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BATTLEQUEST 5:  "AVALANCHE" - Quick results

Vail, Denver, CO

Tommy Thompson defeated Josh Eaton by choke in rd 1.
Clint Lippoldt defeated  Edwin "Crooked" Rodrigues TKO (cut) in rd 2.
Miguel Martinez defeated Eric Stores by TKO (referee stoppage) in rd 1.
Jon Manley defeated Jordan Vigil by choke in rd 2.
Cody Donovan defeated Noah Wilson by rear choke in rd 1.
Brandon Thatch defeated Jesse Brown by rear choke in rd 2.
Brad Fox defeated Alfredo Corona by tapout in rd 1.
Jesse Henley defeated Chris Harvey TKO (referee stoppage) in rd 2.
Nick Mamalis defeated Eric Buck by tapout due to strikes in rd 2.
Rocky Johnson defeated Ben Henderson by choke in rd 1.




UFC owners buy Pride


Denver, CO


PRIDE Fighting Championship held a press conference Tuesday at the Roppongi Hills Arena in Tokyo.  The big news is that UFC owners 

Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta are buying the company. 


Review-Journal -




WEC: Results - Condit takes Welterweight Title!

Denver, Colorado

Event date: March 24, 2007
The Joint, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Las Vegas, Nevada

Light Heavyweight Bout: Brian Stann defeated Steve Cantwell by TKO at :41 of rd 1.
Featherweight Bout: Micah Miller defeated Jesse Moreng by triangle choke at 3:29 of rd 3.
Welterweight Bout: Alex Serdyukov defeated Scott Norton by guillotine choke at :57 of rd 2.
Bantamweight Bout: Charlie Valencia defeated Antonio Banuelos by TKO at 3:12 of rd 1.
Featherweight Bout: Swanson defeated Tommy Lee by guillotine choke  at 3:17 of rd 1.
Welterweight Bout: David Terrell defeated Tiki Ghosn by TKO at 1:46 of rd 1.
Welterweight Bout: Brock Larson defeated Eric Apple by kimura armlock  at 3:34 of rd 1.
Bantamweight Title Bout: Chase Beebe defeated Eddie Wineland by unanimous decision.

Featherweight Title Bout: Urijah Faber defeated Dominick Cruz by guillotine choke) at 1:38 of rd 1.
Welterweight Title Bout:
Carlos Condit defeated John Alessio by rear naked choke at 4:59 of rd 2.






Denver, CO

Event date: Tonight, 6 PM, March 24th

The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Las Vegas, Nevada


Fight Card
Light Heavyweight Bout: Steve Cantwell vs. Brian Stann
Featherweight Bout: Jesse Moreng vs. Micah Miller
Welterweight Bout: Scott Norton vs. Alex Serdyukov
Bantamweight Bout: Charlie Valencia vs. Antonio Banuelos
Featherweight Bout: Tommy Lee vs. Cub Swanson
Welterweight Bout: Tiki Ghosn vs. Dave Terrel
Welterweight Bout: Eric Apple vs. Brock Larson
Middleweight Bout: Hiromitsu Miura vs. Joe Riggs
Title Bout - Bantamweight: Chase Beebe vs. Eddie Wineland [Title Holder]
Title Bout - Featherweight: Dominick Cruz vs. Urijah Faber [Title Holder]
Title Bout - Welterweight:
Carlos Condit vs. John Alessio




BATTLEQUEST 5 "AVALANCHE!!" -  Returns to Colorado


Denver, CO 


ROF promoter Sven Bean is happy to announce that he is bringing back the promotion BATTLEQUEST to the fight circuit. From August of 2003 to August of 2004, BATTLEQUEST ran four successful events. The promotion was originally created to provide athletes a venue to get ring experience, and work as a feeder show to the RING OF FIRE flagship. The shows featured top up and coming fighters from Colorado and surrounding states. The promotion also featured the debut of some very popular ROF fighters. ROF Bantam Weight Champion Joe Doherty , K-1 Heroes veteran Ali Abdelaziz, and lightweight Rocky Johnson all cut their teeth on BATTLEQUEST. 

"With the success of Ring Of Fire, it made sense to bring back Battlequest. I have so many fighters that want to fight and I can't keep them all busy. I also need a place for me to build fighters and explore new talent. I brought in my partner from Vail, Carlos Carvahlo to run the series. We have done a few events together and he knows what to expect out of a ROF event. We plan on doing 2-3 events in Vail, and also return to Castle Rock with the series in the summer. I am excited to see what Carlos can do with the opportunity." said Bean

On Saturday March 31st, the promotion comes to the Dobson Arena in Vail, Colorado. BATTLEQUEST 5: AVALANCHE! will feature 10 MMA bouts, and 1 Muay Thai match.The full line up will be released next week, but the card is headlined by the first title match in BATTLEQUEST history. Elizabeth Colorado's Rocky Johnson will take on Omaha's Ben Henderson at 155 lbs. Tickets are on sale now at all Ticketswest locations, online at or by calling 866-464-2626.

Dobson Arena, Vail, CO
Saturday, March 31st, 2007
Doors open 6:30, first bout 7:30 pm
General Admission: $25.00
Reserved Seating: $40.00
Vip Tables 303-250-3627




PANCRASE USA - Promotions


Denver/Broomfield, CO


(Ken Romero, Joe Sigler, Any Ellquist, Billy Hendricks)


Congratulations to Pancrase fighters Joe Sigler and Andy Ellquist for their promotions to Blue Belt of Mixed Martial Arts




PANCRASE USA - Promotions


Denver/Broomfield, CO

(Aran Guerra, Hanme Clark, Kris Tuller)


Congratulations to Aran Guerra and Hanme Clark.  Both fighters earned promotions to the rank of Blue Belt of Pancrase Mixed Martial Arts.

Kris Tuller earned forth fourth and final Blue Belt stripes.  Congratulations to three very deserving martial artists.






Denver/Broomfield, CO


Over 350 competitors and thousands of spectators made this another record event. A big thanks to all the volunteers and fighters who made it happen. 






PANCRASE USA - Submission Wrestling Championship in Denver!
Broomfield/Denver, Colorado, USA

Saturday, March 10th, submission fighters from around the globe have once again descended on Colorado to test themselves at the Americas' premier combat grappling competition.  Now in it's seventh year, the Pancrase USA sanctioned event continues to grow having previously hosted competitors from all fifty states and ten countries. This year's event promises to be even bigger and better.  


Fans and competitors alike can look forward to a day of exciting, world-class submission fighting from experts in the world's oldest martial art.  

Discover why mixed martial arts and submission fighting have rapidly become the nation's fastest growing and most popular new combat sport.


* Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced and Absolute Divisions.
* Free Pancrase Tournament t-shirts for competitors.
* World's Biggest Trophies (Men and Women's Absolute Champions) .......over 8 feet tall!  Bring a truck.
* Master of Ceremonies - "Brother from Another" Big Al Pallone.
* Event photographers:  Kristy R. of Moodeous Photography, and Robert Terry of Total Focus......for your individual & team portraits.

* Team Championship Award.

* Special Individual Achievement Awards.

* Division Awards 1st through 4th place.

* Held in Conjunction with the "Sweet Sixteen" Old Timers Wrestling Tourney

* Special Teen Boy's Open Weight Division (13 - 16 years) 

* Meet Ring of Fire Promoter Mr. Sven Bean


Event date & location: 

Saturday, March 10, 2007, 9:00 AM,,

Broomfield High School (Wilkerson Gym),

1 Eagle Way, Broomfield, Colorado 80020


Spectator entry fees: 

Adults - $5; Children ages 5 through 17 - $4; children under 5 – free.




UFC 68 - The Uprising


Denver, Broomfield, CO
Event date: March 3, 2007 
Nationwide Arena

Columbus, Ohio 

Fight Card:
Heavyweight bout: Tim Sylvia vs. Randy Couture 
Welterweight bout: Chris Lytle vs. Matt Hughes 
Middleweight bout: Drew McFedries vs. Martin Kampmann 
Middleweight bout: Rich Franklin vs. Jason MacDonald 
Light heavyweight bout: Jason Lambert vs. Renato Sobral 
Light heavyweight bout: Rex Holman vs. Matt Hamill 
Welterweight bout: Jon Fitch vs. Luigi Fioravanti 
Lightweight bout: Gleison Tibau vs. Jason Dent 
Lightweight bout: Jason Gilliam vs. Jamie Varner 




PANCRASE OF THE AMERICAS - 2007 Submission Wrestling Championship
Broomfield/Denver, Colorado, USA


King of Combat Sports returns to Broomfield, Colorado on March 10th

In little more than two weeks, submission fighters from around the globe will once again descend on Colorado to test themselves at Americas' premier combat grappling competition.  Now in it's seventh year, the Pancrase USA sanctioned event continues to grow having previously hosted competitors from all fifty states and ten countries. This year's event
promises to be even bigger and better.  


