Eric Kelly Returns On November 30 At URCC 24 “Uprising”

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After being out for 8 months, Eric “The Natural” Kelly, is hundred percent ready and healthy to return inside the URCC ring on November 30, 2013, at URCC 24 “Uprising” as he takes on a yet to be named undefeated Chinese fighter who according to some sources, has a 6-0 record.

The news was confirmed by Eric Kelly’s manager, Chef Ro.

Chef also told us that Kelly will fly to Macau to train for his up coming fight

Kelly has long been considered as the first homegrown Filipino fighter to be signed by the UFC. But all the high hopes for Kelly were smashed when Honorio “The Rock” Banario stopped him in the 4th round of their world champioship fight at ONE FC 7 – Return of Warriors.

“The biggest mistake I made in my career was when I accepted to fight him (Banario) even though my eye injury is not completely healed”, said Kelly in a conversation with MMA Orient staff, Zike.

Now that his injury is all healed up, Kelly is pumped to redeem himself from his last fight when takes on an undefeated Chinese fighter as a main event bout of URCC 24 “Uprising”.

URCC 24 is set to go down on November 30, 2013, at the SMX Convention Center.

A heavyweight contest has been confirmed by URCC as Igor Subora, the current heavyweight champion, will defend his title for the first time against a former champion and a two-time SEA Games Wrestling Gold Medalist, Marcus Valda. This heavyweight contest is going to be interesting. A very accomplished grappler takes on a mammoth Ukranian fighter, who is on a roll.

Also, a rumored bantamweight championship match is said to take place as Team Lakay’s Dave “The Scarecrow” Galera will make his first title defense versus Submission Sport Philippines’ Reysaldo “Onyok” Transmonte.

*Update – Reliable sources confirmed that the Galera vs. Transmonte bout is off.

URCC 24 will also showcase the return of the former URCC featherweight king, Ali Khatibi. The DEFTAC standout aims to impress URCC fans after four years of not fighting inside the ring. Though his opponent is yet to be determined, Khatibi is preparing very well for his comeback fight and looks to reclaim his URCC title soon.

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Three More Bouts Added To PXC 41 Including Ting vs. Striegl 2

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PXC adds three very interesting match ups for their November 9 event in the Philippines as Mark “Mugen” Striegl, one of Philippines’ best MMA fighters will try to bounce back from a devastating 3rd round submission defeat in the hands of the current PXC World Featherweight Champion, Jangyong Kim at PXC 39 as he takes on fast rising prospect from New Zealand Ev Ting in PXC 41 at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City, Philippines.

Team Lakay’s Troy Bantiag and top Hawaiian prospect Johnny Pecyna will try to put themselves back into the winning column as the two intimidating bantamweights lock horns at PXC 41.

PXC CEO/Promoter, EJ Calvo, confirmed the bouts on Saturday morning.

Striegl and Ting already faced each other last year at Legend FC 7. The superb grappling ability of Striegl was the biggest factor in their first meeting as the Filipino puts the Kiwi fighter into deep sleep in the very first round by way of rear-naked-choke.

Since he lost to Mark Striegl, Ting went 2-1 including his K.O victory over Dustin Terill and a Unanimous Decision win against Rolando Dy. Ting’s two-fight win streak was snapped when he lost to the South Korean fighter, Yeong Gwang Choi at Legend FC 11.

Meanwhile, Striegl is coming off a shocking defeat against Korean Top Team’s Jangyong Kim last September. Everyone, except for the South Koreans, at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig was stunned when they saw their hometown hero tapped for the first time in his career. Kim silenced and proved the people wrong that he can beat the heavy favorite Striegl and became the newest PXC World Featherweight champion.

The fight with Kim exposed a lot of holes on Striegl’s game. Some said he lost because he got no striking, his cardio sucked, and he seemed small compared to Kim. But if you are a Striegl fan, you must know and believe that he is a warrior and he will be back stronger, because that is what he do – training hard to get better in every aspect of his game.

Another explosive fight is set to go down between two of the fastest and powerful flyweights in the region as Jinel Lausa of Team Insider battles heavy-handed Ernesto Montilla Jr. of Fightworks MMA.

The bout was confirmed by Montilla Jr.’s coach, Christopher Brandy Quicho.

Jinel Lausa showed how talented of a fighter he is when he dismantled Adam Cacay in the 3rd round of their PXC 39 fight. Lausa comes from a Boxing and Muaythai background. He has an incredible handspeed and a very strong takedown defense.

