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

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.


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.

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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.

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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.

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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:
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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 and follow on Twitter @fightnet, become a fan on Facebook and visit us on Instagram @fightnet.

anthem fntsy fight network e1403826008849 Optimum TV expands line up with addition of the Fight Network and FNTSY Sports NetworkCablevision Systems Corp. (NYSE: CVC) today announced that it has expanded its Optimum TV lineup with the addition of Fight Network, the world’s premier combat sports channel, and FNTSY Sports Network, the first-ever channel dedicated to fantasy sports. Cablevision is the first major U.S. cable TV provider to offer either channel.

Fight Network is a 24/7 television channel dedicated to complete coverage of combat sports. It airs programs focused on the entire scope of the combat sports genre, including mixed martial arts, boxing, kickboxing, professional wrestling, traditional martial arts, fight news and analysis, as well as fight-themed drama, reality series, documentaries and feature films. Fight Network’s dynamic programming lineup includes live events from around the world, extensive news coverage and expert analysis.

FNTSY Sports Network is the world’s first-ever television network specifically targeted towards the estimated 40 million people who play fantasy sports annually and on a daily basis. It includes live studio programming, call-in shows, panels, celebrity and expert drafts, reality programming and on-site commentary from sports venues, as well as short-form programming from the experts around the country.

Fight Network can be found on channel 464 and FNTSY Sports Network is on channel 147. Both networks are available as part of the Optimum Sports & Entertainment Pak. Fight Network and FNTSY Sports Network are owned by Anthem Media Group Inc., a global leader in operating targeted specialty television channels on linear, digital and mobile platforms.

“We are pleased to now offer Fight Network and FNTSY Sports Network, two high-quality channels that add even more variety and choice to the Optimum TV sports programming lineup,” said Kevin Packingham, Cablevision’s executive vice president of product management. “Customers who are interested in combat sports are sure to enjoy the extensive coverage available on Fight Network, and FNTSY Sports Network’s around-the-clock commentary and analysis makes it the ultimate place for fantasy sports participants to plan their next moves.”

“For years, the marketplace has been crying out for a destination channel serving fight hungry fans and, with Fight Network, the call has been answered,” said Leonard Asper, CEO of Anthem Media Group Inc. “Fans want to watch the fights but they also want to connect with the culture of combat sports, and we are pleased that Optimum TV customers can now experience this with Fight Network. We are equally excited to launch FNTSY Sports Network
on Optimum TV; with the explosive growth of fantasy sports, there is an insatiable need for information and advice from the experts and for a place that the social community of fantasy sports players can call home. FNTSY adds an element of entertainment that provides the fantasy sports player with an exciting way to engage with their passion.”

In addition to live weigh-ins, press conferences and other breaking news, Fight Network airs mixed martial arts events from Cage Warriors, KSW, Ultimate Challenge MMA, Championship Fighting Alliance and M-1, kickboxing from K-1 Global, Enfusion and Final Fight Championship, world-class boxing productions from Frank Warren, Matchroom Sport, DiBella Entertainment, Hennessy Sports and more, plus professional wrestling events and traditional martial arts disciplines such as amateur wrestling, judo, karate, taekwondo, sambo and Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Fight Network also produces weekly and daily news programs, including “5 Rounds” on Mondays at 7 p.m., featuring extensive event recaps and technical breakdowns, and “Fight News Now” on Wednesdays at 7 p.m., a look at the biggest newsmakers with analysis and profiles of upcoming events. Fridays at 8 p.m., “Toe 2 Toe” provides in-depth interviews with the most relevant and interesting people in the world of combat sports, from mixed martial arts fighters to trainers to boxing legends and more.

