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BJpenn.com Present Just Scrap returns to the Valley Isle Dec 27



BJPenn.com Presents Just Scrap will be returning to the Valley Isle December 27 with what many people are expecting to be the biggest Just Scrap of the year. This year alone Just Scrap has put together some of Hawaii’s most highly anticipated match up’s with some of Hawaii’s most talked about fighters. Not only have they brought in some of the best MMA school’s in the Hawaiian chain, but also Mainland Fighters that are well known on some of the bigger MMA shows in the Mainland. Fighters like K.O.T.C, Gladiator Challenge, & K-1 Veteran Deutsch Pu’u, UFC Veteran Wesley “Cabbage” Correira, Bellator Fighting Championships Vetrean Chris “The Mavrick” Cisneros, UFC & WEC Veteran Nissen Osterneck, Elite XC, & ROTR Veteran “Iron” Mike Aina, and many, many other Top Fighters. This will be Just Scrap’s 6th event of 2013 and there 3rd event in three month’s.

Headlining this stacked card will be UFC Veteran and Maui Native Nissen Osterneck taking on Gabriel Vian of Las Vegas. Both fighter are coming off of win’s in the Just Scrap Promotion this year. Nissen won over Hilo’s Chris Cisneros on the May  Hilo Just Scrap while Vian took out Adam Akau on the March Just Scrap card that was held in Maui. Osterneck has a 12-3 record with 8 Submissions and 3 KO’S and has been fighting since 2006. A lot of people will be pulling for Osterneck especially being that this event will be held in Maui and Vian beat one of Maui’s top MMA Fighters. However Vian is by far no walk in the park with a 3-1 record with 2 KO’s and one submission this is sure to be the fight of the night.

Other Fighters that will be in action at the Maui War Memorial Gym will be Zach Zane, Bone Pali, Buge Saribay, Geno Mccarthy,Jon Pico, and many other top Maui Athlete’s. Other fighters that are set to mix it up in the cage will be  Petey Vital, David McKinney,Ashton Castro, Ikaika Rodrigues, Kentzin Santos, Ronsten Andrade, &  Pat Enos. This event will be held at the Maui War Memorial on Dec 27 so make sure to buy your tickets early and bring the whole family to see and support your favorite Hawaii MMA Fighter. You can purchase tickets online at BJPenn.com and at The Gym Maui, Mid Pacific Tattoo’s, and YNVU, but there going quick so buy them now and enjoy the last major MMA event of 2013.

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Hilo’s Iron Mike Aina Weekly Blog for Just Scrap Hilo “1 Week out”

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How the UFC Is Losing Its Grip on MMA



For about a year there, the Ultimate Fighting Championship Promotion “UFC” had MMA by the throat. With the Strikeforce Promotion and World Extreme Cagefighting “WEC”in its pocket, Dream dead and Bellator Fighting Championships still struggling for attention on MTV2, there was nothing out there to keep the UFC from signing whoever they wanted, scheduling events whenever and wherever they felt and naming their price with sponsors.

You could see it distinctly with fighters and other promotions alike. Look back to October when Damarques Johnson, a fighter the UFC repeatedly threw to the wolves before finally throwing overboard,  apologized to the promotion after they wrongly released him. Promotions like the Resurrection Fighting Alliance and Invicta Fighting Championship were  lining up to serve the UFC as “feeder leagues.”

As recently as a few months ago, the UFC was an entity that you simply didn’t cross, no matter who or what you were.

Recently, however, something has changed. The reverence and fear of the UFC seems, at least a little bit, to be fading from the sport.

Popular sponsor Pretorian may have opted out of the UFC business.

The unsung power players of MMA, the major sponsors, have been more and more willing to take their ball and go home, rather than play by the UFC’s rules. Whether it’s niche clothing company Pretorian, who somehow got the UFC grumpy enough to  ban their wares from events, or a major brand like Reebok, who seem to be saying to the UFC  ”You’ll come to our home turf”.

after their gear was kept out of prior shows, noteworthy sponsors are not falling in line as quickly or willingly as they once seemed to.

Other promotions like Bellator MMA, One FC and WSOF are far more willing to enter a bidding war with the UFC. Keep in mind how much of a shock it was among the hardcore MMA audience a year ago when Bibiano Fernandes ended up spurning the UFC, whose signing seemed so certain they actually already began  promoting his debut with the promotion before he put pen to paper.

