MMA Legend to Help Cultivate Next Generation of Champion Fighters
NEW YORK, NY – November 8, 2016 – Alliance MMA, Inc. (“Alliance MMA” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: AMMA), a mixed martial arts organization offering premier promotional opportunities for aspiring mixed martial arts fighters, today announced that MMA legend Burt Watson has joined the Company as Director, Fighter Relations, where he will serve as a motivational mentor for Alliance MMA’s regional promotions and their fighters.
In this newly created capacity, Mr. Watson will help shepherd Alliance MMA’s most valued product, its fighters, in their quest to become MMA champions. Applying his extraordinary inspirational talents, he will routinely visit Alliance MMA promotions to ensure consistency in the fighter relations process, and concurrently assist in nurturing the upcoming generation of professional fighters. Mr. Watson will help standardize the coordination of behind the scenes details for the promotions to help ensure that fighters are competing at the highest possible level of personal performance.
“Alliance MMA has already acquired five promotions, and we have plans to expand our operations aggressively in the coming months. Burt’s direct involvement will create a level of consistency for the promotions that we believe will result in our ability to ensure remarkably competitive opportunities for our fighters, while at the same time maximizing the entertainment value for our fans,” said Robert Haydak, President of Alliance MMA, Inc. “Burt has a unique talent for personalizing the fighter’s experience which creates a truly supercharged environment. He takes a sincere personal interest in every athlete, before, during and after each event. His infectious charisma inspires fighters preceding their bouts, and when necessary, he’s also the first person to provide compassionate consolation. We are absolutely thrilled to feature his larger than life presence as a key member of our team.”
Mr. Watson began his career in boxing more than 30 years ago coordinating events that involved boxing stars Mike Tyson, Oscar De La Hoya, Roy Jones, Sugar Ray Leonard, Bernard Hopkins and Wladimir Klitschko. Most recently, he served as head of fighter relations at Cage Fury Fighting Championships (CFFC), an Alliance MMA promotion. Before joining CFFC, Mr. Watson was the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Event Coordinator for 14 years where he was intimately involved in producing some of their most memorable events. Prior to his association with the UFC organization, Mr. Watson served as the business manager for legendary fighter ”Smokin’ Joe” Frazier for several years, and coordinated a promotional tour featuring renowned boxing greats Joe Frazier, Muhammad Ali, Larry Holmes, George Foreman and Ken Norton. Throughout his illustrious career, Mr. Watson was responsible for coordinating televised sporting events featured on numerous networks including ABC, CBS, NBC, ESPN, HBO, Showtime, USA, BET and Telemundo.
“My passion is working closely with fighters, and now with the Alliance MMA opportunity, I get to work with both fighters and the regional promoters to deliver the best possible experience for all,” said Mr. Watson. “MMA is widely regarded as the world’s fastest growing sport, and as the fan base continues to expand, I am totally stoked to help produce the next generation of stars as a member of the Alliance MMA family.”
Alliance MMA is the first MMA company to be traded on a major stock exchange, and is currently the only way for the public to invest in the MMA industry. Earlier this month, Alliance MMA announced the successful completion of their IPO, their listing on the NASDAQ and their acquisition of seven companies including five MMA promotion companies, a digital media sports platform and an electronic ticketing platform optimized for marketing MMA events.
MMA is a full contact sport that allows a wide range of fighting techniques including, striking and grappling from various martial arts and disciplines including Boxing, Wrestling, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Karate & Muay Thai. Professional MMA fights are legal and regulated by state athletic commissions in all 50 states.
About Alliance MMA, Inc.
Alliance MMA (NASDAQ: AMMA) is a mixed martial arts organization offering premier promotional opportunities for aspiring mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters who wish to advance to the sport’s highest level of professional competition. Alliance MMA’s mission is to identify and cultivate the next generation of fighters and champions for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and other premier MMA promotions.
