OFFICIAL WEIGHTS FROM FOXWOODS

Mar 2, 2013

 

BILLY DIB 125 LBS. VS.    EVGENY GRADOVICH 125 LBS.

Ledyard, CT (2/28/13) – Earlier tonight IBF Featherweight Champion Billy “The Kid” Dib (35-1-1NC, 21KO’s) and undefeated Russian Challenger Evgeny Gradovich (15-0, 8KO’s) both made weight for their championship bout tomorrow night at MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods.  Both Dib and Gradovich looked to be in tremendous shape, with each fighter tipping the scales at 125 lbs.

The event tomorrow is promoted by 50 Cent’s SMS Promotions and DiBella Entertainment and sponsored by SMS Audio.  The championship bout will be televised live tomorrow night on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights.  Below are the complete weights for the entire card.

IBF Featherweight Championship (12)

Billy Dib (35-1-0-1NC, 21 KOs), Champion, Sydney, Australia 125 LBS.

Evgeny Gradovich (15-0, 8 KOs), Challenger, Igrim, Russia   125 LBS.

 

NABF Super Welterweight Championship (10)

Willie Nelson (19-1-1, 11 KOs), Champion, Cleveland, OH   152 LBS.

Michael Medina (26-3-2, 19 KOs), Challenger, Los Angeles, CA   154 LBS.

 

Junior Lightweights (8)

Ryan Kielczweski (15-0, 3 KOs), Quincy, MA   127 LBS.

Gil Garcia (5-3-1, 1 KO), Houston, TX   129 LBS.

 

Super Bantamweights (8)

Luis Rosa Jr. (12-0, 6 KOs), New Haven, CT   124 LBS.

Jhovany Collado (4-6-2, 1 KO), Jamaica, NY   123 LBS.

 

Junior Welterweights (4)

Luis Oliveras (pro debut), Glendale, AZ   140 LBS.

Rafael Munoz (1-1), Houston, TX   140 LBS.

 

Female Junior Featherweights (6)

Shelly Vincent (7-0), Providence, RI   124 LBS.

Mikayla Nevel (0-3), Columbus, OH   122 LBS.

 

Welterweights (4)

Jimmy Williams (1-0, 1 KO), New Haven, CT   146 LBS.

Raynard Younger (0-1), Alpharetta, GA   147 LBS.

 

The 12-round main event on ESPN Friday Night Fights features International Boxing Federation (IBF) Featherweight Champion Billy “The Kid” Dib (35-1-0-1NC, 21 KOs), who is promoted by 50 Cent, defending against undefeated Russian challenger Evgeny Gradovich. NABF Super Welterweight Champion Willie “The Great” Nelson defends his title against Michael “Medina in the 10-round co-feature.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. ET with the first bout scheduled to start at 7:00 p.m. ET. The ESPN Friday Night Fights card will air live at 9 p.m. ET. The Nelson-Medina bout is promoted in association with Rumble Time Promotions. The event is sponsored by SMS Audio.

 

***50 Cent will be performing live on fight night***

 

Tickets priced at $200, $100, $75 and $40 may be purchased online at foxwoods.com, by calling the Foxwoods’ box office at 800-200-2882, or in person at the Foxwoods’ box office.

OTHER PHOTOS

CO-FEATURE NABF JUNIOR MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP

L-R: Michael Medina,Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Steve Smith (Rumble Time) and Willie Nelson

  L-R: GIL GARCIA, LOU DIBELLA & RYAN KIELCZWESKI
L-R: LUIS ROSA & JHOVANY COLLADO
L-R: LUIS OLIVERAS, CURTIS “50 CENT” JACKSON AND RAFAEL MUNOZ

TEAM SMS PROMOTIONS

L-R: LUIS OLIVERAS, YURIORKIS GAMBOA, DONTE STRAYHORN

CURTIS “50 CENT” JACKSON, BILLY DIB & ANDRE DIRRELL

***50 Cent will be performing live on fight night***

PHOTO CREDIT: DIBELLA ENTERTAINMENT/ED DILLER

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Medina going to Woods to take NABF Belt back from Nelson

