Archive | August, 2007

Andrian Pang Headline Australian’s Warriors Realm

24 Aug

by Tony Green (2007-08-24)

Last week saw Team IMA/Fairtex Australian MMA Champion Adrian Pang headline Australian Cage Fighting show Warriors Realm at Southport on Australia’s Gold Coast.

After the group introduction and a performance from the musical guest, the night kicked off with Port Macquarie’s Jason Harris versus Integrated/Fairtex fighter Korey Gibson at 74kg. This was Harris’ MMA debut whilst Gibson looked to extend his perfect 3-0 record. Harris opened the bout with some leg kicks but was met with a solid double leg takedown from Gibson. Harris managed to grab hold of Gibson’s neck with a guillotine attempt, but the Integrated fighter managed to pass to side control and free his head.

Harris scrambled to his feet after some positional jostling but was promptly put down again by Gibson who this time managed to get Harris’ back and sink a fight ending Rear Naked Choke at 4:21 of the first round. Gibson managed to extend his record to 4-0, whilst Harris gave an excellent account of himself in his MMA debut.

Next up were former training partners Mick Mortimer from Integrated/Fairtex versus Takao Kitahira from Advanced Martial Arts who had entrance song of the night with Bob Marley’s “One Love”. Takao’s resemblance to eccentric Japanese fighter Genki Sudo was further highlighted when he came out for the first round in Crane pose doing his best Karate Kid Impersonation.Mortimer wanted nothing to do with the funny stuff and promptly clinched with Kitahira. The first round was close with both men getting takedowns and working their ground and pound. Kitahira punctuated the end of the first round by opening a cut on Mortimer, however Michael came out strong in the second with a nice take down.He then managed to pass Takao’s guard and get mount, and Takao was able to defend long enough to throw his legs up under Mortimer’s arms and escape the mount into a very unusual tangle of bodies where neither man could land shots on the other. Mortimer ended up in guard and after a stand up managed to hit another take down and seal himself a spilt points decision for the win.

The Australian Welterweight Title was on the line after the interval with Intergrated/FairtexMMA’s Matt Cain taking on the dangerous Jon Valuri from Mach 1 in Perth.

Valuri wasted no time in throwing a huge right hand right off the bat and followed it up with a nice take down on Cain. Valuri worked his ground striking until Cain was able to stifle his attack and gain a stand up. Towards the end of round one Valuri split open Matt Cain’s cheek , but “The Rolling Bear” was all clear to continue.

Cain opened the second by gaining double underhooks and picking Valuri up on his shoulder as he looked for a huge slam. Valuri managed to avoid a massive impact but Cain ended up on top, until they were stood up by the Referee.
From the stand up Valuri hit a takedown of his own and had a close Rear Naked Choke attempt on Cain, but Cain kept his chin tucked long enough to manage to spin into Valuri and eventually get a stand up. The second round finished in the clinch with the two exchanging, and in the third round they went right back to it. Cain landed a knee and managed to reverse Valuri and gain top position, but Valuri demonstrated his grappling skills by sweeping Cain and getting back on top. Cain was bleeding and possibly down by two rounds at this point but from the bottom threw up his legs and managed to secure a very tight arm bar on Valuri. Jon had no choice but to tap at 1:35 of the third round, crowning Matt Cain the Warrior’s Realm Welterweight champion.
Post fight Jon was gracious in defeat, and Cain expressed in no uncertain terms his delight in pulling the win out of the fire. After the show Cain stuck to his pre fight prediction that the longer the fight the stronger he’d become, and proved himself right with a great submission victory.

The main event saw MANNERS’ Team BJ PENN team mate Dave MORENO venture down under where he promised to “cuddle a koala & whoop a wombat”, however, first on the agenda for Dave was a fight with Team Integrated/Fairtex multiple Australian 145lb champion Adrian ‘The Hunter’ PANG. With PANG’S trainer Dan HIGGINS away with team-mate Kyle ‘KO’ NOKE catching Croc’s with the rest of the team from Australia Zoo. PANG had the overwhelming task of both preparing himself & then cornering 3 team-mates from Australia’s No 1 MMA team of Integrated Martial Arts for the event.

With his team going 3-0 & the crowd at fever pitch after the LIMA/MANNERS war, PANG entered the cage to a deafening ovation. The bout started with both fighters showing tremendous respect for each other standing and ended on the ground as the bell went to end the first 5 minute round. From ringside the round was very even & smart fans knew that PANG definitely had a massive task on hand in the dangerous BJ PENN trained MORENO. Round 2 saw the bout hit the floor again and the entire match to this point had been a display of MMA 101 with superb technique displayed by both fighters in all aspects of the game. As the seconds ticked PANG maintained top position and just as it appeared he had the American’s number, MORENO swept PANG, much to the crowds dismay.

With MORENO on top he looked to land a few heavy shots of his own from inside PANG’S guard. PANG maintained composure and avoided the heavy shots thrown with very bad intent. In a blink everything was about to change when the cagey PANG snuck his head of to the side of an elbow attempt & secured a head and arm choke from guard, causing an exhausted MORENO to tap right at the point of passing out.

