M1 Global

Finalized with addition of two featherweight fights

Streaming live Nov. 25 from China on M1Global.TV

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (Nov. 19, 2014) – The main card for the blockbuster November 25th M-1 Challenge 53: Battle in the Celestial Empire, airing live on www.M1Global.TV from Wukesong Arena in Beijing, China, has been finalized with the addition of two potentially explosive featherweight fights.

Rijirigala Amu (8-3-0), of China, takes on unbeaten Kazakh fighter Sergey Morozov (4-0-0), while Jianwei “Yangtze Uksw” He (1-1-0) faces Russian Movsar Evloev in his professional debut.

Six of the best heavyweight MMA fighters in the world top the main card in three highly competitive, entertaining matches.

Undefeated M-1 Challenge heavyweight champion Marcin Tybura (11-0-0), of Poland, defends his title against Estonia’s unbeaten challenger Denis Smoldarev (8-0-0) in the main event.

In a Heavyweight Super Fight, Russian star Sergei “The Paratrooper” Kharitonov
(21-5-0) takes on former M-1 Global interim heavyweight champion Kenny “Deuce” Garner (14-7-0), who replaced injured Satoshi Ishii (12-3-1).

Latvian knockout artist Konstantin Gluhov (28-14-0) battles former M-1 Challenge heavyweight champion Damian “Polish Pitbull” Grabowski (19-2-0), of Poland, in a Special Heavyweight Attraction.

Also fighting on the main-card is unbeaten Ukrainian featherweight Pavel Vitruk (11-0-0) against Jungle Fight champion Rafael Miranda (9-4-0, of Brazil. Four-time Wushu Sanda champion Muslim “King of Wushi Sanda” Salikhov (5-1-0), of Russia, faces Brazilian striker Victor Kratos Sckoteski (5-1-0), and Russian featherweight Nikita “Piranha” Chistyakov (4-1-0) meets Honggang “The Master” Yao (10-4-0) to round-out this loaded card from top to bottom.

All fights and fighters are subject to change.

M-1 Challenge 53 will be streamed in high definition on www.M1Global.TV, live from China. Viewers will be able to watch the preliminary fights and main card by logging on to register at www.M1Global.TV. Fans may watch all of the action on their computers, as well as on Andriod and Apple smart phones and tablets.

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Fight Network

Fight Network, a 24/7 television channel dedicated to complete coverage of combat sports. It airs programs focused on the entire scope of the combat sports genre, including live fights and up-to-the-minute news and analysis for mixed martial arts, kickboxing, professional wrestling, traditional martial arts, boxing, fight news, as well as fight-themed drama series, documentaries and feature films.

Below find highlights of this week’s programming:

Monday, Nov. 17

5:00 p.m. ET – UFC: The Time is Now Press Conference LIVE- Announcing the UFC‘s 2015 calendar in Las Vegas.

6:00 p.m. ET – Elite Muay Thai: Thailand vs. Challenger 20 – The biggest Muay Thai series in the world featuring premium international stand-up fighters taking on the renowned Thai National Team.

7 p.m. ET – 5 Rounds – Hosts John Ramdeen and Robin Black invite special guests to break down the weekend of MMA action.

7:30 p.m. ET – Fight News Now Extra – The top combat sports news of the day, plus interviews, features and more.

Tuesday, Nov. 18

7:00 p.m. ET – Xtreme Fighting Championships – Florida-based professional MMA featuring top Americans prospects, international stars and UFC veterans.

8:30 p.m. ET – Fight News Now Extra – The top combat sports news of the day, plus interviews, features and more.

9:00 p.m. ET – DEEP: Jewels 5 – MMA featuring Mizuki Inoue vs. Emi Tomimatsu and Naho Sugiyama vs. Ayaka Hamasaki from Aug. 9, 2014 in Tokyo, Japan.

Wednesday, Nov. 19

3:00 a.m. ET – Texas Fight Night – MMA action from Texas featuring the Lone Star State’s top prospects in the cage.

4:00 a.m. ET – Rocktagon MMA – Professional and amateur MMA from the Buckeye State featuring the next generation of stars.

6 p.m. ET – Best of Cage Rage – Classic matches from the world-renowned U.K. promotion featuring Anderson Silva, Vitor Belfort and Michael Bisping.

7 p.m. ET – Fight News Now: MMA Edition – Fight Network’s staple news program covering all the big stories in the combat sports world.

7:30 p.m. ET — Fighting Spirit MMA Season 3 – Compilation of fights from across the globe, including SFL, BAMMA, Cage Warriors, EFC Africa, KSW, UCMMA and WFC.