Feb 28, 2013

MEDINA GOING TO ‘WOODS’ TO TAKE NABF BELT BACK FROM NELSON

March 1 ESPN Friday Night Fights co-feature at MGM Grand at Foxwoods

Michael “El Magnifico” Medina

 

(photo by Chris Farina)

NEW YORK (February 27, 2013) – Former North American Boxing Federation (NABF) super welterweight champion Michael “El Magnifico” Medina (26-3-2, 19 KOs) challenges present NABF titleholder Willie “The Great” Nelson (19-1-1, 11 KOs) tomorrow in the 10-round co-feature on ESPN Friday Night Fights, airing live from the MGM Grand at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut.

 “I wasn’t active,” Medina explained, regarding why he was stripped by the NABF. “Now, I’m getting my belt back. I feel that it’s really still my belt. He’s the NABF champion but he didn’t take my belt from me. I’m looking forward to this fight. He’s a strong, young fighter and it’ll be awesome to add his name to my resume. A win will take me from this level to a higher one with bigger fights. I’m confident that, after this fight, I’ll be getting more fights on television networks.”

The ESPN Friday Night Fights card, co-promoted by DiBella Entertainment and 50 Cent’s SMS Promotions, will air live at 9 p.m. ET. The Nelson-Medina bout is promoted in association with Rumble Time Promotions. The event is sponsored by SMS Audio.

The 12-round main event on ESPN Friday Night Fights features International Boxing Federation (IBF) Featherweight Champion Billy “The Kid” Dib (35-1-0-1NC, 21 KOs), who is promoted by 50 Cent, defending his title against undefeated Russian challenger Evgeny Gradovich (15-0, 8 KOs), who is rated No. 11 by the IBF.

WBC No. 17-ranked Medina captured the NABF belt on December 22, 2011, winning a 10-round decision over veteran Grady Brewer. However, Medina was later stripped of his belt because he failed to defend his title due to him being unable to land fights, not because he turned down opponents.

“He didn’t have a promoter and Mike just got caught in the middle of things,” his manager Steve Feder noted. “I wasn’t with him until his last fight which, ironically, was on the same card (Sergio Martinez vs. Julio Caesar Chavez Jr. PPV, September 15, 2012, in Las Vegas) that Willie Nelson last fought. So, Mike will be fighting for the same belt that he didn’t lose in the ring. He signed with Lou (DiBella) and now he’s in a fight to get his belt back. He’s always wanted to be in these kinds of fights. This is a good fight for both guys.

“Mike’s a good boxer who adapts well depending on who he’s fighting. He gets a lot of different looks sparring at Wild Card Gym. Eric Brown (Medina’s trainer) has done a good job with him. Mike likes to mix it up. He’s hoping that the two of them stand there and go at it. He’s not looking to box and move, which should make for a lot of action.”

Nelson won the vacant 154-pound title stripped from Medina by way of a 10-round decision in his aforementioned title fight against World Boxing Council (WBC) Youth champion and Virgin Islands Olympian, John “Dah Rock” Jackson (13-1, 12 KOs).

Standing 6’4″ with an imposing 84-inch reach, WBC No. 5-rated Nelson (19-1-1, 11 KOs) is a freakishly built super welterweight, against whom Medina will be giving away three-and-a-half inches in height, as well as a nine-inch reach advantage.

“It’s unusual,” Medina spoke about fighting such a tall opponent. “I haven’t fought guys that tall but I have been sparring with taller guys, middleweights and super middleweights, and I’ve also been working with good technical boxers like (Nobuhiro) Ishida. He’s a good teacher and I’m comfortable that I’ll benefit from that.

“He’s (Nelson) tall but I’ve watched some tapes of his fights and he likes to fight on the inside. If he does, that will help me because I’m aggressive. His height and reach can only be a factor if he jabs and moves, but we’ve been working on different strategies for whatever way he fights.”

