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HyeFighter Karen Darabedyan in Action At Shark Fights 13 on September 11th in Texas against Marcus Hicks

The biggest card in Shark Fights history just got some additional starpower.

After already announcing four fights for the Sept. 11’s main card, the Texas-based promotion unveiled a near-complete 10-fight lineup that includes a surprisingly deep preliminary card.

Notable additions include Bellator heavyweight Dave Herman (16-2) vs. Aaron Rosa (14-3), WEC vets Karen Darabedyan (9-3) vs. Marcus Hicks (9-3), and UFC vet Pete Spratt (21-17) vs. Eric Davila (17-10).

Additionally, though not part of the official announcement, Shark Fights president Brent Medley today told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio) that the fight between Shark Fights featherweight champ Douglas Evans (10-6) and World Victory Road vet Ronnie Mann (17-2-1) will, in fact, be for the title.

Shark Fights 13 takes place Sept. 11 at the Amarillo Civic Center in Texas. Medley said broadcast plans for the event will be announced early next week.

Previously announced main-card fights include light-heavyweight champ Trevor Prangley (22-6-1) vs. Keith Jardine (15-8-1) in a non-title fight, former UFC light heavyweights Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou (9-6) vs. Houston Alexander (10-6), middleweight notables Drew McFredries (8-6) vs. Joey Villasanor (27-7), and Paul Daley (24-9-2) vs. TBA (though Medley said a rumored bout with Josh Burkman is not currently on the docket). A fifth main-card bout will be announced soon.

Additionally, recent UFC welterweight Brock Larson (28-4) fights on the preliminary card, though an opponent has not been named.

The full card includes:

MAIN CARD

  • Champ Trevor Prangley vs. Keith Jardine (light-heavyweight non-title fight)
  • Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou vs. Houston Alexander
  • Paul Daley vs. TBA
  • Drew McFredries vs. Joey Villasanor
  • TBA vs. TBA

PRELIMINARY CARD

  • Champ Douglas Evans vs. Ronnie Mann (featherweight title fight)
  • Brock Larson vs. TBA
  • Dave Herman vs. Aaron Rosa
  • Karen Darabedyan vs. Marcus Hicks
  • Eric Davila vs. Pete Spratt

Shark Fights, a fast-rising promotion that balances its cards with a mix of local talent and proven veterans, launched in 2008 and has drawn crowds of nearly 10,000 on multiple occasions.

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HyeFighter Georgi Karakhanyan at Bellator 28 on Septemeber 9th in New Orleans

Bellator Fighting Championships continues to add to its roster, signing UFC veteran Alvin Robinson to face Bellator standout HyeFighter Georgi Karakhanyan. The two will meet in a featherweight feature bout at Bellator 28 on Sept. 9 in New Orleans.

Sources close to the bout on Wednesday confirmed the signing to MMAWeekly.com.

Karakhanyan (13-2-1) is one of Bellator’s top featherweights. He was derailed in the Season 2 by eventual featherweight tournament winner Joe Warren. That loss came after winning nine straight fights, capped by a victory over veteran fighter Bao Quach in his Bellator debut.

Robinson (10-5) was a top prospect when he entered the Octagon with a professional record of 8-1. He had a difficult time assimilating, however, garnering a record of 1-3 in the UFC. The Gracie jiu-jitsu black belt has since dropped down to featherweight where he is currently 1-1.

Bellator 28 takes place on Sept. 9 at the Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts in New Orleans.

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Tickets For HyeFighter Manny Gamburyan’s WEC Championship Fight Available on July 31st


Unbeaten at 3-0 since dropping to featherweight last year, HyeFighter Manny Gamburyan (fighting out of Hollywood, Calif.) stunned many observers in April by knocking out former champion Mike Brown. The win earned the Armenian judo practitioner a shot at Aldo, and more importantly, the opportunity to realize a lifelong dream. With a world title in his crosshairs, Gamburyan (13-5) expects to shock the world when he meets the Brazilian champion in Colorado.

“I feel blessed to have this opportunity,” Gamburyan said. “This is a fight featuring the number one and number two fighters in the world in this division, so there are no secrets to my game plan. I’ve gotta’ bring my ‘A’ game. I have to be in top-notch shape, I’ve got to have good standup, ground and wrestling. Everything has to be perfect. I think he’s a great fighter and I respect him as a champion, but I fight to destroy. It’s my time and I’ve got to shine.”