Fans and competitors alike can look forward to a day of exciting, world-class submission fighting from experts in the world's oldest martial art.  

Discover why mixed martial arts and submission fighting have rapidly become the nation's fastest growing and most popular new combat sport.


* Men & Women's - Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced and Absolute Divisions.
* Free Pancrase Tournament t-shirts for competitors.
* World's Biggest Trophies (Men and Women's Absolute Champions) .......over 8 feet tall!  Bring a truck.
* Master of Ceremonies - "Brother from Another" Big Al Pallone.
* Two event photographers:  Kristy R. of Moodeous Photography, and Robert Terry of Total Focus......for your individual & team portraits.

* Team Championship Award.

* Special Individual Achievement Awards.

* Division Awards 1st through 4th place.

* Held in Conjunction with the "Sweet Sixteen" Old Timers Wrestling Tourney

Event date & location: 

Saturday, March 10, 2007, 9:00 AM,,

Broomfield High School (Wilkerson Gym),

1 Eagle Way, Broomfield, Colorado 80020


Spectator entry fees: 

Adults - $5; Children ages 5 through 17 - $4; children under 5 – free.




RING OF FIRE debuts on HDNet Friday Fight Night

Denver, Broomfield, CO
Premiere: Fri., Feb. 23rd 9:30 PM ET / 7:30 PM MT 

Friday Fight Night - Ring Of Fire - Mixed martial arts returns to Friday Fight Night when HDNet presents Ring of Fire 28: Evolution. The Rocky Mountain regions longest running MMA promotion will feature some of the top athletes from around the world. In the main event, Duane "BANG!" Ludwig brings his show and a 14-5 record to the ring to take on Pancrase fighter Shinya Kamuzawa of Okinawa, Japan, plus several super fights. Don't blink because you may miss the action! 

Replay: Sat., Feb. 24th 12:30 AM ET / 10:30 PM MT 
Friday Fight Night - Ring Of Fire 

Here are the fights for this week's show: 

- Ludwig / Kamuzawa 
- Cerrone/ Roberts 
- Baca/Lovato 
- Keawe/Griffin 
- Trujillo/Nater 
- Corona/Malaterre 
- Seegrist/ Smith

ROF Premiere Party Location Change!!!

The ROF 28 Premiere party WILL NOT be at the Champps of Aspen Grove.

The party has been relocated to the Champps located at The Park Meadows Mall. The restaurant is located on the North East Corner of the Park Meadows mall parking lot. We will be in the party room at the new location. 

The party starts at 7:00 pm and the show starts at 7:30 pm.

CHAMPPS Park Meadows
Phone: 303-799-1333
8325 Park Meadows Center Drive
Littleton, CO 80124 




ROF 28 "Evolution"  - Results


Broomfield, CO

Main Event - Welterweight Bout:
Duane Ludwig defeated Shinya Kumazawa by TKO at 4:32 of rd 2

Superfight – Featherweight Bout:
Alvin Robinson defeated Olly Bradstreet by rear choke at 1:47 of rd 1

Lightweight Bout:
Donald Cerrone defeated Ryan Roberts by armbar at 1:49 of rd 1

Light Heavyweight Bout:
Eliot Marshall defeated Damir Mihajlovic by TKO at 3:57 of rd 1

Light Heavyweight Bout:
Carpaccio Owens defeated Andre Walker by submission from strikes at 1:00 of rd 3

Featherweight Bout:
Vern Baca defeated Gerald Lavato by TKO from strikes at 2:26 of rd 2

Women’s 117-Pound Bout:
Michelle Waterson defeated Andrea Miller by unanimous decision

Middleweight Bout:
Kamalu Keawe defeated Daniel Griffin by TKO at 0:27 of rd 2

Lightweight Bout: 

Eric Fagyas defeated Kevin Carter by choke at 2:56 of rd 1

Men’s 120-Pound Bout: 

Aaron Trujillo defeated Roberto Nater by TKO at 1:08 of rd 1

Welterweight Bout: 

Jeremy Malaterre defeated Alfredo Corona by unanimous decision

Light Heavyweight Bout: 

Ken Seegrist defeated Jason McDonald by submission from punches at 0:3o of rd 1

Featherweight Bout: 

Eric Buck defeated Kenny May by armbar at 1:25 of rd 1




ROF 28 "Evolution"  


Denver/Broomfield, CO


All the fighters for Ring of Fire 28: Evolution made weight and the fight is on. Duane “Bang” Ludwig headlines tonight’s fight card facing rising Japanese star Shinya Kumazawa, a runner-up last year in Pancrase’s prestigious Neo-Blood Tournament.

Also highlighting the card are Alvin Robinson, Ring of Fire’s Lightweight Champion, dropping down in weight to face Utah fighter Olly Bradstreet in the featherweight division and Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone fighting Ryan Roberts.

Several other local favorites dot the card such as Eliot Marshall (who faces Serbian import Damir Mihajlovic), Andre Walker, Vern Baca, Michelle Waterson, and more. 

HDNet is capturing the event for broadcast in two 90-minute shows on the nationwide high-definition channel.


Fight Card:


Main Event - Welterweight Bout:
Duane “Bang” Ludwig (168) vs. Shinya Kumazawa (166)

Superfight – Featherweight Bout:
Alvin “Kid” Robinson (144) vs. Olly Bradstreet (144)

Lightweight Bout:
Donald Cerrone (154) vs. Ryan Roberts (154)

Light Heavyweight Bout:
Eliot Marshall (204) vs. Damir Mihajlovic (198)

Light Heavyweight Bout:
Andre Walker (202) vs. Carpaccio Owens (202)

Featherweight Bout:
Vern Baca (145) vs. Gerald Lavato (145)

Women’s 117-Pound Bout:
Michelle Waterson (115) vs. Andrea Miller (116)

Middleweight Bout:
Kamalu Keawe (184) vs. Daniel Griffin (185)

Lightweight Bout:
Eric Fagyas (154) vs. Kevin Carter (155)

Men’s 120-Pound Bout:
Aaron Trujillo (118) vs. Roberto Nater (119)

Welterweight Bout:
Alfredo Corona (167) vs. Jeremy Malaterre (165)

Light Heavyweight Bout:
Kenneth Seegrist (204) vs. Jason McDonald (202)

Featherweight Bout:
Kenny May (138) vs. Eric Buck (143) 




PANCRASE President announces partnership with BoDogFight



Tokyo, Japan


World Pancrase Create President Masami Ozaki held a press conference to announce a new affiliation with Bodog Entertainment Group and BodogFight.  He said that four Pancrase fighters, Yoshiki Takahashi, WINDY Tomomi, Izuru Takeuchi, and Takuya Wada are fighting in BodogFight's season three which is scheduled to be filmed in Costa Rica in February.


Also announced were three more matches.  MFC welterweight champion Eddie Alvarez will make his Pancrase debut later this year and Brazilians Gustavo PC and Thiago Silva are scheduled to fight in the February 28th show. 


Ozaki went on to say, "Pancrase is a long-established promotion started back in 1993, the same year as UFC and K-1. We have a rich history and are looking to use this new relationship as a boost to host a 10,000 plus venue later this year, with possible national television coverage. However, just like the BodogFight Costa Rica show where the results of the fights won't be revealed to the public until the program airs on TV, everything Pancrase is planning is under a confidentiality agreement."






Denver/Broomfield, CO

Spike TV, from the Seminole Hard Rock hotel, Florida, USA 

Televised Bouts:
Rashad Evans defeated Sean Salmon by KO at 1:06 of rd 2
Jake O'Brien defeated Heath Herring by unanimous decision
Hermes Franca defeated Spencer Fisher by TKO at 4:03 of rd 2
Ed Herman defeated Chris Price by armbar at 2:58 of rd 1

Non-Televised Bouts:
Nate Marquardt defeated Dean Lister by unanimous decision 
Josh Burkman defeated Chad Reiner by unanimous decision 
Din Thomas defeated Clay Guida by unanimous decision 
Rich Clementi defeated Ross Pointon by choke in rd 2






Denver/Broomfield, CO


ROF promoter Sven BOOGIE Bean is happy to announce that ROF 28: EVOLUTION will take place on Friday, February 16th 2007 at the brand new Broomfield Event Center in Broomfield , Colorado .


The event is named EVOLUTION as this show is the next step in growth for the region’s longest running MMA promotion. The World Class event will feature not only the top athletes on the promotion’s roster, but top athletes from around the world as well.


