Sergei Valerievich Kharitonov is a Russian Heavyweight mixed martial artist and former kickboxer competing for Bellator MMA, M-1 Global and GLORY. A professional MMA competitor since 2000, he has fought in Japanese MMA organizations PRIDE Fighting Championships, DREAM and Strikeforce, based in the United States. Kharitonov has competed in two major mixed martial arts tournaments and one major kickboxing tournament, he holds notable wins over former EliteXC Middleweight Champion Murilo Rua, former K-1 Champion Semmy Schilt, former Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion Alistair Overeem, former UFC Heavyweight Champions Andrei Arlovski and Fabrício Werdum. As of 11 May 2015, Kharitonov is ranked the #3 Heavyweight kickboxer in the world by GLORY. Sergei Kharitonov was born on August 18, 1980 in Plesetsk, Russian SFSR, his parents were athletic: Sergei's mother was a volleyball coach, his father at various times studied boxing, skating and long distance marathon running. Under their influence, Sergei was active physically while growing up.
Kharitonov graduated from a high school with a specialization in music. Following the advice of his parents as well as his own dreams, Sergei went to the Airborne troops academy in Ryazan and enlisting in the Russian Airborne Troops after finishing the academy. Kharitonov credits the army and the academy with giving him psychological skills he relies on during his fights. Sergei remains on the active duty while training full-time with the Russian Top Team, his wife's name is Natalia. Kharitonov sometimes gets confused with his full namesake Sergey Haritonov, a much less prominent mixed martial arts fighter from Estonia. Sergei started being interested in sports when he was still in kindergarten, being taught at first by his father. Kharitonov started training boxing when he was ten or eleven years old, following an incident when a drunken adult passer-by broke up a scuffle between Sergei and another boy by lifting Sergei in the air, hitting him in the face and cutting his eyebrow with that punch.
The man justified his behavior by saying that Sergei should not have been hitting a grounded opponent. At the age of sixteen, Kharitonov started studying Combat Sambo. During his studies in the Airborne Troops Academy, Sergei started competing in hand-to-hand combat and MMA. After Kharitonov graduated from the Academy, he was contacted by Vladimir Pogodin, the manager of the Russian Top Team, who invited him to join the club. At first, Sergei was invited to be Fedor Emelianenko's sparring partner, who taught him many ground fighting techniques, including striking on the ground and submissions. Sergei kept competing at various Russian MMA competitions, in October 2003 he debuted in Pride Fighting Championships, one of the top two leading MMA organizations in the world at that time. Sergei trains with Sambo teams, as well as some freestyle wrestlers, he recently added Muay Thai training to his regimen, according to him, he borrows some elements from karate. Sergei Kharitonov trained in Kirieevsk, under coach Mikhail Illoukhine.
Ilyukhin chose Kirieevsk as their training base due to a large number of heavyweight MMA fighters available there. According to him, key elements of Sergei's success are his willpower and unpredicability in the ring; as of September 2007 he began training with the Golden Glory fight team in the Netherlands. In addition to competing in MMA and boxing, Sergei competes in Combat Sambo for the Ryazan Desantnik club. Sergei had a successful career as a heavyweight fighter in the Pride Fighting Championships, with an overall Pride record of 8–3–0; as of late 2005, Kharitonov has struggled with ongoing injuries to his upper back and shoulders, evident in his victory against Fabrício Werdum, in which his right shoulder was strained and injured nearly a minute into the bout, in his loss to Alistair Overeem, where an awkward fall dislocated his shoulder. Kharitonov lost to Alexander Emelianenko at Pride's Final Conflict Absolute 2006 on September 9, 2006. Kharitonov scored a win against Mike Russow at PRIDE 33 in Las Vegas on February 24.