Standing in Manny’s way is the Champion Jose Aldo as one of the top three pound-for-pound fighters in the sport, featherweight champion (fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) is unbeaten at 7-0 in WEC and on course to become the most dominant 145-pounder ever. Fresh off a dominant performance over former division kingpin Urijah Faber in April, the 23-year-old knockout sensation Aldo (17-1) has his sights set on his 10th consecutive victory.

“I’m excited to fight Manny Gamburyan, who is a really good fighter,” Aldo said. “I know that he has good judo and punching power, but I expect to knock him out. He’s not taking my belt.”

WEC: Aldo vs. Gamburyan will be televised nationally live on VERSUS beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT. All of the network’s live WEC events are presented in HD and Spanish language SAP where available. For more information and how to find VERSUS in your local viewing area, visit http://www.versus.com/findversus.

About World Extreme Cagefighting®

The WEC brand is recognized as one of the premier mixed martial arts organizations in the United States. WEC, founded in 2001, is the sister organization of the Ultimate Fighting Championship® and today features the most prominent light weight fighters in the world. Owned and operated by WEC Holdings LLC., and headquartered in Las Vegas, Nev., the WEC produces live and taped events annually that are distributed through the Versus network.WEC programming is also available on Fox Sports en Espanol. In addition to its U.S distribution, WEC programming is shown on The Score network in Canada, Setanta Sports in Australia, Globosat in Brazil, and Cadena Tres in Mexico. For more information and current WEC fight news, visit wec.tv. World Extreme Cagefighting® and WEC® are registered trademarks, trademarks, trade dress or service marks owned exclusively by WEC Holdings, LLC in the United States and other jurisdictions and are licensed to WEC Productions, LLC.

About VERSUS

VERSUS, the fastest growing sports cable network in the country, prides itself on super-serving passionate sports fans across all platforms (VERSUS.com, VERSUS on Demand and VERSUS HD). The network is the cable television home of the National Hockey League (NHL), IZOD IndyCar Series, Tour de France, World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) and Professional Bull Riders (PBR). VERSUS also has partnerships with top sports leagues such as NASCAR, NBA and UFC and airs collegiate sports featuring nationally-ranked teams from top conferences such as the Pac-10, Big 12 and Mountain West. The network is also home to the best outdoor programming on television and airs original programs not available anywhere else, including Sports Soup and Sports Jobs with Junior Seau. VERSUS, a wholly owned company of Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ: CMCSA, CMCSK), is distributed via cable systems and satellite operators throughout the United States.

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HyeFighters go 2 for 2 at The Palladium

Haik Tsaturyan & Jared Papazian both VOICTORIOUS

HyeFighters Haik Tsaturyan and Jared Papzian both get wins at Respect In The Cage’s World War 3 MMA event at the Hollywood Palladium on Staurday night July 24, 2010.

In his second professional fight, Tsaturyan had a rematch with Chris Wolf and the outcome was the same as in his debut.  A unanimous decision win.  The fight was exciting and Haik showed great heart in working his way out of a tight rear naked choke hold put on him by Wolf.  Haik was not only able to get out of this submission hold, but was also able to win that round by unleashing some heavy ground and pound which would have brought on a stoppage of the fight had it not been stopped by the bell to end the second round.  When both fighters came out for the third and final round, Haik was the fresher and more aggressive of the two and controlled the round getting and holding the dominant position.

HyeFighter Jared Papazian’s fight was very exciting.  Jared caught a right hook in the 1st round which seemed to daze him and make him more cautious in the second round that was very close.  Feeling he needed a stoppage to win the fight, Jared came out in the third round with aggressiveness and worked from his back against the cage to land a knee to his opponents head repeatedly 5 times which dropped Eazel.  Jarred wasted no time in starting a vicious barrage of head shots to which Eazel had no answer and the referee, Mike Beltran, stepped in to stop the fight via Technical Knock Out.

The proud fathers of the 2 HyeFighters - Mr. Papazian & Mr. Tsaturyan

As always, the fight was was heavily supported by the Armenian fans in attendance as well as a big number of HyeFighters like Manny Gamburyan, Vanes Martirosyan, Karen Darabedyam Sevak Magakian, Sako Chivichyan and Ando Dermenjyan.  All in all a great night of fights with great outcomes.

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HyeFighter Haik Tsaturyan’s fight:

HyeFighter Jared Papazian’s fight:

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HyeFighter Murat Ready For His Turn

Unbeaten HyeFighter sensation Karo Murat (22-0, 13 KOs) from Germany, faces the biggest test of his young careers on September 18 when he travels to Birmingham for a special night of boxing at the LG Arena.

