When one speaks of moving mountains in the world of mixed martial arts, charitable organizations, and inspirational musical variety, one name comes to mind, and that is Coalition Fight Music. As the most successful independent band there is in the MMA community, and the first and only band to actually sponsor fighters, CFM is only scratching the surface of their success potential. CFM continues to grow and expand with the announcement of their recent partnership with Samsung Mobile, UCMMA, and SkyTV. Big things have already been achieved by the trio, and even larger prospects await. In a recent TapouT Radio interview, lead man, Tony Savo, AKA ‘Statecyde’, gave us the lowdown on the major developments that the group is currently involved in.
Photo courtesy of MMA Weekly Momentum is the force, or speed of movement. Gaining momentum is something every fighter wants for their career. For Pat Healy, it’s been a constant for the last year, and something he hopes to continue this Saturday night, against Caros Fodor. With both riding impressive win streaks, this bout should provide ample fireworks to the undercard. In a recent TapouT Radio interview, Bam Bam talked about a variety of topics, including tapping into the recesses of his mind, via an isolation tank.
Photo courtesy of Esther Lin When a fighter says they’ll leave it all in the cage, it’s so cliché that it barely merits attention. But when Conor Heun says it, he is stating a fact. Less than 2 minutes into his fight with Marlon Matias, Heun suffered a broken jaw via a knee to face. In his most recent bout, the 10th Planet jujitsu brown belt, had his elbow completely dislocated. Conor not only fought through the pain, he triumphed in spite of it, winning both bouts by unanimous decision. With less than a week before he gets back into the cage to face Ryan Couture, “Hurricane” checked in with TapOut Radio to render his thoughts going into this fight.
Photo courtesy of Esther Lin This special feature has been generously contributed to our site by Edward Fernandez. Former Strikeforce lightweight champ and AKA product, Josh Thomson, enters the octagon for the first time since 2010 to face former contender, KJ Noons. The two will go toe-to-toe at Strikeforce: Rousey vs. Tate, on March 3. Noons, who just came off a decision victory against Billy Evangelista, is hungry to get back into title contention and earn a shot at lightweight kingpin, Gilbert “El Nino” Melendez. Thomson joined us on TapouT Radio to talk about facing a game KJ Noons, injuries, moving weight classes, and fighting till retirement.
Bellator Fighting Championships has delivered competitive, entertaining fights since their debut on ESPN Deportes in 2009. Weekly televised events and a unique tournament format, combined with exciting, talented prospects, has resulted in rapid growth for the promotion. Now financially stable under Viacom ownership with a new Friday night time slot on MTV 2, and a move to Spike TV pending, there are no signs of slowing down. Just 2 weeks out from the start of season 6 on March 9th, Bellator boss, Bjorn Rebney, stopped by TapouT Radio and gave us the lowdown on the next season of tournaments, as well as the new Friday night time slot, and the many new additions to their ever growing roster.
Following the success of his groundbreaking interview program, Fighting Words: with Mike Straka, the former FOX executive has landed a dream job as the host for Spike TV’s new MMA devoted series, MMA Uncensored Live. Joining Straka are co-hosts, Nathan Quarry, whose storied MMA career is the stuff of legend, and sportscaster Craig Carton, in a new live program dedicated to expert coverage of the MMA industry worldwide. In a recent TapouT Radio interview, Mike shared his thoughts on his recent journey back to the top of the sport’s world, his former days at FOX, as well as his relationship with his former home at HDNet. Check it out, and read some of the hot points from our chat with him.
As you all know, I’m koo koo for Kid. Since he’s fighting tomorrow, I figured this would be a great time to showcase him. Enjoy!
Image courtesy of MMA Mania It’s amazing how the lighter weight classes are always the last to get the recognition they deserve. In MMA, recognition means being part of the UFC. When Zuffa decided to open up the flyweight division, two men (Joseph Benavidez & Demetrius Johnson) who had fallen to bantamweight champ, Dominick Cruz, in their quest for a title, immediately dropped down to enter the four man flyweight tournament. The other two fighters are being imported from outside organizations. One of them is a gritty Japanese fighter named Yasuhiro Urushitani, and the other is a kid from California, named the 2011 Comeback Fighter of the Year, Ian “Uncle Creepy” McCall. In a recent interview with TapouT Radio, Ian touches down on a number of subjects, including being the torchbearer for the flyweight division.