Fedor Emelianenko Caps Off 2011 With An Impressive KO of Satoshi Ishii

After a four year absence, Fedor
Emelianenko made his return to Japan on New Year’s Eve as he knocked
out Olympic judo gold medalist Satoshi Ishii in the main event of
FIELDS presents FIGHT FOR JAPAN “Genkidesuka!! Oomisoka!! 2011!
Supported by M-1 Global.  The event took place at the famed Satama
Super Arena in front of an excited crowd.

With 2012 quickly approaching, Emelianenko needed only 2:29 of the
opening round to close the year-end mega-show, which lasted nearly 9
hours and featured MMA, Kickboxing, and Pro Wrestling bouts
respectively.

As the bout opened, Emelianenko threw a kick the was caught by the
Olympic gold medalist, however Ishii was unable to take down Fedor
after a brief clinch.  Fedor quickly found his rhythm before landing a
three-punch combo that broke Ishii’s nose and rendered him
unconscious.

The timing seemed poetic as mere moments after being announced as the
winner, event officials joined Fedor Emelianenko in the ring as the
arena ushered in the New Year.

The victory marks the sixth time Emelianenko has had his hand raised
on New Year’s Eve.

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Full Results listed below:

Yusup Saadulaev  def.   Hideo Tokoro  KO (Slam) Rd 1  0:42
Antonio Banuelos  def.  Masakazu Imanari  Decision (Split)  Rd 2  5:00
Bibiano Fernandes  def.  Rodolfo Marques Diniz  Decision (Unanimous) Rd 2  5:00
Hayato Sakurai def.  Ryo Chonan  Decision (Unanimous) Rd3  5:00
Tatsuya Kawajiri def.  Kazuyuki Miyata Submission (Arm-Triangle Choke) Rd2  4:54
Megumi Fujii def.  Karla Benitez   Submission (Armbar) Rd 1  1:15
Bibiano Fernandes  def.  Antonio Banuelos  TKO (Punches)  Rd 1  1:21
Hiroyuki Takaya def.  Takeshi Inoue  Decision (Unanimous)  Rd5  5:00
Shinya Aoki  def.  Satoru Kitaoka Decision (Unanimous)  Rd5  5:00
Fedor Emelianenko  def. Satoshi Ishii  KO (Punches)  Rd1  2:29

For information on M-1 Global, go to the official M-1 website,
www.M-1Global.com and M-1 Global Facebook fan page


About M-1 Global:

Founded in 1998, M-1 Global (www.M-1Global.com) has established itself
in the realm of mixed martial arts (MMA) as the premiere entity for
discovering and developing the world’s next-generation of superstar
fighters. With offices in St. Petersburg, Amsterdam, New York City,
Washington DC, Los Angeles and affiliates in Kuala Lumpur, Seoul,
Tokyo and Paris, the M-1 brand has staged over 70 events worldwide
including the M-1 Selection and M-1 Challenge events and its
co-produced Strikeforce events in the United States. Captivating the
live, television and broadband audiences with its superior production
values and match-ups, M-1 events boast some of the sport’s top names
including Fedor Emelianenko, Andrei Arlovski, AleksanderEmelianenko,
Gegard Mousasi, Alistair Overeem, Ben Rothwell, Melvin Manhoef, Roman
Zentsov, Stephan Struve and rising stars Shamil Zavurov, Guram
Gugenishvili,  Alexander Sarnavskiy and Vinny Magalhaes. 2011 marks a
breakthrough year with two Selections tournaments across Eastern &
Western Europe, North America and Asia and a full calendar of
Challenge events fuelled by a talent-rich contention system ranking
M-1 Global’s Champions amongst the greatest in the sport.

M-1 Global’s greatest asset is the number one heavyweight fighter in
mixed martial arts history, Fedor Emelianenko. With daily coverage on
all MMA-related websites in the world, and articles in Time Magazine,
LA times and New York times, Fedor and M-1 Global make a lifetime
match serving as the catalyst to grow MMA in the 21st century.

Story and Photo Courtesy of Igor Golubchik, M-1 Global MMA

“Re-Energized” Cory Devela To Face Hard-Hitting Bobby Voelker In Everett, Wash. July 23rd

Cory Devela (9-4) has helped nurse his girlfriend back to health after she endured an arduous battle with cancer.  Now, the 25-year-old Bonney Lake, Wash. resident known as “The One,” will set out to reestablish himself as a force in the sport of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) when he faces off with hard-hitting Bobby Voelker (21-8) in a SHOWTIME televised STRIKEFORCE Challengers Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) welterweight (170 pounds) contest at Comcast Arena at Everett on Friday, July 23.