Murat takes on Nathan Cleverly (19-0, 9 KOs) in a WBO light heavyweight title eliminator. “There is so much talent on our team and I am convinced that both Karo and Alexander will be future champions,” said promoter Kalle Sauerland. “They are unbeaten and fearless and they are traveling to England to shock the boxing world.”

Murat is oozing with confidence. “First I will defeat Cleverly and then I will chase down WBO Champion Jurgen Brahmer,” he said. “Cleverly appears to be a big talker. I have read interviews where he puts himself on the same level with Joe Calzaghe. There is no way he is in the same league with him so he should not be saying something like that.” Murat knows it will be a tough fight. “He is pretty big, so it will not be easy to get to him,” he added. “But a lot of my opponents have been bigger than me – like Tommy Carpency, Sergey Demchenko and Gabriel Campillo – and I have defeated all of them. I am still unbeaten. I really look forward to traveling to Birmingham. The British fans love to see good boxing and that is why they will like me.”

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All 3 HyeFighters Make Weight

All three HyeFighters, Georgi Karakhanyan, Jared Papazian & Haik Tsaturyan make weight for their “Respect In The Cage” MMA fights on Saturday night July 24th at the Hollywood Palladium.

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HyeFighter Mousasi vs Mizuno for The DREAM LHW Championship

As expected the Japanese-based DREAM organization returns Sept. 25 for DREAM.16.

The event takes place at Nippon Gaishi Hall in Nagoya, Japan, and airs in North America on HDNet.

No fighters have been announced for the card, but as MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) previously reported, both lightweight champ Shinya Aoki and UFC vet Caol Uno are expected to fight in separate bouts. Additionally, mini-grand-prix finalists Tatsuya Mizuno and HyeFighter Gegard Mousasi are expected to fight for the first-ever DREAM light-heavyweight belt.

Additionally, a DREAM.16 poster shows potential fighters including Ikuhisa Minowa, Hideo Tokoro, Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto and Kazushi Sakuraba.

Aoki’s fight is likely to headline the show.

The event kicks off what’s expected to be an expansion phase for DREAM.  Mike Kogan, Director of FEG USA, recently told MMAjunkie.com a new deal between DREAM’s parent company, Fighting and Entertainment Group, and Shanghai-based investment bank PUJI Capital will help with international expansion.

FEG, which also heads the preeminent kickboxing promotion K-1, recently announced that PUJI will stake the fight promotion company in an aggressive expansion effort – to the tune of up to $230 million U.S. dollars, according to the investment bank.

While the shape of the expansion is not entirely clear, FEG president Sadaharu Tanikawa said the effort primarily will begin in 2011.

Tanikawa said the expansion is a “declaration of war against the WWE and UFC,” though the company plans specifically to avoid the U.S. market, where he feels they are outgunned by the pay-per-view giants. The company has not promoted a show in the mainland U.S. since August 2007 for the K-1 World Grand Prix in Las Vegas.

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Bellator announces Karakhanyan vs Skelly for Sept 9

Bellator Fighting Championships has announced that Bellator 28 will be broadcasting from the Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts in downtown New Orleans on Thursday, Sept. 9th.

The show marks the first time that a major MMA promotion has traveled to New Orleans in nearly 10 years. Tickets go on sale at 1 p.m.

The event, will see the return of HyeFighter Georgi Karakhanyan as he takes on undefeated Texas-based submission ace Chas Skelly (7-0) at 145 lbs.

Bellator 28 will be headlined by two semifinal-round bouts in Bellator’s ongoing Season 3 tournaments

“We are really happy to be bringing Bellator to the die-hard MMA fans in New Orleans ,” said Bellator founder and CEO

Bellator 28 will once again be broadcast LIVE nationwide on FOX Sports Net and during special weekend highlight shows on NBC, Telemundo and the cable network mun2.

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HyeFighter Abraham Meets German Chancellor

HyeFighter King Arthur Abraham welcomed a special guest on Monday when German Chancellor Angela Merkel stopped by to visit the renowned training facilities in Kienbaum. Hundreds of world-class athletes, including dozens of Olympic gold medal winners and world champions, use the sports center each year to prepare for their events. Team Sauerland also stages its training camps in Kienbaum, which is located 20 miles east of Berlin. Ulli Wegner and his fighters will return on July 28, moving camp from the Max-Schmeling-Gym to the sports center.