On September 17, 2007, Kharitonov TKO's Alistair Overeem in the first round in the Hero's 10: Middleweight Tournament Final event, avenging a previous loss. Kharitonov's next fight was scheduled to be against Mighty Mo at DREAM 6 on September 23, 2008; however Mighty Mo was forced to withdraw due to a back injury. Jimmy Ambriz was Mighty Mo's replacement. Sergei scored a win in the first round by submission via strikes. At Dream 8 Jeff Monson secured Sergei in a North/South Choke; the Russian was soon forced to tap for the first time in his career. Sergei signed a deal to fight for Strikeforce and made his debut on February 12, 2011, he faced former UFC Heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski in the opening round of Strikeforce 2011 Heavyweight Grand-Prix. Sergei defeated Andrei Arlovski by knockout in the first round. Sergei faced Josh Barnett, who defeated Brett Rogers on June 18, 2011 at Strikeforce: Dallas, in the next round, he lost via submission in the first round. On June 1, 2012, he submitted John Delgado by keylock at the MMA: Russian Open Championship in St.
Petersburg, Russia. Kharitonov has signed with M-1 Global and Oleg Taktarov's Fight Star MMA Promotion and was expected to fight Travis Wiuff in December 2013; this fight did not materialize, but on November 15 of that year Kharitonov faced Alexey Kudin at M-1 Challenge in Surgut and defeated him by TKO in the second round. In h
Mariusz Zbigniew Pudzianowski, known in Poland as "Pudzian" and "Dominator" is a Polish former strongman competitor and current mixed martial artist. During his career as a strongman, Pudzianowski won five World's Strongest Man titles, more than any other athlete according to Guinness World Records, he won two runner-up titles. In 2009, Pudzianowski debuted as a mixed martial artist. Mariusz Pudzianowski was born in Poland, his father, was a weightlifter. Pudzianowski became interested in sports. Since the age of 11, he has been training the Kyokushin style of karate, his current grade is 4th kyu green belt. He began strength training at the age of thirteen; when he was fifteen, Pudzianowski started training boxing, quitting after seven years. Pudzianowski debuted in professional sports at the age of sixteen, taking part in Polish Weightlifting Championship, in the bench press event. In 2000 and 2001, Pudzianowski spent 19 months in Łowicz prison for assault. In an interview, he said he wanted to stop a "local mafia boss", he got accused of assault and stealing his golden chain.
Pudzianowski was incarcerated in prison in Łowicz. Several years he arranged a resocialization meeting for the prisoners at the same penal institution. On May 1, 1999 Pudzianowski entered his first Strongman competition, held in Poland, he achieved his first major success at the international level at the 2000 World's Strongest Man contest where he finished fourth in his first WSM competition. Due to his prison sentence, he did not return for the 2001 competition. Pudzianowski returned at the 2002 World's Strongest Man winning his first title, he retained his title at the 2003 World's Strongest Man by the largest margin achieved in the competition. In March 2004, he became the Strongman Super Series World Champion, he finished third in the 2004 World's Strongest Man but was disqualified for breaching the governing body's Strongman Health Policy. He was forced to return his prize money, stripped of the International Federation of Strength Athletes points from the event, received a one-year ban from competition.
Pudzianowski did not dispute his banned substance violation and waived his right to have his stool sample verified. He returned to win the title for a third time in 2005. In the 2006 World's Strongest Man contest, he came second to Phil Pfister. Pudzianowski regained his title in 2007, he joined Jon Pall Sigmarsson and Magnus Ver Magnusson as the only men to win the competition four times. In the WSM 2007 competition, Pudzianowski said that his target was to become the only person to win the event five times, which he did by winning the 2008 World's Strongest Man in the last event, ahead of Derek Poundstone, he succeeded despite a serious calf injury, which he suffered in the Polish Strongman Championship Cup of 2008 and further exacerbated during the WSM qualifying rounds threatening his chance of reaching the final. He competed in the 2009 World's Strongest Man competition, which took place in Malta, placing second after Žydrūnas Savickas. In an interview, Pudzianowski said he will not continue participating in strongman events, because of his career in Mixed Martial Arts, which requires a different training to strongman.
