Archive | December, 2007

Stage Set for ‘Yarennoka!’

30 Dec

by Taro Kotani for (2007-12-30)

TOKYO, December 30 — The final pre-fight press conference was held Sunday for New Year’s Eve’s Yarennoka! show, which is supported by M-1 Global. The press conference was open to the public and an estimated 7,000 fans gathered to watch the 16 fighters who will be competing.
Said Fedor Emelianenko (Pictures), who drew the biggest cheer from the fans: “This is my fifth time spending New Year’s Eve in Japan. I have the toughest opponent from K-1 tomorrow and it will be an exciting fight.”
The PRIDE heavyweight champion’s opponent, Hong Man Choi (Pictures), responded by saying he would “fight as hard as I can tomorrow.”
Another fan favorite, Shinya Aoki (Pictures), sounded very delighted and sent a simple message to the crowd: “I am coming out to fight.”
While Emelianenko drew cheers, Yoshihiro Akiyama (Pictures) was booed as he appeared in front of fans. He did not seem affected and made brief comments appreciating the opportunity. His counterpart, Kazuo Misaki (Pictures), asserted that he also is appreciating the chance to fight.
“I will be going to war tomorrow,” continued Misaki. “I want to thank the opportunity to fight in front of the fans and God. I hope that the fighters and fan would cooperate and make it a wonderful day tomorrow.”
One fighter who was clearly ecstatic about the opportunity was Mitsuhiro Ishida (Pictures). “I almost cried when I came out here and heard the cheers from the fans,” said Ishida. “I want to bring it all out tomorrow and have an awesome fight that only Gilbert Melendez (Pictures) and I can create.”
All fighters made weight prior to the press conference, according to the promoter. The order of fights, from first to last, will be as follows:
Roman Zentsov vs. Mike Russow

Tatsuya Kawajiri vs. Luiz Azeredo

Murilo Bustamante vs. Makoto Takimoto

Mitsuhiro Ishida vs. Gilbert Melendez

Yoshihiro Akiyama vs. Kazuo Misaki

Hayato Sakuraivs. Hidehiko Hasegawa

Shinya Aoki vs. Jung Bu Kyung

Fedor Emelianenko vs. Hong Man Choi
The rules for the fights will be a version of those used in PRIDE Bushido. Fights will consist of two rounds (10 minutes for the first round and five minutes for the second). “Soccer” kicks and stomping will not be allowed, but knees to the head on the ground will be permitted, with one exception.
The executive committee has announced that knees to the head on the ground will not be allowed in the fight between Fedor and Choi due to the fighters’ large size disparity.
Billed as “Fedor Returns” in the U.S., Yarennoka! will air live on Dec. 31 on HDNet at 3 a.m. PST/6 a.m. EST.

The Sandman Featured On

27 Dec

by FTX (2007-12-27)

James “The Sandman” Irvin is one of the current interviews featured on, a longtime student of Ganyao Fairtex, will meet Luis Cane this Saturday night at UFC 79 in Las Vegas.Everyone at Fairtex wishes James the best of luck, and we will be there ringside to cheer on our guy.Follow this link to the video library for the James Irvin interview.

Art Of War 10 Results

26 Dec

by (2007-12-26)

Art of War 10 took place on December 23rd in Beijing, China. Chinese standout Zhang Tie Quan defeated Malik Mawlayi, remaining undefeated.
Zhong Jie def. Filippo Cinti by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 1:31, R1

Wang Guan def. Kim Nam by TKO (Strikes) at 3:44, R1

Liu Jing Wen def. Darren Daniel by Submission (Armbar) at 6:43, R1

Vaughn Anderson def. Zhou Xiao Tong by Submission (Kimura) at 4:08, R1

Dai Shuang Hai def. Alan Harvey by Submission (Armbar) at 1:39, R2

Li Ji Xiang def. Yakub Ahrorkhodja by Submission (Armbar) at 3:27, R1

Yang Jian Ping def. Egon Racz by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 1:06, R1

Jiang Ji Ming def. Hur Sun Jin by KO (Knee to Head) at 2:12, R1

Aotegen Ba Te Er def. Gulamov Bohodir by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 1:26, R1