Devela’s start in the cage will be his first since June 19, 2009, when he tapped out to a rear naked choke applied by one of MMA’s fastest rising stars, Luke Rockhold, in the first round (:30) of their meeting at a STRIKEFORCE Challengers event at ShoWare Center in Kent, Wash.

“I took care of her and went through the surgery and the chemo (therapy),” Devela said.  “She’s all better now so it’s my turn to fight.  It was just one of those things where you have to put family before everything else.  I just wanted to take care of her before I take care of myself.”

The contest will also be Devela’s first at 170 pounds, where he expects to be a much stronger, faster and a more dangerous contender.

“I think I’ll be at an advantage when I fight Bobby,” Devela said.  “He’s been fighting at 170 and I’ve been fighting at 185 so I’m used to guys that are a lot bigger.  I think I’m going to be a lot stronger, leaner and I’ll fly a lot better. I’m re-energized.

“At 185, I can eat whatever I want, but I’m a lot more sluggish and slow, I don’t hit my submissions as fast and nothing is as clean and crisp.  At 170, I feel like I’m eating right, so everything just flows so much better and easier. ”

Devela notched his best victory to date before a home crowd when he scored a first round (1:22) TKO over former UFC star Joe “Diesel” Riggs in the first round of their STRIKEFORCE matchup at Tacoma, Washington’s Tacoma Dome on February 28, 2008.  Devela slammed Riggs to the canvas, incapacitating and forcing Riggs to tap out.

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After earning a unanimous decision over his next opponent, Dan Molina, however, Devela suffered a setback when power puncher Terry Martin dealt Devela a crushing overhand right that KO’d Devela in the third round (2:08) of their STRIKEFORCE matchup at the world-famous Playboy Mansion in Beverly Hills, California on September 20, 2008.

With his girlfriend healthy again, Devela is focused on a new weight class and a reenergized submission game.

“I’ve worked a lot on my submissions. I used to try to stand and punch people and it hasn’t worked out for me.  I would rather work my grappling and ground-and-pound than anything else.”

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As for Voelker, Devela has a plan for the rugged brawler.

“If he comes with an overhand right I’m just going to spear him and beat the hell out of him.”

Voelker is a 30-year-old American Jiu-Jitsu stylist and native of Kansas City, Kansas. A tireless and driven worker, he has become an inspiration while maintaining a 50-plus hour per week job as a vinyl siding salesman and installer and, at the same time, continuing his dedication to the sport of MMA.

“I’ve had a great camp,” Voelker said. “I’m really putting a lot into it.  I know I have to fight strong, fight with a lot of heart, a lot of wits and get that victory.”

Before a hometown crowd at Kansas City’s Memorial Hall on Nov. 20, 2009, Voelker staged an incredible comeback in his STRIKEFORCE debut against Erik “Bad Apple” after taking punishment from Apple in the early going of their live SHOWTIME televised matchup.  After turning the tides, Voelker unloaded an onslaught of punches to score a TKO on Apple in the second round (1:23) of action.

Voelker doesn’t feel that Devela will have an advantage in cutting to 170 from 185 pounds.

“I don’t think his size will be an issue for me,” Voelker said.  “I’m a big 170 – I should be fighting 185.   I think it’s a good matchup. I know he’s a little bit taller but other than that I’m not worried about this fight.

“I’ve fought guys who are 185 pounders before who cut down to 170 for the fight just like Cory is doing.”

While Voelker will have his hands full against a naturally-larger opponent, he’ll also have to deal with the pro-Devela crowd in Everett, just one hour north of Bonney Lake.

“Fighting in his hometown doesn’t bother me,” Voelker said.  “I always want to go for the knockout, that’s just the way I like to do things. Whether I go in there and everyone is cheering for me or everyone is booing for me it doesn’t really matter.  I don’t hear the crowd until after the fight is over.”

Tickets for the STRIKEFORCE Challengers event are on sale and can be purchased at the Comcast Arena box office (866-332-8499) as well as online at ComcastArenaEverett.com and STRIKEFORCE’s official website (www.strikeforce.com).

In the main event, undefeated heavyweight prospect Shane Del Rosario (9-0) will attempt to extend his unblemished streak when he faces fellow heavy hitter Lolohea Mahe (4-1-1).

