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M-1 MMA UFC 94 Party and Fighter Trials

M-1 MMA is holding a UFC viewing party on January 31st at Liam Maguire’s, 1705 St Blvd in Ottawa.
Fighters including Carlos ‘The Ronin’ Newton and Nabil ‘The Thrill’ Khatib will be present.
Earlier the same day M-1 MMA will be holding fighter trials, where MMA fighters of all levels are encouraged to try out for the organisation. Whether you have some MMA fights under your belt already or are yet to make your debut, you are welcome to go along and try out. Some fighters may be picked to compete at the March 28th event W1: INCEPTION.
The trials are taking place at the Team Bushido MMA and Fitness Center, 2234 Gladwin Crescent, Ottawa between 11AM and 5PM and Carlos Newton & Nabil Khatib are co-ordinating the session.
More details available at www.w1mma.com.
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Carlos Newton at W1: Inception in 2009

New MMA fight promotion company Warrior-1 MMA have announced their first ever event “W1: Inception” which will take place on the 23rd of March 2009 in Quebec, Canada.
Headlining the night is a welterweight bout between Carlos “The Ronin” Newton, the former UFC champion at welterweight and local MMA fighter Nabil “The Thrill” Khatib.
This will be Newton’s first MMA fight in his native Canada since 1996.
Speaking about his return, Newton said “I have been away from MMA for some time now and I couldn’t be more excited to be back. It only seems right to make my return in my home country and with a great organization like Warrior One”.
The co-main event sees undefeated Mark “Boots” Holst take on the experienced Martin “The Hammer” Grandmont in a lightweight contest.

Also on the card:
John Louro vs Remi “Bam Bam” Morvan
Craig “Farmer” Brown vs Martin “The Hammer” Grandmont
Eric Muir vs Jason Motard
Ian Dawe vs Chris “The Pitbull” Myra
Mike “Hurricane” Hong vs Mike Clark
Denis Poirier vs Devon “Hannibal” Nicholson
Tom Waters vs Christopher Boisvert
Mohammed Khalil vs TBA
Jeffrey Laughren vs Shawn McKay
Thomas Arrand vs Xavier Desroches

Pre-sale tickets are now available from http://www.ticketmaster.ca/promo/uek3an
The event is being held in Gatineau at the Robert Guertin Arena.
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Ultimate Fight Night 17

UFC Ultimate Fight Night 17 will take place on February 7th 2009 in Tampa, Florida at the USF Sun Dome. Headlining the event will be a fight between lightweights Joe Lauzon and Hermes Franca. Also fighting at lightweight, Mac Danzig takes on Josh Neer.

On the card:
Joe Lauzon vs Hermes Franca
Cain Velasquez vs Denis Stojnic
Mac Danzig vs Josh Neer
Amir Sadollah vs Nick Catone
Kurt Pellegrino vs Rob Emerson
Alessio Sakara vs Jake Rosholt
George Sotiropoulos vs Matt Grice
Gleison Tibau vs Rich Clementi
Luigi Fioravanti vs Anthony Johnson
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Ultimate Challenge UK: Unbreakable

Ultimate Challenge UK have announced their next event, which will take place in London’s The Troxy on the 7th of February 2009. It sees the start of their Grand Prix Tournament with eight heavyweights and eight lightweights battling it out to see which four MMA fighters from each weight class will go on to meet in June. Also on the bill is Mark Weir who takes on Mohammed Kacher in a fight for the currently vacant Ultimate Challenge welterweight belt. The original event poster featured a picture of James Thompson, who was not listed on the fight card. However, on the latest poster Thompson’s image has been replaced by that of Mark Epstein and Tom Watson.