FNTSY Sports Network covers every possible fantasy sport, from football to golf, baseball, World Cup soccer, basketball, racing and more. It airs insightful daily live news and feature programs, including the simulcast of SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio’s “RotoExperts” with Scott Engel and Adam Ronis weekdays from 6 to 9 a.m., followed by live studio productions of “Game Time Decisions” with Gabriel Morency at 3 p.m. and “FNTSY Sports Today” with Laura Diakun at 4 p.m.. Additionally, the channel recently launched “Bloomberg Sports Stats Insights” weekdays at 6:30 p.m., focusing on predictive analytical content to reveal fantasy projections and forecasts, as well as in-depth analysis and coverage of the day’s top sports stories that affect the fantasy sports world. FNTSY Sports Network also features short-form content from some of the top experts in fantasy sports, providing timely up-to-the-minute information and breaking news, as well as a permanent multi-zone fantasy sports “ticker,” all combining to provide an exciting schedule that a fantasy sports player can’t do without, and regular sports fans will not want to miss. The network’s major suppliers of statistics and data include industry leaders Stats LLC. and The Sports Network.

Optimum TV residential customers who receive Fight Network and FNTSY Sports Network as part of their package can also watch programming from both networks at home and on the go using the Optimum App and a WiFi connection. The Optimum App is available from the App Store for iPad, iPhone or iPod touch, Google Play for Android phones and tablets and Amazon Marketplace for Kindle devices.

Cablevision’s award-winning digital cable service, Optimum TV, offers customers access to hundreds of channels, including more than 80 premium movie channels, 50 channels of commercial-free digital music, tens of thousands of titles available on demand at all times, an interactive programming guide, more than 150 high-definition channels and uniquely valuable and relevant local content through News 12, MSG Varsity and their companion interactive television applications.
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xfc 28 andrea lee vs suzie montero XFC 28: Highly Touted Amateur Andrea Lee Set For Pro Debut Against Suzie Montero

You can’t talk XFC, without talking women’s mixed martial arts. Since 2008, John Prisco and company have been on the forefront of women’s MMA, so it should come with no surprise that the 3rd announcement regarding XFC 28 involves the ladies. One of the South’s most popular amateurs, Andrea “KGB” Lee, finally makes her long-awaited debut against Florida’s Suzie Montero.

Louisiana’s resident badass, Andrea “KGB” Lee (Debut), has decided it’s about time to trade in the 7 ounce gloves for a pair of 4′s. The scrappy country girl from Bossier City’s attitude of welcoming stiff competition and fighting all comers as an amateur, will serve her well heading into her pro debut this Fall; especially facing a cagey veteran the likes of Montero. Although Lee’s base discipline is Muay Thai, 3 of her 7 wins have come from an underrated ground game. When opponents have slept on her grappling, they have found themselves tapping to picture perfect armbars. Only time will tell if the investment in KGB will pay off, but with a win over Suzie Montero, her stock will certainly rise and please everyone that’s gotten in early on one of WMMA’s hottest commodities.

32 year-old Suzie “La China” Montero (2-2) has been competing professionally since 2011. Fighting an average of once a year, this Florida gym rat spends most of her time honing her craft on the mats; only taking fights when she feels the need to scratch her competitive itch. Montero has already stood across the cage opposite of some of the top names in the business. Her two losses come by the hands of UFC standout Jessamyn Duke and current XFC Champion Pearl Gonzalez. With big show opportunities under her belt, Montero will bring a certain level of confidence into her bout with Lee that only comes with experience. With her two wins coming by decision, La China’s game plan could be to take the newbie into the late rounds and see how she responds to a timely amount inside the XFC HeXagon.

John Prisco, President and Matchmaker for the XFC, had this to say in regards to Andrea Lee versus Suzie Montero: “I’m really excited about this one! Andrea will be coming into her pro debut with a lot of eyes on her. It’s her attitude and work ethic that has really impressed me. When I signed her, she could have just sat on her current amateur record and coasted into her pro debut; without chancing the momentum and hype she had built up for herself. But instead, she booked as many fights as she could fit in, to better master her skills before we scheduled her pro debut. She really isn’t afraid of anything. But here’s the deal…debut or not, she isn’t getting any favors from us. She is getting tested right from the jump; the same way Cortney Casey did. When you come in with this much hype, you gotta be able to back it up. Suzie Montero is a solid vet with four pro fights under her belt. She is by no means a gatekeeper or stepping stone. Montero is as tough as they come and has been in the cage with some of the best in the sport. She has all the tools to stop the Andrea Lee, we will see how it plays out inside the hexagon at XFC 28.”

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