For those of you who have read my live blogs of various ICF shows, you should be familiar with the name Jim Davis. In his five amateur wins, Davis has never let an opponent get out of the first round, nor the first minute of the fight.
Making his pro debut this weekend at ICF 17 in Florenc, Ky., Davis faces probably the toughest pro debut fight of any I have ever heard of - UFC veteran Dan Christison.
I got the chance to catch up with Jim prior to his fight to talk about his pro debut, as well as the cut down from Super Heavyweight (Jim was around 330 pounds) to the catchweight of 285.
You can find our full interview on ProMMA.info.
iBN Sports and ProMMA.info have announced a strategic partnership that will meld the high-quality video and broadcasting capabilities of iBN with the top-notch MMA interviews, news, and commentary.
It is an excellent arrangement for both sites, and exclusive video content from iBN is already up and running on ProMMA.info.
For the full press release, head over to ProMMA.info.
Our radio show is back! Newly renamed "The Cageside Beat," Puddin and I are returning to bring you all the same great regional and national MMA interviews, news, and commentary that you can handle.
Part of the PROMMA.INFO Radio Network, The Cageside Beat returns this Thursday, October 29, 2009, with special guest Chad "H-Bomb" Hinton. We will be discussing Hinton's MMA career, his recent first-round KO victory over Justin Moore, and current news in MMA.
For instructions on how to tune in, and call in, head over to PROMMA.INFO.
This episode is sponsored by Silver Star, the fastest growing company in MMA sponsorship.
One of my colleagues on PROMMA.INFO, "Fast" Eddie Constantine (pictured on the left side of the picture), is now on a quest to win a battle the likes of which MMA has never seen. He and John Morgan of MMAJunkie (pictured on the right - wearing the Junkie shirt) are on a quest to see who can lose the most weight over the next two months. The two of them will weigh in each week and the one who has loss less weight at the end has to embed a logo for the other contestant's favorite NFL team in his chest, pictures of which will then be circulated to the media.
As any good writer would, Eddie is keeping up with his quest to win the competition in the form of a weekly blog, complete with video excerpts of his training and his thoughts on everything.
I'll be linking to his weekly post so that all of you have a chance to see what some good MMA training (and a healthy diet) does for Eddie over the next two months.
To check out his first week's blog, head on over to PROMMA.INFO.
Saturday night, I attended the ICF 16: Resurrection show at the ICF Fight Club. Lot of great fights that night including George Oiler making his long-awaited pro debut against Brandon Howard, and Chad Hinton defending his Lightweight Title against Justin Moore.
For my full play-by-play as well as results and my picks for the Night Honors, head over to PROMMA.INFO.
In episode six of The Ultimate Fighter Season 10, Team Rashad fighter Darrill Schoonover faced off against Team Rampage fighter Zak Jensen. As always, Team Rashad member and PROMMA.INFO TUF blogger has taken the time to share his thoughts on this latest episode.
Check out Justin's thoughts on everything, including Rampage's constant harassment on Schoonover over at PROMMA.INFO.
ICF is back in action on October 23rd at the ICF Fight Club in Cincinnati, OH. For information on the show and the full fight card, head over to my post at PROMMA.INFO.
It is definitely going to be a card to watch. Pro standouts Chad Hinton and Justin Moore will be facing off for the ICF Lightweight Title, and George Oiler will be making his long-awaited pro debut versus Brandon Howard.
In what is already being described as the best episode of the season so far, Justin Wren faced off against former UFC fighter (and current TUF competitor) Wes Sims.
To find out how the fight went for Wren, and to hear his thoughts on the episode, head over to his most recent post on PROMMA.INFO.
My good friend Stephen Zimmer, author, filmmaker, a true modern day renaissance man, has given me an opportunity that I am honored to take advantage of. For those of you who may have missed it, Zimmer wrote The Exodus Gate, an excellent read and the first book in the epic fantasy series, The Rising Dawn Saga.
With plans to release the second book in the series in 2010, Zimmer has stayed busy with a book tour, multiple convention appearances, and signings, not to mention that he has authored a book in a completely new series, that can be pre-ordered now.
The opportunity that Zimmer has given me is to be one of a limited number of bloggers to release some exclusive information on the book as well the cover art (pictured to the right), and an exclusive image you won't see anywhere else (pictured after the jump). Each blogger chosen for this limited press release has been given a separate image.