In the other hand, Montilla Jr. has been a force in the PXC flyweight division, defeating some of the best guys in his division. His TKO victory against Jerome Wanawan and submission win over Ruel Catalan simply showed that he is a threat to anyone in the division.

Montilla Jr.’s last outing did not went well for him as he lost to an incredibly talented fighter from Baguio, Team Lakay’s, Roldan Sangcha-an.

But despite of the roller coaster ride of his MMA career, Montilla Jr.’s enthusiasm in training and his attitude of a champion will surely bring him into the title contention in the future. For now, he just needs to win one fight at a time.

PXC 41 features a World Flyweight Championship fight between the alway-exciting champion Ale Cali and the no. 1 contender Louis Smolka.

Also, “The Slugger” Crisanto Pitpitunge, after he lost the bantamweight title against Michinori Tanaka at PXC 37, is going to make his return and looks to start his climb up the title contention when he takes on a very dangerous Hawaiian fighter in Russel Doane.

PXC 41 Confirmed Bouts:

Ale Cali Vs. Louis Smolka (Flyweight World Title Fight)

Crisanto Pitpitunge – Russel Doane (Bantamweights)

Mark Striegl Vs. Ev Ting (Featherweights)

Keita Nakamura – Shane Nelson (Lightweights)

Troy Bantiag – Johnny Pecyna (Bantamweights)

Jinel Lausa Vs. Ernesto Montilla Jr. (Flyweights)

Female Bout TBD

Visit www.pxc.com.ph for the latest updates

Lightweights Camacho vs. Bang has been postponed to PXC-41.

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(Press Release) PXC-40 was prepared for Saipan’s Frank “The Crank” Camacho to battle Korea’s Seung Hwan Bang on October 25, 2013 at the UOG Fieldhouse on Guam, but the fight was cancelled because of Bang’s VISA problems. Their bout has been postponed to November 9, 2013 at PXC-41.

PXC-40 will still be an explosive night of MMA action as recently crowned PXC Bantamweight Champ, Michinori Tanaka of Japan, will defend his Title for the first time in hostile territory against rising MMA star from Guam, Kyle Aguon, on October 25th at the University of Guam Field House in Mangilao, Guam.

The other bouts on the fight card are:

Will Chope vs. Takumi Nakayama (145 lbs)

Patricia Vidonic vs. Mei Yamaguchi (Female – 115lbs)

Mklane Alfred vs. Josh Duenas (125 lbs)

Tyrone Jones vs. Chuji Kato (155 lbs)

Kyle Reyes vs. Tae Kyun Kim (145 lbs)

Shane Alvarez vs. Han Bin Park (135 lbs)

Trevin Jones vs. Alvin Cacdac (135 lbs)

One of the anticipated fights for the night, Saipan’s Frank “The Crank” Camacho vs. Korea’s Seung Hwan Bang, has been postponed until November 9th at PXC-41 in Manila because of VISA issues from Bang. Joey Calvo, President of PXC, says “Camacho and Bang is a big lightweight fight with championship implications and that’s why we just didn’t cancel the fight. We wanted the fight to happen on Guam but it is just too big of a fight to cancel and schedule another fighter for Frank.”

PXC-40 will take place on Friday, October 25th, and will feature a stacked fight card, with professional MMA matchups showcasing some of the best fighters from Guam, Hawaii, California and Japan.

Tickets are on sale now for $30 General Admission at 76 Circle K locations throughout Guam or online via http://www.tpiguam.com. VIP tickets are $50 and available at Cars Plus in Maite.

PXC-40 is presented by Miller Lite, Docomo Pacific, and the stations of KUAM. PXC-40 is also brought to you by Guam Air Guard, Jeep, Monster Energy, Pacific Islands Club, 76/Circle K, Budget Car and Truck Rental, Pacific Trucking Guam, Gladiator Crew, and Uno Guam Magazine.

For more information on PXC-40, check out www.pxc.com.ph or visit us on Facebook.

DARE – Rebels of MMA Full Fight Card!

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The wait is finally over, as Thailand’s largest Mixed Martial Arts organization, Dare Fight Sports is back with Asia’s most anticipated fight event of 2013 – DARE – Rebels of MMA. Dare Fight Sports presents their first event since their official endorsement from The Sports Authority of Thailand (SAT) to mark the return of MMA to one of the original homes of Mixed Martial Arts.