Merkel, who honoured Kienbaum with a special award, enjoyed meeting Germany´s top athletes. King Arthur even had a special present for the Chancellor. “I gave her a pair of mini gloves, which she promised to keep in a very special place inside her office,” King Arthur said. “I hope the gloves bring her luck – in politics, you sometimes have to box your way through. It was a great honour to meet the Chancellor. We spoke about a lot of interesting things.”

from: FightNews.com

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HyeFighter Darchinyan Wants Montiel

By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing

WBC/WBA super flyweight champion Vic Darchinyan (35-2-1, 27 KOs) has recently returned from a six week holiday with his wife where they visited Armenia, Russia and Fiji. Darchinyan talked with Fightnews to say he stopped chasing a fight with Nonito Donaire (24-1, 16 KOs) as he knows he will never give him a rematch and is now focused on a bout with WBC/WBO bantamweight champion Fernando Montiel (43-2-2, 33 KOs). Darchinyan said, “I know Nonito Donaire will never fight me, he refused to sign the contract he had for six weeks that would have made the fight happened. I have lost interest in that fight. I am now the IBO bantamweight champion and have focused on Fernando Montiel who is the WBC and WBO champion.”

Darchinyan continued, ” Fernando Montiel wants to be recognized as a great Mexican boxer but why won’t he fight me. Fernando’s brother, Alejandro Montiel, came to Australia in 2003 to fight me when I had only 17 fights. He had won 48 fights only losing 5 bouts. I kicked his ass in all of the ten rounds, winning every round on points. Why doesn’t his brother Fernando seek revenge for the whipping I gave Alejandro? I know I will do the same to Fernando Montiel if he has the guts to fight me.”

Darchinyan scored a one sided twelve round decision over Eric Barcelona (51-17-4) in May and his best wins came in WBC/IBF/WBA title bouts when he scored a knockout in nine rounds over Cristian Mijares in 2008 and stopping Jorge Arce in eleven rounds in 2009. Darchinyan is managed by Elias Nassar and promoted by Gary Shaw.

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HyeFighter Mousasi Looking to Finish 2010 With 3 More Fights

After a 31-second dispatching of UFC vet Jake O’Brien at this past weekend’s DREAM.15 event, HyeFighter Mousasi is already itching to get back in action.

Three times, in fact.

“I hope to fight (in Strikeforce) in October,” Mousasi recently told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio). “I haven’t talked to (Strikeforce CEO) Scott (Coker). I met him in Japan, and I asked him to maybe fight in DREAM and a month later in Strikeforce. If that would be possible, I would love to fight.

“Of course, I’m also going to fight on New Year’s Eve in Japan, but if it’s possible to fight in October, I would love to.”

With the win over O’Brien, Mousasi booked himself a September date with Tatsuya Mizuno, who defeated Melvin Manhoef, at DREAM.16 with the company’s vacant light heavyweight belt on the line. While Mizuno’s 8-5 record pales in comparison to Mousasi’s, “The Dreamcatcher” said he’s not overlooking anyone.

“I feel like he’s a guy that wants to get better,” Mousasi said. “He trained six months in the U.S. He’s a fighter that keeps trying to improve himself. That’s a fighter you always have to be careful. Next time he’ll be much better, probably.

“I think a win over Melvin Manhoef is always good because Manhoef is one of those fighters that can always win from any fighter but also lose to top competitors. I think he did well. He gave 100 percent in the fight, and next fight I’m going to give 100 percent. I really want to fight an aggressive fight, so I think it’s going to be an exciting fight.”

Mousasi said he hopes to fight aggressively in the matchup. It’s a mindset he’ll take into all of his upcoming fights after learning a valuable lesson in an April loss to Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal.

“Basically, I was thinking to let [Lawal] take me down,” Mousasi said. “The first two rounds, I felt OK, I would say, fighting from my back. Rounds three, four or five, I would come back and finish him. Unfortunately, somehow I got caught in his game.

“I wasn’t thinking about the takedown defense. There’s a million things I can say that I did wrong in the fight, but it happened. Now I have to go and see what I did wrong, try and work on my mistakes and come back better.”

Mousasi made no such mistakes against O’Brien, also a capable wrestler. Mousasi fended off the shot and latched onto a guillotine choke for the quick finish.

The Dutch-Armenian striker believes the win shows some of his improvement, but he’s focused on more.

“[O’Brien] came overweight,” Mousasi said. “He was much heavier. I think fight day he was maybe 230 pounds, but I didn’t think he was the same caliber wrestler as ‘King Mo.’ I think with the ‘King Mo’ fight, people say that maybe it was my wrestling, but I feel like I didn’t even sprawl. I think it was a lot more than just my takedown defense.