Tickets priced at $200, $100, $75 and $40 may be purchased online at foxwoods.com, by calling the Foxwoods’ box office at 800-200-2882, or in person at the Foxwoods’ box office.

 

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Final Presser Quotes Dib & Gradovich Fireworks 50 Cent in Live Performance

Feb 28, 2013

FINAL PRESSER QUOTES

DIB & GRADOVICH PROMISE FIREWORKS

50 CENT IN LIVE PERFORMANCE

ESPN Friday Night Fights at MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino

(L-R) Billy Dib, 50 Cent, Lou DiBella and Evgeny Gradovich

(Presser Gallery Below – All pictures by Edward Diller)

NEW YORK (February 27, 2013) – Co-promoters Lou DiBella, of DiBella Entertainment, and 50 Cent, of SMS Promotions, hosted the final press conference today at the Strand Hotel in New York City for this week’s (Mar. 1) ESPN Friday Night Fights at the MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut.

 In the 12-round main event, SMS Promotions’ IBF Featherweight Champion Billy “The Kid” Dib (35-1-0-1NC, 21KO’s) puts his world title on the line against Russia’s undefeated IBF #11 rated Evgeny Gradovich (15-0, 8KO’s). In the televised co-feature, former amateur standout and now top-ten rated junior middleweight contender Willie Nelson (19-1-1, 11KO’s) squares off against Michael Medina (26-3-2, 19KO’s) in a 10-round showdown for Nelson’s NABF super welterweight title. The Nelson-Medina bout is promoted in association with Rumble Time Promotions. The event is sponsored by SMS Audio. Both bouts will air on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET.

50 Cent will perform live on fight night.

Tickets priced at $200, $100, $75 and $40 may be purchased online at foxwoods.com, by calling the Foxwoods’ box office at 800-200-2882, or in person at the Foxwoods’ box office.

 

PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTES

 LOU DIBELLA: “First and foremost, I want to thank everyone here for coming out and also everyone that is involved in this event, particularly 50 cent, Foxwoods and our great sponsor, SMS Audio.

“We have an outstanding event coming up this Friday and I think it is important for everyone to know that we are not doing this event to make a ton of money.  We are doing this to give the public an opportunity to see a great event and also to give this great champion, Billy Dib, the exposure that he truly deserves here in the US.

“We have a terrific card from top to bottom, including a dynamite co-feature with NABF Junior Middleweight Champion Willie Nelson defending his title against Michael Medina. It is a co-feature that easily could have been a main event on its own, in fact, it was originally, but then we had this great opportunity to put Billy Dib in the main event, defending his world championship live on ESPN and we just couldn’t pass that up.  I want to thank Doug Loughrey from ESPN for giving us this opportunity and for working so hard on making this a reality.

“There are an awful lot of haters when you start a new business, especially in the boxing world. No one has laid out a red carpet for Curtis “50 Cent’ Jackson. Everything that he has achieved thus far he has worked to get.  I am totally impressed by working with him to see his intellect and how hard he actually works.  I only see great things for him in this sport moving forward and just wanted to say it really is an absolute pleasure to work with you and your company.”

CURTIS “50 CENT” JACKSON: “I am excited about Friday night. This has been a great partnership I have formed with Lou (DiBella) and it has just been an amazing process for me.  This is the first boxing event that I have been involved with for the entire process, from beginning to end, and it really is going to be a special night for me on Friday night.

“To actually be in Billy’s camp and to see the sacrifices that he makes day in and day out is really something special.  It makes you realize really what these fighters go through. It gives you a whole new appreciation for them and for this great sport.

“The level of the actual talent involved in this promotion is exciting for me and excites me for what the future has to hold for me in this sport. I believe by combining the right elements we can bring back that younger demographic to this sport, and that is something we are going to be working on constantly.”