In the main event, World Champion Duane BANG! Ludwig returns to Colorado for the first time in over a year. Ludwig is a UFC, Strikeforce and K-1 veteran with a 14-5 record in MMA. The two time World Champion is coming off a huge TKO victory over Anthony Fryklund at Strikeforce this past December. He wants to build off that victory and start 2007 off right with a win in front of his hometown crowd. Facing Ludwig will be Pancrase fighter Shinya Kamuzawa of Okinawa , Japan . Kamuzawa has a combined record of 10 wins 1 loss and 1 draw. Kumazawa is a super aggressive young fighter with solid submission skills. He is also known to stand and trade, something most of Ludwig’s opponents are very leery of doing.  Kumazawa is not deterred by Ludwig’s reputation as being one of the most lethal strikers in the sport. On the contrary, Kumazawa intends to make a name for himself with a victory at Ring Of Fire.  Ludwig was impressed by what he saw on tapes of Kumazawa. “The guy is a gamer for sure. He looks like he really likes to fight and is not afraid to throw down. Those are the guys that get me excited to fight. I know he won’t be afraid to throw some leather with me which is great. As soon as he tags me once, it’s on. I won’t look past him at all but 2007 is my year. Last year I had a few bumps in the road, but now I am rededicated to my fight career. I want to make my way back to the top. And it all starts with Kumazawa at Ring of Fire.”


Current Light Weight Champion, Alvin KID Robinson (8-1) will take a new direction in his career. The KID will be dropping to 145 lbs for the first time. With recent changes in the national scene there is now great opportunities for fighters in that weight class. Robinson is a world class athlete who loves challenges, and is excited at the move to this division. Facing Robinson will be top UCE fighter Oliver Bradstreet from West Valley , Utah . Bradstreet brings an amazing 21-1 record with him. Bradstreet is easily Robinson’s most experienced opponent to date. Both Robinson and Bradstreet consider wrestling their base, and style wise match up perfectly. The WEC just crowned Urijah Faber their 145 champ, a fact that didn’t go unnoticed by The KID. He has his sites set on a World Title, but first has to get past Bradstreet at ROF 28.


One of the promotion’s most popular fighters Donald COWBOY Cerrone also makes his return to ROF. The COWBOY is mostly known for his stand up skills and KO power. After a short stint as a pro bull rider, the self described thrill seeker found himself competing in local kickboxing matches. After amassing a 22-0-1 record, he then made the move to MMA. To date he has a perfect 4-0 record, finishing all his opponents by submission. His opponent at ROF 28 is also undefeated in MMA. Ryan Roberts has cut his teeth in the very tough Midwest circuit. The wrestler/boxer has acquired a 5-0 record and the Fury Fighting Lightweight title belt along the way.  A lot more than bragging rights is on the line here as neither fighter wants to add a notch in the losing column.


The light heavyweight division is one of the most lucrative in the sport, and ROF is in no short supply of top athletes to offer.  BJJ Black Belt Eliot Marshall will again step in the MMA arena. Marshall has made a great name for himself in the grappling circuit gaining gold medals and national titles. He has transitioned perfectly into MMA, and looks to add another win to his undefeated record on February 16th.


K-1 veteran, Andre The Silencer Walker will compete under MMA rules for the first time since 2002. The power puncher needed less than round to dispatch his opponent at ROF 27 under K-1 Rules, and feels the time is now to make a run at the 205 division.


The special feature match for ROF 28 will be a women’s rules bout. Muay Thai specialist Michelle Waterson will face off against sport jujitsu athlete Jennifer Moran.




WEC 26 - Results
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Las Vegas, Nevada 

Rob McCullough defeated Kit Cope by verbal submission at 2:53 of rd1 
Uriah Faber defeated Joe Pearson by TKO from strikes at 2:31 of rd 1 
John Alessio defeated Brian Gassaway by rear choke at 4:50 of rd 1
Logan Clark defeated Blas Avena by TKO from strikes at 4:23 of rd 3 
Brendan Seguin defeated Fernando Gonzalez by unanimous decision 
Alex Karalexis defeated Olaf Alonso by TKO at 3:53 of rd 2
Carlos Condit defeated Kyle Jensen by rear choke at 2:10 of rd 1
Antonio Banuelos defeated Mike French by unanimous decision 
Rich Crunkilton defeated Mike Joy by choke at 4:23 of rd 3.





Denver/Broomfield, CO

Event Date & Location: 1-20-2007

Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV

The World Extreme Cagefighting holds their first show in Las Vegas since being taken over by UFC parent company Zuffa.


Fight Card:

Tickets for WEC are on sale now and priced at $225, $125, and $50, and available at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino box office and all Ticketmaster locations, and by telephone at 800-929-1111 or 702-891-7777 (Smith’s Food and Drug Centers, Macy’s stores and Ritmo Latino). To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (702) 474-4000. Tickets also are available for purchase at





UFN 8 - Fight Card


Denver/Broomfield, CO

Event date: 1-25-2007, 8:00 PM ET/PT 
Location: Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, FL 


Main Card: 
Light Heavyweight Bout: Rashad Evans (9-0-0) VS Sean Salmon (9-1-0) 
Middleweight Bout: Dean Lister (9-4-0) VS Nate Marquardt (22-6-2) 
Heavyweight Bout: Heath Herring (26-11-0) VS Jake O’Brien (8-0) 
Lightweight Bout: Spencer Fisher (19-2-0) VS Hermes Franca (15-5-0) 

Middleweight Bout: Ed Herman (13-3-0) VS Chris Price (8-1-0) 
Lightweight Bout: Din Thomas (17-3-0) VS Clay Guida (20-3-0) 
Welterweight Bout: Ross Pointon (4-7-0) VS Rich Clementi (22-6-0) 
Light Heavyweight: Seth Petruzelli (9-3-0) VS Hector Ramirez (6-1-1)




ALVIN ROBINSON looks back on 2006 


Denver/Broomfield, CO

If you haven't heard of Alvin KID Robinson yet, trust us, in 2007 you will. He is one of the most promising 155 lb fighters to emerge in quite some time. He recently had a short stint with the IFL, until a back injury pulled him from competition. He returned 100% physically at ROF 27 to defend his ROF light weight championship belt. Robinson, a Royce Gracie brown belt has a 8-1 record in MMA. He also has the distinction of acquiring all of his 8 wins by submission. Robinson's BJJ is complimented by wrestling, a sport the young athlete participated in high school and college. He also utilizes a strong knowledge of boxing fundamentals to be a complete fighter. 

Alvin Robinson had the following comments about his fights and opponents of 2006:

"As I look back on my year, I realize that 2006 had a lot of highs and lows. Through it all, I have trained hard,learned from my mistakes, and never given up on my dream of being the best fighter I can be. Though the down times are very hard, I realize that these are the times that teach us the most about ourselves."

12-10-05, RING OF FIRE, Luke Caudillo win - RNC: The year really started for me last Dec. 10 when I fought Luke Caudillo for the ROF Lightweight Title. Leading up to the fight a lot of people were saying that Luke was going to knock me out. The trash talk only motivated me. The night of the fight I felt confident and strong. My game plan was to stand with Luke until he over committed and then take him down and submit him. When the bell rang we met in the center of the ring where I scored an early take down. In Luke's guard I started my ground and pound, when he then surprised me with an attempted armbar. I defended my arm and passed the guard. Then I mounted Luke and started raining down punches. Luke turned over and I slapped a rear naked choke on and he tapped. I was excited and honored to put on the ROF Lightweight title belt.

04-01-06, RING OF FIRE, James martinez, win - triangle: April 1 would be my first title defense at the ROF against James Martinez. This was a fight that I could hardly wait for. James had been really disrespectful and even tried to start a fight with me at an earlier ROF. My strategy for this fight was to dominate James standing then take him down and tap him out. The fight started and James came out and threw a leg kick. He was off balance after the kick so I shot in and took him down. I then passed his guard, knee mounted and started punching. I thought he was going out when my hand got caught in the rope. I stopped and looked up and James rolled me out. From my guard I set James up for a triangle. He tapped out at 1:14 in round 1. I felt like I had taken another step in the right direction.

05-06-06,TKO,Fabio Holanda, loss - tko: My next fight would take place May 5 in Canada. I was fighting for TKO, an organization that had sent several fighters to the UFC. I thought if I did well there, it would lead to a chance in the UFC. This fight had me pumped. Leading up to the fight I was confident and looking to take it to my opponent, Fabio Holanda. When I arrived in Canada my game plan was to dominate Fabio standing up, wear him out, then take him down and submit him on the ground. When the fight started I attempted a high kick then took Fabio down. From there I started my ground and pound. Fabio and I were scrambling from position to position when I took his back. I put on a rear naked choke and it was tight. For whatever reason I was tired and let it go. Fabio and I then began scrambling from position to position to finish the round. In my corner I couldn't figure out why I was tired and I knew Fabio was there to fight. The beginning of the second round I planned on pulling guard and recovering. Fabio stepped over and ended up mounted and my arm was trapped. Fabio then started punching. None of the punches really hurt me but I was unable to defend my face. The ref did his job and stopped the fight. After the fight I was really disappointed, but I wanted to get right back in the ring.

