UFC® SEARCHES FOR UNDEFEATED FIGHTERS ON SEASON 27 OF THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER®

OPEN CASTING CALL SCHEDULED FOR TUESDAY, DEC. 12 IN LAS VEGAS

Las Vegas –UFC® is searching for the best undefeated fighters in the world. The world’s premier mixed martial arts competition returns for season 27 with The Ultimate Fighter: Battle of the Undefeated. An open casting call will be held on Tuesday, December 12 in Las Vegas.

Men in the 145 lb, 155 lb, or 170 lb weight classes between the ages of 21–34 with an undefeated record and at least three professional fights are invited to attend the open casting call. TUF 27 will begin filming in January 2018 and premiere on FS1 later in the year.

For those wishing to attend the tryouts, you must complete an application online at http://www.ufc.com/TUF27 and bring the completed form to the tryouts. Fighters trying out will be required to grapple and hit pads and must bring the appropriate gear to do so. Applicants will be notified at the end of the day if they have been selected to move on in the casting process. If selected, applicants must be prepared to stay in Las Vegas until Saturday, December 16. All questions can be directed to Gary DeFranco at gdefranco@pilgrimstudios.com.

WHO:
Male fighters holding an undefeated record at 145, 155, and 170-pounds


WHEN:
Tuesday, Dec. 12 at 8 a.m. PT
 

WHERE:
Palace Station Hotel

2411 W. Sahara Ave
Las Vegas, NV 89102

Good luck!

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“Copa Combate:” Tournament Matchups Set for Live NBCSN & Telemundo Event

“Copa Combate:” Tournament Matchups Set for Live NBCSN & Telemundo Event

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COMBATE AMERICAS ANNOUNCES MATCHUPS FOR “COPA COMBATE”
ONE-NIGHT, EIGHT-MAN, $100,000 GRAND PRIZE TOURNAMENT 
LIVE ON TELEMUNDO AND NBCSN ON SATURDAY, NOV. 11

HISTORIC EXTRAVAGANZA PITS WORLD-CLASS FIGHTERS FROM 
THE U.S., LATIN AMERICA AND SPAIN AGAINST EACH OTHER 
IN CANCUN, MEXICO

CANCUN, MX – November 7, 2017 – Combate Américas announced earlier the official matchups for the quarterfinal, or opening stage, of the highly-anticipated “COPA COMBATE,” one-night, eight-man bantamweight (135 pounds) Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) tournament that will award its winner a grand prize of $100,000, live on both Telemundo and NBCSN from Cancun, Mexico on Saturday, November 11 at 11:30 p.m. ET/10:30 p.m. CT.

The event, which takes place at Grand Oasis Cancun, marks both the first NBCU simulcast in history of an MMA event, and the first-ever Telemundo broadcast of MMA programming.

“COPA COMBATE” also represents the first time that world-class fighters from the U.S., Latin America and Spain will represent their respective countries in an epic, one-night tournament showdown in which the winner will have persevered through three consecutive bouts.

In the first quarterfinal stage bout in tournament bracket “A,” vicious striker Mikey “El Terrible” Erosa (12-5) from San Juan, Puerto Rico will take on red-hot Marcelo “The Pitbull” Rojo (12-4) from Cordoba, Argentina.

At 36 years old, Erosa is the oldest competitor in the tournament field. A combat sports tri-athlete who also boxes and kickboxes professionally, Erosa is the first recognized Puerto Rican world champion in the sport of MMA.

The 29-year-old Rojo is both the number one ranked bantamweight, as well as the top ranked featherweight (145 pounds) in his native Argentina.

A former semifinalist on The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America reality television series, Rojo has produced 10 of his 12 career wins by way of (T)KO or submission and will enter the tournament riding a four-fight win streak, including two consecutive wins in his first two Combate Americas starts.

On the same side of the tournament draw, wildcard entrant and relentless brawler Ricky “El Gallero” Palacios (9-1) of Mission, Texas, will clash with fast-rising star Carlos “Lobo” Rivera (12-2) of Mexico City, Mexico.

The 30-year-old Palacios, the longest standing member of the Combate Americas fighter roster, has won all six of bouts in La Jaula, the Combate Americas circular cage.

