RING OF COMBAT VETERAN CHRIS WEIDMAN GOES FOR UFC GOLD ON JULY 6 AGAINST UFC MIDDLEWEIGHT KINGPIN ANDERSON SILVA

June 12, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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RING OF COMBAT VETERAN CHRIS WEIDMAN GOES FOR UFC GOLD ON JULY 6 AGAINST UFC MIDDLEWEIGHT KINGPIN ANDERSON SILVA

 

UFC #1 Middleweight Contender and undefeated fighter Chris Weidman (9-0) readies for the biggest fight of his life, as on July 6 he will take on UFC Middleweight Champion and Pound For Pound King Anderson Silva (31-4) at UFC 162: Silva VS Weidman.  Silva has gone an astonishing 16-0 inside the Octagon and dominated nearly every opponent inside the cage.  But the biggest challenge of Silva’s seven-year dominant reign could come in the form of Weidman who possesses the wrestling, grappling and striking ability that has given Silva fits in the past.

Weidman is an expert grappler/wrestler combo unlike some of Silva’s past opponents who haven’t been able to get Silva down to the mat and instead became sitting ducks for Silva in the standup game.  Others, dominated the wrestling game having Silva on the brink of defeat but eventually succumbed to submissions late in fights Silva would have otherwise lost by decision.  Weidman, a New York native, is that rare breed of fighter who poses matchup problems for Silva in various spots.  Weidman lives and trains with some of the best grapplers in the world as he is one of the star pupils of Matt Serra while also training and learning from Serra’s coach, the undisputed Champion of the Gracie Family, Renzo Gracie.  A third of Weidman’s wins have come via tapout.  Recently, Weidman and UFC Welterweight Champion, Georges St-Pierre rolled at Renzo’s Academy in New York City, and GSP came away from the session convinced that Weidman would not only beat Silva, but dominate him inside of the cage.  Weidman’s grappling credentials are matched alongside his wrestling where he was an All-American in college and is known for his extraordinary takedowns and control on the mat where his attacks come in various forms including ground and pound where he has finished multiple opponents to go with his wins via submission.  It’s this combination of submissions and wrestling that many experts are pointing to as the reason why Silva will be in for the toughest fight of his life inside the UFC.

Weidman has only been fighting professionally since 2009, where he began his career with East Coast MMA juggernaut, Ring of Combat, and racked up four consecutive wins culminating with winning and defending the ROC Middleweight Championship.  Fans new to Weidman and who are looking to learn more about his career have four Ring of Combat fights instantly available at their fingertips as they can be ordered (along with the whole event) on the GFL Combat Sports Network at GFL.tv, the world’s leading website for fight videos for MMA, Boxing and Pro Wrestling.

Available for streaming are Weidman’s bouts against Ruben Lopes at Ring of Combat XXIII (2/20/09), Mike Stewart at Ring of Combat XXIV (4/17/09), Uriah Hall (TUF Alum) at Ring of Combat XXXI (9/24/10) for the ROC Middleweight Championship and Valdir Araujo at Ring of Combat XXXIII (12/3/10) also for the ROC Middleweight Championship.

If Weidman can pull off the upset, and defeat Silva his life will change tremendously even before he steps foot outside of the Octagon on July 6.  For fight fans around the world, come July 7 Weidman could be the talk of the whole sport and for MMA fans, it couldn’t be easier to watch the complete collection of Chris Weidman fights as he has only fought for two promotions in his storied career, the UFC and Ring of Combat.  Click on GFL.tv anytime and search for “Chris Weidman” to bring up Weidman’s Ring of Combat fights and watch him as an up and coming blue chip prospect where he learned his trade in the Ring of Combat cage on his journey to becoming one of the greatest MMA fighters of all-time.

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SIX NEW MATCHUPS CONFIRMED FOR GLORY 2 BRUSSELS WORLD-CLASS KICKBOXING EVENT AT VORST NATIONAAL ARENA ON OCT. 6

September 3, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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Heavyweight sensation Remy Bonjasky returns after three-year hiatus to face rising star Anderson ‘Braddock’ Silva in main event

Heavyweight superstars Gokhan Saki and Mourad Bouzidi collide

Belgian star Marc de Bonte battles Murthel Groenhart

Belgium’s Murat Direkci squares off with Dutch rival Nieky Holzken

Tickets on sale now

BRUSSELS, Belgium (Aug. 31, 2012) Six new, star-studded matchups, including a heavyweight collision between Gokhan Saki (76-15, 53 KO’s), who is of Turkish origin fighting for the Netherlands, and Mourad Bouzidi (65-18-2, 33 KO’s) of Tunisia have been confirmed for the GLORY 2 Brussels world-class kickboxing event at Vorst Nationaal Arena in Brussels, Belgium on Saturday, Oct. 6.

Last week, GLORY announced the long-awaited return of all-time great, heavyweight Remy “The Flying Gentleman” Bonjasky (75-14, 40 KO’s) of Amsterdam, Netherlands, who will face off with rising star and Brazil native Anderson ‘Braddock’ Silva (32-7, 22 KO’s), in the main event. The matchup brings to a close a three-year hiatus that the dynamic Bonjasky, a three-time World Grand Prix Champion of the old K-1 tournament series, took due to an old eye injury.

“The upcoming event in Brussels is stacked with both world championship level fighters as well as several of kickboxing’s brightest, young, up-and-coming stars who have the talent to evolve into GLORY world champions and carry the torch that will eventually be passed on by the reigning kings of the sport,” said GLORY Managing Director, Marcus Luer.

Also confirmed for the GLORY 2 Brussels main card is a 79 kilogram/175 pound matchup between emerging forces Marc de Bonte (78-9-2, 18 KO’s) of Belgium and Murthel Groenhart (49-14-3, 25 KO’s) who hails from Surinam and is based in Holland.

A classic Benelux showdown will see Murat Direkci (69-15, 58 KO’s) of Belgium and Nieky Holzken (77-10, 4 KO’s) of the Netherlands face off at 78 kilograms/172 pounds.

Heavyweight prospect Jamal Ben-Saddik (21-0, 19 KO’s) of Antwerp will clash with Jahffar Wilnis (15-3-1, 3 KO’s) of Utrecht for another Benelux clash.