Bench press – 290 kilograms Squat – 380 kilograms Deadlift – 415 kilograms Professional Competitive Record – 1st, 2nd, 3rd – Out of Total Performance Metric –.964 In 2009, Pudzianowski signed a contract with Konfrontacja Sztuk Walki – a Polish mixed martial arts organization – to take part in four fights. He debuted as a mixed martial arts fighter on December 11, 2009, during the KSW 12 event in Warsaw, winning against Marcin Najman, a professional boxer. Pudzianowski started. After several hits, Najman fell to the mat and Pudzianowski started delivering punches. Najman was forced to tap the mat, indicating he wanted to end the fight, which lasted for only 43 seconds. Before the fight Mariusz said: "Lewa ręka niesie za sobą śmierć, a prawej sam się boję." Pudzianowski collected 200,000 złoty for the fight. On May 7, 2010, during the KSW 13 event, Pudzianowski won his second fight, against Yusuke Kawaguchi; the fight lasted two full rounds, with Pudzianowski winning by judges' decision. The fight was described as a "sloppy brawl".
It was noted Pudzianowski had control over most of the fight, but was "neutralized" by Kawaguchi, that, by the second round, he was looking "to be out of energy and breathing heavily". On May 21, 2010, Pudzianowski went on to participate in the Moosin: God of Martial Arts event, where he fought former two time UFC Heavyweight Champion Tim Sylvia. Pudzianowski fractured his metatarsus during the first round and went on to deplete his stamina during the rest of the fight, which led to Sylvia defeating him via submission at 1:43 of round 2. Following his loss to Sylvia in May, Pudzianowski signed to face former heavyweight boxer and kickboxer Eric Esch, better known as'Butterbean', at KSW 14 on September 18. After several brief standup exchanges, Pudzianowski secured a takedown early in the fight and was able to dominate Esch with ground and pound. Esch, unable to get back to his feet during the attack, tapped out to the strikes, making Pudzianowski the winner by submission at 1:15 of the first round.
He came into the fight notably slimmer, having lost around 20 lbs from
Impact Fighting Championships
Impact Fighting Championships was an Australian mixed martial arts promotion. The promotion held two of three planned events in July 2010 featuring veteran fighters of Ultimate Fighting Championship and Pride Fighting Championships. Impact FC was financed by Australian concert promoter Andrew McManus and created and produced by Brazilian promoter Tom Huggins, who helped promote Elite Xtreme Combat,Extreme Cagefufgting,Bitetti Combat, many other MMA events; the promoters planned to put on three events in a single month in order gauge the interest of Australian fans to mixed martial arts. The first event, held on 10 July 2010 was expected to have a crowd over 1000 in the arena and be broadcast to a world-wide audience of 2.5 million. Following the second event controversy arose over payments to the fighters participating in the event; the fighters had left the arena following the show and traveled home without being paid for the event, going against many boxing and MMA commissions rules, though Thomas Huggins did directly contact the Commission to notify them of Andrew McManus’ failure to pay fighters as the licensed promoter, before any fighters left however the Commission said it had no power to force McManus to pay.
Some fighters did receive partial payments in weeks, but many were reporting they had gone unpaid. Huggins who had created the event had intended it to be a larger series of fights functioning as a collective of promoters licensing and sharing the Brand in many territories and had recruited local promoters around the world to work under this banner, however after McManus’ failure to pay fighters Huggins and the other promoters felt the brand was ruined and had to abandon it. Impact FC 1 - The Uprising: Brisbane was held on 10 July 2010 at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre in Brisbane, Australia. Big John McCarthy, former head referee for the UFC, was the referee for the Uprising series. Dylan Andrews was rumored to fight Steven Kennedy, but it was never scheduled. Luis Dutra Jr. was forced off the card. Ben Mortimer was Luis Dutra's replacement. A hand injury to Felise Leniu and illness of Brad Morris left Bira Lima and Jeff Monson without opponents and they fought each other. Welterweight bout: Karo Parisyan vs.