07-22-06, Fight Force, Marshall Martin, win- traingle: On July 22 I returned to the ring to fight Marshall Martin in Butte, Montana. My training for this fight was good and I was anxious to fight. When the fight started I shot in and picked up Marshall. I rushed my finish and missed the takedown. Marshall and I exchanged strikes for most the round. I then took Marshall down passed his guard and put him in an arm triangle. He tapped out 3:54 in round 1. It felt good to be on the winning track again!

09-09-06, IFL, Ryan Schultz, cancelled due to injury: I was then scheduled to fight in the IFL on September 9. My opponent was going to be Ryan Schultz from Team Quest. I felt great about the matchup and was excited to be part of the IFL. Then I injured my back. One of my ribs had become separated, and it was impossible to train. I was very disappointed to have missed this fight, but I was determined to come back stronger than ever.

07-22-06, RING OF FIRE, Rocky Johnson, win- rnc: My last fight in 2006 took place Dec 9 against Rocky Johnson. I was really excited for this fight because Rocky had been telling everyone he wanted to fight me. My training was improving and I felt very confident when the fight arrived.When the bell rang for this fight I was ready to take Rocky out. We met in the middle of the ring and Rocky faked a shot. I threw a high kick and he backed up against the ropes. From there I took him down and started dropping punches and elbows. I went for an armbar , but Rocky defended and rolled into my guard. Rocky stood up and I took him down again. This time I took his back and applied a rear naked choke for the tap in round 1.

This year saw me win my ROF title and successfully defend it twice. I also experienced my first loss. Overall , I felt like I improved a lot and learned from all of my fights. Right now I feel like I get better everyday. I truly believe if I am on my game no one can beat me. I plan on a big year in 2007 and I am willing to fight anyone to show my abilities.

I want to thank John Crouch for all his time, energy, and sacrifice. Thanks to Griff, Liester and all of my training partners that help push me. Thank you Sven for everything you do and have done for me. Also thank you EAS for providing me with all of my supplements.




AMANDA BUCKNER looks back on 2006 


Denver, Colorado

Amanda Buckner has been continuously athletic since a very young age. She starred as point guard on the University of Maine-Farmington’s basketball team for 4 years, but the call of more challenging sports was too hard to ignore. Though her training lineage includes Renzo Gracie, Buckner has been trained largely by Jay Jack, her husband and co-owner of the Academy of Mixed Martial Arts. She’s fought and won in numerous competitions including RING OF FIRE, Smack Girl Japan, MFC, and most recently Bodog Fights. Within her first six months on the competitive circuit, Buckner ranked among the top ten female mixed martial artists in her weight class. Her fighting style is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Freestyle. 

Amanda had the following comments about her fights and opponents of 2006:

12-11-05, Ring of Fire, Shayna Bazler,win - armbar: I had never heard of Shayna before this fight. Fortunately I never take anybody lightly and that proved to be a good decision in this case. Shayna escaped a couple of pretty solid submission attempts early in the fight and I then found myself on the other end of that coin defending a rear naked choke. Near the end of the first round I was able to secure an armbar. This fight was a turning point for me in terms of having to face adversity in a fight but being able to remain calm and come out on top.

2-15-06, Smackgirl Japan, Megumi Yabushiti win - guillotine: I had seen enough tape on Megumi to know that she was tough, played the rules of Smackgirl really well, and had a couple of things she was really good at. My coach developed a gameplan for me that worked perfectly against Megumi and most importantly prevented her from throwing me on my head with her great judo. I was able to secure a guillotine towards the end of the first round.

6-3-06, MFC, Shayna Bazler, win - TKO: I knew this fight was going to be really tough. I knew Shayna would be really fired up to avenge her loss from back in December. Shayna did a great job in this fight of using her height to establish a strong thai clinch and land some really strong knees to my face. My nose was bleeding pretty much from the get go and forget being able to breathe out of it. This fight had pretty much everything except prolonged standing exchanges. I was able to get all of the takedowns but Shayna did a good job getting her full guard back each time. At the end of two rounds the judges had it even which, in the MFC, called for a third round. I was able to come out strong in this round, getting the takedown and staying relentless on the ground until I was able to get dominant position and the TKO. I left this fight knowing that people may not know Shayna yet but they will soon.

8-22-06,BodogFight, Tara LaRosa,loss - rnc: This was probably one of my most heartbreaking fights ever. Everything was perfect for this fight, I had a great training camp, was in great shape and felt good. This was probably one of my best performances to date but when you fight good people you just can't win them all. This fight had everything, standing exchanges, ground work, wrestling. It was one of the best fights that BodogFight has had. The biggest thing I took from this fight was the importance of picking your spots to go hard and the importance of good decision making during a fight. The one things I can say for sure is that I can't wait for the rematch.

12-14-06, Bodog Fight, Julie Kedzie, result:??????? This was my second go-around with the BodogFight TV experience. I definitely felt that knowing what to expect was a great help. My stress level was much lower and I was better able to make sure I wasn't burnt out by fight time. Julie was probably one of the nicest people I've met in the fight game. As for the results.........we'll have to wait and see it on TV.

My main goal for the next year is to really a make a push to get womens fighting acknowledged for the strides we've made. Womens fighting has long since stopped being a sideshow or a cat fight. Unfortunately getting this recognized by people both in the sport and out is easier said than done.

I will be doing two things to do my part in making this happen. I will continue to try and book fights with the best out there. Fighting the toughest fighters brings out the best in me as well as giving the fans fights to remember. I also plan on searching out legitimate businesses that are serious about promoting and supporting a top female fighter. By the end of next year I'm hoping to have a number of great fights under my belt as well as some great sponsors that share my vision for getting women fighters their share of the spotlight.

I have to thank two sponsors that have great products, Sprawl and Lightforce Greens. My largest thanks always has to go to my coach and husband Jay Jack for his continued and unrivaled enthusiasm for my potential as well as the potential of women in the sport. Thanks to Sven Bean for giving me my start in the fight game as well as his continued help and support. Thanks to Amal Easton for helping me get started in BJJ as well as his continued support. Thanks also to all of our students at the Academy of Mixed Martial Arts for their support as well as their patience with our occasional absence due to fights.




STARS TRAINING CENTER - The Blizzard of 2006


Denver/Broomfield, CO




What a difference a day makes!  After two days of record snowfall snow we are finally back to business.  




Stars - News


Stars Training Center

Denver/Broomfield, CO


Congratulations to Pancrase martial artists Jonathan Meketuk (below left) and Thomas Sigler (below right) for their senior-level belt promotions.


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Duane BANG! Ludwig looks back at 2006 


Denver, Colorado

Colorado fighter Duane Ludwig finished his 2006 season off with a BANG! (Pun intentional!) It was a busy year, fighting seven times and going 4 - 2 - 1 overall. His final fight of the year was at the December 8th Strikeforce Triple Threat event in San Jose, CA. Returning to the welterweight class, Ludwig was matched against UFC veteran Tony THE FREAK Fryklund. No small task as Fryklund has been fighting professionally for 10 years and has 20 + fights under his belt. In what was described as a "highlight reel" from beginning to end, BANG! was able to finish the veteran by TKO in the second round.. 

Ludwig's next fight should be at RING OF FIRE 28 in February against an unnamed opponent. But for now Ludwig is home relaxing with his wife and daughter, looking forward to the holidays. He took time out of his very busy schedule of eating candy, waxing his 68 Camaro and walking his Jack Russell terriers to talk about his fights and opponents of 2006:

01-16-06 vs. Jonathon Goulet at UFN 3 (win by KO .11 seconds first round) "That was a great way to start of the year. Fighting on live TV was cool and getting the knockout was even better. Even though they say it was eleven seconds everyone knows it was four.. I should have the record. We talked to Nevada about it but they said there was no way to change it. But to win like that against one of Canada's best fighters was reward enough, but I still want the record!"

02-11-06 vs. Toshikazu Harada at ROF 21 (win by KO 1:44 first round) "I love to fight at home! Fighting on TV or PPV is great, and going to Japan or Vegas is cool but there are no fans like your hometown fans. I always get so pumped up at home, and Ring of Fire is home to me. It is where I started. I actually get mad at my opponent's there . Like they are going to try and beat me in my hometown? It motivates me and I really love to fight for the crowd. Harada was very game, and really tried to stay in the fight, even taunting me at one point. Probably not a great idea on his part. I had a bad showing my last fight at home and I was taking everything out on Harada. I dropped him pretty good with hands and then finished with the knee on the way down. I just remember his nose being pretty jacked up. He is a tough kid though, he'll be back"

05-06-06 vs. Jason Palacious at IFF (win by arm bar at 4:56 first round) "That was a good fight for me. I didn't know much about my opponent going in. Just that he was from Guam and was really strong and aggressive. I was able to work on a lot of techniques in that fight. I felt pretty safe the whole time so I just let things fly. When we hit the ground it felt good too. I was able to work my ground game and get the submission. People still think all I do is kick and punch. I have submission skills too. I also got to fight on the same card as my buddy Pete Spratt. We both won that night so it was cool."

