Posted on 10 March 2012.
Chance Ceno and Jeremy Lorenzo Jr tie for the first match of the kids exhibition
Keka Doi-Toilolo and Joey Balai exhibition
Jayden Rapal and Race Lam
Lopaka Ceno def. Raiden Chin by decision
Tofi Mika def. Stu Jones by unanimous decision
Joey Schipper def. Rysin Lapenad by unanimous decision
Corey Reyes def. Mike Caspion by unanimous decision
Ronald Matautia def. Ian Hughes by decision
Mike Ulivase def. Ronald Santos by submission in round three
Lawrence Collins def. Ray Milovale by arm bar in round 1
Kris Concepcion def. Jordan Timble by north-south choke in round 1
Alika Baugher def. Simeon Crawford by arm lock in round 2
Danny Jones def. Cameron Tani-Kioykane by TKO punches in round 2
Brandon Mila def. Jai Troche who could not continue after an injury in round 1
Sage Yoshida def. Bronson Barrozo after Barrozo could not continue after round 1
Mark Tupas def. Colin Mackenzie by arm bar in round 1
Steve Farmer def. Ezekiel Gonda by TKO punches in round 2
Dan Ige def. Ryan Delacruz by decision after round 2
Melika Souza and Jaygirl Vierra girl’s exhibition kickboxing match
Alex Pulotu Steverson def. Kevin Aguigui by majority decision to win the light heavyweight bout
Nick Pait def. Devon Taylor by arm bar in round 1
Lauren Barefoot def. Kailin Curran by arm bar in round 1
Results Courtesy of Nicole Kato
Posted in Local MMA NewsComments (0)
Posted on 06 January 2012.
Cristiane “Cris Cyborg” Santos, widely regarded as the best female fighter in mixed martial arts, has been suspended for testing positive for steroids.
The California State Athletic Commission announced on Friday that it has suspended Cyborg because her drug test following her most recent fight, a 16-second knockout of Hiroko Yamanaka, came back positive for metabolites of the anabolic steroid stanozolol. The result of the Cyborg-Yamanaka fight will be changed to a no decision.
“Our primary concern is for the health and safety of fighters,” CSAC Executive Officer George Dodd said in a statement. “Anabolic agents and other banned substances put not only the users of those agents at risk, but their opponents as well. The commission simply will not tolerate their use.”
The CSAC’s announcement did not say how long Cyborg will be suspended. She has also been fined $2,500.
This is bad news for Cyborg, Strikeforce, Showtime and for all of women’s mixed martial arts. Cyborg has been the most dominant female fighter in the sport and one of the few women who draws fans to Strikeforce broadcasts on Showtime. It also calls into question whether her accomplishments in the cage have always been tainted by the use of performance-enhancing drugs. Women’s MMA, which is struggling just to survive, just saw one of its highest-profile fighters get a major black eye.
Story Courtesy of mmafighting.com
Posted in MMA NewsComments (0)
Posted on 04 January 2012.
When Sara McMann decides to do something, there’s no stopping her. With a relentless training regimen and desire to succeed, McMann pushed herself to become the nation’s best female wrestler. In 2004 she became the first American woman to win an Olympic silver medal in freestyle wrestling. Throw in a silver and two bronzes at the World Championships and a couple golds at the Pan American Games and it was clear she had accomplished her goal.
Now, with wrestling behind her, McMann has set another lofty goal: to become the best female mixed martial artist in the world. “I’m not in a hurry. Things are progressing very well right now,” McMann said. “I don’t have to fight the top names in the sport right away, I’m patient. But from the moment I decided to do this, the top women had targets on their backs.”
McMann’s idea of patience is a little more fast-paced than normal. She turned professional in mixed martial arts in 2011 and in less than three months posted four victories, including a win over Tonya Evinger, then the No. 9-ranked woman at 135 pounds. To open 2012, she will fight No. 5-ranked Hitomi Akano in Honolulu on Jan. 21 as part of a televised ProElite event on HDNet.
“Sara may be the most focused fighter I’ve ever worked with,” said longtime MMA manager Monte Cox. “She sets her goals, maps out the course to go after them, and gets the job done. Will she make it to the top of women’s mma? I sure wouldn’t bet against her. It won’t be long until the best in the world are looking over their shoulders — if they aren’t already.”
For her efforts in 2011, McMann moved up to No. 9 in the world rankings byMMArising.com and she received the “Mighty” Mia Hayes Inspirational Female Fighter of the Year Award last month. The award is named in honor of courageous amateur fighter “Mighty” Mia Hayes, who lost her lengthy battle with cancer last year. It recognizes a fighter who has provided inspiration to others by persevering through adversity. McMann’s brother, Jason, was murdered in 1999 and shortly after her Olympic success, she suffered the loss of her then-fiancé, Steven Blackford, in an automobile accident.
“My life is really filled with the highest of highs and the lowest of lows,” McMann said. “I’ve come to accept the fact that that’s the way it’s going to be whether I like it or not.”
It was a tough start in MMA too, as opponents found a variety of reasons to turn down or back out of fights. At one point, Cox says nine straight scheduled opponents found a reason not to get into the cage. “I had promoters tell me they called all over the country and couldn’t get a replacement,” Cox said. “They said we should take down Sara’s wrestling videos on YouTube because she was scaring everybody off.”
Things took an upswing last year when McMann signed on to fight for ProElite. With a solid budget and a TV deal, the promotion has been able to keep McMann busy. “Sara is the real deal and I think she will be the best in the world, if she isn’t already,” said ProElite promoter T.Jay Thompson. “We were going to bring her along slowly and let her get experience. But she’s so good we had to change our plans. Now she is co-headlining our next show and fighting the No. 5-ranked woman in the world. There’s no holding her back.”
When not training and fighting, McMann, now 31, managed to secure a master’s degree and become a mother. Her daughter, Bella, was born in 2009. She also does volunteer work for Habitat for Humanity and Safe Homes and traveled to Sri Lanka with some Olympic teammates to help victims of the Tsunami rebuild homes.