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Jeff Curran Says Loss to Sergio Pettis Could End Career

After winning his flyweight debut this past weekend at Extreme Challenge 227,  Jeff Curran has started the latest chapter in his 15 year career off well, one that he hopes ends with a UFC win. The 35 year-old veteran has lost all three of his Octagon appearances to date, the first via unanimous decision to …

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Sergio Pettis-Jeff Curran Flyweight Title Bout Headlines RFA 8 in Milwaukee on June 21

Sergio Pettis and Jeff Curran will vie for the inaugural RFA flyweight championship at Resurrection Fighting Alliance 8, promotion officials Monday announced.
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RFA 7 Gets New Main Event; Sergio Pettis Now Tops March 29 NAFC Show

The RFA 7 fight bill has undergone a change of plans, as headliner Leandro Silva will no longer do battle against Brandon Thatch at the March 22 event.
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NAFC: Battleground To Feature Rising Phenom Sergio Pettis In Main Event

NAFC BattlegroundPress Release – (Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA): The North American Fighting Championship (NAFC) today announced the main event for its next electrifying fight event, “Battleground,” which takes place Friday, March 29, 2013 inside the newly remodeled Potawatomi Bingo Casino-Expo Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Originally, the main event was to feature UFC veteran Marcus LeVesseur, who unfortunately suffered an injury in training and had to withdraw.

Replacing LeVesseur will be Roufusport’s Sergio “The Phenom” Pettis, brother of UFC star Anthony “Showtime” Pettis. The homegrown rising star was scheduled to face Matt Manzanares in the RFA on March 22nd, but Manzanares was forced out with an injury, leaving Pettis without an opponent. The RFA was gracious enough to allow “The Phenom” to return home to Milwaukee for this bout in the NAFC, where he will take on experienced striker Josh Robinson.

Two additional bouts have been announced for “Battleground,” as well. In the co-main event of the evening, Jose “Temato” Pacheco () from Adrian Serrano’s Combat Gym will take on Unified MMA’s “Captain” Morgan Sickenger of Manitowoc, Wisconsin in a highly-anticipated encounter between two local crowd favorites.

Doors open at 7:00 pm, with the undercard for “Battleground” starting shortly thereafter, the main card begins at 8:00 PM. Tickets can be purchased online at Ticketmaster.com
, by calling 800-745-3000, in-person at Potawatomi Bingo Casino’s Northern Lights Theater Box Office, and at the door the night of the event. Tickets are $ 100 VIP Cageside ($ 110 door), $ 60 Floor Reserved ($ 70 door), and $ 35 Bleacher General Admission ($ 40 door). For more information, please visit http://nafc.tv/ticketing.php.

“We are extremely grateful to Ed Soares and the RFA for allowing Sergio to step up and take the main event slot on our NAFC card in his own hometown,” said NAFC partner and promoter Scott Joffe. “Sergio is a great, up-and-coming young fighter, and his many fans in Milwaukee love watching him compete. He’s definitely got a tough battle on his hands with Josh Robinson, and I expect nothing but non-stop fireworks between the two!”

A solid kickboxer with a developing ground game, the 19 year-old Pettis (6-0) has experienced a fast start to his career, winning all six of his professional MMA fights. He’s won two fights by TKO, two by submission and two by decision, giving him a good amount of well-rounded experience at such a young age. Now, he’ll put his undefeated record on the line against Robinson, who beat “The Phenom’s” teammate Dustin Ortiz by split-decision last year in the NAFC.

“I’m extremely grateful the RFA has given me an opportunity to fight outside of the organization,” explained Pettis. “I trained really hard for Matt Manzanares and cut a lot of weight, but, unfortunately, he got injured. So this was a blessing to get a fight in my hometown once again. Thank you, RFA!”

Regarding Robinson, Pettis said, “I saw him fight my teammate Dustin. He is very active and explosive…it’ll be an interesting fight. I’m excited to showcase my skills in front of my hometown once again, and Robinson better be ready, because I’m bringing my A game. And to the fans…they can expect to see greatness on the 29th.”

Josh “Shortstack” Robinson (7-6) is a tough-as-nails scrapper who has already made a name for himself in Wisconsin for his victory over Ortiz. He now has the opportunity to really make a splash in the MMA world with his bout against Sergio Pettis and he feels more than ready.