Vengeance-minded Belgium native Marat Grigorian (32-4-1,17 KO), fighting out of Yerevan, Armenia, will take on technical wizard Mohammed Khamal (43-5-3, 9 KO’s) of Morocco in a 71 kilogram/157 pound battle.

In yet a fourth heavyweight affair on the main card, It’s Showtime champion Danyo Ilunga (39-4, 33 KO’s) of Germany will challenge promising upstart Ali Cenik (16-3-2, 9 KO’s) of Belgium.

Additional bouts, including a complete preliminary card, will be announced soon.

Tickets for GLORY 2 Brussels, priced from € 50, can be purchased online at www.Sherpa.be and www.SeeTickets.nl as well as at retailers Primera Stores, Aiki Budo Sport and Nikko Sports.

Doors at Vorst Nationaal Arena will open at 16:00 local time and the undercard fights will commence with MMA rules bouts at 16:30. The main card will begin at 19:00 local time.

Gokhan Saki vs. Mourad Bouzidi

Saki’s explosive style and high work rate have helped catapult the 28-year-old to superstardom. His ferocious left hook, which has left numerous foes flat on their backs, was the weapon behind his first round (2:00) KO of American Carter Williams in Saki’s last start on May 26.

Bouzidi has competed since his teenage years, a factor that has helped the 27-year-old, known for having power in both hands, reach his advanced skill level. In his last effort on June 30, Bouzidi stopped Rustemi Kreshnik in the second round (2:45) of their matchup after an injury sustained in battle prevented Kreshnik from being able to continue the bout.

Marc de Bonte vs. Murthel Groenhart

People in the European scene have been talking about De Bonte’s strong timing and counterattack skills for some time and now he’s getting a chance to debut in the world’s number one kickboxing organisation. His background is in Muay Thai and he recently fought in the USA.

Groenhart fights out of the famous Mike’s Gym, home to Badr Hari among others. Like teammates, he has an aggressive style; he throws his hands a lot, and with bad intentions. Groenhart likes to use knees to the body to sap his opponent’s will but a technician like De Bonte may have an answer for that.

There is an interesting clash of styles in this fight. Groenhart knocks a lot of his opponents out while De Bonte dismantles them piece by piece.

Murat Direkci vs. Nieky Holzken

The 28-year-old Holzken had a tremendous performance at the GLORY event in Stockholm, Sweden earlier this year. He picked Alex Harris apart with tricky combinations that constantly forced the Swede to leave openings in his defense. Holzken capitalised by punishing him with body shots and eventually stopping him with a left hand to the body.

The 32-year-old Direkci brings more experience to the table than does Holzken. Direkci has long been at the upper-end of the European middleweight scene and he has had several notable wins, including a first-round KO of Albert Kraus in 2008. In January 2009 he won the Its Showtime middleweight title and successfully defended it until December 2010.

Direkci lost to young Dutch prospect Robin Van Roosmalen at the start of this year and has been absent from the ring since.

Jamal Ben Saddik vs. Jaffar Wilnis

Ben-Saddik is a heavyweight prospect from the Golden Glory stable. Behind the scenes he has been referred to as the Moroccan version of kickboxing’s No. 1 heavyweight, Semmy Schilt because of his tremendous height (2.12 m / 6 foot 9 ½). Stylistically Ben-Saddik differs from Schilt, coming from a kickboxing rather than karate background, but he demonstrated an understanding of how to use his height to his advantage and he keeps opponents at range where he can hurt them without threat.

Wilnis is a fighter from the European regional circuit, who is looking to try and break out into a higher level of competition. He is good with his hands and is fitter and faster than Ben-Saddik, although he is at a range disadvantage and has to be careful of the young Moroccan’s power. This fight will be a valuable experience for both of them and may see the birth of a new star.

Mohammed Khamal vs. Marat Grigorian

Khamal is an outstanding technician. His level of technical proficiency is very impressive considering he is just 22 years old. He has competed in Muay Thai as well as kickboxing and he has fought some big names from that world; earlier this year he took a second-round win over the legendary Saiyok and then retired from Muay Thai to concentrate solely on kickboxing.

This match has a vendetta aspect to it. Although not related biologically, Grigorian fights out of the same training camp as Harut Grigorian, a highly-regarded kickboxer who competes at the elite level. Two years ago, Khamal and Harut collided in the ring, culminating in a KO win for Khamal. Grigorian will be out to avenge the camp’s loss.

Marat is a technical fighter like Khamal. History dictates that this will be a fast-paced bout that could finish inside the distance.

Danyo Ilunga vs. Ali Cenik

Prior to winning the Its Showtime 95 kilogram (209 pound) title in March last year, Ilunga was a virtual unknown and was perhaps most famous for being a sparring partner for Bonjasky. The win brought him a lot of attention and since then his fan base has grown continuously thanks to his high knockout rate and his elusive, technical fighting style.

Cenik has just 21 fights under his belt, making him relatively inexperienced for an international professional fighting at an elite level such. Nine of his sixteen wins have come by KO and he hopes to replace Saki as Turkey’s favourite fighting son, although that is going to be a tough task.

He goes into the fight off the back of a decision win over Alexey Ignashov in May. At his peak, Ignashov was considered to be perhaps the most technical fighter there had ever been in kickboxing and while he is not as sharp as he once was, it is very impressive for Cenik that he managed to beat Ignashov. Both Cenik and Ilunga are very confident right now and this fight should be a war.

About GLORY:

The GLORY World Series (www.gloryworldseries.com) is the world’s premier stand-up fighting league, staging events across the globe and offering up to $1,000,000 in prize money to successful fighters in 16-man grand prix tournaments which are open to only the very best fighters in each weight class.

With television deals spanning every continent plus a groundbreaking online video streaming system and the world’s largest online martial arts library, GLORY is one of the world’s most widely-broadcast sporting organizations already.

Owned and operated by Glory Sports International (GSI), the organization has offices in Holland, the UK, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore. Its personnel include prominent hedge-fund investors, the pioneering sports marketing agency Total Sport Asia and several executives from the Golden Glory and It’s Showtime team.

GLORY Sports International presents “GLORY 2 Brussels” A GLORY World Series event

August 18, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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BONJASKY IS BACK!