8:30 p.m. ET – Cage Warriors Fight Night – Cage Warriors 74: Nicholas Dalby vs. Mohsen Bahari for the Cage Warriors welterweight title from Noiv. 15, 2014 in London.

11 p.m. ET – MMA Meltdown with Morency – Gabriel Morency reports on all the latest odds, news and rumors from the MMA world, plus exclusive interviews.

11:30 p.m. ET – TakeDown Wrestling – coverage of amateur wrestling events with exclusive footage, interviews, analysis and behind-the-scenes action.

Thursday, Nov. 20

12:30 a.m. ET — Fight News Now Extra – The top combat sports news of the day, plus interviews, features and more.

1:30 a.m. ET – Tuff Girls – Reality series featuring female Muay Thai fighters on their journey to win a championship in Thailand under renowned trainer Master Toddy.

2:00 a.m. ET – Ultimate Challenge MMA Fight Night – UCMMA 22: Warrior Creed- Featuring Alex Reid vs. Jason Barrett from Aug. 6, 2011 in London.

6:00 p.m. ET – Championship Fighting Alliance – Professional MMA from Florida featuring the likes of Josh Sampo, Mike Kyle, John Howard, Sean McCorkle, Luis Palomino and others.

7:30 p.m. ET — Fight News Now Extra – The top combat sports news of the day, plus interviews, features and more.

9:00 p.m. ET – DEEP: Cage Impact 2014 – Featuring Kazuhiro Nakamura vs. Seigo Mizuguchi and Yuya Shirai vs. Yuki Okano from July 21, 2014 from Tokyp.

Friday, Nov. 21

12:00 a.m. ET – It’s Showtime Special – Chronicling classic kickboxing battles from Europe featuring Badr Hari, Daniel Ghita and Melvin Manhoef.

2:00 a.m. ET — Pancrase Fight Night – Classic pioneering MMA battles featuring Ken Shamrock, Frank Shamrock, Bas Rutten, Nate Marquardt, Chael Sonnen and others.

4:00 a.m. ET – Best of DEEP: Featuring classic fights from Japanese DEEP promotion including Shinya Aoki, Hayato Sakurai and Gegard Mousasi.

5:00 a.m. ET –Best of Jewels – Fights from the all-female Japanese mixed martial arts league.

6:00 a.m. ET – M-1 Challenge – Professional MMA from Europe featuring top rising prospects and international stars.

7:30 p.m. ET — Fight News Now Extra – The top combat sports news of the day, plus interviews, features and more.

8:00 p.m. ET — Toe 2 Toe – Exclusive sit-down interview with Brazilian MMA legend Wanderlei Silva.

9:00 p.m. ET – KSW 19: Pudzianowski vs. Sapp – Featuring Mariusz Pudzianowski vs. Bob Sapp and Mamed Khalidov vs. Rodney Wallace from May 12, 2012 in Lodz, Poland.

Saturday, Nov. 22

6:00 a.m. ET – Best of TKO – Featuring Urijah Faber vs. Ivan Menjivar from TKO 24.

7:00 a.m. ET – Best of Gladiator Challenge – Featuring Joe Stevenson vs. Casey Balkenbush from Gladiator Challenge 14.

10:00 a.m. ET – Best of SportFight – Top quality MMA from the Pacific Northwest, hosted by UFC veterans Matt Lindland and Chael Sonnen.

6:30 p.m. ET – USA Wrestling Weekly – Scott Casber gives weekly news and analysis centering around USA Wrestling, the sport’s national governing body, including interviews, features and look back at the past.

7:00 p.m. ET –Fighting Spirit MMA Season 4 – Compilation of fights from across the globe, including Legend FC, SFL, BAMMA, Cage Warriors, KSW, UCMMA and WFC.

Sunday, Nov. 23

12:00 p.m. ET — Best of ADCC Submission Fighting – Featuring compilations of the greatest grappling matches ever held, Tito Ortiz, Matt Hughes, Eddie Bravo, Fabricio Werdum, Marcelo Garcia, Ronald Souza and Royler Gracie.

1:00 p.m. ET — Elite Muay Thai: Thailand vs. Challenger 20 – The biggest Muay Thai series in the world featuring premium international stand-up fighters taking on the renowned Thai National Team.

2:00 p.m. ET – Enfusion 22 LIVE- Pro kickboxing from Groningen, Holland, featuring Andy Souwer vs. Ardalan Sheikholeslani for the 70 kg. world championship.

