IMMAF Signs with UFC Fight Pass

by Contributor on January 28, 2015

IMMAF UFC Fight Pass
The International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF) and UFC are pleased to announce that UFCFIGHTPASS.com, the UFC’s digital streaming service, has the 2014 IMMAF World Championships of Amateur MMA available on-demand here: http://www.ufc.tv/category/immaf

IMMAF CEO, Densign White, said:

“We are thrilled to see the very first IMMAF World Championships find a digital home at UFC FIGHT PASS, making the bouts available to participants, supporters and MMA fans in over 150 countries and territories worldwide. It is an honor for upcoming Amateur athletes to have their matches broadcast on such a prestigious platform; and an accolade to the caliber of the competitors coming from variedly developed MMA communities from all corners of the globe. The championships marked a historic first for the sport and can now be relived digitally via UFC FIGHT PASS. We would like to thank all involved at UFC for this opportunity.”

UFC Chief Content Officer Marshall Zelaznik said: “The inaugural IMMAF World Championships were a big hit at last year’s UFC International Fight Week and we’re excited to present these Amateur fights on UFC FIGHT PASS.”

The partnership will enable UFC FIGHT PASS members to check out the future stars that competed in first ever international, Amateur MMA championships to be held by a global, non-profit organization, between 30th June and 5th July 2014. Twenty-two countries were represented by teams from Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Lebanon, Malaysia, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, South Africa, Sweden, Ukraine, the United Kingdom and the United States.

The young athletes that competed in the 2014 IMMAF World Championships of Amateur MMA will now join some the sport’s biggest stars featured in the libraries of PRIDE FC, Strikeforce, WEC, Invicta FC, WFA, EliteXC, Affliction Entertainment and the UFC on UFCFIGHTPASS.com.

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Welsh Date Added To UK Team Tryouts

by Contributor on January 28, 2015

FOR THE 2015 IMMAF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS OF AMATEUR MMA, LAS VEGAS (USA) – JULY 2015

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: 14TH FEBRUARY 2015

The United Kingdom Mixed Martial Arts Federation has added another date to its UK Team Tryouts schedule for the 2015 IMMAF World Championships of Amateur MMA. The competition is set to return for its second year to Las Vegas, Nevada (USA) in the week commencing the 5th July to coincide with the the Fourth Annual UFC International Fight Week.

In response to requests, Sunday 29th March will play host to a Welsh regional Tryouts event at Chris Rees Academy in Wales, pending number of applicants. If you would like to try out for the UK Team in Wales you are urged to apply promptly so that the date can be fully confirmed.

Gym owner, Chris Rees, said:”Personally I think it’s a huge opportunity to show some of the talent that Wales is producing at Amateur level. And it’s a great opportunity for these guys to start on the right road to following in the footsteps of the likes of Brett Johns and Jack Marshman.”

The news follows today’s announcement by IMMAF that the 2014 World Championships of Amateur MMA has secured a home at UFC FIGHT PASS, the UFC’s digital streaming service. IMMAF fights are now available to view on-demand. Watch here: http://www.ufc.tv/category/immaf

The Fight Pass partnership is expected to continue into 2015 raising the platform for Amateurs that compete in IMMAF International competitions.

To apply or for more information, contact info@ukmmaf.org. Please note that team representatives must be prepared to self-fund. The deadline for applications is 14th February 2015.

UPDATED SCHEDULE FOR THE 2015 UK TEAM TRYOUTS

1st March 2015: Avaddon MMA, Harecroft Road, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire PE13 1RL

8th March 2015: Fight Science Leeds, Unit 10, Howley Park Road, Morley, West Yorkshire, LS27 0BP

15th March 2015: Outlaw MMA, Northway Trading Estate, Northway Lane, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire GL20 8JH

22nd March 2015: Combat Sports Academy, 1 Cuxton Road, Custon Road, Rochester, Kent ME2 2BT

29th March 2015: Chris Rees Academy, Abertawe House, Ystrad Road, Fforestfach Industrial Estate, Swansea SA5 4JB (TBC according to applications)

April 2015: Scotland (date and location to be confirmed according to applications)