Since their launch in 2011, DARE quickly established themselves as The Rockstars of MMA, with the most original and stylish production, coming out of a nightclub in the heart of Bangkok, the Coolest City on the Planet. The October event will see the continuation of DARE’s Million Dollar Tournament, with fighters in 8 weight divisions competing in 8 simultaneous knock-out tournaments, the winners of which will collect their share of the Million Dollar Prize. The DARE – Million Dollar Tournament is broadcasted to over 700 million households worldwide on TRUE Sports in Thailand, CCTV5 in China and NBC Sports in USA.

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IRON FIST (Ole Baguio Laursen, 6-3) VS THE JOE RAY (Joe Ray, 10-3)

Opening Round / Welterweight Division

 

SWAMP (Moise Rimbon, 19-9) VS LOKOMOTIV (Alexander Gladkov, 4-0)

Opening Round / Heavyweight Division

 

STRANGLER (Murad Machaev, 12-1) VS TURK (Gokhan Turkyilmaz, 9-8)

Opening Round / Lightweight Division

 

NOSTROVIA! (Rasul Mirzaev, 6-0) VS SCRAPS (James Saville, 11-6)

Opening Round / Featherweight Division

 

RONIN (Shane Wiggand, 6-8) VS KREEPY KRIS (Kristoffer Persson, 1-3)

Quarterfinals / Lightweight Division

 

BIG BAD (Brad Terrey, 2-3) VS BABBIE (Rachanon Ngaongam, 4-0)

Opening Round / Lightweight Division

 

SNIPER (Stephen Loman, 3-0) VS THE ASKER (Asker Baragunov, 1-4)

Opening Round / Flyweight Division

 

 October 12, 2013 – Club Insanity, Sukhumvit Soi 12, Bangkok, Thailand.

 Warm-up party starts at 4PM, Doors Open at 5PM – Fights start at 6PM.

 

Click here to book your tickets

 

Live text, photos and results available during the event:

http://www.facebook.com/DARE

twitter.com/@DareFightSports

http://www.darefightsports.com

 

GAME ON.

ROAD Fighting Championship Announces Full Fight Card for ROAD FC 013 in Gumi, South Korea and Live Streaming via UStream

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October 8, 2013 – ROAD Fighting Championship announces the full thrilling line up of twelve fights for another action-packed MMA event. ROAD FC 013 and Young Guns 9 will take place this coming Saturday, October 12th, 2013 in the J.H. Park Stadium in Gumi, South Korea.  The Main Event will be Lightweight Champion Nam Yui-Chul’s first title defense against Kume Takasuke.  Both fighters were the Finalists in the ROAD FC Lightweight Tournament.  At ROAD FC 011, Nam won the title after going into a fourth overtime round in a very close and hard-fought battle with Kume.  The future of the ROAD FC Lightweight Champion will be determined in this highly anticipated rematch between two of the best and most exciting lightweight fighters.

The first of four Superfights will be a lightweight challenge between Korea’s icon Kwon A-Sol, who is returning to MMA after two years of military service, against Japan’s KO artist Koji Nakamura.  The second Superfight will be a bantamweight contest between Issei Tamura, a recent UFC veteran, and Song Min-Jong, the recent Championship Contender.  An exciting and historic middleweight Superfight features Japanese super star Ikuhisa Minowa in the 100th fight of his career against the very tough Kim Hoon.  The final Superfight of the Main Card will be a welterweight clash between heavy hitting Karate Champion Andrews Nakahara and grappling ace Cha Jung-Hwan.

The Young Guns 9 Undercard will be the Semifinal matches for the Featherweight tournament, Kwon Bae-Yong versus Kosuke Umeda and Kil Yong-Bok versus Choi Moo-Gyum.  All four fighters have the capability of winning the entire tournament, so the Semifinals will be hotly contested bouts with a lot riding on the outcome.  Future featherweight contenders meet in two more matches: Yoon Heo versus Jo Byoung-Oak and Yoon Jae-Oon versus Jeon Uh-Jin.  A Bantamweight Superfight sees the ongoing rivalry between ROAD FC and DEEP FC continue as “Little Korean Zombie” Lee Yun-Jun returns to take on the “Korean Killer”, Makoto Kamaya from DEEP.  Rounding out the Young Guns 9 Card is 2-time “Crying Fist” competitor Han Ee-Moon taking on wild horse Kim Hyoo-Ryong, and bantamweight kickboxing pro Kim Seong-Jae dropping to flyweight to face ROAD FC Into League top four finalist Kim Gyu-Hwa.