06-09-06 vs. Tyson Griffen at Strikeforce 2 (loss by TKO at 3:57 of first round) "Well sometimes things just suck and that night they did. Tyson was a replacement fighter which messed with me a little bit. I was really flat for that fight and Tyson wasn't. He was pushing the action for sure, but looking back I still think the ref stopped it too early. I'm not saying I would have won or lost that night but I think the ref took away that option from me when he stopped it. My camp is one that doesn't complain too much, but we were all pretty pissed. I remember looking around and all the ringside media was like "what the F&@%". Oh well, the past is the past. Good things happened for Tyson afterwards so that is cool I guess"

08-12-06 vs. Fernando Calleros at K-1 USA (draw third round) "That was my one and only K-1 rules fight this year. I can be a slow starter and in a 3 round fight it can bite you. Fernando rung my bell early in the first, but that was it. I pretty much hit him with everything after that. I was mad at myself for getting caught by a stupid punch. I thought I did enough in two and half rounds to win, but the judges didn't. I mean I really think it was 2 and half rounds to a half a round. I grabbed the microphone and asked the crowd if they wanted to see one more round and they were yelling and screaming, but K-1 wouldn't do it. He was finished. He would've gone down in round four guaranteed. In the end I guess we put on a show, and that is part of the game too. If we ever fight again though, he should bring a pillow."

10-07-06 vs. Josh Tompson at Strikeforce 3 (loss by sub at 4:36 round two) "Josh fought really smart. He stayed away from me on the feet and was always looking to take it down. He had a good game plan. He would throw one or two things and shoot or lock up, never really wanting to just throw down with me. I thought I was doing pretty good with him the ground, and even got his back and a rear naked choke in the first. Going in to round two I felt really good and wasn't afraid to stand or hit the ground with him. It was a pretty good scrap. I was actually having fun in there with him. He eventually put me in a bad position against the fence and I couldn't back out of the choke. It was his night, but he is a guy I would fight again. Josh is a fighter that motivates you to train. I need that. Fighters like that make it fun. I would love to fight him again, but I'm back fighting at 170 so who knows"

12-08-06 vs. Tony Fryklund at Strikeforce 4 (win by TKO at 3:02 round two) "This fight was a bit of redemption for me. Not against Fryklund or anything, more against the pressure I had put on myself. I went into it knowing that I was a pivotal point and needed a good solid win. Everything was working. I had a good camp leading up to it. I didn't have to kill myself cutting weight. I still had to cut like 7 pounds to make 170! I felt really, really strong and just as fast. I will say this, Fryklund is a stud. He took a lot of damage and kept coming. I hit him with things that I have put other fighters to sleep with. He was game and I respect that a lot. But I was just really on, and everything was working. It was like I went up and down all year but finally found my groove. I was really happy to be able to win, but also to win in a way that everyone expects when they see BANG fight. What can I say? Muay Thai ain't pretty. Ha ha sorry, that's an old inside joke in my camp"

"There were a lot of people that helped me this past year and I can't thank them enough. My wife for being there, and my daughter for just being so damn cute. She is an inspiration. I have to thank Bas as always. My muay thai coach Christian Allen. My MMA coach Nate Marquardt, and my boxing coach Trevor Wittman. All the various training partners over the year and that is just too many to list! I had good sponsorship throughout the year which helped a lot. A lot of them have been with me for a while like Brothers BBQ, GLC 2000, Connected Networks and Profile, so thank you for that. This was my first year with Sinister and TapouT, and they were great. Locally Mastiff Home Loans and Castle Pines Auto Sport stepped up this year. And nationally my newest sponsor Ultimate VIP Club really helped me between fights.

Ludwig added this final thought: "Well, I start off the year back at Ring Of Fire on a big show at home. I don't know who I am fighting yet, and I don't care. Just that it is at home is motivation enough. I'll start training camp right after the New Year and be ready to put on a show. From there, who knows? I have always wanted to fight in Holland, so maybe we can get that done this year. My manager Boogie (Sven Bean) has kept me real busy and the sport is huge now so we will see what comes our way. I know that this will be my biggest year yet and I am ready for it!"




Ring of Fire 27: Collision Course Full Review....


Denver/Broomfield, Colorado
By Jesse Cohen

Christmas came early for the thousands of fans that packed Douglas County Event Center. With eleven fights on the card, including two championships on the line and the Ring of Fire debut for a UFC veteran, it was obvious that promoter Sven Bean was playing Santa Claus to devoted Colorado mixed martial arts fans. Without one dull moment in the ring, the Ring of Fire proved again that it is one of the best fight organizations in the world.  

Fight #1: Kenny May vs. Sean Doherty, 145 pound bout
If you arrived more than a minute late to the arena, you missed the first fight. The fighters started exchanging strikes, with Doherty landing some nice kicks to the body. After a flurry of fists in the corner thrown by both fighters, May caught Doherty on the button and put him to sleep just 36 seconds into round one.

Winner by KO at 0:36 of Round 1: Kenny May

Fight #2: Brad Champlain vs. Jeremy Malaterre, 170 pound bout
Round 1-After a short feeling out process, the fight quickly went to the ground, with Malaterre taking top position, and working his ground and pound. Champlain had some impressive submission attempts from the bottom, but couldn’t overcome Malaterre’s strength. The crowd went crazy from the grappling clinic put on by both fighters, both of whom had great chances to grab victory. Because he was able to secure top position most of the round, I gave Malaterre the round 10-9.

Round 2-More exciting than the first round, Champlain quickly gets the mount. Malaterre survives the position for a good 90 seconds, before giving up his back. Before Champlain can get his hooks in, Malaterre reverses position and gets in mount, and eventually takes Champlain’s back. Not able to secure a rear naked choke, the round ends, with a tie score from me, and an even crazier crowd.

Round 3-Champlain wastes no time taking Malaterre down, but Malaterre quickly takes the top position in Champlain’s guard. Working from the bottom, Champlain is able to secure an armbar for the win in a classic ROF battle.

Winner by submission via armbar at 0:59 of round three: Brad Champlain

Fight 3: Marc Grow vs. Ken Seegrist, 205 pound bout
Seegrist immediately lands some impressive punches, but Grow takes control with a body takedown. They soon jump to their feet, where both fighters start throwing strikes. Seegrist connects and Grow is knocked down. Though Grow seemed to recover quickly, the ref jumped in to stop the fight (prematurely, according to Grow’s corner and many fans) just 33 seconds into the first round.

Winner by KO at 0:33 of round one: Ken Seegrist

Fight 4: Ben Henderson vs. Chad Klingensmith, 170 pound bout
Round 1-Henderson’s unorthodox standup left him open to punishment, as he absorbed numerous punches and kicks from Klingensmith through the entire round. However, Henderson showed some outstanding toughness, as he didn’t seem to flinch, even after Klingensmith landed hard punches to the head. Henderson was able to land a few strikes and showed great takedown defense, but I gave the round to Klingensmith 10-8.

Round 2-Klingensmith recovered from catching a finger to the eye early in the round. The two fighters traded strikes throughout an action-filled round. Both fighters landed punches, kicks, and knees to the head that would put a normal person to sleep. However, with the damage that these fighters were putting on each other, it was only a matter of time before someone was knocked out. Sure enough, Klingensmith landed a hook to Henderson’s chin at the 1:47 mark, sending a dazed Henderson to the mat. This fight was a battle of heart, as these are two of the toughest fighters I have ever seen; no weak chins here!

Winner by KO at 1:47 of round two: Chad Klingensmith

Fight 5: Tyler Toner vs. Joey Jesser for the 145 pound Young Gun belt
Round 1-The fighters started off on their feet, but quickly took it to the ground. A great display of jiu-jitsu and constant position change, Toner squeaks out of the first round leading 10-9. Without taking anything away from Jesser’s stellar round, Toner showed a bit more aggression and had better positioning on the ground.

Round 2-Another thrilling round, with the fight immediately going to the ground, and Jesser taking the dominant position. After the ref had both fighters go to their feet, Jesser rocked Toner with a right hook, and landed a great single leg take down, taking the top position while Toner worked from various guards to slow down the aggressive Jesser. I give this round to Jesser, 10-9.
Round 3-Once again, Jesser moved the fight to the ground and secured top position. Toner worked submissions from the ground, landing a near omoplata and armbar, before securing on a tight triangle. Jesser was bound in Toner’s triangle for a good minute, but demonstrated his toughness by not tapping out. The arena was shaking from the crowd noise, and rightfully so, as this fight was full of fast action, snappy stand-up, and strong ground moves.  I gave the round to Toner 10-9.