APPLICATION INFORMATION

For eligibility criteria visit: http://www.ukmmaf.org/amateur-eligibility.html
For more information about applying to join the UK team visit: http://www.ukmmaf.org/2015-applicants-qa.html
For more information about the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF) visit: http://www.immaf.org/

Follow the @UKMMAF and @IMMAFed on Twitter

UK Team Tryouts Poster

Poster credits: Photography to Odin Photography. Artwork to Your Fight Page

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XFC logoWith a growing roster of world class fighters from regions spanning the globe, XFC has become an international sensation. Since breaking ground in Latin America in 2014, the promotion has consistently topped the ratings charts as one of the most watched MMA events on television, showcasing the world’s most promising stars in the XFC International Tournament Series, and creating the XFC World Championship title race.

Boasting a roster of over 125 exclusively signed international fighters from 23 countries, XFC’s Next Generation of Champions are making moves. Through the XFC tournament & superfight series, all XFC fighters are now presented a clear vision and defined path to reach championship gold. Ensuring consistency amongst its ranks and defining the roster of fighters competing for XFC World Championship belts, the XFC continues to strengthen the organization and fulfill its mission to showcase the worlds best MMA fighters.

With such positive exponential roster growth and the realization of the XFC’s new vision, creates a necessity that the initial group of fighters signed by the previous XFC management (terminated) are to be presented with their unconditional release.

Topping the release list were two current XFC regional championship title holders; Flyweight Pearl Gonzalez and Featherweight Deivison Ribeiro. The organization cites that both fighters have been offered numerous opportunities to compete in the HeXagon and defend their XFC regional titles against the rising stars in the organization, but have continuously declined, creating frustration for fans, opponents and XFC executives.

XFC President Myron Molotky made a statement about releasing women’s Flyweight title holder Pearl Gonzalez and vacating the belt: “Our XFC women’s divisions (Strawweight & Flyweight) have gained recognition worldwide as one of the largest and strongest in the industry. Pearl has been voluntarily inactive over the last year, turning down several offers to fight in our International Tournament and Superfight Series; citing her inexperience and the challenge of competing against the higher skill level that the current roster in her division now holds. We believe that our champions should rise to the occasion and embrace the chance to compete at the highest level, while also enabling deserving challengers the ability to determine who will become XFC Champions.”

Regarding Ribeiro, Molotky added: “Deivison accepted the challenge to defend his title against Junior Assuncao, live on television, inside the HeXagon at XFCi 6. Since that time, his management team has made it clear that he will not put his title on the line against former XFC Lightweight Champion Junior Assuncao, who has won 10 of his last 11 bouts. Junior is a deserving challenger and will now compete for the vacated belt in 2015.”

With the XFC Season II Tournaments well underway, Season III matchmaking beginning to unfold, media buzzing about the expansion into Europe and returning to North America, there is a clear precedence that the XFC is growing larger by the moment. The X-roster is now filled with some of the most talented international fighters in the world, boasting some of the strongest records in the industry. Fans can expect to see many more major signings and XFC World Championship title races in 2015.

Fighters Released:
Deivison Ribeiro – Featherweight Champion
Pearl Gonzalez – Regional Flyweight Champion
Ryan Thomas
Eric Reynolds
Cortney Casey
Andrea Lee
Stephanie Skinner
Angelica Chavez
Andy Nguyen
Dave Courchaine
Daniel Swain
Jeremy Severn
Stephen Bass
Ladarious Jackson
Dejuan Hathaway

Read more at www.XFCMMA.com

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The UKMMAF announces 2015 UK Team tryouts

by Contributor on January 14, 2015

FOR THE 2015 IMMAF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS OF AMATEUR MMA, LAS VEGAS (USA) – JULY 2015

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: 14TH FEBRUARY 2015

The United Kingdom Mixed Martial Arts Federation has announced the schedule for its UK Team Tryouts for the 2015 IMMAF World Championships of Amateur MMA. The competition is set to return for its second year to Las Vegas, Nevada (USA) in the week commencing the 5th July to coincide with the the Fourth Annual UFC International Fight Week.