“I didn’t think it was my wrestling, but I wasn’t thinking about my takedown defense in the fight. I think that was my mistake in the ‘King Mo’ fight. Of course I’m working more on wrestling specifically in a wrestling gym, and I’m going to continue to do that in the future.”

O’Brien was fined 10 percent of his purse for missing weight, which was awarded to Mousasi.

As for who Mousasi meets in Strikeforce, he says he’s not sure. However, he’s willing to take on just about anyone.

“I haven’t talked about an opponent,” Mousasi said. “It’s always up to Scott to see who they think the fans would like to see. Dan Henderson would be a good fight. (Renato) ‘Babalu’ (Sobral) is also good.

“I would love to fight at heavyweight also. If there is a heavyweight fight, and it makes sense, I would fight that fight.”

So with potential fights in September, October and December on the horizon, Mousasi is planning a busy finish to 2010. But first, a quick trip to see family in Iran and a chance to spend O’Brien’s fine.

“I’m going to spend that money on holiday,” Mousasi said. “When I go out to dinner, I’m going to thank him.”

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HyeFighter Hovhannisyan Wins #12

HyeFighter Art “Lion Heart” Hovhannisyan remained unbeaten with an eight round unanimous decision over Cristian Favela. Hovhannessyan (12-0-1, 6 KO’s) was in control of the bout against Favela, who did very little in the first half of the fight. Favela (19-28-6, 10 KO’s) was busier as the bout progressed, landing counter right hands to the head. However, Hovhannessyan was the clear winner, winning by scores of 77-75, 77-75, and 78-74.

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HyeFighter Kentikian and Mucino bout ends in technical draw


In a disappointing outcome, the sensational WBO/WBA/WIBF flyweight champion HyeFighter Susi Kentikian (27-0, 16 KOs) and Arely Mucino (11-0-1, 6 KOs) had their highly anticipated match end in a third round technical draw on Saturday night after the 5’1″, 22-year-old Kentikian was cut on her scalp from a head butt from Mucino at the Sport and Congress Center, Schwerin, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany. The fight was stopped by referee Joe Cortez.

Up until that point in the fight, Kentikian was giving Mucino all kinds of problems with her fast combinations, in and out attacks and power shots. It looked like Kentikian was the stronger fighter at that point. However, there was still seven rounds to go and there was much more boxing to be had. HyeFighter Kentikian remains undefeated and is still the WBO/WBA/WIBF flyweight champion.

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HyeFighter Kirakosyan destroys Nohales

Leva Kirakosyan

OPI 2000 European super featherweight champion HyeFighter Leva Kirakosyan (33-5, 23 KOs) scored a second round ko over Spanish Francisco Nohales (19-11-5, 8 KOs) last night in Toulon, France. A left hook followed by a big right hand in the second round but Nohales down for the count. The event was promoted by Punch Club Toulonnais.

Earlier that nigh HyeFighter Hamlet Petrosyan (cousin to fellow HyeFighter Artyom Hovhanissyan) defeated Latvian Semjons Moroseks via unanimous decision in his 6 round bout. Scores were 55-59, 55-60 & 54-60.

All in all, a GREAT night for HyeFighters in France.

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HyeFighter Kentikian Makes Weight

HyeFighter & Champion Suzy Kentikian makes weight for her July 17th title defense against Mexico’s Arely Mucino.

Two days before his title defense, WBO light heavyweight champion Jürgen Brähmer has been forced to pull out of Saturday night’s fight against Alejandro Lakatos due to a back injury. On Thursday afternoon, after a training run and some shadow boxing, Brähmer was immobilized with an acute pain in his back. The Universum Champions Night at the Sport And Kongresshall in Schwerin, Germany will go on as scheduled. The televised fights will now be Susi Kentikian against Arely Mucino followed by the explosive WBO eliminator between Alexander Alekseev and Denis Lebedev.

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HyeFighter Abraham to Fight Froch in Monaco

Abraham vs Froch in Monaco

from FightNews.com

Following weeks of intense negotiations, SHOWTIME Sports® is proud to announce that Hennessy Sports and Sauerland Event—the promotional outlets for world-class super middleweight boxers Carl Froch and Arthur Abraham—have agreed to a location for their fighters’ crucial Super Six World Boxing Classic bout. On Saturday, Oct. 2, in the capital city/state of Monaco, Abraham and Froch will meet at the Chapiteau de l’Espace Fontvieille for their pivotal Group Stage 3 match up in the boxing tournament that has ignited the industry. The bout will be televised on SHOWTIME® at 9 p.m. ET/PT (same day delay).