Ben MortimerParisyan defeated Mortimer via submission at 4:18 of the second round. Catchweight bout: Tom Waters vs. Jacob MahonyWaters defeated Mahony via TKO at 1:38 of the second round. Heavyweight bout: Fabio Fernandes vs. Api HemaraFernandes defeated Hemara via submission at 3:58 of the first round. Lightweight bout: Thiago Meller vs. Jai BradneyMeller defeated Bradney via submission at 1:32 of the first round. Welterweight bout: Brian Ebersole vs. Carlos NewtonEbersole defeated Newton via unanimous decision. Heavyweight bout: Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou vs. Joaquim FerreiraSokoudjou defeated Ferreira via TKO at 1:20 of the first round. Heavyweight bout: Jeff Monson vs. Bira LimaMonson defeated Lima via unanimous decision. Heavyweight bout: Josh Barnett vs. Geronimo dos SantosBarnett defeated dos Santos via TKO at 2:35 of the first round. Impact FC 2 - The Uprising: Sydney was held on 18 July 2010 at the Sydney Entertainment Centre in Sydney, Australia. Big John McCarthy was the referee for the series.
Geronimo dos Santos vs. Josh Barnett and Brian Ebersole vs. Carlos Newton from Impact FC 1 - The Uprising: Brisbane were replayed during the broadcast of this card. Bob Sapp was pulled from this event due to a dispute with Impact FC. Heavyweight bout: Ken Shamrock vs. Pedro RizzoRizzo defeated Shamrock via TKO at 3:33 of the first round. Welterweight bout: Paul Daley vs. Daniel AcacioDaley defeated Acacio via submission at 1:15 of the third round. Super Heavyweight bout: Soa Palelei vs. Brad MorrisPalelei defeated Morris via submission at 4:20 of the first round. Middleweight bout: Paulo Filho vs. Denis KangFilho and Kang fought to a draw at 5:00 of the third round; the judges scored the fight 29-28, 27-30 and 29-29. Middleweight bout: Murilo Rua vs. Jeremy MayRua defeated May via submission at 4:12 of the first round. Middleweight bout: Murilo Bustamante vs. Jesse TaylorTaylor defeated Bustamante via TKO at 2:10 of the second round. Heavyweight bout: Peter Graham vs. Jim YorkYork defeated Graham via submission at 3:44 of the first round.
Light Heavyweight bout: Glover Teixeira vs. Marko PeseljTeixeira defeated Peselj via TKO at 3:01 of the first round. Lightweight bout: Richie Vaculik vs. Glenn Taylor-SmithVaculik defeated Taylor-Smith via submission at 4:16 of the second round. Welterweight bout: Shane Nix vs. Manuel RodriguezRodriguez defeated Nix via technical submission at 4:22 of the first round. Impact FC at Sherdog.com Impact FC - The Uprising - Brisbane Event at ImpactFC.au.com Official Fight Card for The Uprising - Brisbane Impact FC 1 at Sherdog.com Impact FC 1 results from MMAJunkie.com
Muay Thai or Thai boxing is a combat sport of Thailand that uses stand-up striking along with various clinching techniques. This discipline is known as the "art of eight limbs" as it is characterized by the combined use of fists, elbows and shins. Muay Thai became widespread internationally in the late 20th to 21st century, when westernized practitioners from Thailand began competing in kickboxing, mixed rules matches, as well as matches under Muay Thai rules around the world; the professional league is governed by The Professional Boxing Association of Thailand sanctioned by The Sports Authority of Thailand, World Professional Muaythai Federation overseas. It is similar to related styles in other parts of the Indian cultural sphere, namely Lethwei in Myanmar, Pradal Serey in Cambodia, Muay Lao in Laos, Tomoi in Malaysia; the history of Muay Thai can be traced to the middle of the 18th century. During the battles between the Burmese of the Konbaung Dynasty and Siam, the famous fighter Nai Khanomtom was captured in the year 1767.
