Archive for March 11, 2010

MMA for Charity to hold Haiti Benefit Event

Posted in MMA Charity event for Haiti on March 11, 2010 by thatmmaguy

Event will take place on March 13-14 in Richmond , VA

Richmond, VA ( USA ): On January 12th, 2010, a vicious earthquake struck the country of Haiti . As of this writing, an estimated 3,000,000 people have been affected by magnitude 7.0 quake. The Haitian Government has reported that between 217,000 and 230,000 people have died, an estimated 300,000 have been injured, and an estimated 1,000,000 are homeless. What’s more, the death toll is expected to rise. The response from within the United States as well as the world has been overwhelming. Tens of millions of dollars have been raised in the U.S. alone, and aid has poured in from all over the world. But recovery efforts will be ongoing in the years to come, as Haiti attempts to rebuild itself.

On March 13th, a two-day seminar hosted by MMA Institute, located at 6145 Jahnke Road, Richmond , VA 23225, will commence. The seminar will consist of grappling, striking, and MMA training, and the team of instructors will be made up of world class MMA fighters such as rising WEC star and Haiti native Mackens Semerzier, UFC fighters Aaron Riley and “The Filthy Mauler” Tom Lawlor, former TUF competitor Sam Hoger, Bellator fighter Jorge “Gamebred” Masvidal, and 2009 Abu Dhabi Combat Club (ADCC) champion and recent Shine Fights signee Braulio Estima. In addition, 50/50 Jiu-Jitsu owners Ryan Hall and Seph Smith will be teaching, and a kids seminar will be educated by the well-respected John Simons. All these great athletes will be donating their time, and merchandise will be auctioned off, with all proceeds going towards Haiti relief.

MMA for Charity is an organization conceptualized by MMA Institute Head Trainer Rick McCoy and Eric Callahan in order for the sport he loves to have an opportunity to respond to the tragedy in Haiti . “When I saw the footage of all the suffering going on by the men, women, and children in Haiti , I just felt in my gut that I needed to do something,” explained McCoy. “I spoke with some of my associates, and things quickly came together to form the organization. Now, the sport gets to show that it’s about more than what happens in the cage; MMA is filled with good, caring people. And through MMA for Charity, we’ll get to show that.”For those interested in signing up for the seminar or further information, please visit

About MMA for Charity, and writes for FightSport Magazine, and For additional information on Fight of Your Life Communications, please visit MMA for Charity

About Fight of Your Life Communications

Fight of Your Life is the only company that focuses exclusively on communications within the sport of MMA. Through utilization of media relationships, sponsorship contacts, writing skills, and public relations experience, Fight of Your Life raises the profile of its clients, which increases awareness, draws revenue, and helps establish long-term viability. Current Fight of Your Life clients include fight promotions such as Gladiator Challenge, Jeff Curran’s XFO, X-1 World Events, MMA Big Show, and Shine Fights. In addition, Fight of Your Life handles management for rising StrikeForce lightweight title contender Lyle “Fancy Pants” Beerbohm. Also, Fight of Your Life owner Phil Lanides covers MMA for

For more information, please contact:

Rick McCoy


MMA for Charity

(804) 928-6210

Eric Callahan


MMA for Charity

Phil Lanides


MMA for Charity

(408) 439-3245

was created in the wake of last month’s disaster in Haiti . Mixed martial artists from around the country have volunteered to help raise money and awareness in an effort to contribute to the relief of the shattered country. The chaos brought on by the 7.0 magnitude earthquake has complicated things for the children of Haiti immensely, making it difficult to tell who is alone and who is simply trying to locate loved ones. MMA for Charity will be raising funds for Hope for Haiti Children’s Center. Several top fighters have agreed to take part in a two-day seminar in Richmond , Virginia , and will be auctioning off merchandise with 100% of the proceeds going to the center. For additional information on MMA for Charity, please visit or


Throwin’ Bombs Sponsorship

Posted in Throwin' Bombs sponsorship on March 11, 2010 by thatmmaguy

I am proud to announce that I am being sponsored by the great people at Throwin’ Bombs. If you’re a fan of MMA, Boxing and Hockey, then you’re a fan of apparel. Check out the website to be apart of the latest and hottest gear.

I will be wearing the throwin’ bombs gear while I cover Tim Sylvia vs Mariuz Pudzianowski and Seth Petruzelli vs Houston Alexander on the May 21st Boston event. I also look forward to wearing throwin’ bombs gear at future north-eastern MMA events.

I’d like to give a special shout out to Andy Hui for making all this happen. You can check out Andy Hui on facebook.


A Timeline History of The UFC

Posted in Timeline History of The UFC on March 11, 2010 by thatmmaguy

In the near 17 years that the UFC has been gracing our homes, the sport of MMA has come a long ways. Let’s take a look at where the UFC started and where the UFC is today.