Hennessy Sports and Sauerland Event are currently working with Principality officials in Monaco to finalize all the necessary authorizations for this event as they expect it to be one of the biggest fights in the history of the region. The Principality of Monaco is situated on the Mediterranean Sea in the south west area of Europe, some 1,400 km from Abraham’s home in Berlin and over 1,000 km from Froch’s native Nottingham, England.

“The intensity of the selection process for this venue speaks to the enormity of the moment created by the Super Six World Boxing Classic,” said Ken Hershman, Executive Vice President and General Manager, SHOWTIME Sports. “All the fighters in the tournament have set out to prove that they are the world’s best at 168-pounds by fighting their peers—the most dangerous men in the division—fight after fight. Any perceived advantage or disadvantage has been calculated.

“To the credit of all involved, each hurdle has been cleared and the Super Six World Boxing Classic now marches on toward a thrilling conclusion.”

This bout is the last of the Super Six Group Stage matches. Following Abraham vs. Froch, the four fighters with the highest point totals on the Super Six scoreboard will advance to the semi-finals, tentatively slated for the first quarter 2011.

Froch (26-1, 20 KOs) is coming off a hard-fought unanimous decision loss, the first of his career, to Mikkel Kessler on April 24. That night, during the post-fight press conference, Wilfried, and his son Kalle Sauerland and Mick Hennessy began publicly disputing the venue selection for the Abraham vs. Froch contest. At the time, Abraham (31-1, 25 KOs) held the tournament lead with three points by virtue of his KO win over Jermain Taylor in Group Stage 1, but was out boxed and ultimately disqualified in his Group Stage 2 bout versus Andre Dirrell for the first loss of his career. Froch remains tied at the moment with Kessler and Dirrell at two points.

“I cannot wait to get back in the ring,” said Abraham. “I am thrilled that the date and the venue have been set. I must admit that the disqualification against Dirrell still haunts me. Only a victory over Froch can put my mind at rest. I was ringside when he fought against Kessler and I must say I was impressed with both men. They really fought their hearts out. Froch is a hell of a fighter, but so am I. This will be the biggest, the most important fight of my career, and I will put on a special performance to please the boxing fans in Monaco, France, Germany, England, America and all over the world.”

“I’m training hard already for ‘King’ Arthur,” said Froch from his training center in Sheffield. “I respect what the man brings to the table, but I’m going out there to knock Abraham’s crown right into Kalle’s lap,” he added in response to Sauerland’s bold predictions on the outcome of this fight.

“Make no mistake about it, I fully appreciate the threat that Abraham presents to me in this fight. Whenever two warriors go into battle there will be bloodshed. But there will be only one victor in Monaco and that will be The Cobra,” Froch concluded.

The Sauerlands are filled with anticipation. “The Super Six tournament has been outstanding thus far,” said Kalle. “We’ve had so much drama and so many high-class fights. Kessler versus Froch was as good as it gets but believe me, Abraham-Froch will be even better. It’s win or go home! I honestly can’t see this going the distance. I have a lot of respect for Froch as a fighter but I think that his style is tailor-made for Abraham. The King will knock The Cobra out – no doubt about that. The only question is in which round.”

Hennessy also expects a toe-to-toe war and believes the Englishman will come out victorious inside the distance “This is a mouth-watering match up against two of the best and toughest fighters in the game,” Hennessy said. “If you thought Carl’s last fight against Kessler was epic just wait for Froch vs. Abraham. This has all of the ingredients to be the fight of the decade.

“I have a lot of respect for Arthur in and outside of the ring, but unfortunately on the 2nd October he will come up against a highly driven and fully motivated Carl Froch. When Carl’s is in that sort of mode he will prove he is the best of the best and will secure three points for a knockout win, showing the world once again that he is a very special fighter.”

The Super Six World Boxing Classic continues on Saturday, Sept. 25, when SHOWTIME will present a world championship doubleheader to kick off Group Stage 3—the final Group Stage of the round-robin portion of the tournament. First, Kessler will look to lock up a semi-final berth with a win over Allan Green. Kessler is making the first defense of his second world title, the WBC 168-pound strap he wrested from Carl Froch. Green is desperate for a win to have a shot at the semi finals. He may need a knockout and/or help from his fellow competitors to earn one of the four spots.

Immediately following, live on SHOWTIME, Andre Ward will face 2004 U.S. Olympic teammate and friend Andre Dirrell in what promises to be a dramatic affair. Ward has already locked up his semi-final berth as the only contestant to win both of his initial Group Stage matches. But, make no mistake, Ward promises a fierce defense of his WBA world championship belt and undefeated professional record. Dirrell, on the other hand, needs a win to guarantee his place in the semis. Conceivably, Dirrell could get in with two points but he would need help from Green and/or Abraham.

