Monday, June 13, 2016

Changing the Game: The Muhammad Ali Extension Act Revisited

The Muhammad Ali Act's extension to mixed martial arts has been in the works for several years now. I covered the topic 5 years ago when the UFC was still in the early stages of their fight for MMA legalization in New York. At the time, the Culinary Union was among the major elements blocking the sport's legalization in the Empire State. 

The Muhammad Ali Extension Act was recently introduced in Congress by former professional MMA fighter, Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK). If passed, I believe the Muhammad Ali Extension Act could lead to free agency in mixed martial arts.

H.R. 5365--A bill to amend the Professional Boxing Safety Act of 1996     to include fighters of combat sports in the safety provisions of     such Act; to the Committee on Education and the Workforce, and in     addition to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, for a period to     be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for     consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction     of the committee concerned.

The article below touches on the potential application of the Muhammad Ali Act of 2000 to MMA and makes connections to MMA legalization in NY, the Culinary Union

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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Is Dana White willing to accept fighters' union and Muhammad Ali Act for MMA legalization in New York?

Never ask for too much because you may just get what you asked for and then some.

Dana White wants to see MMA the UFC in New York. In order for this to happen, the sport must first be legalized by the New York State Senate. To ensure that this happens, Dana White (Zuffa) has monetarily and rhetorically lead an all-out campaign to motivate the legalization of MMA in New York. Yesterday the New York Daily News published an article by Dana White himself, titled "N.Y., stop fighting this sport: Mixed martial arts is safe -- and our economy needs the kick." The article is straight forward propaganda aimed at bringing the fastest growing sport to regulated play in New York. But, is Dana White willing to accept what it might take to get mixed martial arts sanctioned in the Empire State?

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Pondering WSOF's South African Expansion



The WSOF is digging up talent wherever it can. Their most recent affiliation was made just last week, when they announced a strategic partnership with South Africa's Fightstar Fighting Championship. Since acquiring Nicaragua's Omega MMA promotion (I have no clue what ever happened with that deal) in 2013, then Canada's Aggression MMA which was rebranded as WSOF-Canada, and their Chinese expansion last year, the WSOF's latest grab represents their continued push into foreign territory.

This is what I initially expected Bellator to do under Scott Coker. As the president of Strikeforce, Coker forged relationships with other promotions that led to many successfully co-promoted events with the likes of Elite XC and M-1 Global. I'm surprised we haven't seen Coker harness his international relationships from Strikeforce and his kickboxing days to promote the Bellator brand under Viacom.

It actually appears that WSOF's strategy is closer to what One FC did when they formed their One FC Network. But while One FC's focus remains the Asian market, which is still a huge market, no doubt, it appears that WSOF is looking for talent in some of the more untapped pockets of the world.

Zuffa previously scratched the MMA the South African MMA scene, when they eyed the country as part of their expansion efforts back in 2012-2013. Spare maybe Gareth Mclellan and Ruan Potts, whose 3 fight losing streak in the UFC sent him packing back to the EFC, the UFC's African campaign doesn't appear to be an aggressive one.

So, for the most part, South Africa continues to be virtually untouched by Western fight promoters. Maybe the WSOF can make something of their presence in the Rainbow Nation?


South Africa MMA has more here...

Monday, October 1, 2012

New International MMA Reality Show, "Reto de Campeones"

Mexico City will host the first season of Reto de Campeones, a mixed martial arts reality series. This first season will feature 16 middleweights, vying for the prize of $100,000 USD. The series is planned to run quarterly and promises to cover all weight divisions.


Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Legend FC 10: Liu Wenbo vs. Yang Hae Jun Primer

The top of the card at Legend FC 10 is bound to create havoc when Chinese prospect Liu Wenbo squares off with heavy handed Hae-Joon Yang of South Korea for the Legend Asia-Pacific Middleweight Title.

Jordan Burroughs on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno

The Tonight Show is featuring one guest 2012 Olympian every night this week. Last night Olympic freestyle Gold Medalist Jordan Burroughs visited with Leno. Here's a snippet of their segment...

 

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Andre Arlovski vs. Aleksander Emelianenko in boxing match? Not so fast!

Russian boxing managers were trying to arrange a boxing match between the two MMA fighters. However, according to an update at ValeTudo.ru, the September 30 date conflicts with another fight that Emelianenko has scheduled for the same date.

It was originally hoped that the match would appear on the preliminary card of "Vitali Klitschko with Manuel Charro".

Arlovski lost to Aleksander's older brother, MMA legend Fedor Emelianenko back in 2009. He is slated to face Soa Palelei at One FC 5 on August 31st 2012.
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"A month ago I was in Moscow and met with the co-chairman of the championship battle for the WBC Mikhail Denisov. It sounded to me to make a proposal under the Professional Boxing vs. Alexander Emelianenko fight on the undercard of Vitali Klitschko vs. Manuel Charr on September 8. And we could have a possible fight be immediately before the main event of the evening. I immediately gave his consent, because a long time wanted to try his hand at professional boxing. I think it would be interesting to the Russian public. I can say that it would have been interesting to me because I speak on Russian market at such a great event - for me and for Alexander it would be cool."
     -Arlovski (translated) via valetudo.ru, via championat.com.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Mike Tyson’s One Man Show…’The Undisputed Truth’ Review

Network blogger, 'Champ Creed' offers a rather clever review of Mike Tyson's latest one-man Broadway show, "The Undisputed Truth"...
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"If you grew up in New York City before Mayor Giuliani, chances are you quickly found your way into mischief. Certain school programs as well as after-school programs were cut out of the city budget leaving adolescents to their own mischievous devices in a metropolis filled with vice, predators, schemers and dreamers during the 70’s 80’s and early 90’s. The first act of ‘The Undisputed Truth’ Mike Tyson describes the landscape of his youth with his signature lisp and rib-clutching hilarity. The documentary titled ‘TYSON’ by director James Toback gives you an introduction to the life and times of the youngest Boxing Heavyweight Champion of all time from the collaborated lens of the subject (Tyson’s Life) and the film director. However there is a major difference between hearing Mike Tyson tell his life story in documentary format versus Mike Tyson telling his story on a Broadway stage… EDITING !"

Continue reading...

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Houston Alexander interview at KSW 20 Presser

No, it is not a rumor. Houston Alexander will (finally) face Jan Blachowicz in KSW.

Of course, if Blachowicz defeats Alexander, he should expect a call from the big boys (UFC, Bellator???)

Italian Soccer Player Mario Balotelli would trade popular football career for kicks in the cage

When asked what he would be doing if he weren't a popular footballer, Italian soccer player Mario Balotelli replied:
"I would [...] probably go to UFC."

Promo for Super Fight League's upcoming reality show, 'Challengers'

Sanjay Dutt and Raj Kundra aren't wasting any time making MMA India's next big thing. Their young promotion, Super Fight League, only has three shows on the books but the addition of a reality show is surely becoming a reality...