Winner by Split decision: Tyler Toner, Toner crowned 145 lb Young Gun Champion

Fight 6: Justin Salas vs. Kris Hartman, 170 pound bout
Round 1-The fighters decided to keep this fight on their feet. Though Hartman showed great takedown defense and a granite chin, he was not able to land many shots, and took a beating. Salas showed fine stand up boxing style, landing hands to Hartman’s face, and an impressive ability in the clinch, landing some devastating knees. Salas went up 10-8 on my scorecard.

Round 2-Aware of Hartman’s incredible toughness, Salas takes the fight to the ground, works his ground and pound on Hartman. Hartman responded with some nice striking from the bottom, landing a few elbows and up-kicks, but it wasn’t enough to slow Salas. Round goes to Salas 10-8.

Winner by unanimous decision: Justin Salas

Fight 7: John Dodson vs. Clint Godfrey, 135 pound bout
Round 1-Exciting is the only way to describe these lightweights. The first 20 seconds saw two flying knees by Dodson and two superman punches by Godfrey. When was the last time you saw that in a heavyweight battle? Dodson gets the takedown and top position, but isn’t able to do anything for a few minutes as Godfrey works various leg locks from the bottom. Dodson finally gets a good position and uses his ground and pound to escape with a 10-9 lead in round one.

Round 2-Godfrey looks fatigued, so Dodson takes advantage by taking the fight to the ground and once again using his superior ground and pound to win round two 10-9. Though he attempted submissions from the bottom, Godfrey did not have enough gas in the tank to get through this round successfully.
Winner by unanimous decision: John Dodson

Fight 8: Matthew Monachy vs. Andre Walker: 200 pound K-1 rules bout
Round 1-The first and only kickboxing match on the card featured local kickboxer Andre Walker taking on Australian superstar Matthew Monachy. The Australian landed some heavy kicks, but the larger Walker was too much for him to handle. Monachy avoided significant damage the first time Walker boxed him in a corner and landed numerous punches. A few seconds later, Walker backed Monachy into the same corner, and landed punch after punch while Monachy had no other response but cover until the ref stepped in a little under the two minute mark. Monachy showed his warrior spirit walking away almost unharmed, despite eating numerous punches from the much larger Walker.

Winner by TKO at 1:58 of the first round: Andre Walker

Fight 9: Mark Hominick vs. Doug Edwards: 145 pound bout
Round 1-Though Edwards was able to land some good leg shots on Hominick, the UFC veteran and world-class kickboxer Hominick showed his superior striking skills. Hominick bobbed and weaved, avoiding serious damage, while landing punches and kicks on the taller Edwards. Hominick’s movement in the ring reminded me of Muhammed Ali, and Hominick took the round 10-9.
Round 2-The first part of the round mirrored the previous five minutes, with Edwards keeping Hominick at bay with defensive leg kicks while Hominick danced around the ring landing punch and kick combinations. With the fighters tangled in the corner, they fell to the ground landing in Edwards’ half guard, where Hominick wasted no time taking Edwards’ back and sinking in a rear naked choke as the round ended.

Winner by submission via rear naked choke at 4:08 of round two: Mark Hominick

Fight 10: Dan Green vs. Eliot Marshall, 205 pound bout
Round 1-Marshall, a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu fighter, shot in for a single leg takedown as soon as the fighters squared up. His shot took Green by surprise, as Marshall landed in Green’s half guard, and soon secured a side mount. Marshall then dropped several hammerfists and elbows onto Green, allowing him to distract Green enough to take full mount. Green gave Marshall his back, and tapped out when Marshall locked in a rear-naked choke in the first minute.
Winner by submission via rear naked choke at 0:46 of round one: Eliot Marshall 

*It should be known that Green took this fight on just a week’s notice

Fight 11: MAIN EVENT for the 155 pound title: Alvin Robinson vs. Rocky Johnson
Round 1: After a few punches and kicks had been traded, both fighters try to secure positioning for a body takedown. They break, and Robinson takes a long shot, securing a double leg takedown that sends both fighters to the canvas. Robinson quickly takes the mount, and swings his leg across to fall into position for an armbar. Johnson escapes the submission attempt, but Robinson quickly regains control on Johnson’s back. With hooks set in on Johnson’s legs, Robinson is able to work for Johnson’s neck, and locks in the rear naked choke for the win.
Winner by submission via rear naked choke at 2:27 of round one, and still 155 pound champion: Alvin Robinson.


Here are my awards from a great night of Mixed Martial Arts:
Submission of the night: Brad Champlain’s armbar on Jeremy Malaterre
Knockout of the night: Kenny May’s right hook to Sean Doherty’s chin in the first minute of the first fight.
Entrance of the night: John Dodson’s sprint to the ring, followed by a back flip off of the ropes. Runner up: Ken Seegrist playing air guitar to Jimi Hendrix
Fight of the night:  I actually had two fights of the night. The Malaterre/Champlain fight was incredibly intense with a super finish. The Jesser/Toner fight had the crowd rocking, and ended with an intense split decision.




Why MMA Is The Sport Of The Future, by Stephen Quadros


Denver/Broomfield, CO

From the "Fighter Professor 


Originally conceived to settle the now obsolete debate of which martial arts style is “the best,” the sport of mixed martial arts (MMA) has come a long way. Moving past the linear myopia of ‘style vs. style’ that has held the martial arts back for centuries, MMA now represents the epitome of athletic competition the way its original rough draft, the ancient sport of Pankration, intended it to be. 

The term Pankration comes from the Greek words “pan,” meaning “all,” and “kratos," which is translated to mean “power.” In other words, no holds barred. Originally introduced into the Greek Olympic games in 648 B.C., Pankration included striking and grappling. The results of the early Pankration bouts were grave and sometimes life threatening, mainly because there were no weight divisions and only two rules: no biting or eye gouging. There were no time limits and although knockouts were common, most matches were decided on the ground by striking or submission holds.

But today’s mixed martial arts competition contains only a remnant of the potential physical risk of the original Pankration. Through the work of state athletic commissions and high level fight organizations like the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and the International Fight League (IFL), the sport now has a safe and sane semblance of rules that guarantee maximum spectator excitement with minimal damage to the athletes, compared to its early manifestations.

The 21st century has seen a significant growth in popularity for MMA, which could accurately be characterized as an explosion. Every major country now has both live and televised mixed martial arts competition events: England, Japan, USA, Canada, Brazil, Russia, etc. Television numbers in Japan and America, the world’s two leading markets, verify that the sport has arrived in the mainstream. Where boxing and professional wrestling formerly ruled the consciousness of the person who sought combat oriented entertainment, MMA has risen to the forefront to challenge both these institutions.

So what makes the sport of MMA so compelling?

The representation of the fighters on television as human beings with senses of humor, with quirks, and with a variety of personality types. One thing that has been proven over and over again in recent times is that the public wants “reality.” Of course that term inspires debate as to its true meaning and validity, but one thing cannot be agued: people want to know as much about the actual person as they do about which techniques he uses to win a match.

The level of athleticism in mixed martial arts has risen to rival that of ANY sport, whether it is basketball, soccer or tennis. MMA fighters have to be in peak physical condition to be taken seriously. Cardiovascular, strength, and flexibility training are now mandatory for any athlete who hopes to be successful. And it is an upward spiral that sees no end in sight. Each year new breakthroughs in training create further advancements in the realm of expanding the body’s capabilities. The irrefutable fact for today’s fighter is that physical conditioning is equally as important as technical skill.

Fighting prowess is the obvious top dog when it comes to analyzing why people are now drawn to the sport of mixed martial arts. 20 years ago, Mike Tyson was reputed to be the “baddest man on the planet.” Therefore, in the public’s mind boxing was revered to be the ultimate combat sport format to settle the question of who was the best fighter in the world. But when the UFC first started in 1993, it planted the seed to change this perception. Now MMA rivals boxing as the THE number one setting to produce the world’s best fighter(s). And besides the conditioning aspect, the technique involved in mixed martial arts is staggering and open-ended. A fighter must know how to apply and defend against boxing, kickboxing, Muay Thai, Karate, wrestling (freestyle and Greco Roman), judo, jiu-jitsu and more. There are so many ways to win in MMA that the outcome is truly unpredictable at times. And if a fighter is overwhelmed and feels he cannot continue, for any reason, he can honorably forfeit the match, or “submit” as it is referred to, by tapping out.

Change does not come easy for any idea that looks to alter or challenge an established routine. But MMA has been in the North American public consciousness for over a decade now and like boxing, which evolved from back alley brawls to an Olympic sport and a worldwide television success, mixed martial arts has already proven itself to be the sport of the present…and of the future. 