BILLY “THE KID” DIB: “I want to thank everyone who was involved with this promotion. March 1st is going to be a great event. The whole team has worked very hard. This is my second coming. I am coming back here to America to showcase my ability. I am a completely different animal right now and you will see that Friday night.  I know Gradovich is going to fight out of his skin, being this is his first world championship opportunity, so I can promise you that this is going to make for fireworks in this fight. We respect Gradovich; we know that he is ready, and these are the type of fights we want.”

EVGENY GRADOVICH:

“Thank you for this opportunity, I am very excited. I know that this is going to be a great fight. We trained very hard for this fight, and I know it is going to be a very good fight for everyone involved, especially the fans in attendance and those watching at home on ESPN.”

 

 

 

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Lawsuit claims USC doctors used drug that ‘Keeps injured players on the field’

Feb 22, 2013

LOS ANGELES — A former USC defensive end can move forward with most of the allegations in his lawsuit against the school that claims  team doctors gave him painkillers that caused a heart attack and damaged his future potential as an NFL player, a judge ruled today.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Yvette Palazuelos said there were enough details in Armond Armstead’s complaint to support for now his allegations of fraud and negligence.

She also said his lawyers can file within 20 days an amended complaint clarifying how USC purportedly interfered with Armstead’s economic prospects as a professional player, his emotional stress claim and how team physician Dr. James Tibone allegedly battered him.

Palazuelos dismissed the suit’s products liability allegations.

Armstead filed his suit last Aug. 30. It alleges that Tibone and other USC doctors irresponsibly treated Armstead while he played for the Trojans, requiring him to take the painkilling drug Toradol several times without informing him of the possible side effects.   Armstead’s lawyers maintain Tibone battered Armstead by giving him Toradol “without limitation” and “without his informed consent.”

The suit — which also names Tibone and University Park Health Center — alleges that USC knew Armstead suffered a heart attack and purposely withheld that he had received Toradol from his doctors. Attorney Robert Bale, on behalf of Armstead, told Palazuelos that USC officials knew Toradol was inherently dangerous to administer to Armstead.

“It’s really not a lot different from steroids,” Bale said. “It made him feel like Superman, that he was invincible.”

According to Bale, Toradol is not used for medical reasons, but instead to keep injured players playing instead of recuperating.

“It keeps injured players on the field to benefit USC financially,” he said.  Armstead was given an ultimatum regarding the drug, Bale said.

“If you don’t get this shot, you don’t play, and if you don’t play, you don’t get scouted, and if you’re not scouted, you don’t play in the NFL,” Bale said.

Armstead had wanted since childhood to play in the NFL, Bale said.

“This was his goal, his dream, his desire,” Bale said.

But USC attorney Louis Pappas disputed Bale’s characterization of Toradol.

“Toradol is a safe drug,” he said.

Armstead, 22, played three seasons for USC from 2008-10, starting 17 games and recording 59 tackles. He was not medically cleared to play for the Trojans in 2011 because of a training incident.   Armstead was not taken in the draft, but played last season with the Grey Cup-winning Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League. The Argonauts released him in January and that same month he signed with the New England Patriots. He is listed on the team roster as a defensive tackle.

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ROAD TO GLORY USA HITS NEW YORK CITY.

Feb 19, 2013

                     

 

ROAD TO GLORY USA

HITS NEW YORK CITY WITH

ONE-NIGHT, EIGHT-MAN WELTERWEIGHT TOURNAMENT

WINNER OF DEVELOPMENT SERIES TOURNAMENT

RECEIVES $20,000 GRAND PRIZE, CONTRACT WITH WORLD’S NEW PREMIERE KICKBOXING LEAGUE

TICKETS ON SALE NOW

 

 

SINGAPORE (Feb. 19, 2013) – Glory Sports International (GSI), the parent company of the world’s new premiere kickboxing league, announced today that it will bring it’s ROAD TO GLORY USA development fight series designed to identify America’s next great kickboxing superstars, to Capitale in New York, N.Y., on Friday, March 22.