The Burmese knew of his expertise in hand-to-hand combat and gave him an opportunity to fight for his freedom. Nai Khanomtom managed to knock out ten consecutive Burmese contenders. Impressed by his boxing skill, he was allowed to return to Siam, he was acknowledged as a hero, his fighting style became known as Siamese-Style boxing to be known as Muay Thai. This fighting style was soon to be recognized as a national sport. Muay boran, therefore Muay Thai, was called by more generic names such as Toi muay or muay; as well as being a practical fighting technique for use in actual warfare, muay became a sport in which the opponents fought in front of spectators who went to watch for entertainment. These muay contests became an integral part of local festivals and celebrations those held at temples; the bare-fisted fighters started wearing lengths of hemp rope around their hands and forearms. This type of match was called muay khat chueak. Kickboxing was a component of military training and gained prominence during the reign of King Naresuan in 1560 CE.
Muay Thai is referred to as the "Art of Eight Limbs" or the "Science of Eight Limbs", because it makes use of punches, kicks and knee strikes, thus using eight "points of contact", as opposed to "two points" in boxing and "four points" used in other more regulated combat sports, such as kickboxing and savate. A practitioner of Muay Thai is known as a nak muay. Western practitioners are sometimes called Nak Muay Farang, meaning "foreign boxer"; the ascension of King Chulalongkorn to the throne in 1868 ushered in a golden age not only for muay but for the whole country of Thailand. Muay progressed during the reign of Rama V as a direct result of the king's personal interest in the sport; the country was at peace and muay functioned as a means of physical exercise, self-defense, attacking and personal advancement. 1909-1910: King Chulalongkorn formalizes Muay by awarding 3 muen to victors at the funeral fights for his son. The region style: Lopburi and Chaiya. 1913: British boxing introduced into the curriculum of the Suan Kulap College.
The 1st descriptive use of the term “Muay Thai” 1919: British boxing and Muay taught as one sport in the curriculum of the Suan Kulap College. Judo offered. 1921: 1st permanent ring in Siam at Suan Kulap College. Used for both Muay and British Boxing. 1923: Suan Sanuk Stadium. First international style 3-rope ring near Lumpinee Park. Muay and British Boxing. King Rama VII pushed for codified rules for muay, they were put into place. Thailand's first boxing ring was built in 1921 at Suan Kularp. Referees were introduced and rounds were now timed by kick. Fighters at the Lumpinee Boxing Stadium began wearing modern gloves, as well as hard groin protectors, during training and in boxing matches against foreigners. Traditional rope-binding made the hands a dangerous striking tool; the use of knots in the rope over the knuckles made the strikes more abrasive and damaging for the opponent while protecting the hands of the fighter. This rope-binding was still used in fights between Thais but after the occurrence of a death in the ring, it was decided that fighters should wear gloves and cotton coverlets over the feet and ankles.
It was around this time that the term "Muay Thai" became used, while the older form of the style came to be known as "Muay Boran", now performed as an exhibition art form. In 1993, the International Federation of Muaythai Amateur, or IFMA was inaugurated, it became the governing body of amateur Muay Thai consisting of 128 member countries worldwide and is recognized by Olympic Council of Asia. In 1995, World Muaythai Council, the oldest and largest professional sanctioning organizations of Muay Thai was set up by the Royal Thai Government and sanctioned by the Sports Authority of Thailand. In 1995, the World Muay Thai Federation was founded via the merger of two existing organizations, established in Bangkok becoming the federation governing international Muay Thai; as of August 2012, it had over 70 member countries. Its President is elected at the World Muay Thai Congress. In 2006, Muay Thai was included in SportAccord with IFMA. One of the requirements of SportAccord was; as a result, an amendment was made in the IFMA constitution to change the name of the sport from "Muay Thai" to "Muaythai" – written as one word in accordance with Olympic requirements.
