Best Buy manager led Carey Vanier to pro MMA, Thursday’s Bellator 28 event

Carey Vanier probably still would be cruising the aisles of Best Buy had one of his managers not asked him about risk.

The Bellator lightweight was interviewing for a promotion at the big-box retailer and realized he hadn’t taken any.

He had always …

Carey Vanier probably still would be cruising the aisles of Best Buy had one of his managers not asked him about risk.

The Bellator lightweight was interviewing for a promotion at the big-box retailer and realized he hadn’t taken any.

He had always been scared that he wouldn’t be able to provide for his
son if he pursued his true passion of fighting professionally in mixed
martial arts. But if he didn’t give it a try, he couldn’t live with
himself.


Romero Beat Petruzelli at UFC 116 with Broken Jaw, Torn Pec, Sprained Knee

(When Romero says his grill has been "iced out" for the last couple months, he means that literally. PicProps: MMA Bay)
For a pro fighter, a lot of things seem atypical about Ricardo Romero. First off, as he tells Old Dad in an interview with…


(When Romero says his grill has been "iced out" for the last couple months, he means that literally. PicProps: MMA Bay)

For a pro fighter, a lot of things seem atypical about Ricardo Romero. First off, as he tells Old Dad in an interview with MMA Fighting on Monday, Romero’s MMA career still plays second fiddle to his day job as an energy derivatives broker on Wall Street. Secondly, he admits he only started training to fight as a way to get over the depression of breaking up with his baby mama. Lastly, and most of interest to us here at the Potato, Romero managed to overcome a laundry list of injuries suffered during his UFC debut in July to defeat Seth Petruzelli by second-round arm bar.

Romero pretty much got the tar beat out of him for the first five-plus minutes of his bout against Petruzelli. Despite a 10-1 record compiled fighting on New Jersey’s independent scene – including victories over some known names like the UFC’s James McSweeney as well as TUF washouts Constantinos Phillippou and Karen Grigoryan  – Romero looked completely unprepared for UFC action. He was “Octagon jitters” personified and his honesty on that subject is something else that is refreshing about the former Rutgers wrestler.

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Shine Fights COO Speaks Out On Change Of Location

Shine Fights had to change the location of their upcoming lightweight grand prix tournament from the Patriot Center on the George Mason University campus in Fairfax, Va to Oklahoma instead.
The events COO spoke out on the Underground Forums.
There really is a Santa Claus.
Unfortunately he does not live at the offices of the VSAC.
We will not […]

Shine FightShine Fights had to change the location of their upcoming lightweight grand prix tournament from the Patriot Center on the George Mason University campus in Fairfax, Va to Oklahoma instead.

The events COO spoke out on the Underground Forums.

There really is a Santa Claus.

Unfortunately he does not live at the offices of the VSAC.

We will not be holding our event as scheduled at The Patriot Center however we have managed to successfully move our entire event to Oklahoma.

I want to apologize to the local fighters and fans and express my gratitude for your support. It was a pleasure meeting you.

I also would like to personally thank Santino Defranco and the rest of our amazing team that has been working round the clock to ensure that the fans match-ups can be seen live on Sept 10th.

See you then.

The whole move stems from the failure of the Virginia commission to issue a license to Shine Fights for the tournament.

According to a source close to the promotion, the issue at the heart of the move was a marketing push by Shine that gave fans the opportunity to choose the matchups for the first-round bouts in the tournament. That apparently didn’t sit well with Virginia’s commission, which operates under the Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation. The commission wouldn’t issue Shine a license because of the fan matchmaking, the source said.

Quote provided by MMAFighting.com, check the link for the full article.

The lightweight grand-prix is set for Sept. 10 and will feature an eight man, one-night tournament. Fans were asked by the promotion to choose the matchups for the tournament in a marketing promotion by the company.

Marcus Aurelio (20-8) – Charles Bennett (22-17-2) – Rich Crunkilton (16-3) – Drew Fickett (37-13) – Hector Muñoz (9-3) – Carlo Prater (24-7-1) – Josh Shockley (9-0) – James Warfield (20-6)

FEG Updates DREAM.16 Card With Three More Bouts

With only three weeks left before Fighting and Entertainment Group’s latest event, DREAM.16, the promotion announced three more bouts to it’s thin Sept. 25 card.
Made official at the press conference was a non-title bout between DREAM lightweight champ Shinya Aoki (24-5) vs. Marcus Aurelio (20-8), former DREAM lightweight champ Joachim Hansen (19-10-1) will move to […]

Dream 16 posterWith only three weeks left before Fighting and Entertainment Group’s latest event, DREAM.16, the promotion announced three more bouts to it’s thin Sept. 25 card.

Made official at the press conference was a non-title bout between DREAM lightweight champ Shinya Aoki (24-5) vs. Marcus Aurelio (20-8), former DREAM lightweight champ Joachim Hansen (19-10-1) will move to featherweight to face Kazuyuki Miyata (9-7), and a second featherweight bout between Takeshi “Lion” Inoue (18-4) vs. Kazuyuki Miyata (9-7).

DREAM officials reconfirmed the light-heavyweight bout between Gegard Mousasi and Tatsuya Mizuno for the vacant DREAM title.

A bout between Kazushi Sakuraba vs. Jason “Mayhem” Miller was also made official after the promotion posted a promo video for the fight on their YouTube page.

“When I see Marcus Aurelio, I see him through the image of Gomi. While Gomi’s doing his best fighting in the states now, my hope is to do well in Japan and not lose [to Aurelio]. I’m on the same track as Gomi, I think. I’d like to have an opportunity to fight Gomi in the future,” said Aoki, who later asserted that though he isn’t aiming for Gomi per se, he has expected to cross paths with the former Pride champ someday.

“I don’t know why, but there’s a lot of negative information these days, and I want brighten up the combat sports world,” Aoki commented. “At today’s press conference, there were some questions that were asked that should have been handled online. We as fighters grow tired of some of these questions. I just want to do my best, fight well and brighten things with my fight in Nagoya.”

(props to Sherdog.com for the transcription)

The updated DREAM.16 card is as follows:

Middleweight bout: Kazushi Sakuraba vs. Jason Miller
Lightweight bout: Shinya Aoki vs. Marcus Aurelio
Featherweight bout: Kazuyuki Miyata vs. Takeshi Inoue
Featherweight bout: Hideo Tokoro vs. Joachim Hansen
Light Heavyweight Championship bout: Gegard Mousasi vs. Tatsuya Mizuno

Ready to embrace heel role, Mike Pyle promises British beatdown at UFC 120

Twenty-three-year-old British welterweight John Hathaway has made a big splash in the his division. But Mike Pyle is not impressed.

Pyle, who meets Hathaway at UFC 120 as a replacement for injured Dong Hyun Kim, says his young opponent is in over his …

Twenty-three-year-old British welterweight John Hathaway has made a big splash in the his division. But Mike Pyle is not impressed.

Pyle, who meets Hathaway at UFC 120 as a replacement for injured Dong Hyun Kim, says his young opponent is in over his head this time.

“I will beat the [expletive] out of John Hathaway,” Pyle recently told MMAjunkie.com Radio.


Ross Pearson UFC Fight Night 22 Video Blog Part 1

Part 1: Season 9 TUF Winner Ross Pearson arrives in New York City to prepare for his fight against Cole Miller at UFC Fight Night 22 on September 15, 2010 in Austin, TX.
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Part 1: Season 9 TUF Winner Ross Pearson arrives in New York City to prepare for his fight against Cole Miller at UFC Fight Night 22 on September 15, 2010 in Austin, TX.

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