The Beginning: On November 12th, 1993, UFC 1 was hosted in Denver, Colorado which featured an 8 man tournament. Such names as Art “One Glove” Jimmerson, Ken Shamrock and Royce Gracie fought in this tournament with Gracie ultimately winning.

Revenge of the Warriors: On December 16th, 1994 at UFC 4, Royce Gracie won his third UFC tournament by defeating Dan Severn via triangle choke. Royce then cemented his place in the UFC history books.

Judgement Day: On February 7th, 1997 at UFC 12, Mark Coleman became the first UFC heavyweight champion when he choked out Dan Severn.

Ultimate Japan: On December 21st, 1997, The UFC made its first visit to Japan. This was also the first visit to a country in Asia. This fight card included the likes of Maurice Smith, Tank Abbott, Kazushi Sakuraba and Randy Couture.

Redemption: On May 15th, 1998 at UFC 17, Chuck Liddell made his MMA debut defeating Noe Hernandez. This fight card also marked the first UFC debut of UFC veteran Carlos Newton as well as Pride veteran Dan Henderson. UFC 17 also hosted the legendary head kick KO that Pete Williams landed on Mark Coleman.

High Stakes: On November 17th, 2000 at UFC 28, the UFC made it’s Atlantic City debut with a storm. Andrei Arlovski made his UFC debut defeating Aaron Brink via armbar. Josh Barnett made his UFC debut defeating Gan McGee via TKO. And a famous bout between Randy Couture and Kevin Randlemanheadlined the card with Couture winning in the third round via TKO.

New Ownership: In January 2001, Zuffa, LLC, owned by Frank Fertitta, Lorenzo Fertitta and Dana White, purchases the UFC brand and completely restructures MMA into a highly organized sport.

Battle on the Boardwalk: On February 23rd, 2001 at UFC 30, Jens “Little Evil” Pulver made UFC history when he defeated Caol Uno in a 5 round battle to become UFCs first lightweight champion.

Locked and Loaded: On May 4th, 2001 at UFC 31, the UFC premiered the weight class realignments which are the current standard. These weight classes include lightweight (155 lbs), welterweight (170 lbs), middleweight (185 lbs), light heavyweight (205 lbs) and heavyweight (265 lbs).

Return of the Champions:On September 28th, 2001 at UFC 33, the UFC makes its debut in the “City of Sin” and fight capital of the world, LasVegas, Nevada. This card featured 2 title fights with Tito Ortiz defeating Vladimir Matyushenko to retain his light heavyweight championship and Jens Pulver defeating Dennis Hallman to retain his lightweight championship.

Brawl at the Hall: On July 13th,2002 at UFC 38, the UFC made history with its European debut in London, England at the Royal Albert Hall. Matt Hughes defeated Carlos Newton via TKO in the 4th round to retain his welterweight championship while Great Britain’sown Ian Freeman shocked the world with his upset victory over Frank Mir.

Hall of Fame: On November 21st, 2003, two men were honored by the UFC when they were the first to be inducted in the UFC Hall of Fame. Those two legendary figures were none other than Royce Gracie and Ken Shamrock.

The Ultimate Fighter: On January 17th, 2005, Spike TV aired the first season of the reality show television series “The Ultimate Fighter” in which fighters would compete for a 6 figure UFC contract. This show would later contribute to the success of the UFC and MMA as a whole. The 1st season featured light heavyweight and middleweight fighters with Forrest Griffin winning the light heavyweight division and Diego Sanchez winning the middleweight division.

All or Nothing: UFC 67 was held in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mirko CroCop made his debut technically knocking out Eddie Sanchez while Anderson Silva defeated the very tough Travis Lutter in impressive fashion. This event also proved to show that the UFC was on the up and up because 72% of the audience came from outside Nevada.

Fight for the Troops: On December 10th, 2008, the UFC entertained the troops. Over 8,000 military personnel fill the Crown Coliseum in Fayetteville, North Carolina for UFC: Fight for the Troops. A simultaneous fundraiser for the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund raised over 4 million dollars.

Redemption:On April 19th, 2009 at UFC 97, the UFC made it’s second trip to Montreal, Quebec Canada. Montreal would go on to set the NorthAmerican attendance record with 21,451 attendees. This record defeated Montreals previous record from UFC 83 by only 61 people.

UFC 100: Arguable the best fight card to have been produced by the UFC, UFC 100 didn’t upset when it came to talent and show. UFC 100 featured the long anticipated rematch between heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar and interim heavyweight champion Frank Mir in which Lesnar proved himself to be a frighteningforce. Also Georges St Pierre dominated Thiago Alves in a bout many believed he would be dethroned. This amazing card also featured the KO of the year when Dan Henderson landed a devestating overhand right on Michael Bisping.

UFC 110: On February 21st, 2010, the UFC made it’s debut in the land of kangaroos and wallabees when it landed in Sydney, Australia. This event also was the fastest selling event to date with tickets selling out in 2 hours.