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    lol!!!! you found a birthing picture
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    Quote Originally Posted by sanjuro_ronin View Post
    Born? or spliced together?
    since reportidly even the WWE suspended him (how unclean do you have to be for that to happen) id go with spliced

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    Dave Bautista won his MMA debut on Oct 6. TKO in the first round.

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    his clich work, take downs and ground work wasn't too bad...his striking and striking defence (or rather lack of) was terrible

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    Weak...

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    his clich work, take downs and ground work wasn't too bad...his striking and striking defence (or rather lack of) was terrible
    It was pretty hard to watch. That cat will be KTFO within 2 fights. Ground work was ok but his clinch was weak and his takedowns were pathetic. As soon as he fights an in shape stand up cat who has decent wrestling and takedown defense, Batista will get knocked out. I'd hate to see what he does off his back. Get punched in the face, I suppose. Lol.

    He's a lot smaller without the drugs and in fight condition. Not that I believe he can do 3 rounds at a hard pace. That dude prolly doesn't even have one fast round in him.
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    to be fair it was Bautista's first fight. There is every possibility that he can improve with each fight and perhaps make a career out of MMA. Just the same, he has a lot to improve on, particularly in his stand up. He won his first fight against a heavy guy with a lot more experience than he had. Before strikeforce was bought by UFC, Bautista was to be setup in his first fight with former WWE colleague Bobby Lashley. If Bautista wins one or two more and he still wants that, it may still be able to happen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brothernumber9 View Post
    to be fair it was Bautista's first fight. There is every possibility that he can improve with each fight and perhaps make a career out of MMA. Just the same, he has a lot to improve on, particularly in his stand up. He won his first fight against a heavy guy with a lot more experience than he had. Before strikeforce was bought by UFC, Bautista was to be setup in his first fight with former WWE colleague Bobby Lashley. If Bautista wins one or two more and he still wants that, it may still be able to happen.
    i agree his grappling wasnt that bad for a first fight, but lashley would destroy him, lashley had a proper wrestling background batista is new to the sport and is an relatively old guy to be learning all from scratch
    if he wasn't famous i doubt he would be in a pro show at all

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    Just got this press release

    ANDREW WHITAKER NAMED NEW GLORY CEO

    SINGAPORE (Feb 5, 2013) - – Glory Sports International, the parent company of the world’s new premiere kickboxing league, GLORY World Series, today announced the appointment of former WWE Executive VP Andrew Whitaker to the position of global CEO of Glory Sports International.

    “We are excited that Andrew has agreed to assume the leadership mantel at GLORY in the pivotal role of CEO, on the front lines of our fast-growing organization,” said GLORY Sports International Chairman, co-founder, and award-winning hedge fund investor Pierre Andurand. “Andrew’s breadth of global experience in the media space is a tremendous asset to GLORY’s day-to-day business.”

    “Andrew joining as CEO is an important milestone in the development of GLORY as a company and kickboxing as a sport. We've had an incredible first year – we have over 40 of the world’s top kickboxing athletes signed to us exclusively, we've staged four amazing events, achieved TV distribution in 200 countries and trended No. 1 globally on Twitter on New Year’s Eve 2012 – GLORY and kickboxing are for real. As we start a new season in 2013, we have a calendar of over 10 events on 3 continents, an active global standard for athlete rankings, and we are rolling out a successful global format for kickboxing tournaments with our Grand Slams, Slams and Road to GLORY events. In addition, we are fully committed to entering the US market, and we are delighted Andrew has joined GLORY to oversee all this growth.”

    Marcus Luer, co-founder of Glory Sports International, who has spearheaded GLORY’s rapid global expansion as interim-CEO over the last year since its inception, will resume the title Managing Director, allowing him to drive many of GLORY’s initiatives in Asia where he continues as CEO and founder of Asia’s leading, full-service sports marketing agency, TSA.

    “At the same time,” Andurand continued, “this move will free up Marcus to focus on building the GLORY brand in the territories where his experience and business relationships are greatest.”

    Whitaker will be spearheading the opening of a new GLORY office in the tri-state region of the United States.

    "I am looking forward to taking a hands-on approach to driving the growth of what I have believed, for months, is an incredible combat sports entertainment product with tremendous global appeal,” said Whitaker, who previously served on the GLORY Sports International Board of Directors as Non-Executive Director.

    “Our kickboxing rules distinguish our sport by requiring elite athleticism, skill, and honor, from GLORY kickboxers, and produce some of the most exciting knockouts ever seen in combat sports. Our martial artists define the word ‘warrior,’, and our superb level of production makes our live events one of the most fan-friendly entertainment experiences in the world. GLORY has already redefined the standard for kickboxing, and has all the elements necessary to become a major player in the global sports industry,” continued Whitaker.