2014 saw the British team scoop 5 medals, over a 5 day tournament that attracted 23 teams across 5 continents. Josh Stacey McManus made it through to the finals which took place inside the UFC Fan Expo® to score a silver medal at Welterweight. Meanwhile, team members Carl Burton, Jordan Chester, Charlie Day and Daniel Cassell brought home bronze medals in the Bantamweight, Featherweight, Lightweight and Middleweight divisions respectively. Sixth team member, Jamie Powell, lost to ultimate 2014 IMMAF Flyweight Champion, Carlos Hernandez (USA), in the early rounds. The UK team was led by head coach and UFC fighter, Luke Barnatt, and Tsunami coach, Nigel Burgess who volunteered their time.

The 2015 Tryouts will be held regionally at various gyms across the UK as follows:

SCHEDULE FOR UK TEAM TRYOUTS

1st March 2015: Avaddon MMA, Harecroft Road, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire PE13 1RL

8th March 2015: Fight Science Leeds, Unit 10, Howley Park Road, Morley, West Yorkshire, LS27 0BP

15th March 2015: Outlaw MMA, Northway Trading Estate, Northway Lane, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire GL20 8JH

22nd March 2015: Combat Sports Academy, 1 Cuxton Road, Custon Road, Rochester, Kent ME2 2BT

March/ April 2015: Scotland (date and location to be confirmed according to applications)

2014 UK Team Coach and international fighter, Luke Barnatt, said:

“Last year’s world championships showed the potential of the event and how it really will shape the future of Amateur MMA. It is a real opportunity to represent your country in the biggest worldwide competition MMA has ever held. Fierce competition from around the globe, but if England can send it’s best and brightest we really should be looking at taking home plenty of gold medals and showing the world what we’re made of.. If you’re searching for the toughest test you can face and an unforgettable experience then this is for sure the competition for you.”

TO APPLY

To apply or for more information, contact info@ukmmaf.org. Please note that team representatives must be prepared to self-fund. The deadline for applications is 14th February 2015.

For eligibility criteria visit: http://www.ukmmaf.org/amateur-eligibility.html
For more information about applying to join the UK team visit: http://www.ukmmaf.org/2015-applicants-qa.html
For more information about the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF) visit: http://www.immaf.org/

Follow the @UKMMAF and @IMMAFed on Twitter

Photo Credit: Odin Photography

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Bell Media’s TSN and RDS to partner with Fight Network to produce original content, broadcast international events and Fight Night Prelims

TSN, RDS, Fight Network and UFC® today announced a new multi-year agreement for Canadian media rights to UFC global events.

Bell Media’s TSN and RDS will deliver a slate of marquee UFC programming to fans across multiple platforms, including major live events, preliminary fights of UFC Pay-Per-View events, UFC Fight Night™ events, and The Ultimate Fighter® series.

Fight Network will broadcast all UFC Fight Night™ events from around the world as well as preliminary bouts for domestic non-Pay-Per-View cards.

TSN and RDS will partner with Fight Network to produce an original live pre-fight program before Pay-Per-View events that will air on Canada’s #1 sports networks. Additional shoulder programming will air across TSN’s suite of five national feeds, giving UFC fans more access to programming than ever before.

As part of the partnership, TSN, RDS and Fight Network will work together to provide effective sales and marketing of UFC broadcasts in Canada.

“We are excited to join forces with TSN and RDS to provide UFC’s one-of-a-kind content in English and French, through two of Canada’s most-watched specialty channels. On top of that, we have an agreement with Fight Network that will perfectly complement this coverage,” said Tom Wright, UFC Managing Director, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. “This is a huge win for Canadian UFC fans as they will have more content on broadcast television than ever before.”

“UFC is a marquee international property with a loyal and engaged Canadian fan base. UFC content and support programming will be a tremendous addition to our slate of championship events,” said Shawn Redmond, Vice-President of Programming and Marketing, TSN. “We are also looking forward to working with Fight Network to showcase original UFC content across our suite of five feeds.”

“We are thrilled to be entering into this prestigious multimedia partnership with UFC and Bell Media’s TSN and RDS, and we look forward to working with our colleagues to grow the UFC’s already significant fan base in Canada as well as helping to build the sport of mixed martial arts at the grassroots level,” said Leonard Asper, CEO, Fight Network.