The win marks the muay-thai champions second submission victory in his last 3 international outings! His most recent fights saw him win via triangle choke over cage Force Japan poster boy Taiyo NAKAHARA in the main event of their debut show in Japan. Adrian then returned to Australia and fought to a draw with SUPER experienced Shooto star Katsuya TOIDA.

Now with the win in hand, again by submission, over a BJ PENN trained fighter, the sky is the limit for this 145lb assasin once known as a striker. With the 3 imprsseive showings and the MMA world with it’s eyes set on Adrian, he hopes to soon fight in America against the worlds best.

Team Integrated/Fairtex Australia would like to thank their sponsors Fairtex, VAS, Redbak for their ongoing support.

For a full recap on the fights check out http://www.warriorsrealm.tv

Fighters Confirmed For MAGIC!

21 Aug

by FTX (2007-08-21)

Here is the current schedule of fighters making appearances at the Fairtex booth.This list is partial, as we are still adding attendees now.
Monday:

UFC Fighter Scott Smith – 9am to 12pm and 3pm to 5pm

Pride Fighter Gilbert “El Nino” Melendez – 2pm to 5 pm

Showtime/EliteXC Fighter Jake Shields – 2pm to 5pm

Tuesday:

UFC Fighter Scott Smith – 9am to 12pm and 3pm to 5pm

Showtime/EliteXC Fighter Jake Shields – 2pm to 5pm

Wednesday:

UFC Fighter James “The Sandman” Irvin – 9am to 10am and 2pm to 4pm

WEC Champion Urijah “California Kid” Faber – 11am to 2pm

Thursday:

UFC Fighter James “The Sandman” Irvin – 9am to 10am and 2pm to 4pm

WEC Champion Urijah “California Kid” Faber – 11am to 2pm

Fairtex will be presenting our new apparel line at MAGIC in Las Vegas from August 27th-30th!MAGIC is an industry only event, i.e. not open to the public.We encourage everyone who will be attending to visit us at our booth # 20612.We are located in the South Hall.For those attending the show, stop by to say hello, and wear your Fairtex.We will have a full schedule of celebrity athlete appearances at the booth including Jake Shields, Gilbert “El Nino” Melendez, Scott “Hands Of Steel” Smith, Urijah “California Kid” Faber, James “The Sandman” Irvin, and more…Final schedule of appearances and autograph signings will be available through the MAGIC daily show guide.We will also post the schedule at http://www.fairtex.com.See you at the show!
About MAGIC
Each February and August, the fashion industry converges on Las Vegas for one of the most influential four days in the business – the MAGIC Marketplace. Over seventy years in the making, what started as a small group of manufacturers has developed into the preeminent fashion market in the world.
MAGIC connects a global audience of serious buyers and sellers of men’s, women’s and children’s apparel and accessories. Thousands of retailers spanning single store boutiques to mass market domestic and international chains come to the Marketplace to access more than 3,600 manufacturers showcasing over 5,000 brands and private label resources.
MAGIC International is the world’s largest and most widely recognized producer of trade shows for the apparel industry. The MAGIC Marketplace consists of four concurrent running events, providing the most comprehensive apparel and accessory offerings found anywhere in the world.

Fairtex Smoker September 1st

17 Aug

by FTX (2007-08-17)

The next Fairtex smoker will be Saturday September 1st at our Mountain View location. Pre-Registration is required, as we always have a tremendous amount of athletes who want to compete. Please contact the gym at (650) 938-8588, or 1-888-FAIRTEXto register. You can also email Mimy at mimy@fairtex.com
If you haven’t made it out to one of our Smokers yet, you are missing out. The fights keep getting better, and the crowds keep getting larger. Weigh-Ins for this event will be at 11am on the day of the event. The first bout will be at 2pm. Our address is 2044 Old Middlefield Way, Mountain View, CA 94043 See you there!

Shields vs. Charuto on Showtime

17 Aug

by FTX (2007-08-17)

Jake Shields will be facing Renato “Charuto” Verissimo at Elite XC in Hawaii on September 15th.The event is co-promoted by Hawaii’s two biggest MMA shows, Rumble On The Rock, and Icon Sports. Jake’s fight is part of the main card to be broadcast on Showtime.Charuto is a very tough UFC veteran, and a fight between him and Jake Shields had been scheduled several months ago on an event that did not materialize.Now the two will finally lock up on Showtime.
Shields has been busy training with his regular camp at Fairtex, and also at Cesar Gracie Jiu Jitsu.In addition Shields has traveled to Los Angeles to train with Ryron Gracie, and famous boxing coach Freddie Roach.
Jake Shields is looking to make a statement about his standing amongst the great welterweight fighters in the world.In fact Shields vs. Charuto is slated to take place in the same building, where both men previously competed in the Rumble On The Rock Welterweight Grand Prix, a tournament Shields would go on to win.At the Blaisdell on September 15th, Jake will look to build on that momentum.

Fairtex At MAGIC In Las Vegas!

