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  • XFC 20: Eric Reynolds Meets Danny Salinas with Nick Newll In Sight

    The XFC 20 fight card is now completed with Wednesday's announcement that XFC Lightweight favorite Eric Reynolds (15-5) (2-0 XFC) will meet Danny Salinas (11-4) in the Main Event of the evening live on AXStv. Reynolds is riding a two fight win streak after defeating grappling ace Jonatas Novaes, and American Top Team Muay Thai specialist Luciano Dos Santos. Salinas enters his XFC debut with a (3-1) record through his last four and will look to put Reynolds' championship run on hold. Reynolds sent out a challenge to fellow XFC Lightweight Nick "Notorious" Newell after Newell earned his third straight victory at XFC 19. It was later announced live on AXStv by XFC Presiden...
  • UFC 153: Erik Koch Unafraid of Jose Aldo, Expects to Bring Featherweight Title Back Home to the Midwest

    UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo's resume reads like a who's who of the 145-pound division. Urijah Faber, Kenny Florian, Chad Mendes, Mike Brown, Mark Hominick and Manny Gamburyan are just some of the opponents that line Aldo's hit list. But don't think that Aldo's past dominance scares number one contender Erik Koch in the least. Set to square off against the champion in enemy territory at UFC 153 in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, "New Breed" fully expects to return back home in October with a shiny new belt. "He's a dominant champion for a reason, I just think I'm the guy to take him out," Koch told Paul Fladten of US Combat Sports. &qu...
  • USCS Technique of the Week: James Lee Shows Basic Heel Hook for MMA and BJJ

    No matter if the sport is Mixed Martial Arts or Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, the heel hook is one of the most dangerous and most effective moves at a competitor's disposal. Watch as longtime Ultimate Fighting Championship, PRIDE, Pancrase, and King Of The Cage veteran James Lee shows off how to properly pull off a heel hook submission in this week's USCS Technique of the Week.
  • Inside Look Into Local MMA: Jeff Watts Details the Dedication Needed to Thrive in the Competitve World of Amateur MMA

    For casual fans of mixed martial arts the glamorous lives of high profile champions like Jon Jones or Georges St Pierre may seem the norm. But even megastars like "Bones" or "Rush" have to start somewhere. Enter the world of local MMA. Grueling practices, marginal pay, and constant uncertainty are common occurrences for aspiring athletes hoping to one day make it to the top of the sport. But so too is teammate camaraderie, a physically taxing yet enjoyable workout regimen, and the chance to follow one's ultimate dream. Over the next few months follow along as amateur competitor Jeff Watts – better known as 'Karmaatemycat' to some – brings readers deep int...
  • Xtreme Fighting Championships Returns to Knoxville for Mega 20th Event; Reynolds, Holtzman, Coggins, Bobonis on Card

    Xtreme Fighting Championships has spent the 2012 calendar year touring the Southeast and will return to Knoxville for the 20th event of the promotion's history. After debuting in Charlotte, XFC returns to Tennessee showcasing some of the region's top talent, as well as a number of recently signed fighters. The co-main event for the evening will feature two of Tennessee's most promising lightweights when XFC breakout star Scott "Hot Sauce" Holtzman takes on Chris Coggins. XFC has been adding talent to each of its weight classes here in 2012 and four of the new additions, including Holtzman, are scheduled to appear on the Knoxville "High Octane" card live o...
  • XFC Signs Prospects Kevin Forant, Keith Richardson, and Ricky Rainey Following Impressive Victories at XFC 19

    In front of a sold out crowd on August 3rd, several standout fighters entered the XFC cage in their debuts. But it was three that made lasting impressions, ultimately awarding them a follow up phone call from XFC President Matchmaker John Prisco. Welcome to the XFC guys!
  • Low Blow Radio: USA Boxing, Jon Jones Partners with Nike, UFC 150, UFC on Fox 4 Review

    On this edition of the Low Blow we discuss an exciting night of fights that featured Mauricio "Shogun" Rua and Lyoto Machida getting huge victories on national television. We also talk about the men of the USA Boxing's failure to bring home a medal and the women team's stealing their thunder. The hosts also debate whether or not Jon Jones can be a good role model after getting his new global Nike deal and we discuss UFC 150.
  • Jake Shields Discusses The Skrap Pack, American Jiu-Jitsu, and UFC Middleweight Title Contention

    While the transition to fighting came easy for Jake Shields, his road to the top of the sport was anything but. For over ten years, Jake fought around the world in various mixed martial arts promotions and competed in hundreds of grappling tournaments, before finally signing with the Ultimate Fighting Championship. While he has dealt with an immense amount of adversity to get to this level of the sport - being broke, not having insurance, and raising a daughter as a single father - he has attributed his ability to succeed and overcome these obstacles to the strength and loyalty of his team around him. It is commonplace in mixed martial arts for fighters to switch gyms and change affiliatio...
  • Shah Bobonis Becomes Latest Xtreme Fighting Championships Free Agent Acquisition

    Xtreme Fighting Championships continues its 2012 expansion with another big free agent acquisition. As the promotion gears up for the next event in Charlotte, they have announced the signing of Miami native Bantamweight standout Shah Bobonis to a multi-fight contract. The agreement will allow the rising fighter a chance to showcase his talents on a national level and work towards an XFC title. Bobonis is a veteran of the sport and has been competing professionally in MMA since 2007, twice with the XFC. Holding a professional record of 13-6, he has gone 8-2 in his last ten bouts, and is currently riding an impressive five-fight win streak. Bobonis has all of the necessary skills to become a...
  • Renaissance Fight Night: Rodney Wallace Knocks Out Aaron Johnson, Doesn't Win Title Due To Missing Weight

    The Fight Party Promotions hosted "Renaissance Fight Night" over the weekend, their first fight in Alabama and coincidentally the first ever fight in Montgomery, the state capital and home of the Alabama Athletic Commission. Facing some early challenges, The Fight Party had to learn a new set of rules as Alabama's drastically vary from those of Georgia. The promotion also faced fighters not coming in on weight and blood work issues that constantly seem to plague Alabama promoters. Nevertheless, The Fight Party had a successful show that featured some of Montgomery's finest as well as other great fighters around the region including a nationally notable main event betwee...

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