On October 12th, the Young Guns 9 Undercard will begin at 4:30 KST and the ROAD FC 013 Main Card will begin at 7:30.  ROAD FC 013 will be broadcast on SuperAction Live in South Korea, and live on Ustream at http://www.ustream.tv/roadfc.  Tickets for the event can still be purchased at Interpark online at http://ticket.interpark.com/search/ticket.asp?kind=othersite&search=%B7%CE%B5%E5FC&sc.shopNo=0000100000&sch=t_catebox&sbn=ticket.

For updates please visit the ROAD FC website at www.ROADFC.com and the Official Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/roadfightingchampionship.
ROAD Fighting Championship 013 in Gumi, South Korea
12th October, 2013 – J.H. Park Stadium

MAIN FIGHT CARD

5 – Lightweight Championship Challenge
Nam Yui-Chul vs Kume Takasuke

4 – Welterweight Superfight
Andrews Nakahara vs Cha Jung-Hwan

3 – Middleweight Superfight
Ikuhisa Minowa vs Kim Hoon

2 – Bantamweight Superfight
Song Min-Jong vs Issei Tamura

1 – Lightweight Superfight
Kwon A-Sol vs Koji Nakamura

Young Guns 9 Card

7 – Featherweight Tournament Semifinal Match #2
Kwon Bae-Yong vs Kosuke Umeda

6 – Featherweight Tournament Semifinal Match #1

Kil Young-Bok vs Choi Moo-Gyum

5 – Bantamweight Superfight
Makoto Kamaya vs Lee Yun-Jun

4 – Featherweight
Yoon Heo vs Jo Byoung-Oak

3 – Featherweight
Yoon Jae-Oon vs Jeon Uh-Jin

2 – Middleweight
Kim Hyoo-Ryong vs Han Ee-Moon

1 – Flyweight
Kim Seong-Jae vs Kim Gyu-Hwa

ONE FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIP™ AND CATALYST MEDIA GROUP TEAM UP TO REACH THE LARGEST TV AUDIENCE IN MIXED MARTIAL ARTS HISTORY

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(Press Release)

07 October 2013 – Singapore: ONE Fighting Championship™ (ONE FC), the world’s most exciting Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) promotion, is proud to announce that Catalyst Media Group, one of the world’s top sports program distribution companies, will be the exclusive content distribution partner for ONE FC starting in January 2014. The partnership entitles Catalyst Media Group to be the exclusive distributor for ONE FC’s live shows and archives around the world.

Catalyst Media Group Ltd. is a Hong Kong based company that acquires, creates and develops Asian-based sports and entertainment properties.

The company distributes premium quality sports programs to media outlets around the world. Catalyst Media Group has a team of seasoned media executives that have significant experience in areas of consulting, brand development, media content sales and sponsorship delivery focused on Asia. The company is jointly owned by RSE Ventures and Patrick Murphy.

A sports media veteran, Murphy was previously with TEAM Marketing in Switzerland where he helped fuel the explosive media rights growth of UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Europa League. He was previously at News Corp. and ESPN STAR Sports in Asia creating, acquiring and developing sports events. He has a proven track record in creating new business and monetizing sports content gained through over 20 years experience working in the industry.

“ONE Fighting Championship™ has reached an incredible level of production and fighter recruitment that is unprecedented in MMA,” Murphy said. “Catalyst Media Group felt that it was a critical juncture for us to offer our experience and worldwide distribution expertise to ONE FC. Having assisted in the development of top sporting properties globally in my 20 years of experience, the potential of ONE FC is an opportunity that I couldn’t pass up.”

CEO of ONE Fighting Championship™ Victor Cui stated, “Catalyst Media Group is the best there is in media distribution globally. The company has the best talent available in the business. ONE FC only partners with the best and I’m proud to welcome Patrick Murphy and Catalyst Media Group on board as our official partner.”

ONE FC has been driving the explosive growth of MMA in Asia since its inception in 2011 and has cornered the market with sold-out events across Asia and featuring the top fighters from around the world. Currently holding 90%+ market share in Asia, ONE FC is Asia’s largest MMA organization, and the leading brand for MMA in Asia.

For more updates on ONE Fighting Championship™, please visitwww.onefc.com and follow on Twitter @ONEFCMMA and Facebook atwww.facebook.com/ONEFCMMA.