Media Call: UFC’s Holm vs Shevchenko & UFC 201 Lawler vs. Woodley

Two major UFC events still remain in July starting with UFC Fight Night: Holm vs. Shevchenko on Saturday, July 23 and UFC 201: Lawler vs. Woodley one week later on Saturday, July 30.

Holly (The Preachers Daughter“) Holm, is the No. 2 UFC bantamweight contender. She is a professional boxer and kickboxer and is the first person to win championships in both boxing and martial arts. She is highly regarded as one of the best female fighters in the world. The 5’8″ southpaw quickly rose to fame after capturing the division’s title from Ronda Rousey in 2015, however Holm lost the belt to Miesha Tate in  her first ever career loss.

Russian born Valentina Shevchenko, nicknamed, “The Bullet”, began training at the age of five. Shevchenko is a decorated Muay Thai Fighter and kickboxer.   A fierce competitor she has won many titles such as the International Federation of Muaythai Amateur World Championships and World Muaythai Council  and is known for her precision, calculated striking and clinch work. Shevchenko most recently fought Amanda Nunes on March 5, 2016 at UFC 196 but lost the fight by unanimous decision. No stranger to competition  Shevchenko has a 56-2 professional record  Muay Thai/K-1  and has defeated Joanna Jędrzejczyk and Caley Reece. Look for this fight to be a chance to see some spectacular stand-up by both  of the ladies.

San Diego native, Robbie Lawler is a professional mixed martial artist and the current  UFC Welterweight Champion. He has been competing since 2001. He is best known for his 2015 title defense against Rory MacDonald, a match some refer to as one of the greatest world title fights of all time. He is a fan favorite and is know to leave it all in the Octagon. This fight marks his third title defense.

Tyron Woodley, nicknamed “The Chosen One”, fought in his first professional Strikeforce fight in 2009 and is currently #3 in official UFC welterweight rankings.  Woodley has a strong wrestling background and is a  NCAA Division I All-American as well as team captain of the University of Missouri wrestling team He also won the Big 10 title in 2003. Woodley hasn’t fought since UFC 183 in January 2015 so ring rust could be an issue. The two fighters both fight out of the American Top Team banner and are friends but will put their friendship aside to see who is the best welterweight is. Look for Lawler to use his experience and grit to grind out the win.

The four fighters had this to say on the UFC media conference call when they were asked about their upcoming fights.

Holly Holm: ” Valentina is definitely a seasoned athlete.” I do know it is just one fight at a time. I’m definitely thirsty right now, I want victory”

Valentina Shevchenko: “My focus is the fight.” and “This is my life, this is what I want to be. My destiny was to be a martial artist.”

Robbie Lawler: “I’m sick of the Fight of the Night. “I am a mean fighter. I just want to take people out and I just want to win!”

Tyron Woodley: “The difference between me then, and me now is that I’m putting everything together and I’m ready to take off! I’m just a mean fighter who is looking to finish people and do what I do.”

You can catch UFC FIGHT NIGHT  Saturday July 23rd, 2016 Holm VS Shevschenko at 8PM/5PM ET/PT as well as a host of other great fight.

Watch Lawler vs. Woodley on July 30th LIVE on Pay Per View HERE

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IMMAF will return to International Fight Week and the UFC Fan Expo

July 10 and 11, 2015 in Las Vegas

Las Vegas – UFC® today announced a partnership with the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF) in a move to champion the growth of safe, clean mixed martial arts (MMA) at the amateur level. UFC® will work closely with the IMMAF and provide vital financial and administrative backing, while also leveraging the vast global platform the UFC has built for communication and education initiatives.

Formed in 2012, the IMMAF has undertaken a number of important initiatives including athlete safety, regulatory work and grass roots development of the sport as well as being the global governing body of amateur MMA with 40 national federation members.

Lou Lauria, UFC Vice President for Federation Relationships and Corporate Social Responsibility said: “UFC® believes in the ability of amateur sport to affect positive change in society and is committed to contributing to those efforts globally. If you are an amateur MMA athlete, you should become engaged with the IMMAF on the national and community level and contribute to the positive developments being made in the sport.”

