croatia, accepted the most significant challenge of his career to fight Tybura.

Revenge seeking lightweight Ivan “Buki” Buchinger (25-4-0, 6 KO/TKO, 15 SUB) vacated his Cage Warriors title and joined M-1 Global to become its first Slovakian champion. His plans call for a rematch Apr. 4 against veteran lightweight Sergey Golyaev (23-10-0, 6 KO/TKO, 12 SUB) and then a move down in weight to M-1′s stacked featherweight division. Buchinger has won 13 of his last 16 fights and Golyaev was one of three who defeated Buchinger during the aforementioned period, needing only 21 seconds to become the first to knockout Buchinger.

Another American invader fighting on the loaded M-1 Challenge 47 event is Floridian welterweight Julien “J-Smoove” Williams (4-1-0, 0 KO/TKO, 4 SUB), who tangles with an unbeaten Russian, Rasul Abdulaev (3-0-0, 1 KO/TKO, 0 SUB). Williams makes his M-1 debut after going 2-0 in Bellator competition. He faces 2013 National and European amateur MMA champion Abdulaev, a physically strong individual who prefers to fight on the ground.

Also fighting on the undercard is lightweight prospects Kamil Maron (4-1-0, 0 KO/TKO, 3 SUB) vs. Georgy Fursov (2-1-0, 1 KO/TKO), as well as Brazilian light heavyweight Luis Fernando “Hulk” Miranda (11-1-0) vs. undefeated Ukrainian National MMA champion Vasily Babich (7-0-0).

Poland-native Maron, unlike many Alexander Nevsky-trained fighters who are well-prepared for stand-up battles, has won three of four fights by submission. Fursov is a young, Russian fighter trying to establish himself.

Miranda has a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt and only one of his fights has gone the full distance. Babich is a strong puncher and kicker who stopped highly-regarded Russian prospect Artur Alibulatov by TKO.

All fights and fighters are subject to change.

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.

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M-1 Challenge 46
Viktor Nemkov vs. Stephan Puetz
M-1 Global Light Heavyweight Championship

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WHEN: Friday, March 14, 2014 at 11 am. / 8 am. PT in U.S.A

WHERE: Yubileyny Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia

PROMOTER: M-1 Global

LIVE BROADCAST: FREE at (Friday, March 14 at 11 am. / 8 am. PT in U.S.A.). Also On Russia 2 throughout Russia and the Commonwealth of Individual States (CIS), as well as across the Middle East on Abu Dhabi Sports Channels


M-1 Challenge 46 Fight Card
VIKTOR NEMKOV (19-4-0, 3 KO/TKO, 9 SUB), Champion, Tomarouka, Belgorod Oblast, Russia
MARCIO “Pel de Pano” CRUZ (8-3-0, 2 KO/TKO, 4 SUB), Challenger, Tampa, Florida, USA

KONSTANTIN “Lacplesis” GLUHOV (26-14-0, 20 KO/TKO, 3 SUB), Riga, Latvia
KENNY “Deuce” GARNER (12-5-0, 8 KO/TKO, 2 SUB), Port S. Lucie, Florida, USA

ANATOLY TOKOV (11-1-0, 7 KO/TKO, 2 SUB), Tobolsk, Tyumen Oblast, Russia
ALBERT DURAEV (4-2-0, 1 KO/TKO, 3 SUB), Volograd, Volograd Oblast, Russia

PAVEL VITRUK (10-0-0, 2 KO/TKO, 1 SUB), Stakhanov, Ukraine
YURI “Kong Killa” MAIA (12-2-0, 8 KO/TKO, 0 SUB), Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

TURAL RAGIMOV (7-1-0, 3 KO/TKO), Languedoc-Roussillon, Azerbaijan
JEROME BOUISSON (12-4-0, 2 KO/TKO, 7 SUB), Montady, France

ZULFIKAR USMANOV (5-2-0, 0 KO/TKO, 4 SUB), Russia
ARTIOM DAMKOVSKY (15-9-0, 6 KO/TKO, 1 SUB), Minsk, Belarus

DANIEL “The Gladiator” TABERA (17-5-0, 4 KO/TKO, 6 SUB), Velencia, Spain
MAGMOED MUSTAFAEV (8-1-0, 5 KO/TKO, 3 SUB), Sochi, Krasnodarkrai, Russia

NIKITA “Piranha” CHISTAYAKOV (0-1-0), St. Petersburg, Russia
ANTONEY ROMERO (3-1-1, 1 KO/TKO, 0 SUB), Las Palmas, Spain

(all fights & fighters subject to change)

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WHEN: Friday, February 28, 2014

WHERE: Atmosphere Show Hall in St. Petersburg, Russia

PROMOTER: M-1 Global

TELEVISION: Live on Russia 2 throughout Russia and the Commonwealth of Individual States (CIS), as well as across the Middle East on Abu Dhabi Sports Channels


FIGHT CARD (all fights & fighters subject to change)

MAIN EVENT – HEAVYWEIGHTS (206+ lbs.) – 3 X 5
DENIS SMOLDAREV (5-0-0), Estonia vs. ANTE “Walking Trouble” DELIJA (8-1-0), Croatia

LIGHTWEIGHTS (155 lbs.) – 3 X 5
MUSA KHAMANAEV (13-3-0), Russia vs. VLADIMIR NIKOLAEV (10-1-0), Ukraine

LIGHTWEIGHTS (155 lbs.) – 3 X 5
NIKO PUHAKKA (28-14-0), Finland vs. MAXIM DIVNICH (7-0-0), Russia

WELTERWEIGHTS (170 lbs.) – 3 X 5
ILYA DODERKIN (3-0-0), Russia vs. NENAD “Nino” AVRAMOVIC (0-1-0), Spain

LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHTS (205 lbs.) – 3 X 5
MARCIN ZONTEK (12-8-0), Poland vs. RASHID YUSOPOV (2-2-0), Russia

FEATHERWEIGHTS (135 lbs.) – 3 X 5
SOTIR KICHUKOV (12-1-0), Bulgaria vs. YUNUS EVOLEV (12-6-0), Russia

LIGHTWEIGHTS (155 lbs.) – 3 X 5
RAKHMAN MAKHADZHIEV (1-0-0), Russia vs. SERGEI ANDREEV (5-2-0), Russia

LIGHTWEIGHTS (155 lbs. – 3 X 5)
IVAN GETMAN (1-0-0), Russia vs. OLEG MISIKOV (1-0-0), Russia

MIDDLEWEIGHTS (185 lbs. – 3 X 5)
CHARLES “Gracie” ANDRADE (27-15-0), Brazil vs. RASHID YUSUPOV (2-2-0), Russia

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