- Friday, May 25, 2012 9:00pm ETfeaturing School of Hard Knocks 23 Calgary at the Subway Soccer Center,Calgary, Canada. In the main event, Paapa Inkumsah (4-4) of Gracie Barra inCalgary, Alberta fights Jarod Milko (4-1) from Progressive Fighting Academy outof Lethbridge, Alberta in a welterweight pro fight. Inkumsah has 3 victories bysubmission and has only gone to a decision twice, so his fights are usuallyaction filled bouts where someone is getting submitted or knocked out asInkumsah uses a high risk-high reward fighting style. Milko has never gone to adecision and holds a title with another organization so his big fightexperience will come in handy as he main events "HKFC 23" againstInkumsah. Milko also has 3 wins via submission so this could turn into agrappling chess match, or they fighters could decide to handle their businesson their feet, not wanting to risk being submitted by another proficientgrappler. In the co-main event, Dia Grant (3-6) from Dynamic MMA in Calgary,Alberta faces Julius Huhs (2-0) from AJJA Canada in Kamloops, BC in a lightweightpro fight. Grant is coming off a first round submission win and looks to add tohis momentum against the upstart Huhs. Grant will bring a vast experience edgeinto the cage as well as a "fight anyone" mentality. Grant will beready for whatever the newcomer Huhs throws at him. For the undefeated Huhs,this is a great test for him in his early pro career as he has never evenfought in the second round with both of his victories coming in the first.Grant will be Huhs' toughest test to date and a good measuring stick for the155 lb fighter. If Huhs walks through Grant then he might be in line for atitle shot with HKFC.
- Saturday, May 26, 2012 7:00pm ETfeaturing Dead Serious Four at the Rahway Rec Center in Rahway, New Jersey. Inthe main event, it is a rematch from a fight at "Dead Serious Three"as undefeated Shane Burgos (4-0-0-1) battles RJ Starace (3-4-0-1) in afeatherweight showdown. Their first meeting ended in a no contest after Staracewas unable to continue after an accidental foul in round one. It was adisappointing ending to what otherwise started out as a barnburner. The fouloccurred when Burgos and Starace where doing some clinch work and working forposition and Burgos landed a knee that was low on Starace. Starace was inimmediate pain and unable to re-start the fight. In the past, Burgos has shownthat he has the cardio conditioning to win a fight on decision, and he also hasa deadly submission game to go along with strong stamina. Starace has foughtfor the Dead Serious Featherweight Title previously, suffering a tough loss inround three. He will look back to get on his winning ways and set the storystraight in this rematch with Burgos. The winner of this bout will be at thefront of the line for a future 145 lb title shot with Dead Serious, so there isa lot riding on this defacto #1 Contender match. In other action, Jimmy Starr(0-2) fights Guido Valdner (0-0) in a featherweight tussle. Both fighters arelooking for their first wins in the sport and this bout will be a great litmustest for both athletes. Starr has already fought twice so he will have theexperience advantage, but Valdner is an unknown so it will be hard to game planfor his strengths so he has an advantage in the styles matchup as he will knowa little bit more about what Starr's strengths are while Starr will have toplan for everything against Valdner. This bout should be a barnburner as one ofthese 145 lb fighters will get their first victory of their career.
- Saturday, May 26, 2012 8:00pm ETfeaturing Ultimate Warrior Fighting (UWF) "Tournament of Champions"at the Laredo Energy Arena. The event will feature the final four of boththe 155 lb and 170 lb tournaments where the eventual winners will win $25,000.Tune into this 9-bout card and watch Texas' best MMA fighters as they go forgold and honor. In the 170 lb tournament, Lucas Pimenta (6-0) battles ChuckParmelee (38-11-1) and John Malbrough (3-3) fights Justin Guthrie (15-4).Parmelee looks to be the favorite to win the whole thing as he is very experiencedand battle tested. He squares off against Pimenta who is undefeated and comingoff a quick victory earlier this month in the first round of the tournament.That could be a huge factor as there is a quick turnaround for this event, withthe fighters in the tournaments fighting twice in one month. For Pimenta, hewill have to attack Parmelee right from the get-go and test his endurance asParmelee won his fight via decision after a grueling three round contest. Inthe other side of the bracket, Malbrough got a well-earned submission victoryin his first bout while the more experienced Guthrie went the distance and wonvia decision. Guthrie holds titles with other federations already so he is usedto being in a championship atmosphere. It will be interesting to see if eitherfighter has any nagging injuries from their first round battles. Look forGuthrie to try and grind Malbrough down, while Malbrough goes for the homerunKO or a devastating submission. In the 155 lb tournament, Rey Trujillo (11-7)fights Gilbert Jimenez (6-5-1) and Christ Quitquit (4-0) takes on Flavio Alvaro(23-7). Trujillo got his first win earlier in the month via decision whileJimenez won via choke in round three. Trujillo is a heavy puncher while Jimenezattacks from all angles. If Trujillo can land early it could be a quick night,but if Jimenez can get the bout to the ground, it could be to his advantage. Inthe other half of the bracket, the undefeated Quitquit is coming off aspectacular first round submission and came out of his first tourney fightrelatively unscathed. He will need to be 100% as Alvaro is a replacement anddid not fight in round one and also holds a distinct experience advantage overQuitquit. Alvaro is also on a 4-fight win streak and looks to continue his dominanceinside of the cage and with UWF.
- Saturday, May 26, 2012 8:00pm ETfeaturing Absolute Action MMA XXVI from Florence, Kentucky. In the mainevent, Phillip Perkins (2-1) fights Donnie Ballou (5-3) for the AAMMA FlyweightTitle. Both of these 125 lb fighters have a lot at stake as the winner will bethe first ever AAMMA Flyweight Champion. Perkins fights a high risk-high rewardstyle as he has never been out of the first round, winning two of his fightsvia stoppage (TKO and triangle submission). Perkins is like a Tasmanian Devilin the cage and always looks to apply pressure to his opponent from the openingbell. Ballou is the more experienced fighter, and is also a verteran ofAbsolute Action MMA. He won his last fight via submission in round one and carriesheavy hands into the cage as 3 of his wins have come via KO or TKO. Ballou canmake quick work out of opponents when he lands his punches flush. This bout hasall the makings of fight of the night as Perkins and Ballou will stop atnothing to win the first ever Flyweight Championship in AAMMA. In the co-mainevent, Robert Cooper (3-0) battles James Benton (4-3) for the vacant AAMMALight Heavyweight Championship. The undefeated Cooper has been on a teargetting finishes in all of his fights. Benton will prove to be Cooper'stoughest test to date as he is battle-tested and has never backed downespecially during his 4-fight winning streak midway through his career. Theleather will be flying as these two gladiators do for gold in this 205 lbchampionship match.