Revolution Fighting Championship Supports Ray Mendoza Leadership Fund

February 16, 2009

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Miami, FL- February 13, 2009- Revolution Fighting Championship, a fast-growing South Florida professional mixed martial arts (MMA) promoter, has committed $1 from each purchase of its February 20 Internet pay-per-view broadcast to an important cause. The Ray Mendoza Leadership Fund provides monetary support for the families of military casualties from the state of Ohio, as well as leadership programming for wrestling and MMA related programs. This fund provides the majority of financial support for the Ray Mendoza Leadership Institute at the John Glenn School of Public Affairs at Ohio State University.

Major Ray Mendoza died in combat in Iraq in 2005 at the age of 37, and is survived by his wife and two children. Mendoza led an impressive and successful career both as a military leader, combat sports instructor, and competitor. He was a pillar of the All Marine Wrestling team, winning the support of Former Senator and Marine Aviator John Glenn. Together, their mission to develop tomorrow’s leaders extends to developing USA Wrestling Olympic hopefuls as well as rising MMA stars, including Mo Lawal and Tommy Rowlands.

The February 20 Revolution Fighting Championship will be broadcast live via the Internet from the Olympia Theater and the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Miami. The ten bout event begins at 8PM and includes the first ever Florida State MMA Title Championship, as well as the pro MMA debut of US Olympic Judo Team member, Adler Volmar, as he faces Carlos Zevallas. The Internet broadcast is provided through Revolution Fighting Championship’s technology agreement with Akamai, a world leader of web services providing content to consumers. Revolution Fighting Championship has four additional events announced for 2009.

Tickets for the live event at the Olympia Theater, located at 174 E. Flagler, begin at $40 and can be purchased at the theater box office, through Ticketmaster, and at revolutionfightclub.com

Complete information on Revolution Fighting Championship can be found at www.revolutionfightclub.com

Make your donation to the Ray Mendoza Leadership Fund by purchasing the PPV for $19.95 at revolutionfightclub.com/february

The Touching Story Behind Mark Coleman's Walk Out Tee for UFC 93

January 16, 2009

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Columbus, OH January 16, 2009 – MMA Authentics® (MMAA) announced today the launch of an official digital desert camouflage walk in tee, Hammer Tee, to be worn by UFC® Hall of Famer, Mark “The Hammer” Coleman at UFC® 93 in Dublin, Ireland on January 17, 2009. The Hammer’s official walk in tee shirt is a tribute tee shirt to his collegiate wrestling teammate and roommate, Marine Major Ray Mendoza, who was killed in action in Iraq on November 14, 2005. Coleman, who visited United States troops serving in the Middle East earlier this year, will also be returning to the Octagon® for the first time since 1999 after a long and successful career in the Pride® Fighting Championships. “I am honored to work with my sponsor, MMA Authentics®, to salute my teammate and friend, Ray Mendoza. Ray truly deserves to have his memory and life remembered because he was special human being in addition to being my best friend,” says Coleman. Mendoza, who received a Purple Heart and Combat V awards posthumously for his actions in Iraq, was a 1993 Big Ten wrestling runner up and NCAA Qualifier for the Buckeyes in 1992 and 1993. He was also teammate to MMA Authentics® Senior VP of Operations, Michael DiSabato, and Director of Athlete Services and 3X NCAA All American, Adam DiSabato. “We are honored to work with Mark to honor our dear friend and true hero, Ray Mendoza. We love Ray and his family, which includes his widow, Karen, daughter, Kiana and son Alek. Ray served our country to protect our freedoms and liberty. We plan to do our part to insure his memory is properly honored and his story is told,” says Michael DiSabato.