The winner of the eight-man, single-elimination welterweight (170 pounds/77 kilograms) tournament featuring a host of prolific, up-and-coming competitors, will be awarded a $20,000 grand prize and a multi-year contract with GLORY, home of the world’s elite kickboxing champions and superstars.

Tickets for the event are priced from $40 and can be purchased by phone at 516-458-4989.  The tournament is being held as part of a kickboxing fight card being promoted by former world champion Louis Neglia.

“We are thrilled to bring our all-new ROAD TO GLORY development tournament series to fight fans in New York City, one of the world’s greatest sports and entertainment epicenters,” said GLORY CEO Andrew Whitaker.

“With the two ROAD TO GLORY tournaments we’ve held in the U.S. thus far,” continued Whitaker, “we’ve been able to discover tremendously bright and promising young kickboxers who could be developed to one day compete on GLORY’s championship stage, which is exactly what ROAD TO GLORY was created for.  We are confident that we will continue to unearth all kinds of new talent across the country, beginning with the upcoming event in New York.”

Undefeated rising stars Ryan Parker (14-0, 3 KOs) of Rochester, N.Y. and Brett Hlavacek (6-0, 2 KOs) of New York will be joined in the tournament draw by KO artists Anthony Nieves (10-4, 8 KOs) of Atlanta, Ga. and Jeremy Carper (5-1, 5 KOs) of Martinsburg, W. Va., battle-tested star Tarek Rached (24-3, 11 KOs) of New York, road warrior Marcus Fisher (16-9, 3 KOs) of Pittsburg, Pa. and promising upstarts Eric Utsch (5-1, 1 KO) of Breinigsville, Pa. and Francois Ambang (6-2, 2 KOs) of Mechanicsville, Va.

Tae Kwon Do black belt and Muay Thai champion Cyrus Washington (52-21-1, 48 KOs) of Macallen, Texas will square off with Chris Clodfelter (7-3-1, 3 KOs) of King, N.C. in a tournament “reserve” bout on the card.  Should any of the tournament’s quarterfinal round fight winners be unable to return to the ring for semifinal round action due to injury sustained en route to victory, the winner of the matchup between Washington and Clodfelter will take the injured fighter’s place in the tournament.

A draw to determine the ROAD TO GLORY USA welterweight tournament’s quarterfinal round matchups will take place on a date and at a location to be announced soon.

Doors at Capitale will open for the event at 7 p.m. EST and the first preliminary bout begins at 8 p.m.

 For more information, visit www.gloryworldseries.com.

 About GLORY:

GLORY World Series (www.gloryworldseries.com) is the world’s new premier kickboxing league, producing live events across the globe and offering up to $2 million in prize money to the winners of one-night, 16-man ‘Grand Slam’ tournaments, which are open to only the best fighters in each of six different weight classes. The fight series also includes 8-man ‘Slam’ tournaments and events with traditional, single bouts.

With television deals spanning every continent, online live video streaming of all shows and the world’s largest online martial arts library, GLORY is one of the world’s most widely distributed sporting organizations.

Owned and operated by Glory Sports International (GSI), the organization has offices in the UK, Holland, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore and soon in the USA. Its personnel include an unprecedented mix of accomplished entrepreneurs and senior level executives from the diverse worlds of finance, sports marketing, television and martial arts fighting.
In 2013, GLORY launched the ROAD TO GLORY tournament fight series to identify and develop new kickboxing talent in The United States, Japan and elsewhere around the globe into future champions and superstars of the sport.

