ICONIC MMA REFEREE ‘BIG’ JOHN MCCARTHY & BELLATOR COMMENTATOR SEAN WHEELOCK LAUNCH ‘LET’S GET IT ON’ MMA PODCAST

New Episodes Every Friday

Iconic MMA referee ‘Big’ John McCarthy and Bellator play-by-play commentator Sean Wheelock have joined forces with Ignotainment Media Network to bring fans the Let’s Get It On MMA podcast, which debuts on Friday, March 6. New episodes will be available weekly, every Friday on iTunes, on the Stitcher app for Android, and at Ignotainment.com.

Let’s Get It On is audiences’ best chance to delve deeper into the heart and intricacies of mixed martial arts and combat sports, more than any other podcast. The series will draw from McCarthy’s extensive experience in MMA and boxing officiating, alongside Wheelock’s immense resume of commentating MMA, boxing and sports events worldwide. Together, McCarthy and Wheelock will discuss the latest issues, answer fan questions, interview big-name guests, and debate the hottest topics from their unique perspective in and around the world of fighting.

“I’m thrilled to be co-hosting this weekly podcast with John McCarthy. John is a close friend, as well as someone who I hold in the highest regard for his lifelong contributions to MMA,” said Wheelock.

As one of the most legendary and recognizable personalities in combat sports, and perhaps the best-known referee in any sport, John McCarthy’s reputation speaks for itself. He’s been involved in MMA since it hit the shores of North America in 1993, with UFC 1. He was a key figure in writing the sport’s Unified Rules, which are recognized by the Association of Boxing & MMA Commissions (ABC) and athletic commissions across North America. He’s judged and refereed thousands of matches worldwide in his near 25 years in MMA, and is the founder/head instructor for the Certification of Officials for MMA National Development (C.O.M.M.A.N.D.), the toughest and most complete training course for MMA judges and referees.

“I am so stoked to be talking about what’s happening in the combative sports industry and the everyday subjects that affect all of us,” noted McCarthy. “On top of that, being able to work with a true pro like Sean Wheelock makes this a perfect fit.”

One of the best-known American voices in both MMA and soccer, Wheelock’s broadcasting work has taken him to over 25 countries. He holds the distinction of being the only person to serve as a play-by-play commentator for the FIFA World Cup, the Super Bowl (three times for the BBC), U.S. Open tennis, and world championship fights in mixed martial arts. He is the play-by-play commentator for Bellator MMA on Spike TV, and previously commentated for Pride FC, Affliction and the M-1 Challenge. Additionally, Wheelock has worked as a professional boxing referee since he was 24 years old, and still holds an active license through the Kansas Athletic Commission.

New episodes of Let’s Get It On can be downloaded beginning every Friday via iTunes and the Stitcher app for Android.

For more info on the podcast and its hosts, visit the website www.letsgetitonpodcast.com and its social media pages:

Facebook: http://facebook.com/letsgetitonpodcast
Twitter: http://twitter.com/podcastmma or @podcastmma

Strap in, because two of the most objective voices in MMA are about to speak their minds.

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Chaos Fighting Championships joins Safe MMA

by Contributor on February 28, 2015

CHAOS FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIPS JOINS SAFE MMA AHEAD OF CHAOS FC 14
Official Safe MMA T-Shirts available from: www.impactlpa.com

safe mma logoChaos Fighting Championships is the latest promotion to join Safe MMA ahead of Chaos FC 14 at the Everglades Hotel in Derry, Northern Ireland.

The predominantly Amateur card features one professional bout between Declan Larkin and Gavin Carlin, which has been approved by Safe MMA doctors. The promotion has signed up to meet all Safe MMA event criteria to include pre and post fight medical examinations, carried out by a doctor, for all fighters on the card.

Safe MMA ambassador, John Gooden, said:

“It’s always great to see the addition of new promotions who are keen to work alongside SAFE MMA. It underlines the success and continued growth of SAFE MMA as an organisation and can only benefit Chaos FC and its fighters in terms of health and safety. I’m excited to learn that SAFE MMA’s reach extends to all corners of the British Isles, now including Northern Ireland. I wish all involved at Chaos FC the very best of luck for tomorrow night’s show and thank them for embracing the SAFE MMA medical initiatives.”