With some of the world’s leading MMA promotions under the Alliance MMA umbrella, the organization aims eventually to host in excess of 125 events per year, showcasing more than 1,000 fighters. Alliance MMA will also be dedicated to generating live original sports media content, attracting an international fan base, and securing major brand sponsorship revenue for our live MMA events, digital media platform and Alliance MMA fighters.
Alliance MMA, Inc. was incorporated in 2015 for the purpose of acquiring businesses that engage in the promotion of MMA events. In 2016, the company went public with a listing on the NASDAQ stock market. Alliance MMA is the only mixed martial arts promotion company that is publicly traded, allowing public investment in the world’s fastest growing sport.
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Here are some of the fights on the upcoming card! There will be SIX title fights featured so don’t miss out!
Main Event – 170lbs Title Bout
Mitch Aguiar (Champion)
Co- Main Event – 185lbs Title Bout
Kedrick Harris (Champion
145lbs Title Bout
Kyle Graham (Champion)
155lbs Title Bout
Damon Minor (Champion)
205lbs Title Bout
Ryan Parker (Champion)
125lbs Title Bout
Two more exciting bouts round off the night!
Female 115lbs Bout
Prestige Fight Series 4 Features Main Event BRAWL: Chadd Collins takes on Alexi “The Great” Petroulias
Melbourne State Time: 7:00pm // New York Start time: 5:00am EST
What a huge show! This Oct 15th. Massive line up and can’t wait to put forward another big show! Top fighters from across the country here in Geelong!
Head to www.prestigefs.com.au for tickets or talk to your gyms and fighters!
Final layout of card to be announced in next few days.
the last time. Perth’s very own Daniel “The Rock” Dawson; the only man
to win world titles in boxing, Muay Thai and kickboxing returns to
Muay Thai after an illustrious career in boxing taking on 11 time
world champion and veteran John Wayne Parr hailing from the Gold
Coast.Known for their legend status in the world of Boxing, Kickboxing and
Muay Thai their two previous fights resulting in a victory each. This
will be the bout that settles the score as well as what will be John
Wayne Parr¹s last fight in WA before he retires.
Origins Fight Promotions worked hard to secure this main event bout in
what will be one not to miss as history is made on Perth soil as two
living legends go toe-to-toe in centre ring.
In the co-main event Perth home-grown middleweight Millad Farzad gets
his chance at redemption taking on Queenslander Jake Lund a second
time following his loss in May. The two are the future of Australian
fight sports and the bout promises to be a match up to be remembered
for years to comeŠ
Alex Amoroso (Seldys Gym) vs Jeremy “Fireball” Firth (Westside
(Country Muay Thai) vs Victoria Callaghan 2 (CGFT)Richard Lockett (Evolution MMA & Fitness) vs Luke Read (Riddlers Gym)
Charity Boxing Match #2: Scott “Rusty” Turnbull vs Eddie King
Charlie Diggins (CGFT) vs Alic Jones (Diesel Gym)
Charity Boxing Match #1: Jason “Butterbean” Harris vs Anthony “The
Jimmy Grey (CGFT) vs Travis Bowran 2 (Chinese Kickboxing)
Results from Powerplay 31: Riddell vs. Giorgi!
FIGHT 12 – MAIN EVENT
Bradley Riddell Vs Francesco Giorgi
WINNER: BRAD RIDDELL
Victor Nagbe Vs Piotr Lagodzki
3×3 K1 RULES
WINNER: VICTOR NAGBE BY KO 3rd Round!
Mehmet Ceyhan Vs Brendan McLean
5×2 K1 RULES
WINNER: MEHMET CEYHAN
Masri Nuristani Vs Ben McNeil
5×3 K1 RULES
WINNER: MASEH NURISTANI BY KO 2nd Round!
Ramesh Habib Vs Matthew Smith
WINNER: MATTHEW SMITH
Unanimous points decision
WKA SOUTH PACIFIC TITLE FIGHT!