    “I look forward to working with Andrew again and continuing our successful partnership which began over 10 years ago while he was with WWE. Together, we ushered the wrestling brand into Asia,” said Luer. “GLORY is truly a global product now, which operates on a 24/7 basis with events and offices across three different continents – the U.S., Europe, and Asia.

    Prior to joining GLORY Sports International, Whitaker was the Managing Partner of Kings Highway Media, a global brand and media distribution advisory that serves sports and entertainment IP rightsholders, private equity and venture capital.

    Whitaker also served as the Executive Vice President of International for NYSE-listed WWE Inc. where he was responsible for establishing and growing the leading professional wrestling entertainment company’s business via sales, marketing, promotion and public and government relations across television, digital media, live events, licensing and PPV/VOD.

    Last week, GLORY debuted its new ROAD TO GLORY development fight series uniquely designed to identify and develop future kickboxing champions and other superstars in the U.S. and elsewhere, with an eight-man light heavyweight tournament (209 pounds/95 kilograms) at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tulsa, Okla. On Saturday, Feb. 9, the ROAD TO GLORY series heads to Hollywood Park Casino in Los Angeles, Calif. with an eight-man middleweight (187 pounds/85 kilograms) tournament.

    The next stop for GLORY’s championship series, home to the world’s greatest kickboxers, will be Excel Arena in London, England, where a stacked fight card, headlined by a heavyweight showdown between superstar Tyrone Spong (68-6-1 42 KO’s) and decorated, all-time great Remy “The Flying Gentleman” Bonjasky (77-15, 40 KO’s), will take place on Saturday, March 23.

    For more information, visit www.gloryworldseries.com

    About GLORY:

    GLORY World Series (www.gloryworldseries.com) is the world's new premiere kickboxing league, producing live events across the globe and offering a total of US$2 million in prize money to the winners of one-night, 16-man ‘Grand Slam’ tournaments and 8-man “Slam” tournaments, which are open to only the best fighters in each of GLORY’s six different weight classes. The fight series also includes events with traditional single bouts which include Title Fights for individual Weight class Championships.

    With major events in the US, Europe and Japan and television deals spanning every continent, online live video streaming of all shows and the world's largest online martial arts library, GLORY is the world's fastest growing new Sports properties.

    Owned and operated by Glory Sports International (GSI), the organization has offices in the Singapore, UK, Netherlands, Japan, Singapore and 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.
    I'm not familiar with GLORY. Are they strictly kickboxing or do they stage MMA fights too?
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    On their Facebook feed, all I ever see is kickboxing events.
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    Alberto Del Rio fought a few times in Pride under the wrestling name Dos Caras Jr. But he also had a considerable Greco-Roman wrestling background, too.

    It would seem that a well-known WWE or TNA pro wrestler transitioning into MMA has potentially a lot more to lose than someone without that background. Especially if they've carefully built up a persona/character over the years.
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    If I step in the Octagon and I get knocked out, I don't gotta keep fighting. If that was pro wrestling, and I slipped and I fell and something happened to me and I got knocked out and I woke up three seconds later, guess what: I gotta finish this match. That's just the pro wrestler's mentality, and I'm glad I don't really have to be subjected to that anymore. Imagine if an MMA fighter fought four-to-five nights a week. That's essentially what I was doing in pro wrestling. Obviously, there's big differences between a real fight and a fake one, but it's a lot more wear and tear on your body, the travel is brutal. So I won't be doing that.

    How did you convince your wife AJ to be on board, given the physical risks?
    After I spoke with Dana and Lorenzo, that's when it got serious and that's when I brought it to her attention. Trust me, whatever nerves I'm gonna have stepping into the Octagon will pale in comparison to the nerves I had when I had to bring this up to my wife. I was honestly terrified. I was like, "She's gonna shut it down, and I'm gonna have to figure out a way to smooth it over so I can do this, because I don't take no for an answer, she doesn't take no for an answer, and this is something I really wanna do." Right off the bat she recognized that. She's been around me long enough to know that, ever since the first day I met her, this is something I talked about doing, and she's not somebody that's gonna step in front of her husband trying to accomplish something that he dreamed about.

    Any idea where you'll be training?
    I can't answer that right now. That's one of the things I've been most overwhelmed about, is the amount of people who've approached me privately or publicly and said, "Hey, train here." I don't know, 'cause the best gyms I have to travel to, and I'm not gonna travel back and forth. I need a home base. I'm gonna have to be somewhere where the gym's close so I can train twice a day. I'm sort of in a hurry to make that decision, but I'm also afforded a little bit of time, so we're gonna have to see what happens.

    What specifically is your training going to entail?
    Any number of things. Jiu-Jitsu, kickboxing, Muay Thai, wrestling, boxing, everything. And on top of that, strength and conditioning.