16 Aug

by FTX (2007-08-16)

Fairtex will be presenting our new apparel line at MAGIC in Las Vegas from August 27th-30th!MAGIC is an industry only event, i.e. not open to the public.We encourage everyone who will be attending to visit us at our booth # 20612.We are located in the South Hall.For those attending the show, stop by to say hello, and wear your Fairtex.We will have a full schedule of celebrity athlete appearances at the booth including Jake Shields, Gilbert “El Nino” Melendez, Scott “Hands Of Steel” Smith, Urijah “California Kid” Faber, James “The Sandman” Irvin, and more…Final schedule of appearances and autograph signings will be available through the MAGIC daily show guide.We will also post the schedule at http://www.fairtex.com.See you at the show!
About MAGIC
Each February and August, the fashion industry converges on Las Vegas for one of the most influential four days in the business – the MAGIC Marketplace. Over seventy years in the making, what started as a small group of manufacturers has developed into the preeminent fashion market in the world.
MAGIC connects a global audience of serious buyers and sellers of men’s, women’s and children’s apparel and accessories. Thousands of retailers spanning single store boutiques to mass market domestic and international chains come to the Marketplace to access more than 3,600 manufacturers showcasing over 5,000 brands and private label resources.
MAGIC International is the world’s largest and most widely recognized producer of trade shows for the apparel industry. The MAGIC Marketplace consists of four concurrent running events, providing the most comprehensive apparel and accessory offerings found anywhere in the world.

Australia’s Travelling Warrior

15 Aug

by Templar Entertainment (2007-08-15)

Sydney-based martial arts expert, actor and stuntman Bren Foster will travel the world to make a new lifestyle TV program called Travelling Warrior.
The brainchild of Jeff Purser and Ranko Markovic, founders of Australian production house Templar Entertainment, the series will see Foster in a different country each episode, where he will explore the local sights, culture and food – as well as train with a local expert in that country’s traditional fighting style, before taking in a native champion at the end of each episode.
Essentially it is a mix of [TV Shows] Getaway with The Contender, and we will balance the infotainment aspect with an appropriate respect for the countries’ people, customs and local sports,” Purser explains.
An experience instructor of Taekwondo, kickboxing and Mixed Martial Arts, Foster stands in a good stead for the challenge.He is also well groomed for the screen, having been professionally trained as an actor and having already featured in several films, including national Geographic’s 2006 martial arts documentary Fight Science.
With the assistance of the Australian film commission, the producers will travel to Thailand with Foster and a film crew to shoot the pilot episode.
Templar Entertainment was formed after the huge success of the feature film Fat Pizza, which was Australia’s most profitable film of 2003, with Purser at the helm as producer.

Strikeforce MMA Heads To Playboy Mansion

15 Aug

by Michael Afromowitz for strikeforceusa.net (2007-08-15)

Leading mixed martial arts federation, Strikeforce, will produce a historic, first-ever mixed martial arts event at the world-famous Playboy Mansion in Beverly Hills, California on Saturday, September 29th. Amongst those slated for action at the home of Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner are undefeated Strikeforce world lightweight (155 lb. limit) champion “El Nino” Gilbert Melendez and UFC and Pride Fighting Championship veteran Josh “The Punk” Thomson.
The 10-bout fight card will also host the return of Strikeforce world light heavyweight (205 lb. limit) champion and The Ultimate Fighter season one runner-up Bobby Southworth as well as the return of former World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) star and Tough Enough 2 reality show winner Daniel Puder.
Loaded with top caliber fighting talent, the one-of-a-kind affair will also lavish each of its guests with a number of other memorable experiences including a top-shelf open bar; a buffet-style gourmet dinner; photo opportunities with Playboy Playmates; and a wine-tasting party featuring the spirits of various gold-medal wineries.
A poker tournament, open to a limited number of guests, will also take place on the Mansion grounds on the evening of the event.
“This is another leap forward into mainstream America for Strikeforce and the sport of mixed martial arts,” said Scott Coker, CEO of West Coast Productions, LLC, the parent company of Strikeforce. For over 20 years, Coker has pioneered the growth of martial arts in North America while presiding over his company that is the exclusive provider of martial arts footage to ESPN and the producer of some of the largest-scale fight cards in United States history. In 2003, he was honored as “Man Of The Year” by leading martial arts magazine, Inside Kung-Fu, for his ground-breaking efforts to bring Japan’s K-1 fighting to audiences in Las Vegas, Nevada twice annually. “We feel honored that Mr. Hefner chose the Strikeforce brand to entertain an audience at his home and we’re looking forward to putting on an incredible show.”
The event at the Playboy Mansion will be staged three months after the Strikeforce co-produced “Shamrock vs. Baroni,” extravaganza, the first mixed martial arts event to be distributed live on SHOWTIME® PPV. Before a crowd of 10,850 at San Jose’s HP Pavilion, former UFC middleweight champion and mixed martial arts legend, Frank Shamrock, became the first Strikeforce middleweight champion in history by choking out UFC and Pride veteran, “The New York Badass” Phil Baroni, in the second round of the star-studded fight card’s main event on Friday, June 22nd.

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