 

 

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CHRIS ALGIERI TO FACE JOSE PERALTA AT PARAMOUNT THEATRE

Feb 16, 2013

 

CHRIS ALGIERI TO FACE JOSE PERALTA AT PARAMOUNT THEATRE

ON NBC SPORTS NETWORK FIGHT NIGHT FEBRUARY 23RD

 

TOTOWA, NJ ( 02-16-2013). Ring  Pride of Huntington, New York”, undefeated junior welterweight prospect Chris Algieri, 15-0-0 (7KO’s) will face the biggest fight of his career, challenging Jersey City, New Jersey’s Jose “Mangu” Peralta, 10-1-0 (6KO’s) in the televised co-main event of the acclaimed and nationally televised NBC Sports Network, FIGHT NIGHTcard on Saturday, FEBRUARY 23, LIVE from The Paramount in Huntington. The telecast will begin at 10:30PM ET.

Kathy Duva, CEO of Main Events and Joe DeGuardia, President of Star Boxing are very enthusiastic about the opportunity to showcase the Algieri/Peralta battle along with the sensational, sold out crowds that have become common on Long Island’s premier boxing venue.

“We’re very excited to bring NBC Sports Network to the boxing hotbed of Long Island, New York and The Paramount in Huntington where we’ve sold out five straight shows and have a received a tremendous amount of fan and media support,” said Joe DeGuardia.

DeGuardia spoke of the welterweight match up, “Chris Algieri is a very talented junior welterweight that has improved with each outing and Star Boxing is very proud that sports fans across the country will be able to see him fight against Jose Peralta, a very tough prospect from nearby Jersey City, New Jersey-it’s like a throwback to the old cross-town fights. ”

Born and raised in Huntington, New York, Algieri is looking forward to his nationally televised debut against Peralta.

“This is the national exposure I’ve wanted for my career. It’s a great opportunity to be in the spotlight. I’ve see video of Jose Peralta and I know guys he’s trained with. We’re two hungry guys and it’s a perfect fight for both of us.”

About fighting at The Paramount, Algieri stated, “Although I’ve headlined four times at The Paramount in my hometown of Huntington, I don’t see it as an advantage. When the bell rings its just us in the ring and I need to stick to my game plan. That said, the fan support I’ve always received has been terrific and is greatly appreciated.”

 

Kathy Duva spoke of Peralta’s opportunity, “It is refreshing for a fighter like Peralta to gain national exposure on NBC Sports Network Fight Night. Peralta was given the opportunity to step up and gladly accepted it. Fighting an undefeated competitor like Algieri in his hometown will add a level of excitement that our Fight Night fans have come to expect.”

 

Peralta is thrilled about fighting on NBC Sports Network, “Fighting on NBC Sports Network is a great way for me to showcase my skills. I am grateful to Main Events for giving me this opportunity. I will not let my fans down.”

Peralta expressed his thoughts about fighting in his opponent’s backyard, “I have no reservations about fighting in Algieri’s hometown. I will be totally prepared for him no matter where we fight. I intend to give it my all and hope to make some new fans in Huntington myself!”

 

The sport of boxing is alive and well and doing great as the success of the NBC Sports Network FIGHT NIGHT has illustrated.

 

The February 23rd card is promoted by Main Events, Star Boxing and Goossen Tutor.

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WORLD SERIES OF FIGHTING MMA.

Feb 14, 2013

WORLD SERIES OF FIGHTING HITS REVEL IN ATLANTIC CITY  WITH STAR-STUDDED MMA EVENT

SATURDAY, MARCH 23

 

MAIN EVENT: ANDREI ARLOVSKI VS. ANTHONY JOHNSON,  CO-MAIN EVENT: TYSON NAM VS. MARLON MORAES

 LIVE ON NBC SPORTS NETWORK FROM OVATION HALL AT REVEL  

TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY, FEB. 15

REVEL BEACH, N.J. (Feb. 13, 2013) –World Series of Fighting announced today that it will deliver a stacked, world-class Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fight card, headlined by a heavyweight showdown between superstars Andrei “The Pitbull” Arlovski (19-9) of Minsk, Belarus and Anthony “Rumble” Johnson (15-3) of Boca Raton, Fla., at Ovation Hall at Revel in Atlantic City, N.J. on Saturday, March 23, live on NBC Sports Network.