Unbeaten STRIKEFORCE Women’s World Welterweight (135 pounds) Champion and former ballet dancer Sarah Kaufman (11-0) will put her perfect record as well as her crown on the line against international star Roxanne Modafferi (15-5).

In other featured action, Abongo Humphrey (7-1) will take on Mike “Mak” Kyle (16-7-1) at light heavyweight (205 pounds).

The first STRIKEFORCE Challengers preliminary card bout will begin at 5:30 p.m. and the first main card bout will begin at 8 p.m.

The live SHOWTIME telecast will begin at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).

About  STRIKEFORCE

STRIKEFORCE (www.STRIKEFORCE.com <http://www.strikeforce.com/> ) is a world-class mixed martial arts cage fight promotion which, on Friday, March 10, 2006, made history with its “Shamrock vs. Gracie” event, the first sanctioned mixed martial arts fight card in California state history.  The star-studded extravaganza, which pitted legendary champion Frank Shamrock against Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Cesar Gracie at San Jose’s HP Pavilion, played host to a sold-out, record crowd of 18,265.  Since 1995, STRIKEFORCE, sanctioned by ISKA, has been the exclusive provider of martial arts programming for ESPN and, after 12 years of success as a leading, world championship kickboxing promotion, the company unveiled its mixed martial arts (MMA) series with “Shamrock vs. Gracie.”  In May 2008, West Coast Productions, the parent company of STRIKEFORCE, partnered with Silicon Valley Sports & Entertainment (SVS&E), an entity created in 2000 to oversee all business operation aspects of the San Jose Sharks and HP Pavilion at San Jose.  In March 2009, STRIKEFORCE signed a multi-year agreement with SHOWTIME® to stage live events on the premium cable television network.  The promotion has since also produced two live, primetime events on the CBS Television Network.

Source: Mike Afromowitz/StrikeForce

Tyron Woodley, Kerry Vera Highlight StrikeForce Challengers

In an explosive performance, top welterweight (170 pounds) prospect Tyron “T-Wood” Woodley extended his perfect record to 5-0 by submitting battle tested Rudy Bears (13-6) with an arm triangle choke in the first round (2:52), live on SHOWTIME, Friday night in the main event of the STRIKEFORCE Challengers mixed martial arts (MMA) telecast from Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kansas.

Kerry Vera’s (2-0) Muay Thai skills led her to a brutal first round (3:35) TKO on Kim “Sugar Free” Couture (1-2) in the featured women’s 135 pound match-up. Early in the first round, Bears, of Kansas City, Missouri was able to fight off the 27-year-old Woodley, a two-time All American wrestler for University of Missouri.  But while the two were in the clinch Woodley scooped up and slammed Bears to the canvas.

Woodley quickly passed guard, and as Bears attempted to turn over, Woodley attempted an armbar.  Bears escaped and brought the fight back to stand up position. Shortly thereafter, Woodley secured a double leg takedown and passed Bears’ guard to gain side control before slapping on an arm triangle choke that forced Bears to tap out at the 2:52 mark of the opening round.

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In the first round of the female bout, Couture ate several punches.  While in the clinch against the fence her opponent unloaded two straight knee strikes to her Couture’s mid-section. After Couture backed up, Vera swung away with her hands and connected with a flurry of lefts and rights, battering Couture until the referee jumped in and stopped the fight.  Vera was declared the winner by way of TKO at the 3:35 mark of the first round.

Local star Bobby Voelker (21-7) turned the tides on Huntington Beach, California’s Erik “Bad” Apple (10-2), who came out of the gates swinging in the first round of their welterweight (170 pounds) match-up. The remarkably resilient Voelker weathered an early storm, scrambling to his feet after Apple dropped him with an overhand right.  After absorbing a one-two punch combination, Voelker fired back with his own hands that backed up Apple.

Voelker tripped Apple to the ground and attempted to finish Apple with a flurry of punches from inside Apple’s half guard before the closing bell sounded. In the second stanza, a left hook from Voelker stunned his opponent.  Apple attempted to counter, but was caught with another left to the chin. Voelker took Apple down again.  After Apple stood up, Voelker dropped him with a hard right hand.  Voelker pounced on his downed opponent, unloading a series of right and left hands. As Voelker continued to punish him and Apple turtled up, the referee stepped in and stopped the action at the 1:23 mark of the second round.