“To me, the name Pettis is only the name of the guy in front of me,” stated Robinson. “His last name doesn’t make him any better a fighter than my name makes me. It’s just that: a name he happens to share with his family. I have already shown the Wisconsin fans that I have world class standup, and we all know Sergio does too. But I’m coming in a new fighter, a new person, and a new man. I have tons of respect for Sergio, but also feel he had never faced an opponent like me. I’m not afraid of a name or a gym.”

To Sergio, Josh has a message: “My message to him is this: good luck, Sergio. No disrespect, but I have to end this fight with a statement. I have had a bad couple fights in a row, and that madness has made me more dangerous than an undefeated fighter. See you on the 29th!”

The full “Battleground” fight card will be released shortly. Stay tuned to http://www.NAFC.tv/ for the latest information!

About NAFC

North American Fighting Championship is operated by famed fight trainer Duke Roufus and his business partner and producer Scott Joffe. Roufus is one of the most recognizable MMA and striking coaches in North America, and is considered to be one of the top trainers of Muay Thai kickboxing outside of Thailand. Roufus also runs the Roufusport Fight Club team, which includes UFC stars Anthony “Showtime” Pettis, Alan Belcher, Erik “New Breed” Koch, Pascal “Panzer” Krauss and Chico “King” Camus.

NAFC creates and produces events that feature combatants who have fought in the UFC, WEC, and other top level organizations, as they take on local fighters looking to make it to the next level. Current and former UFC fighters who have fought on past NAFC and Gladiators Fighting shows (the NAFC’s predecessor) include Anthony “Showtime” Pettis, former UFC Middleweight Champion Dave Menne, Ben Rothwell, Pat Barry, Eric “Red” Schafer, Jesse Lennox, Bart “Bartimus” Palaszewski, Jason “Dynamite” Dent, Rex Holman, Joe Doerksen, Dan Bobish, Ryan “The Lion” Madigan, Josh “Heavy” Hendricks, and Sherman “The Tank” Perdergarst.


Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. vs Sergio Martinez fight draws 475,000 pay-per-view buys

LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 15:  Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (L) and Sergio Martinez trade punches in the second round of their WBC middleweight title fight at the Thomas & Mack Center on September 15, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Getty Images)

That boxing, it sure is dead, huh?

The highly anticipated WBC middleweight title bout on HBO pay-per-view (PPV) pitting Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. vs. Sergio Martinez at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, reportedly pulled some respectable numbers. Kevin Iole of Yahoo Sports got the word:

Just spoke to Mark Taffet at HBO PPV. Said Chavez-Martinez sold 475,000 PPVs. About $ 24 million in revenue. #boxing

Despite his reputation in the boxing world, Chavez Jr. is a legitimate star and the fact that he was battling a man widely considered to be one of the top pound-for-pound fighters in the world led to plenty of combat sports fans starving for action to purchase the show.

It was worth every penny.

Martinez spent 11 full rounds just having his way with Chavez Jr. Every time the Mexican star attempted to come back with a flurry of punches against the ropes, “Maravilla” responded even bigger and stronger than before.

That was until the final round when, realizing he needed a knockout to win, Chavez Jr. unloaded with everything he had. The blitz produced a knockdown, blowing the roof off the arena in “Sin City.” Ultimately, Martinez would gut his way through to the final bell and win on the judges scorecards but it was the most thrilling round of action of the year, in either boxing or mixed martial arts (MMA).

Speaking of MMA, our friend Mookie Alexander at Bloody Elbow put these PPV numbers into perspective when comparing them to the year the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has had:

To put that in perspective, this fight did better on PPV than UFC 149 and 150 combined and outdrew all but three 2012 UFC PPVs (145, 146, and 148). It’s the best selling PPV for boxing this year not involving Manny Pacquiao or Floyd Mayweather Jr. The three major PPVs by HBO in 2012 (this card, Mayweather/Cotto, and Pacquiao/Bradley) have done a combined 2,875,000, which is a benchmark the UFC didn’t even reach until it’s 7th PPV of the year, UFC 148.

Pretty impressive, no?

Unfortunately, the incredible fight was marred by the fact that Chavez Jr. failed his post-fight drug test for marijuana. That also surely puts a damper on his unbelievable comeback bid in round 12, though it doesn’t make it any less exciting.

But hey, he’s been here before. Like Nick Diaz before him, this is the second time he’s failed a drug test in the state of Nevada.

