Last week, fans of Bodog Fight's groundbreaking online mixed Martial Arts series The Vault saw middleweight champion Trevor Prangley advance to the finals of a four-man elimination tournament at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif.
Bodog Fight The hard-hitting South African earned a controversial decision over Hawaiian Falaniko "Niko" Vitale (24-8) in the tournament opener, when an eye injury caused doctors to stop the fight after two closely fought rounds. The three ringside judges scored the bout 19-19, 19-19, and 20-18 for Vitale, ruling the bout a majority draw. That meant the decision would go to the referee who, with Vitale injured and unable to progress further in the tournament, awarded the fight to Prangley (17-4). Jorge Santiago
This Tuesday, April 8, visit bodoglife.net/fight to see Prangley square off against Brazilian Jorge Santiago in the tournament final.
As seen on The Vault, Santiago (15-7) scored a devastating Knockout over Sean Salmon (14-5) just seconds into their opening round fight, to earn a date with Prangley in the finals.
Who will win the first-ever sanctioned MMA tournament in the Golden State?
According to internet sources, BodogFIGHT is close to collapse, having made a alleged loss of $38 Million last year the organisation has apparently let most of it employees go and has no planned events scheduled for the future, there was also a downscaling proposal made in a bid to keep the organisation running on a smaller scale, and build from that.
No official announcement has been made by BodogFIGHT or founder Calvin Ayre as yet but only time will on the future of the organisation, but it is not uncommon to see smaller organisations fall into financial problems, and despite the wealth of Calvin Ayre a business that can lose $38 million an a year may not be worth saving at all, which is a shame as I have always found Bodog to be great value for money from a fans point of view, where organisations such as UFC squeeze every penny they can out of fans, Bodog often offer up whole shows for download free of charge and from a fans point of view this is a great thing and in an expanding market where it will be harder and harder to find free MMA an the internet, this organisation will be sadly missed if it does indeed go.
So the best advice to the humble MMA fan is to get on over to http://fight.bodoglife.net and download the lot while you still can.
Minnesota Knockout sensation Kaitlin Young showed mixed Martial Arts fans what she is all about during her debut on Bodog Fight's online series, The Vault.
Last week's webisode featured Young's swift annihilation of opponent Suzy Smith, using a series of fists and knees that left Smith bloodied and unable to continue just 22 seconds into the first round.
This week, visit bodoglife.net/fight to watch Young (2-0) continue her assault on the current crop of female fighters as she takes on Meisha Tate in the 135-pound semifinal round of a Bodog-sponsored HOOKnSHOOT tournament at the Evansville Coliseum in Indiana.
In her first fight of the tournament, Tate (2-1) eked out a win over Jan Finney by slamming her way to a referee's decision in overtime. The hard-fought victory put the powerhouse wrestler on a collision course with Young.
Who wins this intriguing matchup, the tired Tate or the Young blood?
Tune into Bodog Fight: The Vault on Tuesday, March 11 to find out.
Mixed Martial Arts fans in Las Vegas can expect to see something different when Bodog Fight rolls into town on Feb. 1.
Make that two things: Women's MMA fights and a much-anticipated four-man tournament.
Given Sin City's undisputed reputation as the fight capital of the world, it is hard to believe these two fan-favorites have been a rare sight on the Strip.
Incredibly, it was just last April that the Nevada State Athletic Commission sanctioned its first MMA tournament. Not coincidentally, the promoter was Tuff 'N Uff's Barry Meyer, who is also co-promoting Bodog Fight: Nick Thompson vs. John Troyer at the Las Vegas Sport Center next month.
"Fans really seem to love the tournament format," says Meyer. "It's popular in amateur Boxing, Karate, wrestling and kickboxing, and we're starting to see more of it now in MMA."
Mixed Martial Arts powerhouse Bodog Fight ushers in the New Year with all-new never-before seen bouts this Tuesday and Saturday on its multi-award winning website, bodoglife.net/fight.
Tuesday, January 1 don't miss a hard-hitting episode of Bodog Fight: The Vault featuring Canada's Garett Davis (5-6) and Myles "The Cowboy" Merola (6-1) in a Welterweight fight filmed last year at a Bodog-sponsored Elite FC event in Vancouver, B.C.