Robert Minniti Vs Joshua Stoffels
5×2 K1 RULES
WINNER AND NEW SOUTH PACIFIC CHAMPION….ROBERT MINNITI!!!
John McKenna Vs David Petralito
WINNER: JOHN MCKENNA
Unanimous points decision
Indigo Boyd Vs Quan Trinh
RESULT: SPLIT DRAW!
Alberth Xavier Vs Tumay Hamza
3×2 K1 Rules
WINNER: ALBERTH XAVIER
BY KO 2nd Round!
Jacob O’Connor Vs Elliot Glenister
WINNER: JACOB O’CONNOR
Split points decision
Claire Foreman Vs Kerrianne McKay
WINNER: CLAIRE FOREMAN
Unanimous points decision
Kane Worthy Vs Dean Vujic
Unified MMA Heavyweight Champ Tanner Boser is out to prove he is UFC ready this weekend when he defends his crown against the uber tough Joey Yager.
Boser, the 25-year old Canadian prospect, is 10-2 in his pro career, having victories over UFC veteran Tim Hague, and MMA journeyman Tony Lopez. “The Bulldozer” has proven he can finish fights with six knockouts and two submissions, while also showcasing his stamina in his 25 minute war against Lopez this past June.
While the Canadian has certainly had his setbacks, it is clear he has the talent to compete at the sport’s highest level, and this weekend’s battle is an absolute must win if he hopes to join UFC’s roster.
Standing in his way will be Joey Yager, a 34 year old behemoth from Arizona that really has no business competing against a young stud like Boser. “Yagerbombz” is far from the prolific finisher Boser is, taking home only three finish victories in 11 career wins.
In his career, Yager has fought some notable names, and has lost to every single one of them. Brandon Halsey, Clifford Starks, and Marcus Sursa have all defeated Yager in the last three years. To his credit, the Heavyweight has defeated Tony Lopez in back to back impressive performances.
In all honesty, this should be a showcase title defense for Boser where he makes his statement to UFC brass that he is ready for the limelight. Will he fold under pressure, or come out victorious?
KC Fighting Alliance will “Fight For The Cure” on Saturday night in Missouri, and fight fans will be treated to a stacked card featuring some very intriguing bouts and prospects.
In the main event of the evening, Lightweight prospect Grant Dawson will look to prove he is ready for the big show when he takes on late replacement Mike Plazola for the KCFA 155 pound title.
Dawson, a Nebraska native, is 10-1 in his professional MMA career, with an additional seven submission victories in his impressive amateur career. “The Prophet” is a finishing machine, having won all 10 of his bouts via knockout or submission.
At one point, Dawson had 14 straight victories via submission from his Amateur career into the start of his professional career. Suddenly, the grappling aficionado decided to keep his next few fights on the feet, which led to three impressive KO’s, but also saw him take his first knockout loss.
Dawson was initially slated to take on Nick Rhoads in what would have been an exceptional fight, but 12-5 Mike Plazola has decided to step in on very short notice to take a crack at Dawson and the chance at becoming the 155 pound champ.
Plazola was born in California, but fights out of Iowa. A natural 145’er, Plazola will be the smaller man inside the cage, but he won’t have to cut any weight heading into the title fight.
“Plazilla” has had a strange pro MMA career thus far. After five straight finish victories to kick off his promising career, Plazola lost four straight fights via submission, including losses to UFC veteran Marcus LeVesseur and Bellator veteran Brandon Girtz. Since then, Plazola has gone 7-1 with all of his victories being violent finishes.
Plazola’s five losses all came via submission, and with Dawson earning 14 over his career thus far, you can expect “Plazilla” to try to keep this fight on the feet. Even if he does, Dawson has proved he has the power to put his opponents away in devastating fashion.
This is Dawson’s fight to lose, but Plazola is most certainly a live dog. Expect to see a barnburner of a fight, capped off with a savage finish that will likely make GFL’s Top 5 highlights next week.