Safe MMA Clear Fighters for Chaos Fighting Championships 14:

Declan Larkin
Gavin Carlin

To view the full, current Safe MMA fighters register visit: http://safemmauk.wordpress.com/safe-mma-fighters-list/

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Over the first two seasons of hosting international MMA events, XFC has solidified itself as one of the lead supporters of female mixed martial artists throughout the world. Boasting the strongest women’s roster in the sport’s scene, the promotion is set to give even more visibility to WMMA fighters here in 2015. At XFCi 9, scheduled for Mach 14 in Sao Paulo, Brazil, four female fights are set to happen inside the famed HeXagon, two of them as part of the live televised / live streamed card on Rede TV!. In the co-main event, compatriot Brazilian prospects Poliana Botelho and Antonia Silvaneide will fight for the Season II Flyweight Tournament Championship; while world-class veterans Juliana Werner (Brazil) and Russia’s Julia Berezikova will collide in a highly-anticipated international Superfight.

President Myron Molotky, known for being a great supporter of women’s MMA, has had his admiration grow even more fiercely over the firsts two seasons. He had this to say about his sports & entertainment company’s 9th event on Rede TV! “Some of the best XFC fights in the history of our promotion have been our women’s divisional fights. Fans who didn’t expect to see the ladies testing their Integrity and Honor, giving everything they have inside the HeXagon, were surely surprised in the first season. Now, with our second season coming to an end, I just can’t say how pleased I am to have so many talented women fighting for us. I’m really looking forward to seeing the Flyweight Tournament Finale and the Strawweight Semifinals, not to mention the world level martial arts skills that Juliana Werner and Julia Berezikova are going to showcase.”

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Rising stars of the Season II Strawweight Tournament lock horns in Semifinal match-ups; top fighters from 3 countries represented.

In addition to the televised battles, XFCi 9 is also set to feature the Strawweight Tournament Semifinals, with 3 undefeated fighters and a familiar name stepping in as a late replacement. Brazilians Viviane Pereira (6-0) and 22-year-old Liana Pirosin (3-0) will clash for a spot in the final, against the winner of Hungary’s Dora Perjes (7-0) and Finland’s Vuokko Katainen (2-2-1) who steps in on 3 weeks notice to replace Maryna Moroz. These highly anticipated matchups will be the qualifier into the Tournament Finale, where one fighter will earn tournament gold and advancement into the XFC Superfight Series.

Two Teammates/Friends Set to Face off in W. Flyweight Tournament Finale

Season II’s Women’s Flyweight Tournament kicked off at XFCi 6, back in August, reuniting a mix of different countries around the world. After two divisional events, two Brazilian friends had advanced to the finale to face each other: Poliana Botelho representing the world-famous Team Nova Uniao, from Rio de Janeiro, and Antonia Silvaneide from Kimura team, a vital part of Nova Uniao; which has already unveiled to the world names like Renan Barao. Botelho, a muay thai specialist carrying a 3-1 record, and BJJ ace Silvaneide (4-1) became friends during the competition, but now will have to put friendship aside and battle for tournament gold and the right to advance into the XFC Superfight Series in hopes to become a World Champion.

“Botelho and Silvaneide have different fighting styles, and the tournament champion will be the one who makes best use of strategy, especially by avoiding the others strengths to impose their own game plan”, stated Matchmaker Eduardo Duarte, who is a BJJ blackbelt and former MMA fighter.

Werner and Pirosin: training partners in Rio de Janeiro

Two different generation of fighters have become training partners as they ready for XFCi 9. At the age of 33, Juliana Werner (8-4) is making her run for the XFC Flyweight World Championship, hoping her opportunity will be closer with a win against Julia Berezikova (7-4). To be ready for the battle, she enlisted the company of Liana Pirosin, a 12 years younger rising star, who will face Viviane Pereira in the International Strawweight Tournament Semifinals.

