World Series of Fighting President and six-time world kickboxing champion and two-time Hall of Famer Ray Sefo participated in a national media conference call today along with several of the main card fighters to discuss the highly-anticipated World Series of Fighting professional Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) event on Friday, June 14, at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Headlining the fight card, in the welterweight (170 pound division) is a long-awaited rematch between superstar rivals, Jon Fitch (24-5) of Fort Wayne, Ind., and Josh ‘The People’s Warrior’ Burkman (25-9) of Salt Lake City, Utah.
It’s a war between pedigreed wrestlers, battling for the WFF MMA Bantamweight Belt, as Jackson-Winkeljohn’s Anthony Sessions (5-8,) faces 2008 Olympic Wrestling Gold Medalist, Henry Cejudo (1-0, Fight Ready) at World Fighting Federation X, on Friday, April 19, 2013, at the Wild Horse Pass Casino, in Chandler, AZ.
Born and raised in Grants and Albuquerque, NM, Session wrestled from the time he was five years old throughout elementary, middle and high school, competing at the state and national level, where he won first place, twice. He also played football and baseball, and did gymnastics for about 8 years. When he was a senior, he and his friends, avid fans of the UFC, were inspired and bought some wrestling mats and started their own backyard fight club. After high school, Session took a job at the local women’s prison as a corrections officer, then moved on to the county jail, and then over to Milan Police Department.
Michelle "The Karate Hottie" Waterson (10-3-0 of Jackson-Winkeljohn MMA) will try to bring home her first belt, when she tries to take the Invicta Atomweight title from incumbent, Jessica Penne (10-1, Reign/Kings/Checkmat) at Invicta FC 5, on April 5, 2013 in the Ameristar Casino Hotel, Kansas City, MO. They are the main event on a card that is absolutely stacked with some of the best and brightest rising stars of women’s MMA (including two of the UFC’s newly signed female fighters, Sara Kaufman and Amanda Nuñes, who will each fight one more time for Invicta before their move to the UFC octagon.)
Rocky “The Angry Aztec” Ramirez (4-3-1, Jackson-Winkeljohn MMA, and 1-1 as a Professional Boxer), will be making his Bellator debut against Brandon Halsey, on Thursday, March 7, at the Pechango Resort & Casino in Temecula, CA.
The event will be broadcast live, with the undercard showing on www.spike.com and www.bellator.com, starting at 8pm ET, and the main card showing on Spike TV, at 10pm ET.Ramirez is a man who was born to fight. His father Albert Ramirez (Roswell Boxing Hall of Fame) named him after boxer of legend, Rocky Marciano, and taught him to box from the tender age of 5. He continued to train throughout high school, where he played football for 4 years, as well as a year of wrestling. After high school and a year of college at NMSU, Ramirez joined the US Air Force and served for 4 years, as a specialty fireman.
World champion BJJ black belt, Professor Rafael “Barata” de Freitas (5-0, Gracie-Barra New Mexico) will be making his Legacy debut this Saturday, March 1, at the Arena Theatre in Houston, TX, and broadcast live on AXS TV. Freitas is slated to face Chuck Liddell teammate, 12-year-veteran, and former WEC fighter Antonio Banuelos (20-9, The Pit) on the main card. We met up with the Professor after he finished working out with long-time friend, UFC fighter Diego Brandao, at the east side Albuquerque location of GBNM.
For the first time ever in Albuquerque, N.M., Boxing and MMA will take place in the same ring at the same event at Johnny Tapia Presents: Next Chapter Part II, which takes place on Feb. 1, 2013, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.
The main card features local boxing legends Hector “El Huracan” Munoz, Tapia fighter Josh “Pitbull” Torres, Amanda “Boom Boom” Crespin, and undefeated professional boxing and MMA fighter, Brenda Gonzales. There will also be two MMA fights – in the K-1 style - one of which features Lynae Lovato (0-2 of Lovato Total Fitness in Albuquerque) who is seeking to earn her first professional win (and debuting at 115-lbs) against Ashley “Wonder Woman” Aguirre (0-1 of KO Fight Club in Las Cruces).
The concept to combine the two sports at one event was introduced more than a year ago, when Teresa Tapia (wife of the late Johnny Tapia, 5-time world boxing champion in 3 weight classes), brought it to her friend Lenny Lovato (while Johnny was still with us). They both felt it would be exciting and a good local draw, so when the invitation was issued for Lovato to include MMA fights on this card, he gladly accepted; “I really think it’s going to be a good success,” confided Lovato.
Kevin “The Alley Cat” Croom (7-5 of Jackson-Winkeljohn MMA / Mean1 MMA) will face Brian Davidson (10-3 of K2L Grindhouse) at Resurrection Fighting Alliance 6: Krause vs. Imada, this Friday, Jan. 18 in Kansas City, MO, at the Scottish Rite Temple.
The event will be broadcast LIVE on AXS TV.
Considered a prospect by many of his coaches and peers,Croom brings a whole new game to the ring this time.
As women's MMA continues to make its meteoric rise in the world of televised sports - recently catapulted with the advent of a women's division to UFC, the all female promotion Invicta, will be holding its fourth event.
Gaining international attention with hundreds of thousands of online viewers (over 230,000 for the first, over 300,000 for the 2nd, and an even greater number on the thirrd event), the promotion earned "Story of the Year" on BJPenn.com's 2012 Women's MMA Awards, and the President/CEO of Invicta, Shannon Knapp, earned Best Contribution to Women's MMA.
Carla "Cookie Monster" Esparza (8-2, Team Oyama), one of the nominees for "Who to Look Out for in 2013", will be the main event, facing Bec "Rowdy" Hyatt (4-1 of Impact MMA in Australia) for the inaugural Strawweight Belt at Invicta 4, this Saturday, January 5, 2013, at Memorial Hall in Kansas City, KS.
Carlos Condit is a rare fighter, one who combines methodical planning and rabid aggression, creating chaos and capitalizing on openings it creates in his opponents. This of course, is his job, his workplace, the UFC Octagon.
At 28 years old and sporting a 28-6 record Condit's experience belies his age. He turned pro at 18 - the earliest age allowed by law - and proceeded to smash the MMA learning curve.
On November 17th Condit had the biggest fight of his amazing career, a unanimous decision loss to venerable champ Georges St. Pierre. It was a five round battle in St. Pierre's home town of Montreal.
Meet D Jo Jones, a woman who defies description. When she's not giving nutritional counseling or conditioning sessions to UFC fighters you might find her out on the road taking a ride on her motorcycle.
Perhaps like the one in 2006 when she became the first person to ride the same motorcycle through all fifty states, finishing in Hawaii. Most days though, you can find Jones at work, at Momma D's Dungeon at 5501 Acoma Rd. SE, in Albuquerque.
Jones opened the business about a year ago to offer personalized and small group instruction to anyone seeking better fitness, but specializes in prepping fighters. What her students get though is more than physical conditioning. Jones seems to dole out the right amount of mental focus training, nutritional guidance, and motivation to accompany the strength and conditioning.
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