In the bantamweight (135 pounds) co-main event, red-hot 29-year-old star Tyson Nam (12-4) of Portland, Ore. will face off with two-time national Muay Thai champion and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu brown belt Marlon Moraes (9-4) of Jupiter, Fla. via Nova Friburgo, Brazil.

Tickets, priced from $39, go on sale at 10 a.m. EST on Friday, Feb. 15, and will be available for purchase at all Ticketmaster locations (800-745-3000) and at Ticketmaster.com.

“We are excited to bring the World Series of Fighting brand of MMA to Atlantic City, where some of the greatest fights in history have taken place,” said World Series of Fighting President and six-time world kickboxing champion and two-time Hall of Famer, Ray Sefo.  “Andrei Arlovski, Anthony Johnson and Marlon Moraes are all coming off superb performances on our inaugural fight card, and Tyson Nam has been on fire of late, so we felt that it was essential to showcase these stars at the top of our first card on the East Coast.”

Also slated for action on the five-bout TV card are welterweight (170 pounds) sensation Josh Burkman (24-9) of Salt Lake City, Utah, who will collide with former UFC star Aaron “A-Train” Simpson (12-4) of Phoenix, Ariz., and former PRIDE Fighting Championships superstar and WEC champion Paulo Filho (23-4) of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, who will face off with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt David Branch (11-3) of Brooklyn, N.Y. in a middleweight (185 pounds) bout.

Explosive finisher J.Z. Cavalcante (16-6) of Deerfield Beach, Fla. via Brazil will take on unbeaten, emerging star Justin Gaethje (7-0) of Greeley, Colo. at lightweight (155 pounds).

Coming off his second consecutive victory, a unanimous decision over Mike “300” Hayes on Dec. 16, Arlovski, a 33-year-old, 6-foot-4, former UFC heavyweight champion, shined in the main event of the inaugural World Series of Fighting card on Nov. 3, crumbling fellow power puncher Devin Cole with a barrage of punches in the first round (2:37) of action.

Likewise, the 28-year-old, 6-foot-2 Johnson dominated D.J. “Da Protégé” Linderman in the first-ever World Series of Fighting co-main event, scoring a first round (3:58) KO on Linderman with a punch.  The victory was Johnson’s fourth straight.

Nam made waves on Aug. 25 when he pulled off a stunning upset on reigning Bellator Bantamweight Champion Eduardo Dantas, scoring a first round (1:36) KO (punch) on Dantas in a non-title bout in Brazil.  Nam will put a four-fight win streak on the line in his World Series of Fighting debut.

The 24-year-old Moraes shocked the world on the first World Series of Fighting card, beating former WEC champion Miguel Torres to the punch repeatedly for the majority of three rounds before being awarded a split decision victory.  The win was Moraes’ third straight.

A six-bout preliminary card will be topped by a featherweight (145 pounds) collision between streaking Duke Roufus protégé Rick “The Gladiator” Glenn (12-2) of Milwaukee, Wisc. and undefeated submission specialist Alexandre”Pulga” Pimentel (12-0) of Rio de Janeiro.

Waylon Lowe (13-4) of Philadelphia, Pa. will square off with Cameron Dollar (11-4) of Colorado Springs, Colo. in a featherweight tilt.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt and welterweight upstart Igor Gracie (5-3) of Rio de Janeiro will face an opponent to be announced as will welterweight Ozzy Dugulubgov (3-1) of Hackensack, N.J.

Battle-tested Danillo “Indio” Villefort (13-4) of Coconut Creek, Fla. will square off with a middleweight opponent to be announced.

Additional preliminary card bouts will be announced soon.

Doors at Ovation Hall at Revel will open at 5:30 p.m. EST and the first preliminary card bout will begin at 6:30 p.m.