    Are there any techniques you're most looking forward to improving?
    Oh, striking, absolutely. I'm a raw nerve. I'm exposed to the world here, and I don't think people realize I'm used to this. Nothing scares me. Nothing embarrasses me, so I'm gonna say it right now: Striking's my weakest point, and I'm excited to get that up to the level where I feel it needs to be. But who's to say what it takes to step into the Octagon? I think I need to up my game on everything, and that's the plan, but I think striking's going to be the most fun for me.

    On the flipside, what skill of yours might surprise people?
    I would definitely surprise people with my ground game. I'm very comfortable on the ground. I think it'd be great if, once we nail down a fight date and an opponent, I think it's gonna be wonderful if he underestimates me.

    Is this all ultimately part of a bigger plan to build the business of Phil Brooks?
    Sure, but that's not the sole purpose of doing it. Obviously, because it's such a high-profile move and all eyes are on me right now, yeah, why wouldn't you classify that as the building of a brand or a business? That's what it is. I could easily just not be doing interviews and telling people, "No, I'm gonna hole up here and train, and you're never gonna see me until I fight," but that's unrealistic. I think somewhere along the lines after I disappeared from WWE, people got this idea that I hate being famous. And if anybody is famous, they know that fame isn't really a thing. Fame is an apparition. Fame is a side effect of success. I did not wake up one day and say, "I wanna be famous." I did not wake up and say, "I wanna be a UFC fighter." I woke up and said, "I want to be successful at something I want to do. I want to fight."

    You've also said you don't want your work to define your life, so what do you hope defines your life?
    I'm somebody who constantly wants to challenge himself, evolve and grow. Because if you don't, you fade. You become stagnant. I'm somebody who tries to remain positive and looks forward to setting goals and reaching them. But that's easier said than done. When it's all said and done, my actions will speak for me to help define me.

    And when it's all said and done, there's no part of you that pines for that WrestleMania main event one day?
    No, absolutely not.

    If he can bring an piledriver to the Octagon, that would take UFC to a whole new level.
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    My Lucha comment above was freakin prophesy!
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    Kurt Angle

    Just got this press release. Good ol' Kurt. Angle is a great name for a wrassler.

    Bellator is getting more interesting than UFC lately.

    IT’S TRUE! IT’S **** TRUE! – BELLATOR MMA SIGNS FORMER WWE AND CURRENT TNA SUPERSTAR, OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST KURT ANGLE

    ANGLE SET TO JOIN THE ALREADY-AWESOME ‘BELLATOR MMA FAN FEST’ AT DAVE & BUSTER’S ON NOV. 5 AND ATTEND ‘BELLATOR 145’ ON NOV. 6 AT SCOTTRADE CENTER IN ST. LOUIS

    Fan Fest is exclusively for Bellator Nation Members only, becoming an official Bellator Nation Member is simple and FREE. Click here to register and RSVP to Fan Fest.

    Santa Monica (Oct. 28, 2015) – On November 5, combat sports fans from all around the country will converge on the Dave & Busters in Maryland Heights, Missouri for the “Official Bellator Fan Fest,” where they can meet several of their favorite athletes and receive photos and autographs.

    Bellator officials announced today that TNA superstar, former WWE superstar and Olympic Gold Medalist Kurt Angle will join the epic line up, which is already packed with star power the likes of Kimbo Slice, Liam McGeary, Royce Gracie, Ken Shamrock and Tito Ortiz.

    WHAT: Bellator Fan Fest at Dave & Buster’s
    Fans of all ages are invited to Dave and Buster’s in Maryland Heights, MO to meet and receive autographs from some of the greatest and most popular MMA fighters of all time. Fans will also have the opportunity to win tickets and great prizes, as well as snap a photograph with the Bellator ring girls.
    Fan Fest is exclusively for Bellator Nation Members only, becoming an official Bellator Nation Member is simple and FREE. Click here to register and RSVP to Fan Fest. If you are already a member of Bellator Nation you will receive an email invitation to RSVP.

    WHERE: Dave & Buster’s
    13857 Riverport Dr.
    Maryland Heights, MO

    WHEN: Thursday, Nov. 5 at 8 p.m. CT

    WHO: Kurt Angle was a Pennsylvania High School State Champion Wrestler, and an All-State linebacker on the Mt. Lebanon High School Football team. The two-sport star pursued wrestling at Clarion University’s D-1 program, where he collected a slew of accolades including one National runner up, two National Championships, three All-American honors, and countless additional championships.

    After college, Angle won gold at the FILA Wrestling World Championships and began training for the 1996 Olympic games under the tutelage of Dave Schultz at the Foxcatcher Club before his highly publicized murder. After Schultz’s death, Angle would leave Foxcatcher and join the Dave Schultz Wrestling Club in his memory.