Dynamic kickboxing legend returns after three-year hiatus
to take on rising star Anderson ‘Braddock’ Silva in GLORY main event
Brussels, Belgium on October 6, 2012

Superstars Gokhan Saki, Nieky Holzken and rising stars Filip Verlinden and Andy Ristie all slated for action

Tickets go on sale Monday August 20, 2012

BRUSSELS, Belgium (Aug. 17, 2012) – It has been three years since heavyweight kickboxing legend Remy Bonjasky (75-14, 40 KO’s) entered the ring.

But on Saturday, October 6, 2012 his hiatus will come to an end and ‘The Flying Gentleman’ will climb between the ropes and square off with one of the sport’s brightest rising stars, Brazilian standout Anderson ‘Braddock’ Silva (32-7, 22 KO’s).

The bout headlines ‘GLORY 2 Brussels’ at Vorst National Arena, the biggest kickboxing event in Brussels history.

Superstars Gokhan Saki (76-15, 53 KO’s) of Breda, Netherlands; Nieky Holzken (77-10, 33 KO’s) of Breda as well as rising stars Filip Verlinden (38-6,17 KO’s) of Berlaar, Belgium and Andy Ristie (34-2, 26 KO’s) of Surinam, are all slated for action and will face opponents to be announced soon.

Tickets for GLORY 2 Brussels, priced from € 50, go on sale on Monday, August 20 online at www.Sherpa.be and www.SeeTickets.nl as well as at retailers Primera Stores, Aiki Budo Sport and Nikko Sports.

“We are thrilled to bring world-class GLORY kickboxing action to fight fans in the city of Brussels and to welcome Remy Bonjasky back to the ring where he has accomplished so many incredible feats,” said Marcus Luer, Managing Director of GLORY Sports International.

“I think that his thirst for competition and the strength of the heavyweight division that GLORY has assembled is what ultimately tempted Remy to come out of retirement. Over his period of recluse he has watched others, like his opponent Anderson Silva, ascend in the rankings and grab the spotlight.

“It’s clear that he wants to remind the competition of his elite skill level and attempt to once again rule the division.”

Bonjasky was forced onto the sidelines in 2009 after a nagging eye injury affected his fighting and training. He focused his efforts on his students and academy near Amsterdam, but continued to keep a close eye on the heavyweight scene.

Over the past three years, his eye regained perfect health and Bonjasky took his gloves off the shelf. “I’ve been eager for a while now to re-enter the ring and do what I love again,” said Bonjasky, who recently signed an exclusive, multi-fight contract with GLORY.

“Everything is in place – my health, the support of my team and a place in the world’s top kickboxing league. GLORY has put together a roster of the best heavyweights on the planet – the timing for my return and making another run at becoming a world champion is perfect.”

The 36-year-old, 1.93 m (6-foot-4), 108 kilogram (240 pound) Bonjasky is one of the most dynamic athletes in the sport’s history and has thrilled fans all over the globe with his signature flying kicks and knee strikes. He has faced and defeated nearly every major rival of his time, including Alistair ‘The Demolition Man’ Overeem, Badr Hari, Jerome LeBanner, Melvin Manhoef, Stefan Leko and Gokhan Saki.

The 25-year-old, 1.92 m (6-foot-3 ½), 105 kilogram (230 pound) Silva is a native of Brazil who relocated to Amsterdam to train amongst some of the finest heavyweight kickboxers, including iconic champion Peter Aerts. Silva’s performances this year have marked him as one to watch and he is a very stiff challenge for Bonjasky’s return to the ring.

“This fight with Remy is a dream come true for me,” said Silva. “Remy was one of the great world champions I looked up to when I was younger. To now have the opportunity to stand opposite him in the GLORY ring and show the world what I’m made of and how far I’ve come in this sport is an honor. I will be at my best when we fight – and I will win.”

Doors will open at 16:30 local time and the undercard fights will commence with MMA rules bouts at 17:00. The main card will begin at 19:00 local time.

For more information visit www.gloryworldseries.com

About GLORY:

The GLORY World Series (www.gloryworldseries.com) is the world’s premier stand-up fighting league, staging events across the globe and offering up to $1,000,000 in prize money to successful fighters in 16-man grand prix tournaments which are open to only the very best fighters in each weight class.

With television deals spanning every continent plus a groundbreaking online video streaming system and the world’s largest online martial arts library, GLORY is one of the world’s most widely-broadcast sporting organizations already.

Owned and operated by Glory Sports International (GSI), the organization has offices in Holland, the UK, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore. Its personnel include prominent hedge-fund investors, the pioneering sports marketing agency Total Sport Asia and several executives from the Golden Glory and It’s Showtime team.

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UFC 148 PRELIMS ON FX PACK PUNCH

July 13, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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Four Fight Undercard Was the Highest-Rated UFC Preliminary Card Event on Record Among Adults 18-34, Men 18-34 and all Key Women Demos

UFC 148 Prelims Was FX’s Most-Watched UFC Telecast Ever

Cable’s #1 Program Saturday Night in All 18-34 Demos

LOS ANGELES, July 10, 2012 – Before tuning into the main event card which saw reigning Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva defeat Chael Sonnen in their highly anticipated rematch, UFC fans flocked to FX, as the UFC 148 Prelims were FX’s most-watched UFC event ever, and the 1.8 million viewers made the UFC 148 Prelims the second-most watched prelims ever, trailing only the UFC 126 Prelims.

Featuring four undercard fights, UFC 148 Prelims on FX was the highest-rated Prelims event ever among Adults 18-34 (749,000), Men 18-34 (500,000) and in all key Women demos: W18-49 (403,000) W18-34 (249,000) and W25-54 (375,000). UFC 148 Prelims easily ranked #1 for the night on cable in all 18-34 demos

The combination of the UFC 148 Prelims and two repeats of Anger Management helped FX rank #1 for the night in Adults 18-34 and Men 18-34, and #2 in Adults 18-49, Men 18-49 and Men 25-54.

FX’s next UFC telecast will be the UFC 149 Prelims on Saturday, July 21, live from 5-7pm PT / 8-10pm ET. The second season of The Ultimate Fighter on FX kicks off in September.

