Ex-UFC fighter Dennis Hallman says house burned down prior to Thanksgiving

Former UFC fighter Dennis Hallman is undoubtedly on an unlucky streak.

Weeks after the UFC released him from the promotion, the veteran fighter today said via social media that his house burned down on the night before Thanksgiving.

Hallman said no one, including his kids, was injured during the blaze.

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BAMMA 10: Sam Mensah Vs Mike Neun & Tom Breese Vs Warren Kee

BAMMA 10 is to be live televised on 5*, with highlights to be broadcast on Channel 5. Internationally, the event will be broadcast live on HDNet (AXSTV) in the US, The Fight Network in Canada, Esporta in Brazil, Red Media in Russia, Setanta in Africa and TDN in Latin America.

Bristol?s Sam ?Blam? Mensah (2-1-0) carried an unblemished record at Amateur and Pro up to his BAMMA 9 loss against the more experienced Rab
Truesdale.  The Team Trojan fighter has a history of bee-lining to stop his opponent; and most of his wins have been scored in the first round, within times that include 37 seconds and 45 seconds.  Mensah is a powerful prospect with shattering hands and a dominant style, that sees him push to dictate the fight and quickly annihilate all opportunities for whoever is stood in his way.

Sam Mensah said:

?I?m really glad I?ve got the opportunity to fight on BAMMA again. I can?t wait to get back in that cage.  I don?t know too much about Mike Neun, but  from what I?ve seen he looks like a really tough fellow and a bit of a ?nightmare? so I?m looking forward to fighting him.  I don?t like to predict too much about a fight, but he has a Muay Thai background and looks good on his feet so I think that?s where the majority of the fight will be; but I?m comfortable wherever the fight ends up.  I can?t see it going the distance though as we both like to hit, so I?m hoping to put on a good show and give the BAMMA fans what they want to see:  A spectacular fight.?

Mike ?Nightmare? Neun?s MMA record doesn?t tell all about the Keddles and MMA Den fighter. Besides one Pro victory and 3 Amateur wins, Neun brings a longer fighting experience over from Muay Thai with a number of titles to boot: the ISKA Southern Area Muay Thai title, the ISKA Southern Area Semi Pro/Amateur MMA title and the Fight Scene Pro MMA title. With a background that incorporates BJJ, Muay Thai and boxing, Neun likes to launch a striking attack in the cage and his fighting strengths are the knees, elbows and clinch.

Mike Neun said:

?I’m aware of his power and I very much respect that and take nothing for granted. As always I’m confident in my abilities. I have power and I have a varied arsenal and I’m happy wherever the fight ends up. BAMMA?s one of the biggest shows in Europe and I?m very happy to be fighting here and I’m looking to make my friends and family proud with a win here. People say I’m relatively new to MMA with a few Semi Pro fights and 1 Pro fight but I’m no novice: I’ve been working hard for collectively 10 years on different fighting styles and I love the buzz that MMA gives. They call me ‘The Nightmare’ because I don’t stop coming.?

Twenty year old Tom Breese is one the UK?s most exciting Welterweight prospects. The Birmingham fighter stands undefeated with a Pro record of 4-0-0 at BAMMA, in which he has stopped all his opponents before the third round; and a previous Amateur record of 8-0-0. Formidable on the ground, Breese has finished all his challengers via Submission until he stopped Mark Tucker with knees at BAMMA 9.

Breese said:


“MMA is my life. I’m improving every day and can’t wait to showcase my new skills on Warren Kee and keep proving why I’m the country?s top prospect. I can’t wait to fight on September 15th”

Warren ?Relentless? Kee brings a record of 7-1-1 to the BAMMA stage, with the majority of his wins via 1st or 2nd round TKO.  Likened to a caged
tiger, the mohawked fighter is known for a devastating style in which he likes to grind his opponents down with ?elbows, foot stomps and relentless pressure?.   Son of British Commonwealth and Olympic hammer throwing champ, Jack Kee, Warren knows the level of sacrifice it takes to succeed in sport; and recently gave up job, girlfriend and home to sleep in his van and devote his life to training with Team Tsunami in Cambridge.

