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  • WI MMA Today Features Charles Hanson vs. Craig Eckelberg Title Fight, Anthony Pettis and Sergio Pettis Technique of the Week

    Two of Wisconsin's top amateur fighters are featured on this week's edition of WI MMA Today as the North American Fighting Championship's defending welterweight champion squares off against top contender Craig Eckelberg. As well, superstar mixed martial artists Anthony Pettis and Sergio Pettis demonstrate the WI MMA Today Technique of the Week. Make sure to check out one of the most exciting episodes to date of the program designed to showcase combative sports within Wisconsin.
  • Ben Askren vs. Karl Amoussou at Bellator 86 Features Two Drastically Different Styles

    The game plans will be very different when Bellator Fighting Championships welterweight champion Ben Askren and Season 6 champion Karl Amoussou meet at Bellator 86 on January 24 live on Spike TV. But what won't be different is both men's desire to compete and excel once the cage door closes inside the WinStar World Casino in Thackerville, Oklahoma. The level of competition on that night should be remarkable. Askren, a former Olympic wrestler who has gone undefeated over the first ten fights of his mixed martial arts career, is known as much for his constant work ethic as much his trademark "Funky" wrestling style.
  • XFC 21: Corey Hill and Ryan Thomas are Eerily Even Entering Welterweight Showdown

    Xtreme Fighting Championship has announced that welterweight Corey "The Real Deal" Hill will be fighting Ryan Thomas in the co-main Event of XFC 21: Night of Champions II live on AXStv. Hill comes into the bout with a 3-1 record through his last four fights and has finished his two most recent opponents in the first round. Hill is part of the growing XFC 170-pound division and after a string of unlucky events that included an injury and then a last minute opponent drop, Hill will return to the promotion's cage on December 7 for the final XFC event of 2012. As is standard for XFC fighters, Hill gets a difficult opponent who is eerily similar in many ways, when he fights the 1...
  • Sam Alvey's TUF Blog: Mike Ricci and Jon Manley Earn Victories

    Hello again to everyone that reads these wonderfully written, behind the Ultimate Fighter scenes exclusives with me Smile'N Sam Alvey. This week's episode led off with the two nicest guys in the house squaring off in the octagon Jon Manly and Joe Rivera. Let me tell you, both of these guys really didn't want to fight each other. Jon had a ton of respect for Joey, and Joey knew how good Jon's ground game was, and this led to a fight that Dana was not to impressed with but Jon did pull out the win and will be moving onto the semi finals. The build up for the fight between the Canadians was a little bigger and the fight a little faster paced. Hill and Ricci were "budd...
  • Tyler Hellenbrand and Rob Couillard Square Off in a Madtown Throwdown 29 Battle of Prospects

    Two of Wisconsin's brightest lightweight prospects are set to clash when undefeated Tyler Hellenbrand squares off against Rob Couillard at Madtown Throwdown 29 on January 5. Hellenbrand and Couillard – ranked number one and two in the state's lightweight rankings, respectively – both enter the intriguing bout hoping to secure another victory and increase their stock on both the local and national scene. Fighting out of the gritty Chosen Few camp, Hellenbrand has shown glimpses of stardom dating back to his days as an amateur. Since turning professional in January of 2011, Hellenbrand has gone undefeated over the first five fights of his career.
  • XFC 21: Ryan Thomas and Corey Hill Collide in Intriguing Co-Main Event

    XFC officials announced the co-main event of the second Night of Champions event as a welterweight bout between two XFC vets, Corey "The Real Deal" Hill and Ryan "The Tank Engine" Thomas. Set for December 7 and broadcasting live from Nashville on Axstv, the bout has been added to the already stacked line up that also features a Lightweight Championship bout between Eric Reynolds and Nick Newell, Females Stephanie Eggink vs Heather Clark, as well as Open Fighter Tryout winner Jason Hicks vs recent signee Kevin Forant. Corey Hill was last seen in the XFC cage in December of 2011 when he defeated fellow TUF veteran Charlie Rader with a first round Brabo choke. Hill followe...
  • Watch WI MMA Today Premiere Episode Here (VIDEO)

    Amateur mixed martial arts reached a brand new audience this weekend as the new combative sports themed "WI MMA Today" television program debuted on WCGV My24 throughout Milwaukee households. Focusing primarily on the recent North American Fighting Championship "Armageddon" card that took place at Wisconsin State Fair earlier this month, the new show featured a handful of bouts as well as an informative technique segment featuring Anthony Pettis and Duke Roufus. Make sure to watch the complete version of the inaugural episode below and catch new episodes each Saturday night on My24 Milwaukee or online every Monday through the youtube page of WI MMA Today.
  • Sam Alvey's TUF Blog: The Semifinals Matched

    So this week's episode started with an explanation from Mr. Snake about his bite heard around the world. He came back stage after the fight and told all of us "I may be a piece of Sh!t for it but I bit him and I did it intentional, I just really didn't want to lose." We all thought it was a weird thing to do but none of us really faulted him for doing it. However, Dana did. Dana was furious that someone would stoop so low as to cheat like that on his show, but he did give Snake the chance to explain himself and Snake told him the same thing he told us. Dana was still upset but he forgave him, and all was back to being right in the world. Now fast forward a day or two an...
  • Why The Big Ten Is the Best Wrestling Conference and Will Repeat as National Champs

    The Big Ten is the best conference in college wrestling. Need proof? Last year, Penn State University repeated as National champions and all but three individual champions came from the Big Ten Conference. As well, a Big Ten school has served as National Champion over the past six years. According to's rankings, four out of the top five teams are Big Ten. Oklahoma cracked the top five sliding into third. Eight teams overall are ranked in the polls with six (Minnesota, PSU, Iowa, Illinois, OSU, Nebraska) in the top ten and the last two (Michigan, Northwestern) falling into the 13, 14 ranked spots. At the 2012 NCAA National Championships, Penn State advanced five wrestlers to t...
  • Sam Alvey's TUF Blog: 'I will leave everything in that Octagon or die trying'

    Well this week's episode was chock-full of everything, and it all started with Dana's "coming to Jesus moment" he had with us in the house. We all hoped it was going to be with some good news... It wasn't. He came and we all ended up just about crying by the end of it. He told us all that we suck, we are terrible, and that we will likely not be fighting on the finale. I would be lying if I told you it didn't scare the hell out of me because it did. Some of the members of our house didn't take it so seriously though. Ricci just ignored it saying he was just trying to scare us and the win is all that is important. Bristol told us Dana gave the same speech a...

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