So, ultimately, the show was amazing but an immediate rematch is no longer an option, one of the two participants will be out of action for a while and the thought process among certain boxing analysts we trust (cough Scott Christ of Bad Left Hook cough) is that Martinez’s star power didn’t grow all that much coming out of this bout.

This was a success, though, and should definitely be lauded for as much.

For a complete wrap up on the Chavez Jr. vs. Martinez fight click here.


Julio Cesar Chavez vs Sergio Martinez full fight video highlights from Las Vegas

Sergio Martinez survives a final round flurry from Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. to win a unanimous decision on the judges scorecards in an absolute thriller at the Thomas and Mack Center last night (Sat., Sept. 15, 2012) in Las Vegas, Nevada. There were many pundits and fans who believed Chavez Jr. simply didn’t belong throwing hands inside the ring with the pound-for-pound great Martinez and for the first 11 rounds it certainly looked that way. But after it seemed all was lost, Chavez Jr. brought forth memories of Meldrick Taylor and swung for the fences in round 12, scoring an unbelievable knockdown that blew the roof off the arena and took the breath of every boxing fan watching. Martinez, a true champion, got back up and hung in until the final bell. It was perhaps the best sports — not just boxing, but sports — moment of the year thus far. Simply incredible. To catch MMAmania.com’s complete live round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage click here.


Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. vs Sergio Martinez: Introducing ‘Maravilla’

ATLANTIC CITY NJ - NOVEMBER 20:  Sergio Martinez celebrates after knocking out Paul Williams in the second round of their Middleweight Championship fight on November 20 2010 at The Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City New Jersey.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Undefeated boxing sensation Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. has been parading around town with the world middleweight championship. The same one the World Boxing Council (WBC) stripped from Sergio Martinez in 2011 thanks to some tomfoolery from HBO and the usual pugilistic politics.

No matter.

“Maravilla” will finally have the opportunity to reclaim the strap, which Chavez Jr. recently usurped from Sebastian Zbick, when he slings leather against “The Legend Goes On” next Saturday night (Sept. 15, 2012), live.on pay-per-view (PPV) from the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada

And MMAmania.com will be there.

In case you missed our previous announcement, your favorite mixed martial arts (MMA) blogger has partnered with AT&T to bring you live coverage of “Chavez Jr. vs. Martinez” all next week, including real-time updates and on-the-scene coverage from “Sin City.”

After the jump, we’ll take a closer look at Martinez the man, as well as the boxer.

Sergio Martinez (Argentina)
Age: 37
Record:49-2-2, 28 knockouts
Biggest win: Stopped Paul Williams in their 2010 rematch

In his own words (via ESPN.com):

“What is important is dedicating yourself to your profession and acting like a professional, and with hard work and a good, clean lifestyle, you can possibly be a world-class fighter. In my whole life, I have never drank alcohol or smoked tobacco, have always eaten healthy and always stayed active. I believe this is, physically, the recipe to being a world-class fighter. But it’s also a mental challenge to get to that level. You have to be prepared mentally, and if you have some of the nuisances that come along with a thuggish persona, then it will be very difficult to reach that level of being a world-class fighter.”

His greatest hits (via HBO Boxing):

Be sure to check back tomorrow for a closer look at Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., now less than a week away from their epic grudge match.


RFA 4 Features UFC Vets Tyson Griffin, Gilbert Yvel, Prospects Sergio Pettis, Bubba Jenkins

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The upstart Resurrection Fighting Alliance is heading on the road.

After the promotion held its first three events in its home state of Nebraska, the action moves to Las Vegas for RFA 4. Matchmaker Scott Cutbirth confirmed the organization would hold its next show at Sin City’s Texas Station, and also passed along the completed 14-fight card ahead of its Nov. 2 date.

Among the notable names scheduled to compete are several UFC veterans, including light heavyweight Gilbert Yvel and Marcio Cruz, who will be facing off in the night’s main event, and lightweights Tyson Griffin and Efrain Escudero, who will be competing in co-main event action, as well as various others.

The event also features some notable newcomers. The most well-known among them might be Sergio Pettis, the unbeaten bantamweight brother of UFC lightweight contender Anthony Pettis. Former wrestling Olympian Steve Mocco, 2011 Division I wrestling champ Bubba Jenkins and four-time collegiate wrestling All-American Lance Palmer are also signed to fight.