Kee said:


?I?m super excited to be a part of BAMMA 10 and from watching other events, Wembley Arena is an awesome venue to fight at. I have a very tough fight in Tom Breese. He is undefeated and highly rated with skills in all areas of the game.  I don?t believe I have proved myself yet and I?m fired up to compete and put a dominant performance in against Tom. I have the best skill set I ever have had so I am confident in my abilities and this will bring me victory on the night, it will be a great fight for the fans as we both look for the finish.?

BAMMA?s Head of Talent Relations, Jude Samuel, said:

?I see this match between two powerhouses translating into a fast paced and devastating arms race that will weigh heavily on speed and effectiveness of strikes. While Mensah can be overwhelming in the cage, will Neun prove too much of a ?Nightmare? with his greater experience? Mensah?s fight name nicely sums up how I visualize this fight panning out: I can promise fans that there will be plenty of ?Blam? ?Blam? ?Blam? in this clash.?

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?Breese is renowned for an impressive and technical ground game, but he is also a gifted striker working with some of the best boxing talents in the country.  Kee will bring a barrage of striking action that is bound to put Tom to the test in an area in which he has yet to prove himself. Fans can wager their bets on a dynamic and vicious display that draws on a spectrum of Mixed Martial Arts possibilities. Both these guys? stars are on the rise and this clash between two hot prospects is one no UK MMA fan should want to miss?.

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Andy Ogle demonstrates his favourite combination

 

In this video Andy shares his favourite combination with Myprotein.com and demonstrates how he uses this to his advantage when fighting.

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UFC World Podcast: Jimi Manuwa, Charles Rosa, Akira Corassani, Jan Blachowicz, Max Holloway

On this week’s UFC World Podcast, Jimi Manuwa discusses his upcoming contest with Shogun Rua Charles Rosa talks about his life as a chef, and a fighter, Jan Blachowicz explains the importance of his sponsors in being a professional fighter, Akira Corassani explains how he got his name given him by Japanese fighting friend, and [...]

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UFC World Podcast: Jimi Manuwa, Charles Rosa, Akira Corassani, Jan Blachowicz, Max Holloway

On this week’s UFC World Podcast, Jimi Manuwa discusses his upcoming contest with Shogun Rua Charles Rosa talks about his life as a chef, and a fighter, Jan Blachowicz explains the importance of his sponsors in being a professional fighter, Akira Corassani explains how he got his name given him by Japanese fighting friend, and [...]

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Welterweight, lightweight titles on line at Saturday’s BAMMA 11 card in England

BAMMA returns this week with a card featuring a pair of title fights as well as a struggling UFC vet in the main event.

Tom Breese meets Warren Kee for the promotion’s British welterweight title while Dale Hardiman takes on Steve Ray for the British lightweight belt. Headlining the card is a middleweight bout between UFC vet Xavier Foupa-Pokam and BAMMA regular Jack Marshman.

BAMMA 11 takes place Saturday and airs on AXS TV at 4 p.m. ET.

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UFC accused of ‘illegal market monopolization’ in lawsuit filed by former, current fighters

Three high-profile mixed martial arts fighters filed a class-action lawsuit Tuesday accusing the UFC of illegally monopolizing power in the industry by eliminating its competition.

Former UFC fighters Jon Fitch and Nate Quarry, along with Cung Le, who is still under contract with the UFC, also accuse the Zuffa-owned company of “artificially suppressing fighters’ ” earnings with their contracts and practices.Dana White and Cung Le pose with each other during a press conference. (Getty)

The civil suit alleges that the UFC has violated the Sherman Antitrust Act by illegally scheming to create a non-competitive marketplace that restricts the earning capabilities of fighters, as well as coercing fighters to relinquish rights to their names and likenesses. The plaintiffs seek injunctive relief and damages, and the suit claims to represent a class of current and former UFC fighters in similar situations as Le, Quarry and Fitch.