STRIKEFORCE - Three New Champions Crowned

Ludwig wins!

HP Pavilion 
San Jose, CA
Attendance: 8701

Cung Le defeated Jason Von Flue by TKO (doctor stoppage from cut) at :42 of rd 1.

Josh “The Punk” Thomson wins a unanimous decision over Nam Pha and becomes the Lightweight Champion. 


Gina Carrano defeated Elina Maxwell by unanimous decision.


Bobby Southworth defeated Vernon “Tiger” White by decision and becomes the Light Heavyweight Champion.


Duane “Bang” Ludwig defeated Tony “The Freak” Fryklund by TKO 3:37 of rd 2.


Eugene Jackson defeated Ronald Jhun by rear naked choke at 2:01 of rd 1.  Jackson becomes the Middleweight Champion.


Paul Buentello defeated Ruben “Warpath” Villreal by TKO at 3:56 of rd 2.


Daniel Puder defeated Mike Cook by rear naked choke at 2:31 of rd 2..


Rex Richards defeated Kyle Levition by keylock submission at 2:02 of rd 1.


David Smith defeated Sean Basset by TKO at 1:36 of rd 3.


Scott Graham defeated Drew Dimanlig by unanimous decision.

Anthony Figueroa defeated David Barrios by unanimous decision.

Raul Castillo defeated  Andrew Montanez by TKO at 2:10 of rd 1.

Frank Shamrock announced that he will fight Phil Baroni at the next Strikeforce in April. 






Denver, Colorado


Event date: Saturday, December 9th, 2006 
Douglas County Event Center, Castle Rock, CO 
Doors at 6:30 pm, First bell 7:30 pm 

Tickets available at all King Soopers locations,online at, charge by phone at 866-464-2626 As always if you want to see the show in style, 8 person catered VIP table can be purchased by calling 303-246-5237. Don't miss the last ROF event of 2006!

RING OF FIRE promoter Sven BOOGIE Bean has released the full card for the 27th edition of RING OF FIRE CHAMPIONSHIP FIGHTING. The event dubbed "COLLISION COURSE" is aptly named. The main event features a match up between two of the most dominant 155lb fighters on the promotion's roster.

Champion Alvin KID Robinson puts his belt on the line one more time as he faces Greco wrestler Rocky Johnson. Robinson recently had a short stint with the IFL, until a back injury pulled him from competition. He returns 100% physically and wants to show the fans exactly why he is undefeated in ROF competition. Robinson, a Royce Gracie brown belt brings a 7-1 record to the ring and has the distinction of acquiring all of his 7 wins by submission. Robinson's BJJ is complimented by wrestling, a sport the young athlete participated in high school and college. He also utilizes a strong knowledge of boxing fundamentals to be a complete fighter. Johnson's style has a foundation in Greco Roman wrestling. He has found a mentor and coach in World Champion fighter Clarence Thatch. Thatch is known for producing some of the best strikers in the region and has rounded out Johnson's style. The combination has worked for the Elizabeth, CO fighter as he has compiled a 7-4 record along the way. Johnson moved in title contention after his last ROF appearance with a submission victory over Olympic judo competitor Ali Abdelaziz.

The event also marks the ROF debut of Canadian Mark The Machine Hominick. Hominick has terrorized the Canadian scene for the last few years becoming TKO World Champion an unprecedented 7 times. The TEAM TOMPKINS standout has amassed an impressive 12-5 record in MMA. He also is a two time UFC veteran racking up wins against Yves Edwards and Jorge Gurgel. Hominick's style is based on his Muay Thai background in which he was also Canadian amateur champion. This could prove to be a great match up stylistically has his opponent is also a muay thai fighter. Team Janjira fighter, Douglas Edwards, hails from Wichita, Kansas. He has a respectable 4-2 MMA record. He is no stranger to competition where his double digit record earned him a fight against living legend Baxter "The One Armed Bandit" Humby. Edwards has worked his ground skills with MMA/Grappler Eric Payne, and currently holds a Blue Belt in BJJ. Edwards recently returned to Kansas after living in Atlanta where he trained with Manu N'toh. Combining the teachings of Janjira, N'Toh, and Payne has made him a very dangerous and versatile fighter. Edwards realizes that a victory here will jump start his career and feels confident that he matches very well with the Canadian.

ROF 27 also features the return of BJJ Black Belt Eliot Marshall. Marshall hails from Boulder, CO and is quite well known on the grappling circuit. He is a multiple champion in grappling and so far has transitioned well into MMA, remaining undefeated at 2-0. Marshall was originally scheduled to face Muay Thai world Champion Jeff Ford, but Ford withdrew from competition citing business conflicts. Calls were made to multiple camps looking for a replacement, and Muay Thai fighter Dan Green of American Fork, Utah agreed to the match. Green's last appearance at ROF was under K-1 rules, where his victory earned him a spot at the K-1 USA show in Las Vegas. Green is a well conditioned athlete who has a very aggressive style. While he is veteran of over twenty K-1 style bouts, Green is making his MMA debut. The 205 lb division is one of the hottest and most lucrative in the industry and both fighters are trying to work their way in to the big leagues.

The ROF 27 card will also be highlighted by a K-1 Rules match. K-1 USA veteran Andre The Silencer Walker will compete against Australia's Michael Monachy. Walker will need to shake any off ring rust qucikly as his opponent has cut his teeth on the ultra tough south pacific circuit.

Rounding out the feature bouts are matches at the 135 and 145 weight limits. South Dakota's Clint Godfrey returns to ROF for a second time as he faces New Mexico fighter John THE MAGICIAN Dodson. Godfrey has the "work horse" mentality in the ring and is competent at all ranges. His fighting his reminiscent of a Pat Militech style and boasts a 5-1 record. His opponent can only be described as the Sakuraba of his division. Flips, spins, cartwheels and smiles are all part of Dodson's arsenal. ROF boasts a super strong 135 division and the winner here will go on to face Nick Mamalis in February for the number one ranking.

If all of this weren't enough the top two up and coming 145 lb fighters on the promotion's roster will battle for the YOUNG GUNS Title belt. Boulder's Tyler Toner will go head to head with Loveland's Joey Jesser. Both fighters are undefeated at 4-0 and 3-0 respectively, and both fighter list BJJ as there base style. Toner is under the Renzo Gracie system, while Jesser flies the Royce Gracie banner. Both guys have what it takes to win, solid ground, solid stand up, and solid conditioning. This one will come down to who has the stronger will to win in one of the most evenly matched bouts in the promotion's history.

Fight card:
Main Event, 155 lb Championship: Alvin Robinson (CO) vs. Rocky Johnson (CO) 
Feature Match 205 lbs: Eliot Marshall (CO) vs. Dan Green (UT) 
Feature Match 145 lbs: Mark Hominick (ONT) vs. Douglas Edwards (KS) 
Feature Match 135 lbs: John Dodson (NM) vs. Clint Godfrey (SD) 
Feature Match 200 lbs K-1 Rules: Andre Walker (CO) vs. Michael Monachy (AUS) 
145 lb Young Guns Title: Tyler Toner (CO) vs. Joe Jesser (CO) 
Feature Match 170 lbs: Kris Harrison (CO) vs. Justin Salas (WY) 
170 lbs MMA: Chad Kligensmith (CO) vs. Ben Henderson (NE) 
205 lbs MMA: Ken Seegrist (CO) vs. Marc Grow (UT) 
155 lbs MMA: Eric Fagyas (CO) vs. Brian Box (CO) 
170 lbs MMA: Jeremy Malaterry (CO) vs. Brad Champlain (CO) 
145 lbs MMA: Kenny May (CO) vs. Sean Doherty (CO)


RING OF FIRE is one the top MMA promotions in the United States. ROF has promoted sold out events in multiple states for the past 6 years. ROF was the very first officially sanctioned MMA event in the state of Colorado. The promotion has a reputation of being a launch pad for athletes in the sport. ROF athletes have gone on to compete in the top fight organizations around the world.





RING OF FIRE announces European Division


Denver, Colorado


ROF promoter Sven Bean officially announced today the debut of the European branch of the popular fight promotion. RING OF FIRE EUROPE will be headquartered in Belgrade, Serbia. Mr.Djordje Vlajic of Belgrade has been appointed Head of Operations for the European division. 

"Combat sports are popular world wide, and I am extremely excited about bringing RING OF FIRE to Europe. Djordje and I have been in negotiations for the better part of a year and the time has finally arrived! Djordje has done a tremendous job getting the first event organized and I think the fans are in for a treat. I am very impressed with the high level of talent that is involved for the first event. We plan on doing 2-3 shows a year in Europe, and I also plan on bringing a TEAM ROF EUROPE to come to America and face TEAM ROF USA in 2007."