FX is the flagship general entertainment basic cable network from Fox. Launched in June of 1994, FX is carried in more than 98 million homes. The diverse schedule includes a growing roster of critically acclaimed and award-winning hit dramas series including Sons of Anarchy, Justified and American Horror Story, and acclaimed hit comedy series It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The League, Louie, Archer, Wilfred, Brand X with Russell Brand, Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell and Legit. Its library of acquired box-office hit movies is unmatched by any ad-supported television network. The network’s other offerings include the acquired hit series Two and a Half Men and How I Met Your Mother, and live sports with UFC and NCAA football.

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UFC® 148 MAIN EVENT STATS AND FLASH QUOTES

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UFC 148 MIDDLEWEIGHT TITLE MAIN EVENT

REMATCH TOO CLOSE TO CALL

Las Vegas, Nevada – When Chael Sonnen challenged Anderson Silva for the UFC® middleweight title on August 7, 2010 at UFC 117, he started the fight as a 4-1 underdog. He is the underdog once again for Saturday’s eagerly-awaited UFC 148 rematch, but the odds this time are significantly closer due to Sonnen’s incredible success in the first fight.

Chael Sonnen said: “To say this guy is superior to me is a joke. Look at the statistics from the first fight. I out-landed him by over 200 punches, I took him down at will, I passed his guard at will and I beat him on the feet too.”

Sonnen’s boasts are supported by hard data. According to FightMetric, the challenger landed 252 more strikes than Silva, with a total of 320 punches, kicks, elbows and knees finding the mark; Sonnen completed three takedowns in the fight, and kept Silva on his back for a combined 20 minutes of the fight – twice as much as “The Spider” had been on his back in his entire UFC career; Sonnen passed Silva’s guard into side-control six times and swept him as well; Sonnen also out-struck Silva during the three minutes the fight was contested standing up.

However, the champion said the only statistic that really counts is who won the fight.

Anderson Silva said: “He took me down, he is good at wrestling. Okay. Good. But I punch him in the face ‘BAP! BAP! BAP! BOOM!’ and that is it. I win. That’s it. No different from the first fight on Saturday. I win!”

Please click on links for video package with full statistics from first fight:

YouTube: http://youtu.be/oFjabcEgrzI

Downloadable link: http://pdvid.ufc.tv/2012/06/30/UFC148AltFinalwithEndpage.zip

UFC® 148: SILVA vs. SONNEN 2 will be available live on Pay-Per-View at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT on UFC.TV, iN DEMAND, DirecTV, DISH Network, Avail-TVN, and in Canada on BellTV, Shaw Communications, Sasktel, and Viewer’s Choice Canada for a suggested retail price of $44.99 US/$49.99 CAN for Standard Definition and $54.99 US/$59.99 CAN for High Definition.

For more information or current fight news, visit www.ufc.com. All bouts live and subject to change.

About the Ultimate Fighting Championship®

Universally recognized for its action-packed, can’t-miss events that have sold out some of the biggest arenas and stadiums across the globe, the UFC® is the world’s premier mixed martial arts (MMA) organization. Owned and operated by Zuffa, LLC, headquartered in Las Vegas and with offices in London, Toronto and Beijing, UFC produces more than 30 live events annually and is the largest Pay-Per-View event provider in the world. In 2011, the UFC burst into the mainstream with a landmark seven-year broadcast agreement with FOX Sports Media Group. The agreement includes four live events broadcast on the FOX network annually, with additional fight cards and thousands of hours of programming broadcast on FOX properties FX and FUEL TV. This also includes the longest-running sports reality show on television, The Ultimate Fighter®, which now airs on FX.

In addition to its reach on FOX, UFC programming is broadcast in over 149 countries and territories, to nearly one billion homes worldwide, in 20 different languages. UFC content is also distributed commercially in the United States to bars and restaurants through Joe Hand Promotions, in English throughout Canada via Premium Sports Broadcasting Inc. and in French throughout Quebec via Interbox. The UFC also connects with tens of millions of fans through its website, UFC.com, as well as social media sites Facebook and Twitter. UFC President Dana White is considered one of the most accessible and followed executives in sports, with over two million followers on Twitter. Ancillary UFC businesses include best-selling DVDs, an internationally distributed magazine, UFC.TV offering live event broadcasts and video on demand around the world, the best-selling UFC Undisputed® video game franchise distributed by THQ, UFC GYM®, UFC Fight Club affinity program, UFC Fan Expo® festivals, branded apparel and trading cards.

UFC® 148 RIVALS SILVA AND SONNEN TRANSFORMED INTO COMIC BOOK CHARACTERS

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EXCLUSIVE FACEBOOK COMIC BOOK STRIP COUNTS DOWN TO UFC® 148 GRUDGE MATCH LIVE ON PAY-PER-VIEW JULY 7

Las Vegas, Nevada – Reigning UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva and bitter rival and No1 contender Chael Sonnen have long been known as two of the most colorful characters in the Ultimate Fighting Championship® organization. But that has been taken to a whole new level in a special comic strip which will countdown to the UFC 148 main event between the two bitter rivals.

Each day another page of the strip will be published on the UFC’s Facebook page, Facebook.com/UFC leading to the biggest fight of the summer at the MGM Grand, Las Vegas, on July 7.

The strip has been drawn by British artist Dave Golding, 37, a professional comic book artist since 2006. Golding was the original artist for the critically acclaimed Dare graphic novel ‘The Hunter’, which has recently been optioned by Hollywood, and his work has been featured throughout the medium as well as on designs for various science-fiction shows for British television.

The strip – which launched on Sunday on Facebook – will tell the story of this almost-inevitable rematch of the 2010 fight of the year, and is peppered with in-jokes long-time UFC fans will appreciate.

Golding has also re-imagined Silva – a lifelong comic book fan – and Sonnen as costumed heroes for two special faux comic book covers. Silva dons the tights as ‘the Silver Spider’ and wears an outfit featuring the colors of his beloved Brazil’s national flag. Sonnen, meanwhile, is taken at his word and has been transformed into the ‘American Gangsta’, and given a patriotic Old Glory color scheme.

Silva said: “I’ve always been a comic book fan since I was young. I liked heroes who had everyday problems but still tried to help people.”