“This lawsuit is about fairness,” Quarry told reporters during a press conference in San Jose, Calif., on Tuesday. “It’s about a fair market value for the athletes. ? It’s time for those things to change. We deserve to be out in a free market place.”

Zuffa is primarily owned by billionaires Lorenzo and Frank Fertitta, along with UFC president Dana White.

The UFC has had a stranglehold on MMA for the majority of the 21st century, and Zuffa has either bought up or driven out several other viable promotions. The suit references past statements made by White and other UFC officials comparing the promotion and its practices to that of the NFL and NBA, but makes a distinction in regards to those leagues’ ability to foster an open market by creating a bidding war among individual teams.

The lawsuit alleges that the UFC has maintained control of more than 90 percent of the revenue derived from live MMA bouts nationwide. It also maintains that the UFC has allegedly retaliated against fighters who have worked with or who have announced intentions to work with rival promoters.

?UFC?s threats are taken seriously by fighters because they know that a UFC ban will substantially diminish, if not end, their ability to earn a living at their chosen profession,? said plaintiffs? co-counsel Joseph Saveri of Saveri Law Firm, Inc. ?These MMA professionals deserve the right to take back their careers.?

For its part, the UFC posted the following statement to its website:

“The UFC is aware of the action filed today but has not been served, nor has it had the opportunity to review the document. The UFC will vigorously defend itself and its business practices.”

Below is the lawsuit, in full:

Cung Le, et al. v. Zuffa, LLC, d/b/a UFC

 

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Chael Sonnen: ‘I’m not sorry for drug use’

Retired UFC fighter Chael Sonnen is finally being honest about intentionally violating drug rules, but he isn’t about to apologize for any of it. Speaking on his new podcast, You’re Welcome, Sonnen says he’ll just have to live with intentionally trying to game the system.

“I’m not going to apologize because I’m not sorry. I’m a consenting adult. I knew exactly what I was doing. This was a premeditated decision,” Sonnen said.

Sonnen went on to explain the rationale and criteria he used when deciding what drugs to take. What substances were and were not allowed by governing athletic commissions was not one of the criteria he was concerned with.

“For me, the litmus test was flawed, but here was my litmus test: Can’t be a steroid, and it’s got to be legal,” Sonnen explained.

“I can’t take anything, I don’t wan’t to be in possession of anything that isn’t legal. What I’m talking about there, I’m not talking about the commissions and their rules, I’m talking about the law. I’m talking about, am I holding something in my possession and then a police officer sees me, am I allowed to have that. If the answer’s yes, then I’m in. That was my test. If I could get this legal, if there’s a legal medication, I’m taking it, I’m not cross-referencing it with the commission. I’m not taking the rules or someone else’s over that of a doctor. That’s what I’d tell myself to sleep well at night.”

There is no way of knowing for certain if Sonnen is telling the truth here, or once more lying. As a convicted felon, he has shown to have trouble keeping on the right side of the law, and before he got caught using himself, he criticized other athletes for using drugs he himself used or would go on to use.

All that is to say – we may be finally getting the full truth from Sonnen, or just another partial version of it. In any case, the three-time UFC title challenger isn’t shrinking away from his actions or the limelight.

Sonnen will admit to cheating, but he won’t say he’s sorry for having tried. “If you’re going to try to get away with something, if you’re beat, you’re beat,” Sonnen concluded.

“There’s nothing more to it, there’s nothing more to the story. I took something, I was caught, I got tarnished and that’s it.”

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BAMMA 10: Denniston Sutherland Vs Leeroy Barnes

BAMMA, has announced today announced the addition of Fullmount favourite Denniston Sutherland vs. Leeroy Barnes (who doesn’t like us much…)  to the BAMMA 10 card for a Middleweight battle at London Wembley on 15th September. The 2 fighters bring reputations with them that mean there this is one fight that is certain to be a real barn stormer.