Information:

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SPIKE TV TO RE-BROADCAST BELLATOR 131 ON FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 21 AT 9:00 ET/PT

Spike TV will re-broadcast the record-setting Bellator 131 event on Friday, November 21 at 9:00pm ET/PT where fans who missed last Saturday’s thrilling fight card could check out firsthand Joe Schilling’s scintillating knockout, Will Brooks’ impressive TKO, and Tito Ortiz’s hard-fought win over his arch nemesis, Stephan Bonnar. Bellator 131 was the most watched fight card in franchise history, and the Ortiz-Bonnar fight was the most watched MMA fight this year on cable.

The Ortiz-Bonnar fight delivered 2 million viewers, peaking with 2.2 million viewers (including +3 dvr ratings).

Bellator 131 also delivered the highest gate and attendance (8,243) in franchise history.

All of the athletes who scored victories at #Bellator131 will be watching the re-broadcast and live tweeting and interacting with fans from their personal accounts. You can follow all of their individual accounts (below), as well as the official @Bellatormma account, and use the #bellator131 hashtag.

Tito Ortiz (@TitoOrtiz)
Will Brooks (@illwillbrooks86)
Mike Richman (@MikeUSMCRichman)
Joe Schilling (@JoeSchilling3)
King Mo (@KingMoFH)
AJ Matthews (@AJ_MMA)

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VICTORY VII MMA To Rock MADISON SQUARE Garden NOV 21ST-MMA Confidential

By Bruce KiVo

Victory VII MMA

Mixed Martial Arts is coming to MSG. Took long enough and it’s goin down Friday, Nov 21st, thanks to Victory Combat Sports. Victory CEO, Kevin Lillis partnered up with Take On Productions to bring in the biggest event ever sanctioned by the WKA in New York. Some of the best Kick Boxers and Muay Thai Fighters will compete alongside the best amateur Mixed Martial Arts Athletes in the Tri-state area for this historic event. TITLEFIGHTS and GIRLFIGHTS are included.

Coming off a nice win over Chris Carmozzi @ UFC FightNight, Renzo Gracie fighter, Rafael “Sapo” Natal, gives his thoughts on Victory VII coming to MSG.

Former UCL Champ, Chad Hernandez of Radical MMA is set to take on Anthony Glacchina of Serra/Longo in what looks to be a great fight.

Coach Rene Dreyfus of Radical MMA is well aware of the infamous Serra/Longo camp. Nobody can deny that former UFC WW Champ Matt Serra’s KO of former UFC WW Champ George St Pierre and UFC MW Champ Chris Weidman’s KO and TKO of the former UFC MW Champ Anderson Silva, AKA The GOAT were possibly the biggest upsets in UFC history. According to Coach Rene, Chad is more then ready.

Also on the card are 2012 Olympian Ibrahim Faraq, UFC Gym’s NJ Mac, Renzo Gracie’s Max McGarr, NY Combat Sambo’s Hassan Hope and Thomas Doyle, Take On Muay Thai Champ Jason ahim faraqVan Oijen and the ever exciting Bernard Cano who always brings it. Victory VII’s card is stacked. Max McGarr’s submissions are off the hook and who can forget Hassan Hope’s great back and forth match against Brad Bateman? Sambo Steve says his athletes are ready.

Limo Bob Talks VICTORY VII:

Speaking of stacked, did somebody say GIRLFIGHT?

The 2013 Female Fighter of the Year, Gianna Smith, Women’s Muay Thai and MMA Phenom Prairie Rugilo, Long Island’s Jessica Cavagnaro, Katalina Morales and Krav Maga Academy’s Viktoria Makarova will hilite this history making event. Just look back on previous Victory and Take On events. Is the next Ronda Rousey fighting on this card?

GIRLFIGHTS Totally ROCK!

Madison Square Garden is considered the greatest arena in the world. Dating back to the early 1900s to today, Champions like John L. Sullivan, Jack Jonson, Benny Leonard, Barney Ross, Jack Dempsey, Joe Louis, Rocky Graziano, Sugar Ray Robinson, Ali, Vito Antuefermo, Duran, Frazier, Sugar Ray Leonard, Holyfield and so many more have all fought here.

I know Former UFC Champs and Hall Of Famers Dan Severn and Royce Gracie would have been honored to fight here as well as Olympic Silver Medalist and UFC legend Matt Lindland.

In our last interview with New Yorker and former UFC Champ Matt “The Terror” Serra, he hinted at a possible comeback if it were at MSG. The Great Renzo would love the chance to compete here too. Former UFC Champ Frankie Edgar has mentioned it. Even UFC Champs, Chris Weidman and Jonny “Bones” Jones hope for the chance to compete in the greatest arena in the world! Refs Big John McCarthy and New Jersey’s Dan Miragliotta also have that itch and Dana White would would like nothing better then having a UFC @ MSG.