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HyeFighter Gamburyan vs Aldo – It’s Official

HyeFighters.com sat down with the number 2 ranked 145 lb MMA fighter in the world, Manny Gamburyan as he told us his title fight against WEC Champion Jose Aldo is officially on for WEC 51 on September 30th in Denver Colorado.

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HyeFighter Gago Drago Is Crowned Enfusion Champion

Enfusion Kickboxing Champion - HyeFighter Gago Drago

HyeFighter Gago Drago was crowned the first Enfusion Kickboxing champion on Friday nigh in Lisbon.

In the semi-final match, Gago KO’d the Englishman Barnhill in the 2nd round and advanced to the finals where we outpointed the Thai Pajonsuk to capture the first Enfusion Kickboxing championship.

Earlier that night, Pajonsuk beat fellow HyeFighter Armen Petrosyan by points in extra rounds.

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HyeFighter Parisyan Picks Up Win In Australia

In what was intended to be the evening’s co-feature, HyeFighter Karo Parisyan returned to action for the first time since January 2009 and recorded a tougher-than-expected second-round submission win over tougher-than-expected local Ben Mortimer in what was actually the evening’s first fight.

“This was my first fight that I was away from my family, and I knew they were freaking out at home,” Parisyan told Sherdog.com. “My sister was at home throwing up. I felt like it would be better for them, and for me, if I fought first, and I could get it over with so they could stop worrying.”

“Karo came to me, and said it was really important for him to be the first fight of the night, so we made it happen,” said Impact FC promoter Tom Huggins.

For the better part of two rounds, Parisyan’s oft-praised judo dominated proceedings, as he notched four throws that landed him firmly in side control. Parisyan looked to have victory secured twice in the first round, as he spun for far-side armbars from side mount, but Mortimer escaped both, and even landed some sharp right hands on Parisyan’s face.

In Parisyan’s fourth trip to side control in the second round, Parisyan threatened with a kimura that forced a scramble. In said scramble, Parisyan rode Moritimer from the side and locked up a Caol Uno-style rear-naked choke. After securing the choke, Parisyan then sunk his hooks and coaxed the tap at 4:18 of the second round.

“I need more time. My body looks like a third-grader body. But I’m trying to get back,” said Parisyan in self-critique.

Jordan Breen is a contributor to Sherdog.com.


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HyeFighter Mousasi Wins in 31 Seconds of Round 1

HyeFighter Gegard Mousasi Submits Obrien in 31 Seconds of Round 1

It didn’t take long for HyeFighter Gegard Mousasi to get back to his winning ways.  31 seconds in the first round was all it took.  Below is a play by play of what happened:

Round 1: O’Brien immediately shoots and Mousasi sprawls. O’Brien grabs one leg and continues to work for the finish. Mousasi grabs the guillotine, and that’s all for O’Brien.

Official time is 31 seconds.

This fight between Gegard Mousasi vs. Jake O’Brien, was a catchweight bout on tonight’s Dream event from the Saitama Supera Arena in Saitama, Japan.

Originally scheduled for light heavyweight, O’Brien failed to make weight and enters this fight with an automatic yellow card and a 10 percent purse deduction.

With this win, Gegard Mousasi will now face Tatsuya Mizuno, who submitted Melvin Manhoef, for the Dream Light Heavyweight championship.

FULL FIGHT:

POST FIGHT INTERVIEW:

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HyeFighter Mousasi’s Fight on HDNET Tonight

TOKYO — Former UFC heavyweight champion Ricco Rodriguez will not face Gegard Mousasi in the opening round of the Dream light heavyweight grand prix at Dream 15 on Saturday at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.

Rodriguez agreed to fill in as a replacement for Jake O’Brien, but Mousasi has instead agreed to face O’Brien, who, according to sources, was struggling to cut excess weight and meet the 205-pound limit at the time the decision was made.

According to sources, O’Brien never made the weight limit, as he clocked in at 226 pounds. Still, the light heavyweight tournament bout against Mousasi appears as if it will go forward. Dream has not yet released O’Brien’s official weight for the match.

“It’s definitely going to happen,” Rodriguez said.

Remember, this fight will be aired live on HDNET tonight at 3:00 AM EST and 12:00 MIDNIGHT PST.