TSN kicks off its UFC coverage on Saturday, Jan. 3 with COUNTDOWN TO UFC 182: JONES VS. CORMIER at 7 p.m. ET on TSN4 and TSN5. The countdown show leads into two hours of UFC 182 preliminary fight coverage at 8 p.m. ET, which features Danny Castillo vs. Paul Felder, Marcus Brimage vs. Cody Garbrandt, Shawn Jordan vs. Jarod Cannonier and Evan Dunham vs. Rodrigo Damm.

Additional UFC programming will launch on TSN and RDS in early 2015 and includes UFC NOW, UFC UNLEASHED, UFC ULTIMATE INSIDER, UFC COUNTDOWN, ROAD TO THE OCTAGON, event weigh-ins and press conferences.

This announcement follows TSN and RDS’s new broadcast rights agreement with UEFA, making the networks the new home of UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE and UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE.

In addition to its live coverage, Fight Network will be producing live pre-fight programming, live coverage of press conferences and weigh-ins, post-fight analysis, as well as library programming highlighting UFC’s finest fighters and moments leading up to today.
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Enfusion 23
Fight Network, the world’s premier 24/7 television channel dedicated to complete coverage of combat sports, presents the final 2014 edition of Enfusion Live this Sunday, Dec. 21 at 3 p.m. ET, as Enfusion 23 emanates from Antwerp, Belgium, headlined by a -67kg world championship clash between Morocco’s Ilias Bulaid and Uzbekistan’s Zahid Zairov.

Fight Network’s live broadcast will air on Cablevision’s Optimum TV, Grande Communications, Shentel Cable and Armstrong Cable in the U.S., nationwide in Canada, Roku devices across North America, and in Turkey on D-Smart.

In other action, Belgian Nordin Ben Moh meets Spaniard Antonio Gomez in 70kg action, Moroccan Ismael Benali battles Turkey’s Tayfun Ozcan at 70kg, England’s Iman Barlow faces Indonesian standout Soraya Haurissa in a 54kg bout, plus Estonia’s Edvin Kibus vs. Morocco’s Yassin Baitar at 75kg and an 85kg showdown pitting Morocco’s Hicham El Gaoui against Ivory Coast export Laurent Attrifi.
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m1 challenge 54

M-1 Challenge 54 & ACB 12
OFFICIAL RESULTS
Puetz defends M-1 Challenge light heavyweight title with KO of Myasnikov
Divnich stops Kurbanov for M-1 Challenge lightweight championship

ight heavyweight champion Stephan Puetz

M-1 Global promoter Vadem Finkelchtein raises the hand of
M-1 Challenge light heavyweight champion Stephan Puetz

M-1 Challenge light heavyweight champion Stephan “T-800″ Puetz (12-1-0, 5 KO/TKO, 4 SUB) retained his title and undefeated Russian Maxim Divnich (10-0-0, 5 KO/TKO, 1 SUB) captured the vacant M-1 Challenge lightweight championship in tonight’s main event and co-feature, respectively, on the M-1 Challenge 54 & ACB 12 event, co-promoted byM-1 Global and ACB, at Palais des Sports Ice in St. Petersburg, Russia

M-1 Global, which grew out of the League MMA M-1, traces its history back to 1997. It has promoted 180 events including nearly 10,000 fights. Absolute Championship Berkut (ACB) burst on the Russian MMA scene earlier this year, highlighted by its Grand Prix that featured more than 100 fighters.

Puetz, fighting out of Munich, Germany, stopped previously unbeaten Russian challenger Valery “The Russian Hammer” Myasnikov (8-1-0, 5 KO/TKO, 1 SUB) to successfully defend his crown for the second time since defeating Viktor Nemkov by five-round decision for the vacant title this past March 14 at M-1 Challenge 46. Puetz’ other title defense victory was last August 15 at M-1 Challenge 50, in which he Brazilian Luis Fernando “Hulk” Miranda tapped out due to a rear naked choke.

M-1 Challenge lightweight champion Maxim DivnichDivnich remained undefeated by beating previously unbeaten Djhambulat Kurbanov (6-1-1, 0 KO/TKO. 3 SUB), of Russia, with a third-round technical knockout by punches.

In a welterweight showdown, Russian veteran Beslan Isaev (31-7-0, 15 KO/TKO, 12 SUB) won his seventh consecutive fight, knocking out American welterweight Cody “AK Kid” McKenzie (15-56-0, 1 KO/TKO, 13 SUB) with a knee in the opening round.

