“ny Badass” Phil Baroni Has Big Week!
"NY BadAss" Phil Baroni has Big Week!
Who says MMA fighters don’t get publicity? The big-talking Phil Baroni was back in his home state of New York this weekend doing interviews and photo shoots for Jane Magazine and News 12 of Long Island. The news station will air a segment Tuesday starting with the 5pm broadcast and every hour afterwards until the 10pm airing. Baroni was also seen on the last episode of Oz on Sunday, playing of all things… a prison guard. Look for Phil in the coming months to have a spread in Flex magazine and other major mags. "It’s all about pushing fighters into other markets to get them and our sport noticed," claimed Baroni’s management team. Baroni will be facing Matt Lindland this Friday night in UFC 41 in what many are saying should be the fight of the night!
A Champion Crowned, Two Spots in Vegas Guaranteed, and Plenty of NHB Veterans at K-1’s Brazilian Debut!
By Eduardo Alonso
This Sunday, February 23rd, K-1 officially debuted in Brazil at the Maksud Plaza Hotel in Sao Paulo. A selective crowd mostly composed by VIP guests and members of the participant’s academies witnessed the result of years of effort by promoter Sergio Batarelli in bringing the most important stand up fighting event in the world to Brazil. With two spots at K-1 USA at stake in an 8 men tournament, plus a WKN Muay Thai title fight and an alternate bout on the card, there was plenty of action secured for fighting fans, and K-1 standards were followed in every aspect of the show, once again defining this as an official K-1 event, and the first of many to come in the country.
The show kicked off with a brief explanation of what is K-1 done by Batarelli himself, and the alternate fight soon followed. A veteran of K-1 himself, Pantera Negra came into the alternate fight as heavily favorite over newcomer Michael Bulla, and Pantera did indeed win. However, although he dominated the entire fight he couldn’t put Bulla away for good and ended up getting a judges’ decision in his favor. After this fight the 8 men tournament was about to start featuring the presence of some NHB veterans, such as MECA veteran Carlinhos, IVC Venezuela veteran Jefferson Tank and most importantly UFC and PRIDE veteran Carlos Barreto! Barreto was clearly the most anticipated attraction on the card, due to the fact that he is a Jiu Jitsu stylist and no one knew how we would fair in such an event. The public’s doubts would soon be erased as Barreto’s fight was the first one of the tourney, and him and his opponent, Luis dos Santos, were soon battling inside the K-1 ring. The first round saw Barreto surprisingly dominating the Boxer, working his distance and punishing his legs with several low kicks, however Carlos injured his shin on the process and couldn’t do his game on the second and third rounds, where Luis dos Santos grew in the fight and walked away with a fair Judge’s decision in his favor.
The brackets continued to unfold with Artur Mariano’s student Eduardo Maiorino facing another Boxer in Laerte Rezende. The fight would end quickly with Maiorino smartly punishing the Boxer with low kicks until he caused a major cut on Laerte’s shin causing the doctor to stop the fight. Next NHB veteran Jefferson Tank, who counted with the biggest group of supporters at the event, and Tae Kwon Do champion Lucio Freitas were responsible for one of the most exciting fights of the event, with Tank punishing Lucio with his hands in the first and second rounds, scoring several knockdowns, just to see the brave Freitas come back using all sorts of kicking combinations and get close to reversing the fight. In the end Tank got a fair judges’ decision and advanced to the semi finals. The last fight of the quarter finals saw MECA veteran Carlinhos score some early knockdowns on Vitor Miranda, who fought back with lots of courage and won the final round of the fight, however Carlinhos was the winner on the scorecards, but Vitor’s effort was good enough to injury the MECA veteran’s ribs and he wouldn’t be able to continue in the competition, allowing Miranda to make a comeback due to K-1’s rules. In the first leg of the semi finals Luis dos Santos entered the ring already damaged by his encounter with Carlos Barreto, and suffered with the quick combinations of punches and low kicks from Eduardo Maiorino, who managed to score some knockdowns with the low kicks at the beginning of the fight that would give him the win on the scorecards, despite Dos Santos’ effort in the last round that almost got him a KO win.
By Keith Mills
Albuquerque, NM — King of The Cage made it’s first par-per-view broadcast of the year with "Invasion" last weekend featuring a Heavyweight tournament and two belt defenses. Despite some advance setbacks such as a third title defense with John Alessio being cancelled when Alessio injured his hand in UCC in January and Paul Buentello being forced to pull out of the tournament due to kidney stones the show went off well.
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EC 50 Results
By Keith Mills
Salt Lake City, NV — Jennifer Howe defeated Amanda Buckner to gain the Women’s Championship title while Tim Kennedy and Cruz Chacon are bound for Hawaii in May for the Extreme Challenge/SuperBrawl Middleweight tournament finals after an exciting night by the lake. With four round 1 endings, three round 2s and only one decision there wasn’t much controversy in this short night but the action was well worth the ticket.
Although most fighters are dominant in the mount and many have good stand-up Kennedy won the tournament not only with his skills at both but mainly with his use of side mount position where he would isolate one of his opponent’s arms and then give them the choice whether to stop his elbow or knee to their head with the other. Jason Miller was the only fighter who managed to take Kennedy past round 2 and although many thought he put on the third best performance in the tournament his face showed the effects of Kennedy’s side control when it was all over.
Rock N’ Rumble
By Mike Neva
Rock N’ Rumble
There’s an old saying in hockey that goes; I went to watch a fight and a hockey game broke out. Dennis Hallman used a similar adage with the aptly named Rock N’ Rumble, as a live band played throughout the night giving the event a rock concert atmosphere. The intimate Black Lake Grange played host to the nights festivities as a host of newcomers battled it out in a number of one sided affairs, with only one bout going more than 2 minutes! With the concert being the main attraction, only five bouts were scheduled, with local youngster Shane Davis capping off the evening’s action with an impressive a rear naked choke victory against veteran Carl Pope.
Cage Rage 2
By Jim Burman
Cage Rage 2 – The Second Coming