Born in the South of the Brazil, both fighters traveled southeast last month to Rio de Janeiro to improve their techniques. Over a two week period in Rio, they took part in a women’s-only training camp, as well as had the opportunity to sharpen their boxing skills with legendary master Claudio Coelho. Liana extended her stay for an additional 10 days, training at the world famous Nova Uniao in the company of Poliana Botelho and well-known names such as Jose Aldo, Eduardo Dantas and Marlon Sandro.

“I decided to leave the comfort zone in Curitiba to go to Rio to experience a different culture of trainings”, Liana reported. “It was a eat-work-sleep routine which I enjoyed much. Also, I had the opportunity to take part in a camp only with women, which is great, because we all normally have to train daily with men of larger sizes than us”.

After a successful debut at XFCi 7, Julie Werner is set to be back in action. The veteran expects the women’s camp in Rio de Janeiro to make the difference she needs to defeat Julia Berezikova on March 14.

“When I decided to travel to Rio my goal was to improve my game and become more unpredictable”, Werner explains. “It’s great when you have the chance to train alongside world-class women fighters, because it’s hard to reunite that much of female talent in only one place. We found girls specialized in all types of martial arts, so it ended up being a great experience that I want to show in the HeXagon”.

XFCi9 Headlined with Men’s Flyweight World Championship

Headlining XFCi 9, after the Women’s bouts have taken place, will be the promotion’s first ever Male Flyweight World Title fight where rising stars Allan “Puro Osso” Nascimento (14-2) will fight Bruno “Macaco” Azevedo (12-2). Also at i9, three of the five Season I Tournament Champions are returning to the HeXagon, when Will Galvao (4-1) meets Alexei Kunchenko (8-0) in a welterweight bout, Natan Schulte (9-2) battles Igor Egorov (8-4) at the lightweights and middleweights Alberto Uda clashes against Boris Miroshnichenko (13-6).

To view the full fight card, visit www.XFCMMA.com/xfci9 and follow the promotion daily on social media.

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BAMMA 18 is Safe MMA Clear

by Contributor on February 21, 2015

BAMMA 18 IS SAFE MMA CLEAR
FOR TONIGHT – 21st FEBRUARY 2015

Safe MMA is sponsored by: Impact LPA & The Mouthguard Shop
Official Safe MMA T-Shirts available from: www.impactlpa.com

safe mma logoTonight’s BAMMA 18 event at the Wolverhampton Civic Hall (UK) is medically sanctioned by Safe MMA. All professional fighters on the card have been approved to compete by Safe MMA doctors.

A founding member of Safe MMA since its inception in 2012, BAMMA is the first professional promotion to work towards full sanctioning with the later United Kingdom MMA Federation, for which Safe MMA is a component. Since its launch, BAMMA has consistently worked with independent, third parties to improve safety standards.

See below for the complete list of Safe MMA clear competitors for BAMMA 18.

SAFE MMA FIGHTERS FOR BAMMA 18:

Alexei Roberts
Artur Gluchowski
Cheick Kone
Chris Fields
Chris Miah
Hayden Critchfield
Krzysztof Klaczec
Mamadou Gueye
Manuel Bilic
Michael Cutting
Mick Gerrard
Mike Grundy
Nathaniel Wood
Regis Sugden
Ricki King
Stuart Austin
Tom Aspinall
Tom Duquesnoy

To view the full, current Safe MMA fighters register visit: http://safemmauk.wordpress.com/safe-mma-fighters-list/

-For all general Safe MMA enquiries contact press@safe-mma.co.uk or 07984 936 219
-To register and for all Safe MMA enquiries to CHHP, 76 Harley St contact: info@safe-mma.co.uk

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IMMAFThe International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF) is pleased to welcome Paraguay as it is joined by the Federacion Paraguaya de Kick Boxing Muay Thai & MMA (FPKBMY Y MMA)

In an official statement, President Hugo Lobo said: “We are very happy to represent IMMAF. We have been a force for martial arts for many years within Paraguay and during that time we have been working to promote MMA. It is an honour that IMMAF has expressed confidence in our organisation.”