To this end, MMA Authentics® has become deeply involved in the creation and development of the Ray Mendoza Leadership Fund which supports programming at the Ray Mendoza Leadership Institute at The John Glenn School of Public Affairs at The Ohio State University. In February 2008, Michael DiSabato, with support from several mixed martial artists including Coleman and former 2X NCAA Champion and UFC® Heavyweight Champion, Kevin Randleman, participated in the introduction of the Mendoza Leadership Institute at the Glenn. The Mendoza Leadership Institute will provide leadership programming for graduate and undergraduates students at The Ohio State University in Ray Mendoza’s name. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of Mark “The Hammer” Coleman’s walk in tee will be directed to the Ray Mendoza Leadership Fund which also provides assistances to Ohio families widowed in the War on Terror. For more information on the Ray Mendoza Leadership Fund and the Ray Mendoza Leadership Institute at The Glenn, visit www.raymendozaleadershipfund.com or www.mmaauthentics.com

MMA Authentics® is a full line premium mixed martial arts fight apparel and licensing company based in Columbus, OH. MMA Authentics® sponsored athletes include the finest athletes in the sport including Chuck Liddell, BJ Penn, Urijah Faber, Quinton Jackson, Gray Maynard, Mo Lawal, Mark Coleman, Kevin Randleman, Josh Thompson, Jon Fitch and Mike Swick.

For more information of this program, contact MMA Authentics (Columbus, OH) at www.mmaauthentics.com

Sherdog Radio to Host 24-Hour Radiothon for Jimmy V Foundation

January 13, 2009

Sherdog.com is proud to announce that the Sherdog Radio Network will be hosting a 24-hour Charity Radiothon in conjunction with the V Foundation for Cancer Research. Starting with the UFC 93 Roundtable preview at 3pm EST this Friday, Jan. 16, the Sherdog Radio Network will host 24 straight hours of radio leading up to UFC 93 in Dublin, Ireland, on Saturday.

The Radiothon will include Sherdog Radio personalities TJ DeSantis, Jordan Breen, Greg Savage, Scott Holmes, Lotfi Sariahmed, Jack Encarnacao, Rodney Dean and Jeff Sherwood, as well as Sherdog.com news editor Loretta Hunt, Luke Thomas from BloodyElbow.com, Jeff Cain from MMAWeekly.com and MMA referee Big John McCarthy. Confirmed guests will include David “Tank” Abbott, Kenny Florian, Bruce Buffer, Dave Meltzer, David Mayeda, Stephen Quadros, Joe and Dan Lauzon, Daniel Puder, Joe Stevenson, and Josh Gross.

About the V Foundation for Cancer Research

The V Foundation for Cancer Research was started in 1993 in honor of the former North Carolina State head coach Jim Valvano. Since its start, the V Foundation has raised more than $80 million for cancer research. Its mission statement is as follows:

The V Foundation is a charitable organization dedicated to saving lives by helping find a cure for cancer. The Foundation seeks to make a difference by generating broad-based support for cancer research and by creating an urgent awareness among all Americans of the importance of the war against cancer. The Foundation performs these dual roles through advocacy, education, fundraising and philanthropy.

Join us on the 16th and 17th for the 24-hour Sherdog Radiothon as we raise money for the V Foundation for Cancer Research.

Sherdog’s 24-Hour Radiothon Schedule
January 16th (All Times are EST)
3pm-5pm: UFC 93 Roundtable
5pm-7pm: Loretta Hunt and Big John McCarthy
7pm-9pm: Jordan Breen and Luke Thomas
9pm-11pm: Scott and Rod (MMA Friday School)
11pm-1am (on the 17th): TJ DeSantis and Jack Encarnacao
1am-3am: Greg Savage and Jeff Sherwood (Savage Dog Show)
3am-5am: TJ DeSantis with a Special Guest
5am-8am: Lotfi Sariahmed and Jordan Breen
8am-9am: Jeff Sherwood and Jeff Cain
9am-11am: Scott and Rod (MMA Saturday School)
11am-1pm: Jordan Breen and Jack Encarnacao
1pm-3pm: Greg Savage and Jeff Sherwood (SDS)

Franklin, American Fighter Work To Assist Military Veterans

January 6, 2009

MIAMI– Support the Heroes, a non-profit foundation, has announced today that MMA superstar Rich Franklin and American Fighter have joined efforts to help raise awareness about STH’s cause. Support the Heroes is a private foundation that exists solely to provide assistance to traumatically injured veterans.

“It is a great honor to have Rich Franklin and American Fighter on board to help us give back to these great soldiers and their families. STH’s Board of Directors consists of top-of-the-line military veterans and there is no way I could have done this without them and great people like Rich,” said Matt Kleinsmith, founder of Support the Heroes.