This now seems to be a trend in the MMA world, as we have seen fighters like Tyson Nam and Cheick Kongo turn down UFC offers to sign with other promotions. That, by the way, is just among fighters that are on everyone’s radar – that doesn’t even take into account any of the true, young prospects around the world that can now actually haggle with suitor’s. Most tellingly is how fighters, the group of people most at Zuffa’s mercy, have been more and more willing to burn bridges with the world’s largest promotion. From the superstar Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, to the well-established Jon Fitch,  to that guy whose name rings a bell, Jacob Volkman, down to the also-ran John Cholish, fighters at all stages in their career seem to be willing to tell the UFC where, exactly, they should stick that pink slip.


So why is this?

For fighters, the reason is relatively obvious. These days, there are a slew of promotions willing to spring for recognizable fighters.

While many would be quick to point out the rise of Bellator and WSOF, that does a disservice to how huge the international MMA scene is these days. Singapore’s One FC, Poland’s KSW, India’s SFL, South Korea’s Road FC and Russia’s M-1 are all capable of cutting checks comparable to what the UFC pays their mid-tier fighters, and offer incentives to make it worth sticking around once your name starts hitting ears abroad. For established fighters in those organizations, like Mamed Khalidov and Masakatsu Ueda, this basically removes any real reason to join the UFC, who offer no clear path to main card slots, never even mind big-money title shots.

Meanwhile, WSOF and Bellator offer a pretty comparable deal for UFC castoffs. While there isn’t as much room for growth, fighters like Jon Fitch, Matt Riddle, Anthony Johnson and Jacob Volkmann can make a fairly comfortable living atop smaller promotions’ cards (and, in many cases, these guys are now earning more money than other, more successful UFC veterans).

That simply adds up to the UFC not having the leverage that they did in 2011 and 2012, when they had Strikeforce in their pocket and (seemingly) had their pick of the litter following the death of Japan’s top promotion, Dream. While they are still able to attract essentially all of the top fighters in the world (look no further than how hard Eddie Alvarez is  fighting to leave Bellator for the UFC), that is a label that doesn’t apply to all that many.

What of the sponsors, though?

In the Reebok situation, it’s a much-needed slice of humble pie for the UFC. WhileZuffa is by far the biggest name in MMA, and has survived in a world defined by companies’ inability to stay afloat, they are a small fry for Reebok (a subsidiary of Adidas), who has dealt with the likes of the NFL, NBA and NHL. While the UFC has been able to call the shots with companies like Dethrone and Affliction, Reebok is on a totally separate level.

This is likely to continue into the future. With the exception of Bud Light, the UFC has almost exclusively dealt with smaller sponsors such as Affliction, Mickey’s Malt Liquor and Corn Nuts. As the UFC grows, so do their sponsors, evidenced perfectly by the advertisements for Disney’s “The Lone Ranger” on the posts at UFC 161.


Hi-res-7432760_crop_exactThe UFC is now dealing with sponsors who will also be shopping around the NFL, NBA and NHL.
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For an entity like Disney, that is just a drop in the ocean of a huge marketing blitz, just like how UFC on Fox 5 ended up being the first hint of the massive push for Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained.” While having “Affliction” sprawled across padded leather is a sizable chunk of the clothing line’s marketing budget, and losing that steady presence can be downright devastating, the powerhouse sponsors the UFC is beginning to attract wouldn’t even flinch over missing such an opportunity.

This, ironically, shows just how big the UFC has gotten. The money spent to put an ad on the Octagon could have gone to, say, a commercial during the Stanley Cup Finals, or a billboard in PETCO Park. Those are the entities that Zuffa is now competing with.

Last but not least is promotions’ sudden willingness to go toe-to-toe with the biggest show on the block.

While there is a bit of doom-saying in terms of the direction of MMA’s growth based on Nielsen Ratings and PPV buy rates, that exclusively discusses how MMA is doing in the United States. There is just no denying that MMA is skyrocketing internationally.

The evidence of that is there both in terms of the simple fact that more promotions are popping up across Europe and Asia, as well as the UFC’s scramble to enter those markets with targeted shows and willy-nilly seasons of The Ultimate Fighter. Stateside,Bellator has been actively appearing outside major markets to host shows.

As MMA grows, the UFC’s market share does not necessarily grow proportionally with it. Make no mistake, though; Zuffa still handily owns the vast majority of the MMA world, and that remains very unlikely to change unless something unforeseen happens.

While the UFC’s grip on the sport may not be as tight, that is simply because what it’s holding is bigger than it was before.