Originally founded in 1992 to represent kick boxing and Muay Thai, the Paraguayan federation extended to working with MMA in 2003. The Federacion Paraguaya de Kick Boxing Muay Thai & MMA is recognized by the President of Paraguay and also the Paraguayan Olympic Committee, with representatives in each of the mayoral cities across the country.

Well recognised in South America, the federation realised international championships in Paraguay for Muay Thai and kickboxing in 2009, 2011, 2010 and 2013. It has also hosted a national MMA championships as well as more than twenty Amateur and Professional MMA events. With the support of the Paraguayan Olympic Committee, the federation has been responsible for the organisation of dedicated MMA seminars and education around the sport.

IMMAF’s CEO, Densign White, said:

“It is an honour to welcome the Federacion Paraguaya de Kick Boxing Muay Thai & MMA to the IMMAF family with its experience, national standing and reputation within South America. We very much look forward to seeing the Paraguayan team compete in the forthcoming Pan American Championships in Canada.”

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XFCi 9 posterXFC’s International schedule kicks off in 2015 with a fight card catching the attention of millions of fans Worldwide. On March 14, at the São Paulo Futebol Clube, XFCi 9 gathers some of the promotion’s best fighters in a great mix of veterans and rising stars, headlined by the promotion’s first ever Flyweight World Title Fight between Allan ‘Puro Osso’ Nascimento (14-2) and Bruno “Macaco” Azevedo (12-2). In the co-main event, Poliana Botelho (3-1) battles Antonia Silvaneide ‘Marretinha’ (4-1) for the highly anticipated Women’s Flyweight season II tournament finale. Also on the main card, undefeated Russian Welterweight Alexie Kunchenko (8-0) faces Season I tournament champion Brazil’s Will Galvao (4-1). Rounding out the main card, top ranked WMMA starlette Juliana “Julie” Werner (8-4) measures forces with Russian Julia Berezikova (7-4) in a world-class female Flyweight Superfight.

President Myron Molotky is thrilled about the fight card that has aligned. “Some of our very best fighters will be gathered in São Paulo. Allan Nascimento has already proven he is worthy of a title fight. Now, he’ll be tested against one of the best undrafted prospects in Brazil. Bruno Azevedo has finished a lot of fighters and is hungry for international recognition. We are also very pleased to announce the return of Will Galvao to the HeXagon, his fights are always extremely exciting. The matchup between ‘Julie’ Werner and Julia Berezikova is a fight we’ve been planning for a while. I believe that’s going to be one of the great WMMA fights in the history of the sport” Molotky stated.

Allan “Puro Osso” Nascimento paved a perfect path straight to a title shot. In his hexagon debut, at XFCi 3, in March of 2014, he submitted Chilean Matias Vasquez with 40 seconds remaining in the third round. Four months later, he forced Andre Lourenco to submit with a first-round brabo choke. Then against Ukrainian Ruslan Abiltarov, at XFCi 7 in November, Nascimento was forced to fight all three rounds for the first time ever in his career, he earned the victory by a judges’ unanimous decision.

Bruno “Macaco” Azevedo makes his XFC debut carrying an impressive 12-2 fight record, fighting for reputable national promotions like Shooto Brasil. He has submitted nine of his 14 opponents, knocked two of them out cold and has only left one bout in the hands of the judges. Born in the national capital Brasilia, he represents world famous Nova Uniao team and looks to become the promotion’s first ever Flyweight World Champion.

First season champions return to action; New tournament finalists to be defined

XFCi 9 also features the return of three reining tournament Champions as well as three bouts in the Season II Semifinals and one tournament finale. Will Galvao, who won the Welterweight GP in June of 2014, faces Russia’s Alexei Kunchenko. The first season’s Lightweight champion, Brazilian Natan Schulte (9-2) is set to face Russia’s Igor Egorov (8-4), while undefeated Season I Middleweight Champion Alberto Uda (7-0) battles Belarus’ Boris Miroshnichenko (13-6) in the XFC Superfight Series.