On Sunday, December 3rd, Fighters from 6 different countries will converge on the prestigious Hyatt Regency Grand Ballroom. The European versions of both Playboy and Maxim will be on hand to cover the evening, and the event will also be filmed for broadcast by the local media. 
Fight Card:

MMA 85 Kg: Dado Mihajlovic (Serbia) - Denis Marjanovic (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

MMA Super Heavy Weight: Bojan Mihajlovic (Serbia) - Sebastian Kurina (Hungary)

K-1 Rules 63 Kg: Sreten Miletic (Serbia) - Gojko Vukovic (Serbia)

K-1 Rules 83 Kg: Drazenko Ninic (Bosnia and Herzegovina) - Dimitar Iliev (Bulgaria)

World Pro WAKO Champion Thai Box Balkans Champion, K-1 Rules 91 Kg: Dejan Milosavljevic (Serbia) - Georgi Buhov (Bulgaria)

World Wako Amateur Champ Balkans Bronze Medalist, K-1 Rules 91+ Kg: Dragan Gagi Jovanovic (Serbia) - Marin Dosen (Croatia) K-1 Veteran Bronze medalist. 




BODOG FIGHT - USA vs. Russia - Results

PNE Agrodome 

Vancouver, B.C.

Roger Gracie defeated Ron Waterman by armbar at 3:38 of rd 1.
Eric Pele defeated Antonio Silva by TKO from strikes at 2:40 of rd 1.

USA vs. Russia:
Trevor Prangley (USA) defeated Andrei Semenov (Russia) by unanimous decision.
Mario Rinaldi (USA) defeated Sergei Kaznovsky (Russia) by unanimous decision.
Chael Sonnen (USA) defeated Alexey Oleinik (Russia) by unanimous decision.
Tara Larosa (USA) defeated Julia Berezekova (Russia) by armbar at 1:28 of rd 2.
Nick Thompson (USA) defeated Ansar Chalangov (Russia) by rear naked choke at 4:59 of rd 1.
Vladimir Zenin (Russia) defeated Nick Agallar (USA) by TKO from strikes at 4:26 of rd 1.
Erik Oganov (Russia) defeated Keith Wisniewski (USA) by split decision.
Michael Patt (USA) defeated Martin Malkhasyan (Russia) by split decision.

Elite Fights:
Eddie Alvarez defeated Aaron Riley by KO in rd 1.
Todd Gouwenberg defeated Ron Faircloth by KO in rd 1.
Rob Velek defeated Tim Smith by TKO in rd 1.




Roger Gracie makes MMA debut vs. Ron Waterman 


Denver, Colorado

Roger Gracie of the famed Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Gracie family makes his mixed martial arts (MMA) debut against ex-WWE superstar Ron Waterman at BodogFight's spectacular pay-per-view event at Vancouver's PNE Agrodome on Saturday, December 2. This headline Superfight will stamp Vancouver as an elite MMA destination city alongside Tokyo and Las Vegas. 

"Bringing Roger Gracie and his family's tradition to Vancouver marks a new era in sports entertainment," says Entertainment Founder Calvin Ayre, whose company recently announced plans for international expansion into the European and Asian markets. "MMA is one of the world's fastest growing spectator sports and BodogFight is holding its promise to deliver fans incredible matchups." 

Roger Gracie is a highly decorated Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioner and son of Reyla Gracie, the daughter of Carlos Gracie and Mauricio Motta Gomes. Carlos Gracie was co-founder of the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) discipline and Mauricio Motta Gomes holds a seventh degree BJJ black belt and is one of the sport's foremost authorities. With such pedigree, it's easy to understand why this debut carries such significance in the MMA world. The Gracie fighting heritage, which spans five generations, has fallen from the top ranks of the fighting world because the spotlight has been seized by a succession of American wrestlers and hybridized MMA competitors. However, 24-year-old phenom Roger is the great hope for the Gracie family to reclaim prominence in the sport in the 21st century. 

Gracie isn't shy about his chances Saturday, proclaiming in a recently published Bodog Nation article that he will submit Waterman, a 13-year veteran in the sport. "I know my physical conditioning is better than his, so it'll be in the first or second round, maximum," Gracie predicted, sparking a war of words.


BodogFight: Season I culminates Saturday with a spectacular fight card featuring the eight Team USA vs. Russia matches, three incredible Superfights headlined by Gracie's MMA debut and two undercard bouts guaranteed to provide heavy-handed stand-up action. 




ULTIMATE FIGHTER 4 Finale - Live results from Las Vegas


Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Las Vegas, Nevada 


Preliminary Bouts:

Martin Kampmann defeats Thales Leites by unanimous  decision.
Charles McCarthy defeats Gideon Ray by armbar at 4:43 of rd 1.

Scott Smith defeats Pete Sell by KO at 3:25 of rd 2.
Pete Spratt defeats Jeremy Jackson by TKO (Jackson tapout due to neck injury) at 1:11 of rd 2.


Main bouts:

Jorge Rivera defeats Edwin Dewees by TKO from punches at 2:38 of rd 1.

Din Thomas defeats Rich Clementi by rear naked choke at 1:50 of rd 2.

TUF 4 Middleweight Champion: Travis Lutter defeats Patrick Cote by arm bar at 2:18 of rd 1.
TUF 4 Welterweight Champion: Matt Serra defeats Chris Lytle by split decision after 3 rds.






Denver, Colorado


Tickets for the ROF 27: COLLISON COURSE event go on sale this Tuesday. The full card will be released shortly, but currently the main event will feature Alvin KID Robinson defending his 155 championship belt. 

In the light heavyweight division BJJ black belt Eliot Marshall takes on K-1 veteran and Muay Thai World Champion Jeff Ford. At light weight two of ROF's work horses will finally meet as Colorado's Rocky Johnson locks up with Nebraska's Luke LIL HULK Caudillo. In K-1 Heavyweight action Andre THE SILENCER Walker returns to the ring after a long lay off. Capping off the undercard will be the 145 lb Young Guns Championship. Two of the most popular fighters on the circuit will meet for the belt, as Ft.Collins Joe Jesser (4-0) faces Boulder's Tyler Toner (3-0).

And as if that was not enough, ROF raises the bar again when it bring's UFC veteran Mark THE MACHINE Hominick to Colorado for the first time in a Superfight. Hominick is 7 time TKO World Champion, Canada's largest MMA event. Earlier this year THE MACHINE made his UFC debut, where he shocked the MMA world by finishing top ten fighter Yves Edwards at UFC 58. The exciting Canadian fighter is a product of Shawn Tompkins who has coached fighters that have been victorious in UFC, PRIDE, K-1, IFL, KOTC and Shoot Boxing Japan.




SPIKE TV presents ULTIMATE FIGHTER 4 - Fight card

Event date: Saturday, November 11, 2006

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Las Vegas, Nevada

Fight Card 

Televised Bouts
170 lbs -
Chris Lytle vs. Matt Serra
205 lbs - Eric Schafer vs. Michael Bisping
155 lbs - Rich Clementi Vs. Din Thomas

Preliminary Bouts
170 lbs - Jeremy Jackson vs. Pete Spratt
185 lbs - Scott Smith vs. Pete Sell
185 lbs - Gideon Ray vs. Charles McCarthy
185 lbs - Thales Leites vs. Martin Kampmann



ADCC 2007 World Submission Wrestling Championship Trails - Results

Wayne, NJ

Men's Lightweight (65 kgs and under):
1st Place: Simpson Go (Cobra Kai)
2nd Place: Jeff Glover (Paragon Jiu Jitsu)

Men's Welterweight (66-76 kg):
1st Place: Mark Bocek (Nova Uniao-Canada)
2nd Place: Mike Fowler (Lloyd Irvin)

Men's Cruiserweight (77-87 kg):
1st Place: Chris Moriarty (Alliance)
2nd Place: Rick Macauley (Team Balance/Hassett's)

Men's Light-Heavy (88-98 kg):
1st Place: Misha Cirkunov (Cobra Kai-Canada)
2nd Place:
Eliot Marshall (Amal Easton/Renzo Gracie)

Men's Superweight (99 kg and over):
1st Place: Mario Rinaldi (American Top Team)
2nd Place: Roy Nelson (Xyience Center-Las Vegas)

Women's Flyweight (55 kgs and below):
1st Place; Felicia Oh (Jean Jacques Machado/10th Planet)
2nd Place: Yael Young (Canada Representative)

Women's Light (55-60 kg):
1st Place: Cassandra Rivers-Blaso
2nd Place: Laura D'Auguste (Tiger Shulman)

Women's Middleweight (60-67 kg):
1st Place: Kelly Paul (Ralph Gracie)
2nd Place: Emily Kwok (Ricardo Almeida/Renzo Gracie)

Women's Heavyweight (67 kg and over):
1st Place: Celita Schutz (Performance/RGDA)
2nd Place: Olga Bakalopoulos (Canada)