Story courtesy of bleacher report.com


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Bellator Fighting Championships 96 full weigh in results and video


Bellator 96: King Mo Vs Petruzelli
Date: June 19, 2013
Location: Thackerville, Oklahoma
Venue: WinStar World Casino

Main Card

Muhammed Lawal 205.2 lbsvs. Seth Petruzelli 204.8 lbs *
Jacob Noe 206.2 lbs vs. Renato Sobral 204.4 lbs *
Vitaly Minakov 246 lbs vs. Ron Sparks 264.6 lbs **
Blas Avena 170 lbs vs. War Machine 17o lbs
Rich Hale 240.1 lbs vs. Ryan Martinez 263.8 lbs**

Preliminary Card

Jarrod Card 145.7 lbs vs. Chas Skelly 145.9 lbs
Keith Berry 190 lbs vs. Cortez Coleman 185.6 lbs
Mike Maldonado 135.8 vs. Chavous Smith 137.7 lbs
Damon Jackson 154.8 lbs vs. Keith Miner 155.8 lbs
Raphael Butler 261 lbs vs. Jeremiah O’Neal 260.5 lbs
Brandon Halsey 205 lbs vs. Joe Yager 205.5 lbs
Derek Campos 159.2 lbs vs. Brandon Girtz 155.7 lbs
Steven Artoff 138.8 lbs vs. Justin McNally 135.4 lbs

*light-heavyweight tournament opening rou

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Max Holloway set to take on Dennis Bermudez




Two surging featherweights will collide at UFC 160, promotion officials announced Thursday, as Dennis Bermudez faces Max Holloway.

UFC 160 takes place May 25 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and is headlined by a heavyweight title rematch pitting reigning champion Cain Velasquez against former EliteXC belt holder Antonio Silva. The evening’s main card will also see four heavy hitters lock horns, as Mark Hunt faces Junior dos Santos and James Te Huna meets Glover Teixeira.

Bermudez, 26, rides a three-fight winning streak heading into his showdown with Holloway. “The Menace” introduced himself to UFC fans as a member of “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 14 before falling to Diego Brandao at the live finale in December 2011. The prospect has since gone unbeaten, notching wins over Pablo Garza, Tommy Hayden and Matt Grice, whom Bermudez most recently topped in a “Fight of the Night” winning bout at UFC 157 last month.

Like his foe, Holloway has also won three straight fights, posting a 3-1 record last year. After submitting to Dustin Poirier in his Octagon debut, Holloway, 21, thoroughly outpointed Pat Schilling before knocking out “TUF 14” vet Justin Lawrence last August. Most recently, “Blessed” edged the hard-swinging Leonard Garcia in a Dec. 29 split decision at UFC 155.

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PXC 35 Main Event Harris Sarmiento Vs Isaiah Ordiz Fight Video

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Pacific Xtreme Combat “PXC” 35 Results


  • Harris Sarmiento def. Isaiah Ordiz via Submission (Kimura) in Round 1                                                                                               Louis Smolka  def. Alvin Cacdac via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) in Round 3                                                                                 Troy Bantiag def. Tony Reyes via TKO (Punches) in Round 1                                                                                                                      Chuji Kato def. Egon Racz via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) in Round 1                                                                                          Dario Banario def. Joseph Mercado via Unanimous Decision                                                                                                       Zebaztian Kadestam def. Ronald Jhun via TKO (Leg Kicks) in Round 1                                                                                         Ernesto Montilla Jr. def. Ruel Catalan via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) in Round 2                                                            Miguel Mosquera def. Steve Grandeza via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) in Round 2                                                                 Glen Ranillo def. Mark Billena via Submission (Armbar) in Round 1

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Pacific Extreme Combat “PXC” 35 Weight in results


Harris “The Hitman” Sarmiento (154 lbs.) vs. Isaiah “Ice” Ordiz (155 lbs.) (PXC Lightweight Chmpionship

Alvin Cacdac (128 lbs.) vs. Louis Smolka (125 lbs.) (Flyweight Fight)

Chuji Kato (155 lbs.) vs. Egon Racz (155 lbs.) (Lightweight Fight)

Joseph Mercado (135 lbs.) vs. Dario Banario (135 lbs.) (Bantamweight Fight)

Ron Jun (170 lbs.) vs. Zebaztian Kadestam (170 lbs.) (Welterweight Fight)

Ernesto Montilla (126 lbs.) Jr. vs. Ruel Catalan (126 lbs.) (Flyweight Fight)

Steve Grandeza (144 lbs. vs. Adrian Hillana (145 lbs.) (Featherweight Fight)

Glen Ranillo (156 lbs.) vs. Mark Billena (161 lbs.) (Lightweight Fight)


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UFC on FOX 5 Weigh-In Video

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