In 2014 Muay Tha
Affliction: Banned was a mixed martial arts event co-promoted by Affliction Clothing and Adrenaline MMA. It took place on July 2008 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California; the card at Banned featured many of the top MMA heavyweight fighters. The main event was the return of PRIDE World Heavyweight Championship Fedor Emelianenko fighting against former two-time UFC Heavyweight Champion Tim Sylvia. Emelianenko submitted Sylvia thirty-six seconds into the first round to win in convincing fashion. After the fight, Randy Couture entered the ring and Emelianenko expressed his desire to fight Couture next; the event saw victories by former UFC Heavyweight Champions Andrei Arlovski and Josh Barnett, with Barnett avenging an earlier loss to Pedro Rizzo, by former UFC Light-heavyweight Champion Vitor Belfort. Former UFC standout Matt Lindland and former Pride FC standout Antônio Rogério Nogueira won. Megadeth performed at the event; the announcer was Michael Buffer. The disclosed total fighter payroll for the event was $3,321,000.
The one-hour undercard was broadcast on Fox Sports Network and The Fight Network while the main fight card was broadcast live on pay-per-view. The UFC scheduled UFC Fight Night: Silva vs. Irvin on Spike TV at the same time as the Affliction event in an attempt to diminish the PPV audience for Banned. Fedor Emelianenko def. Tim Sylvia Andrei Arlovski def. Ben Rothwell Josh Barnett def. Pedro Rizzo Mark Hominick def. Savant Young Matt Lindland def. Fabio Negao Renato Sobral def. Mike Whitehead Mike Pyle def. J. J. Ambrose Vitor Belfort def. Terry Martin Antônio Rogério Nogueira def. Edwin Dewees Paul Buentello def. Gary Goodridge Swing Bout: Ray Lizama vs. Justin Levens Total Base Pay: $2,866,000 Total Bonuses: $455,000 Total Payroll: $3,321,000 Vernon White, scheduled to face Antônio Rogério Nogueira, was removed from the card after testing positive for a banned substance following a May bout. Edwin Dewees was announced as a replacement. Bravo was scheduled to show Affliction Banned on tape delay on July 20 in the UK.
Aleksander Emelianenko, scheduled to face Paul Buentello, was removed from the card at the last minute after Emelianenko “didn’t meet CSAC licensing standards”. Gary Goodridge was announced as a replacement. One swing bout between Justin Levens and Ray Lazama was set to take place after the main event, but the amount of time left and the ring condition prevented it. Affliction Entertainment Official Affliction MMA Site The Fight Network Affliction Banned Site
Joshua Lawrence "Josh" Barnett is an American mixed martial artist, professional wrestler and color commentator signed to Bellator MMA, competing in their Heavyweight division. Barnett competed for the Ultimate Fighting Championship, where he is a former UFC Heavyweight Champion. In 2003, Barnett won the King of Pancrase Openweight Championship and was a finalist in both the 2006 PRIDE Openweight Grand Prix and the 2012 Strikeforce Heavyweight Championship Grand Prix, he has competed in Affliction, World Victory Road, DREAM and Impact FC. In Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Barnett won the inaugural Metamoris Heavyweight Championship in 2014; as a professional wrestler, Barnett made his in-ring debut in 2003 in the main event of New Japan Pro Wrestling's annual January 4 Tokyo Dome Show, in a bout against IWGP Heavyweight Champion Yuji Nagata. Since he has wrestled for Inoki Genome Federation and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling. In January 2015, Barnett began working as a color commentator for NJPW's weekly program on America's AXS TV.
Born and raised in Seattle, Barnett had a troubled childhood and got into fights. Barnett has two half brothers, Gary Norton, Jackson, he was put into anger management programs at a young age and learned to cope with his anger by participating in athletics. Barnett attended Ballard High School, where he excelled at wrestling and trained in judo and kickboxing. After seeing UFC 2 as a sophomore, he decided. Barnett had attended the University of Montana to play football for the school as a walk-on, but decided not to play the sport for the university. At the recommendation of an instructor at Montana, Barnett went to train at the Bushidokan dojo of Jim Harrison. Although he did not have the money for classes, he received training in exchange for helping with maintenance and labor at the dojo. Barnett's documented professional debut was in early 1997 in Washington, competing for United Full Contact Federation, he won via rear-naked choke submission under three minutes into the fight. He would continue to dominate, reaching a 9-0 record with seven first-round stoppages and wins over future UFC Hall of Famer Dan Severn, Bobby Hoffman, John Marsh, Bob Gilstrap twice.