STH and Rich Franklin have acknowledged the tremendous need to help the heroes coming back from serving and defending this great country. Franklin proudly states, “I am excited to be involved with Support the Heroes. I do a lot of work with the troops and nobody meets their needs the way that Support the Heroes does. When the brave men and women come back and need assistance, Support the Heroes does it in a real way. That is awesome.” Franklin also works with Disabled American Veterans.

American Fighter, best brand apparel in MMA, is also gratified to work with Support the Heroes. “Together, through active and inactive duty we will strive to help every hero and their families through rough times, whether it is an injury from war or adjusting to civilian life, in any and every way possible,” said Jeff Adler, president of American Fighter.

STH’s guiding principles have been established by their founder, Matt Kleinsmith, and a Board of Directors consisting of veteran Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps service members. “We have traveled the tough road many of these same soldiers are traveling now and we are extremely fortunate to be able to offer financial and moral assistance to soldiers and their families,” says Kleinsmith. The Support the Heroes Foundation was established by those who believe that individuals can make a difference. They believe that severely wounded veterans deserve to be treated with respect and admiration.

For more information about Support the Heroes please visit http://www.supporttheheroes.org. For more information about Rich Franklin or American Fighter, please visit http://www.richfranklin.com or http://www.americanfighter.com.

“UFC Fight for the Troops” Raises Over $4 Million for the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund

December 16, 2008

December 16, 2008 – New York, New York – Spike TV and Ultimate Fighting Championship today announced that its “UFC Fight for the Troops” event last week in Fayetteville, NC in front of 15,000 Ft. Bragg troops raised over $4 million for the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund’s new medical center to be built in Bethesda.

According to Bill White, President of the IFHF, UFC and Spike TV should be applauded for their efforts.

“We are profoundly grateful to the UFC and Spike TV for their extraordinary support of our nation’s Wounded Warriors,” White said. “Their efforts have moved us that much closer to complete the traumatic brain injury center in Bethesda for the service members that are fighting for our freedom overseas.”

According to the ratings, 2 million viewers watched the fight live on Spike TV and was one of the most watched programs that night, highly popular with male viewers.

NICoE will be a $65 million, 75,000 sq. ft., state-of-the-art treatment and rehabilitation center to provide leading edge services and support for soldiers with traumatic brain injury (TBI). Further, the center will conduct research, test new protocols and provide comprehensive training and education to patients, providers and families while maintaining ongoing tele-health follow-up care.

The project is being funded by the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund (IFHF), which provides assistance to our nation’s military heroes who have been critically injured in the performance of their duty, and their families. The IFHF previously raised more than $60 Million to support families of military personnel lost in Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan and to construct the Center for the Intrepid, an advanced physical rehabilitation facility at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas, which opened in 2007. Construction for the NICoE is scheduled to begin this summer and with its opening in late 2009.

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November 14, 2008

UFC Star Rich Franklin Fights for Disabled Vets

November 14, 2008

As a world class mixed martial artist, Rich Franklin has seen his share of bloody battles. But after meeting wounded veterans at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and other military and Veterans Affairs hospitals, the Ultimate Fighting Championship star decided to honor those brave men and women whose sacrifices make our freedom possible.

Franklin has teamed up with the Disabled American Veterans to create “Real American Fighters,” a tribute to the men and women of the U.S. military who have been wounded in defense of our freedom.

Franklin has already visited disabled veterans at the Roudebush VA Medical Center in Indianapolis. While there, he filmed a public service announcement in which he calls for support of DAV. He also plans to produce several limited edition American Fighter shirts to help raise funds for DAV.  Franklin will continue visiting disabled veterans on behalf of the DAV and serve as the organization’s ambassador in the rapidly expanding mixed martial arts universe.

The funds raised by Franklin will help fund outreach to disabled veterans and countless DAV programs aimed at bettering the lives of wounded service men and women.

“I believe that no one should ignore, forget or disregard the sacrifice that the men and women who go to battle give,” Franklin said. “When I visit a disabled veteran who has lost a limb or has an injury so severe that their life is changed forever, I think we all need to get on our knees and thank God for these Real American Fighters.”