Rising Russian star Anatoly Tokov (19-1-0, 10 KO/TKO, 4 SUB) punched out Enoc Solves Torres (15-8-0), of Spain, in the third round of their middleweight fight, extending his three-year win streak to 11.

American middleweight Luigi “The Italian Tank” Fioravanti (25-12-0, 9 KO/TKO, 5 SUB) blasted out Ruslan Khaskhanov (16-9-0, 3 KO/TKO, 11 SUB) midway through the first round with a series of punches.

In preliminary bouts, Russian light heavyweight Artur Astakhov (10-2-0, 6 KO/TKO, 4 SUB) used an arm bar to force Evgeniy Guryanov (8-5-0, 4 KO/TKO. 3 SUB), of Ukraine, into submission in the third round, American lightweight Daniel “Agent Orange” Swain (12-4-1, 4 KO/TKO, 5 SUB) and Russian Zalimbeg Omarov (2-1-1, 2 SUB) fought to a three-round majority draw, and Alexei Kunchenko (8-0-0, 5 KO/TKO, 2 SUB) remained undefeated with a first-round knockout by punches over fellow Russian welterweight Grigoriy “Crusader” Kichigin (5-3-0, 1 KO/TKO. 3 SUB).

Also fighting on the undercard, Russian lightweight Zaur Kasumov (4-1-0, 1 KO/TKO, 3 SUB) defeated pro debuting Kazakh Arkhat Mynbaev (0-1-0) by way of first-round submission (rear naked choke), Russian lightweight Muslim Makhmudov (4-3-0, 0 KO/TKO, 3 SUB) won a two-round decision over his Ukrainian opponent Evgeniy Boldyrev (0-1-0), and Russian bantamweight Rasul Albaskhanov (2-1-0, 2 SUB) used a rear naked choke to force Ondrej Skalnik (6-4-0, 2 KO/TKO, 1 SUB) to submit in the opening round.

Complete results and picture gallery below:

MAIN CARD

MAIN EVENT – LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHTS
Stephen Puetz (12-1-0), Germany WTKO2 (3:13 – Punches) Valery Myasnikov (8-1-0), Russia
(Puetz M-1 Challenge light heavyweight title)

CO-FEATURE — LIGHTWEIGHTS
Maxim Divnich (10-0-0), Russia WTKO3 (1:20 – Punches) Djhambulat Kurbanov (6-0-1), Russia
(Divnich won vacant M-1 Challenge lightweight title)

MIDDLEWEIGHTS
Anatoly Tokov (19-1-0), Russia WTKO3 (0:54 – Punches) Enoc Solves Torres (15-8-0), Spain

Luigi Fioravanti (25-12-0), United States WTKO1 (3:06 – Punches) Ruslan Khaskhanov (16-9-0), Russia

WELTERWEIGHTS
Beslan Isaev (31-7-0), Russia WKO1 (2:20 – Knee) Cody McKenzie (15-6-0), United States

PRELIMINARY CARD

LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHTS
Artur Astakhov (10-2-0), Russia WSUB1 (3:30 – Arm Bar) Evgeniy Gurynov (8-5-0), Ukraine
Muslim Makhmudov (4-3-0), Russia WDEC2 Evgeniy Boldyrev (0-1-0), Russia

WELTERWEIGHTS
Alexei Kunchenko (8-0-0), Russia WKO1 – 2:33 – Punches) Grigoriy Kichigin (5-3-0), Russia

LIGHTWEIGHTS
Zalimbeg Omarov (2-1-0), Russia MDraw3 Daniel Swain (12-4-1), United States

Yusup Raisov (4-0-0), Russia WSUB1 (1:48 – Rear Naked Choke) Mikhail Kuznetsov (2-1-0), Russia

Zaur Kasumov (4-1-0), Russia WSUB1 (1:54 – Rear Naked Choke) Arkhat Mynbaev (0-1-0), Kazakhstan

BANTAMWEIGHTS
Rasul Albaskhanov (2-1-0), Russia WSUB1 (0:23 – Rear Naked Choke) Ondrej Skalnik (6-4-0), Czech Republic
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