For all of the information now available on the book and how to pre-order one of 100 very special limited edition copies, check after the jump.
First, enjoy this synopsis of Crown of Vengeance, the first book in the new series, Fires in Eden.
Begin an Epic Journey...
On a night that begins no different from any other, strange mists engulf
Janus Roland, Erika Laesig, Mershad Shahab, and several others going about their lives in a quiet midwestern town. When the mist dissipates, they
all find themselves looking up into the bright skies of a new, incredible
Without explanation of why it has happened, or any notion of where they
are, they embark upon a grand adventure within the fantastical world of
Ave. Some find themselves in the lands of the Saxan Kingdom, while others
have emerged within the lands of the Onan, one of the tribes in the Five
Storms of war loom over both Saxany and the Five Realms, as invasion
forces mass under the inspiration of The Unifier, a mysterious,
captivating figure whose influence has swept across the surface of Ave
ever since His rise to power in the Gallean duchy of Avanor. It is a war
that will be fought in the skies, upon the seas, on land, and even in
places non-physical in nature.
A majestic, epic fantasy that begins many adventures and journeys across a
diverse and enthralling world, filled with races and creatures both
familiar and new, Crown of Vengeance lights the flame of the Fires in Eden
series, bringing to life a bold, far-ranging, and grand new venture within
the realms of fantasy literature.
Also, here is all the info you'll need to pre-order the book and find more information on the book as well as the publisher and Zimmer himself.
Seventh Star Press proudly announces the release of Crown of Vengeance,
the first book in the new epic fantasy series Fires in Eden, by author
Stephen Zimmer (The Exodus Gate).
To commemorate the forthcoming release, publisher Seventh Star Press is
offering pre-order packages for Crown of Vengeance, including a very
special, limited edition hardcover version that is strictly limited to 100
To ensure full authenticity, the limited edition hardcover will be
hand-numbered and signed by Stephen Zimmer, and also signed by editor
Amanda DeBord and illustrator/cover artist Matt Perry. It will include an
extra illustration, and designation plate as a limited edition within the
Both the limited edition hardcover and first edition trade paperback
pre-orders come with a special package of collectibles, including a
numbered set of art cards, a collectible set of 12 bookmarks, and a full
color poster of the cover art.
Information on the pre-ordering options can be found at the new site for
the Fires In Eden series, located at www.firesineden.com
For information on the publisher visit www.seventhstarpress.com, and for
the author visit www.stephenzimmer.com.
And finally, for the exclusive image of the character, "The Wanderer", at this time available only to readers of Previously Viewed:
Thank you again to Stephen for allowing me to be a part of this release. I hope you all take advantage of this opportunity to pre-order what is sure to be another great work from Zimmer.
Another episode of TUF has come and gone and that means another great blog entry is in the books from Justin "The Viking" Wren, the official TUF 10 blogger for PROMMA.INFO.
You can check out Justin's blog for all of his thoughts on the episode over at PROMMA.INFO.
Fight Ribbon Clothing Company is working hard to change the face of MMA sponsorship. As co-founder Scott Wells often says, they are trying to "shake the foundation of MMA", and with a recent trip to Kosair Children's Hospital, they did just that.
Fight Ribbon invited a number of area fighters and their families (and myself) to visit children on the oncology ward at Kosair Children's Hospital in Louisville, Ky.
I did a brief write-up on the event, speaking to all of the fighters who attended to get some thoughts from them on the experience and what it meant to be a part of it.
You can find my full write-up, with comments from all of the fighters, on PROMMA.INFO.
Check it out, and check out Fight Ribbon to see a company who really does give back and not just talk about it.
Saturday night, I attended the Hardrock MMA 14 show in Danville, Ky., to cover the event for PROMMA.INFO. It was definitely an exciting show with a lot of quick finishes.
For my play-by-play on the event, head over to PROMMA.INFO.
As I reported here last week, The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) Season 10 competitor Justin "The Viking" Wren is doing a weekly blog for PRO MMA of his perspective on each new episode of TUF.
This week's episode was a highly anticipated one, with famed former street fighter Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson facing off against former IFL Heavyweight Champ Roy "Big Country" Nelson.
Wren has published his blog on the episode. You can find it on PRO MMA.
Take some time to check it out - he really offers some great behind-the-scenes access and info.