IMMAF Chief Executive Officer Densign White also believes the partnership will help elevate amateur MMA at all levels of the sport, saying: “IMMAF’s renewed and strengthened partnership with UFC is game-changing for MMA as a whole. Not only do we have the continued support of a key originator of contemporary mixed martial arts, but also of the world’s biggest player in the sport; based on its confidence that IMMAF can and is making a difference.

“IMMAF’s main work is to develop safety standards for all participants, particularly at recreational and amateur levels. The forward thinking approach of UFC in supporting IMMAF, which evolved from the MMA community for the MMA community, will surely help the sport to develop. Longer term it will enable the sport to prosper and grow to a point where its participants can enjoy the same levels of protection, education, respect and benefits as those practicing other sports. UFC partnership will help IMMAF substantially on many levels, from commercial to technical to media, and in turn this will benefit amateur MMA’s practitioners globally.”

Additionally, UFC® will again play host to the IMMAF World Championships as part of International Fight Week, which in 2014 saw 110 male and female athletes represent 22 countries in over 100 fights. The tournament, which runs from July 6 through 11, will culminate at the UFC Fan Expo at the Sands Expo & Convention Center, July 10-11, 2015 in Las Vegas and will be broadcast live on UFC FIGHT PASS. The IMMAF World Championships of MMA is the first international competition for amateur MMA to be organized by a non-profit, democratic governing body in accordance with Olympic values.

Tickets to the UFC Fan Expo are available at with two-day passes beginning at $60 online and $65 onsite. One-day passes begin at $35 online and $45 onsite.

For additional information please visit, and follow UFC on Twitter @ufc.

For more information regarding the IMMAF, please visit and follow on Twitter @IMMAFed


About UFC®

UFC® is the premier mixed martial arts (MMA) organization and largest pay-per-view event provider in the world. Headquartered in Las Vegas with offices in London, Toronto, Singapore and Sao Paulo, UFC produces more than 40 live events annually that consistently sell out some of the most prestigious arenas around the globe. UFC programming is broadcast in 129 countries and territories to nearly 800 million TV households worldwide in 28 different languages. The UFC has a multi-year broadcast agreement with FOX in the U.S., which annually includes four live events broadcast on the FOX network, as well as The Ultimate Fighter® reality television show and thousands of hours of programming on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports 2. In 2014, UFC launched UFC FIGHT PASS™, a digital subscription service with exclusive live events, thousands of fights on-demand and original content. The UFC organization also licenses over 100 UFC GYM® locations, and owns UFC.TV® (offering live event broadcasts and video on-demand around the world), UFC FIT® (an in-home fitness and nutrition program), UFC Magazine, and has a videogame franchise with EA SPORTSUFC Fight Club®UFC Fan Expo®UFC branded apparel, DVDs and Blu-rays and Topps Trading Cards. For more information, visit and follow UFC at, Twitter and Instagram: @UFC.

 About the IMMAF

The International Mixed Martial Arts Federation is the international democratic body for the sport of amateur MMA, representing MMA worldwide and working with all stakeholders – athletes, coaches, referees, governments, athletic commissions, sports confederations, international organizations, professional promoters and more. Founded from within the amateur MMA community for the amateur MMA community, the purpose of the IMMAF is to protect and further the development and recognition of the sport of MMA on all amateur levels, enabling international competition through the organization of non-profit, democratic national federations.


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

Tito Ortiz

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:
Part 2:

Part 3:
And check out the full Audio here:
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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Mike Brown UFC On FOX Sports 1 Pre-Fight Interview *VIDEO*

I  recently caught up with former WEC Featherweight Champ Mike Brown ahead of his upcoming featherweight bout with Steven Siler taking place Saturday at UFC on FOX Sports 1 (UFC Fight Night 26) in Boston, Mass.

The 37-year-old American Top Team product shared his thoughts on Siler, why he’s not looking past him and talked about his gameplan going into the fight. Brown addressed rumors that he was considering retirement at one point. He also explained what he would have to do to get back in title contention, why Jose Aldo is so dangerous and why we’re not likely to see another epic battle between himself and Urijah Faber.

By Susan Cingari, for

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