The full card of RFA 4 is below.

Gilbert Yvel vs. Marcio Cruz
Tyson Griffin vs. Efrain Escudero
Alessandro Ferreira vs. Fredson Paixao
Phil Dace vs. Chidi Njukuani
James Krause vs. Toby Imada
Derrick Burnsed vs. Dakota Cochrane
Jimmy Spicuzza vs. Bubba Jenkins
Nick Macias vs. Lance Palmer
Jimmy Jones vs. Sergio Pettis
Tyler Shinn vs. Chris Holdsworth
Carl Postma vs. Steve Mocco
Gregor Gillespie vs. Joey Angelo
Derrick Bohi vs. Tyler Perry
Jerry Shapiro vs. Cory Galloway

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UFC 147 results recap: Cezar Ferreira vs Sergio Moraes fight review and analysis

BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL - JUNE 22: (L-R) Cezar "Mutante" Ferreira and Sergio "Serginho" Moraes are separated after making weight during the UFC 147 weigh in at Estadio Jornalista Felipe Drummond on June 22, 2012 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

The Ultimate Fighter Brazil held its middleweight finale last night (June 23, 2012) as Cezar Ferreira took on injury replacement Sergio Moraes for a six figure contract in the co-main event of UFC 147 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

With how boring the featherweight final was, this bout was the complete opposite. Both men brought it surprisingly in the stand-up portion, especially on Moraes’ part.

Cezar “Mutante” as he was called on the show, was in complete control early on, but almost gave the fight away to Moraes in the latter half of the fight.

So what was the cause for the comeback and how did Ferreira end up earning the “W?” And what happens next for both fighters?

Follow me after the jump for our Cezar Ferreira vs. Sergio Moraes UFC 147 post-fight review and analysis:

Early on, the bout was all “Mutante,” as he avoided all of Moraes takedown attempts and effectively hurt the undersized Moraes. Ferreira did a solid job of working Moraes over in the stand-up portion as the submission specialist Moraes could not counter effectively at all and most of his attacks were thwarted.

In the second round, Ferreira landed an absolutely brutal spinning wheel kick, cracking Moraes directly in the face with the heel of his foot. Somehow, Moraes managed to survive but once he got back to his feet, Ferreira began fighting completely differently.

Instead of trying to outwork Moraes in the stand-up, “Mutante” was completely focused on the highlight reel knockout, perhaps believing he had the fight in the bag. This created big openings for Moraes and he took advantage, landing a big right hand and then following up with a huge flurry of strikes that nearly put Ferreira out in one of the biggest surprises of the bout.

The third round was close as well as Ferreira opened strongly but allowed Moraes to get back into fight again. Both men traded big blows all the way until the final horn in one of the most entertaining scraps of the main card.

In the end, though, Ferreira did enough to pull out the win, earning a unanimous decision to capture the TUF Brazil middleweight crown.

For Sergio Moraes, he put up a significantly better bout than was expected. He’d stepped up on short notice to compete in the finale after Daniel Sarafian (the man who knocked Moraes out of the semifinals) was unable to continue due to an injury. Moraes has extreme grappling talent, but he surprised everyone by actually putting up a fight against “Mutante” in the stand-up portion and nearly finishing him in the end of the second round. He gained a lot of fans despite the loss.

I expect him to drop down to welterweight after this fight. There are a ton of potential opponents out there including T.J. Waldburger, Damarques Johnson or perhaps Pascal Krauss.

For Cezar “Mutante” Ferreira, he won the fight, but everyone now is going to wonder if he actually would have won this season if Sarafian hadn’t gotten hurt. Ferreira looked great early, but after nearly knocking out Moraes with that beautiful wheel kick, he seemed intent on trying to repeat that success and win a huge bonus rather than actually just win the fight. He definitely showed some big holes in his game here, but he did enough to earn the win.

I think Ferreira will face someone along the lines of Tom Lawlor, Chris Camozzi or C.B. Dollaway for his next bout.

So what did you think, Maniacs?

Did you feel Ferreira let Moraes off the hook after hurting him in the first half of the fight? Would Ferreira still have won the middleweight season of TUF Brazil had Daniel Sarafian not gotten hurt?

Sound off!

For complete UFC 147 results, including blow-by-blow, fight-by-fight coverage of the entire event as well as immediate post-fight reaction click here, here and here.