Undefeated Flyweights battle for the Cage Combat title this weekend, and you can bet UFC brass will be keeping a close eye on the winner of this bout as a potential addition to UFC’s Flyweight ranks.
Francisco Obando and Dominick Perez both fight out of Texas, and both bring a 3-0 record into the cage on Saturday night. In a combined six fights, both men have only been able to accrue one finish each, but you can bet they will look to make a statement in their first title fight.
Obando heads into the fight with a three inch height advantage, towering over most Flyweights at 5’9. The 24 year old is coming off a hard fought decision victory over Dequette Reed at Cage Combat 25 back in August, and will look to make it four in a row on Saturday night.
As for Perez, the aspiring prospect has been trying to replicate his success in his amateur debut that led to a beautiful knockout victory, but two hard fought decision victories have given the 24-year old a ton of confidence heading into his first title bout.
This fight may lack bad blood, but it certainly doesn’t fall short of intrigue. The Flyweight division across MMA is starving for challengers, so a pair of undefeated amateurs going to war on Texas should be on everyone’s radar.
I wouldn’t expect a finish, but you can expect a hard fought battle that should leave fans on the edge of their seat.
Cage Combat 26 is a Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) Event Scheduled for October 1, 2016 in Humble, Texas USA and will be streamed on GFL! In the main event, Jose Solis will test his skills against an up-and-coming MMA talent in Casey Jones who looks to spoil his night and put the spotlight on himself in the road to the UFC!
Tru Bloodline has two fighters on the October 1st Cage Combat card. This card is stacked with Texas talent, and the Tru Bloodline team is ready to represent as well!
Jonathan Taylor will be making his debut as an amateur at a catch weight of 160 lbs. With Jonathan’s last fight falling thru at Legacy 58, he was afforded a double fight camp and is ready to let it all hang out. Next up is Mr. Casey Malik, Coming in with a few fights under his belt, Malik is looking to showcase his skill and display his confidence in a dominating fashion, since joining Tru Bloodline Fight team.
Few sports have exploded on to the international stage as quickly, or with as much gusto, as MMA. In twenty years, it has gone from being a niche sport to a worldwide phenomenon, capable of rivalling boxing in terms of spectacle and pulling in an audience. Much of this growth is obviously down to UFC, the behemoth promotion headed up by Dana White. The UFC monthly super-card has become must see action, with stars like Conor McGregor, Eddie Alvarez and Brock Lesnar becoming household names.
As with boxing, and every other competitive sport, betting on UFC is also massively popular. As the sport has grown, the excitement around the events has also grown, which in turn adds to the excitement around the betting scene. Part of that draw is down to the fact that MMA fighting throws up so many intriguing bouts. Some events will feature submission specialists against brawlers, or hard-hitting knockout specialists against nimble MMA purists. Nobody truly knows what is going to happen inside the Octagon, and that brings great excitement for fans and punters alike.
You see, the biggest guy, the toughest guy does not always win in MMA. Sometimes the smartest fighter comes out on top. Look at UFC 76, where Forrest Griffin choked out Mauricio Rua for an upset victory, punters could have made a tidy, long-odds profit backing Griffin for the win. He was the underdog, but used the choke out to beat a seemingly superior opponent. The beauty of MMA betting lies in predicting how those different styles will match up, not just who the best pure fighter will be.
The good news for MMA fans is that there are now plenty of chances to bet online on the next big fight. The dominant UFC promotion has weekly fight nights, with a monthly super-card featuring some spectacular fights. You can view the latest MMA betting odds online – pick your fight and make a bet – for upcoming events right now. There is much to look forward and plenty of intriguing fights coming up in 2016 and beyond: UFC 204 will feature a main event of British star, Michael Bisping, against Dan Henderson for the UFC Middleweight Championship. Later in the year, all eyes will be on New York for a stacked card in UFC 205. The sport has only recently been legalized in New York State, so expect Dana White to pull out all the stops to make it a memorable one for the Madison Square Garden faithful.