Davis had an auspicious start to his pro career, losing his first six fights, once by Knockout just 15 seconds into the first round. However, training under legendary Carlson Gracie Jiu-Jitsu instructor Marcus Soares, Davis persevered, and entered this fight with Merola having won his previous five bouts.
"Basically, Garett wasn't training the right way," recalls Soares. "He was inexperienced and didn't know how to prepare himself properly. He moved from Newfoundland to train with me in Vancouver, and I could see he had talent. So, we worked on his cardio and practiced Jiu-Jitsu three times a week, while Tony Pep helped him improve his Boxing skills. All that work has paid off. Garett has become a disciplined, more well-rounded fighter."
Will it be enough to help him ride roughshod over a determined "Cowboy"?
With the sold-out success of Bodog Fight: Clash of the Nations, a return to Russia was inevitable for Calvin Ayre's hard-hitting mixed Martial Arts promotion.
Following last April's incredible live event at the ICE Palace in St. Petersburg, Bodog Fight presents Bodog Fight: Russia vs. USA Friday, November 30 at the MegaSport Ice Arena in Moscow.
While Bodog Fight: Clash of the Nations marked the historic homecoming of Russian Red Devil teammates Fedor and Aleks Emelianenko, Bodog Fight Russia vs. USA features the remarkable return of legendary Russian fighter, Oleg Taktarov.
It's been nearly ten years since "The Russian Bear" last fought in competitive MMA, although the fighter-turned-actor did go five rounds with Dolph Lundgren (who played Ivan Drago in "Rocky IV") for a celebrity Boxing show in Russia this past summer.
Bodog Fight Middleweight Champion Trevor Prangley may be considered the favorite to win California's first-ever sanctioned mixed Martial Arts tournament, but Florida's Jorge Santiago is prepared to upset the champ should they meet Friday, Nov. 16 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose.
"I'll throw everything I have at him," says Santiago. "I think I can beat him on the ground or standing up."
Santiago (14-7) and Prangley (16-4) are two of the four men competing in the single-elimination middleweight tournament that will headline Strikeforce: Four Men Enter, One Man Survives, presented by Bodog Fight.
He may be Fedor's "little brother", but when it comes to fighting, Aleksander Emelianenko is creating a big stir of his own.
With a mixed Martial Arts record of 9-3 the 253-pound Russian Red Devil has emerged from the shadow of his famous sibling to take his own place among the sport's best heavyweights.
See for yourself, Tuesday, October 16 at 11 p.m. / 10 p.m. Central when Emelianenko squares off against 340-pound American Eric "Big" Pele (10-2) in a super-heavyweight match that threatened to melt the walls of the famed ICE Palace in St Petersburg, Russia.
One of the most anticipated pay-per-view events in mixed Martial Arts history is coming to free TV.
Tuesday, October 9 at 11 p.m. / 10 p.m. Central on the ION Television Network (and The Fight Network in Canada) tune in for the first of three special Bodog Fight episodes featuring bouts from Bodog Fight: Clash of the Nations.
Two of the worlds most formidable fighters will do battle on the next episode of the hit mixed Martial Arts series Bodog Fight: New Jersey, with the winner taking home the inaugural Bodog Fight Middleweight Championship belt.
South Africa's Trevor Prangley (14-4) would like nothing more than to adorn his muscular midriff with the bejeweled belt, but first he will have to get past Yuki Kondo (46-19-6).