With a 9-0 record, Barnett was invited to compete in the UFC. Barnett made his UFC debut at UFC 28 on November 17, 2000 against 6' 10" Gan "The Giant" McGee and Barnett won via TKO in the second round. Despite suffering a KO loss in his next fight against Pedro Rizzo he would bounce back and win his next two fights over 7' 0" Dutch kickboxer Semmy Schilt via armbar submission, received a submission win in a rematch with Bobby Hoffman. Subsequent to his win over Hoffman, Barnett tested positive for banned substances and was given a warning by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. Barnett was given a title shot for the UFC Heavyweight Championship against then-champion and future UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture, he won via TKO after using the ground and pound technique and became the new and youngest-ever UFC Heavyweight Champion. However, after the bout it was revealed that he had again tested positive for banned substances and his title was stripped. Barnett competed in MMA in both Pancrase in Japan.
While in Pancrase, he won its Openweight Grand Prix Championship by defeating Yuki Kondo. Winning this title put him alongside the likes of Ken Shamrock, Frank Shamrock and Bas Rutten as one of the few fighters to be a titleholder in both Pancrase and the UFC. In his first fight in PRIDE, at PRIDE 28 against Croatian Mirko Cro Cop, he suffered a simultaneous fracture and dislocated shoulder injury that required surgery and over six months of rehab, his first fight back post-injury was a rematch against Cro Cop at Pride 30, which he lost by a close and controversial unanimous decision. He came back with a win against Kazuhiro Nakamura at PRIDE 31. Barnett beat Alexander Emelianenko by an americana submission in the second round of the PRIDE Openweight Grand Prix at PRIDE Total Elimination Absolute, he submitted Mark Hunt via kimura in the first round of the Openweight Grand Prix at Pride Critical Countdown Absolute. Barnett defeated Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira by split decision in the semi finals of the Openweight Grand Prix, however he lost the final match of the PRIDE Final Conflict Absolute to Cro Cop on September 10, 2006, submitting after an unintentional finger poke to the eye.
In a post-fight interview, Barnett explained the incident: "I opened up my guard and I grabbed his leg to go for a leg lock, in the scramble Mirko put his hand out to post and he caught a finger deep in my right eye. And as soon as it happened I let go of the leg and grabbed my face, I couldn't see anything at the time and I had no idea where he was and I just didn't want him to punt me in the face with a kick when I can't see and I'm blinded, he said, you know,'Sorry' and I said to him that he was winning that night and it was an accident. He didn't mean "; this marked the third time he was beaten by the MMA legend. Next, Barnett fought the Polish Judo gold medalist Pawel Nastula at PRIDE 32, the organization's first show in the United States. To fight again in Nevada, the Nevada State Athletic Commission required that Barnett pass a mandatory drug test. In a competitive match, Nastula controlled the first round and most of the second. Barnett reversed Nastula from the bottom and was able to secure a toe-hold submission, which earned him the victory.
At a post-fight press conference, Barnett complimented Nastula on his performance. Nastula, subsequently tested positive for steroids. Barnett lost a rematch by unanimous decision to Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira at Pride Shockwave 2006. After the bo
Ultimate Fighting Championship
The Ultimate Fighting Championship is an American mixed martial arts promotion company based in Las Vegas, owned and operated by parent company William Morris Endeavor. It is the largest MMA promotion company in the world and features the highest-level fighters on the roster; the UFC produces events worldwide that showcase twelve weight divisions and abide by the Unified Rules of Mixed Martial Arts. As of 2018, the UFC has held over 400 events. Dana White serves as the president of the UFC. White has held that position since 2001; the first event was held in 1993 at the McNichols Sports Arena in Colorado. The purpose of the early Ultimate Fighting Championship competitions was to identify the most effective martial art in a contest with minimal rules and no weight classes between competitors of different fighting disciplines like boxing, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, wrestling, Muay Thai and judo. In subsequent events, fighters began adopting effective techniques from more than one discipline, which indirectly helped create an separate style of fighting known as present-day mixed martial arts.