    When the Olympic trials concluded, Angle had earned his spot to compete in the Olympics, but suffered two fractures of his cervical vertebrae, two herniated discs and four pulled muscles in the process. With five months to rest and rehab, Angle would win his Olympic gold medal in the 90-100 kg division.

    After winning the gold, Angle parlayed his wrestling skills into an amazing career in professional wrestling in several organizations such as TNA, ECW, NWA, WCW, IGF and most notably the WWF/WWE.

    Angle is the only professional wrestler in history to have won championships in WWE, WCW, TNA and IWGP, totaling an impressive 13 World Championships and 21 total championship belts. In 2010, Dave Meltzer’s “Wrestling Observer Newsletter” named Angle the “Wrestler of the Decade” for the 2000s.

    There is only one Kimbo Slice. The unmistakable bearded brawler achieved fame through a series of street fights that garnered extreme levels of attention on YouTube. After parlaying his fame into an MMA career, Kimbo exploded onto the scene and became one of the sports most popular stars of all-time. Kimbo has been the focal point of the first and third-most watched MMA fights in the sport's history. This past June in St. Louis, his fight against Ken Shamrock shattered Bellator MMA's viewership records.

    The first British World Champion in the history of MMA will always be Liam McGeary. At 6’6 the towering fighter has achieved notoriety around the world with his impressive skillset which has seen him end fights with impressive knockout power as well as jiu-jitsu prowess. Currently undefeated at 11-0, the future is bright for the Bellator MMA Champion. Most recently, McGeary defeated fellow Fan Fest participant Tito Ortiz in the main event of the groundbreaking "Bellator MMA: Dynamite 1."

    The name Gracie is synonymous with MMA, and that is largely in part to Royce Gracie, the man who is considered to have invented the sport as we know it today. The winner of the first several UFC events, Gracie would dismantle multiple opponents in a single night, many of whom were much larger than him. For many years there was no answer for the Gracie jiu-jitsu technique that he brought into a fight. Today, it's hard to find an MMA fighter who hasn't trained in the art of jiu-jitsu.

    Often referred to as “The Godfather” of MMA, Ken Shamrock is a pioneer of the sport, and introduced an incredible brand of MMA that helped shape the sport into what it is today. With incredible suplexes and leg locks, “The World’s Most Dangerous Man” always made for must-see TV. His heated rivalries with guys like Royce Gracie and Tito Ortiz generated incredible buzz, and helped popularize the sport. His fight with Tito Ortiz was at one time the second-most watched MMA fight of all time.

    “The People's Champion” Tito Ortiz is a fan-favorite all over the world. The former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion was one of the toughest competitors in the cage. Utilizing his wrestling background, Ortiz was a grinder who defended his title an impressive five times. Always with a flare for the dramatic, Ortiz had intense rivalries in the cage with guys like Ken Shamrock, as well as outside the cage with UFC President Dana White.

    FIGHT INFO: “Bellator 145” features two world title bouts. Patricio “Pitbull” Freire (24-2) defends his featherweight strap against Daniel Straus (23-6) and Will “Ill Will” Brooks (16-1) meets submission specialist Marcin Held (21-3), with the 155-pound belt on the line. The event will also feature a trio of Missouri natives with Michael Chandler (13-3), who fights David Rickels (16-3, 1 NC); heavyweight Bobby “The Dominator” Lashley (13-2) who looks to avenge a previous loss on his record when he finally meets James Thompson (20-14) in a rematch; and Justin Lawrence (8-2) who meets Emmanuel Sanchez (11-2).

    Tickets for “Bellator 145,” which start at just $30, are on sale now at Ticketmaster.com and at the Ford Box Office at Scottrade Center. Doors for the event open at 5:00 p.m. CT local time, and the first contest takes place one hour after.

    About Bellator MMA
    Bellator MMA is a leading Mixed Martial Arts organization featuring many of the best fighters in the world. Under the direction of veteran fight promoter Scott Coker, Bellator is available to nearly 500 million homes worldwide in over 140 countries. In the United States, Bellator can be seen on Spike TV, the MMA television leader. Bellator MMA is comprised of an executive team that includes top industry professionals in television production, live event orchestration, fighter development/relations, venue procurement, sponsorship creation/development, international licensing, marketing, advertising, publicity and commission relations. Bellator is based in Santa Monica, California and owned by entertainment giant Viacom, home to the world's premier entertainment brands that connect with audiences through compelling content across television, motion picture, online and mobile platforms.

    About Spike:
    Spike is available in 98.7 million homes and is a division of Viacom Media Networks. A unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), Viacom Media Networks is one of the world's leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. Spike's Internet address is www.spike.com and for up-to-the-minute and archival press information and photographs, visit Spike's press site at http://www.spike.com/press. Follow us on Twitter @spiketvpr for the latest in breaking news updates, behind-the-scenes information and photos.
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