As part of his commitment to the newest generation of disabled veterans, Franklin will visit the Center for the Intrepid at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio on Tuesday, which is Veterans Day. DAV provided a substantial financial contribution helped build the state-of-the-art center.

“The DAV is proud to have Rich Franklin fighting for disabled veterans,” said DAV National Adjutant Arthur H. Wilson. “His reputation as a tough, conditioned athlete is overshadowed only by his reputation as a true patriot.”

“For instance, I was touched to learn that Rich, after spending several weeks away from his home to train for his last fight, didn’t stick around to celebrate his victory,” Wilson said. “He boarded a plane to head overseas and brighten the lives of our fighting men and women in the Middle East. That’s a man who loves his country and honors those who defend its freedom.”

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Real American Fighters is based on the American Fighter brand, which Franklin co-owns, and honors our true warriors—those men and women who bear the physical and psychological scars of war.

For more information, check our www.AmericanFighter.com.

The 1.2 million-member Disabled American Veterans, a non-profit organization founded in 1920 and chartered by the U.S. Congress in 1932, represents this nation’s disabled veterans.  It is dedicated to a single purpose:  building better lives for our nation’s disabled veterans and their families.  For more information, visit the organization’s Web site, www.dav.org.

Fight Night For Troops Tickets To Be Auctioned

November 14, 2008


UFC Fight Night for the Troops” featuring Josh Koscheck, Mike Swick and Matt Wiman is live from the Crown Coliseum in Fayetteville, NC on December 10th.

Thousands of soldiers from Fort Bragg, the proud home of the U.S. Airborne and Special Operations Forces, will be in attendance and only 30 tickets are available to the public with all funds raised benefiting the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund.

These tickets will be available on auction at Ticketmaster starting on Monday, November 17th.

Varner Gives Back

November 10, 2008

It is always nice to see guys that have a achieved a platform through MMA give back to society and their communities. One of the guys doing this is WEC Lightweight Champ Jamie Varner, as he is putting on a charity seminar. The details:

JAMIE VARNER 1st Annual Charity Seminar

Why support it?

100% of the proceeds will be donated to charity. The money raised will be sent the Phoenix Children Hospital ICU unit. For those of you hit hard by the economic struggles that seem to be all around us, just bring a toy and donate it to Toy’s for Tot’s or a few cans of food that can be donated to the needy families over the Holidays. Do something for yourself and others this Holiday Season!

Hosted By: Sunkist Kids

Where: Sunkist Kids Wrestling/ASU Wrestling Room (see below for details)

When: Saturday November 22nd, 2008

Time: 11:00 am

Schedule: You should arrive 30 minutes prior to your sessions start time. There are full locker rooms available (His and Hers) so come prepared or change when you arrive.

11:00-12:15 will be Beginners and Women and Children Self Defense Techniques. Jamie and his instructors will show basic moves and basic self defense techniques.

12:30-2:30 will be intermediate training, Jamie will take you through some moves from the various disciplines he trains (wrestling, boxing, jujitsu, and kick boxing) and him and his team will show you how to apply these techniques into MMA.

A message from Jamie: Hey everyone I’m doing a charity seminar Nov 22 at the Arizona State University wrestling room… It will be 100% charity driven free to everyone, all we ask is for you to bring canned food, toys or make monetary donations. All the monetary donations will go to Phoenix Children’s Hospital (ICU) my aunt is a RN there and they could use the help for the wonderful work that they are doing for the kids. All the toys will be going to Toys For Tots, and all canned food will be going to Saint Mary’s food bank! So if anyone is interested in helping out for a good cause please hit me me up varner155@yahoo.com or my manager jason@lgsportsmarketing.com. It will be a 4 hour seminar first hour will be directed towards women and children basic self defense then the rest will be all mma derived! there will be give aways and tons of prizes to win!

Thank you so much, I’m really trying to stay busy while I have this down time.

Jamie

Donate To The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund

October 14, 2008

If you will notice to the left on the main page we have set up an ad link that takes you to the website for the Intrepid Fallen Soldiers Fund. We’ll keep it up through the UFC card from Ft Bragg. Be sure to donate early and often. If other websites would like to funnel visitors to the Fallen Heroes site feel free use the ad.

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