The results for BodogFight Season 6 are as follows:
Friday 24th August
Andrew Pedersen def. Scott Lincoln – TKO (Ref Stoppage) Rosi Sexton def. Julia Berezekova - Submission (Armbar) Darren Elkins def. Atsuhiro Tsuboi – Submission (Choke) Julie Kedzie def. Kelly Kobold - Decision (Unanimous) Dan Evensen def. Dominic Richard - TKO (Strikes) Alexander Shlemenko def. Scott Henz - KO (Spinning Backfist) Diego Gonzales def. Steve Berger - Decision (Unanimous) Rodrigo Damm def. Ryan Bow - TKO (Strikes) Megumi Fuji def. Lisa Ward – Submission (Armbar) Chris Wilson def. Ray Steinbeiss – Submission (Armbar) Brad Morris def. Kristof Midoux -TKO (Couldn’t Answer the Bell) Nick Thompson def. Mark Weir - TKO (Ref Stoppage)
Saturday 25th August
Carina Damm def. Jessica Aguilar - Decision (Unanimous) Koji Oishi def. Chris Ade - KO Steve Steinbeiss def. Antony Rea – TKO (Ref Stoppage) Sami Aziz def. Hiroyuki Abe - TKO (Ref Stoppage) Matteus Lahdesmaki def. Chad George - Submission (Rear Naked Choke) Molly Helsel def. Tama Chan - Submission Per Eklund def. Rafael Dias - Decision (Unanimous) Eben Oroz def. DJ Taiki vs. Oroz - Decision (Majority) Todd Gouwenberg def. Constantin Gluhov - Decision (Unanimous) Dan Hornbuckle def. Piotr Jakaczynski - KO (Kick) Gegard Mousasi def. Kyacey Uscola – TKO (Ref Stoppage)
With a growing legion of loyal fight fans in Canada, Bodog Fight and Score Media Inc. (TSX: SCR) are pleased to announce that the hardest hitting mixed Martial Arts show on television will now be available in Canada on The Score Television Network.
The ScoreThe Score is a national specialty television service providing sports, news, information, highlights and live event programming, and is available across Canada in over 6.2 million homes.
“We are thrilled to be partnering up with The Score,” said Calvin Ayre, the billionaire founder of Bodog Entertainment.
“As a Canadian myself, I know first hand how passionate the country’s fight fans are, so I am especially pleased to be able to bring them Bodog Fight from coast to coast.”
“This is exciting news for our viewers,” said Anthony Cicione, VP Programming at The Score.
“We believe Bodog Fight is helping to take the burgeoning sport of MMA to the next level, and we are proud to help spearhead this effort in Canada.”
The Score will begin airing Bodog Fight: Costa Rica Combat on September 4, 2007, with new shows each Tuesday at 9 p.m. / 8 p.m. Central, repeating on Thursdays.
All episodes of the Bodog Fight series are also available worldwide through streaming video at BodogFight.com, with behind-the-scenes exclusives, fighter bios and additional footage only available online.
With 44 professional fights to his credit, 30-year-old Yves Edwards is well known to most mixed Martial Arts fans. The Bahamas-born Texan has been ranked among the world’s top lightweights since the turn of the century.
Edwards’ impressive record (31-12-1) has suffered a few blemishes of late, however, with a disappointing TKO loss (doctor stoppage) to Joe Stevenson in July 2006, followed by a defeat to Mike Brown, who won a unanimous decision in Bodog Fight: St. Petersburg.
Looking to get back to his winning ways, Edwards takes on Florida’s Jorge “Gamebred” Masvidal (10-2) on an all new episode of Bodog Fight: New Jersey this Tuesday, August 28 at 11 p.m. / 10 p.m. Central on ION television and in Canada on The Fight Network.
Middleweight Steve Byrnes has been forced to withdraw from BodogFight season 6 which begins filiming in little over a week, due to a knee injury sustained in training. His replacement comes in the form of Scott Henze (18 - 8 - 2) who will now face Russian Alexander Shlemenko ( 7 - 3 - 0).
With an impressive first round Knockout in the inaugural season of Bodog Fight, Team Quest's Chael Sonnen won enough fan votes to earn the "favorite fighter" award, and an extra fifty grand.
Now, the 29-year-old mixed Martial Arts athlete from Oregon returns to Costa Rica looking to prove his dominant performance was no fluke.
Sonnen (18-8-1) takes on 24-year-old Tim "The Wrecking Machine" McKenzie (12-3) of Arizona in an all new episode of Bodog Fight: Paradise Lost this Tuesday, August 7th at 11 p.m. / 10 p.m. Central on ION television and in Canada on The Fight Network.