The event is to be live televised on 5* in the UK, with the highlights to be broadcast on Channel 5.  BAMMA 10 will be broadcast LIVE internationally on HDNet (AXS TV) in the US, The Fight Network in Canada,  Esporta in Brazil, Red Media in Russia, Setanta in Africa and TDN in Latin America.

Fan favourite and incessant Twitter merchant,  Leeroy Barnes,  has been going from strength to strength in recent times following an impressive onslaught against British champion Jack Marshman at BAMMA 8,  in which Barnes pushed the fight the full distance to a decision loss in Marshman?s favour. Barnes went on to defeat the 22-12 UK legend, Matt Ewin, at BAMMA 9 after a late replacement saw Barnes suddenly up against the dramatically more experienced opponent.  As his 10-9-0 record illustrates, Barnes has never been afraid to take any fight against any opponent from early on in his career, starting out at Lightweight to eventually find his feet in the Middleweight division. His recent displays at BAMMA have demonstrated impressive development as a fighter and a mindful honing of skills and strengths with experience. From an exciting and dedicated athlete who always brings the fight and takes the risks, fans can always guarantee a tough and entertaining battle from Leeroy Barnes.

Barnes said:

“I’m really looking forward to fighting on BAMMA 10. I think this show will mark a big step for MMA in the UK with the mainstream TV deal. I know the match-maker, Jude Samuel, has worked hard to find a top class opponent for me: Denniston is definitely that, having been a UK top ten mainstay for many years and coming off a dominant victory. I’m very happy with the fight and excited to yet again show the improvements I’ve made in the gym and how seriously I’m taking my career. Denniston is a tough well rounded fighter and I expect a tough test but I don’t believe he will be able to deal with my athleticism and skill at Middleweight. I will win this fight but the real winners will be the fans.”

The more experienced Denniston ‘Mad Max’ Sutherland (17-8-0) is another fighter with an interesting trajectory. First falling in love with MMA when
he stumbled across it once on television many years ago in Jamaica, Sutherland didn?t come across the sport again until he relocated to the UK in his thirties. Eventually finding his comfortable fight weight at Middleweight, Sutherland debuted professionally against Neil Grove at Heavyweight in 2007 demonstrating a continued and similar trait to Barnes in that he?s never backed down from a tough fight. Sutherland went on to face an army of UK talent to notch up an impressive array of wins by KO, TKO and submission and multiple UK titles. Hovering around the UK top 10 for a few years now and with losses against respectable fighters that include Tom Watson and Claudio Da Silva, Sutherland doesn?t show any sign of slowing down; and with his recent 1st round win against Brett Sizeland he certainly remains a force to be reckoned with.

Sutherland said:

?I?m really looking forward to this fight. I met Leeroy a few years ago when he was Lightweight, before Bisping fought Rashad and I went up there to train with him. I?m interested to see how much he?s changed since then. Physically he?s completely different but I don?t know if he?s technically any better. This is what I?m looking to find out?

BAMMA?s Head of Talent Relations, Jude Samuel, said:

?This fight brings together two very tough fighters who take fights for the opportunity to test their skills against hard opponents and to better themselves. Therefore these guys like to be adventurous and take risks; and neither of them are interested in a ?safe fight?. In a landscape where fighters are increasingly under pressure to pad their records and clock up the career wins, both Barnes and Denniston embody the raw and traditional spirit of MMA. Bringing depth of experience, a rounded spectrum of skills and massive heart into the cage, I?m proud to have athletes like these representing BAMMA.?

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Twitter Mailbag: Fowlkes on superfights, bad judging and Ronda Rousey in UFC

It’s Thanksgiving here in the U.S., so if you find any gravy stains on this week’s edition of the Twitter Mailbag, please bear with us.

In this installment of the TMB, we delve into the politics of the potential Anderson Silva-Georges St-Pierre superfight, the dimming prospects for a true women’s division in the UFC, what you let yourself in for when you turn down a fight, and much more.

To ask a question of your own, open up the Twitter and find @BenFowlkesMMA. To have some knowledge kicked your way, read on.

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