Sonnen said: “What a thrill, to see myself in comic book form. Never before has a real life super-hero been turned into a mortal in a comic book, you will never see this in your lives again.”

Please find attached hi-res pictures of both cover images shots.

UFC® 148: SILVA vs. SONNEN II will be available live on Pay-Per-View at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT on UFC.TV, iN DEMAND, DirecTV, DISH Network, Avail-TVN, and in Canada on BellTV, Shaw Communications, Sasktel, and Viewer’s Choice Canada for a suggested retail price of $44.99 US/$49.99 CAN for Standard Definition and $54.99 US/$59.99 CAN for High Definition.

For more information or current fight news, visit www.ufc.com. All bouts live and subject to change.

About the Ultimate Fighting Championship®

Universally recognized for its action-packed, can’t-miss events that have sold out some of the biggest arenas and stadiums across the globe, the UFC® is the world’s premier mixed martial arts (MMA) organization. Owned and operated by Zuffa, LLC, headquartered in Las Vegas and with offices in London, Toronto and Beijing, UFC produces more than 30 live events annually and is the largest Pay-Per-View event provider in the world. In 2011, the UFC burst into the mainstream with a landmark seven-year broadcast agreement with FOX Sports Media Group. The agreement includes four live events broadcast on the FOX network annually, with additional fight cards and thousands of hours of programming broadcast on FOX properties FX and FUEL TV. This also includes the longest-running sports reality show on television, The Ultimate Fighter®, which now airs on FX.

In addition to its reach on FOX, UFC programming is broadcast in over 149 countries and territories, to nearly one billion homes worldwide, in 20 different languages. UFC content is also distributed commercially in the United States to bars and restaurants through Joe Hand Promotions, in English throughout Canada via Premium Sports Broadcasting Inc. and in French throughout Quebec via Interbox. The UFC also connects with tens of millions of fans through its website, UFC.com, as well as social media sites Facebook and Twitter. UFC President Dana White is considered one of the most accessible and followed executives in sports, with over two million followers on Twitter. Ancillary UFC businesses include best-selling DVDs, an internationally distributed magazine, UFC.TV offering live event broadcasts and video on demand around the world, the best-selling UFC Undisputed® video game franchise distributed by THQ, UFC GYM®, UFC Fight Club affinity program, UFC Fan Expo® festivals, branded apparel and trading cards.

Audio: Silva – Sonnen II Conference Call

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UNDEFEATED ANDERSON SILVA NEPHEW, GUILHERME BERTHOLDO, LEADS PACK OF UNDERCARD TALENT FOR LION FIGHT MUAY THAI VI: SCHILLING VS. MARCUS II

UNDEFEATED ANDERSON SILVA NEPHEW,
GUILHERME BERTHOLDO,
LEADS PACK OF UNDERCARD TALENT FOR
LION FIGHT MUAY THAI VI: SCHILLING VS. MARCUS II AT HARD ROCK HOTEL & CASINO LAS VEGAS MAY 12

LIVE STREAM OF 12-BOUT EVENT ON LIONFIGHTPROMOTIONS.COM

LAS VEGAS (May 8, 2012) – Undefeated 19-year-old prospect Guilherme Bertholdo (6-0), the nephew of UFC Middleweight Champion and pound-for-pound great Anderson Silva, will look to extend his perfect run in Muay Thai’s amateur ranks and move one step closer to turning professional when he faces off with Chris Lazaro (7-2) of Las Vegas, Nev. in a welterweight (147 pounds) matchup on the undercard of the Lion Fight Muay Thai VI: Schilling vs. Marcus II full-rules Muay Thai event at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on Saturday, May 12, live on LionFightPromotions.com.

“I am excited to finally test my skills against top level amateur opponents,” said Bertholdo, a member of Black House Team Nogueira, the famed training camp that is also home to Silva and is headed by MMA legends and twin brothers Antonio “Rodrigo” and Antonio “Rogerio” Nogueira in San Diego, Calif. where he trains under Kru (trainer) Alex Palma.

In Brazil, Bertholdo took up Karate and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at an early age before relocating to San Diego with his family.  While his father has schooled him Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and helped Bertholdo attain the rank of purple belt in the submission fighting discipline, Bertholdo has gravitated to the sport of Muay Thai due to his love for kicking and punching.

“Striking is my passion,” he said.  “My Kru (trainer) has really taught me to use my hands and angles and, because of this, I’ve learned to appreciate the beauty of Muay Thai.  MMA is a sport that I eventually will focus on in the future but, for now, I want to sharpen my striking and compete in an all-striking sport.”

Bertholdo said he is knocking on the door of gaining his United States citizenship and would like to eventually represent America as a member of the U.S. National Muay Thai Team.

“I am learning from my senior (training partners) how to conduct myself and perform like a true fighter, I am not attending college.  Black House Team Nogueira is my college.”

Bertholdo’s opponent, Lazaro, is a 24-year-old member of Hard Knocks Muay Thai gym and student of Renzo Asparria, whom Lazaro has been training with for the last two years.  The matchup with Bertholdo will be Lazaro’s first since he sustained a broken thumb during training last year.

“I love this sport and I’ve been eagerly waiting to get back in the ring.  That time has come now that I’m healed up and I’m looking forward to putting on a great show,” said Lazaro, a technical fighter known for staying in the pocket with his opponent and throwing hard uppercuts.

Reserved ticket seats for Lion Fight Muay Thai VI: Schilling vs. Marcus II, priced from $45, are on sale at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino box office, all Ticketmaster outlets (800-745-3000) and online at Ticketmaster.com.

Doors at The Joint open at 4 p.m. and the first preliminary bout will begin at 5 p.m.

The live stream of the 12-bout card, which will be facilitated by Go Fight Live, will begin at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on LionFightPromotions.com and can be purchased for a one-time credit card charge of $14.99.

In the highly-anticipated main event, WBC Light Heavyweight (175 pounds) Champion Joe “Stitch ‘Em Up” Schilling (12-2, 10 KO’s) of Los Angeles, Calif. will face off with undefeated top contender and bitter rival Simon Marcus (23-0, 18 KO’s) of Toronto, Ontario Canada in a grudge rematch after their first meeting on Feb. 25 ended in a controversial first-round TKO in Marcus’ favor.