In his last two starts, Palacios, also unbeaten as a professional boxer, earned victories over two different Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) veterans – a split decision over Roman Salazar on April 20, and a unanimous decision over Chris Avila on July 27.

Rivera is a 24-year-old member of the famed “Bonebreakers” fight squad.  He has produced 8 of his 10 professional career wins by way of (T)KO or submission, and will enter La Jaula for the first time in his career, with three straight victories under his belt.

On the other side of the tournament draw, 25-year-old trailblazer John “Sexi Mexi” Castaneda (14-2) of Mankato, Minn. will battle national Muay Thai champion Kevin “El Frio” Moreyra (4-1) of Lima, Peru.

Tied with Palacios for the greatest number of wins – six – in La Jaula, Castaneda recently re-signed with Combate Americas where he has yet to be beaten, after emerging victorious by way of unanimous decision over Cheyden Leialoha in UFC President Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series on August 1.

Moreyra is an aggressive-minded, 24-year-old who also boasts a 4-1 record as a professional Muay Thai combatant, and is regarded as Peru’s fastest rising MMA star.

In the second tournament bracket “B” bout, battle-tested, number one ranked Spanish bantamweight Marc “Lufo” Gómez (20-10) of Barcelona will collide with number one-ranked Colombian bantamweight Andres “Doble A Leal “ Ayala (14-4) of Bogota.

At just 25 years of age, Gómez has already racked up 30 professional bouts, making him the most experienced of the tournament field and, of his 20 career victories, an astonishing 17 have come by way of (T)KO or submission.

Ayala is a gutsy, 27-year-old striker who also boasts a spectacular finish rate, with 9 of his 11 career conquests having come by way of (T)KO or submission.  In addition to his place as the top ranked 135-pound fighter in his country, Ayala also owns a top 10 ranking in Mexico.

The live simulcast of “COPA COMBATE” on Telemundo and NBCSN will feature the tournament’s complete semifinal stage consisting of two bouts that pit the winners of the quarterfinal stage matchups in each tournament bracket against one another, as well as the championship stage showdown.

In addition to the tournament action, Telemundo’s and NBCSN’s live television coverage of “COPA COMBATE” will feature the previously announced women’s strawweight (115 pounds) co-main event between undefeated knockout artist Melissa “Super Melly” Martinez (2-0) of Mexico City, Mexico, and submission expert and Miesha Tate pupil Gloria “Gloriosa” Bravo (4-2) of Santiago, Chile.

The entire quarterfinal stage of the tournament, as well as two tournament alternate bouts and a second women’s bout that will be announced soon, will stream live on the Telemundo Deportes En Vivo app and TelemundoDeportes.com. Coverage on NBCSN will be live streamed on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app.

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EDDIE ALVAREZ AND JUSTIN GAETHJE NAMED COACHES FOR SEASON 26 OF THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER

FORMER UFC® CHAMPION EDDIE ALVAREZ AND ELECTRIFYING NEWCOMER JUSTIN GAETHJE TO COACH NEXT SEASON OF THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER® 

New season debuts Wednesday, August 30 on FS1

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Las Vegas – For the second time in series history, the upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter® will introduce a new weight class and crown a new champion. At the helm, will be two of the sports’ best and most exhilarating athletes when No. 3 lightweight Eddie Alvarez and No. 6 Justin Gaethje assume the coaching responsibilities forThe Ultimate Fighter®: A New World Champion.

Alvarez and Gaethje will lead 16 flyweight women throughout the season and lead them to a shot at UFC® gold, with the winner of season 26 becoming the inaugural women’s 125-pound champion. Season 20 saw Carla Esparza emerge victorious earning the strawweight world title via third-round submission over Rose Namajunas. The Ultimate Fighter remains the highest rated and most watched original show on FS1 and will premiere Wednesday, August 30 at 10 p.m. ET.

Former UFC champion Alvarez (28-5, 1 NC, fighting out of Philadelphia, Penn.) has held a title in nearly every promotion he’s ever competed in and will utilize that world-class pedigree to groom a champion in the UFC’s 12th weight class. He has 22 finishes – 17 knockouts and five submissions – in his 28 professional wins and packs one of the most powerful punches in the 155-pound division.