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In his first appearance since suffering an upset defeat at the hands of Mike “Mak” Kyle, Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante (8-2) spent much of the first round of his matchup with Aaron Rosa (12-3) trying to control Rosa against the fence. Cavalcante changed his tempo in the second round, taking Rosa down.  The referee stood the fighters up, however, and issued Cavalcante a warning for striking his opponent with elbows to the head from inside Rosa’s guard. (Striking a down opponent to the head with elbows is illegal).

After the action resumed, Cavalcante lunged at Rosa and tagged him with a knee strike to the head that put Rosa on his back.  Cavalcante quickly pounced on Rosa and hammered him with punches until the referee stopped the contest at the 3:25 mark of the second round.

“King” Kevin Casey (3-1) of Los Angeles, California made quick work of Iowa’s Chad Vance (7-4), taking Vance down in the early going of the first round.  Vance gave up his back and Casey used the opportunity to unleash several punches before sinking in a rear naked choke from which Vance tapped out at the 1:41 mark of the first round.

Spencer Pratt, star of MTV’s smash hit reality series “The Hills,” was on hand to support Casey, his friend and business partner, from cageside.

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Complete STRIKEFORCE Challengers Results:

Main Card:

Kevin Casey def.  Chad Vance – Submission (rear naked choke) – 1st Round (1:41)

Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante def. Aaron Rosa – TKO (strikes) – 2nd Round (3:25)

Bobby Voelker def. Erik Apple – TKO (strikes) – 2nd Round (1:23)

Kerry Vera def. Kim Couture – TKO (strikes) – 1st Round (3:35)

Tyron Woodley def. Rudy Bears – Submission (arm triangle choke) – 1st Round (2:52)

Preliminary Card:

Lucas Lopes def. Dominic Brown – TKO (strikes) – 2nd Round (:45)

Mike Chandler def. Rich Bouphanouvong – TKO – 3rd Round (2:07)

Darryl Cobb def. Gary Tapasua – Split Decision (3 Rounds) (30-27, 28-29, 29-28)

Nick Nolte def. Andrew Waters – Submission (Triangle Choke) – 1st Round (3:45)

Brian Davidson def. Russel Patrick – TKO (strikes) – 1st Round (:29)

Lee Gibson def. Joe Wilk – TKO (strikes) – 1st Round (4:39)

The Super Six World Boxing Classic returns for the third fight in Group Stage 1 as Mikkel Kessler looks to defend his World Boxing Association (WBA) Super Middleweight title November 21,  live at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).

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About STRIKEFORCE


STRIKEFORCE (www.strikeforce.com <http://www.strikeforce.com/> ) is a world-class mixed martial arts cage fight promotion which, on Friday, March 10, 2006, made history with its “Shamrock vs. Gracie” event, the first sanctioned mixed martial arts fight card in California state history.  The star-studded extravaganza, which pitted legendary champion Frank Shamrock against Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Cesar Gracie at San Jose’s HP Pavilion, played host to a sold-out, record crowd of 18,265.  Since 1995, STRIKEFORCE has been the exclusive provider of martial arts programming for ESPN and, after 12 years of success as a leading, world championship kickboxing promotion, the company unveiled its mixed martial arts series with “Shamrock vs. Gracie.”  In May 2008, West Coast Productions, the parent company of STRIKEFORCE, partnered with Silicon Valley Sports & Entertainment (SVS&E), an entity created in 2000 to oversee all business operation aspects of the San Jose Sharks and HP Pavilion at San Jose.

About Showtime Networks Inc.

Showtime Networks Inc. (SNI), a wholly owned subsidiary of CBS Corporation, owns and operates the premium television networks SHOWTIME®, THE MOVIE CHANNEL® and FLIX®, as well as the multiplex channels SHOWTIME 2(tm), SHOWTIME® SHOWCASE, SHOWTIME EXTREME®, SHOWTIME BEYOND®, SHOWTIME NEXT®, SHOWTIME WOMEN®, SHOWTIME FAMILY ZONE® and THE MOVIE CHANNEL(tm) XTRA. SNI also offers SHOWTIME HD®, THE MOVIE CHANNEL(tm) HD, SHOWTIME ON DEMAND® and THE MOVIE CHANNEL(tm) ON DEMAND. SNI also manages Smithsonian Networks, a joint venture between SNI and the Smithsonian Institution. All SNI feeds provide enhanced sound using Dolby Digital 5.1. SNI markets and distributes sports and entertainment events for exhibition to subscribers on a pay-per-view basis through SHOWTIME PPV®.

Photo: Esther Lin/STRIKEFORCE

Source: Mike Afromowitz, STRIKEFORCE