Archive for March, 2009

Indiana MMA Proposal Sets Varying Standards

Posted by Danielle Hobeika on March - 15 - 2009

Legislative bill would regulate only large shows

Mixed martial arts shows are popular in Indiana — sometimes for reasons that make state legislators, regulators and professional fighters bristle. While the state has a boxing commission, there are no standards for staging an MMA show.

The Indiana General Assembly is addressing the issue, but basing standards on the size of the crowd watching an event — which is part of an amendment to a current bill — baffles at least one pro fighter.

An amendment to Senate Bill 160, which passed in the Senate and is under review in the House Public Policy Committee, stipulates that shows with crowds of 5,000 or more would be subject to regulation by the Indiana State Athletic Commission.

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Jason Guida in for suspended Ken Shamrock at “March Badness”

Posted by Danielle Hobeika on March - 13 - 2009

With Ken Shamrock’s recent suspension by the California State Athletic Commission for a failed drug test, the hybrid boxing/MMA event “March Badness” was left with a hole in the evening’s MMA main event. According to a new report from, that void has been filled by former “TUF” cast member Jason Guida (17-19), who will now take on Bobby Lashley (1-0). Read full article on MMA Junkie. Share:EmailFacebookStumbleUpon

Mizugaki Coming to the United States to Trade with Torres

Posted by Danielle Hobeika on March - 13 - 2009

When Japanese star Takeya Mizugaki (11-2-2) challenges Miguel Angel Torres (35-1) for the WEC® bantamweight title on April 5, he expects to be rudely welcomed to the United States by hordes of the hometown champion’s fans. Read the full article on Share:EmailFacebookStumbleUpon

Mark Coleman vs. Stephan Bonnar likely but not signed for UFC 100

Posted by Danielle Hobeika on March - 13 - 2009

A light-heavyweight bout between UFC hall-of-famer Mark Coleman (15-9 MMA, 6-4 UFC) and “The Ultimate Fighter 1” runner-up Stephan Bonnar (11-5 MMA, 5-4 UFC) could take place at July’s UFC 100 event. Read full article on MMA Junkie. Share:EmailFacebookStumbleUpon

Video: Miguel Torres appears in ESPN’s MMA Live

Posted by Danielle Hobeika on March - 12 - 2009

East Chicago’s Miguel Torres appeared as a guest on the latest installment of ESPN’s MMA Live to discuss his upcoming Bantamweight Title defense at WEC 40 as well as last weekend’s UFC 96 and other MMA topics. Share:EmailFacebookStumbleUpon

“Ruthless” anticipated as the biggest event in Fightcard history

Posted by Danielle Hobeika on March - 11 - 2009

Jeff Burdorf (pictured) will take on Adam Medansky for FCE's first ever Heavyweight Title on April 11After the state of Illinois turned the MMA world upside down by canceling all events statewide and setting forth new regulations, Fightcard Entertainment’s co-owners Brian Angelo and Nilo Soto moved forward by putting on the state’s first sanctioned event on February 26th.

Fightcard plans to build upon their momentum with “Ruthless,” an event being billed as “The Biggest Event in Fightcard History,” which will take place on April 11th

Video: 19 year old Josh Shockley scores win in Russia

Posted by Matt Giancarlo on March - 11 - 2009

Local rising star Josh Shockley has made a name for himself throughout Northwest Indiana — not only showcasing his dominating skills and athleticism in his fights, but also by catching the audience’s attention through his success at only 19 years of age. Shockley fights out of Duneland Vale Tudo with training partners such as Keith Wisniewski, Darren Elkins, and Mark Burch.  Through constant training for his MMA career, he recently  [Read More]

Video: Trailer for WEC 40 in Chicago

Posted by Danielle Hobeika on March - 10 - 2009

The trailer for WEC 40, which takes place at the UIC Pavillion in Chicago on April 5, 2009, was posted today to the WEC’s YouTube page. (see the video below). WEC 40 is headlined by East Chicago’s Miguel Torres Vs. Takeya Mizugaki and Island Lake’s Jeff Curran vs Joseph Benavidez. Northwest Indiana’s Eddie Wineland will also be making his return to the WEC on this card, facing off against Rani  [Read More]