After making an impression in his promotional debut during International Fight Week™ with a second-round knockout of No. 5 Michael Johnson, Gaethje (18-0, fighting out of Arvada, Colo.) will set his sights on coaching the next world champion in route to taking another step toward becoming a champion himself. With 15 knockouts and one submission to his credit, Gaethje has become must-watch television every time he competes and will no doubt try to pass his highlight reel moves on to the ladies he’s coaching.

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INTERNATIONAL FIGHT WEEK MEDIA CONFERENCE CALL THURSDAY, JUNE 29

UFC® 213: NUNES vs. SHEVCHENKO 2
THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER®: REDEMPTION FINALE
MEDIA CONFERENCE CALL

Thursday, June 29, 2017 – 2:30 p.m. PT/5:30 p.m. ET

Las Vegas – The biggest week of the year is nearly upon us and UFC® has two action-packed
events in store for fans during International Fight Week™ including two world title fights atop
the card for UFC 213: NUNES vs. SHEVCHENKO 2. Women’s bantamweight champion Amanda
Nunes puts her title on the line against No. 1 Valentina Shevchenko in the main event and No.
1 middleweight Yoel Romero collides with No. 3 Robert Whittaker for the interim 185-pound
world title in the co-main. Also scheduled for the event is a 170-pound clash between fan favorites
No. 3 Robbie Lawler and No. 7 Cowboy Cerrone.

Headlining Friday’s THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER®: REDEMPTION FINALE is No. 5 lightweight
Michael Johnson and promotional newcomer Justin Gaethje as both knockout artists jockey
for position in one of the most stacked divisions in MMA.

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Behind The Scenes Of My Interview With UFC Hall Of Famer And Bellator Fighter Tito Ortiz

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When I first got the opportunity to interview UFC Hall of Famer and MMA legend Tito Ortiz I was excited, then scared. Being new to reporting on the sport of Mixed Martial Arts I had the misconception that Tito was a control freak who would probably never let me ask a question.

I was worried about this interview, after all he was a legend and while I had interviewed everyone from President Obama to Johnny Depp to Ron Wood from the Rolling Stones, here it was an MMA fighter who made me nervous, very nervous. It was not a place a veteran journalist often finds themselves and while I tried to shake it off I could not.

Being the crazy researcher I am I read his book twice and then proceeded to spend a full day reading every article and blog I could find on him. I must have watched dozens and dozens of old and new videos, as well as listening to every radio program he had been on. I became obsessed with his twitter, checking it to make sure I did not miss something. My theory was like a good girl scout I would be prepared and therefore I would not be anxious! By the time I started the interview, I felt more like a beginner than an expert in my field.

Those who know me and have worked with me in TV would have been shocked, I was sweating as he answered the phone looking more like the anchor Aaron Altman famously portrayed by actor Albert Brooks in the 1987 movie “Broadcast News”. In true Cingari style, I am known to be brutally honest, many a television cameraman would say it is a trait that endears me to the person I am interviewing as it makes me look real and this interview was no exception.

So here is how I started my interview with Tito… “I read your book it says you get emotional sometimes before you fight. I’m not sure if I should throw up or cry, you are a big name in MMA” and then I put my hand over my mouth and stopped abruptly. Like a judge had silenced me in a crowded courtroom, embarrassed and ashamed that I had blurted out what was clearly unprofessional, I expected him to hang up. What did he do? He laughed loudly a big laugh! Tito was laughing, then I started laughing and the journalist mode kicked in, I was off and running.

I now see why people adore him, fans worship him and fighters fear him. He is tough, but soft, a complex sort of guy. Inside I think he is like many of us we just want to be loved by the masses to some degree, hey I hope you like this story?

His candid interview was a breath of fresh air; he was not what I had thought at all. He was honest and above all his values were simple: respect, honor and to provide for his kids a better life. When I asked him how he wanted to be remembered his response was clear:

“I’d like to be remembered as a person who always gave back, no matter what the pros and cons were. Help the sport of MMA to grow what it is today. Always helped others, not stepping on people to get ahead. To be honest, loyal, a hard worker, someone who’s been dedicated through his whole career, 17 years, and no matter what injuries. Whatever sidetracked me I kept focused and to take care of my family.”