Bao Li Gao def. Vishal Balkawde by TKO at 4:52, R1

Kelvin Fitial def. Li Zhi Feng by TKO at 2:49, R1

Zhang Tie Quan def. Malik Mawlayi by TKO (Strikes), at 8:48, R1

Sandman Back To UFC

20 Dec

by Armando Alvarez for (2007-12-20)

For the first minute of his fight against Thiago Silva on May 26th of this year, James Irvin was fighting the way he had trained to fight. Everything was going according to plan, and then “pop”. The “pop” wasn’t a punch landed on his chin, or a kick to the head, or his arm breaking as a result of an arm bar. The “pop” was his knee, which gave out when Silva was attempting a takedown.
The result of the injury was not only a loss, but a torn ACL and MCL. Irvin had reconstructive surgery on his knee, but just seven months after the devastating injury he returns to the Octagon to take on unbeaten Brazilian Luiz Cane December 29th at UFC 79: Nemesis.
The 29 year-old Irvin, who fights in the 205 pound light heavyweight division, was coming off an impressive win against Hector Ramirez when he took on Silva at UFC 71. It’s the same undefeated Silva that just destroyed Houston Alexander in November. Irvin was confident and doing good work when the injury occurred.
“I was fighting a guy who had won all his fights by knockout, and I was happy with the way it was going until my knee popped,” Irvin said. “I had never had a knee injury before. It felt like I had been shot. As a fighter I depend on my arms and legs, so when one is taken away from you there’s not much you can do.”
Irvin, who fights out of Sacramento, California, did his rehab at U.C. Davis, in the same facility Mike Bibby and other members of the Sacramento Kings NBA basketball team go to rehab when they suffer injuries. Although the surgery was a complete success and the rehabilitation went smoothly (he started rehabbing one hour after the surgery), one thing Irvin had to overcome was mental anxiety about his career.
“I was depressed,” Irvin said. “I was guessing and wondering if my knee would ever be good again. The first month after the surgery was the hardest. I kept thinking that if I can’t move my legs like I used to, or kick like I used to, that would wrap up my UFC career. It would’ve been over. That mental part of the injury, the not knowing whether I’d be back or not was tough. I never realized how hard it was mentally to get through an injury like that. It was very devastating.”
Once he got past that anxiety, one question mark remained, and that was whether the UFC would want to bring him back, even if fully healed.
“I was holding my breath because a loss is a loss. Whether it’s by knockout, tap out, or injury, it’s still a loss,” Irvin said.
“After a loss you question if the UFC will even bring you back, but they called me and fortunately they’re having me fight on what I think is the biggest UFC event of the year. It doesn’t get any bigger than Matt Hughes versus Georges St-Pierre and Chuck Liddell against Wanderlei Silva. For them to bring me back on that card, especially coming back from an injury, shows they have a lot of faith in my work. Dana White and Joe Silva are putting a lot of faith in me.”
Irvin says he’s training harder than ever for his fight on December 29th. He knows the UFC world is waiting for him to break out. Irvin won his first seven fights as a Mixed Martial Arts fighter, six of them by knockout, and one by submission. He’s trying to get back in the win column, so to help better prepare him for this bout he traveled two weeks to Thailand where he trained with Jaket Fairtex and Ganyao Fairtex and the rest of the Fairtex team.
“Those two weeks helped me regain my confidence,” Irvin said. “They pushed me hard. I would do double days, there were no doctors there, and my knee held up perfectly.
There were no cricks, no cracks, so hopefully this knee injury is behind me. It was a really big confidence booster.”
Even though he’s only 29 years old, he says preparing for a fight isn’t the same as it was when he was younger.
“I just turned 29 and I feel like I’m getting older with each fight,” Irvin said. “Every single fight is harder and harder to get prepared to fight and go through these five minute rounds. Imagine now with the knee injury, but I promised myself never to be in bad shape. I always have to get fully prepared.”
Now he takes on Cane, a Brazilian fighter who’s never lost in his MMA career. His last fight was a first round knockout win over James Stelly in September. He’s never fought in the UFC and is fairly unknown in the sport, but Irvin knows he can’t take him lightly.
“I have a lot of respect for Cane,” Irvin said. “I expect him to be in the best shape of his career. He comes from a very good team, and has never lost. I know he’s a southpaw, which works a lot to my advantage, and I’m very excited about that.”
Irvin hopes to get into light heavyweight championship contention. He says a win over Cane still won’t be enough, since he fights in what is the sport’s premier division.
“I’m still a couple of fights away before I even get mentioned with the Chuck Liddells, the Quinton Jacksons, Dan Hendersons, or Wanderlei Silvas of the world,” Irvin said. “They’re above us right now. Everyone else is scattered in the division. It’s wide open for someone to break through. Houston Alexander just got exposed by Thiago Silva, but I don’t think he’s even up there yet. I don’t talk, or lie to myself. I’m only 29 and I know I’m a couple of fights away before I’m up there with those guys.”