In 2016, UFC's parent company, was sold to a group led by William Morris Endeavor for $4.025 billion. With a TV deal and expansion in Australia, Asia and new markets within the United States, the UFC has increased in popularity, has achieved greater mainstream media coverage. Art Davie proposed to John Milius and Rorion Gracie an eight-man single-elimination tournament called "War of the Worlds"; the tournament was inspired by the Gracies in Action video-series produced by the Gracie family of Brazil which featured Gracie jiu-jitsu students defeating martial-arts masters of various disciplines such as karate, kung fu, kickboxing. The tournament would feature martial artists from different disciplines facing each other in no-holds-barred combat to determine the best martial art and would aim to replicate the excitement of the matches Davie saw on the videos. Milius, a noted film director and screenwriter, as well as a Gracie student, agreed to act as the event's creative director. Davie drafted the business plan and twenty-eight investors contributed the initial capital to start WOW Promotions with the intent to develop the tournament into a television franchise.
In 1993, WOW Promotions sought a television partner and approached pay-per-view producers TVKO and SET, as well as Campbell McLaren and David Isaacs at the Semaphore Entertainment Group. Both TVKO and SET declined, but SEG – a pioneer in pay-per-view television which had produced such offbeat events as a gender versus gender tennis match between Jimmy Connors and Martina Navratilova – became WOW's partner in May 1993. SEG contacted video and film art director Jason Cusson to design the trademarked "Octagon", a signature piece for the event. Cusson remained the Production Designer through UFC 27. SEG devised the name for the show as The Ultimate Fighting Championship. WOW Promotions and SEG produced the first event called UFC 1, at McNichols Sports Arena in Denver, Colorado on November 12, 1993. Art Davie functioned as the show's matchmaker; the show proposed to find an answer for sports fans' questions such as: "Can a wrestler beat a boxer?" As with most martial arts at the time, fighters had skills in just one discipline and had little experience against opponents with different skills.
The television broadcast featured kickboxers Patrick Smith and Kevin Rosier, savate fighter Gerard Gordeau, karate expert Zane Frazier, shootfighter Ken Shamrock, sumo wrestler Teila Tuli, boxer Art Jimmerson, 175 lb Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt Royce Gracie—younger brother of UFC co-founder Rorion, whom Rorion handpicked to represent his family in the competition. Royce Gracie's submission skills proved the most effective in the inaugural tournament, earning him the first UFC tournament championship after submitting Jimmerson and Gordeau in succession; the show proved successful with 86,592 television subscribers on pay-per-view. It's disputed whether the promoters intended for the event to become a precursor to a series of future events. "That show was only supposed to be a one-off", eventual UFC president Dana White said. "It did so well on pay-per-view they decided to do another, another. Never in a million years did these guys think they were creating a sport." Art Davie, in his 2014 book Is This Legal?, an account of the creation of the first UFC event, disputes the perception that the UFC was seen by WOW Promotions and SEG as a one-off, since SEG offered a five-year joint development deal to WOW.
He says, "Clearly, both Campbell and Meyrowitz shared my unwavering belief that War of the Worlds would be a continuing series of fighting tournaments—a franchise, rather than a one-night stand."With no weight classes, fighters faced larger or taller opponents. Keith "The Giant Killer" Hackney faced Emmanuel Yarbrough at UFC 3 with a 9 in height and 400 pounds weight disadvantage. Many martial artists believed that technique could overcome these size disadvantages, that a skilled fighter could use an opponent's size and strength against him. With the 175 lb Royce Gracie winning three of the first four events, the UFC proved that size does not always determine the outcome of the fight. During this early part of the organization, the UFC would showcase a bevy of different styles and fighters. Aside from the aforementioned Royce Gracie, Ken Shamrock, Pat