Fights include:
Mark Epstein vs Tom Watson
Mohammed Khacha vs Mark Weir
Dyson Roberts vs Scot Rogan
Jamie Hearn vs Jimi Manuwa
Edgelson Lua vs Scott Jansen
Ashley Pollard vs Oli Thompson
Dan Movahedi vs TBA
Luke Smith vs Dragos Voiculescu
John Joe Ellis vs Marcus Thomas
David Relva vs Jamaine Watkins
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Yvel vs Barnett at “Day of Reckoning”

M-1 Global has just announced that Gilbert Yvel, the Dutch heavyweight has agreed to a three fight deal with MMA fight promoters Affliction Entertainment.
In his first fight for Affliction he will take on Josh Barnett, who was formerly the UFC champion in the heavyweight division.
Headlining the night will be the fight between Fedor Emelianenko and Andrei Arlovski. Fedor will be defending his WAMMA heavyweight belt against Arlovski, who was formerly the UFC heavyweight champion. Also on the bill, Kirill Sidelnikov takes on Paul Buentello.
The event takes place at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California on the 24th of January.
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Affliction Day of Reckoning

Affliction’s event “Day of reckoning” is taking place on January 24th 2009.
Headlining the night is the fight between MMA legend & heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko and former UFC titleholder Andrei Arlovski.
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira will take on Vladimir Matyushenko at 205 pounds.
Josh Barnett and Vitor Belfort both fight on the card, facing Gilbert Yvel and Matt Lindland respectively.

On the card:
Fedor Emelianenko vs Andrei Arlovski
Josh Barnett vs Gilbert Yvel
Vitor Belfort vs Matt Lindland
Renato Sobral vs Thierry Sokoudjou
Chris Horodecki vs Dan Lauzon
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira vs Vladimir Matyushenko
Jay Hieron vs Jason High
Mark Hominick vs LC Davis
Albert Rios vs Antonio Duarte
Brett Cooper vs Patrick Speight
Paul Buentello vs Kiril Sidelnikov

This event takes place at the Honda Center, Anaheim, CA.
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UFC 94 January 31st 2009: St-Pierre vs Penn 2

The UFC has announced that Georges St-Pierre and BJ Penn will fight for the UFC welterweight title at UFC 94. The first time St-Pierre fought Penn was back in March 2006, a fight which St-Pierre won with a close split decision. He went on to win the welterweight championship title, while Penn dropped down to lightweight following his loss and became champion of that division.
Penn is keen not only to win the championship belt from St-Pierre, but also to avenge his loss.
This highly anticipated rematch between two of the most respected MMA fighters in the world will take place in Las Vegas on January 31st 2009 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Also on the night, Lyoto Machida will take on Thiago Silva at light heavyweight.

Update: a fight between Stephan Bonnar, who has been out of action for over a year due to injury, and unbeaten Jon Jones has been added to the main card.

On the card:
Georges St-Pierre vs BJ Penn
Lyoto Machida vs Thiago Silva
Stephan Bonnar vs Jon Jones
Karo Parisyan vs Dong Hyun Kim
Nate Diaz vs Clay Guida
Jon Fitch vs Akihiro Gono
Manny Gamburyan vs Thiago Tavares
Chris Wilson vs John Howard
Jake O’Brien vs Christian Wellisch
Matt Arroyo vs Dan Cramer
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UFC 93 January 17th 2009

The UFC have announced that former middleweight champion Rich Franklin will take on former world champion in two divisions Dan Henderson at 205lbs.
Also at light heavyweight, Mark Coleman will take on Mauricio Rua for the second time – their previous fight in Pride FC saw was stopped in the first round after Coleman smashed Rua’s arm.
This event is taking place in Ireland, at the O2-Dublin.

Update: it has just been announced that Dennis Kang will be making his UFC debut at this event, taking on Alan “The Talent” Belcher at middleweight.

On the card:
Rich Franklin vs Dan Henderson
Mark Coleman vs Mauricio Rua
Alan Belcher vs Denis Kang
Jeremy Horn vs Rousimar Palhares
Marcus Davis vs Chris Lytle
Martin Kampmann vs Alexandre Barros
Eric Schafer vs Antonio Mendes
Tomasz Drwal vs Ivan Serati
Tom Egan vs John Hathaway
Dennis Siver vs Nate Mohr
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