In the co-main event and a second highly-anticipated rematch, Filipino American Romie Adanza (16-3, 7 KO’s) of Irvine, Calif. will face off with Thanit “Boom” Watthanaya (45-12, 12 KO’s) of Vancouver, BC Canada via Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand.for the vacant WBC international super flyweight (115 pounds) championship.

Thai superstar Mongkon “Malaipet” Wiwasuk (138-27-5, 26 KO’s), fighting out of Fresno, Calif. will put his WBC national welterweight (147 pounds) strap on the line against aggressive-minded counterpuncher Justin Greskiewicz (17-8, 3 KO’s) of Philadelphia, Pa.
Fresh off his rubber match victory over “Coke” Chunhawat, seasoned technician Matt Embree (20-3, 9 KO’s) of Toronto, Ontario Canada will return to Lion Fight action and face another tough, highly-experienced adversary in former world champion Nils Widlund (34-1, 12 KO’s) of Stockholm, Sweden.

Undefeated rising star Tiffany Van Soest (2-0) of San Diego, Calif. will take on fellow prospect Heidi Otterbein (3-1, 1 KO) of Las Vegas via Vancouver, BC Canada. in a 125 pound catchweight bout.

In a matchup of two experienced, Las Vegas-based MMA competitors who have decided to test their combative skills in the Muay Thai ring for the first time in their respective careers, Javier Torres (0-0) will square off with Michael Madrid (0-0) in a 170 pound catchweight fight.

Fresh off his fifth professional victory at Lion Fight Promotions’ last event on Feb. 25, Scotty Leffler (5-2, 3 KO’s) of Las Vegas will return to action against promising upstart Artem Sharoshkin (3-1) of San Diego, Calif. in a welterweight (147 pounds) affair.

LION FIGHT MUAY THAI VI:  SCHILLING VS. MARCUS II COMPLETE MAIN FIGHT CARD:

Joe Schilling (Los Angeles, CA) vs. Simon Marcus (Toronto, Ontario CANADA)
175 lbs / WBC Interim World Title

Romie Adanza (Irvine, CA) vs. Thanit Watthanaya “Boom” (Vancouver BC CANADA / THAILAND)
115 lbs / WBC International Title

Mongkon Wiwasuk “Malaipet” (Fresno, CA / THAILAND) vs. Justin Greskiewicz (Philadelphia, PA)
147 lbs / WBC National Title

Tiffany Van Soest (San Diego, CA) vs. Heidi Otterbein (Las Vegas, NV / CANADA)
125 lbs / no title

Nils Widlund (San Diego, CA / SWEDEN) vs. Matt Embree (Toronto, Ontario CANADA)
140 lbs / no title

Javier Torres (Las Vegas, NV / MEXICO) vs. Michael Madrid (Las Vegas, NV)
170 lbs / no title

Scotty Leffler (Las Vegas, NV) vs. Artem Sharoshkin (San Diego, CA / RUSSIA)
147 lbs / no title

COMPLETE UNDERCARD:

Jason Andrada (Las Vegas, NV) vs. Jessie Magusen (Fontana, CA) – 125 lbs

Josh Shepard (Las Vegas, NV) vs. Amir K Ansari (Shreveport, LA) – 160 lbs

Genesis Bravo (Las Vegas, NV) vs. Marie Choi (Irvine, CA) – 112 lbs

Chris Lazaro (Las Vegas, NV)  vs. Guilherme Bertholdo (San Diego, CA) – 147 lbs

Brandon Ebert (Las Vegas, NV)  vs. William Briones (Van Nuys, CA) – 135 lbs

About Lion Fight Promotions
Lion Fight Promotions is a Las Vegas, Nevada-based world championship Muay Thai kickboxing promotion dedicated to producing matchups between the best Muay Thai fighters in the world in their respective weight classes.  Led by former Las Vegas casino executive, Scott Kent, the promotional company has been developed in consultation with Christine Toledo, one of the sport’s most popular champions and star of the Oxygen Network reality television show Fight Girls.  Both Kent and Toledo share a common passion for Muay Thai and are working together to promote the sport.

About Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is Las Vegas’ off-strip playground, just minutes and less than three miles from McCarran International Airport.  The premier destination entertainment resort is owned by Brookfield Real Estate Finance Fund II, a division of Brookfield Asset Management (NYSE: BAM) and managed by WG-Harmon, LLC, a subsidiary of Warner Gaming, LLC.  Built in 1995, the property completed a $750 million expansion in 2010. Hard Rock Hotel & Casino offers an energetic entertainment and gaming experience with the services and amenities associated with a boutique luxury resort hotel. The property is known for its innovative nightlife and music scene where acts such as The Rolling Stones, Bon Jovi, Paul McCartney, Incubus, Foo Fighters, Carlos Santana and Motley Crue have all performed.  Features of the property include an 11-story Casino Tower with 640 guest rooms, 17-story Paradise Tower with 490 rooms and suites and the all-suite HRH Tower with 359 suites, eight spa villas and seven penthouse suites; 72,000 square feet of casino space; 80,000 square feet of flexible meeting and convention space; more than $3 million in rare music memorabilia throughout the hotel; the luxurious Vanity Nightclub, home to SIN on Sundays industry party; Reliquary Water Sanctuary & Spa; Reliquary Salon; 4.5 acres of tropical pool paradise which houses the trendsetting pool parties including the famous REHAB Sunday party and RELAX Monday party as well as the new Summer Camp Fridays and Nectar Music Festival Saturdays; The Joint concert venue; Hart & Huntington Tattoo Co.; restaurants including traditional steakhouse with an edge 35 Steaks + Martinis, Mexican cantina Pink Taco, and ‘round the clock diner Mr. Lucky’s Café; and a state-of-the-art Fitness Center.  For room availability and additional information call 800.HRD.ROCK (800.473.7625) or visit www.hardrockhotel.com.