The live NBC Sports Network telecast of the World Series of Fighting event will begin at 9:30 p.m. EST/6:30 p.m. PST.
ABOUT WORLD SERIES OF FIGHTING
Based in Las Vegas, Nev., the fight capital of the world, World Series of Fighting is a professional Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fight promotion dedicated to delivering an incredible, action-packed entertainment experience for fight fans by producing the best possible matchups between elite fighters from around the globe. For more information please visit www.MMAWSOF.com. Follow World Series of Fighting on Twitter @MMAWorldSeries and World Series of Fighting President Ray Sefo @SugarRaySefo.

ABOUT REVEL  

Revel is smoke-free and features more than 1,800 rooms with sweeping ocean views.  A member of the American Express Gold Hotel Collection, the resort houses a 130,000-square-foot casino with more than 2,000 slot machines, nearly 100 table games, electronic tables and a Poker Room. Designed to embrace its natural surroundings, Revel curates a collection of daylife and nightlife experiences crafted to bring the outside in and the inside out. Indoor and outdoor pools, gardens, lounges, and a 32,000-square-foot spa provide guests with a relaxing resort, while an outstanding collection of 14 restaurant concepts from award-wining chefs and restaurateurs, live entertainment featuring marquee acts and international artists, nightclubs, a casino that feels like a theatre and a collection of boutiques in The Row tailor to each guest’s passions. Revel was most recently named one of the Best Hotels in the Northeast by Amtrak’s Arrive magazine and one of the Top 10 Best New Hotels in the U.S. by Gayot.com.

To start your Revel journey, visit www.revelresorts.com. To receive the latest updates on Revel, become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/revel and follow @revelresorts on Twitter and Instagram. Revel is located on the Boardwalk at Revel Blvd in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

ABOUT NBC SPORTS NETWORK
NBC Sports Network, part of the NBC Sports Group, is dedicated to serving passionate sports fans. Now in nearly 80 million homes, the network is the cable television home of the Summer and Winter Olympics, National Hockey League (NHL), Major League Soccer (MLS), IZOD IndyCar Series, Tour de France and the 34th America’s Cup.  In addition, NBC Sports Network features college football, college basketball, college hockey, horse racing surrounding the Triple Crown, Fight Night boxing, Ironman, the Dew Action Sports Tour and USA Sevens Rugby. The network is also home to original programs such as Costas Tonight, NFL Turning Point, Caught Looking, NBC Sports Talk, and Pro Football Talk. NBC Sports Network is distributed via cable systems and satellite operators throughout the United States.

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Owner of Los Angeles Lakers hospitalized

Feb 14, 2013

LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles Lakers owner Jerry Buss was being treated at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center today for treatment of an undisclosed form of cancer, according to online reports.

Citing “multiple team personnel,” the Los Angeles Times reported on its website that Buss was spending time in the hospital’s intensive care unit.

Lakers spokesman John Black declined to comment on the report.

The 79-year-old Buss, who has owned the Lakers since 1979, spent time in a hospital last summer for dehydration. In December 2011, he was hospitalized for treatment of blood clots in his legs that officials said were caused by extensive traveling.

The Times reported that several current and former Laker players, including Kobe Bryant, Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, have visited Buss in the hospital.

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LA marathon gets new sponsor

Feb 12, 2013

LOS ANGELES  – Athletic apparel company ASICS was named today the title sponsor of the Los Angeles Marathon, replacing Honda.

The sponsorship arrangement lasts through 2015.

“With our U.S. home located in Southern California, the LA Marathon is the ideal place for us to show support for runners of all levels competing right here in our own backyard,” Kevin Wulff, CEO of ASICS America, said.

ASICS is also the title sponsor of the Stockholm Marathon, but Los Angeles will be its first title sponsorship in the United States, according to the company. It is also affiliated with marathons in New York, Paris and Tokyo. ASICS was a product category sponsor of last year’s Los Angeles Marathon.

This year’s race is scheduled for March 17.

ASICS is an acronym for Anima Sana In Corpore Sano, a Latin phrase meaning “A Sound Mind in a Sound Body.” The company produces athletic footwear, apparel and accessories.

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