“Just to be honest, to be as honest as possible. I’m a real person who’s worked hard and who’s pushed through so many challenges in life that I’ve been successful. I know of people who’ve had the same type of challenges and who couldn’t succeed, just because they didn’t have any self-gratification or self-fulfillment knowing they could do it. I went through so many of those things in my own life that I just never stopped believing. I just never said No, there is never quit in my whole life. I just always strive to better myself each and every day. Every day I woke up I said, What can I do to better myself today? Even if it’s just helping somebody out, or just pushing myself to the next level.”

Of course I asked him about Bonnar, remember I spent the whole day researching the subject and I knew this was a hot button so to speak. When he answered me you could hear it in his voice he was hurt:

“When he talks about my family, he talks about my fans. I take that very personally. My fans have been there with me since the beginning. Seventeen years of competitions and my fans have watched me lose, and watched me win, and watched me win World Titles.”

“They’ve seen the ups and downs through a lot of relationships that I have had. When someone talks about my family, that’s where the lines are crossed. I grabbed the microphone, and I tried to say something, and I was so angry, it was just like, I don’t know, if you’ve seen the movie Popeye when Brutus blinked his eyes and saw complete red. That’s what I saw, I saw complete red and I just … and I had to put my hands on him, and I had to shove him or do something.”

In the end he is Tito Ortiz, love him or hate him, he is a powerful force to be reckoned with and while to some he may seem to be larger than life, this reporter found him to be all about life and speaking the truth.

You can catch my 3 audios interview with Tito here

Part 1:

https://soundcloud.com/susan-cingari/tito-ortiz-on-stephan-bonnar-bellator-131-scott-coker-and-rampage-jackson
Part 2:

https://soundcloud.com/susan-cingari/a-revealing-look-into-the-mind-of-the-fighter-tito-ortiz

Part 3:

https://soundcloud.com/susan-cingari/tito-ortiz-answers-fan-questons-talks-fight-with-stephan-bonnar
And check out the full Audio here:

https://soundcloud.com/susan-cingari/tito-ortiz-on-stephan-bonnar-justin-mccully-full-episode
My thanks to UFC Hall of Famer,Tito Ortiz. You can follow Tito on Twitter @titoortiz


You can see Bellator 131 on November 15, 2014

Light Heavyweight Feature Fight: Tito Ortiz (17-11) vs. Stephan Bonnar (15-8)
Lightweight Feature Fight: Michael Chandler (12-2) vs. Will Brooks (14-1)
Light Heavyweight Feature Fight: King Mo (13-4) vs. Joe Vedepo (17-8)

 

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A Kids MMA Summer Camp You Won’t Believe

Mustlovemma.com reporter, Susan Cingari takes a look at American Top Team Coach, Ricardo Liborio and his never ending campaign to make mixed martial arts available to a unique group of students, in this inspiring and uplifting story that will change the way you view those less fortunate.

We all know how difficult the sport of mixed martial arts is to learn. There are so many techniques and skills to master but what about if you were blind or visually impaired how would you possibly train not being able to see?

Well for one group of South Florida students that proves to be no challenge at all, thanks in part to the instructions of Mixed Martial Arts Master,Riccardo Liborio.

For the past three years blind children ages 6-12 have been taking part in a summer camp program at American Top Team in Coconut Creek. Florida.

The program has provided these kids with an opportunity to not only take part in the sport, but self-esteem and the chance to do what is normally reserved for people who can see. The program is one that is dear to the heart of Master Liborio as his young daughter Bella is blind and has been the source of inspiration for his personal quest.

In this story you’ll meet some of the students that have taken part in the summer camp and see them train with Master Liborio and you’ll hear from Master Ricardo Liborio himself who’s clear vision of the stereotypes associated with what a blind and visually impaired person can do has been broken in part, due to his personal efforts.

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Thanks to Ricardo Liborio and the Lighthouse for the Blind for this interview.

By | 2014-09-20T14:15:45+00:00 September 14th, 2014|News|Comments Off on A Kids MMA Summer Camp You Won’t Believe