The WEC Experience

19 Dec

by FTX (2007-12-19)

This past Wednesday we were on the road, taking in some truly exceptional championship fights at the WEC.Amongst the many great fighters on the card that night were good friends of Fairtex, Urijah Faber, Jeff Curran, Jens Pulver, and Charlie Valencia.Everyone fought well, and as always, we were proud of all the fighters we sponsor.
Since being acquired by Zuffa, the WEC has been growing at a rapid pace, and has truly become one of the top MMA shows in the world.The event itself is a fantastic production, and the excitement around the hotel, and all of the Vegas strip is second to none.
In addition to the great fights, (which we were unfortunately unable to photograph), we spent a good amount of time with friends and fighters both before and after the show.We hung at with Urijah while Zuffa filmed part of adocumentary, and celebrated with our friends and industry partners at an exclusive after party hosted at one of the suites in the Hard Rock Hotel.
The photos included here offer a peak into the life that surrounds the WEC.We’ve included photos of Urijah with the film crew, friends and fighters, Clay Guida, Charlie Valencia, and Jeremy Freitag.We also photographed top referee Josh Rosenthal, and the view from the party.Thank you to everyone we spent time with, and we’ll do it again soon.For those who weren’t able to attend, we hope you like our photo summary.

Art of War™ 10 – Fight Card

18 Dec

by (2007-12-18)

The Art of War Fighting Championship 10 “ Final Conflict “ will be held at Beijing Olympic Sports Center, Training Gymnasium on December 23rd , 2007. Art of War 10 will feature 12 action-packed fights and will include 2 Olympians, Li Zhi Feng and Kim Nam. AOW 10 will be an excellent show which you should not miss.
The Art of War Fighting Championship 10 “ Final Conflict “ Press Conference will be held on December 22nd, 2007. We warmly welcome all media friends to attend. For more information, please contact us: 010- 5129 5028
The Art of War Fighting Championship 10“Final Conflict”Fight Card
1.Filippo Cinti (Italy)VS Fan Zhong Jie60 kg

2.Kim Nam(South Korea)VS Wang Guan72 kg

3.Darren Daniel(South Africa) VS Liu Jing Wen84 kg

4.Vaughn Anderson (Canada)VS Zhou Xiao Tong78 kg

5.Alan Harvey(Canada) VS Dai Shuang Hai72 kg
6.Yakubkhodjaev Ahrorkhodja(Uzbekistan) VS Li Ji Xiang96 kg

7.Egon Racz(Slovak) VS Yang Jian Ping66 kg

8.Hur Sun Jin(South Korea)VS Jiang Ji Ming90 kg

9.Gulamov Bohodir(Uzbekistan) VS Bateer78 kg

10.Vishal Balkawde(India) VS Bao Li Gao84 kg

11.Kelvin Fitial(Saipan)VS Li Zhi Feng96+ kg

12.Malik Arash Mawlayi(Sweden) VS Zhang Tie Quan72 kg

Interim Lightweight Title Staged In France

17 Dec

by (2007-12-17)

Bangkok Lumpinee Stadium superstar Kongpipob Petchyindee has won the WBC MUAYTHAI Interim Lightweight World Championship from top French contender Kamel Jamel.
The WBC MUAYTHAI championship was the first to be staged in France and held at Paris stade Courbetin on 29 November.
Promoter Sammy Khebchi said the event attracted a packed crowd that was keen to see full rules WBC Muaythai.
Jemel lost the contest suffering a first round TKO when Kongpipob landed a lightning elbow. Jamel, the French Muaythai champion 11 times and European champion five times, had beaten top Thai fighters Rambo and Pornsak but lost to Somlak Kamsing.
On the same card the WBC Super Welterweight Champion Yodsaengklai Fairtex won a non-title contest outclassing the French champion Farid. The event ended in the third round when Farid went down to a series of hard punches.

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