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3 HyeFighters On Same Card

Saturday July 24th will be another one of those unforgettable fight night in Hollywood CA at the Palladium. Not one, not two, but THREE HyeFighters are scheduled to fight at the “Respect In The Cage” MMA fight night.

The three HyeFighters scheduled to fight are, Georgi Karakhanyan, Jared Papazian and Haik Tsaturyan.

If you live in the are, you should definitely come out and support these HyeFighters, because, as Jared would say, they are “ready to SMASH”!!!

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Interview With HyeFighter Gegard Mousasi

HyeFighter Gegard Mousasi racked up 15 consecutive victories before fighting with Muhammed Lawal in April. In that fight, Mousasi was taken down repeatedly and subjected to a “lay and prey” tactic that robbed him of his title.  He lost his Strikeforce belt and this will be his first fight after that loss.

At DREAM.15 on July 10, Mousasi will face Jake O’Brien in a four-man tournament for the DREAM light heavyweight title. O’Brien is a wrestler who is famous for a smothering top game that saps you of any offense.

The former Strikeforce and DREAM champion spoke to the press on Thursday about an opponent made to beat him, fighting his weaknesses and his goals for more belts.

PRESS: You fight in two days. How do you feel now?
Gegard Mousasi: I feel very good, I’m very confident. I think in this fight I’m going to fight very impressively. I want to give a good performance, but it’s going to be a very good fight.

What is your impression of Jake O’Brien?
He is a very good wrestler and his losses are only to the very best fighters in the world so I’m taking him very seriously and as a lot of Americans, he is cutting a lot of weight so on fight night he will be much heavier. He has good wrestling but being aggressive I’m going to take the advantage away from him.

You have been saying that you will fight aggressively. Do you think that the last Strikeforce fight [against Muhammed Lawal] affected your fight style? Do you think this will impact your fight?
Yes, definitely. I think I learned a lot from the last fight. When you lose, you learn a lot more. I think last time I was lacking a lot of aggressiveness and making it my fight. I was too patient. For this fight, I want to be the one who is going to make the fight. I’m going to bring the fight to him. That’s why I’m changing my fighting style, especially against wrestlers.

After the last fight, have you done anything new in your training?
Yes, I’ve been wrestling. Specifically wrestling. I’ve been training with Golden Glory fighters for my standup and Alistair [Overeem] for my MMA. As always I have been training with my friends who continue to help me. I have changed a lot of things and hopefully I will be able to show that in the fight.

Is there anyone specific that you brought in for your wrestling?
I did specific wrestling in a wrestling gym. I’ve been working on wrestling aside from MMA. That is something that I wasn’t doing in the past so I’m getting more confident in my wrestling. I learned that I didn’t know a lot about takedowns, it’s a really big gap and I’m catching up and learning a lot. I’m confident in my takedown defense this time a lot more than in my last fight.

When you win Saturday’s fight, the next fight would be the DREAM light heavyweight championship. You would have held two DREAM belts in different weight classes. How strongly would you like to get the belt in a different weight class?
It’s always been a goal of mine to get the belt in different weight classes. One day heavyweight, but it’s too soon for that. To win two belts in DREAM it’s going to be like what Dan Henderson did in PRIDE. I think it would be a very big accomplishment to win two belts and it’s definitely a goal of mine. I want to make a statement with this fight, I want to convince people that I really want the belt.

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HyeFighter Art “Lion Heart” Hovhannisyan In Action Again

Saturday July 17, 2010 will mark the return of Lion Heart to the boxing ring.  This battle in the desert is bound to be a slugfest for the ages.

Make sure to get your tickets and join HyeFighters and our fans at the Agua Caliente Hotel in Rancho Mirage to cheer on Arttyom!!!!

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HyeFighter Karo Parisyan Will Now Take On Ben Mortimer

Impact Fighting Championship (FC) will host it’s first fight in Australia this Saturday 10th July at Brisbane Entertainment Centre for The Uprising 1 event and then will head to Sydney on the 18th July to host The Uprising 2 event at the Sydney Entertainment Centre.

Due to a training injury, Luis Dutra Jr will no longer be fighting in the Impact FC Uprising 1 event this week, he will be replaced with local Brisbane favorite, Ben ‘Knuckles 5 Percenter’ Mortimer who will now take on Karo Parisyan.

HyeFighter Karo Parisyan who is dubbed ‘The Heat’ because of his aggressive style and who has always been at the top of the UFC Welterweight Championship division.

Ben Mortimer is a local Brisbane MMA fighter from 5 Rings Dojo on the Gold Coast.

International fighters who begin arriving into Australia today will head into local gyms to undergo on-ground training before fight night.

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