MMA fan, Actor Alex Corrado of TV’s Gotham, here with Penguin says “Big Congrats to Victory for bringin MMA to MSG!

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Superstar Cody Bollinger replaces Josh Hill, Faces Reigning Bantamweight Champ Marlon Moraes in World Series of Fighting 13 Main Event Live on NBC Sports Network from Bethlehem, Penn. on Sept. 13 – Confident Moraes putting belt on the line despite competing at catchweight

Cody Bollinger

With undefeated Canadian contender Josh Hill forced to withdraw from a planned title fight with reigning World Series of Fighting bantamweight (135 pounds) champion Marlon Moraes (13-4-1) of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. via Nova Friburgo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, submission ace Cody Bollinger (16-2) of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. has agreed to step up on short notice and face Moraes in the headlining bout of the World Series of Fighting 13 event at Sands Bethlehem Event Center in Bethlehem, Penn. on Saturday, Sept. 13, live on NBC Sports Network (NBCSN).

Moraes and Bollinger will meet in a 140-pound catchweight contest, and while World Series of Fighting officials initially expected the contest to be a non-title affair, Moraes is so confident in his chances, he’s promised to send Bollinger the bantamweight title belt should “The Cali Cowboy” prove victorious.

“I don’t know how we can make it official, but as far as I’m concerned, this is a title fight,” said a fired up Moraes. “Anytime I’m fighting, I’m fighting as a champion and I’m defending my belt. I don’t know how everybody else will see it but, to me, this is my next title fight and, if Cody wins, I’ll send him my belt. If I’m going to be a champion, I have to beat everybody I fight.”

“This is an amazing opportunity that came my way from a first-rate fight promotion, and I plan on making my fans proud,” said Bollinger. “I will be ready to go at it full force come fight time, shock the world and put an end to Marlon’s win streak.”

“World Series of Fighting 13: Moraes vs. Bollinger” takes place Saturday, Sept. 13, at Sands Bethlehem Event Center in Bethlehem, Penn. Tickets for the event, which include cageside seats for just $129, are currently on sale at Ticketmaster.com.

Doors to the venue open at 5 p.m. ET, with a full preliminary card getting underway at 6 p.m. ET. The live, NBCSN-broadcast main card kicks off at 9 p.m. ET.

“I thought Moraes vs. Hill was going to be an incredible championship fight, but this new pairing might better,” World Series of Fighting President Ray Sefo said. “Marlon isn’t exactly Cody’s biggest fan, and Marlon guaranteed me he was going to knock Cody out. Meanwhile, Cody didn’t hesitate for one moment when he was given the opportunity to step in on just 10 days’ notice, proving what a warrior he really is at heart.

“Now with Marlon promising to put his belt on the line despite fighting at 140 pounds, I think this fight just got even more interesting.”

Brazilian striking specialist Moraes has staked his claim as one of the biggest superstars of World Series of Fighting, a process that started nearly two years ago when he upset former WEC champion Miguel Torres by split decision. He then registered additional wins against Tyson Nam, Brandon Hempleman and Carson Beebe before claiming the inaugural World Series of Fighting bantamweight title fight against Josh Rettinghouse earlier this year.

Meanwhile, Bollinger fought most recently in July, earning a first-round submission win over Pablo Alfonso. While the 23-year-old impressed with his performance, he struggled to make weight for the bantamweight matchup and was planning a move to 145 pounds. However, the opportunity to take on Moraes was too enticing to pass up, and Bollinger believes he’ll prove his worth by defeating World Series of Fighting’s bantamweight title holder.

World Series of Fighting matchmaker Ali Abdelaziz said didn’t expect the belt to be on the line for the contest but is happy to honor the wishes of his two athletes in what’s quickly shaping up to be an epic grudge match.

“Cody simply can’t make 135 pounds in a little more than a week, but he’s confident he can beat Marlon, and that’s why he took this fight,” Abdelaziz said. “And honestly, I think Marlon offering to put his title on the line anyway shows what an incredible champion he is. I’ve been telling everyone for a while now, I think Marlon Moraes is the best bantamweight fighter in the world. I think he can beat anybody in the world at 135 pounds – anybody. Now he’s proving that he has the true heart of a champion, as well, willingly moving up in weight for this challenge and promising to put his belt on the line, anyway. It’s incredible.”

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