Contact
Mike Afromowitz (917) 566-8754, mikea@yourwitzend.com

UNDEFEATED ANDERSON SILVA NEPHEW, GUILHERME BERTHOLDO, LEADS PACK OF UNDERCARD TALENT FOR LION FIGHT MUAY THAI VI: SCHILLING VS. MARCUS II AT HARD ROCK HOTEL & CASINO LAS VEGAS MAY 12

May 8, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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LAS VEGAS (May 8, 2012) – Undefeated 19-year-old prospect Guilherme Bertholdo (6-0), the nephew of UFC Middleweight Champion and pound-for-pound great Anderson Silva, will look to extend his perfect run in Muay Thai’s amateur ranks and move one step closer to turning professional when he faces off with Chris Lazaro (7-2) of Las Vegas, Nev. in a welterweight (147 pounds) matchup on the undercard of the Lion Fight Muay Thai VI: Schilling vs. Marcus II full-rules Muay Thai event at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on Saturday,

“I am excited to finally test my skills against top level amateur opponents,” said Bertholdo, a member of Black House Team Nogueira, the famed training camp that is also home to Silva and is headed by MMA legends and twin brothers Antonio “Rodrigo” and Antonio “Rogerio” Nogueira in San Diego, Calif. where he trains under Kru (trainer) Alex Palma.

In Brazil, Bertholdo took up Karate and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at an early age before relocating to San Diego with his family. While his father has schooled him Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and helped Bertholdo attain the rank of purple belt in the submission fighting discipline, Bertholdo has gravitated to the sport of Muay Thai due to his love for kicking and punching.

“Striking is my passion,” he said. “My Kru (trainer) has really taught me to use my hands and angles and, because of this, I’ve learned to appreciate the beauty of Muay Thai. MMA is a sport that I eventually will focus on in the future but, for now, I want to sharpen my striking and compete in an all-striking sport.”

Bertholdo said he is knocking on the door of gaining his United States citizenship and would like to eventually represent America as a member of the U.S. National Muay Thai Team.

“I am learning from my senior (training partners) how to conduct myself and perform like a true fighter, I am not attending college. Black House Team Nogueira is my college.”

Bertholdo’s opponent, Lazaro, is a 24-year-old member of Hard Knocks Muay Thai gym and student of Renzo Asparria, whom Lazaro has been training with for the last two years. The matchup with Bertholdo will be Lazaro’s first since he sustained a broken thumb during training last year.

“I love this sport and I’ve been eagerly waiting to get back in the ring. That time has come now that I’m healed up and I’m looking forward to putting on a great show,” said Lazaro, a technical fighter known for staying in the pocket with his opponent and throwing hard uppercuts.

Reserved ticket seats for Lion Fight Muay Thai VI: Schilling vs. Marcus II, priced from $45, are on sale at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino box office, all Ticketmaster outlets (800-745-3000) and online at Ticketmaster.com.

Doors at The Joint open at 4 p.m. and the first preliminary bout will begin at 5 p.m.

The live stream of the 12-bout card, which will be facilitated by Go Fight Live, will begin at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on LionFightPromotions.com and can be purchased for a one-time credit card charge of $14.99.

In the highly-anticipated main event, WBC Light Heavyweight (175 pounds) Champion Joe “Stitch ‘Em Up” Schilling (12-2, 10 KO’s) of Los Angeles, Calif. will face off with undefeated top contender and bitter rival Simon Marcus (23-0, 18 KO’s) of Toronto, Ontario Canada in a grudge rematch after their first meeting on Feb. 25 ended in a controversial first-round TKO in Marcus’ favor.

In the co-main event and a second highly-anticipated rematch, Filipino American Romie Adanza (16-3, 7 KO’s) of Irvine, Calif. will face off with Thanit “Boom” Watthanaya (45-12, 12 KO’s) of Vancouver, BC Canada via Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand.for the vacant WBC international super flyweight (115 pounds) championship.

Thai superstar Mongkon “Malaipet” Wiwasuk (138-27-5, 26 KO’s), fighting out of Fresno, Calif. will put his WBC national welterweight (147 pounds) strap on the line against aggressive-minded counterpuncher Justin Greskiewicz (17-8, 3 KO’s) of Philadelphia, Pa.
Fresh off his rubber match victory over “Coke” Chunhawat, seasoned technician Matt Embree (20-3, 9 KO’s) of Toronto, Ontario Canada will return to Lion Fight action and face another tough, highly-experienced adversary in former world champion Nils Widlund (34-1, 12 KO’s) of Stockholm, Sweden.

Undefeated rising star Tiffany Van Soest (2-0) of San Diego, Calif. will take on fellow prospect Heidi Otterbein (3-1, 1 KO) of Las Vegas via Vancouver, BC Canada. in a 125 pound catchweight bout.

In a matchup of two experienced, Las Vegas-based MMA competitors who have decided to test their combative skills in the Muay Thai ring for the first time in their respective careers, Javier Torres (0-0) will square off with Michael Madrid (0-0) in a 170 pound catchweight fight.

Fresh off his fifth professional victory at Lion Fight Promotions’ last event on Feb. 25, Scotty Leffler (5-2, 3 KO’s) of Las Vegas will return to action against promising upstart Artem Sharoshkin (3-1) of San Diego, Calif. in a welterweight (147 pounds) affair.

LION FIGHT MUAY THAI VI: SCHILLING VS. MARCUS II
COMPLETE MAIN FIGHT CARD:

Joe Schilling (Los Angeles, CA) vs. Simon Marcus (Toronto, Ontario CANADA)
175 lbs / WBC Interim World Title

Romie Adanza (Irvine, CA) vs. Thanit Watthanaya “Boom” (Vancouver BC CANADA / THAILAND)
115 lbs / WBC International Title

Mongkon Wiwasuk “Malaipet” (Fresno, CA / THAILAND) vs. Justin Greskiewicz (Philadelphia, PA)
147 lbs / WBC National Title

Tiffany Van Soest (San Diego, CA) vs. Heidi Otterbein (Las Vegas, NV / CANADA)
125 lbs / no title

Nils Widlund (San Diego, CA / SWEDEN) vs. Matt Embree (Toronto, Ontario CANADA)
140 lbs / no title

Javier Torres (Las Vegas, NV / MEXICO) vs. Michael Madrid (Las Vegas, NV)
170 lbs / no title

Scotty Leffler (Las Vegas, NV) vs. Artem Sharoshkin (San Diego, CA / RUSSIA)
147 lbs / no title

COMPLETE UNDERCARD:

Jason Andrada (Las Vegas, NV) vs. Jessie Magusen (Fontana, CA) – 125 lbs

Josh Shepard (Las Vegas, NV) vs. Amir K Ansari (Shreveport, LA) – 160 lbs

Genesis Bravo (Las Vegas, NV) vs. Marie Choi (Irvine, CA) – 112 lbs

Chris Lazaro (Las Vegas, NV) vs. Guilherme Bertholdo (San Diego, CA) – 147 lbs

Brandon Ebert (Las Vegas, NV) vs. William Briones (Van Nuys, CA) – 135 lbs

About Lion Fight Promotions
Lion Fight Promotions is a Las Vegas, Nevada-based world championship Muay Thai kickboxing promotion dedicated to producing matchups between the best Muay Thai fighters in the world in their respective weight classes. Led by former Las Vegas casino executive, Scott Kent, the promotional company has been developed in consultation with Christine Toledo, one of the sport’s most popular champions and star of the Oxygen Network reality television show Fight Girls. Both Kent and Toledo share a common passion for Muay Thai and are working together to promote the sport.

About Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is Las Vegas’ off-strip playground, just minutes and less than three miles from McCarran International Airport. The premier destination entertainment resort is owned by Brookfield Real Estate Finance Fund II, a division of Brookfield Asset Management (NYSE: BAM) and managed by WG-Harmon, LLC, a subsidiary of Warner Gaming, LLC. Built in 1995, the property completed a $750 million expansion in 2010. Hard Rock Hotel & Casino offers an energetic entertainment and gaming experience with the services and amenities associated with a boutique luxury resort hotel. The property is known for its innovative nightlife and music scene where acts such as The Rolling Stones, Bon Jovi, Paul McCartney, Incubus, Foo Fighters, Carlos Santana and Motley Crue have all performed. Features of the property include an 11-story Casino Tower with 640 guest rooms, 17-story Paradise Tower with 490 rooms and suites and the all-suite HRH Tower with 359 suites, eight spa villas and seven penthouse suites; 72,000 square feet of casino space; 80,000 square feet of flexible meeting and convention space; more than $3 million in rare music memorabilia throughout the hotel; the luxurious Vanity Nightclub, home to SIN on Sundays industry party; Reliquary Water Sanctuary & Spa; Reliquary Salon; 4.5 acres of tropical pool paradise which houses the trendsetting pool parties including the famous REHAB Sunday party and RELAX Monday party as well as the new Summer Camp Fridays and Nectar Music Festival Saturdays; The Joint concert venue; Hart & Huntington Tattoo Co.; restaurants including traditional steakhouse with an edge 35 Steaks + Martinis, Mexican cantina Pink Taco, and ‘round the clock diner Mr. Lucky’s Café; and a state-of-the-art Fitness Center. For room availability and additional information call 800.HRD.ROCK (800.473.7625) or visit www.hardrockhotel.com.

TICKETS FOR UFC® 148: SILVA vs. SONNEN 2 ON SALE THIS FRIDAY, MAY 4!

May 2, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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Las Vegas, Nevada – A heated middleweight title fight and a pair of long-awaited rubber matches highlight a loaded UFC® card slated for Saturday, July 7 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The Ultimate Fighting Championship® announced today that tickets will go on sale to the public this Friday for UFC® 148: SILVA vs. SONNEN 2.

Please click the logo above for a breakdown of the event by UFC commentator Jon Anik. You can also click here.

The main card features:

· Middleweight title fight: champion Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen

· Bantamweight title fight: champion Dominick Cruz vs. Urijah Faber in a battle of current coaches on The Ultimate Fighter® Live on FX

· Light heavyweight bout: Tito Ortiz vs. Forrest Griffin

· Middleweight bout: Rich Franklin vs. Cung Le

· Welterweight bout: Demian Maia vs. Dong Hyun Kim

Tickets for UFC® 148: SILVA vs. SONNEN 2, presented by Bud Light®, go on sale Friday, May 4 at 12 p.m. PT. and are priced at $1200, $850, $600, $400, $250 and $125. Tickets are available at all Las Vegas Ticketmaster locations (select Smith’s Food and Drug Centers and Ritmo Latino). To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets also are available for purchase at www.mgmgrand.com or www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets are subject to convenience and service fees.

UFC® Fight Club™ members will have the opportunity to purchase tickets to this event Wednesday, May 2 at 10 a.m. PT via the website www.ufcfightclub.com. A special Internet ticket pre-sale will be available to UFC newsletter subscribers Thursday, May 3, starting at 10 a.m. PT. To access this presale, users must register for the UFC newsletter through UFC.com.

UFC® 148: SILVA vs. SONNEN 2 will be available live on Pay-Per-View at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT on UFC.TV, iN DEMAND, DirecTV, DISH Network, Avail-TVN, and in Canada on BellTV, Shaw Communications, Sasktel, and Viewer’s Choice Canada for a suggested retail price of $44.99 US/$49.99 CAN for Standard Definition and $54.99 US/$59.99 CAN for High Definition.

For more information or current fight news, visit www.ufc.com. All bouts live and subject to change.

The Ultimate Fighting Championship®

Universally recognized for its action-packed, can’t-miss events that have sold out some of the biggest arenas across the globe, the UFC® is the world’s premier mixed martial arts organization. Owned and operated by Zuffa, LLC, headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada, and with offices in London, England, Toronto, Canada and Beijing, China, UFC® produces more than 30 live events annually and is the largest Pay-Per-View event provider in the world.

In 2011, the UFC burst into the mainstream with a landmark seven-year broadcast agreement with FOX Sports Media Group. The agreement includes four live events broadcast on the FOX network annually, with additional fight cards and thousands of hours of programming broadcast on FOX properties FX and FUEL TV. This includes the longest-running sports reality show on television, The Ultimate Fighter®, which now airs on FX in an exciting new live format.

In addition to its reach on FOX, UFC programming is broadcast in over 150 countries and territories, to nearly one billion homes worldwide, in 20 different languages. UFC content is also distributed commercially in the United States to bars and restaurants through Joe Hand Promotions. The UFC also connects with tens of millions of fans through its website, UFC.com, as well as social media sites Facebook and Twitter. UFC President Dana White is considered one of the most accessible and followed executives in sports, with more than two million followers on Twitter.

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