It was May 10th, 2002. The fully regulated sport of MMA was just starting to emerge from the darkness of straight-to-video hell, prompting me to throw away my membership to Video Thunder and find a friend with cable television. While the spectacle of yesteryear was now just a wonderful bloody memory, the legitimate sport had evolved and attracted legitimate athletes to its banner in droves. Elite wrestlers in particular could now use their skills for something that actually paid money, and didn't involve touring the Midwest 350 days a year being suplexed by evil clowns, or managed by guys carrying tennis rackets or bullhorns.
As the apple drops in the big apple, Dream 18 and Glory 4 will be taking place in Tokyo with some great MMA and Kickboxing. The Dream portion of the show will feature seven MMA bouts including lightweight champion Shinya Aoki vs. Antonio Mckee. The highlight of the Glory portion will be an eight man, one night heavyweight kickboxing Grand Slam.
Asia’s largest MMA promotion, ONE FC held the largest event in the Philippines yesterday inside the Smart Araneta in Manila. The night of action featured local heroes Eduard Folayang and Eric Kelly in separate bouts as well as the ONE FC debut of Bibiano Fernandes. The card was also filled with several former UFC stars, including Phil Baroni, Jens Pulver, Andrei Arlovski and Tim Sylvia.
ONE Fighting Championship’s inaugural event was witnessed by a sellout crowd at the Singapore Indoor Stadium and millions more watching around the world on an internet stream. There were champions from all over the world on display but in the end it was two Filipinos who stole the show.
The leading Mixed Martial Artist promotion in Europe, British Association of Mixed Martial Arts finalized their BAMMA 6 card titled “Kong vs. Ninja” which takes place at the Wembley Arena in London on Saturday May 21st.
Former UFC fighters Roger Huerta and Phil Baroni try to one up Mike Swick by doing shots of snake blood. The fighters are in South East Asia and after Swick took to the ocean to swim to a island, Huerta is looking to take it one step further
Titan fighting Championship made their second appearance on HDNet with TFC 17 from the Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kansas. A seven fight card anchored by MMA veteran Phil Baroni and Bobby Lashley looking to get their careers back on the right track.