Coincidentally the trio of Season I Champions, now XFC Superfighters, begin their journeys toward XFC World Championships. Plus the rising talents of the Season II tournaments are ready to showcase their skills and secure long term contracts into the organization’s Superfight Series. For the women’s Strawweight division, undefeated Brazilian Viviane “Sucuri” Pereira (7-0) and young prospect Liana Pirosin (3-0) lock horns to identify who moves on to the finale. One of them will face the winner of a bout between two world ranked undefeated fighters, in Hungarian Maryna Moroz (5-0) and Ukrainian Dora Perjes (7-0). And in the series finale of the night, flyweights Antonia Silvaneide (4-1) and Poliana Botelho (3-1) will battle for tournament gold.

Matchmaker Eduardo Duarte gave his thoughts about the tournaments semifinals. “All of our XFCi 9 tournament fighters are hungry for victories, they have their eyes on a long term contract with the XFC and entrance to the Superfight Series. All the fights are going be amazing. We only have undefeated women fighting against each other in the Strawweight tournament and very talented young men who all come from great victories in the other divisional matchups. Each of them are wishing to repeat their success at XFCi 9. The return of the season I champions also creates much allure for this event. It’s going to be a great night of MMA”, Duarte explains.

Among the men, two semifinals will be highlighted on the XFCi9 fight card. In the bantamweight division, USA’s James Gray (3-0) kicks off the event against Mexico’s Edgar Cabello (4-0), while fellow Brazilians Daniel Virginio (3-0) and Julio Rodrigues (5-1-1) wrap up the XFCi 9 prelims for the remaining spot in the tournament finale. Welterweight semifinalist contenders Brazilians Cairo Rocha (12-4-1) vs Michel Pereira (11-4) and Guyana’s Carlston Harris (6-2) vs Brazil’s Paulo Cesar dos Santos (2-1) plan to put on a show for the fans; as some of the hardest hitting fighters on the card all seeking their way into the tournament finale.

In January XFC announced plans for a world expansion throughout 2015. Besides XFCi 9 in São Paulo, the promotion has event planning set in Belo Horizonte (Minas Gerais), where XFC has recently observed athletes in an open talent scouting visit. Additionally shows are scheduled for Mexico, Argentina, & Costa Rica while the promotion also announced plans to host two or more events in the United States, plus two in Europe. It’s going to be a big year for the XFC. Stay tuned to www.XFCMMA.com and follow the XFC daily on social media!

Read more at www.XFCMMA.com

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IMMAFThe International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF) is deeply disappointed to learn that the European Judo Union (EJU) has threatened to cancel the European Judo Championships in Glasgow, Scotland, on account of UFC sponsorship of the event.

This follows the recent announcement from the world leading MMA organisation of a sponsorship deal that was to include promotion of the judo event to millions of MMA fans worldwide. The British Judo Association (BJA) is set to host the championships in just eight weeks’ time, from 9th – 11th April at the Emirates Arena. However, the EJU has written to the BJA threatening to cancel the event. The EJU has not stated whether it intends to host the championships elsewhere.

In the interest of judo athletes and fans, the UFC has agreed to withdraw its sponsorship but has stated its continued commitment to supporting British Judo and other combat sports associations.

As the global governing body of MMA, the IMMAF is dismayed and shocked by the EJU’s threat to the European Judo Championships. Like many of MMA’s athletes and fans, IMMAF holds judo in high regard as a founding discipline of MMA, which comprises a number of traditional and Olympic martial arts styles. IMMAF believes there is a synergy and shared values between the two sports that should be celebrated and that the organisations can offer each other mutual support and opportunities. In the UK the British Judo Association has fostered a positive relationship with MMA, supporting the United Kingdom MMA Federation’s application for sport recognition.

IMMAF believes that the EJU’s position is in conflict with the Olympic values of friendship and respect, and shows no regard for the universal sporting value of fair play.

Judo Olympian, former British Judo chairman and current IMMAF CEO, Densign White, said:

“This is a devastating move on behalf of the EJU that lacks consideration for judo and its athletes; this repudiates its responsibility as a democratic governing body. The Glasgow event has taken two years of work and preparation, athletes across Europe have been training for many months and national federations have already outlaid costs for the event. The withdrawal of the European Championships would be a blow to judo’s athletes, robbing them not only of this opportunity to compete, but also a pathway to the 2016 Olympic Games.”